John 16:11 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

John 16:11, NIV: "and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned."

John 16:11, ESV: "concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged."

John 16:11, KJV: "Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged."

John 16:11, NASB: "and concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged."

John 16:11, NLT: "Judgment will come because the ruler of this world has already been judged."

John 16:11, CSB: "and about judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged."

What does John 16:11 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Scripture explains three different ways (John 16:8) in which the Holy Spirit will convict the world. Speaking to the disciples, Jesus has given details on two of these facets: conviction of sin (John 16:9) and conviction of righteousness (John 16:10). Here, He refers to the third, which involves judgment on the spiritual leader of the fallen world: Satan.

Jesus' enemies had Him put to death (John 11:53), thinking that would prove their own moral superiority. As it turned out, Christ was resurrected from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:19–20), proving them wrong. The resurrection of Christ served as a miraculous statement: those who rejected Christ are condemned (Colossians 2:15). In this specific sense, the work of the Holy Spirit will serve to constantly remind all who oppose Christ that they are subject to judgment.

That judgment starts with Satan himself (Hebrews 2:14). However, it also extends to anyone who chooses to side with the world, and its ruler, over obedience to the Son of God (Acts 17:30–31; John 3:36).