The Gospel is good news, but to who ? cont
All the sinners that Christ died for, a whole World of them, that they should believe in Him for all their Salvation, the Holy Spirit's Mission from Christ to them is to convince them of Sin Jn 16:8-9
8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
9 Of sin, because they believe not on me;
The word reprove is the greek word elegchō and means to:
to convict, refute, confute
a) generally with a suggestion of shame of the person convicted
b) by conviction to bring to the light, to expose
2) to find fault with, correct
a) by word
1) to reprehend severely, chide, admonish, reprove
2) to call to account, show one his fault, demand an explanation
b) by deed
1) to chasten, to punish
Its the same word used here Heb 12:5
5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:
Also here Rev 3:19
19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
The World in Jn 16:8 is the World of His Son's and this World of sinners will be reproved for their sin.
It is also the word used here Jn 3:20
20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
This tells us that those in the World of Jn 16:8 who the Spirit reproves for sin, shall come to the Light Jn 3:21
But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
The Light of the Gospel 2 Cor 4:4
In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
Thats the Job of the Holy Spirit , He prepares those Christ died for to see their need of Christ, and His Righteousness by reproving them of sin and their helplessness, and they because of that cometh to the Light of the Gospel which Reveals to them Christ as their Saviour !
The Spirit shall make those Christ died for sensible sinners like the publican of Lk 18, even if they are sinners like the pharisee in Lk 18, if they belong to the Election of Grace, look at Saul who became Paul !317
He makes them sensible sinners in order for them to believe on Christ, for up to then, they are unbelievers, Jn 16:9 however the Work of the Spirit remedies that by His impartation of the Fruit of Faith Gal 5:22 !