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Daily Readings: 18th September 2015

John 16.8 cont.

8 And He will come and convict the world about sin and about righteousness and about judgement.

3 Jesus described the Holy Spirit as ‘the paraclete’.

This word is translated variously, including: comforter, advocate, helper, counsellor, paraclete, the Redeemer of the accursed (Aramaic Bible in plain English).

The Holy Spirit is called the comforter in most translations, describing His work amongst us as bringing to us re-assurance of salvation, although we are worthy of death. He stands alongside us as the advocate who pleads our case. He is our helper, being the only one who can help us through all the circumstance of life. He leads us in how and what to pray; His power is within us to empower us to live the powerful life of Jesus.

Paul wrote these words regarding the Holy Spirit:

The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as He raised Christ from the dead, He will give life to your mortal body by this same Spirit living within you – Romans 8.11 (NLT).

The Holy Spirit is within us. He is the promise of Jesus, and we know that He keeps His promises.

It is for us all to ask that Jesus will fill and baptize us with the power of the Holy Spirit. We will not be disappointed.

4 Jesus said that the Holy Spirit will convict the world of sin.

Most people recognise that we all sin. This is a general conviction of every human, because we are aware that we do things wrong, we say wrong things, and we entertain wrong ideas.

We understand that we are no different from anybody else, although we often see other peoples’ sin as worse than our own. Jesus described this in the following terms:

[3] And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own?

[4] How can you think of saying, ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye?

[5] Hypocrite! First get rid of the log from your own eye; then perhaps you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye – Matthew 7.3-5 (NLT).

It is the work of the Holy Spirit to convict us of specific sins, and our need of the redeeming sacrifice of Jesus to remove our sin and guilt. We must listen to what the Holy Spirit says to us.

Continued tomorrow

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