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11 of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.


The third dynamic whereby the Holy Spirit deals with the world is “judgment.”

11 of judgment,

The third area that the Holy Spirit convicts is judgment on Satan. The Spirit convicts the world of its liability of being in league with the one who has a different belief system than God.

because the ruler of this world is judged.

Satan is the “ruler of this world” (Jn 14:30). Jesus would defeat the devil on the cross in a few hours (Jn 12:31; Co 2:15; He 2:14). The perfect tense of the word “judged” indicates that Satan stands judged in God’s court because of the cross (1 Jn 3:8; He 2:14).


God attributes all false beliefs to Satan, and the beguiler stands in judgment for that.


There is nothing arbitrary in God’s judgment. He judges according to the standard of His own righteousness. The Holy Spirit will convince the world of the justice of God’s judgment. Since the Spirit convinces the world of its need to believe in Christ and that Jesus met the standard for entrance into heaven, this shows the significance of judgment upon Satan and his world system (Ac 17:31). Unregenerate mankind will share the judgment of Satan if they do not believe in Christ.

Jesus defeated Satan and his ilk on the cross. The evil one and those who reject Jesus stand under God’s judgment. They are already judged (Jn 3:18; 12:31; He 2:14). The world needs to do nothing to be condemned; it is judged already (Jn 3:36). It needs to understand that both the world and its ruler already stand condemned before God.

The ruler or prince of this world is in the business of making people spiritually blind (2 Co 4:3,4). The world in general has come to believe the lies of Satan about Jesus. This is an issue of false judgment that rests on wrong assumptions about truth.

The Holy Spirit’s judgment is not merely on the world but on Satan himself. This task is forensic. Satan and those who follow him stand condemned forever. They have no status with God.