It’s an odd thing, but even before we come to know the Lord in a relationship, we have an inner voice that knows good and evil: our conscience.
Man’s knowledge, in the beginning, was only of that which was holy. But when he partook of the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden he added to his holy knowledge the knowledge of evil and corrupted his purity. From that point forward a war has been waged between the carnal part of man and the spiritual part of man. The carnal part wants to please the sinful flesh and is easily lead astray by the enemy. The spirit of man wants reconnected but sometimes it is unable to identify even what it needs. It just feels the void.
God gave His Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to meet that need. There had to be reconnection to the Spirit of our spiritual God and His Son would provide that way.
Jesus said, (John 3:5-7) “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.”
God also made another special provision for us in our inward being. He said (Jer 31:33), “But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.”
That inner law written in our heart and inward parts is our conscience. The conscience causes us to recognize the difference between good and evil. This, in turn, gives us choices to make.
The first choice we need to make is to be born again.
The next choice is to obey Him, to listen to our conscience, to read His Word, to know Him. Our conscience becomes ever more astute as we practice obedience.
Jesus Christ offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice to purge our conscience and set us free from our fallen state.
In Hebrews 9:8-15 we read, “The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing: 9 Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience; 10 Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation. 11 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; 12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. 13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: 14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? 15 And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance. “
God wants us to draw near with a true heart.
We are admonished, (Hebrews 10:22), “Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.”
Paul said, (Acts 24:16) “Herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men.” and, (2 Corinthians 1:12) “For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly to you-ward.”
Peter said, (1 Peter 3:16) “Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.” and, (1 Peter 3:21) “The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:”
Timothy said, (1 Timothy 1:5) “Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:” and, (1 Timothy 3:9), “Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.”
He also issued a warning in (1 Timothy 1:19) “Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck: – (1 Timothy 4:2) “Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;”
Titus echoed his warning, (Titus 1:15), “Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.”
In conclusion, (Hebrews 13:18), “Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly.” and, (1 Peter 2:19), “For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.”