The Holy Spirit convicting the world of guilt

Posted: September 9, 2007 by Daniel in Christianity, encouragement, evangelism, evangelistic message, get equipped, purity, reformed, street evangelism, theology


A light bulb flashed on for me during tonight’s sermon.

Previously I have felt a bit ashamed to speak too much about sin and guilt when presenting the gospel.  I have tended to want to major on “the positives” e.g.  adoption into God’s family, new life and eternal life.

Tonight’s sermon by Pastor John de Boer was titled “The Holy Spirit – Our Roommate”.
One of the points brought out was that the work of the Spirit is like a spotlight directed at Christ. One of the bible texts used was John 16: 8 – 11.

Unless I go away, the Counsellor (Holy Spirit) will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment: 9in regard to sin, because men do not believe in me; in regard to righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; and in regard to judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.

As I read “when He comes, He will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgement…”  it occurred to me that I have not seen the significance of exposing sin for what it is, or as I should have been seeing it.

There is a great temptation to play down the harsh offence of the cross, and make it more appealing.
This text shows that people can’t see their need for Christ till they are convicted of guilt.

  1. Right. A good post, well done.

    It is popular to refer to sin as just ‘our selfishness’, ‘our self centredness’, ‘living for our own desires’, etc. Sin is indeed these things but the bible clearly states that sin is transgression of the law. Calling it something else might give the listener the wrong idea that it is not so serious or that the solution is just to become unselfish. Why not just say it as it is? Sin is a great word – but in using it we also need to explain it in conjunction with the Law; c.f. Romans chapter 3 and chapters 5-8.

  2. rjperalta says:

    True and good post.
    Thanks for declaring the truth.
    Grace to you,

  3. Angela says:

    Hi RJ,
    Grace and peace to you too!!!

  4. billphillips says:

    Good post! My friend and I have had the opportunity to present the “law to the proud, grace to the humble” idea to a few people. He always shows them your verse from John 16. It makes it pretty clear what the Holy Spirit’s objective is, and I certainly want to be heading in the same direction as the Holy Spirit. I think that even if the Ten Commandments don’t humble someone at the time, the Holy Spirit will continue to work on them in the following days. It seems the law gives the Holy Spirit material to work with in convicting of sin, righteousness and judgment.


  5. georgiearm says:

    Bill – good point!
    thanks for pointing that out.
    These things fall into place as you work the idea through.

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