January 15, 2016
I am grateful for schools, but there are some things that no schoolteacher can teach us. For that matter, no pastor can teach us, but only the Holy Spirit of God. That’s because when it comes to spiritual matters, on our own we can be stunningly ignorant.
But we are not left alone. We have someone to teach us. Jesus said in John 16:7-11: “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. 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.”
Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to convict and convince the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. He sent Him to teach us three vital things we'll never learn in school or anywhere else.
The Truth Concerning Sin
The first lesson is regarding sin. Romans 3:23 teaches us, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” We don’t like to believe it, but man is a sinner. And he is a sinner for three basic reasons:
Because of what he is - Ephesians 2:3 teaches us that we are “by nature the children of wrath.” We think that we are wicked and sinful because of what we do, but really we do what we do because we are sinners.
Because of what he does If that’s not enough, let's talk about what we do. Romans 3:10: “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.” We are sinners, and our thoughts and actions reveal it every day.
Because of what he has not done But the most damning and horrible sin is not something we do but rather what we don’t do. It is the sin of not believing on Jesus Christ. Jesus said concerning Himself in John 3:18, “He that believeth on Him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”
As long as sin is in our lives, there is a barrier between us and a holy God. The Holy Spirit of God knows we must admit our sin. He does what we would never do for ourselves: He convicts us of our sin.
The Truth Concerning Righteousness
But John 16:8 says the Holy Spirit comes to convict us of more than sin, but “of sin, and of righteousness.” The second truth the Holy Spirit wants to teach you is regarding the righteousness of Christ which completes our salvation.
Most people think that righteousness comes by being good. But Paul said in Romans 10:3, “For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.” Isaiah calls our righteousness “filthy rags" (Isaiah 64:6).
We can’t depend on our own righteousness for salvation. That’s why Jesus left His Father, took our sin upon Himself, and died in agony on the cross. He rose victorious over sin, death, hell, and the grave and ascended to the Father to present His blood in the tabernacle in heaven. That's what He's talking about when He says, “I go to My Father.”
Jesus paid the price for redemption with His own righteousness, and there is only one way that a man can be righteous---through Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection. That’s what the Holy Spirit would like to teach us.
The Truth Concerning Judgment
A third and final thing we will never learn in school is about the condemnation of Satan. We seem to think that somehow we're waiting on the outcome of things to see who is going to win: God or Satan. But Jesus said in John 12:31, “Now is the judgment of this world.” John 16:11 says that Satan is judged. It doesn't say he will be judged.
As much as he would like to hide it, the fact is that Satan has already lost and is judged. And like Satan, judgment awaits us if we die in our sin. Many have the idea that somehow God will be merciful even if men do not repent of sin and receive His righteousness. That is not true; the only way to escape judgment is through the righteousness of Jesus Christ.
So you see, these three truths are vital. They are necessary for salvation. The Holy Spirit of God wants to teach them to you. Will you let Him?