The truth is that My departure will be a gift that will serve you well. If I don’t leave, the great Helper will not come to your aid. When I leave I will send Him to you. When He arrives He will uncover the sins of the world, expose unbelief as sin and allow all to see their sins in the light of righteousness for the first time. This new awareness of righteousness is important because I am going to the Father and will no longer be present with you. The Spirit will also carry My judgment because the one who rules in this world has already been defeated.
So Jesus was saying to the Jews who had believed Him, “If you abide in My word, continually obeying My teachings and living in accordance with them, then you are truly My disciples. And you will know the truth regarding salvation, and the truth will set you free from the penalty of sin.”
Since they thought it foolish to acknowledge God, He abandoned them to their foolish thinking and let them do things that should never be done. Their lives became full of every kind of wickedness, sin, greed, hate, envy, murder, quarreling, deception, malicious behavior and gossip. They are backstabbers, haters of God, insolent, proud and boastful. They invent new ways of sinning, and they disobey their parents. They refuse to understand, break their promises, are heartless and have no mercy. They know God’s justice requires that those who do these things deserve to die, yet they do them anyway. Worse yet, they encourage others to do them too.
New Living Translation