What Conviction Is and How It Is Produced
Jesse M. Hendley
John 16:8 & Mark 16:16
Today I am to speak to you on the subject, "The Conviction at Sin and How It Is Produced." I want to call to your attention two passages from God's Word, John 16:8, and Mark 16:16. In John 16:8 we read of the Holy Spirit, "And when He is come, He will reprove the world of sin." The Revised Version says, "He will CONVICT the world." The Word literally means to rebuke, reprove, convict, convince!
There we have the Holy Spirit as the Convictor! The word is found in Matthew 18:15, "Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and TELL HIM HIS FAULT between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother." The Revised Version says, "show him his faults." Now that is what the Holy Spirit does. He comes to us and tells us our faults, shows us our faults and sins. He makes plain to us our need of the Saviour! The majority of people are not convinced of their danger and need of Christ.
NEED OF CONVICTION
Do I hear someone say, "Why talk about conviction?" Because without conviction there is no salvation! A person must be convicted he is a sinner and in desperate need or he will not come to Christ to save him from his sin and its awful consequences. A person must be convinced he needs Christ or he will never accept Christ! People refuse Christ because they feel they have no need of Him. They feel they can get along without Him, feel they are in no danger while separated from the Saviour, feel they are perfectly safe as they are! This, of course, is a horrible delusion! God says all men are lost, they are sinners by nature and choice, they have disobeyed His commandments deliberately and are condemned already to an awful Eternity.
In Romans Paul shows the whole world "guilty before God" before he unfolds the great plan of salvation. Men had to see their need of salvation before they would accept it! Onc ...
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