Today's verses are John 16:9-11: "And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment; concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer; concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged." My child, I had just told my disciples, and you, that it is to your advantage that I send my Helper, the Holy Spirit, to come to you. I will no longer be bound to one geographical area. I will be able to minister my grace and love all over the world by all my followers.
But I also want to share with you the work of the Helper. He convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment. No one will ever come to faith in me unless they know they are sinners and unrighteous, deserving of eternal judgment.
The work of the Holy Spirit is to convict people of their sin, unrighteousness and judgment. This is accomplished primarily by the preaching of the gospel. The truth of your sin and my forgiving grace, proclaimed by you, witnessed on the cross and in the power of the resurrection, is what illuminates hearts to be forgiven and believe in me. This is accomplished solely by the power of the Holy Spirit. All this can only occur because I go to my Father in heaven!
Notice too that through my cross, resurrection and ascension, the ruler of this world, Satan, has been judged forever. He not only has been judged, but he remains in that eternal judgment. He knows it. His demons know it. They know their time is short. That's why he constantly makes war against me and my people. That's why he motivates some false religions to murder my followers. That's why he furiously tempts people to sin and degradation.
But he is forever defeated. Remember it as he comes after you! His doom is sure.
My child, I need to give you one more thought. If my Holy Spirit dwells richly in you, you need to know this truth. If you ever hear a voice of condemnation within you, one that threatens your identity with me, it is not from me. A voice of condemnation will remind you that you're worthless. You have failed. No one could ever love you. That is the voice of the evil one! He wants you to feel your sin is beyond my grace. It's a lie! Don't believe it. There is therefore now no condemnation for those in me. Your eternal relationship with me can never be separated. It is forever secure in me.
However, my Holy Spirit will convict you of your sin. Yes, my followers still sin. You will still need occasionally to be cleansed as you live in this dark, dirty world. That conviction will lead you back to me. You simply confess your sin and rediscover my grace, where I am faithful and just to forgive you of all unrighteousness. Just don't use my grace to continue to sin. That only shows you don't truly understand my grace.
Condemnation threatens our relationship. It's from Satan. Conviction points out your sin for repentance. It's from my Holy Spirit. Know the difference. It's essential for your growth in me.
I love you more than you'll ever know on this side of eternity.
You can trust me today.