Posted by: thaishin | May 4, 2015

The work of the Holy Spirit

John 16

And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin, because they believe not on me; 10 Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; 11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.  -kjv

When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: about sin, because people do not believe in me; 10 about righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; 11 and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.  -niv

When He comes, He will convict the world about sin, righteousness, and judgment: About sin, because they do not believe in Me; 10 about righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you will no longer see Me; 11 and about judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged.  -hcsb

The work of the Holy Spirit as in John 16:8. Kjv uses the word reprove. Reprove can mean to prove again or it can also mean to scold.

To prove has several meanings. It can mean

1) To establish the truth or genuineness of, as by evidence or argument, eg to prove one’s claim

2) To subject to a test, experiment, comparison, analysis, or the like, to determine quality, amount, acceptability, characteristics, etc, eg to prove ore

3) To show (oneself) to have the character or ability expected of one, especially through one’s actions

4) To turn out, eg The experiment proved to be successful

5) To be found by trial or experience to be, eg His story proved false

source: dictionary.com

So, does the Holy Spirit prove again or scold? If prove again, which meaning does it use?

In niv, it says prove the world to be in the wrong.

In hcsb, it says to convict the world. Convict means to prove guilty of an offense.

Seems like reprove means to prove again in kjv. Seems like it is partially meaning 1 of prove, which is to establish the truth or genuineness but not by argument or evidence but by the presence of the Holy Spirit interpreting the bible correctly. Probably in the process of establishing the truth, to prove the world to be in the wrong about its standards on sin, righteousness and judgment. Is the world’s standard then an offense in the eyes of God?

Question: can the word reprove takes on several meanings at the same time, meaning it means scold and it also means to prove again?

Any other takes from you guys?

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Responses

  1. Does it really matter? Both meaning seem to have the same effect

    • I think the meaning of how the Holy Spirit reproves the world tells us how we can approach evangelism, no?

  2. I personally think the word reprove has more than one meaning. For sure all the scriptures speak of the king…the ruler of the world we now live in. He is Satan but only has temporary power. After the second coming Satan will be in a very “hot” location and will be finished fooling the fools to follow him since Christ per scripture will be the leader, the King of Heaven for ever and ever.


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