The Conscience: The Divine Alarm System
May 20, 2007
INTRODUCTION: Webster (latin) "An awareness of right and wrong, with a compulsion to do right."
W.E.Vines Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words, compound word in the Greek, with, to know; a co-knowledge (w/oneself); the witness borne to one's conduct by conscience, that faculty by which we apprehend the will of God, as that which is designed to govern our lives. The conscience is designed to serve as a goad and a governor, but not a guide. The conscience does not set the standard; it only applies it.
Conscience may be compared to a window that lets in the light. God's Law is the light, and the cleaner the window is, the more the light shines in.
Olde saying, "Just let your conscience be your guide." Should say, "Let your conscience be goaded as you are guided by the truth and instruction of God's truth."
Vines defines conscience as that process of thought which distinguishes what it considers morally good or bad, commending the good, condemning the bad, and so prompting to do the former, and avoid the latter.
The conscience is not an infallible guide and acts according to the light that it has.
Romans 9:1, "I tell the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Spirit"
The conscience of God coincides with the Spirit of God in man. Only when the Spirit controls the conscience can it be trusted, but it remains imperfect and its warning must always be evaluated against the Word of God.
The Bible speaks of a good conscience, a weak conscience, a wounded conscience, a convicting conscience, a defiled conscience, an evil conscience, and a pure (clear) conscience.
The conscience is a God-implanted knowledge of right and wrong within our hearts.
I. A GOOD CONSCIENCE. Acts 24:16
"This being so, I myself always strive to have a
conscience without offense toward God and men."
His cons ...
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