“The Holy Spirit is… none other than that member of the eternal Godhead who brings to bear in the life of God’s people the fruits of the victory won by Christ in his life, death and glorification. The ministry of the Spirit is in this sense a ‘spilling over’ from the throne of God of the blessing wrought by Christ for sinners.” (Bruce Milne, Know the Truth, p.180).
This past week I received an email which said in part “I hope that you will expand on the idea that the conviction of the Spirit is not the same as guilt emotions.” As Scott and I want this series on Everyday Life In The Spirit to both teach about “experienced faith” and address your questions and issues around life in the Spirit. Today I want to speak on “Guilt feelings are not the voice of the Spirit”. Most of our guilt experiences are from values, demands, expectations of others—parents, friends, culture, & self which you internalized and before which you should on yourself and feel guilty. The Holy Spirit has no involvement in conviction here. This is learned false guilt. True guilt has little to do with guilt feelings and according to the Bible is based on an estranged relationship. What part does the Spirit have in convicting one of true guilt? Listen up and find out.