Regarding your Knowing God in the Word series on John 3, would the “light” that every man receives (John 1:9) be the basic awareness that there is a God (leaving men without excuse – Romans 1:20), in contrast to a more specific enablement to believe (due to a generation from above) that Jesus is the Christ, the representation of God in human form?
And as for us in this dispensation, is it the witness of the completed “quick and powerful” Word of God, the Bible, that is solely used by the Holy Spirit to enable us to believe without seeing evidential miracles/signs?
Looking to the future, certainly the work of the Spirit in John16:8 will be in a category of its own!!
Yes, you have correctly stated what I think the “light” that every man receives is. Not all get the specific awareness of Jesus Christ as God, but all do get the knowledge that there is above themselves a Being Who is supreme.
I would agree that it is the Word of God, the Bible, that allows us with the Holy Spirit’s help to believe without seeing any proof in the form of signs or miracles. Without the Word of God, there is no true faith. Of course, that Word could be spoken by another and you could believe the Word spoken, if it was spoken truly.
Yes, the work of the Spirit in John 16:8 will be a work very different from any work He performs today. What a time that will be!