Does the Holy Spirit actually convict you of sins?

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Dear friends.

The Holy Spirit is called the Spirit of righteousness and the Spirit of grace.

See. 2 Corinthians 3:8-9
8 will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious? 9 If the ministry that condemns men is glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness!

And

Hebrews 10:29
29 How much more severely do you think a man deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God under foot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified him, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace?

In 2 Cor 3. His ministry opposes the ministry of death and condemnation. He ministers life and confers righteousness.

In Hebrews 10. He is referred to as the Spirit of grace. The term trampling over the blood of Jesus is a term use to describe believing the blood of Jesus as giving only temporal cleansing like that of the blood of bull and goats.

It is the Spirit that testified for you that you sins are not just forgiven but forgotten.

See. Hebrews 10:15-17
15 The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. First he says:
16 “This is the covenant I will make with them

after that time, says the Lord.

I will put my laws in their hearts,

and I will write them on their minds.”
17 Then he adds:
“Their sins and lawless acts

I will remember no more.”

Note it is the Spirit that testify for you. The reason is because Jesus offered his blood through the Holy Spirit.

See. Hebrews 9:14
14 How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!

Hence. How can someone argue the Spirit convicts a believer of his daily sins and wrongs

Here are some more musings about the Holy Spirit from Paul Ellis.

One of the biggest signs that a believer does not fully understand what happened at the cross of the Calvary, is that they are scared of the Holy Spirit and His work. They view him as a Convictor and Policeman even though Jesus called Him the Comforter and Counselor. Their perceptions are shaped by old covenant traditions rather than new covenant truths.

Here are 10 myths and 10 truths about the Person of Holy Spirit:

Myth 1: The Holy Spirit keeps a record of my sin.
Truth 1: The Holy Spirit remembers your sin no more (He 10:17).

The Holy Spirit is not forgetful, but love keeps no record of wrongs. At the cross, justice was done and all your sins were forgiven (Col 2:13). To forgive literally means to send away. Your sins have been removed as far as the east is from the west (Ps 103:12). God has reconciled the world to Himself and is no longer counting men’s sins against them (2 Cor 5:19). If the old covenant was characterized by remembrance of sins (He 10:3), the new is characterized by forgetting them (He 8:12).

Myth 2: The Holy Spirit convicts me of my sin.
Truth 2: The Holy Spirit convicts you of your righteousness (Jn 16:10).

How could He convict you of something that He chooses not to remember? Jesus has done away with sin by the sacrifice of Himself (Heb 9:26). Your sins are not the problem. The real question is whether you trust in the grace of God. As an expression of His love and mercy, the Holy Spirit convicts the world of the sin of unbelief in Jesus. But the only thing He “convicts” or rather, convinces, Christians of is their righteousness (Jn 16:8-10).

Myth 3: The Holy Spirit leads me to confess my sin.
Truth 3: The Holy Spirit leads you to confess Jesus is Lord (1 Co 12:3)!

The Holy Spirit will never seek to distract you from Jesus. His ministry will always make you Jesus-conscious rather than self-conscious (Jn 16:14). Specifically, the Holy Spirit will lead you to recognize Jesus as Lord which means everything you have – including your problems and sins – belongs to Him. You don’t have the right to your sins. They are not yours for He bought them with His blood. Still thinking about your sins? Then reckon yourself dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus (Rm 6:11).

Myth 4: The Holy Spirit is watching to see if I slip up and fail to finish.
Truth 4: The Holy Spirit personally guarantees your salvation and inheritance (Eph 1:13-14).

When you were saved you were marked as one of God’s own (2 Cor 1:22) and sealed with the Spirit for the day of redemption (Eph 4:30). The Holy Spirit is not a fault-finder, but a hope-giver (Rm 15:13). His hope is a firm and secure anchor for the soul (He 6:19). What’s your part in this? Trust Him!

Myth 5: The Holy Spirit reveals God’s judgment.
Truth 5: The Holy Spirit reveals God’s love (Rm 5:5).

“God has poured out his love into our hearts by means of the Holy Spirit…” (Rms 5:5, GNB). “So then, love has not been made perfect in anyone who is afraid, because fear has to do with punishment” (1 Jn 4:18). If you fear God’s punishment, please allow me to introduce you to the Holy Spirit.

Myth 6: The Holy Spirit inspires us to fear a holy and distant God.
Truth 6: The Holy Spirit helps you to know and draw near to God your Father (Eph 1:17, Gal 4:6).

“For the Spirit that God has given you does not make you slaves and cause you to be afraid; instead, the Spirit makes you God’s children, and by the Spirit’s power we cry out to God, ‘Father! My Father!’” (Rm 8:15, GNB). Wow! How good is that?!

Myth 7: The Holy Spirit lives somewhere out there, probably behind Alpha Centauri.
Truth 7: The Holy Spirit lives in you (1 Co 6:19; 2 Ti 1:14, Rm 8:11).

Under the old covenant, God lived in the temple. In the new covenant, you are the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Co 6:19). Where does He live? In you! As Ralph Harris says, you are “God’s sacred mobile home.”

Myth 8: The Holy Spirit comes and goes. We need to cry out for Him to come.
Truth 8: The Holy Spirit abides, dwells, stays with you and in you (Jn 14:17, 1 Jn 3:24, Rm 8:11).

In the old covenant the Holy Spirit rested on certain people for certain times. But in the new covenant He abides with us and “makes His home in us” (2 Ti 1:14 AMP). If you have received the Holy Spirit, be comforted, for He’s not going anywhere. He has promised to never leave nor forsake us (He 13:5).

Myth 9: The Holy Spirit plays hard to get.
Truth 9: The Holy Spirit is The Gift, sent by Jesus and freely given by the Father (Jn 16:7, Lk 11:13, Acts 10:45).

According to Galatians 3:14, Jesus redeemed us so that we might receive the blessings promised to Abraham, namely, the promise of the Holy Spirit. Do you believe that Jesus has redeemed you? Then you are eligible to receive the promised Holy Spirit. Who is not eligible to accept Him? The (unsaved) world, “because it neither sees Him or knows Him. But you know Him, for He lives with you and will be in you” (Jn 14:17). Look at what Peter said to those who heard the gospel at Pentecost: “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:38). The Holy Spirit does not limit Himself to a chosen few. Believe in Jesus and you will, you will, you will receive the promised Gift! Believe it!

Myth 10: To receive the Holy Spirit you must fast, pray, attend some classes, get straightened out, act holy…
Truth 10: The Holy Spirit is received by faith (Gal 3:14).

Did you fast and pray to receive Jesus? Didn’t think so. You just received by faith. It’s exactly the same with the Holy Spirit. How do we receive the promise of the Spirit? By faith (Gal 3:14)! “If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!” (Lk 11:13). Here Jesus is saying that the Holy Spirit is freely given to all who ask. Don’t let anyone tell you that you must do stuff to earn what God freely gives. Jesus already did it all. “Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.” (Jn 16:24)

by Escape to Reality.

See also: http://hischarisisenough.wordpress.com/2012/11/02/the-holy-spirit-our-friend/ for further reading.

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18 thoughts on “Does the Holy Spirit actually convict you of sins?

  1. why does it have to be always ptr JP being persecuted?
    please persecute me too! me also me! :)

    some few assessment on the video.

    1. When Jesus spoke to His disciples, He didn’t speak in greek. but in aramaic. so the word convict must be understood in aramaic expression.

    for discussion purpose lets settle with the greek

    John 16:8
    When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment

    would it be unfair to ommit judgement? because the holy Spirit convicts of 3 things.

    so are we convicted of Righteousness, Sin and Judgement?

    2. he uses the verse “all scripture is inspired by God ..”. I would like to argue that Paul was referring to the old testaments. but I am not saying that the letters of the apostles are not inspired by God. and this verse does not say anything about the holy Spirit convicts the believer of sin.

    3. most of his verses were quoted prior to Jesus death at the cross. in other words before even the Holy Spirit is received. I really would like to see a clear and not subjective verse after the book of John.

    like a verse similar to this

    ‘didst thou not knew? that they holy Ghost convicts thee of sin ?’

    4. He uses the verse “if your brother sins, go and show him his fault” and refers to the brother as believer.

    I beg to differ.
    the brother here is not a believer. and that the holy spirit is not yet given. the brother refered here is a jew brother.

    “if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector”
    – Matthew 18:17

    5. he uses 1 Timothy 5:20 and says the Holy Spirit convicts of sin. I beg to differ. Paul instructs timothy to rebuke.

    “Those who continue in sin, rebuke in the presence of all, so that the rest also will be fearful of sinning”

    so it is timothy who does the rebuking

    so it goes with Titus 1:12

    Paul was instructing Titus to reprove the ‘cretans’

    6. he uses Hebrew 12:5 and says Gods discipline is convicting of the Lord. again, I beg to differ.

    the word discipline is teaches.

    I will include Hebrews 12:1

    “let us STRIP OFF every weight that slows us down, especially THE SIN that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us”
    “We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus”

    we must strip off ‘sin’ to run the race. to strip sin means to focus on Jesus. to focus on Jesus our righteousness. amen. and not on ourselves our goodness.

    7. he said “it is dangerous to believers because they will resist the holy Spirit convicting them of sin they will think it is the devil when actually its God trying to help them deal with sin”

    i though God has dealt all the sins once and for all at the Cross?

    if the holy Spirit convicts of sin, then whats next? confess your sins to be forgiven? that aint the new covenant

    if the holy Spirit does convict of sin, who can resist? even the devil cannot resist the conviction of Judgement upon him!

    even the world who does not believe in Jesus are convicted of unbelief. I say the holy Spirit is convicting believers of righteousness but they are busy dealing with sin. they have forgotten christ who has become righteousness for them.

    8. he mentions Hebrews 10:17

    “their sins and lawless deeds i will remember no more”

    he misunderstood the powerful of the new covenant.

    the way he explains it “those who allow the holy Spirit to convict of sin, can be reassured repentance and confession results in God remembering their sins no more.

    now, THIS IS TWISTING THE SCRIPTURE.

    I am so angry.

    God has forgotten my sins! period.

    9. he mentions Hebrews 10:26-27 “If we go on sinning wilfully”

    the way he frames it, as if genuine believers loves to sin and lives in sin. He is giving an impression the believers who reject the conviction of sin are those who live and loves sinning.

    [I honestly have a post for this ready for publish tommorow]

    10. he says we need to strongly desire the convicting of the holy Spirit of sin. and to empower us to live righteously.

    well, I say we need to strongly desire the holy Spirit convicting us of righteousness.

    and how to we live righteously? by being convicted of sin? no way! but by being reminded “I am the righteousness of God in Christ”

    my conclusion. in every conversation there is always a context and a the pretext.

    i pressume
    his pretext is that, genuine believers sin and loves sinning
    his context is that, sins must be confess to be forgiven.

    wew. long post :)

    – grace and peace

    • Actually the word there is “convinced”. It is the same word used in 1Co 14:24 But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believeth not, or one unlearned, he is convinced of all, he is judged of all:”

      Roger fails to appreciate the fact that the reason you are convinced of righteousness is because he is going to his Father. Reading John in context you must note what he said a few verses and chapters before. Here is the context:

      It is expedient for you that I go away. See for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.

      Here Jesus says it is for your (the disciples) benefit that I go, so he (the Spirit) may come. It is for their benefit.

      2. Read now chapter 14 and 15: see v11 Chapter 14: 11 Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves. 12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.”

      So as such when Jesus goes to the Father, we will do greater things! Why? Because Jesus says he will send the Holy Spirit. “16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be[c] in you.” Notice the words that he is now with you but he will be in you?

      Notice also that we will do greater things? Does therefore sound like reprove to you in terms of righteousness? Brother, Jesus leaving us is the best thing that ever happen to a believer. As such conviction of righteousness here in the light of him “going to the Father” is really conviction that you are actually as righteous as Jesus.

      That is why you shall do greater things than Him. As such with the greatest respect to Roger, I cannot agree with his interpretation of the word “convict”.

      • i miss that part on John. now it is making sense why we are convicted of righteousness
        I am able understand why Jesus would not convict Peter of his denial of Jesus

        yesterday, for some reason I was searching for the
        hebrew word convict in the old testament but have not done much research on it.

        the use of the greek word convict in the book of John seems to be generalized.
        the same reason why many bible readers generalized their though on the word ‘convict’

        i use to think negatively only of convict (as it was a term use for prosecuting criminals in court)
        so when paired with ‘the holy Spirit will convict’, the negative implication is sub conciously brought in.

        righteousness is possitive, whereas sin is negative.

        the convict and sin is match by the brain and mixing with our piousness and religion
        there we get our idea of sin conviction to everyone.

        one example is the word blasphemy. usually our brain tells us ‘holy Spirit’ or ‘unforgivable’

        wow.. i love to attend your bible studies bro… looks like exciting. I am learning a lot from your post…

    • got it.
      those little words ‘the sin’ and ‘sin’ have huge impact on the meaning.

      moving back to hebrews 10 to willfull sinning
      I think that ‘willfull’ sinning means refusing to believe in Christ
      as opposed to what the popular thinking that willfull sinning is ‘adultery’, ‘stealing’, ‘murder’ and the likes… honeslty i believe all this ‘sin manifestation’ are forgiven.

      now it makes sense why willfull sinning is rejecting Christ blood. becaue it is rooted in unbelief. and so, the holy Spirit will convict them of that sin.

      good talks…

      – grace and peace

      • “sinning deliberately” in Hebrews 10:26

        The words ‘sinning deliberately’ in Hebrews 10:26 does not mean you live a lifestyle of sin. It refers to ‘treating the blood of the son of God as common’. In other words it means that we treat the blood of Jesus as if it is the blood of bulls and lambs. The previous verses say that the blood of bulls and goats covers your sins for a year. Hebrews 10 goes on to say Jesus’s blood took away your sins once and for all. Hebrews 9 tells you Jesus offered his blood through the eternal Spirit in an eternal tabernacle securing eternal forgiveness.

        As such if you still think that Jesus’s blood only secures your forgiveness until your next confession or your next repentance or sacrifice, you are ‘sinning deliberately’ in accordance to Hebrews 10:26. You have just treated Jesus’s blood as common and insulted the Spirit of grace who had just said ‘I remember their sins no more’.

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  3. Love The article

    Some people are like but what about verses that say unless we obey him we are not his etc….

    Some people take that to mean unless we obey Him to keep salvation or to earn it, which is both not biblical.

    I think people needs to understand we obey Christ, through walking in The Spirit, that if one has The holy Spirit, they are literal a new creation, they do not think well do i want to live for Christ? NO they Just Do! if you a new creation! It comes your uttermost desire to live for Christ, because this desire comes through the Holy Spirit!

    I think this is what people need to understand!

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