The podcast this week, “We are righteous in Christ, BUT the Holy Spirit convicts us of sin,” will challenge you to look at ‘sin’ from a different perspective – from the perspective of the finished work of the cross. You’ll also look at what the Holy Spirit actually does, and what, exactly, is He convicting who of?
Most of us were taught in church that Holy Spirit is convicting us of sin, but that is not the job of Holy Spirit. That point of view comes from a relationship with the Law.
First, in John 16:7, Jesus describes the Holy Spirit as (depending on your translation) divine encourager, advocate, helper, counselor – not convictor.
Next, He describes what the Holy Spirit will do:
When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment
– John 16:8
So, the Holy Spirit is here to show the world the truth about sin, righteousness, and judgment. And what is that?
about sin, because people do not believe in me;
– John 16:9
The Pharisees did not believe in Jesus, but believed they were righteous because they followed the Law.
about righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer;
– John 16:10
Jesus accomplished His work and is seated in Heaven – where we are seated in Him! When we are ‘convicted’ by the Holy Spirit, He is reminding us that we are guilty of being in Jesus, being righteous in Him, being holy in Him. Holy Spirit reminds us of who we are!
and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.
– John 16:11
The ruler of this world and sin has already been condemned.
Some other key points in this podcast include:
- What ‘sin’ actually is and where it originated from
- The reality of ‘self-righteousness’
- What our union with Jesus actually means (hint: we are dead to sin and alive in Christ – good luck convicting a dead person!)
Listen to Episode #75 – Christian Contradictions, We are righteous in Christ, BUT…
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