Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The Holy Spirit?... ,or the accuser of the brethren?

From time to time I hear people say that the Holy Spirit convicted them of this or that. My question to them is this; is it the Holy Spirit, or the accuser of the brethren? Let me say that it is almost always the accuser of the brethren (Rev 12:10-11.) The main reason is that people have misunderstood John 16:8-11. Most often they use John 16:8 alone. This robs it of its contextual meaning and makes it say something that it does not say. The Holy Spirit DOES NOT convict willy-nilly of sin. It specifically convicts those who do not believe in Jesus (see it in the context of the three verses.) The only sin that the Holy Spirit convicts of is unbelief. John 16:8-11  And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:  (9)  of sin, because they do not believe in Me;  (10)  of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more;  (11)  of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.

On the other hand, according to Revelation 12:10-11, the accuser of the brethren, (Satan) is trying to convict saints day and night. It is his full time job to tempt and to accuse. When you yield to his temptation, immediately he begins to accuse. He is trying to drive a wedge between God and the saint. If he can trick you into believing you are being convicted by the Holy Spirit he causes a separation between you and God. God doesn’t go anywhere but the separation is in your mind. This is part of the roaring lion act. He ever tries to devour.

The main job of the Holy Spirit is to assure you of God’s love for you and to help you rest in the redemption found in Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit indwells to generate spiritual fruit. Gal 5:22-23  “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  (23)  gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.” Resting in the finished work of Jesus Christ is what produces the fruit. It gives you peace with God which creates joy and love for God. This gives patience, goodness, and kindness and continuously develops faithfulness and puts you on the path of self-control.

What I am discussing here is the nuts and bolts of how the transformation process works practically. It explains the operation of the transformation within a believer. This is how the gospel and faith in Jesus begins to bring about the new creation. This is a process that is ongoing in the life of a believer. It is imperative that one rests in the redemption found in Christ at all times. It is renewing the mind to the good, acceptable and perfect will of God.

Look at this. What is the good, acceptable and perfect will of God? It is belief in Jesus… (John 6:39-40 (39)“This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day.  (40)  And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day." Here you have it plain as day. Doing God’s will, his good, acceptable and perfect will, is having faith in Jesus. Faith in Jesus is complete and total trust. It is depending on, trusting in and clinging to Jesus. It is apprehending the provisions of the death burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ and nothing else!


  1. Joe: Some people make a distinction between the conviction of the Holy Spirit, which is about some specific thing in your life that is not in line with the grace of God and that the Holy Spirit wants to remove from you in a loving way, verses the condemnation of the devil who keeps saying "you are a worthless no good sinner, and you cant possibly please God". What do you think of this?

    1. Hi Ed,
      First, I appreciate your feedback and reading the blogs. Here's how I have looked at that. The Holy Spirit will warn before hand... that is... maybe you better not do this etc. The accuser of the brethren is just opposite. There is no warning before, just encouragement and afterward the accusation. I don't know that this is scriptural but, I think the Spirit inspired me towards that understanding.


  2. By the way, I really do love all of your posts.


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