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Wordwise Insight, Issue #151
February 14, 2017


BIBLE INSIGHTS (and Reader Q & A): Does the Holy Spirit convict Christians when they sin?

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Convicting Christians

QUESTION: Does the Holy Spirit "convict" Christians of sin?

ANSWER: Thank you for the question. It's an interesting one. The convicting ministry of the Spirit of God is spoken of by Christ in John 16:7-11. In the context, "the [unsaved] world" is the special target of this work–those who "do not believe in Me."

After the death and resurrection of Christ, and His return to heaven, the apostles, and those who would follow them, were charged with the preaching of the gospel (Mk. 16:15). But the unsaved are spiritually dead (Eph. 2:1 5). In themselves, they have no spiritual awareness that they have offended a holy God (I Cor. 2:14). How then would they know of their need of Christ? It's the work of the Holy Spirit to awaken them to their need.

As Christians, we have an entirely different relationship to the Spirit of God from what the unsaved do. We have been regenerated by the Spirit (Jn. 1:12-13), and He "bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God" (Rom. 8:16). We are permanently indwelt by the Spirit (II Cor. 1:21-22; Eph. 1:13-14), and led by the Spirit (Rom. 8:14). We are being transformed by the Spirit into the likeness of Christ (II Cor. 3:17-18; Gal. 5:22-23). We also have a new awareness and sensitivity to spiritual things, through the ministry of the Holy Spirit (I Cor. 2:9-12).

When we pray, the Spirit of God is even more aware of our needs than we are, and interprets our prayers before the throne of God, according to His will (Rom. 8:26-27). When the believer sins by doing what is contrary to the Spirit's will and leading, he "grieves" the Spirit (Eph. 4:30). When the believer sins by not doing what the Spirit prompts him to do, he is said to "quench" the Spirit (I Thess. 5:19). What then?

It is a profoundly intimate relationship we have with the Spirit of God. It seems almost inconceivable that...

(To read the remainder of this article, click on Convicting Christians.)


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