7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. 8 And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
John 16:7-8 (NKJV)
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John 16:7-8 (NIV)-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.
John 16:7-8 (NLT)-7 But in fact, it is best for you that I go away, because if I don’t, the Advocate won’t come. If I do go away, then I will send him to you. 8 And when he comes, he will convict the world of its sin, and of God’s righteousness, and of the coming judgment.
John 16:7-8 (MSG) If I don’t leave, the Friend won’t come. But if I go, I’ll send him to you. “When he comes, he’ll expose the error of the godless world’s view of sin, righteousness, and judgment.
In this portion of Scripture Jesus told his disciples that it was best that he left so the Holy Spirit would come. If He did not descend to the Father, the Holy Spirit could not descend from heaven! But this was very difficult for disciples to understand, they said among themselves, how is it possible that this would be better? Is in situations like these that Romans 8:28 becomes a reality in our lives, ” And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”
Jesus always has the best plan, he knew what he was doing; the eternal plans were being carried out! It was already established; as Jesus would leave, the Holy Spirit would come to carry out the Mission of convincing the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. The Holy Spirit was to baptize the disciples and under his power they would be witnesses of Jesus. Acts 1:4-5 tells us, ” And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; 5 for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”
Today we must understand the important role the Holy Spirit takes in the work of evangelism. We recognize that we are limited in what we can do for a person to come to repentance. It is only the conviction of the Holy Spirit that leads a person to recognize their sin and seek salvation in Jesus. In acts 2:37-38 tells us, “now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?” Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
Let us pray this day that we can fill ourselves with the Holy Spirit, that we may be instruments in His hands to see men and women come to know the eternal salvation. Only the Holy Spirit does the work! All we have to do is put ourselves in His hands.
John 7:39 (NKJV)-39 But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.
John 14:16-17 (NKJV)-16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.
John 14:26 (NKJV)-26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.
Acts 1:4-5 (NKJV)-4 And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; 5 for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”
Acts 2:37 (NKJV)-37 Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?”
John 8:9 (NKJV)-9 Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience,[a] went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.
John 17:21 (NKJV)-21 that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me