How the Blood of Christ Cleanses the Conscience [Part 1]
By — July 27, 2017
Are you ready for some good news?
The sacrifice of Christ is not only sufficient to forgive your sins; it is also sufficient to cleanse your conscience.
Today’s Text: “For if the blood of goats and bulls, and the sprinkling of defiled persons with the ashes of a heifer, sanctify for the purification of the flesh, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God.” (Hebrews 9:13–14, ESV)
What is the conscience? It is different from the soul and must be distinguished from the conviction of the Holy Spirit.
Now that our children are grown, I feel freer to escape for a round of golf than I did when there were toddlers in the house. When Anne had her hands full of little Bennett and Abby all day, she needed me! And, of course, I loved being with my kids when they were little so I didn’t want to spend my whole day off on the golf course every week.
Still, I love the game of golf and I’d try hard to sneak in a few holes even as a young dad. But I had a hard time enjoying the round because a little voice kept nagging me on the inside, “You ought to be home with the kids. Anne’s had them all week, and now, when you should be there, you’re out golfing. You’re being pretty selfish, aren’t you?” It’s hard to focus on making a four-foot putt when your conscience is screaming at you!
As Bennett grew, he came to love golf. I taught him how to play and he was good at it. There is no way to count the hours I spent on the golf course with that boy. We had deep conversations on the golf course. We shared frustrations and joys. Anne loved the father/son time that Bennett and I spent on the golf course. She encouraged us to play. So I played with Bennett with a clean conscience. There was no nagging voice telling me that I should be doing something else. There was no condemnation that could find root in my mind.
When I was on the golf course with Bennett, I was where I was supposed to be! And it was wonderful!
In asserting that the blood of Jesus cleanses the conscience, the writer of Hebrews means that you can be in the presence of God without a nagging voice telling you that you don’t belong there. The blood of Jesus is sufficient to cleanse the conscience of any doubt about your place in the Father’s heart. When you are in the holy presence of a God who blesses you in unspeakable ways, you are where you are supposed to be! And that’s the Gospel!