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Have You Been Convicted?

22 Feb
Have You Been Convicted?

As I have already written, the Holy Spirit does many things to benefit the believer. In fact, the Holy Spirit is the most powerful force the Christian will ever encounter within their life. The greatest teaching we find in scripture of how the Holy Spirit will benefit the believer is found within the teachings of Jesus Himself in John chapters 14-16. Jesus told His disciples that it was to their advantage that He goes away; if He did not go away the Holy Spirit could not come. (John 16:7). In other words, if Jesus didn’t ascend to be with the Father, the Father wouldn’t send the Holy Spirit to be with us. Jesus told us the importance of the Holy Spirit descending when He stated in John 16:12-13, “I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth.”
However, we must understand that the first act of the Holy Spirit is to bring conviction to the unbeliever. Jesus taught us in John 16:8, “And He, when He comes, (the Holy Spirit), will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment.” Often we make the mistake of relating this conviction to Jesus disciples, but, Jesus specifically said that this conviction is for the world. Naturally the Holy Spirit will convict the saved of sin and righteousness, but the saved can no longer be convicted of judgment, for they have already been justified through the blood of Jesus, and there is therefore no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus.
We can debate over a whole host of Christian doctrines’ but two truths or irrefutable. First, the world is lost. The world is lost and separated from God because they are in their sin and their sin has them trapped within their nature of wrath and they are therefore doomed to eternal damnation unless they repent. The second irrefutable fact is, Jesus paid the price to fully pardon them from their sins. However, how will they truly know they are lost and in need of salvation apart from the Holy Spirit convicting them of their sin, and how will they know that Jesus is the means unto salvation unless the Holy Spirit reveals these truths? Just as a believer cannot bear the truths of God apart from the Holy Spirit neither can a non believer.
So, when I ask the question, “Have You Been Convicted,” I am not asking whether or not you’ve stood in trial before an earthly judge; I’m asking whether or not the conviction of the Holy Spirit has pierced your heart of your sin, and of righteousness, and the fact that you will stand before an eternal, all sovereign, holy, and just God to be judged for your sin and unrighteousness one day. A sinner cannot be saved unless he is convicted of sin, righteousness, and judgment and the sinner will not repent until he sees a need to do so. He will never realize the need for salvation until he is convicted of the fact that he is lost and stands in need of salvation.
Conviction of the Holy Spirit is a phenomenally powerful thing. If you question whether or not you’ve been convicted then you probably haven’t. If the Holy Spirit has pierced your heart with conviction, what did you do about it? Did you repent and turn to Jesus, or did you remain in your sin. The Holy Spirit demands an answer, and, you will surly give Him one. The answer will be, yes I will repent, or no I won’t.

 
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Posted by on February 22, 2017 in Bible Study, Devotional, Uncategorized

 

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