OKAY. I gave a talk at ISCF on the Holy Spirit so this post is my talk, with as little editing as possible. It might have random ellipses and capitalisations because it was a talk.
So yes, if you weren’t at ISCF and would like to read it, please feel free to do so.
Next “blog” coming up will be about school and finishing up there, in case you’re interested. It will probably be really really long.
I’ll post up my term 2 ISCF talk some day as well and maybe even the talk I wrote in year 10 for Sunday School some other time.
ISCF Talk: Term 3 Week 8 – John 16:4-15
THE HOLY SPIRIT
Have you ever thought that it would be so much better if we had Jesus here with us today? Wouldn’t it be great if he could give these talks at ISCF instead of regular people like me? Do you ever think that you would have no doubt in your mind that you would follow Jesus and that your faith would be real… if you could just see him for yourself?
Well, Jesus tells us that it is actually for our GOOD that he left the world.
At the start of the passage in verse 4, Jesus says that he has warned them of “these things”. What are these things? If you haven’t been here the last few weeks or if you’ve forgotten, Jesus is talking to his disciples and these are basically the last things he says to them before he is arrested. To recap, in the last couple of chapters Jesus has told them:
- FIRST: That he is the ONLY way to God – we can’t possibly have eternal life with God if we don’t know Jesus.
- SECOND: He has promised that he will send the Holy Spirit… which we’ll get into soon
- THIRD: That we are to bear fruit: obeying his commands and loving one another as Jesus loved us
- LASTLY: In the passage before this one, Jesus warns us of persecution: that the world will hate Christians because the world hates Jesus
Jesus tells them all these things because he is going to the one who sent him: God. In chapter 14, Jesus says that he is going away to prepare a place for us. This doesn’t mean he’s going to heaven to fluff up the pillows… but it means that he is going to make it POSSIBLE for us to enter heaven by taking our punishment of death for us through dying on the cross and then rising again. Without Jesus’ death and resurrection, we can’t have a relationship with God and we have no hope of eternal life.
But in verse 7, Jesus tells his disciples that it is for their GOOD that he’s leaving them and that he’ll send the Counsellor, the Holy Spirit. But WHY would Jesus say that this is for good?
If your parents were leaving you, would that be a good thing? You might think, “YEAH! No parents!” but then who’s going to cook for you? Who’s going to drive you around, clean up after you, do the washing and all the housework? Unless your parents send Mary Poppins in their place, there is probably nobody who quite measures up to your parents – there would be nobody to give you direction.
But Jesus says that him leaving is a good thing: by leaving, not only does he provide a way for us to be saved, but he sends the Holy Spirit too, who is the spirit of God in US. And what does the Holy Spirit do? Verse 8-11 says that when he comes, he will convict the world in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment. Let’s break this down:
- Firstly, sin, because of not believing in Jesus. So sin isn’t just lying and stealing. The Holy Spirit shows us that NOT believing in Jesus in itself is a sin…
- Secondly, righteousness, which means being right with God – The Holy Spirit shows us that Jesus was righteous and that is why he could go to the father in heaven. The great news is that we too can be right with God… and it’s not by anything that we can do either! Romans 3 says that there is NO ONE righteous – that we have all sinned and fall short of God’s glory, but if we believe and have faith that Jesus is righteous and took the punishment in our place we are made right with God! AND he was raised and he now rules over the world we live in.
- And thirdly, the Holy Spirit will convict the world of judgement, because the prince of this world now stands condemned. The prince of this world is the devil, Satan and he has been judged and no longer has power over us, since Jesus is now our ruler here on earth. So then, with Satan no longer having power over us and with the help of the Holy Spirit, we can recognise that we are sinful and that we need to get our relationship right with God.
Verse 13 says the Holy Spirit will guide us into all truth by speaking what he hears – this truth is of Jesus, that he is Christ, and that the only way to Heaven is through having faith in him.
Verse 14-15 says “He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you. All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will take from what is mine and make it known to you.” The Holy Spirit’s purpose is to draw us to Jesus, to ILLUMINATE Jesus. He guides us into knowing Jesus by taking from what is Jesus’ – this knowledge of God and of our salvation through Jesus… making it known to US so that we can be saved. The Holy Spirit reminds us that the only way we have a relationship with God is by Jesus’ death and resurrection. Without Jesus dying on the cross for us, there is nothing. No relationship with God and no eternal life.
If we let the Holy Spirit guide us into having a right relationship with God, we will get to spend eternity with Him in heaven… but if we aren’t right with God… if we don’t believe in Jesus dying for our sins… that is sin and if we reject the Holy Spirit… and we’ll be judged in the same way Satan is judged.
So what can we do?
- The first and most important thing is believing in Jesus – that he was sinless and he died for us so that we could be saved and be in a right relationship with God. There is nothing that we can do ourselves that will make us right with God. If you WANT to believe, have a read through the gospel and let the Holy Spirit reveal the words of the Bible to you – He makes Jesus known to us.
- The Holy Spirit works to make Jesus known to us through the word of God. How can you know Jesus? Reading the Bible, listening in ISCF and meeting up with other Christians are awesome ways in which you can learn more about Jesus, and the Holy Spirit will guide you in these.
- We need to realise the work of the Holy Spirit – without the Holy Spirit, we can’t know Jesus. Jesus isn’t here on Earth with us now but if we KNOW Jesus we have the Holy Spirit IN US, working to make us holy.
- Have a think of how your relationship is with God. Are you letting the Holy Spirit lead you into a good relationship? Keep praying, because talking to God is the way to build up your relationship with Him
- Keep praying – thanking God for His son Jesus, and asking that God will open up the eyes of our hearts to see that Jesus died for our sins so that we could be brought into a relationship with God. Thank God that we aren’t alone in this world because we have the Holy Spirit to guide us into a right relationship with God. Ask that our hearts will be opened so that we will WANT to have this relationship with God and that his Spirit will work in all you so that we can be made right in His eyes, being holy and set apart in a sinful world, so that at Jesus’ coming, we can also be lifted up with him.