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Delivered By
Brian Winburn
Delivered On
April 8, 2018
Central Passage
John 16:4-11
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John 16:4-11 “I did not say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you. 5But now I am going to him who sent me, and none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ 6But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart.7Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. 8And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: 9concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; 10concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer; 11concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.

Conviction doesn’t simply accuse us. That is what Satan does. Conviction charges us with the crime/sin and then proceeds to declare our guilt and announce the punishment for it. There is no one here that is innocent. There are believers who have been convicted of their sin and sought Jesus to take our punishment for us.

The Holy Spirit convicts the world of:

  1. Sin- We are born depraved and without hope or awareness of sin without the Holy Spirit.
    1. V9 sin is the result of unbelief

 

Suppose you took a piece of metal to the blacksmith and asked him to fix it. Suppose you told him that it needed to be fixed but he couldn’t use fire to do so. Yet sinners' hearts are as hard and cold! and just as foolish are they who think that all that is needed is to begin and go on hammering at them, and that will convert them. No! heat the iron, and it may be mended and remolded. Melt the soul with the Spirit of burning, or we are without hope of seeing any saving change.

 

  1. Righteousness- Because He goes to the Father
    1. This is not our conscience. Our conscience can tell us that we have burden of having done wrong, but our conscience can not raise the dead back to life.
    2. Our conscience may tell us that we need cleansing, but it can’t accomplish this. Our conscience may lead us to wonder if God could possible banish our sin without banishing us, can God forget our sin, without forgetting us?
    3. The Holy Spirit answers this in a way the conscience can’t. The Spirit tells us that Jesus can cleanse us. That Christ makes it possible for our sin to be dealt with for all of eternity.
    4. You see the Spirit assures us that we have forgiveness, that we don’t have to live in the past, and that we are new creation in Christ.
    5. Christ is our righteousness
  2. Judgement- The Prince of this world has been judged
    1. For when we have been freed from sin, and made righteous in Christ, we find that we have entered on a life-long struggle with evil; and as the one thing to keep us true, we need the assurance of final victory.
    2. Satan has been judged
    3. Christ has restored the order of things.
    4. One of the great lies of the world and satan is that evil is eternal. It presents the same idea that Star Wars does, that good and evil have a balance. We see Jesus as overthrowing that balance, but this isn’t true. Evil is not eternal. It is an enemy that has been completely defeated and one day will no longer exists. For example, sin brings at least 2 great pains:
      1. Suffering- evil took all of its forces and attacked the 1 pure hearted man that ever lived, Jesus of Nazareth, but it did not win. What Christ asks us to Judge is that He is greater than our suffering. Obedience greater than the pains of evil forces. Suffering lies to us. As a tool of satan/sin it claims that suffering is never ending and that God hates us. Yet, Hebrews tells us that Christ was perfected through suffering. He was always perfect so what does this mean? It means that Jesus didn’t just say He was greater, He proved it. Satan sees suffering a deterrent to following Christ, but God uses it to prove His goodness. To lead us to desire eternal life and not the present life in this evil, wicked world.
      2. Death- This is sins ultimate sting, it’s permanent. Sin thought it had won when it stung Christ with death, but Jesus showed that Death for the Believer is the path to the Father.
      3. So Suffering is welcomed to prove the goodness of God and Death is to be praised as the means through which Christ has brought us to the Father.
    5. We need to Judge the “world” correctly and see our Faith in Christ as One of great Victory over sin.  

 

Charles Spurgeon asked, Oh sirs, if I had a dear brother who had been murdered, what would you think of me if I valued the knife which had been crimsoned with his blood? — if I made a friend of the murderer, and daily consorted with the assassin, who drove the dagger into my brother's heart? Surely I, too, must be an accomplice in the crime! Sin murdered Christ; will you be a friend to it? Sin pierced the heart of the Incarnate God; can you love it? Oh, that there was an abyss as deep as Christ's misery, that I might at once hurl this dagger of sin into its depths, whence it might never be brought to light again! Begone, O sin!

"What is it to believe in Christ?" It is to feel that if God were to sink you to the very depths of hopeless ruin, He would not inflict a punishment greater than your sins have deserved; but, on the other hand, it is to feel that if, in the name and through the righteousness of Christ, He were to raise you to a glory too brilliant for mortal eye to look on, God would not bestow upon you a greater position than Christ's merits entitle you to.

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