|John 14:||26: “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”|
Testify of Yeshua:
|John 15:||26: “But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:”|
|John 16:||8: “And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:|
9: Of sin, because they believe not on me;
10: Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more;
11: Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.”
Notice the Holy Spirit’s threefold duties of reproof:
|1 John 2:||15: “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.|
16: For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.”
|James 4:||4: “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.”
|1 John 3:||1: “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.|
2: Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
3: And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.
4: Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
5: And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.
6: Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.
7: Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.
8: He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
9: Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.
10: In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.
11: For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.
12: Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother's righteous.
13: Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.”
In other words, the sinful practices of the world should not find a welcome home in the minds and lives of true believers. The Holy Spirit reproves the world of sin. He convicts people of their disobedience. He then points out the paths of righteousness, which is obedience to the Almighty's law. The Holy Spirit also warns of the coming Day of Judgment. In short He identifies sin and righteousness and warns us what will happen if we choose to continue in sin.
Christian preachers may point out error. We may define sin with absolute clarity and untiring zeal. We may silence the opposition with an array of unassailable scriptural facts. But that is only a minor part in the process of salvation. In the final analysis it is up to the Holy Spirit to convict the sinner of sin. Until that divine work is done, salvation is not possible. The work of conviction is Yahweh’s work. His Spirit alone can convict the sinner of sin. No evangelist, pastor, priest or teacher should ever try to duplicate the work of conviction. It is the work of the Holy Ghost and He alone can do it. The Holy Ghost uses Yahweh’s law to convict a person of sin. The law identifies sin. It points out sin. But the real work of conviction is done by the Spirit of God! Remember that fact.
Why do we all have consciences? What part in the process of salvation does conscience play? What does the Bible say about conscience?
|John 8:||9: “And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.”|
|Romans 2:||15: “Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another.”
|Romans 9:||1: “I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost,”|
|2 Corinthians 5:||11: “Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.”|
|1 Timothy 4:||2: “Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron.”|
This is an effort to stop the flow of conscience; to silence its voice.
|Acts 23:||1: “And Paul, earnestly beholding the council, said, Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day.”|
|2 Timothy 1:||3: “I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers with pure conscience, that without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day.”|
Make it a personal goal to be able to say those words and mean them.