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A Clean Conscience

By Larry R. Lasiter

© 2010

"Let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water." Hebrews 10:22

 When we come to Jesus old things pass away. When we receive Him our old self dies and we become a new creation in Christ. We were once in sin but now have been transferred into the righteousness of Christ and are declared "holy," "unblemished," "innocent," and "above reproach." In Romans 8 the Apostle boldly cried, -"Who dares bring an accusation against those whom the Lord has justified."

 I am reminded of when Joshua, the High Priest was standing before Godís Throne wearing filthy rags and Satan was at his right hand making railing accusations against him. The filthy rags represented Joshuaís life work and the devil was pointing out that he was not worthy to serve as High Priest of Israel.

The High Priest entered into the Holy of Holies on the Day of Atonement to atone for the sins of the people, but first he had to be cleansed from his own sins. The filthy clothing was evidence that he was not clean and therefore was unworthy to make atonement for the sins of the people. Then suddenly the Lord rebuked Satan and commanded His servants to remove the filthy garments and clothe him with pure and clean garments, saying, -"See, I have taken your iniquity away from you." (Zech.3)

This same blessing is lavished upon every Christian - "He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him." (2 Cor.5) At the cross Jesus became our sin and when we come to Him we become His righteousness.

 The flesh is too bad to be cleansed -it must be crucified - it must die.

 Though the flesh dies when we come to Jesus, the conscience and the heart remains. This is why our text says that our hearts must be sprinkled clean to protect us from an evil conscience.

We are given a type for this when the High Priest entered through the veil and sprinkled the Mercy Seat with the blood of a sacrifice to atone for sins. The sacrifice, the flesh, had already been offered and burned on the altar, but now comes the role of the blood which cleanses our hearts.

Under the Old Covenant the sacrifices and the ritual had to be done every year because the blood of animals could not atone for sin. These things served as a reminder of sins - was only a shadow of the reality that a holy sacrifice was still needed which came in Christ, the Lamb of God.

 We can receive salvation yet still be hindered by an evil conscience which reminds us of our sins -in Christ there should be no reminder. David, a man after Godís own heart cried, -"Create in me a clean heart and renew a right spirit in me." (Ps.51) His evil conscience was reminding him of sins which God had already forgiven him of.

 David knew he needed his heart sprinkled and cleansed by the blood to walk unshackled by guilt. The blood satisfies Godís wrath.

On the first Passover in Egypt, God told the Israelites to kill the lamb and eat it in their houses but first put the blood on their door posts, saying, -"When I see the blood I will pass over that house and no plague shall come near." (Ex.12)

 Proverbs 23 says that as a man thinks in his heart he becomes. Every person will act like who they think they are. This is why we must allow Christ to finish His work in us by giving Him full access to our heart, and receive by faith that He has cleansed it and we are fully innocent and may boldly come through the veil into the Lord's Presence. "Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; and whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His Commandments and do the things that are pleasing in His sight." (I John 3:21-22)

 

 

 

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