Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: of sin, because they do not believe in Me; of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged. (John 16:7-9)
Sorry, but I do need to bring this up because I realised that many people are seeing this as “the Holy Spirit convicts us of sin”, but I’m not sure if I am the only one who sees this differently. Taking note of the punctuation, it seems more like it is broken up like this:
The Holy Spirit convicts the world:
of sin, because they do not believe in Me (for non-believers)
of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more (for believers)
of judgement, because the ruler of this world is judged (the Enemy)
I am just curious because I came across this verse mentioned multiple times, but if you consider where the punctuations are deliberately placed, it feels that it is not an all encompassing “judge the world of 3 things for everyone” kind of passage.
Even if I were to ignore the semi-colons, I do feel that it is impossible for a believer to be judged of sin, because it clearly states that the criteria is not to believe in Christ. Both of them are mutually exclusive, and you can’t have both together. My perspective leans more towards, our sins have already been judged once and forever at the cross for a believer, and it cannot be judged again.
Do share your thoughts.