Conscience

Text: Proverbs 20:27

What is your conscience?  What does it do?  How does it work?  God made you a body, soul, and spirit.  1 Thessalonians 5:23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Voice

  • Romans 2:14-15 For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: 15 Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another
  • Truly, your conscience convicts you (John 8:9), bears witness (Romans 9:1), and testifies (2 Corinthians 1:12) so it is true that it is a voice.  It is a voice that informs your will.
  • It doesn’t bother my conscience, or it doesn’t bother me.  If it doesn’t line up with the Bible it really makes no difference whether it bothers you or not.  Your conscience is that part of you that informs your will of the righteousness of a particular decision.  Your flesh is that part of you that informs your will of its desires.

Variety

  • Good conscience before the Lord – Acts 24:16
  • Weak conscience – 1 Corinthians 8:12
  • Defiled conscience – Titus 1:15
    • Follow my conscience isn’t always a good thing because your conscience may not be informed by the word of God.
  • Seared conscience – 1 Timothy 4:2
  • Evil conscience – Hebrews 10:22 You probably would not want to trust in one like that. Before you were saved your conscience had no problem with some of your sin.

Victorious

  • Hebrews 9:11-14 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; 12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. 13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: 14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
  • Beforehand your conscience was conformed to some idol like in Corinthians.  You felt guilty when perhaps you didn’t need to.  You didn’t feel guilty when you should’ve.  All that based on your idea righteousness and whatever you had filled your mind with before.  But when you submit to the Lord Jesus Christ and receive his payment for your sins, your conscience in regards to righteousness were completely changed.
  • Think about the apostle Paul before he got saved.  He killed and persecuted Christians.  He even thought he was doing God a favor by eliminating this group of people who followed Jesus.  That was until Jesus Christ stopped him on the road to Damascus and asked him a question that brought such force of conviction that Paul got saved.  And the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ purged his wicked conscience of all the religious filth that corrupted it.
    • Philippians 3:4-11 = purged conscience
    • Galatians 1:13-17 = purged conscience

Vocation

  • The Holy Spirit works through your conscience to accomplish His will. If you submit your conscience (filter) to the things of God (The Bible) then you will have a conscience like Paul.
  • 2 Corinthians 4:2 Paul knew that he was an example to every man’s conscience,
  • Paul developed a conscience void of offence, Acts.24:16