Thursday, July 12, 2018

Not Troubled by A Consciousness of Sin

Philippians 1:9-11
And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; That ye may approve things that are excellent; that you be pure and without offence [not troubled by a consciousness of sin] until the day of Christ; Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.

Buried in these verses is the word "offense". But what this word really means (which we don't see without a proper translation), is that we should never be troubled by a conscience of sin. This is one of the most foundational elements to Christ Jesus, that we should have no more conscience of sin.

Paul reiterates this about himself too:

Acts 24:16
And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience that is [not troubled by a consciousness of sin] toward God and toward men.

He even was struck by the High Priest for saying how he lived in a good conscience--even though we know Paul had murdered and opposed Jesus Christ Himself.

Acts 23:1-3
And Paul, earnestly beholding the council, said, Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day. And the high priest Ananias commanded them that stood by him to smite him on the mouth. Then said Paul unto him, God shall smite thee, thou whitewashed wall: for sittest thou to judge me after the law, and commandest me to be smitten contrary to the law?

This good conscience offended the High Priest because as a Priest of the Law, their conscience was always focused on the Law (on sin); for the strength of sin is the Law. They did not have a Christ-conscience, but Law-conscience. For Christ purged us of every sin of the flesh so we could have a righteous-conscience! And without this clear conscience, it makes it very difficult for us to form a strong open relationship with the Father--to draw near to Him as Hebrews 10 shares.

Hebrews 10:2,18-22
...because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins. But this man (Jesus), after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God. Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin. Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; And having an high priest over the house of God; Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts cleansed from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.

We can and must live free from a sin-conscience towards God. And must NEVER EVER see ourselves as "a sinner saved by grace", but someone whose sins are completely and forever (before we even commit them) forgiven. When we have a sin conscience, we are always asking for forgiveness. When we have a righteous conscience, we walk in confidence that Christ is our all-in-all, knowing He made me righteous forever at the Cross. We can never ask for forgiveness for a sin that's already been forgiven. We must raise our heads to look Him in the eyes without fear, knowing we are Holy (Saints).

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