Misinformation interrupted by deafening explosions of truth.
We’ve been here before. Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, went on record in behalf of One who at his own expense exposed a world of darkness for the good of all.
Before his stunning death, Jesus left his disciples with more than partisan moral arguments to selectively expose the sins of the right or the wrongs of the left. He promised to send the Spirit of Truth (John 16:8-11).
Seems to me that it’s easy to miss what Jesus meant by saying that, in his absence, the Spirit would persuade the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment (John 16:8).
By his own explanation,
The sin that needed to be seen in Jesus’s absence: Not just any one of an endless list of moral failures, but—the difference between believing or not believing (trusting or not trusting) Jesus (John 16:9).
The righteousness that needed to be seen in Jesus’s absence: Not abstract perfectionism, but— the kind of right relationship he had in being true to his father—and true to those who desperately needed him (John 16:10).
The judgment that needed to be seen in Jesus’s absence: Not condemning others for their sin—something Jesus said he wouldn’t do, but—a loving judgment of the lies, misinformation, and fake news of his enemy (John 16:11). Nowhere was Satan more nakedly exposed than in a crucifixion that revealed how much God loves us, how lost we are, and how self-deceived and deceptive the present prince of the world is.
And, if this is what God is doing for the world, what does the Spirit of truth have to do with those of us who have already been mercifully adopted into the family? Seems to me that, for openers, he is in and with us not only for our encouragement, but also to provide the credibility of witness that softly glows in the spirit and truth of his love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, and self-control.