God has provided all we need for life and Godliness in Christ Jesus. When Jesus ascended back to the right hand of the Father the Holy Spirit came to dwell in those who, by faith, received him, therefore we now have all we need deposited within us. Jesus told the disciples it was better for them that he go away because if he didn’t he couldn’t send the comforter (Holy Spirit). The Holy Spirit’s role is to point us to Christ, glorify him and reveal things of Christ to us. But what about sin you say?
In teaching the disciples about the Holy Spirit Jesus told them three main things he will do. He said, “He, when he comes, will convict the world concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; and concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father and you no longer see me; and concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged.”
Notice the first thing is convicting “the world” of sin but what about the believer? Well, righteousness is based on Jesus going to the Father; so if we are believers we see him at the right hand of the Father and know we too have been made righteous. You see the conviction of sin is for them (the world) that haven’t yet received him. Yes, we too were once of “the world” and needed sin conviction but now we need reminded, not of sin but rather of righteousness. It seems always looking at and thinking about sin only leads to more sin, but focusing on Christ, and him being our righteousness, leads to righteous living.
Our viewpoint on the Father determines our viewpoint on ourselves. We are either in with the Father or we are on the outs with him. If we are in with him, meaning we have received Christ, then we look to him trusting him to keep us from sin. On the other hand, if we are on the outs with him we have to see our sin, repent and receive Christ who is the only answer to our problem. For most this means we have to struggle and fight with sin on our own for a period of time until we get sufficiently beat up and give up the fight. In giving up the fight I don’t mean we just go on sinning; I mean we let Christ do the fighting for us because we finally come to realize we are powerless to do so on our own.
What do we do if we do sin? We either sin and look to Christ, our righteousness, and agree with God about it, or we go down under condemnation from the evil one that says to us, “See, I told you you were no good and you’ll never change.” Underneath it all the root of sin comes from “because they do not believe in me.” Believing in him and trusting him for righteousness, rather than looking to establish our own, is the answer. If we fight sin we are sure to lose, but if we look to Christ, believing he has already won the battle, we already have the victory! “Because the ruler of this world has been judged.”
Written by Louie