††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Developing a good conscience that is capable of glorifying God:††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
1 Timothy 1:5 But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.
Types of consciences according to Scripture.
1.† The unbeliever conscience/evil conscience:† Romans , Hebrews , Ephesians , Titus , 1 Timothy 4:2
††††††††††† 1.† It might be legalistic (Scribes and Pharisees)
††††††††††† 2.† It might be seared† (Society today pushes us toward this)
††††††††††† 3.† It is always evil because at best it can only operate in human good.
Categories of the believerís conscience:
2.† The weak conscience: 1 Corinthians 8:7
1.† Lacks doctrine and focuses more on human good which produces legalism.†††††
††††††††††† 2.† Weak in faith. Romans 14:1
††††††††††† 3.† Is easy to persuade against its conviction
††††††††††† 4.† Often governs by emotion rather than reason
3.† The clear conscience:† Acts 24:16, 1 Timothy 3:9
††††††††††† 1.† Cleared of wrong doing and has no present condemnation
††††††††††† 2.† Does not have to be mature but it understands grace forgiveness.
4.† The good conscience:† Acts 23:1, 1 Timothy 1:19, Hebrews 13:8
††††††††††† 1.† Governs with Bible doctrine
††††††††††† 2.† Abides in grace orientation
††††††††††† 3.† Produces confidence - 2 Corinthians 1:12
††††††††††† 4.† Has a real sense of
††††††††††† 5.† + Happiness - Romans 14:22
††††††††††† 6.† Maintains a clear conscience majority of the time.
7.† The good conscience is kept by good behavior/obedience to the Word of God.† †††††††††††††††††
†††† 1 Peter 3:16
5.† The seared conscience:† Ephesians 4:19
††††††††††† 1.† The result of a neglected conscience
††††††††††† 2.† Conviction is no longer recognized.
††††††††††† 3.† False sense of
††††††††††† 4.† - Happiness
Developing a good conscience starts with understanding grace:
*You do not fix your conscience by making a list of all your mistakes so you can go out and fix them.
1. Apart from grace you cannot have a clear conscience before God.
a. No freedom from guilt - Hebrews 9:9, 10:2, 1 Peter 3:21
b. No freedom to serve - Hebrews 9:14
c. The only way to alleviate the guilty conscience apart from grace is to eliminate God from the mind.† Contemporary Christianity.
2. Confession of sin is used to clear the conscience of guilt before God.† Psalm 103:12
a. To revisit the sin or re-confess is evidence of misunderstanding grace.
i. This also causes chain sinning and discipline for the current sin of occupation with past sin.
b. To understand confession of sin removes guilt and also provides understanding about present circumstances.† Psalm 32:5
c. Guilt before God about confessed sin is evidence of lack of faith in 1 John 1:9.† Lack of faith is evidence of a weak conscience.† Romans 14
d. Only through understanding Godís grace was David able to recover.† Understanding how to confess his sins without understanding the grace of God would not have cut it.† Psalm 32:5, Psalm 103:12
To further develop a
good conscience and steer it away from legalism the believer should understand
1. †This only happens through understanding Truth.† John 8:31-36
††††††††††† 2.† Christ set us free from the Law.† Galatians 5:1, 13
3.† The conscience now must be developed in the Law of Liberty.† James
††† , 2:12
††††††††††† ††††††††††† a.† The Law of liberty is the royal law.† James 2:8††††† †††††††††††
††††† b.† This is using liberty to do what is profitable to self (1 Cor †), to†††
††††††††††† edify believers(1 Cor 8:), and to bring unbelievers to Christ (1 Cor
Growing in the law of
†††† to a seared conscience.
Living the spiritual life enables the conscience to properly evaluate doctrine in the soul through the ministry of the Holy Spirit.
1. Apart from living by the Holy Spirit the believer does not have the power to execute the good which the conscience wants to do.† Romans 7:15-25
2. Fellowship turns on the light to doctrine in the soul and makes it a living reality for conscience to use.
3. Failure to obey the conscience can often result in quenching the Spirit.
4. Failure to do what you know you should do is sin and produces an unclear conscience before God.† James 4:17, Romans 14:23.
5. The neglected conscience can result in a shipwreck of your faith. 1 Timothy 1:19.
6. Obedience to the conscience is obedience to doctrine in the soul.† 1 John 3:21, 22
a. Obedience to the conscience is one of the important principles of the conscience.†
b. It is considered sinning directly against Christ when you harm the conscience of another believer and specifically by tempting them to go against their conscience.† 1 Corinthians 8:12
c. The stumbling block is often due to knowledge of freedom without Christian Spiritual Love and the understanding of the Law of Liberty. 1 Corinthians 8:7-13, Romans 14:20-23
The good/clear conscience is the only mindset that can glorify God.
1.†† The good conscience produces confidence before God so that He is your†
††††† Helper in suffering rather than your cause of suffering.† Hebrews 13:5, 6
2.†† The good conscience is the basis for obedience to government.† Romans 13:5
3.†† Having the mechanics and understanding to clear the conscience produces an ††
††††† ability to glorify God in deserved suffering.
4. A good conscience provides the ability to glorify God in undeserved suffering. 1 Peter 2:19, 1 Peter 3:16