The Work of the Holy Spirit

Moody was to have a campaign in England. An elderly pastor protested, “Why do we need this Mr. Moody? He’s uneducated, inexperienced, etc. Who does he think he is anyway? Does he think he has a monopoly on the Holy Spirit?” A younger, wiser pastor rose and responded, &q … More

Holy Spirit

At the beginning of this chapter, Jesus warns that persecution will strike the church and some Christians will fall away (vv. 1-4). He spoke of two ways in which his followers would be persecuted. (v. 1) They would be excommunicated from the synagogue (v. 2). Jesus also said that men would think they were rendering a service to God when they killed His followers. Tertullian said, “While it is true the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church, it is also true that their blood is the stain on the pages of history.”

Having just revealed the hostility of the world which the disciples would face after He left them, He now explains to them the need for the Holy Spirit  (vv. 5-11). The disciples were bewildered and grief-stricken men. All they knew was that they were going to lose Jesus, but He told them that in the end this was all for the best, because when He went away, the Holy Spirit, the Strengthener will come (v. 7). When He was in the body He could not be everywhere with them. Now everywhere a man goes the Holy Spirit is with him. This is what Jesus says the Holy Spirit will do (v. 8):

  1. The Holy Spirit will convict men of sin.
  2. The Holy Spirit will convince men of righteousness.
  3. The Holy Spirit will convince men of judgment.

Jesus goes on to explain how the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth, whose great work is to bring God’s truth to all men (vv. 12-15). This bringing of God’s truth to men we call illumination. All truth is God’s truth, and the illumination of all truth is the work of the Holy Spirit. It is not men’s discovery it is God’s gift. As we witness in this hostile world, the Holy Spirit takes the Word He has taught us; and shares Jesus Christ with the lost. It is our job to witness; it is the Spirit’s job to convict.



The nearer I live to Jesus, the better I will know Him. The more I listen to the Holy Spirit, the more He will be able to guide me. To enjoy His revelation I must accept His teaching.

John 16:1-11 (English Standard Version)

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