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    • #23682

      Refer to an instance of the conviction of the ministry of the Holy Spirit in the New Testament. List three things it proves.

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    • #23691

      An instance of the conviction of the ministry of the Holy Spirit in the new testament and three things that proves are as follows:

      First, the word conviction means, to confute, admonish, convince, tell a fault, rebuke, reprove.
      Then, an instance of the conviction of the ministry of the Holy Spirit in the new testament can be seen in the experience of Lydia as recorded in Acts 16:14-15, ” And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul. And when she was baptized, and her household, she….”

      Worthy of note, Lydia was called a worshipper of God- a “religious ” fellow but at the point she heard the teachings of salvation by Paul, the Holy Spirit convicted her heart. Which lead to

      1. The conviction of sin in her life hence the need for a Saviour. The scripture doesn’t tell us that she was caught in any sinful act but that she was a worshipper of God. So the conviction of the Holy Spirit upon her heart was to turn her away from unbelief in the Lordship of Jesus Christ( whom she had not known possibly), to believe in the Lordship of Jesus Christ unto her salvation. This goes to prove that it is only the Holy Spirit that can make men believe on Jesus and be saved, even through His ministry of “conviction “.

      2. The conviction of righteousness. This woman the bible described as a worshipper of God; which is safe to say, was a “self righteous” woman. Could only be declared truly righteous and accepted by God through the conviction of the Holy Spirit. Upon what the Holy Spirit did to her heart, she had faith in the righteous One, the Lord Jesus Christ. Hence, having peace with God. So this proves that true righteousness comes as a result of the conviction of the Holy Spirit unto faith in Jesus. This demarcates self righteousness by works from true righteousness by faith.

      3. Conviction brings Judgment. This woman who was once under the domain of the enemy walked into freedom and victory by yielding to the conviction of the Holy Spirit in her heart. This goes to prove that upon the defeat of Satan through the vicarious work of the Lord Jesus Christ, we come into the experience of freedom and victory by the conviction of the Holy Spirit.

      In summary, the conviction of the ministry of the Holy Spirit will always reprove men of sin, righteousness and judgment unto their salvation.

      • #23698

        In John 16;8 Our Lord Jesus Christ promised to send the Holy Spirit to convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgement: here we see a three fold ministry that the spirit will perform in relation to the unsaved world, He will convict the world of sin, because they do not believe in him, of righteousness because he is going to the father, and they will not see him again and of judgement because the ruler of this world is judged.

    • #23713


      Conviction of the Ministry of the Holy Spirit in the New Testament.

      Conviction refers to the state of being convinced and confident that something is true; it means a strong persuasion or belief. Conviction stands opposed to doubt and skepticism. (BIBLE.ORG)

      Conviction also means to persuade to a belief, consent, or course of action. According to this definition is only the Holy Spirit that can convince or persuade one to a true belief system in Christ Jesus. Man’s conviction will be effortless couple with many struggles without achieving a lasting result.
      According to Acts of the Apostles Chapter Two, Peter preached with Boldness after the Holy Spirit had come upon him and about 3,000 people were added to the Church.

      “So let everyone in Israel know for certain that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, to be both Lord and Messiah!” Peter’s words pierced their hearts, and they said to him and to the other apostles, “Brothers, what should we do?” Peter replied, “Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. This promise is to you, to your children, and to those far away—all who have been called by the Lord our God.” Then Peter continued preaching for a long time, strongly urging all his listeners, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation!” Those who believed what Peter said were baptized and added to the church that day—about 3,000 in all.
      Acts of the Apostles 2:36‭-‬41 NLT.
      “the Holy Spirit does the conviction as the people believed what Peter was saying”.

      Three things to Prove;
      1. It proves that God is a Spirit dwelling in Human body. The indwelling of the Holy Spirit enable individual to have access to GOD, communicate with God one on one without passing through anyone and have God’s abilities to perform Miracles as inspired by the Holy Spirit. Romans 8:11, 1Corinthians 3:16, 2Corinthians 6:16, Ezekiel 36;27, John 4:24, John 14:26

      2. The Holy Spirit gets the unbeliever saved by receiving Jesus Christ as her savior and Lord. He Convict the world of sin. John 16:8

      3. The Holy Spirit gives us the ability to understand the scriptures (to discern between Right and Wrong Doctrine), reveals to the believer what to do and enabled the believer to operate effectively in its office/place of assignment here on earth. 2 Timothy 3:16, 2Peter 1:20-21.

    • #23733

      A good example of this conviction ministry of the Holy Spirit can be found in Acts 2. After the baptism of the Holy Spirit and the consequent gathering, misunderstanding (in thinking that the disciples were drunk) and amazement of the people, Peter preached to the Jews who were present and had come from all over the world to celebrate Pentecost. Peter begins his sermon by clearing their misunderstanding about the events that they were witnessing as a fulfilment of a prophecy from Joel 2, then he goes on to present Christ to them. And in Acts 2:37, we are told that they were pricked in their hearts. This pricking of the heart is the conviction of the Holy Spirit.
      Firstly, Christ is faithful. Before Jesus’ ascension, He promised His followers that He would send the Holy Spirit and that He – the Holy Spirit, would convict the world of sin because of unbelief. John 16:7-11. In Acts 2, after Christ’s ascension, in the upper room, the fulfilment of this promise made by Christ was fulfilled. Not only did the Holy Spirit come, we see Him doing precisely what Christ said He would do upon His arrival. This event, among other events, show that Christ’s words are yea and Amen indeed. His words can never and will never fall to the ground. They surely will accomplish the purpose for which He sent His word.
      Secondly, the effect or result of Peter’s sermon shows the manifest presence of God’s Spirit. This event proves the operation and activity of the Spirit. It proves that the Holy Spirit is alive, active and powerful. It proves that the minister of the Gospel and the believer is not alone or by themselves.
      Lastly, this event proves that conviction is an exclusive work of the Spirit. It is a work, result or effect that only Holy Spirit can produce in a person’s life. Hence, the expediency of Jesus’ instruction for them to tarry for the Holy Spirit to come. He already revealed His will to them (Matthew 28:18-20, Luke 24:46-48), but they needed the work and ministry of the Holy Spirit in order for them to be effective witnesses of Christ. Peter’s words alone would not have been able to produce the kind of result that we see in Acts 2. Therefore, our ministries can be fruitful because we have the Holy Spirit at work in us. Hallelujah!

      • #24501

        The convictive power of the Holy spirit plays a very important role in salvation. Even after the word is preached, confessions are made, the holy spirit aligns, admonishes, rebukes and convince us to renew our minds continually.There’s a level of purity and a level of holiness that goes far deeper in your heart than what anyone will ever see. That is what God’s wanting to get to on a regular basis, not just writing the law in a book or stone inscription but to reach way down deep into your heart to constantly refine it and purify it. That’s what keeps you real with Him.

        But what I find the most amazing is that the Holy Spirit convicts everyone, even those who are not believers.
        You might be a faith-skeptic or even completely disinterested in all things God; yet, the Holy Spirit has somehow led you

        *Conviction is an Opportunity for Growth:
        When the Holy Spirit convicts you of something wrong, it means God wants you to make it right. When we acknowledge our shortfalls before God.
        Many interesting turn of events happened around the time Jesus was arrested and crucified. Let’s consider the cases of these two disciples – Peter and Judas. Both erred around the time of Jesus’ arrest. Judas betrayed Jesus, Peter denied Jesus three times. Both Peter and Judas were convicted (compare Luke 22:60-62 and Matthew 27:3-5). However, Peter embraced his conviction, got restored, and later became the pillar in the early church. Judas did not embrace his conviction and went on to commit suicide. It is clear who each of these disciples listened to.

    • #24028

      I believe a Man’s first encounter with the Holy spirit today, is in the preaching of the Gospel.
      An instance where we see the conviction ministry of the Holy Spirit in in Acts 10:25-48
      Peter had received an instruction to go preach the Gospel to Cornelius who was a Gentile.
      When he yet spoke, they were convicted by the Spirit; they believed the Gospel.
      While Peter was still speaking, the Holy Spirit fell upon all who heard the word. Acts 10:44
      Salvation precedes the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. So, it will be safe to say salvation took place (they believed the Gospel) while Peter yet preached such that it seemed that both the indwelling of the Spirit and the Baptism of the Spirit took place concurrently.
      Let me ask you this one question: Did you receive the Holy Spirit by obeying the law of Moses? Of course not! You received the Spirit because you believed the message you heard about Christ. Galatians 5:1
      1. From the preaching of the Gospel via men to the Believing of the Gospel by men is by the Holy Spirit. Acts 1:8, Acts 8:4
      2. The conviction of the Holy Spirit leads a man to the point where he realizes that he is guilty and has to make the decision to be saved.
      John 16:8-11, “And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin, because they believe not on me; Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.
      Convict – To confute, admonish; convince, tell a fault, reprove.

      3. This conviction by the Holy Spirit comes about by the preaching of the Gospel.
      This salvation was something even the prophets wanted to know more about when they prophesied about this gracious salvation prepared for you. 11 They wondered what time or situation the Spirit of Christ within them was talking about when he told them in advance about Christ’s suffering and his great glory afterward. They were told that their messages were not for themselves, but for you. And now this Good News has been announced to you by those who preached in the power of the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. It is all so wonderful that even the angels are eagerly watching these things happen. 1 Peter 1:10-12

      How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? Romans 10:14

      They will believe by the Spirit, He is the one who testifies of Jesus. He will convict the World of what Jesus has done in taking our place. He points man to the Sacrifice of Christ for Sin.
      God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God; 2 Corinthians 5:21.
      The demonstration of the Spirit and power (when the word is preached) will produce faith.
      My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, 5 so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power. 1 Corinthians 2:4-5

      In conclusion; Therefore, I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus accursed, and no one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit. 1 Corinthians 12:3

      • #25316
        Soton Iselobhor

        I would like to respond to your 2nd point on what the Holy Spirit’s conviction proves, and by the way, I believe that the 3 things the conviction proves are in that point alone.
        In John 16:8-11, Jesus not only gave the three-fold ministry of the Holy Spirit’s conviction, but He also gives further insight into them.
        Firstly, He says “of sin because they do not believe in me”. This tells us that the Holy Spirit uses their unbelief to prove the gravity of their sin. This conviction is necessary because, on their own, the unbelievers do not believe in Jesus.
        Secondly, He says, “Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and you see me no more;” to my mind, the fact of Jesus’s absence means that the one who gives this righteousness would not be “visible” enough to convince them. Therefore, the Holy Spirit through the ministry of conviction, uses the triumphant work of Christ to prove the availability of righteousness.
        Lastly, Jesus says “Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged” This simply reveals that the conviction of the Holy Spirit will use the defeat of Satan, who is the Prince of this world, to prove the solemn certainty of judgment.

    • #24339

      The Holy spirit’s ministry to the world of unbelievers is the work of conviction. The Holy spirit’s work of conviction means to place the gospel in such a clear light that the unbeliever understands what the content of the gospel is and to acknowledge that the gospel is true , regardless of whether or not the person accepts it. It is important to bear in mind that it is the Holy Spirit that has the conviction ministry and not the body of Christ.

      An instance of the conviction of the ministry of the Holy Spirit in the new testament is found in the book of Acts 3 and Acts 4:4.
      In the above scriptures, it can be seen that the man at the beautiful gate that was lame from his mother’s womb, experienced a miracle and was able to walk again


      1) The gift of working miracles
      The man at the beautiful gate was well known by the people because not only was he lame from his mother’s womb, he was also well known for asking alms from people who entered the temple.
      When Peter set his eyes on him , he manifested the gift of working miracles through the Holy spirit and the lame man was able to walk again.

      2) it proves the gift of special faith.
      Every gift of the spirit is operated by faith . That is the kind of faith that passively receives a miracle. The same kind of faith Peter operated with.

      3) It proves that there was an impact on the unbelievers. Acts 4:4( However, many of those who heard the word believed ; and the number of the men came to be about five thousand.) Nkjv

      From the above scripture, the unbelievers who saw the miracle perfomed by Peter through the help of the Spirit and also heard Peter and John preach the gospel, were convicted by the Holy spirit and they believed.

    • #24500

      Having understood the ministry of the Holy spirit in the area of conviction (sin, righteousness and Judgement), Paul’s encounter at Philippi in Macedonia where Paul exorcised a demon-possessed slave girl explains alot.

      Acts.16.17 She started following Paul around, calling everyone’s attention to us by yelling out, “These men are working for the Most High God. They’re laying out the road of salvation for you!” (MSB)
      If we now stand on the content of the message of this demonic spirit, we should argue that what the slave girl was screaming about is correct. “These men are servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to you the way of salvation” indeed. Taking this fact in mind, what was Paul so annoyed about? Was he literally, annoyed with the slave girl? And if the “message” was correct according to Paul, why he was so fuss about performing this exorcism?
      First of all, we need to clarify that the words of the slave girl were not triggered by the Holy Spirit. We already know that Prophecy is classified under the vocal Gifts of the Holy Spirit (1Cor 12:10). Satan has a counterfeit gift for every true gift of the Spirit. This slave girl had a counterfeit demonic gift at work and Paul by the help of the Holy Spirit felt this spiritual discernment.The Holy Spirit acts as a prosecuting attorney who exposes evil, reproves evildoers, and convinces people that they need a Savior.
      Three things it proves
      a) conviction of sin is not merely knowledge of right and wrong; it is not an assent to Scripture’s teaching about sin. Many people read the Bible and are fully aware that the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23). They may know that “no immoral, impure, tricky or greedy person . . . has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ” ( (Psalm 9:17). Yet, for all their knowledge, they continue to live in sin. They understand the consequences, but they’re far from being convicted of their sins.
      B) Paul harnessed the Gift of discernment in other to rebuke the demon out of her.
      This is a special Spirit-given ability to distinguish between spirits, or to know whether a particular word, action or motive has its source in God, sinful flesh or satan.
      C) When the Holy Spirit convicts people of their sin, He represents the righteous judgment of God (Hebrews 4:12). There is no appeal of this verdict. The Holy Spirit not only convicts people of sin, but He also brings them to repentance (Acts 17:30)

    • #24786

      First, we believe that a promise is here made to the servants of Christ, that when they go forth to preach the gospel the Holy Ghost will be with them TO REPROVE MEN. By this is meant, not so much to save them as to silence them. When the minister of Christ stands up to plead his Master’s cause, another advocate appears in court, whose pleadings would make it hard for men to resist the truth.

      Jesus was gone, and his divine example no longer stood out like clear light reproving their darkness, but the Holy Spirit attested that righteousness, and compelled them to feel that Jesus was the Holy One, and that his cause was righteous. The teaching of the apostles, sealed by the Holy Spirit, made the world see what righteousness was as they had never seen it before

      Moreover, the thought flashed upon humanity more clearly than ever it had done before— that there would be a day of judgment. Men heard and felt the truth of the warning that God would judge the world at the last by the man Christ Jesus. The dim forms of Rhadamanthus on a cloudy judgment seat, and of the assembly before his throne, and of the crowds divided according to their lives, now began to assume another and far more definite shape. It was written on the heart of mankind that there is a judgment to come! Men will rise again; they shall, stand before the judgment-seat of Christ to give an account of the things done in the body, whether good or evil. The world heard this, and the tidings have never been forgotten

    • #25301
      Soton Iselobhor

      The conviction ministry of the Holy Spirit was explicitly declared by Jesus in John 16:5-15.
      In Jesus’ declaration to His disciples, He revealed a threefold conviction ministry of the Holy Spirit which is conviction of sin, conviction of righteousness and conviction of judgment.
      For the purposes of this essay, I will be referring to an instance in the book of Acts where the Holy Spirit’s conviction ministry was manifested.
      The promise of the Holy Spirit as seen in John 16, was fulfilled on the day of Pentecost in Acts 2:1-4. After the Pentecost, the bible tells us that Peter boldly declared the Word of God to the crowd who were confused by the different tongues that the disciples spoke in as the Spirit gave them utterance.
      At the end of Peter’s sermon in chapter 2, the bible shows a very different response from the people who doubted Jesus’s ministry a while back.
      Verse 37 of Acts 2 states that when the people heard the Word, they were “pricked in their heart” and their response was “what shall we do?”. We see right here a vivid example of the Holy Spirit’s work of conviction. The word translated “pricked,” in the Greek is “katenugēsan”, and is not used elsewhere in the New Testament. It properly denotes “to pierce or penetrate with a needle, lancet, or sharp instrument”. Such is the impact of the conviction the Holy Spirit.
      According to commentaries by Barnes on Acts 2:37, their response shows how the Spirit operates in producing conviction of sin. It is not in an arbitrary manner; it is in accordance with truth, and by the truth. The response of the people showed “a readiness to sacrifice all to the will of God; to surrender the governing purpose of the mind, and to do what he requires. In this state the soul is prepared to receive the offers of eternal life; and when the sinner comes to this, the offers of mercy meet his case, and he yields himself to the Lord Jesus, and finds peace”.
      The Conviction ministry of the Holy Spirit according to John 16: 5- 15, proves the following to the world:
      1. The reality of sin: It is important to note that Jesus said the Holy Spirit shall convict the world of “sin” not “sins”. This is in reference to the sin nature inherited by all men which brings them to a state of spiritual death. The Holy Spirit convicts the world by revealing their falling state. The sin nature is then responsible for the sinful conduct that follows.
      2. The availability of the gift of righteousness: The Holy Spirit reveals the gift of righteousness that is available to all in Christ and by reason of the finished work in Christ. As a gift, this righteousness is free and not earned.
      3. Judgement of the enemy.

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