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When Jesus says the Holy Spirit would convict the world of guilt in regard to sin. What this simply means is what we went through in Bible class this morning: when we compare ourselves to God’s Law and see how we measure up, we don’t like what we see. It’s like we are looking into a mirror, and seeing an ugly, sin-stained person staring back at us. Have you ever read the book or seen the movie, "The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde? In this story, a 20-year-old Dorian has a life-sized picture of himself painted. And he sees this picture and how beautiful it is, and he’s sad. Because the picture is going to always look the same while Dorian gets old and the stress and sins of life are going to cause him to age. And then Dorian makes a wish: he wishes that the picture would change while Dorian’s appearance would remain the same. And that’s what works out. When Dorian is cruel to people, those cynical lines show up around his mouth on the picture, but not on him. And as he ages and becomes a much more nasty person, he keeps his innocent exterior, and the picture of him grows hideous and revolting. Dorian puts the picture away because he doesn’t want to see what he really is supposed to look like. When we look in the mirror at God’s Law, the Holy Spirit convinces us of our sin. None of us can take an honest look at ourselves without being thoroughly repelled and disgusted by our sinful appearance.

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