The Holy Spirit’s Testimony of Jesus
By Benny Hinn
You may try to tell someone about the Lord again and again. Then one day they exclaim, “Oh, I finally see what you’ve been saying!” That realization is the work of the Holy Spirit.
Just before Christ went to the cross, He told His disciples that
“When the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me” (John 15:26).
Paul told the Corinthians that “no one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit” (1 Cor. 12:3).
Often the Holy Spirit uses the inscripturated (written) Word of God to convict an individual.
“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Heb. 4:12).
The Holy Spirit uses the Word of God because the Holy Spirit inspired the Word of God:
“For prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:21).
It is His Word.
Here’s a note of caution. We should never forget that Scripture warns us concerning the danger of resisting the convicting power of the Holy Spirit. The Lord said,
“My Spirit shall not strive with man forever” (Gen. 6:3).
By constant rejection we can become so hardened to His pleading that we no longer hear His voice.
Here’s another note of caution. If the Holy Spirit is prompting you to share the Gospel with someone, always obey His leading:
“For He says: ‘In an acceptable time I have heard you, and in the day of salvation I have helped you.’ Behold, now is the accepted time; behold now is the day of salvation” (2 Cor. 6:2b).
The writer of Proverbs said it this way:
“My dear friend, please don’t take that chance. Today, God’s Spirit is on earth to convict our hearts of sin and prepare the way for us to receive Christ” (John 16:7-11).
How do we experience the new birth? The Lord Jesus said
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
As a pastor I am often asked, “Pastor Benny, how do I know if I have been born again?”
My answer is simple as
John 5:24: “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.”
I help the person who lacks assurance to understand that it is the Lord Jesus who is speaking the words in this passage, and then I ask them the question, “Did you hear His word and believe in Him?” That is, “Have you trusted Christ as your personal Savior?” After explaining the Gospel to them, I ask them if they have trusted Christ. If they have not trusted Christ as their Savior, I invite them to do so right then and help them to understand the full weight of the Savior’s words in John 5:24 when He said that they:
- Have everlasting life
- Shall not come into judgment
- Have passed from death into life.
Any doubts after that are the whispered deceptions of the devil, and should be immediately dismissed through the powerful name of the Lord Jesus. My dear friend, if you’re not sure that you’re saved, why not remove all doubt and trust Christ right now?