Key Verse: How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God! Hebrews 9:14
God has put something within each one of us that cries aloud against us, whenever we do that which we know to be wrong. That something is our conscience. Our conscience reminds us that we have fallen short of the standard. It makes us feel guilty. It is an awful feeling that hits us in the pit of the stomach when we know we have done wrong. Often we try to escape from guilt through activities and making ourselves busy, or with alcohol and drugs. We may even turn to psychiatrists for help.
Regardless of how hard we try, we just can’t escape our conscience and the feeling of guilt because God built into our natures a knowledge of right and wrong. Some may refer to this as a moral code. God’s Word speaks of the moral conscience, which exists even within those who are not aware of His laws. Romans 2:14-15 says, “ (Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law. They show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts sometimes accusing them and at other times even defending them.)”
The human conscience is evidence of God’s existence and his standard for holiness. God is the One we offend when we sin, and consequently He is the only one we can provide a remedy for our sin and guilt.
We have already seen that Jesus took our punishment in our place so we could be forgiven and made blameless before God. With forgiveness comes a clean conscience. Hebrews 9:14 reminds us, “the blood of Christ … cleanse our consciences.”
Furthermore, Hebrews 9:14 gives us the motive for our clean conscience. It’s not that we can feel better about ourselves. It’s not that we can have a better night’s sleep? It says, “so that we may serve the living God!” Guilt keeps us from serving God. But if we turn to God in forgiveness, God can turn those things that we felt guilty about into trophies of his grace. Think for a moment of some testimonies you may have heard. Of the drug addicted, the adulterer, the prison camp officer and so on, that acts that made them guilt, are now trophies of God’s grace and the same is true in your life. Christ blood has cleansed you from the smallest to the biggest sin.
If a guilty conscience is stopping you from growing spiritually, lay it down at the cross. Jesus paid the price for you to have a clean conscience.