A light bulb flashed on for me during tonight’s sermon.
Previously I have felt a bit ashamed to speak too much about sin and guilt when presenting the gospel. I have tended to want to major on “the positives” e.g. adoption into God’s family, new life and eternal life.
Tonight’s sermon by Pastor John de Boer was titled “The Holy Spirit – Our Roommate”.
One of the points brought out was that the work of the Spirit is like a spotlight directed at Christ. One of the bible texts used was John 16: 8 – 11.
Unless I go away, the Counsellor (Holy Spirit) will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment: 9in regard to sin, because men do not believe in me; in regard to righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; and in regard to judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.
As I read “when He comes, He will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgement…” it occurred to me that I have not seen the significance of exposing sin for what it is, or as I should have been seeing it.
There is a great temptation to play down the harsh offence of the cross, and make it more appealing.
This text shows that people can’t see their need for Christ till they are convicted of guilt.