7 Things About The Cleansing the Conscience
Heb. 9:13-14 –For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling those who have been defiled sanctify for the cleansing of the flesh,how much more will the blood of Christ,
who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
The blood did not just cleanse us from sin, but our conscience from religious dead works to worship the Living God.
The word conscience is sunedesis in the greek ”to know within oneself”
7 things about the conscience:
1—It was a product of the fall, it was given by God to govern man until the law came, after that it has to be cleansed under the government of God, and only by the blood of Jesus.
2—It is shaped by our culture, authority figures, and religious influence or upbringing.
3—It is often mistaken as being God speaking to us, mostly in condemnation, accusations and excuses.
4—It becomes dirty and unreliable through the dead works of religion.
5—It will either accuse us or excuse us, but never reveal Christ or bring us to God, it does not base things on what is God or not, but good and evil, sins and not sins.
6—We cannot clean our own conscience, it takes a “clean man” (Jesus) to cleanse our conscience He does this by His blood, to worship the living God, not a dead religion.
7—A clean conscience brings happiness, liberty, and the fruit of the Kingdom of God.
“In the teaching of the ashes of a red heifer in Numbers 19, the one who needed cleansing would arise on the 3rd day and on the 7th day would be restored to fellowship.
The 3rd day typifies the finished work of Christ while the 7th day typifies the sabbath rest in Christ.
Our conscience is always to be seated in the finished work of Jesus Christ, when this happens we will move into a sabbath rest having confidence with “God and peace with ourself and others.”
Scott Stimson Sr