“And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father and you will see me no longer; concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.”-John 16:8-11
Jesus told his disciples that Spirit would convict people of sin. We have an internal system of checks and balances that cues us in to right or wrong. Our moral judgment may vary on many issues, but certain actions are universally reprehensible. It is the Holy Spirit that brings these things to mind, sometimes much more strongly than others.
In the next breath, Jesus spoke of righteousness, but he did not tell them “behave!” Instead, he told them “I am going to the Father and you will see me no longer.” The Spirit not only convict us of sin, but points us toward goodness. Jesus showed us the way to live, and the Spirit will be there to remind us.
Finally, he told them that sin leads to judgment. Satan, the ruler of this world, stands condemned. At the end of all things, Christ will bring all evil to an end and allow righteousness and goodness to reign.
Jesus, allow your Holy Spirit to convict me of my sin and to lead me in paths of righteousness, holding on to the hope that at the end of all things, all evil shall cease. Amen.