- Steve Chase
"how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, cleanse our consciences from dead works so that we can serve the living God"? Heb. 9:14
The cleansing of conscience is the most important aspect of the Blood of Jesus Christ in relationship to us. The cleansing and restoring our conscience to health and vitality creates the inner witness that testifies that we are at peace with God.
Having our conscience cleansed from dead works and evil works rescues it from the adversaries agency of accusation and restores it to an organ of conviction for the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will not only convict us of wrong thoughts and actions but will also use the conscience to testify of right ones and God's pleasure for our obedience.
"Indeed, this is our boast: The testimony of our conscience is that we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially toward you, with godly sincerity and purity, not by human wisdom but by God’s grace." II Cor. 1:12
Once our conscience has been cleansed and restored to health it is of utmost importance to maintain it's vitality. It is the single most important exercise of spiritual health and growth to maturity. To sin against our conscience is to sin against God's light. We find the age-old adage to be true; "light received brings more light, light rejected brings darkness.
"And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men." Acts 24:16
The Greek word for conscience is syneidēsis, a compound word meaning bearing witness in agreement with oneself. Paul stated in Romans 9:1 "I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost." Here he is declaring a threefold witness, his conscience bearing witness together with itself and the Holy Ghost testifying to the veracity of what he was saying.
Dear Ones, to experience the power of Christ's Blood to liberate our conscience is the most valuable spiritual dynamic one can have and maintaining it is the sure path to maturity.
learning the difference between conviction and condemnation is the means we keep the enemy from hijacking our conscience to torment us. Remember conviction is always very specific and is couched in the Father's desire to correct and train us for our good and His glory. Condemnation is a non-specific attack against your personhood using your past as a bludgeon and generally making you feel discouraged.
One also has to be cognizant of the flesh's tactic of using rationalization and carnal justification to permit or excuse behavior in thought or deed that our conscience has been illuminated about.
There is also a horrific deception running through-out the church that God will never convict you of sins because He has already forgiven you of all sins, past, present, and future. They say if God has already forgiven you, then He has already forgotten those sins, even future ones and will never remind you of them. This is a demonic twisting of scriptures, don't allow it to trick you. God has made provision for all our sins to be forgiven, past, present, and future. But we must confess(homologia-agree with His conviction), then the blood of Jesus Christ will cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." I John 1:9