In this final post on the subject of the Holy Spirits conviction, I’ll further examine the last source of conviction, the Conscience.
This seems necessary, as there are some who still believe that it is the work of the Holy Spirit to convict us of sins.
But before that, here is a brief recap of the previous posts on this subject through looking at what’s written in the bible?
Isaiah 6:1-8, Isaiah recognised his sin in the presence of God, there was no convicting Holy Spirit.
The woman caught in adultery in the book of John 8:1-11, Jesus neither accused the woman or the teachers of the law and Pharisees. However, with regards to her accusers, they walked away recognising the sin within their own hearts.
God says I will remember your sins no more. Isaiah 43:25, Hebrew 8:12.
More than that we are justified before God by God Romans 8:31-39, and let’s remember that the trinity is not divided.
The conscience being a source of conviction is confusing for some, as they cannot understand that we can have an internal conversation with God about our failings, without God being the source of our conviction.
Can we have a conversation with God about our failings?
Yes we can. If however there isn’t an external agent, the primary source of the conviction of our sins is our own conscience, because God has already said that he will not always accuse us, Psalm 103:9 and Isaiah 57:16.
Having a look at the first example of mankind's encounter with sin. We’ll see that it is Adam and Eve who first address the issue. In Genesis 2:9 they were commanded not to eat the fruit of the ‘Tree of the knowledge of good and evil’.
Sin came into the world through the disobedience of Adam and Eve as a result of their attaining Knowledge through the eating of the forbidden fruit.
So, when God walked in the garden in the cool of the evening, they hid from him.
Long before God meets with them, Adam and Eve knew they were naked and had sewn leaves to cover themselves. They were no longer innocent, the Knowledge was now within them, they already knew the difference between good and evil.
This is how we know we have sinned, the Knowledge of good and evil is now also within us , the Holy Spirit does not need to raise the issue, we accuse ourselves.
In Genesis 3:8-13 the dialogue is of God questioning their actions and the man and woman indicting themselves. God did not need to accuse Adam and Eve, the recognition of sin was already in their hearts.
Another example is Isaiah; in Isaiah 6:1-6 we see that it is Isaiah who identifies his own uncleanness, and it is God who offers atonement in the form of the live coal.
The Holy Spirit is not carrying a stick called “Conviction of Sins”, whether the stick has nails embedded in it or is covered in cotton wool.
Rather the Holy Spirit offers us a live coal to atone for our sins in reminding us of Jesus, his life and sacrifice; it’s then up to us to receive it.
Either God convicts us – the sons of God – of sins or He doesn’t. If God convicts us of our sins after the price for sins has already been paid through the crucifixion, then that would make God unjust.
With regards to sin and the works of the Holy Spirit, He is to convict us of the sin (singular) of not believing in the person and nature of Jesus Christ Son of God, John 16:8-11.
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