As it has often been said, “Sin takes you farther than you want to go, keeps you longer than you want to stay, and requires more than you want to pay.” Sin sows in pennies, but reaps in spades. It rapes our minds of joy, joy that can only be experienced with a clean conscience.
But when we feel our guilt acutely and when our heart condemns us, let us not forget that God does not leave us to wallow hopelessly in our own guilty consciences. Rather, the message of the Gospel is that God promises a clean conscience because the penalty of our sin has been paid by Christ. Therefore, God calls us to turn from our dirty wickedness and to trust Christ’s payment–and nothing else–as our hope of forgiveness, new spiritual life, and a clean conscience before God.
God’s fiery wrath against sin has been satisfied completely,once-for-all time, in Christ’s death. Jesus now serves as our High Priest in God’s presence continually pleading the blood of His perfect sacrifice on our behalf. Thus, because of Jesus’ blood which speaks continually before the father, “I have paid the price for sin,” the Father’s wrath is satisfied and He will never break out in damning punishment against those who are adopted into Christ’s family and covered by Jesus’ blood. Because of His perfect payment for sin, Jesus has won his sons and daughters a clean conscience.
Adoption into Jesus’ family is the grounds on which the promise of a clean conscience is offered to us. This adoption becomes ours only by faith in God and His promise of forgiveness in Christ. God requires us to believe that He exists, to turn from our sins, and to turn toward Christ as our only hope for forgiveness from our sins and adoption into God’s family. This message of forgiveness through Christ Jesus alone is the sole key to the deadbolt on guilt’s door.
Are you not a Christian? Then turn from your sin and embrace Christ alone to find the only solution to a guilty conscience before God and the only sure hope of eternal life in God’s kingdom. Hear these strong words of Jesus Christ:
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6 ESV)
…Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” (Mark 1:14-15 ESV)
Are you already a Christian, yet you still feel the pull of your condemning conscience? Hear these comforting words from the letter to the Hebrews:
Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. (Hebrews 10:19-23 ESV)
Christian, take your clean conscience, cleansed by Christ’s ever-cleansing blood, and go on your way down the pilgrim’s path of faith, knowing that the entire road is one of repentance. Hear the words of a faithful brother who has gone before us:
When our Lord and Master, Jesus Christ, said “Repent”, He called for the entire life of believers to be one of repentance.These are the words of Martin Luther’s first head of his 95 theses.