“And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgement: 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 judgement, because the ruler of this world is judged.”John 16:8-11
Today, in our world, the lines of right and wrong are constantly blurred.
What begins as a little sin becomes a lot of sin. A little can become a lot very easily. And slowly a small detour on our path toward God soon becomes a major derailment. And before we know it we are off in a completely different direction than what we should be.
How wonderful that we don’t have to determine our steps alone.
Jesus gives us this gift of The Helper, the Holy Spirit, to help us make our way through the world and to make decisions.
Jesus even tells us about the Helper and his purpose before He leaves us physically.
“And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgement”
sin = how we are not right with God
righteousness = how we are right with God
judgement = how to judge between the two
The Holy Spirit can help us decipher between sin and righteousness.
The Helper will also tell us HOW to determine between the two.
Christ goes on to illustrate….
“concerning sin because they do not believe in me”
Because they don’t believe in God, and therefore, sin, they need a guide to remind them.
“concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer”
Because I can personally (in the person) can no longer show you righteousness on earth as I am leaving this physical world.
“concerning judgement, because the ruler of this world is judged.”
Because God is judged by man, we must know how to judged correctly to choose Him and his will.
For all these reasons, we need our Helper to guide us in our judgement of all things.
LJLS Journal Reflect & Respond:
To judge correctly, we must first know what the Truth is. Then, when questions arise, you can compare the situation to the Truth. This will allow you to see what is right or not right with God.
Reflect on a time when you had a decision to make. If you had went to Scripture to compare the Truth, how would the outcome have changed?