Lesson Scriptures: John 15:26-27; 16:7-15
Key Lesson Theme: “The Work of the Holy Spirit”
Today's Lesson: Wednesday, April 7
7 Nevertheless, I am telling you the truth. It is for your benefit that I go away, because if I don’t go away the Counselor will not come to you. If I go, I will send him to you.
8 When he comes, he will convict the world about sin, righteousness, and judgment:
9 About sin, because they do not believe in me;
10 about righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you will no longer see me;
11 and about judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged.
“It is to your advantage that I go away” (ESV). “It is for your benefit that I go away” (CSB). Up to this point, it appears the disciples were focused on the despair they felt at the prospect of His departure. Jesus wanted them to see their view was misguided and limited. He had told them a Comforter would come. Could they not understand that if He did not go away, the Comforter will not come unto you? “The Holy Spirit, of course, was already at work in the hearts of men, but not in the sense of witnessing as Paraclete which could only take place after Jesus had gone back to the Father.”1 However, Jesus said, if I depart, I will send him unto you.
The disciples had become so enamored with the tangible relationship they had with Jesus in the flesh they struggled to understand the spiritual nature of His personhood and work. They could not know the unlimited advantage of His presence through the Holy Spirit if He remained. When Jesus spoke about His departure, He also may have been alluding to His imminent death on the cross. Without His atoning work, redemption would be incomplete. Only when His work was completed would the Spirit come to indwell them. Without the powerful presence of the Spirit, their assignment to be His witnesses would be a hopeless task.
James E. Carter wrote: “Notice that all the areas of conviction of the world by the Holy Spirit center in Christ Jesus. By his death on the cross Jesus showed the real meaning of sin, righteousness, and judgment. By his death on the cross Jesus pronounced the verdict on the world in these three ways, and the Holy Spirit prosecutes the case until the verdict is returned.” 2 The preaching of the gospel under the dynamic power and revelation of the Holy Spirit will continue to confront the world with the necessity of making a drastic change in its understanding of sin, righteousness, and judgment because of the witness concerning the coming of Jesus as God incarnate, His going to the Father as Redeemer, and anticipating His glorious return as exalted Lord.
What are some lasting truths from John 16:7-11?
>Take comfort in knowing we are never left alone; the Holy Spirit is ever present with us.
>The Holy Spirit brings conviction to the world concerning the reality of sin, the way of righteousness, and the fact of judgment.
>By convincing the world concerning sin, righteousness, and judgment, the Holy Spirit vindicates Jesus and the cross as the right and only way to salvation.
Until tomorrow Saints...
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