How Does our Conscience Work?

 

The following is a summary of what the Bible says about How our Conscience Works.

 

Overall Summary:

1. To keeping a clear/clean conscience: absolutely trust God, living fully confidant in his Wisdom, his Power, and his Goodness, never offending God or men, turning from worldly and fleshly desires, confidant that our baptism (our new life in Christ) cleanses us before God and will give us peace.

 

2. A sound healthy pure conscience fills our whole body with light & purity, but dark deeds destroy our conscience. Stay far from temptation, and when we sin repent quickly.

 

3. Keeping a clear/clean conscience requires we render to all men their due, never wounding or damaging other’s weak conscience.

 

4. Our conscience is enlightened and prompted by the Holy Spirit. God’s grace takes over when we abandon fleshly wisdom & have sincere, Godly, & pure motives

 

5. When we speak God’s Word accurately clearly truthfully we develop people’s consciences. Gifts and sacrifices can’t perfect the conscience. A clear conscience comes from living an upright, honest, noble, life of honor and constantly seeking his approval.

 

All these passages are from the Bible. To help you see how this developed I Present these Passages.

 

Summary of clean conscience verses:

 

Hebrews 10:22 Let us all come forward and draw near with true (honest and sincere) hearts in unqualified assurance and absolute conviction engendered by faith (by that leaning of the entire human personality on God in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness), having our hearts sprinkled and purified from a guilty (evil) conscience and our bodies cleansed with pure water.

 

When we lean on God in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness, he cleans our body, our heart, and our conscience.

 

Acts 24:16 Therefore I always exercise and discipline myself [mortifying my body, deadening my carnal affections, bodily appetites, and worldly desires, endeavoring in all respects] to have a clear (unshaken, blameless) conscience, void of offense toward God and toward men. 17 Now after several years I came up [to Jerusalem] to bring to my people contributions of charity and offerings. 18 While I was engaged in presenting these, they found me [occupied in the rites of purification] in the temple, without any crowd or uproar. But some Jews from [the province of] Asia [were there],

 

To have a clear conscience avoid offense toward God and towards men and discipline yourself, turn from worldly and fleshly desires

 

1 Peter 3:21 And baptism, which is a figure [of their deliverance], does now also save you [from inward questionings and fears], not by the removing of outward body filth [bathing], but by [providing you with] the answer of a good and clear conscience (inward cleanness and peace) before God [because you are demonstrating what you believe to be yours] through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

 

Baptism provides you with the answer, a good and clear conscience (inward cleanness and peace) before God

 

1 Timothy 1:5 Whereas the object and purpose of our instruction and charge is love, which springs from a pure heart and a good (clear) conscience and sincere (unfeigned) faith.

 

Teach love with a (clear) conscience and sincere (unfeigned) faith & a pure heart.

 

1 Timothy 1:19 Holding fast to faith (that leaning of the entire human personality on God in absolute trust and confidence) and having a good (clear) conscience. By rejecting and thrusting from them [their conscience], some individuals have made shipwreck of their faith.

 

God keeps us from disaster when we have absolute trust and confidence in God.

 

1 Timothy 3:9They must possess the mystic secret of the faith [Christian truth as hidden from ungodly men] with a clear conscience.

 

2 Timothy 1:3 I thank God Whom I worship with a pure conscience, in the spirit of my fathers, when without ceasing I remember you night and day in my prayers,

 

Worship God with a pure conscience

 

 

Summary of Eye verses:

 

A sound healthy pure conscience fills our whole body w light & purity, but dark deeds destroy our conscience. Stay far from temptation, and when we sin repent quickly.

 

Verses:

 

Luke 11:34 Your eye is the lamp of your body; when your eye ( your conscience) is sound and fulfilling its office, your whole body is full of light; but when it is not darkness. 35 Be careful, therefore, that the light that is in you is not darkness. 36 If then your entire body is illuminated, having no part dark, it will be wholly bright [with light], as when a lamp with its bright rays gives you light.

 

When your eye (your conscience) is sound and fulfilling its office, your whole body is full of light.

 

Titus 1:15 To the pure [in heart and conscience] all things are pure, but to the defiled and corrupt and unbelieving nothing is pure; their very minds and consciences are defiled and polluted.

 

To the pure [in heart and conscience] all things are pure,

 

AMP Proverbs 7:21 With much justifying and enticing argument she persuades him, with the allurements of her lips she leads him [to overcome his conscience and his fears] and forces him along.

 

The adulteress’ lips can overcome a weak conscience. Our fears and consciences help us fight temptation

 

Proverbs 28:17 If a man willfully sheds the blood of a person [and keeps the guilt of murder upon his conscience], he is fleeing to the pit (the grave) and hastening to his own destruction; let no man stop him!

 

Murder without repentance leads to destruction, don’t stand in his way.

 

Matthew 6:23 But if your eye is unsound, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the very light in you [your conscience] is darkened, how dense is that darkness!

 

– Our conscience can be dead[darkened] – by living in darkness

 

John 8:9 9 They listened to Him, and then they began going out, conscience-stricken, one by one, from the oldest down to the last one of them, till Jesus was left alone, with the woman standing there before Him in the center of the court.

 

Jesus knew all their sins, & he used their unclean consciences to show them they were not fit to judge her sin.

 

 

Summary of Harm Others’ Conscience:

 

To keep a clear conscience Render to all men their due, never wounding or damaging other’s weak conscience.

 

Verses:

 

Romans 13:5 5 Therefore one must be subject, not only to avoid God’s wrath and escape punishment, but also as a matter of principle and for the sake of conscience. 6 For this same reason you pay taxes, for [the civil authorities] are official servants under God, devoting themselves to attending to this very service. 7 Render to all men their dues. [Pay] taxes to whom taxes are due, revenue to whom revenue is due, respect to whom respect is due, and honor to whom honor is due. 8 Keep out of debt and owe no man anything, except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor [who practices loving others] has fulfilled the Law [relating to one’s fellowmen, meeting all its requirements].

 

To keep a clear conscience Render to all men their due

 

Romans 14:20 20 You must not, for the sake of food, undo and break down and destroy the work of God! Everything is indeed [ceremonially] clean and pure, but it is wrong for anyone to hurt the conscience of others or to make them fall by what he eats.

 

It is wrong to damage the conscience of others

 

Romans 14:21 The right thing is to eat no meat or drink no wine [at all], or [do anything else] if it makes your brother stumble or hurts his conscience or offends or weakens him.

 

1 Corinthians 8:12 12 And when you sin against your brethren in this way, wounding and damaging their weak conscience, you sin against Christ.

 

When we wound and damage others weak conscience we sin against Christ.

 

 

Summary of Holy Spirit and Grace:

 

Our conscience is enlightened and prompted by the Holy Spirit. God’s grace takes over when we abandon fleshly wisdom & have sincere, Godly, & pure motives

 

Verses:

 

Romans 9:1 I AM speaking the truth in Christ. I am not lying; my conscience [enlightened and prompted] by the Holy Spirit bearing witness with me 2 That I have bitter grief and incessant anguish in my heart. 3 For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off and banished from Christ for the sake of my brethren and instead of them, my natural kinsmen and my fellow countrymen.

 

Our conscience is enlightened and prompted by the Holy Spirit

 

2 Corinthians 1:12 It is a reason for pride and exultation to which our conscience testifies that we have conducted ourselves in the world [generally] and especially toward you, with devout and pure motives and godly sincerity, not in fleshly wisdom but by the grace of God (the unmerited favor and merciful kindness by which God, exerting His holy

 

Conduct yourselves in the world with devout and pure motives and godly sincerity, not in fleshly wisdom but by the grace of God

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summary of Sinning related stuff:

 

Speak God’s Word accurately clearly truthfully to develop people’s consciences. Gifts and sacrifices can’t perfect the conscience. A clear conscience comes from living an upright, honest, noble, life of honor and constantly seeking his approval.

 

Verses:

 

Romans 14:23 But the man who has doubts (misgivings, an uneasy conscience) about eating, and then eats [perhaps because of you], stands condemned [before God], because he is not true to his convictions and he does not act from faith. For whatever does not originate and proceed from faith is sin [whatever is done without a conviction of its approval by God is sinful].

 

Whatever is done without a conviction of its approval by God is sinful

 

Philippians 2:12 Therefore, my dear ones, as you have always obeyed [my suggestions], so now, not only [with the enthusiasm you would show] in my presence but much more because I am absent, work out (cultivate, carry out to the goal, and fully complete) your own salvation with reverence and awe and trembling (self-distrust, with serious caution, tenderness of conscience, watchfulness against temptation, timidly shrinking from whatever might offend God and discredit the name of Christ).

 

Avoiding whatever might offend God and discredit the name of Christ keeps our conscience tender & avoids temptation.

 

1 Corinthians 10:28 But if someone tells you, This has been offered in sacrifice to an idol, do not eat it, out of consideration for the person who informed you, and for conscience’s sake– 29 I mean for the sake of his conscience, not yours, [do not eat it].

 

2 Corinthians 4:2 We have renounced disgraceful ways (secret thoughts, feelings, desires and underhandedness, the methods and arts that men hide through shame); we refuse to deal craftily (to practice trickery and cunning) or to adulterate or handle dishonestly the Word of God, but we state the truth openly (clearly and candidly). And so we commend ourselves in the sight and presence of God to every man’s conscience.

 

Don’t adulterate or handle dishonestly the Word of God, state the truth openly (clearly and candidly) this develops the consciences of others.

 

Hebrews 9:9 Seeing that that first [outer portion of the] tabernacle was a parable (a visible symbol or type or picture of the present age). In it gifts and sacrifices are offered, and yet are incapable of perfecting the conscience or of cleansing and renewing the inner man of the worshiper.

 

Gifts and sacrifices can’t perfect the conscience or cleanse and renew the inner man of the worshiper.

 

Hebrews 13:18 Keep praying for us, for we are convinced that we have a good (clear) conscience, that we want to walk uprightly and live a noble life, acting honorably and in complete honesty in all things.

 

When we walk uprightly and live a noble life, acting honorably and in complete honesty in all things we gain a good (clear) conscience

 

1 Peter 3:16 [And see to it that] your conscience is entirely clear ( unimpaired), so that, when you are falsely accused as evildoers, those who threaten you abusively and revile your right behavior in Christ may come to be ashamed [of slandering your good lives].

 

May God Bless and Fill You!

Glenn

 

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