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“He . . . Will Convict the World Concerning
In John 8:31–32, Jesus said to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you
abide in My Word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you shall know
the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” This offended Jesus’ fellow
Jews. How could anyone tell them they were in bondage, or slavery, to the
power of Sin?!
Many today may admit to an occasional sin, but they would be offended if
Jesus told them that, apart from Him, they were enslaved to Sin. You may
also be offended. You may also find yourself doubting Jesus’ Word when He
says that in spite of your best intentions, sinful ideas, fantasies, and
evil actions come forth from your heart every hour (Matthew 15:19). Jesus
further says to you that if you commit even one sin each week, you are a
slave to Sin.
To believe in Jesus and His teaching about Sin—by your own strength—is
impossible. Why? Because Jesus’ teaching is beyond human reason.
YOUR SITUATION IS NOT HELPLESS!
The Good News from Jesus’ lips to you is this: the Holy Spirit will
“convict” you of your disease of Sin (John 16:8). This means you need not
struggle and say, “I simply cannot believe that Sin is a disease with which
I am incurably infected.” By your own reason and strength you cannot believe
this. Rather, as Jesus says, the Holy Spirit will not only instruct you and
give you spiritual information (John 14:26), which He certainly does, He
will also convict you of this teaching. As some say, the Holy Spirit will
internalize this teaching in your heart and soul.
MORE GOOD NEWS FOR YOU!
Now, here is more Good News for you. The Spirit promises to work in your
heart a desire to receive God’s divine Medicine, a miracle Medicine to
prevent the Sin-infection from overtaking you and destroying your faith. St.
Paul gives expression to this Spirit-created desire for divine Medicine to
subdue the power of Sin when he says, “Wretched man that I am! Who will set
me fee from the body of this death?” (Romans 7:24). Through the psalmist,
the Spirit also speaks of the thirst He creates in each of us: “O God, Thou
art my God; I shall seek Thee earnestly; my soul thirsts for Thee, my flesh
yearns for Thee” (Psalms 63:1).
BELIEVE JESUS, YOUR DIVINE PHYSICIAN, AND
RECEIVE HIS SIN-FIGHTING MEDICINE
The Spirit of God earnestly desires you to accept the diagnosis that Jesus,
your divine Physician, gives you. By your own reason or strength, you cannot
believe and live out the biblical teaching that the power of Sin is hourly
at work in you. Trust the Spirit. He will convict you of this key teaching.
And the Spirit will do more. He will not only lead you to God’s Medicine to
suppress the power of Sin at work in you; in Christ, the Spirit will open
your heart and lips to declare all that God has done to forgive, cleanse,
heal, and save you! (Psalm 51:14–15).
Blessed Lord Jesus, Your marvelous teachings are beyond reason. Send
Your Spirit to convict me of all my Sin. Then, by Your Spirit, give me the
faith I need to receive, daily, Your divine Medicine that cleanses me from
Sin and destines me to be in heaven, forever with You. Amen.
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