“If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin” (John 15:22).
“They would not have sin” is a strange statement, but one Jesus twice makes (See also v.24). It means that if the life and ministry of Jesus had not broken into the world, humanity could have continued on in its self-destructive path without guilt, shame, or indictment. With the in-breaking of the gospel, however, and the proclamation of deliverance from sin, the world is now under conviction. As the church, the living presence of Christ in the world, we are an indicting presence to all having no regard for the things of God; present reminders of what could and should be. Convicting because we do not offer assent, or change the definition of sin, to accommodate activities and lifestyles scripture has deemed outside God’s design.