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Daily Reading: 21st September 2015

John 16.11

11 but concerning judgement, because the ruler of this world has been judged.

6 The work of the Holy Spirit is also about judgement.

The meaning of the word ‘judgement’ is a decision that is made, and a sentence that is passed. In the New Testament this refers to the decisions, and sentencing of God, His judgement.

The verdict is that we are all sinners. This is God’s decision on every human being. We are all under the sentence of death. That is the judgement of God.

His word tells us:

For all have sinned; all fall short of God’s glorious standard – Romans 3.23 (NLT).

How do I know the judgement of God on my life? It is through the work of the Holy Spirit. He convicts me of my sin. He exposes to me the areas in my life where I am falling short of the standard that God has set. He convinces me that I need to repent and receive the salvation that God has provided through Jesus dying on the cross.

The judgement that the Holy Spirit brings is:

a our being guilty sinners;

b Our need to repent, turn from our sins and receive Jesus as our Lord and Saviour;

c but also that Jesus has taken all sin upon Himself and paid its price so that we can receive eternal life through Him:

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord – Romans 6.23 (NLT).

None of us can come to Jesus without the Holy Spirit convicting us of our sin that brings us under judgement.

He works in our conscience, and in our spirits to expose to us the sin that is pervading every part of our being. Yet it is not to condemn us, but to show us the way of the Father to lead us out of our sin and into the glorious light of Jesus:

He called you out of the darkness into His wonderful light – 1 Peter 2.9 (NLT).

We know when the Holy Spirit is convicting us of sin, because of the overwhelming sense of guilt that lays heavily upon us. The way forward is to repent and receive the forgiveness and cleansing that Jesus has paid for on the cross.

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