Jesus told His disciples it would be better for them when He departed, because He would send the Holy Spirit after He ascended into heaven (John 16:7).
“And He (Holy Spirit), when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment; concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me; and concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father and you no longer see Me; and concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged.” – John 16:8-11.
The Holy Spirit was sent to continue work Jesus began. Jesus convicted the world concerning sin, righteousness, and judgment during His earthly ministry. One example was His encounter with the woman at the well (John 4). In love, Jesus confronted the woman with her sin of adultery and the reality of the coming judgment. Then Jesus offered her peace in His identity and taught her what it meant to live in righteousness, “God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth (John 4:24).”
Today, the Holy Spirit continues the work of convicting the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. We are fortunate to live today with the current ministry of the Holy Spirit. It was the Spirit Who anointed the sermon of Peter to cause a multitude to be cut to the heart (Acts 2:27), and it is the Spirit Who continues to convict men of their sin today. Godly sorrow is initiated by God through the Holy Spirit. This sorrow then leads to repentance. Man cannot repent until he recognizes his sin and hopelessness. The Holy Spirit indwells the born-again believer and instructs him how to live. The Spirit awakens our conscience and gives us understanding of the Bible so we know how to live righteously. The born-again child of God is equipped by the Bible and the present ministry of the Holy Spirit to live victoriously. We are no longer bound by our old natures. Instead, we are now free to reject sin and embrace holiness.
With regard to judgment, the Spirit reminds us of victory. “The ruler of this world has already been judged,” Jesus said. It is tempting to sing the blues and think sin will win the day. We look around and see families who do not know how to love each other, governments that oppress their citizens, and personal morality falling apart. However, a great hope remains in the victory of Jesus’ death and resurrection. He has defeated death. Satan has been defeated as well. Satan has been judged. The Holy Spirit encourages our hearts and intensifies our longing for the return of Christ.
Dear Jesus, thank You for sending the Holy Spirit to minister to Your people.