Pastor Chuck DeVane
Particular to The Sentinel-Document
“And when he comes, he’ll convict the world regarding sin and righteousness and judgment.”
— John 16:8
Essentially the most misunderstood particular person on the earth is misunderstood as a result of He’s in every single place, on a regular basis, but nobody can see Him. He’s misunderstood as a result of He is aware of every little thing, and is the very best instructor on the earth, but so few take heed to what He has to say. He’s misunderstood as a result of He has all energy to do superb issues, but solely a remnant of the world’s inhabitants has yielded to His management. Omnipresent, omniscient, all-powerful, but overly misunderstood. Maybe it’s as a result of He doesn’t even appear to have a correct title. We check with Him principally because the Holy Spirit.
Within the Previous Testomony, God is understood personally as “YHWH,” or Yahweh, and positionally as “Elohim,” or God. The latter time period is an imposing plural, which means He’s one supreme being with a number of personages. When God mentioned, “Allow us to make man in our picture” (ref. Genesis 1:26), He was speaking to His selfs. This isn’t divine schizophrenia, that is the Holy Trinity.
Yahweh is the unseen first particular person of the Godhead. The seen second particular person as soon as appeared as “a son of the gods” (ref. Daniel 3:25). Extra generally He appeared as “the Angel of the Lord” (57 OT references). I think the fourth man within the hearth and the usually seen angel bear a powerful resemblance to a sure carpenter’s son who staked a declare because the Jewish Messiah 2,000 years in the past.
Then, within the third particular person, all the time current across the presence of God and the folks of God is the one the Scriptures determine as “Ruach Elohim,” or the Spirit of God. Since holiness is God’s chief attribute, typically He’s known as “Ruach Qodesh,” which implies Spirit of Holiness. That is how He got here to be referred to as the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is God, the God who involves “convict.” This verb, which tells what the Holy Spirit does, is as multifaceted because the title of the Holy Spirit Himself. It means to point out an individual the place they’re flawed, and lead them to what’s proper, within the issues that matter most to God. Jesus identifies them as sin, righteousness and judgment.
Sin issues to God, and individuals are flawed about it. Sin is something opposite to God’s excellent character and commandments. Human beings are typically nonchalant about sin, or deny they’re responsible of it, or redefine it in an try and make it not sin. God just isn’t so flippant. He hates sin. He’s sure by His nature to punish sin and has ordained two locations for such punishment, the cross and the grave.
Righteousness issues to God, and individuals are flawed about it. The everyday secular and non secular particular person thinks he’s proper with God so long as he lives a usually good life. God disagrees (ref. Isaiah 64:6; Romans 3:10ff). The righteousness God requires is ideal righteousness, and the pure man doesn’t have it (ref. Romans 3:23, 5:8, and so forth.). However you possibly can, when convicted by the Holy Spirit.
Judgment issues to God, and individuals are flawed about it. Most individuals don’t imagine in judgment and fashionable folks most actually don’t wish to be judged. God has ordained a day when each member of the human race will probably be judged by Him (ref. Hebrews 9:27). You’ll be able to face this judgment, with out worry, if you’re convicted and transformed by the Holy Spirit.
It’s proper to say that the Holy Spirit saves! But, solely God can save. Sure, the Holy Spirit is God, who brings us right into a covenant and company relationship with Him and His church.
The primary emotions you should have when you could have the Holy Spirit are detrimental. You’ll really feel deep regret over your sin. The burden, relying upon your age and expertise, will probably be an excessive amount of to bear. You beg God to take it away, and just like the Pilgrim who grew to become Christian, it rolls down the hill referred to as Calvary.
Then comes the enjoyment. It might be excitable, however most frequently it’s calm, like the ocean after a storm. You see your sins upon the cross of Christ. You see His righteousness as your righteousness. And you realize you could have been saved, by grace alone, by religion alone, in Christ alone.
After this there’s reduction and assurance. You’ve escaped the judgment of Hell. So, with the presence of the Holy Spirit, you congregate with the church, research the Bible, stay an obedient life, and glorify God.
Reward Yahweh, God the Father. Reward Jesus Christ, God the Son. And, Reward be to God the Holy Spirit, probably the most misunderstood particular person on the earth.
Chuck DeVane is the pastor of Lake Hamilton Baptist Church in Scorching Springs. Name him at 501-525-8339 or electronic mail [email protected]