His work is the reproof of sin, and He will surely help us do it.
John 16:8 – And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
Let’s continue today to examine the purpose Holy Spirit has come fulfill. Our Text for Today indicates He has come to “reprove the world” of three things. We are not speaking of all He has come to do, but of a clearly defined three-fold work towards the world. And specifically, today, we briefly examine item number one on that agenda, and that is “sin.” And why “sin?” The verse following our Text for Today tells us. He has come to “reprove the world…of sin, because they believe not on me.” If you will, remember how we defined “reprove” in our Second Miler yesterday. It means to “confute, admonish, convict, convince, tell a fault, and rebuke.”
At the same time, we must remember that Holy Spirit has not been sent into the world to do a work alone, but has been sent here as the Helper, Teacher, Guide, Comforter, and Paraclete to every member of the body of Christ. We are not His helper; He is ours. His purpose in your life is to help you fulfill your role as a believer. As a believer, you are one with Christ, heir of God, and joint-heir of Christ. We are the ones who have been sent “into all the world.” And it is Holy Spirit Who has been sent at the behest of the Lord Jesus to be our Helper.
The world does not believe on Jesus. For that it must be reproved. Part of our work as ambassadors for Christ is to see to it that the world is reproved of that sin. Please note here, the sin the church has been assigned to reprove is not drinking, smoking, adultery, lying, cheating, stealing, and killing. It is for not believing on Jesus. That is the only sin for which the sinner must go to hell. All that other “stuff” is not being “imputed against” them. It is ONLY for the sin of failing to believe in Jesus. So, what must we do to bring the reproof we are assigned to bring. We are to love one another as Jesus has loved us. God is love. God is light. If we love one another with “agape” love, we automatically shine forth the glorious light of God. His light reveals truth, unveils lies and falsehoods, removes shadows, and pierces darkness. Jesus fully demonstrated the reproof of sin when He went to the cross for the world, and His being raised from the dead and sending of Holy Spirit served to set that work in motion through you and me. Let’s get busy.
Manna for Today – John 16:1-16; Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-20; John 14:12-14; Isaiah 55:8-13; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; John 13:31-35