“And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment. Of sin, because they believe not on me; of righteousness because I go to my father, and ye see me no more; of judgment because the prince of this world is judged” – John 16:8-11
LIGHT FOR NOW: In bible study, never ignore context because context is king in proper interpretation.
Some people have argued or some even have the idea that the Holy Spirit literally does nothing when we sin. They believe that all the Holy Spirit does when we sin is to tell us we are righteous, it’s likely they were in a hurry listening to their teachers; that’s the danger of picking or listening to build your sermon or woo others. And this has happened with many bible concepts. The text John 6:9-11 used to support this notion is the only proof texted by those who use it. In the above text, the concept discussed was about His resurrection not Christian living. How do we know this? The background answer is this and it reads, “Nevertheless I tell you the truth; it is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you” (John 16:7). If I may ask, when Jesus was talking about this in John 16:7, when was He referring to? Was Jesus referring to the incarnation or the resurrection? Jesus was referring to the resurrection. In other words, the comforter (the Holy Spirit) was going to come in the resurrection. So in John 16:9-11, was Jesus discussing Christian living or the resurrection in context? Jesus was discussing the resurrection and not Christian living. It’s going away is His death, burial and resurrection and it’s fact, and this is what He (the comforter/the Holy Spirit) will convince (reprove) on. Some people have likewise used the Apostle James’ word in James 1:5 to back up the fact that the Holy Spirit literally does nothing when a believer sins other than telling you that you are righteous. James 1:5 reads “If any lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men literally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him”. Now the question here is what exactly was James saying? Is it a text that supports the submission that God or the Holy Spirit does nothing when we sin other than telling us we are righteous? We are going to find out. Hallelujah!!!
INSTRUCTION: Always read things in context.
PRAYER: My eyes open up to the revelation of your word, in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: A text is proof tested when such a text is interpreted neglecting the surrounding context.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 2TIMOTHY CHAPTER 2; EVENING: 2TIMOTHY CHAPTER 3