“And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin. . . .” —John 16:8
When we know people who are not believers, we obviously want them to come to faith in Christ. Yet as they live their lives and break the laws of God left and right, we see that they seem to have no sense of guilt, no remorse, and no concept they are engaged in wrongdoing. So, we try to assist the Holy Spirit in an attempt to bring them to a sense of conviction.
Mothers are especially effective in this area. Even if you haven’t done anything wrong, one look from Mom will have you confessing something. It is a unique ability mothers have. I remember how my mother would discipline me and never had to strike a blow. Those look and groans were enough to give up the war and surrender. My father wouldtalk once and then the belt, and I avoided that after the frst ocassion.
Jesus, in speaking of the Holy Spirit, said, ” ‘And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin . . . because they do not believe in Me’ ” (John 16:8–9). Another way to translate the phrase, “to convict” is “to convince.” The Holy Spirit is not coming to merely convince us of certain sins, but also to get to the root of our problems: sin itself.
The worst sin we can commit is the sin of not believing in Jesus Christ. This is what we will be ultimately judged for. When we stand before God, it will not be a sin issue as much as it will be a Son issue.
So we must be careful in our zeal to reach people for Christ that we don’t actually deter them. If we get in the way of the work of the Holy Spirit, we can actually drive unbelievers away. If someone can be pressured into the kingdom of God, they can be pressured out. We must let the Holy Spirit do His work in His way.
My prayer is that we will come to our senses and realize that heavn is not about us, but what God has planned for us. Just make sure you are in His plan and be prepared to welcome others.However, the life we exhibit before the unbelievers (sinners) can determine who come to His saving grace. I believe some people are to step back because their lives are o way near the cover of the Sacred Book, far he contents. It is not me to judge but we have to stay out the way of the Holy Spirit.
Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
Co-Founder of The Mystical Order