JESUS: THE SPIRIT’S MISSION

[SW294] 08/25/2017 message notes by

Pastor Susan J. Wynn ©2017

“Jesus: The Spirit’s Mission”

Text: John 16:1-15

Jesus Christ now shows us that the Holy Spirit will do just as He has done. Jesus called all people to repent. The Spirit does the same, and so do all believers in whom the Holy Spirit, the Father and the Son fully dwells, those filled with the fullness of God (Ephesians 3:19)!

Verse 1 — All that Jesus has spoken in Chapters 14 and 15 are so His disciples are kept from stumbling (being entrapped, tripped up). Many will hate them, but because they will be filled with the Spirit, they will not hate in return, and will continue to speak the gospel of Jesus Christ, that they may repent and believe.

Verse 2 — He speaks again of the persecution that will come, even to the point where those who kill them will think what they are doing is a service to God. Think of Saul, who was devout in Judaism, a Pharisee among Pharisees. He rounded up Christians to take them to prison and then death, thinking that in doing so, he would please God!

Verse 3 — Jesus says, These things they will do because they have not known the Father or Me. If they knew the Father, they would know His Son.

Here are His words to the Jewish leaders who hate Him —

John 8:42  Jesus said to them,“If God were your Father, you would love Me,  for I proceeded forth and have come from God, for I have not even come on My own initiative, but He sent Me.” 44 You are of  your father the devil, and  you want to do the desires of your father . . .”

Verse 4 — The disciples will be excommunicated and shunned, Jesus says. Just as  those who will kill Jesus will think they are doing service to God, by crucifying a blasphemer, the same will be true for the disciples.

Their hour is coming soon, when they will do this to Jesus. He tells them in advance, so they will remember when it happens. He is telling them now because He will no longer be with them.

Why does God permit it? It is His plan for our redemption, so that His Son takes upon Himself the punishment for our sins, on the cross.

Verses 5-6 — Jesus tells them again that He is going to the Father who sent Him. Since Thomas’ and Philip’s questions in John 14:5 and 8, no one has asked Him where He is going. But because of Jesus’ words, their hearts are full of sorrow (great grief in view here).

Verse 7 — But He tells them the truth — it is to their advantage that He leaves, for if He does not leave, the Helper (the Holy Spirit) will not come to them. But if Jesus goes, the Holy Spirit will come (John 7:39).

How much do we need the Holy Spirit? Oh, very, very much!

Verse 8 — Now we come to the mission of the Holy Spirit to the world (that is, those who do not believe in Jesus Christ)! When He  comes, He will convict the world. He will convince them, admonish them, tell them their fault, rebuke them, reprove them.

Jesus gets more specific now. The Spirit will convict the world regarding sin and righteousness and judgment.

For what purpose? That they may repent, that they may turn from their wicked ways.

Isaiah 55:6  Seek the Lord while He may be found;

Call upon Him while He is near.

7   Let the wicked forsake his way

And the unrighteous man his  thoughts;

And let him  return to the Lord,

And He will have  compassion on him,

And to our God,

For He will abundantly pardon.

Romans 2:4 Or do you think lightly of (despise rather than esteem) the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?

It is His kindness to send His Son, and then His Spirit, to convict the world so they may repent. And He doesn’t just do it by Himself. It is the role of those who are Spirit-filled to do the same! Look at Paul in Acts 14:15, when the people of Lystra wanted to worship Barnabas and him as gods —

“Men, why are you doing these things? We are also men of the same nature as you, and preach the gospel to you that you should turn from these vain things to a  living God,  who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and all that is in them.”

Verse 9 — Jesus explains further. The Spirit will convict the world concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me.

The world has heard the gospel of Jesus Christ through Spirit-filled believers, by many, many means. And so, God has made sin an unavoidable truth to the world.

The sending of His Son would not have been necessary if there was no such thing as sin, or if God did not care if people sin.

And Spirit-filled believers will speak these things. They will admonish the world. They will tell them their fault, they will rebuke and reprove them. Paul asks the Ephesians to pray for him to be bolder (more frank and blunt) in speaking the gospel (Ephesians 6:19-20)!

Why? That some may hear and repent and believe into Jesus Christ through Whom they will receive forgiveness from God and reconciliation to Him!

And the very presence of the Holy Spirit in Spirit-filled believers is so powerful that sometimes, without speaking a word, people will come to faith in Christ — just because He and the Father and the Spirit are in you!

There was a young boy whose grandmother was dying. He knew she did not know Jesus. He asked me to go and see her. I did not need even one scripture. I held out my hands, palm up, and asked her to place her hands on mine. I looked directly at her, and she immediately began to repent. I had a front-row seat for that one! Jesus Christ saved her, as I spoke the gospel to her!

Verse 10 — Having heard the gospel spoken and spread by Spirit-filled believers, the Holy Spirit will convict the world of righteousness, Jesus says, because I go to the Father and you no longer see Me.

Jesus has gone to the Father. His death, resurrection, ascension and glorification are the proof that He is the Savior the world needed and still needs (see Romans 1:4).

And God’s righteousness is proved, also, for He did what He said He would do for a sin-sick world. Because of His kindness, He sent the Reconciler, the Sin-Bearer, so we may repent and believe into Jesus Christ!

As Paul says to the world today, and to the troubled Roman church in Romans 2 —

Romans 2:4 Or do you think lightly of (despise rather than esteem) the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?

Verse 11 — Jesus continues, the Spirit will convict the world concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged.

Who is the ruler of this world? Satan, clearly identified as the prince of the power of the air, the god of this world (see John 12:31, Ephesians 2:2, 2Corinthians 4:4). He has been judged for his actions against a righteous God. He continues to lie and sin against God. His end will be the lake of fire (Revelation 20:10).

Having heard the gospel from Spirit-filled believers and being convicted regarding sin and righteousness, those who love the darkness and hate the light (John 3:19-20) are judged by their actions against a righteous God who has given His Son that they may be saved from His wrath, if they believe in Him —

Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

God the Father sent a way for us to become right with Him! So those who refuse Jesus Christ, who refuse to come into the light, will join Satan in the lake of fire (Revelation 20:14), in what John calls the second death.

Verse 12 — Jesus has many more things to say to His disciples, but they cannot bear them right now. They are not equipped or able to comprehend or  endure or take up such things.

Verse 13 — BUT, when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will TEACH them (and you and me) all the truth! When you are filled with the Spirit, He will teach you not some of the truth, but all of it, the things which the disciples and you and me cannot hear until we are filled.

The Holy Spirit will not speak on His own initiative, just as Jesus Christ did not speak on His own initiative (John 8:28). What He hears from the Father and the Son, He will speak. And He will disclose (reveal) to you what is to come, not only things coming in the near future, but all things that are to come.

This is not fortune telling, but foretelling, beloved. But I am grieved to say that in today’s church, some of what is billed as prophecy is nothing more than fortune telling.

Verse 14 — And the Holy Spirit will glorify Jesus. How? He will take of Mine and disclose it to you, Jesus says. What is “His?”

Verse 15 — All things that the Father has are His. Therefore, the Sprit takes of Mine, Jesus says — takes everything the Father has — and will disclose (reveal) to you.

All things that the Father has! What does the Father have? He is God over all, and He knows the end from the beginning (see Isaiah 46:10).

All things! What does the Father have? He has all wisdom and knowledge. These are His, and they are Jesus Christ’s, and the Holy Spirit will reveal them to you.

From Jesus’ own words, do you understand the importance of being filled with the Holy Spirit, beloved? It is the Father and Son and Spirit IN you, which Jesus says is far better than Him walking beside you on the earth. Oh, He will change you, beloved, and make you His witness if you stay and wait!

Do you see that the Holy Spirit doesn’t lead you around like a blind man, but teaches you all things? Do you understand why Jesus wants the Holy Spirit to fill you with all things the Father has, which He has given to the Son, and the Spirit will teach you?

Do you understand that if you are filled with the Holy Spirit, He who is in you will convict the world regarding sin and righteousness and judgment? You will tell them their fault, you will reprove and rebuke them! You cannot help but do it, because the Holy Spirit has filled you, and that is His mission!

Finally, do you see that you must be filled with the Holy Spirit so that when you are persecuted and hated, you do not hate in return, but keep proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ?

Do you see that convicting the world is the greatest expression of God’s actual love? Do you understand that conviction of the world is God’s will? He does not desire that any should perish, but that all would come to repentance! Amen!

 

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