" And when He is come He will reprove the world of sin. . ." John 16:8
One of the main missions of the Holy Ghost is to reprove the world of sin. We sometimes use other words such as condemn, convict, and arrest; but the word we stress in this message is the word REPROVE.
The Holy Ghost reproved some of the sin in the Old Testament times, but in His own dispensation He reprove ALL sin, John 16:8.
In the Old Testament the Holy Ghost moved UPON certain vessels, on certain occasions; God used the best material He had. They were moved UPON the holy men of God wrote as they were moved by the Holy Ghost, II Peter 1:21.
But in the New testament times the manifestation of the Spirit is given to EVERYONE. Now the Holy Ghost dwells within us at all times, John 14:17. Since we are baptized with the Holy Ghost He moves WITHIN US, John 7:38-39, instead of moving UPON us at times, Judges 13:25. In the Old Testament they RESPONDED TO THE Holy Ghost, but we have RECEIVED THE Holy Ghost.
The God moved upon a nation, having laws written on tablets of stone; but now He commandeth ALL MEN EVERYWHERE TO REPENT, Acts 17:30, writing the laws in fleshly tablets of our hearts, II Cor. 3:3 - our conscience bearing us witness by the Holy Ghost, Romans 2:15; 9:1. Then the Holy Ghost dwelt mainly with a nation; now the grace of God that bringeth salvation has appeared to ALL men, Titus 2:11.
Now no man comes to Jesus unless the Father draws him by the Holy Ghost. But WHOSOEVER WILL may come, Rev. 22:17; for the Spirit knocks at least once on every hearts door, Titus 2:11.
We have one government; but there are three parts to it. We have one God with three personalities. The Holy Ghost as a prosecuting attorney comes and tells us we have broken Gods laws. He arrests us and takes us before the Father, who is the judge of all the earth, who will do right, Gen. 18:25.
Gods justice says we are worthy of eternal death. But Jesus, who pleads our case before the Judge - that is if we confess we are guilty. He says, "I have taken this boys place and paid his debt for him," The Judge marks it paid.
If we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive our sins," I John 1:9. As a prosecuting attorney the Holy Ghost takes Gods part, He fights for us if we are on Gods side; against us if we are not.
Who may sin against the Holy Ghost?" . . Whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost it shall not be forgiven him. . .," Matt. 12:32.
The word "whosoever" here means the same as whosoever in John 3:16. Just as anyone may be saved so anyone may have the choice of refusing that salvation as a final decision.
"For it impossible for those who were once enlightened, and tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, and have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, IF THEY SHALL FALL AWAY TO RENEW THEM AGAIN TO REPENTANCE. . . " Heb. 6:4-6. This means just anyone in that class, Jews or Gentiles.
The reason that most folk backslide they are trapped and snared by the devil. But when the person has the knowledge of Gods Word and the gifts of the Spirit, it is hard for Satan to trap him. The only way for him to go down is to do so willfully, on purpose, know what he is doing.
After one has come to the knowledge of the truth and sinned willfully there remains no more sacrifice for sins, Heb. 10:26.
He becomes as Balaam who walked into sin on purpose knowing what he was doing. He received a reprobate mind and said God told him to do it, II Peter 2:15. People who do this become worse than they were before they received salvation, Vs 20. It would have been better if they had never been saved. They cannot cease from sin, vs. 14. Just as God did not spare the angels that sinned, who knew better, so He lets people have their choice and fall away, II Peter 2:1; see Jude.
They fall away just as Cain who was driven from Gods presence forever, like Core who rebelled against his leader and was destroyed, Jude 11. They become as Ananias and Sapphira, Acts 5:1-10, who lied to the Holy Ghost and was struck dead on the spot.
These are finally "plucked up by the roots", Jude 12. The blackness of hell is reserved for them forever, Jude 13. Like thousands today they are willfully ignorant, II Peter 3:5.
God said Christians could become as Esau, who sold his birthright. He later sought repentance with tears, but never found it, Heb. 12:15-17. We, in this dispensation, may become that way if we let a root of bitterness spring up. It will grow so large it will push all of God out of us.
Bitterness is what caused Cain to be driven from Gods presence forever. It caused Judas to fall through transgression after he preached the Gospel. He also committed suicide. Saul confessed but he never repented. At one time he had a new heart and was changed into another man and preached, I Samuel chapters 10 and 31. He came to a place where God answered him no more, 28:6. God told Samuel there was no use to pray for Saul any more, because He (God) had given him up.
We can get into the same condition, I John 5:16. We may cross the deadline where there is no use for anyone to pray for us.
Many confess and cry as Esau, but there is no repentance. Their conscience is seared. They go out the next day and commit the same old sins. Honest confession is good for the soul if you dont go back and do the same things again! If we confess our sins AND FORSAKE OUR SINS He will abundantly pardon.
Unless we REPENT WE SHALL ALL LIKEWISE PERISH. Esau could not repent, because he willfully sold his birthright. We can do the same thing, Heb. 12.
"The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green patures:
He leadeth me besides the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the
paths of righteousness for His names sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the
shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for thou art
with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence
of mine enemies: thou annoinest my head with
oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the
house of the Lord forever. Amen
Write me right now and tell me that you accepted Jesus and I will answer you personally. God bless you and your walk with Him.
Dr. J. Gardner
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