Jesus told his followers that it was to their advantage that he ascend into heaven, because unless he left, the Holy Spirit would not have come. Whom would you rather have on the earth, Jesus or the Spirit? Today we hear from Jesus why we should want the Spirit…
7 But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. 8 When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: 9 about sin, because people do not believe in me; 10 about righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; 11 and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.
12 “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. 13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.
I hadn’t thought of the question before, yet Jesus has made it clear that the Spirit’s presence was dependent upon his absence. We could debate the pros and cons all day, couldn’t we? The truth of the Spirit’s presence, however is that he is in each Jesus follower, making us his dwelling place. This powerful presence is not passive, but active.
Jesus told his followers it is to our advantage to have the presence of the Holy Spirit, and here’s why:
The Spirit convicts of sin, righteousness, and judgment. In fact, the number one sin the Spirit convicts of is unbelief in Jesus. The Spirit speaks to the spirits of people in the world of the main issue in their lives. Unbelief in Jesus is what condemns people. Not their other sins.
It’s what we do with Jesus that counts. Because if we believe in Jesus, our other sin is covered. All of it.
We had a view of what righteousness looked like in the person of Jesus. We saw him as he walked the earth. Once he is gone, however, we have the conviction of the Holy Spirit of his righteousness, our sin, and the judgment of all sin and the evil one. The ruler of this world (vs. 11) has been judged already. His sentence is waiting to be executed.
The Spirit will guide us into all truth.
Don’t we need that?
Convict us, Spirit, of these truths today.