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  1. Research says most of us feel guilty, most of the time. Could that be a good thing?

  2. 4        "I did not tell you this from the beginning because I was with you, 5 but now I am going to him who sent me, yet none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ 6 Because I have said these things, you are filled with grief. 7 But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. 8 When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment: 9 in regard to sin, because men do not believe in me; 10 in regard to righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; 11 and in regard to judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.

       12 “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. 13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. 14 He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you. 15 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.

  3. The Spirit arrives
    Another wave of sorrow seems to overwhelm the disciples at the thought of Jesus leaving them (vs 5,6). But, he says, there is a good reason for his departure (v 7). It is only if Jesus goes away – dies on the cross – that we can be indwelt by the Holy Spirit.

    And the goodness of the Holy Spirit is that he shows us that without Jesus, we have a problem. Jesus summarises that in verse 8, and then repeats it at more length in verses 9–11. The Spirit is gracious in showing us our sin, God’s righteousness, and the reality of judgement. This is a severe mercy that drives us to the cross.

    Helping understanding
    But the Spirit doesn’t stop after giving us the bad news. He also shows us Jesus. So in verse 13 he will help the disciples understand ‘what is yet to come’. The reason they fail to grasp so much of what Jesus is saying is because they haven’t seen the cross: it’s also yet to come.

    But the Spirit will point them to the cross, and show them more about Jesus than they’ve yet known (vs 14,15). And we enjoy the fruit of that as we read about Jesus in his Word.

  4. Thank God for his Spirit. Ask him to graciously point out your sin, and lead you to the cross where that sin was fully paid for. Ask him to help you see and know Jesus more deeply.

    Mark Ellis

  5. How do you think of the work of the Holy Spirit? What do you think are his priorities today?

    Our understanding and perception of the work of the Holy Spirit can be limited. Today’s verses continue to underline what his work is among believers as Jesus assures his disciples that it is to their advantage that he departs. He also, and only here, talks about the work of the Spirit in the unbelieving world, in the lives of people normally in rebellion against their Maker. The disciples’ mission to proclaim the gospel will be empowered and informed by his work.

    The Spirit’s task is essentially a convicting work, sometimes described as that of a prosecuting counsel. He will bring people in the world to a conviction concerning the true character and seriousness of their sin (v 9), the actual nature of righteousness (v 10) and the inevitability of judgement (v 11). The Spirit will uncover their rebellion and refusal of grace. The culpability of the human heart will be revealed, as Jesus’ death and resurrection vindicate him as God’s Righteous One and expose the people’s guilt (Acts 2:24,36,37). The Spirit will also show that the one judged on the cross was actually Satan, who will be ‘driven out’ and now stands condemned as his final punishment is anticipated at the last judgement (John 12:31; Rev 20:10).

    So we see here how the Spirit is a persuasive advocate, who acts through the church to bring people under conviction. In a sense, he is also an effective counsellor who applies the good news to people’s hearts and shows them their need of a Saviour. This work of the Spirit should be a real encouragement to believers as he is with them, glorifying Jesus and making him known.

    Paul Woodbridge