The Holy Spirit has been called the “Cinderella Member of the Trinity” because much of what He does is a mystery. He has also been called the “Holy Ghost” or the “Holy Breath” for the same reason. He is unseen. He is invisible. He operates behind the scenes to save and rescue sinners.
However, this does not mean that what He does is unimportant. The Bible tells us that He has a huge part to play in our salvation. For example, it says that He calls (Romans 8:28-30), regenerates (John 3:5-8), indwells (1 Corinthians 3:16), baptizes (Romans 6:3), and unites us to Christ (Colossians 2:12). It also says that He seals us (Ephesians 1:13-14), fills us (Ephesians 5:18), helps us (Romans 8:26-27), comforts us (John 15:26), enables us (1 Corinthians 12:8-10), guides us (John 16:12-13), and purifies us (Romans 8:5-10).
And John 16 mentions another thing that He does in verses 8-11: “And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment; concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me; and concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father . . . and concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged.” We can all relate to this because we have all felt convicted over sin and a lack of righteousness, but is that what Jesus is referring to here? Is that the kind of conviction He is talking about? And what does it mean to say that “the ruler of this world has been judged?” Is that a reference to Satan? If so, how has the devil been judged?
This passage raises many questions and we will be answering some of them this week at Grace Fellowship Church. We cannot get to them all but, if you would like to learn more about the “Cinderella Member of the Trinity,” please join us on Sunday morning at 46024 Riverside Drive in Chilliwack. If you want to learn more about how the Holy Spirit convicts the world and judges the Devil, we meet at 9:30. Bring your Bibles and a heart that is filled with the Spirit, and we will see you there! – Jeremy Cagle