Summary: The work of the Holy Spirit as discribed by Jesus in john 16:8-11
Title: Grace Exposed
MAIN TEXT: John 16: 8 And when he comes, he will prove the world wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: 9 about sin, because they do not believe in me; 10 about righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you will see me no longer; 11 about judgment, because the ruler of this world has been condemned.
The work of the Holy Spirit according to Jesus, as related through John’s gospel
It is good that I go…….
The age of Grace.
In John’s writing a different view is taken, different than Mark, Luke and Matthew.
John takes an alpha and omega view of God.
John takes an apocalyptic view of God’s intentions and how they play out on a universal scale.
John like the other writers of our scriptures wants us to use these words to enlighten our own personal lives to holiness.
John’s intention is to honor God by showing us the scale and magnitude of God’s plan.
So, looking into John 16 we see these words;
5 “Now I am going to him who sent me, yet none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ 6 Because I have said these things, you are filled with grief. 7 But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.
8 When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment: 9 in regard to sin, because men do not believe in me; 10 in regard to righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; 11 and in regard to judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.
12 “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. 13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. 14 He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you. 15 All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will take from what is mine and make it known to you
Jesus tells us of the work of the Holy Spirit.
The three things that the Spirit of God will do for mankind,
Convict of Sin, Set the standard of righteousness and convince us of the power of God over the evil of this world.
Today I want to remind us all of the scale to which a child is born to us, the blessed Jesus our Messiah.
To bring to this season the magnitude of that birth.
We need only to go to John’s first few sentences and read:
The Word Became Flesh
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning.
3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.
Wrap that in the eternal view of Johns’ writings.
John’s premise is always the big picture, when you read John’s letters or the book of Revelation you see that John truly gets it, the scope and magnitude.
I want to remind you of this great plan and the enormous purpose of it all today.
And I would like to do it with a very Wesleyan twist.
The first would be of course the work of Grace known as :
Idea # 2
9 in regard to sin, because men do not believe in me;
This grace is the power of God to convict of the unbelief in Jesus
This Grace woo’s you into the truth, starts your heart in the direction of home, to draw you into the kingdom of God through the power of conviction.
Where would we be if we still believed that we could somehow earn our way to His grace, this idea passed away when Jesus became to lamb for our sins.
Then there is
Idea # 3 Justifying Grace
10 in regard to righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer;
This Grace is the grace that receives your conviction and transforms it into faith.
Being led by the Holy Spirit by preveining into your hellish spiral of separation from God, You have been brought into the power of life.