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I had one of those “Oh WOW”s tonight.

We are studying John 16 in our Home group and talking about the role of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

Just for the record – this wonderful person – the Holy Spirit is the most neglected and misunderstood member of our wonderful 3 in 1 God.

In any case we read this:

He [God the Holy Spirit] will glorify Me, for He will take of Mine and will disclose it to you. All things that the Father has are Mine; therefore I said that He takes of Mine and will disclose it to you. - John 16:14-15 NASB

Let me connect a few dots here and then I want to link this thought to one other passage.

Point 1 –All things that the Father has belong to Jesus.

We know that God has everything – all things temporal and spiritual – all things tangible and intangible. There is not anything that God does not own.

All of that all-ness that belongs to God – is the possession of Jesus.

Jesus has everything – temporal and spiritual… [you get the idea – right?]

Point 2 – The Holy Spirit take what belongs to Jesus (see point 1) and discloses it to us. Disclosure – like revelation – like removing the veil. Some translations render it “declare.”

How does the Holy Spirit do this? By reminding us of what Jesus said. By glorifying Jesus and reminding us of His words – His promises – His commands – His reprimands.

Peter opens his second letter like this.

seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust. - 2 Peter 1:3-4 NASB

Point 3 – By the knowledge of Him (the Holy Spirit will glorify Him and remind us of what He said) we receive everything we need for life and godliness.

This is the ministry of the Holy Spirit. He gives us what the cross bought us by way of revealing truth to us.

Point 4 – through precious and magnificent promises we partake in the divine nature.

What!!!

That’s right – in John 16 when Jesus tells us that the Holy Spirit will take what belongs to Jesus and disclose it to us, He is saying that He is giving it to us. His declaration makes it so, in us. Remember this is the one who made declarations in a vacuum and created everything that is. When these words are passed over us and to us, and penetrate us – we partake – take part in – the divine nature.

BN Writers Page 150Ok – chew on that for a while, and I will see you again next time.

See ya!

Ben

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sin righteousness and judgment

And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment; - John 16:8 NASB

But how?

I have heard this used as an excuse for all manner of condemnation – like:

Well – the Holy Spirit’s job is to convict the world of Sin and since He is in me, I need to get busy convicting the world of sin. So I am going to go to the sinners and start convicting them.

This passage does go on to talk in some more detail about what the Spirit will do in the life of a believer, but as I pondered how the Spirit might go about convicting the world of sin, righteousness and judgment, I thought of what Paul said the Spirit would do in the life of a believer.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. - Galatians 5:22-23 NASB

I know I have said this here before, but the word fruit here is a singular noun. From Vines Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words we have this:

…"the fruit of the Spirit," Gal 5:22, the singular form suggesting the unity of the character of the Lord as reproduced in them, namely, "love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, meekness, temperance," all in contrast with the confused and often mutually antagonistic "works of the flesh." [i]

I like to say the fruit of the Spirit is a love marked by joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

I am convinced that conviction will result as we live Spirit-filled lives, speaking as led by the Spirit and loving in a full-on fruit of the Spirit manner. [Tweet This] Jesus hammered away at the sin He found in the Church leadership – the Pharisees and Priests – but He tended to be more gentle and tender with those trapped in the hold of their unrighteousness. His love was compelling, and the outworking of the Spirit in His life brought many to the place where they were ready when the Church was born and the Spirit poured out at large.

He did not wink at sin, or downplay its dangers, but I believe He was helping get people to a place where they could see and receive the light He had to give. He preached repentance from dead works and faith toward God, and accompanied His preaching with works of compassion and provision.

John 16 goes on to tell us that the Holy Spirit will take what belongs to Jesus and disclose it to us. The basic idea is that filled with the Sprit, we will look like Jesus. As we walk like He walked (1 John 2:6) the world will be convicted of sin, righteousness and judgment.

Have you seen this in your walk? Have you seen your love for someone convict them? I would love to hear about it.

BN Writers Page 150Thanks for stopping by.

See you again soon.

Ben

 

 

[i] Vine, W. "Dictionaries :: Fruit (Bear), Fruitful, Unfruitful." Blue Letter Bible. Sowing Circle. 24 Jun, 1996. Web. 22 May, 2014. .

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