GUILT! “How much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God.” (Heb. 9:14)
Not A “Bible” Word • Strange as it may seem. Look in a concordance. • If there, it’s not an exact meaning – Rom. 3:19; Matt. 23:18 • But it surely is a Bible, and a human topic. • Guilt haunts us all, Sometimes rightly.
Guilt • 1. The state of having done a wrong or committed an offense. • 2. A feeling of self-reproach from believing that one has done a wrong. • You made a serious promise to a friend, and failed to live up to it. • You have a best friend who is blindly living in sin. You know he/she is headed for trouble, yet say nothing… • You keep doing the same wrong over and over. Can God ever forgive you?
Conscience – An Alarm System • Installed by God to protect us. (evolutionarily speaking, it does no good). • We seek peace, conscience must be pacified. • Heb. 10:2; Titus 2:14; • Only God can cleanse – Isa. 43:25 • Acceptance of self – Phil. 3:13
The “How” of Cleansing • 2 Cor. 7:10 • Godly sorrow leads to repentance • Or restraint when in doubt • Results in forgiveness and greater faith/gratitude. • Leads to salvation and hope
A Satan Controlled Conscience • No guilt at all – I Tim. 4:2 – an escalation of wickedness. • Too much guilt – 2 Cor. 2:1-11 • No hope, no light • As with all blessings, Satan stands ready to manipulate. • Be knowledgeable and careful.