Hebrews 9:14 says, “How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?”
Here is another conscience verse. 2 Corinthians 4:2 says, “But we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness nor handling the word of God deceitfully, but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.”
Paul is a great example for us. Acts 24:16 says, “This being so, I myself always strive to have a conscience without offense toward God and man.”
What are dead works? Things that we do in our own initiative and in our own strength. Saul of Tarsus was doing what he thought would please God. He was hauling all those who believed in Jesus to prison. The Lord intercepted Saul’s way to redirect him into His way.
Each time I read Hebrews 9:14 I always go and read Hebrews 10:22. To me, they link. It says, “Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.”
Full assurance comes from a clear conscience. The assurance or hope is an anchor for our soul. There is no looking backwards to see if your works of darkness are following you. It is confidence that what God has begun IN you He will complete.
It is no wonder that Paul exhorted Timothy about his conscience. He understood from his own experience of Jesus’ blood that cleanses. 1 Timothy 1:4 says to not give heed to anything that would cause a dispute. Verse 5 says, “Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith.”