The Holy Spirit does not convict believers of sin.
Ready to call that blasphemy? Just wait.
Let’s define our terms:
Convict: to find or prove to be guilty; to condemn, to accuse
Where in the Bible can you find a verse that says the Holy Spirit convicts, condemns, or accuses us of sin? No where. But here’s what the Holy Spirit is actually saying.
And the Holy Spirit also testifies to us; for after saying,
“This is the covenant that I will make with them,
after those days, says the Lord:
I will put My laws upon their heart,
and on their mind I will write them,”
He then says,
“And their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.”
The Holy Spirit Himself says that He no longer remembers our sins…and this includes past, present, AND future sins. We have been “perfected for all time” by the blood of Jesus (Heb 10:10,14).
Hebrews 9:22 - “Without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness”
Also meaning that with the shedding of blood, there is forgiveness. Jesus shed His blood. He has forgiven once and for all. This would be why he said “It is finished” while on the cross…
This means that we have no need to continually come to God to ask for forgiveness, for we have already been forgiven. In fact, it doesn’t make sense for us to keep asking for forgiveness after each sin we commit since Holy Spirit has already forgotten ALL of them. Note that it does not say that the Holy Spirit has only forgotten the ones in the past, nor that He will forget them as we commit them and ask for forgiveness.
It is important, however, to recognize the difference between being “convicted” of sin (as a believer) and recognizing wrong that has been done and repenting of it (aka changing the way you think).
2 Corinthians 7:10 - “For the sorrow that is according to the will of God produces a repentance without regret, leading to salvation, but the sorrow of the world produces death”
It is legal for us to have Godly sorrow that leads us to repentance, but it is NOT legal for us to feel guilt, regret, or shame because Jesus already took that all away on the cross
Hebrews 10:22 - ”Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience…”
It is not the Holy Spirit who convicts us of sin but our own hearts.
1 John 3:19-22
“We will know by this [loving in deed and truth] that we are of the truth, and will assure our heart before Him in whatever our heart condemns us; for God is greater than our heart and knows all things. Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; and whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do the things that are pleasing in His sight”
Did you catch that? GOD is greater than our hearts that condemn us. Break the agreement with that subtle lie that you need to feel “convicted” or “guilty” of sin in order to really show that you love God and you hate sin. One of the best ways you can love God is by receiving what Jesus paid for on the cross—your TOTAL freedom from sin and a NEW and RIGHTEOUS heart.
This in no way means that we get to sin freely. Just go read Romans 6 haha
This means that now, when you sin, instead of throwing a pity party, feeling like crap, begging for forgiveness from Jesus, feeling like you suck, and convincing yourself that you’re just a no good sinner at heart…RISE up as the Son/Daughter of God that you are, as one who has been made HOLY, PURE, and RIGHTEOUS and has been made a NEW CREATION with a NEW HEART (Romans 6, 2 Corin 5:17), and one who has the MIND OF CHRIST (1 Corin 2:16).
Basically, just start acting like who you REALLY are rather than believe in who the devil says you are.
Again, repentence (Greek: μετάνοια or metanoia) = changing the way you think.
When it says that NOTHING can separate us from the love of God in Romans 8:38-39, I’m pretty sure it means that NOTHING can separate us from the love of God.
Last thing…many people bring up 1 John 1:9 to support asking for forgiveness of sins. To make this short, that verse is directed to non Christians, specifically those who believed in Gnosticism at the time. There is a shift in verse 10 as he is now talking to his “little children”, aka believers. Holy Spirit only convicts non believers of sin so that they may recognize they are sinners and get saved and become righteous (1 Corinthians 14:24).
Done and done.