John 16:5-15 (NKJV) - “But now I go away to Him who sent Me, and none of you asks Me, ‘Where are You going?’ 6 But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. 7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. 8 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.
12 I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13 However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. 14 He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. 15 All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you."
Yesterday we pondered verse 7 - "the Helper" or the Holy Spirit comforts/encourages us. Today, let us muse over verse 8 where Jesus says, "And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment..." (bold mine). This is the work of the Holy Spirit among those who do not know Jesus Christ. He is the One who reveals God's existence to a person.
In verses 9 to 11, Jesus goes on to explain what He is speaking about in verse 8. Jesus states that the Holy Spirit will convict the unbeliever - "of sin, because they do not believe in Me; of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged." In other words, the Holy Spirit shows lost people the reality of their sin and the impending judgment. And, He shows them their need to believe on Jesus Christ.
So, today, muse over this second work of the Holy Spirit that Jesus speaks about in this passage. The work of convicting lost and dying unbelievers.