The Work of the Holy Spirit

“But now I go away to Him who sent Me, and none of you asks Me, ‘Where are You going?’ 6 But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. 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: 9 of sin, because they do not believe in Me; 10 of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; 11 of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.

12 “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13 However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. 14 He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. 15 All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.” — John 16:5-15.

Jesus promises the eleven disciples that, when He goes away, the Holy Spirit — the Spirit of truth — will come to them. He will convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgement. He will guide them into all truth, and glorify Jesus.


According to Jesus, the work of the Spirit was threefold —

First, the Spirit would convict. The word of God is the tool to convict the hearts of people. We must be convicted of our sinfulness, our unrighteousness, and our senseless thinking before we will be able to appreciate our Lord. We should read the word of God with an open heart allowing the Word to convict.

Second, the Spirit would reveal all truth. When we read the scriptures we are reading God’s final revelation. There is no more truth to be revealed if the Holy Spirit revealed all the truth. All of the truth means there is no more to be revealed. Too many are trying to find truth in all the wrong places. The scriptures reveal all the truth and the answers we need for salvation and life are found in them.

Third, the Spirit would glorify Jesus. When we read the Word of God we must see the glory of Jesus in what we are reading. Everything in the scriptures is pointing to the love of God in Christ Jesus. So we read the scriptures looking for the glory of God so that we would praise and honor Him as glorious.

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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