BOOK: Who We Are In Christ
Chapter 2: A Good Conscience

2    A Good Conscience

Before we were born-again and reconciled to God thru the blood of Jesus Christ, we had an evil conscience.  That is, we were still conscience of our sins and of our unworthiness to enter into an intimate relationship and fellowship with God.

                Hebrews    9:9
                Which was a figure for the time then present,
                in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices,
                that could not make him that did the service
                perfect, as pertaining to the conscience;

                Hebrews   10:1-4
                For the law having a shadow of good things to
                come, and not the very image of the things, can
                never with those sacrifices which they offered
                year by year continually make the comers
                thereunto perfect.  For then would they not have
                ceased to be offered? because that the
                worshippers once purged should have had no more
                conscience of sins.  But in those sacrifices
                there is a remembrance again made of sins every
                year.  For it is not possible that the blood of
                bulls and of goats should take away sins.

Yet born-again believers have their sins purged, not only from before God, that He has no more remembrance of them, but also from their own conscience, in that they should not have any condemnation or shame. 

                Hebrews    9:14
                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?
                Hebrews   10:16-23
                This is the covenant that I will make with them
                after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my
                laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I
                write them; And their sins and iniquities will I
                remember no more.  Now where remission of these
                is, there is no more offering for sin.  Having
                therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the
                holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and
                living way, which he hath consecrated for us,
                through the vail, that is to say, his flesh;
                And having an high priest over the house of God;
                Let us draw near with a true heart in full
                assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled
                from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed
                with pure water.  Let us hold fast the profession
                of our faith without wavering; (for he is
                faithful that promised;)

Before rebirth, our conscience was aware of the guilt of our sin, and of the fear of God's wrath toward that sin.  We were not able to come boldly to God because our inner man told us and bore witness that there was enmity between us and God. 

When the Holy Spirit revealed to us that the sin problem had been taken care of by Jesus on the cross, then we were able to come in to God boldly, receive sonship thru adoption, and become partakers of His divine nature.  This removed the old sin nature. That is to say, both the desire to commit sin and the remembrance of past sins committed.  The Holy Spirit bearing witness in us to our sonship and fellowship with the Father. 

We can now come boldly unto our Father, just like unto our natural father, for whatever we have need of.  As a young child, you did not think twice about running into the living room and jumping up on your daddy's lap.  You never hesitated to come to him to express your love and affection.  Nor did you ever hesitate to come to him to ask him for whatever you desired, because you are confident he loved you and there was no enmity between you and him1.

God loves you and He seeks to bless you!  He wants to have an intimate relationship with you!  For you to come to know His character and His Word!  He has a place in His heart just for you!  Once we learn, and come to trust, that He loves us with an everlasting love, and that all He tells us to do is for our protection and provision2, then we can begin to act upon what he has told us, even if we do not fully understand why3.

In the example of the marriage relationship, each spouse has trust that the other one loves them and has their best interest at heart.  There is no fear of coming to each other to ask for whatever the need is.  Each has confidence in the other, not only because they have come to know each other's nature and love, but also because they have a covenant relationship.

In a relationship like husband and wife, sometimes transgression will occur between one mate and the other.  The transgressing mate may have trouble entering into a conversation, or even into the same room, with their mate due to guilt stemming from the offense.  The relationship is not broken, but the fellowship is, and will remain so until it is restored by love, mercy, and forgiveness.

If we sin, we should not try to hide it.  Nor should we be driven by guilt to continue in broken fellowship with the Lord Jesus Christ.  But we should run to Him, for He is faithful and just to forgive us!

Satan seeks to separate us from God by using guilt over past sins.  He stands before the throne of God in man's heart, accusing the brethren night and day, that they are unworthy and have no right to boldly come to God.  But thru knowledge of the Word of God and of what actually happened when we were washed by the blood of Jesus, we can overcome this lie.  Knowing that our sins are no longer before God, and that He has accepted us as sons, we are able to come the throne of God in the time of need, to receive grace and help, in the mighty name of Jesus!  Amen!

2.1    Renew Your Mind

Before rebirth, our natural man minded4 the things of the flesh and of the world, rather than the things of God.

                James      4:4
                ... know ye not that the friendship of the world
                is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be
                a friend of the world is the enemy of God.

                Romans     8:5-8
                For they that are after the flesh do mind the
                things of the flesh; but they that are after
                the Spirit the things of the Spirit.  For to be
                carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually
                minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind
                is enmity against God: for it is not subject to
                the law of God, neither indeed can be.  So then
                they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

After rebirth, we received a new nature, that is a re-created spirit in the image of God.  But our minds are still in contact with the flesh and the world.  This is the area where Satan makes his attacks.  Therefore we must continually renew our minds by reading and meditating on the scriptures.

                Colos 3:10
                And have put on the new man, which is renewed in
                knowledge after the image of him that created him

                Romans    12:1-2
                I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies               
                of God, that ye present your bodies a living
                sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is
                your reasonable service.  And be not conformed to
                this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing
                of your mind, that ye may prove what is that
                good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

                I Peter    3:15-16
                But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts:
                and be ready always to give an answer to every
                man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is
                in you with meekness and fear;
                Having a good conscience; that, whereas they
                speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may
                be ashamed that falsely accuse your good
                conversation in Christ.

                I Peter    3:21
                The like figure whereunto even baptism doth
                also now save us (not the putting away of the
                filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good
                conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of
                Jesus Christ:

We need to be holy5 in spirit, soul, and body.  In our soul area6, we need to be sure we are not thinking sinful thoughts.  Satan will try to get us meditating on sinful acts which we would never commit in real life.  This draws us away from our continued fellowship in the Lord Jesus, and limits our growth.

As you renew your mind with the Word of God, the Holy Spirit has something to talk to you about, opening it up to you, and showing you how to walk in it.  Because you are thinking on and doing the Word, you feel good about your relationship and continued fellowship with God, rather than being under condemnation and guilt over the evil thoughts and temptations Satan keeps bringing up to your inactive mind.7

2.2    Condemnation verse Conviction

Condemnation comes from Satan.  It says you are guilty, and there is no way out.  It says you deserve every evil and rotten thing that is happening to happen to you.  Condemnation is a spirit which tries to put a person is a spiritual corner, with no escape, and then beat them and beat them and beat them.
Many saints of God ignorantly work with the spirit of condemnation in trying to work reconciliation with a brother in Christ.  For example lets say a brother is in an adulterous situation.  The brother has a desire to quit, but the spirit of adultery has him spiritually bound in the affair, where he cannot get free.  The brother seeks help from the Church, but every time they "beat" him with the Word.  "You're guilty!  You low down thing.  You sinner you.  You need to stop that!  God's going to punish you."

How would you like to be chained in a dark corner, not able to get free, and every time you call out to the person walking by with the light, they beat you?  I am not saying to condon what the adulterer is doing, but I am saying to set him free through Love by the power of the Holy Spirit and the delegated authority in the name of Jesus! 

                II Cor     3:6 
                Who also hath made us able ministers of the new
                testament; not of the letter, but of the
                spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit
                giveth life.

God has made us able ministers of the new testament!  But realize that the letter of the new testament can kill!  Only the spirit of the Word can bring life and liberty.  What is the spirit of the Word?  Love!  Remember Jesus was moved by compassion, by the love of God in Him, to meet the needs of the people.  When you see a brother in bondage, love does not beat, but intercedes for him, binding the satanic spirits, breaking the bands of wickedness, and loosing the captives so that they can go free8.

                Romans     8:1
                There is therefore now no condemnation to them
                which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after
                the flesh, but after the Spirit.

Conviction, or to convince, comes from the Holy Spirit, and says you are guilty but there is a way out.  Conviction under the Holy Spirit will lead you out of sin, out from under condemnation, and unto liberty and life in Christ Jesus.

                John      16:8
                And when he is come, he will reprove the world
                of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:

Remember, conviction leads to hope and reconciliation, but condemnation leads to despair and fear9

As you grow in the Lord, by renewing your mind daily, the Holy Spirit will teach you more and more, to equip you to be a mature man of God, able to accomplish all God has called you to do in Christ Jesus.
                II Tim     3:16-17
                All scripture is given by inspiration of God,
                and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof,
                for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
                That the man of God may be perfect, throughly
                furnished unto all good works.

As we walk thru this life, we start out as if like walking in a dark forest, not knowing where we are going, full of fear, and worry.  Then we find this great highway of holiness, a Way of great Light and Comfort10.  As we proceed up it, the Holy Spirit teaches us doctrine, that is, basic fundamental truths.  When we get enough light or truth in a certain area of our life, the Holy Spirit reproofs11 us that we have one foot in the ditch.  He shows us the way out12 of the ditch, and tells us how to continue proceeding up the highway of holiness13, until we become a mature man of God.

Praise God!  Remember He loves you with an everlasting love!  He does not seek to beat you, but desires to love you and teach you how to grow up into a mature, healthy, happy man and woman of God.  Call on Him today!  Talk to Him and see if He is not faithful and true to show His love toward you!

1. see Hebrews 4:16, Romans 2:4
2. would you purposely tell your child to do anything that was not for his good
3. how many times have you told your child to do something, and in his understanding it did not make sense, yet it was for his good
4. thought on and did
5. sinless
6. mind, will, emotions
7. see Rom 1:18-20, Rom 3:14-16, 1 John 3:19-22
8. see Isaiah 58, Matt 25:34-40
9. torment, see 1 John 4:15-18
10. the Way, the Truth, the Light - Jesus
11. points out
12. correction
13. instructions in righteousness