5 “But now I go away to Him who sent Me, and none of you asks Me, ‘Where are You going?’ 6 But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. 7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. 8 And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9 of sin, because they do not believe in Me; 10 of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; 11 of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.
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Christ's departure was necessary for the Comforter's coming. Sending the Spirit was to be the fruit of Christ's death, which was His going away. His bodily presence could only be in one place at a time, but His Spirit is everywhere, in all places, at all times. Wherever two or three are gathered together in His name. Amen.
Brethren in the Lord, let us see here the office of the Spirit, first to reprove, or to convince. Convincing work is the Spirit's work; He can do it effectually, and none of us but only He can do it . It is the method the Holy Spirit takes, first to convince, and then to comfort. The Spirit shall convince the world, of sin, not merely tell them of it.
The Spirit convinces of the fact of sin, of the fault of sin, of the folly of sin, of the filth of sin, that by it(sin) we are become hateful to God. The Holy Spirit also convinces of the fountain of sin, the corrupt nature; and lastly, of the fruit of sin, that the end thereof is death.
The Holy Spirit proves that all the world is guilty before God. He convinces the world of righteousness that Jesus of Nazareth was Christ the righteous. Also the Holy Spirit emphasize Christ's righteousness imparted to us for our justification and salvation. He will show us where it is to be had, and how we may be accepted as righteous in God's sight.
The coming of the Spirit would be of unspeakable advantage to all believers as He said in the scriptures. The Holy Spirit is our Guide, not only to show us the way, but to go with us by continued aids and influences. Beloveds, to be led into a truth is more than barely to know it, it is not only to have the notion of it in our heads, but the relish, and savour, and power of it in our hearts.
All the gifts and graces of the Spirit, all the preaching, and all the writing of the apostles, were under the influence of the Spirit, all the tongues, and miracles, were to glorify Christ.
It behooves everyone to ask, whether the Holy Spirit has begun a good work in his heart? Without clear discovery of our guilt and danger, we never shall understand the value of Christ's salvation, but when brought to know ourselves, we begin to see the value of the Redeemer.
We should have fuller views of the Redeemer, and more lively affections to Him, if we pray more for, and depend on the Holy Spirit.
May our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word. Amen.