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The Holy Spirit's Work

YaHuWaH Elohim is Spirit

YaHuWaH the Almighty Elohim of Israel is a Spirit Being and He is holy. So when we speak about the Holy Spirit or the Holy Ghost we are in fact speaking about YaHuWaH who manifests Himself through His Spirit in the lives of His children and in the management of the universe. In this sermon we will discuss a few aspects of the work of the Holy Spirit: not the structure or make up of Elohim. That is a subject far beyond my understanding.

1. The Spirit's Work

The Bible has a great deal to say about the work of the Holy Spirit. I will list a few of His duties and examine one in particular - His work of convicting souls of sin. We will examine the Spirit's other duties in subsequent modules.

Teach / Remind


John 14:26 But the Legal Advisor, which is the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My Name, He shall:
teach you all things
And bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

Testify of YAHUSHUA

John 15:26 But when the Legal Advisor is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father,
He shall testify of Me:


John 16:8 And when He is come, He will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
9: Of sin, because they believe not on Me;
10: Of righteousness, because I go to My Father, and ye see Me no more;
11: Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.

Notice the Holy Spirit's threefold duties of reproof:

  • of Sin
  • of Righteousness
  • of Judgment.

2. To Reprove the World

Before we can understand this particular aspect of the Holy Spirit's work, we need to define the word 'world.' What is the world? At its lowest level the world is planet earth, the physical orb in the solar system on which we humans live. On its spiritual level the 'world' is a rebel outpost. It has been taken over by Satan and his lifestyle. The 'world' in this sense is more than just a physical place. It stands for ideologies, lawlessness and Satanic lifestyles which are diametrically opposed to those of the Kingdom of Heaven. It is these sinful life-styles that the Holy Spirit reproves: simply because they are in violation of the Almighty's commandments. Here are some texts to prove this point.

1 John 2:15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
16: For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

James 4:4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with YaHuWaH ? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of YaHuWaH.
1 John 3:1-13 ...The world knoweth us not...

In other words, the sinful practices of the world should not find a welcome home in the minds and lives of true believers. The Holy Spirit reproves the world of sin. He convicts people of their disobedience. He then points out the paths of righteousness, which is obedience to the Almighty's Torah. The Holy Spirit also warns of the coming Day of Judgment. In short He identifies sin and righteousness and warns us what will happen if we choose to continue in sin.

Christian preachers may point out error. We may define sin with absolute clarity and untiring zeal. We may silence the opposition with an array of unassailable scriptural facts. But that is only a minor part in the process of salvation. In the final analysis it is up to the Holy Spirit to convict the sinner of sin. Until that divine work is done, salvation is not possible. The work of conviction is YaHuWaH 's work. His Spirit alone can convict the sinner of sin. No evangelist, pastor, priest or teacher should ever try to duplicate the work of conviction. It is the work of the Holy Spirit and He alone can do it. The Holy Ghost uses YaHuWaH 's Torah to convict a person of sin. The Torah identifies sin. It points out sin. But the real work of conviction is done by the Spirit of YaHuWaH ! Remember that fact.

3. Conscience

The dictionary defines 'conscience' as a moral sense of right and wrong; an inner voice classifying one's thoughts, words and deeds as worthy or unworthy. Like a High Court judge in the domain of human behavior, conscience passes sentence on every man, woman and child in the court room of the own mind. No one can dethrone conscience without paying a frightening price. One may choose to ignore conscience or momentarily stifle its voice. But those who do this invariably suffer the consequences.

Why do we all have consciences? What part in the process of salvation does conscience play? What does the Bible say about conscience?

Brings Conviction

John 8:9 And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience...