The convicting power of the Holy Spirit is a phenomenally powerful thing. As I have already stated, if one questions whether or not they have been convicted by the Holy Spirit they probably haven’t. Twice we see in our English translations of the bible the word “pierced”. The first time we see this word is in John 19:34 while Jesus was hanging on the cross the bible tells us, “But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out.” Roman soldiers were no weaklings. They were well trained, battle hardened, strong men. They knew how to properly use their weapons and bring about the full force of its impact. The second time we find this word “pierced” in our English translations is on the day of Pentecost just after Peter proclaimed the gospel through the fresh anointing and power of the Holy Spirit. After Peter finished preaching this gospel message Acts 2:37 says, “Now when they heard this, they were pierced to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brethren, what shall we do?”
What is interesting here is though the two words, “pierced”, are translated the same in English they are two different words in the Greek language that the New Testament was originally written in. The mighty soldier pierced the side of Jesus with the spear, and the Holy Spirit pierced the hearts of the hearers with conviction. Though the soldier was mighty the piercing of the heart from the conviction of the Holy Spirit was and is a much stronger type of piercing. In the same way, man is still very limited in his abilities, yet God is unlimited and all powerful. Again, the convicting power of the Holy Spirit is an extraordinarily powerful thing.
When Jesus walked upon this earth He taught with authority. We are still in awe of His teachings to this day; He taught like no other man. Jesus told His disciples that He was going to go away. This grieved their heart but Jesus said, “But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you.” Then Jesus said 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.”
Though Jesus was a phenomenally powerful teacher that taught with authority they could not bear, or fully comprehend, the teachings of Jesus apart from the Holy Spirit. The teachings of Jesus, and the whole of the Word of God, are spiritual and apart from the Holy Spirit unveiling these truths they are incomprehensible and even foolish to the natural man-the unsaved man. The Holy Spirit begins this process by convicting the world, the lost, of sin, righteousness, and judgment. Then, once the sinner is convicted of these truths and chooses to repent and submit to this conviction by submitting to the Lordship of Jesus the Holy Spirit converts this sinner, removes every blot of sin, resides in him, and begins teaching Him the truths of the things of God, even the deep things, which then produces righteousness.
Though the convicting power of the Holy Spirit is a phenomenally powerful thing, it can be rejected. When the Holy Spirit pierces a sinner’s heart the sinner is forced to make a choice. That choice can be no, but the rejection of the Holy Spirit’s conviction will result into eternal damnation if he doesn’t repent before his death. If the sinner submits to the Holy Spirits conviction and repents the result will be conversion; conversion from death to life, to separation from God to relationship with God, to ignorance of the things of God to having a personal teacher, the Holy Spirit, personally teaching all the truths of God.