Do you know the difference between conviction and condemnation? Typically, in our society one proceeds the other and go together. We see someone convicted of a crime and then condemned when the sentence is given by the judge or jury. But the Bible says, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD” (Isaiah55:8KJV).

God thinks differently than we do. So He uses the Holy Spirit to educate us. Jesus says of the Comforter (Holy Spirit), “And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment” (John16:8KJV).

Jesus is doing everything He can to teach us to live a life on this earth that will prepare us for eternal life in heaven.

He goes on to say, “Of sin, because they believe not on me (John16:9KJV). When the Holy Spirit convicts us it is not to condemn but to educate us about Jesus.

Jesus says, “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth...” (John16:13KJV) and Jesus is “the way, the truth, and the life” (John14:6KJV).

So the Holy Spirit is pointing us to Jesus, to learn of Him, to believe in Him and His promises. As the Holy Spirit is leading us to Jesus, we are counseled to “Quench not the Spirit” (1Thessalonians5:19KJV).

That means, when the Holy Spirit is telling us to turn from our evil ways and do right, we should listen to Him. If we don’t, our hearts harden. If we continually refuse to listen to the Holy Spirit, we then blaspheme the Holy Spirit and commit the unpardonable sin.

The Bible says, “But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation” (Mark3:29KJV).

You see, the devil has blasphemed the Holy Spirit and has already been condemned (John16:11KJV) and is headed for eternal damnation (Revelation20:10KJV).

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