Monday, October 29, 2018
“And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin…, of sin, because they believe not on me…” John 16:8-11
What does it mean to reprove? We tend to toss words around so easily and yet we are ill-equipped to properly define them. Well, the buck stops here – hold on to your dictionary!
The word “reprove”, as used in the King James Bible is defined by the online Blue Letter Bible, which defines the word as used in its original language (i.e., Hebrew, Greek, etc.) in many ways. For instance:
1. If one is conversant with another person, then to reprove, by word, would be to - reprehend severely, chide, admonish, to call to account, show one his fault, or to demand an explanation.
2. If one has the ability to do something about the offender, then the word reprove would mean - by deed, to chasten or to punish, the offender.
Also, the purpose of the Holy Spirit’s reproof is to bring light to the sinner – Eph. 5:13; a knowledge of sin, once he/she is acquainted with truth – John 8:9; and to help a person to make the correct choice and turn to the Lord, after the reproof comes – Jeremiah 2:19
Lastly, God has no pleasure in the death of the wicked; He would much rather have a person repent and be saved that is why He gave His only unique Son, for the redemption of mankind. Therefore, if this blog or something else that you have heard about God cuts across your conscience like a knife, then stop right as it is happening; repent of your sins; invite Jesus into your heart and begin to live a holy life. God is waiting on you. He has sent His Holy Spirit to convict you of wrong doing; please don’t resist Him.