We began a study a few weeks ago on condemnation and conviction and repentance. We've looked at condemnation and how it being the ministry of death, has no place in the life of the Christian. Today I want to deal with this idea of the Holy Spirit convicting believers of their sin.
To begin I'd like to use the Biblical method of establishing truth and doctrine.
This is the third time I am coming to visit you (and as the Scriptures say, “The facts of every case must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses” 2 Corinthians 13:1
The Word of God is clear in this matter. If we can't find two or three New Covenant passages from the Word then we discard something as a true teaching or doctrine. For example, we know it's God's will to heal because we see overwhelmingly in the New Covenant His healing hand extended to all who come to Him.
We need to see from the Word two or three passages specifically stating the Holy Ghost convicts you when you as a believer, sins. So here are the three passages detailing the work of the Spirit in convicting you of your sin;
Notice, the blank space above. There exist no passage that states the Holy Spirit convicts believers when they sin. So why then is this such a predominant teaching? Allow me to reveal one passage where the Spirit is convicting someone of sin;
And when he comes, he will convict the world of its sin, and of God’s righteousness, and of the coming judgment. John 16:8
So who is the Holy Ghost convicting of sin? Is it the Church? Is it the believer? It is clear, He convicts the World of sin. Of which sin? Their hate and prejudices? Is it their rampant immorality? Is it their wars and violence to each other? As wicked and wrong as all these are what actually is the Spirit convicting the World of?
convincing the World that Jesus is Lord and He is the only way to new life. Following the work and flow of the Spirit I'm convinced we would see a major decline in the abortions and other immoral acts we see daily.