In John 14:17 the word world is not necessarily referring to the people, but to the world system or mindset. It is a system based on the kingdom of darkness that influences the behavior of the people on this earth. Keep in mind, it is the Governor who convicts those outside of the Kingdom that they need to be forgiven and connected to the Lord God in the heavenly Kingdom government. It is the Governor—meaning the Holy Spirit for those who are reading this term for the first time—who works through your conscience so that you will choose to live according to His Kingdom standards.
It is vital that we stay in the Lord God’s constitution so that we will know the King’s perfect will for our lives. Our whole body and mind should be made subject to the will of the Lord God. I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Romans 12:1-2
You must understand this one thing: Our Governor is not given to us to take over our lives by force. He prompts us and gives us wisdom, but never forces us to do what we don’t want to do. In other words, our Governor makes all Kingdom citizens conscious of the expectations, standards, laws, regulations and customs of the Kingdom. That is one reason that the Lord Jesus made this statement to His disciples: “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need. So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today." Matthew 6:33-34 NLT
Remember, Father God isn’t in the business of controlling His citizens. He wants His citizens to desire what He desires. Our Governor respects our will. He shows you what the Father’s Will is and assists you in fulfilling it as you look to Him for wisdom. Without the wisdom and guidance of the Holy Spirit, we are not wise enough, strong enough, or holy enough, to be a citizen in right-standing in God’s Kingdom. It is only through His Spirit, sent to govern our lives as we submit to Him.
The following verses tell us why the Holy Spirit is the “Most important person on earth”:
Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: of sin, because they do not believe in Me; of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.
I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. However, when He, the Spirit of Truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you. John 16:7-15
Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Romans 5:5
Always remember, your greatest asset in the Kingdom is your faith in His Word.
All NKJV, except where noted.
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