By Pastor Dennis Lee
We all have a conscience, and while we may be able to analyze it through philosophy there’s no way of controlling it.
The conscience has been defined as that still small voice inside that says what we’re doing is wrong, or that which feels good is actually bad for us.
And while people say, “Let your conscience be your guide,” our consciences are not really that reliable, because more often than not they insist that what we’re doing is okay in order for us not to feel bad.
The writer of Hebrews tackles this dilemma in comparing the Mosaic covenant and its sacrifices which never forgives sin nor cleanses the conscience, to the New Covenant sacrifice made by Jesus upon the cross, which does.
“This is an illustration for the present time, indicating that the gifts and sacrifices being offered were not able to clear the conscience of the worshiper … 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 9:9, 14)
We often try to make right our wrongs through various methods like going to church, making retribution, giving to charity, or trying to live a better life. And while there’s nothing wrong with these, they’re useless when it comes to clearing, if not cleansing our consciences.
The cleansing of our consciences can only take place through an internal work through the blood of Jesus, not through our outward manifestations.
Following the law, doing good by the standards of the world may lead someone to a good conscience, but it doesn’t cleanse. Only the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses.
So, it isn’t important that someone have a good or a clear conscience; instead, it’s vital to have a cleansed one. A good or clear conscience will still lead a person to hell, while a cleansed conscience will lead to everlasting life.
Dennis Lee is the senior pastor of Living Waters Fellowship located at 211 West 1st South, behind ACE Hardware. Sunday morning service begins at 10 a.m. either in-person or on-line. All services and teachings, including Sunday 6 p.m. service, are available on our YouTube Channel, “Mesquite NV Living Waters Fellowship.”Pastor Lee also provides daily inspiration (Devotionals, Thoughts, and Tweets) on his Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/dennis.lee.3760/). To find more about Living Waters Fellowship visit, “mesquitelivingwaters.com”