The One Question

A Sermon on the Role of the Holy Spirit


John 16:1-15




1. In Relation to the Devoted Worshippers – He Co-Operates

a. Comfort

16:7 But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. (NIV)

b. Guidance

13 when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. (NIV)


Matthew 2:19-23

19 After Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt 20 and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who were trying to take the child’s life are dead.”

21 So he got up, took the child and his mother and went to the land of Israel. 22 But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning in Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. Having been warned in a dream, he withdrew to the district of Galilee, 23 and he went and lived in a town called Nazareth. (NIV)

c. Witness

John 15:26-27 (ESV)

But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me. 27 And you also will bear witness, because you have been with me from the beginning.

Mark 13:11 Whenever you are arrested and brought to trial, do not worry beforehand about what to say. Just say whatever is given you at the time, for it is not you speaking, but the Holy Spirit.

Filling of the spirit

Acts 4:31

After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.

Eph 5:18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit,

2. In Relation to the Distant Wanderer – He Convicts


a. Iniquity: About Sin

“And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment;

9 concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me;

Oops!...I did it again to your heart Got lost in this game… Oops!...You think that I'm sent from above I'm not that innocent. - March 2000, Britney Spears, Oops I did it again.

b. Integrity: About Righteousness

10 and concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father and you no longer see Me;


c. Inquest: About Judgment

11 and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned. NIV

How can a loving God send anyone to hell?


Glorify Jesus

14 He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you.

15 All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you. (ESV)

John 5:22-23 (NIV)

22Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son,

23that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, who sent him.

Romans 14:12 (ESV)

So then each of us will give an account of himself to God.

Acts 17:31 (NIV)

For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead.”

Revelation 1:7 “Look, he is coming with the clouds,” and “every eye will see him, even those who pierced him”;


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