A Clear Conscience

Therefore, since we also have such a large cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily ensnares us. Let us run with endurance the race that lies before us, keeping our eyes on Jesus, the source and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that lay before Him endured a cross and despised the shame and has sat down at the right hand of God’s throne. For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, so that you won’t grow weary and lose heart. (Hebrews 12)

When you allow Him to love you, you will hear Him impress on you that it is only by His blood that He can give you a clear conscience.

Now the first covenant also had regulations for ministry and an earthly sanctuary. For a tabernacle was set up, and in the first room, which is called the holy place, were the lampstand, the table, and the presentation loaves. Behind the second curtain, the tabernacle was called the most holy place…

With these things set up this way, the priests enter the first room repeatedly, performing their ministry. But the high priest alone enters the second room, and he does that only once a year, and never without blood, which he offers for himself and for the sins of the people committed in ignorance. The Holy Spirit was making it clear that the way into the most holy place had not yet been disclosed while the first tabernacle was still standing. This is a symbol for the present time, during which gifts and sacrifices are offered that cannot perfect the worshiper’s conscience. (Hebrews 9)

All the practices and regulations dealt with the outside. They existed until a better way was provided:

11 But the Messiah has appeared, high priest of the good things that have come. In the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands (that is, not of this creation), 12 He entered the most holy place once for all, not by the blood of goats and calves, but by His own blood, having obtained eternal redemption. 13 For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a young cow, sprinkling those who are defiled, sanctify for the purification of the flesh, 14 how much more will the blood of the Messiah, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse our consciences from dead works to serve the living God? (Hebrews 9)

Dead works are the things that come from within us… lust, jealousy, apathy, fear…

He told them, “Listen to Me, all of you, and understand: 15 Nothing that goes into a person from outside can defile him, but the things that come out of a person are what defile him. [16 If anyone has ears to hear, he should listen!]” 17 When He went into the house away from the crowd, the disciples asked Him about the parable. 18 And He said to them, “Are you also as lacking in understanding? Don’t you realize that nothing going into a man from the outside can defile him? 19 For it doesn’t go into his heart but into the stomach and is eliminated.” (As a result, He made all foods clean.) 20 Then He said, “What comes out of a person—that defiles him.21 For from within, out of people’s hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immoralities, thefts, murders, 22 adulteries, greed, evil actions, deceit, promiscuity, stinginess, blasphemy, pride, and foolishness. 23 All these evil things come from within and defile a person.” (Mark 7)

When you do not have a clear conscience, it consumes you. It affects everything in our lives.

The blood of Jesus — we don’t deserve it. We cannot earn it. But we require it.

What God Does With Our Sins

Imagine a well-dressed, wealthy man walking into an orphanage. All the children have been cleaned up, except one little filthy boy. He hides in the corner, believing the man will not choose him. But the man points and says, “Him. I want him.” The man takes the boy to his large beautiful home, cleans him and dresses him. Then he says, “Now — all I have is yours.” This is what the Lord does for our souls through Jesus Christ. All the joy of heaven is ours. Jesus says, “I choose you. Will you now choose Me?”

Are you nursing an inward sense of spiritual failure, despite looking “right” on the outside? Remember that we are all spiritual works in progress. However, the Bible says to work out your salvation. That means something like sitting down with your Bible and studying His Word daily.

God does not perform for us. You can’t put Him in a box. You can’t make Him a formula, thinking, “If I do ______, then God will _____.” But Peter said, “I don’t have silver or gold, but what I have, I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, get up and walk!” (Acts 3:6) How many times did Jesus walk by this man? Probably more than once. Why didn’t He heal him? Because Jesus said that He was doing only what the Father showed Him to do.

Each of us goes out during the week, and the Lord speaks to us. Then we gather together once a week and have opportunity to encourage each other with what God has taught us. “Therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your spiritual worship.” (Romans 12:1) We can do this each day, giving all that we are to the Lord as an act of worship, in everything that we do each day.

Do you have a sin you really like? God will work on you, if you let Him. “He made the One [Jesus] who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)

We all went astray like sheep;
we all have turned to our own way;
and the Lord has punished Him
for the iniquity of us all. (Isaiah 53:6)

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Here is the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! (John 1:29)

As far as the east is from the west,
so far has He removed
our transgressions from us. (Psalm 103:12)

In those days and at that time—
this is the Lord’s declaration—
one will search for Israel’s guilt,
but there will be none,
and for Judah’s sins,
but they will not be found,
for I will forgive those I leave as a remnant. (Jeremiah 50:20)

We have redemption in Him through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace (Ephesians 1:7)

But if we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. (1 John 1:7)

“Come, let us discuss this,” says the Lord.
“Though your sins are like scarlet,
they will be as white as snow;
though they are as red as crimson,
they will be like wool. (Isaiah 1:18)

Purify me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. (Psalm 51:7)

Let the wicked one abandon his way
and the sinful one his thoughts;
let him return to the Lord,
so He may have compassion on him,
and to our God, for He will freely forgive. (Isaiah 55:7)

He will again have compassion on us;
He will vanquish our iniquities [inclination to sin].
You will cast all our sins
into the depths of the sea. (Micah 7:19)

He adds: “I will never again remember
their sins and their lawless acts.” (Hebrews 10:17)

Indeed, it was for my own welfare
that I had such great bitterness;
but Your love has delivered me
from the Pit of destruction,
for You have thrown all my sins behind Your back. (Isaiah 38:17)

How joyful is the man the Lord will never charge with sin! (Romans 4:8)

He erased the certificate of debt, with its obligations, that was against us and opposed to us, and has taken it out of the way by nailing it to the cross. (Colossians 2:14)