Before you continue to read this article lets pray about what is already ours in Christ Jesus.
Ephesians 1:17-19, Colossians 1:27 (Put your name in there.)
Father open my eyes of my understanding, help me direct my imagination to see the hope of your calling, help me know the exceeding greatness of your power, the same power that raised Jesus from the dead, and the riches of the glory of your inheritance that's in me, also Father that you reveal Christ in me the hope of all glory, thank you in Jesus name amen.
Now this is the foundation to these truths and revelations, The Cross of Jesus Christ our blessed Lord and Savior. Now as always I use my own witness to the truth of Gods word, if you had read my testimony and my other brothers and sisters in this ministry, then you would have seen that we were held in bondage of the law, legalism and religion. So my understanding was that it was and is the Holy Spirit that convicts (vines concordance definitions - shame, offend, his fault) of sin.
Now remember when the Bible refers to sin and sins they are not the same. So sin, as I explained in our other articles, that particular sin was what we all inherited from Adam and Eve, we became spiritually dead in our sin (Ephesians 2:1-2, Romans 3:23, Romans 3:20). I believe we all understand what sin is and so we are under Gods grace thank you Lord. Now we all know that Jesus died on the Cross for us, thank you Lord. But brothers and sisters we are not meant to stay there and knowing this is the key. Our old spirit which was dead which had the sin nature was taken to the Cross (Romans 6:6). “Knowing this, that our old man (spirit, sin nature that was dead) is crucified with Him (Jesus) that the body of sin (nature) might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin”. We are a new creature in our spirits (2 Corinthians 5:17) “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things, (sin nature) are passed away, behold, all things are become new”.
So let's move on now at the cross Jesus died for all sins from Adam and Eve, that was the root of all sins, and it needed to be dealt with and it was and He is risen as we all know bless Him. “He is despised and rejected of men, a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him, he was despised, and we esteemed him not, Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions (sin, trespass, transgression) he was bruised for our iniquities (sin, fault) the chastisement (rebuke, chasten, correction) of our peace was upon him, and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray, we have turned every one to his own way, and the Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity (sins) of us all” Isaiah 53:3-6.
And these verses,
John the Baptist said in John 1:29 “The next day John coming unto him, and said, Behold the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world.”
“And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21
“To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified (holy, purified - me and you that are born again) by faith that is in me.” Acts 26:18
“Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father” Galatians 1:4
“In whom we have redemption (deliverance, salvation) through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace.” Ephesians 1:7
“Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints” Colossians1:4
So we know that our sins have been forgiven past, present and future, now to the big question about the Holy Spirit and conviction of sins. Why would the Holy Spirit convict a born again Christian knowing that Jesus died for their sins? Now that is not correct and doesn’t make any sense. That's like saying Jesus I know you went to the cross for their sins, but I have got to convict them! Jesus took us to the cross with Him. We’re dead to sins, and alive unto Christ, we’re no longer under the law, but under grace (Romans all of chapter 8). Now I no where the understanding has come from because I always believed the same until God opened the eyes of my heart to see the truth.
“And when he (the Holy Spirit) is come, he will reprove (convict) the world of sin, (question which sin? well the sin nature from Adam and Eve), and of righteousness (now I’ve highlighted that for a reason, to come) and of judgment (damnation, accusation, condemnation - strongs concordance)” John 16:8. Did you see the word condemnation? Well Romans 8:1 gives us the answer to that. “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” Then in John 16:9, “Of sin, because they believe not on me”. It's in black and white, this is the only sin God is holding man accountable for, and we have accepted Christ.
The Word tells us that no one can come to the Father unless the Holy Spirit draws us, and once He has completed that you are then born again. Now look at this “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing (John 15:4-5).
Now in those verses Jesus is telling us that we are in Him, and He is in us, (1 Corinthians 6:17) “But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit”. Now how can He convict Himself? He can’t! Now I could go on and on with this, but I needed to get the point over to set you free. I look at it like this, the Holy Spirit brings us to our knees to be born again from the sin nature that the Holy Spirit reveals to us and then we get born again (John 16:9). And we all know what sin does, (Genesis 3:10) “And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid (fear) because I was naked, and I hid myself”. Now that's not good fear. The Word tells us we have not been given a spirit of fear, but one of power and of love and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). Again in Romans 8:15, “For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.”
Now we know we cannot grow in our walk in Gods grace with this garbage in our hearts before us, our spiritual walk won't bear fruit. We cannot fellowship with our Loving Father otherwise, He is holy, righteous and so He has made us the same, Spirit to spirit. Your spirit is holy and righteous, (Ephesians 4:24) “And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness”.
You are clean and just. How can anyone walk by faith if you are not seeing who you are in the spirit, the kingdom of God, “Therefore being justified (innocent, righteous) by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1). “For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith as it is written, the just (innocent, righteous) shall live by faith” (Romans 1:17). I pray that you can see and understand, now let's get to the bottom of this.
“For if our heart condemn (find fault, blame) us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things,” (1 John 3:20). So you can see there it's not the Holy Spirit.
“Who shall lay a charge of Gods elect? It is God that justifieth (innocent). Who is it that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that he is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us”. Romans 8:33-34
Now read through the 5 chapters of 1 John. There is a verse that a lot of Christians struggle to see why it's there as it looks out of place to the rest of this book, or letter which is 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”. This is an awesome book, which is talking about confessing our sins, and getting cleansed from all unrighteousness, (iniquity, unjust, wrong). True that's before we got born again but we don't have this nature anymore. So we came to the cross for forgiveness of sins because if you read on look at this verse,
“He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him (spirit man, new man): and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.” 1 John 3:8-9
So you are born again with Gods seed word, Jesus is the word, the Holy Spirit is one with you. You are in the light, all that is of God is what you are in your spirit, “We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself (with the truth), and that wicked one toucheth him not” 1 John 5:18
“Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgement: because as He (Jesus) is so are we in this world,” 1 John 4:17
“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin” 1 John 1:7
This is an awesome revelation and why it’s so important to fellowship with the Lord and the Holy Spirit and our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ every day amen (2 Corinthians 13:14).
Read the whole chapter of John 17. Brothers and sisters, the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to teach us all truth in righteousness in the kingdom of God, “For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost” Romans 14:17. Now I believe this has given some understanding about the Blessed Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is here to glorify Jesus. “He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.” John 16:14
Now there are many roles that the ministry of the Holy Spirit Himself and the Word which is inspired by Him, is to change if you go to school daily before Him so that He can teach and guide you. To show who we are now in the kingdom of God as sons and daughters and to have the awesome relationship we have with our loving Heavenly Father, (Colossians 3:10) “And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him”
Recognising who we are in our born again spirit, and we should all get to the place as our brother Paul did, (Galatians 2:20) “I AM CRUCIFIED WITH CHRIST NEVERTHELESS I LIVE! YET NOT I BUT CHRIST! LIVETH IN ME:AND THE LIFE WHICH I NOW LIVE IN THE FLESH I LIVE BY THE FAITH OF THE SON OF GOD, WHO LOVED ME AND GAVE HIMSELF FOR ME”
We are to live and bring glory to Him, by the Spirit of life, “And if Christ be in you (if you are born again), the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you” Romans 8:10-11.
Now satan is the one that's has been keeping so many of us in bondage thinking that it is the Holy Spirit convicting us, or your own conscience. Have a look at John 16:11, “Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged”. Now we know how he is judged the same way man is by the Law in Exodus 20:13-16. In fact all of the law which Jesus confirms all of those things in John 10:10. “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly”.
We know satans outcome is the lake of fire, “Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels” Matthew 25:41. So satan and his imps have their destiny awaiting them.
Satan is your enemy but he is defeated brothers and sisters, you see its knowing the truth that sets you free, it's the devil that's accuses Christians of sins. “And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ (in you): for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night” Revelations 12:10.
Satan is judged and condemned and he is the one trying to bring you under his control and bondage. So stir yourself up, and get that armour on which is our Fathers which he gives it unto us (Ephesians 6:13:18). Look at verse 14 “Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness”. So our Father gives us His armour then uses unrighteousness against the righteous. How can this be so? It can’t! “Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works” Romans 4:6. Also Romans 3:4, “God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified (innocent) in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged”.
So we conclude here. The devil is FINISHED brothers and sisters. We are in the last days, and our Lord is coming for his church so let's be ready and full with the Holy Spirit, There is going to be a last big sweep of the Holy Spirit before we get taken away, then God will start judging as we see in the book of revelation. Continue to walk in your freedom don't let any man or woman take what we have in Christ. The only thing we are not exempt from is temptation and persecution, which the devil uses people for (Ephesians 6:12) and false preachers, teachers etc (1 John 4:1, 2 Timothy 3-4).
So get yourself grounded in the Word, the Word of encouragement “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just (innocent, righteous), whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things” Philippians 4:8. “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning” James 1:17. Amen
We really need to separate ourselves from this world just like all did before us (Hebrews 11). God loves you all in Jesus name amen.
(Brackets) within scripture have been added by me to emphasise and define further the word in question.
Uncovering satan Series
Part 1: Who is satan?
Part 2: Satan cannot access our minds
Part 4: Temptation
Part 5: Conviction and Righteousness
Part 6: The conscience