The conscience is the part of our soul which gives us an awareness of what is right and what is wrong through our thoughts which either accuse us or excuse us (Romans 2:15).
Now over time God has been giving us revelation knowledge about the conscience and how important this is to our Christian walk of faith. This truth will set you free and it is important to understand that it is our responsibility and not God’s to deal with as you will see.
So we start at Genesis 3:6-11 where Adam and Eve were separated from God for eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil,
“So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, (therefore were there eyes closed walking about before? No they were using the eyes of there spirit, remember Spirit is spirit, and flesh is flesh) and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings. And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. Then the LORD God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?” So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.” And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?”
This is where we see the fall of man and if we focus on verse 7 we can see the first account of the conscience in action,
“Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings”
The conscience condemned them and they felt shame and guilt from eating off the tree.
Now we believe that God never created man with a conscience because before the fall adam and eve had a perfect relationship with God and they never needed one. They both were perfect in Spirit so it was and always will be Spirit to spirit, (John 3:6) “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit”. So that's why God could fellowship with them in the garden of Eden, but then they fell by taking heed to the liar the devil and they were no longer spirit. They died as God said they would (Genesis 2:17), “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die (Spirit to spirit was cut off and has now come to an end)”.
“Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come (JESUS)” Romans 5:14
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” Romans 6:23.
Man then became controlled by his soul and flesh. Then God removed them from the garden (Genesis 3:23). The conscience is the conclusion of their actions in their disobedience of God’s command and the conscience was acquired through the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The name of that tree describes the function of the conscience. So can we trust or should we trust our conscience?
We believe the conscience is where sin starts and we must always remember the word sin here and not ‘sins’. God’s one command was not to eat off that tree. The sin nature that all of humanity inherited was because of this one sin (Romans 5:12), “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned”. This was the start of sin until the sins detailed in the Law of Moses which we don’t need to get into because as born again Christians we are not under the law but under Gods Grace. Not under the letter (2 Corinthians 3:6) “Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter (law), but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life”.
“For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death” Romans 8:2
“But if you be led of the Spirit ye are not under the law” Galatians 5:18.
Thank you Jesus Glory amen. The law has the function of pointing out sin in our lives (Romans 3:20, 7:7) but we no longer have to keep the requirements of the law to earn God’s approval (Romans 6:14, 7:6).So we can see the affects our conscience can have on us, it's of the flesh, soul, and therefore cannot be trusted. Paul said I have no confidence in the flesh, Jesus said the flesh profits nothing, but the spirit gives life, the flesh is weak.
One of the main differences between the Old Covenant and the New Covenant is that the old could not make a persons heart or conscience clean before God, it is only through Jesus Christ’s shed blood that our hearts can be purged of guilt (Hebrews 9:9, 9:14, 10:4, 10:11, 10:22). And some more positives which you can look up for yourself, I encourage you to have your Bibles open, (Romans 13:5, 1 Corinthians 8:7-12, 10:25, 2 Corinthians 1:12, 1 Timothy 1:5-19, 3:9, 2 Timothy 1:3, 1 Peter 2:19, 3:16-21). So from 1 Timothy 1:19, “Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck”. If our conscience is affected by guilt etc then it affects our faith and becomes shipwrecked and not active. So again do we trust our conscience?
Even those who never directly received God’s commandments like the Gentiles still possess a basic natural moral code or law that judges what they do (Romans 2:14). In Romans 1:18-20 Paul tells us that God has revealed Himself to all mankind and Romans 2:15 tells us that the Lord has placed knowledge of Himself within the heart of every human being and it is the conscience which bears witness,
“for when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do the things in the law, these, although not having the law, are a law to themselves, who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or else excusing them” Romans 2:14-15.
“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse,” Romans 1:18-20
Let’s look at John 8:3-9,
“Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst, they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act. “Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?” This they said, testing Him, that they might have something of which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear. So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.”
Verse 9 says, “And they which heard it being convicted by their own conscience”. This is a great eye opener; it doesn’t say the Holy Spirit is convicting them. No it's their own conscience. Why? Because of the law minded, so they left. So brothers and sisters this should not be so for those that are born again with the Spirit of Life now ruling in our lives. So can you see how much the conscience can have an impact on your walk of being the just (righteous) who live by faith.
Even though people are aware they have a conscience, the Bible tells us that it is weak and can be defiled,
“To the pure all things are pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; but even their mind and conscience are defiled.” Titus 1:15. So the latter part of this verse is for the lost, the unbelievers and not us who are born again as our spirits are now pure for ever.
“However, there is not in everyone that knowledge; for some, with consciousness of the idol, until now eat it as a thing offered to an idol; and their conscience, being weak, is defiled.” 1 Corinthians 8:7
Now I hope and pray that you have read our article about conviction and righteousness as it would have given you a better understanding about the Holy Spirit, sin and sins because sin will affect your conscience, which in turn affects your faith and your relationship with our Lord (1 Timothy 1:5), “Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned”. 1 Timothy 1:19 “Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck”. 1 Timothy 4:1-2 “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times (NOW) some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy (deceit, condemnation); having their conscience seared with a hot iron”. Now the key to the way this is put forward is all for a reason which you will see.
These are illustrations,
Let’s look at David’s prayer in Psalm 139:23-34,
“Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
Now we know as born again Christians we are baptized in the Holy Spirit, (1 Corinthians 6:17) “But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit”. But David was not born again, he never was a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17). Now we know that as the Lord is so are we in our spirits. So what about our hearts which is part of our soul? Well brothers and sisters, we don't get taught this at church in fact these revelations of wisdom and insight is by seeking, because you will find them in Jesus name amen.
And look at 1 John 3:20,
“For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things.
“Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, and having a High Priest over the house of God, 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.” Hebrews 10:19-22
“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?” Hebrews 9:14
As Christians, like Paul, we should have the same understanding (Acts 23:1) “And Paul, earnestly beholding the council, said, Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day”. Acts 24:16 “And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void to offence toward God, and toward men”. Now this is the same Paul we all know about. Now I highlighted the word exercise. This is the key brothers and sisters; you see Paul knew his conscience would affect his walk of faith and in fellowship with our Lord in the Kingdom of light, what a turn around, Glory Jesus amen. We need to tell our conscience, that you are righteous, holy, clean, just, God conscience, then we are giving place for our spirit man, with the Holy Spirit to direct our thoughts and our ways (Romans 12:1-2, Romans 8:5, 5:11).
Now we are going to go on a walk of faith in the Word, which the Holy Spirit has revealed to us. As we know we did inherit the sin nature from Adam and Eve, but we no longer have that nature, it's dead and gone, we now have the new nature of Christ Jesus. Let's go to Galatians 3:13, “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree”.
Now I asked our Lord the question, why a tree? So I was taken back to the garden of Eden, Adam was cursed (Genesis 3:17-18) “And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field”.
Now those thorns were thorns they put on Jesus head (Mark 15:17) “And they clothed him with purple, and platted a crown of thorns, and put it about his head”.
See brothers and sisters this was a curse, it was a command given by God not to eat, so it was a law, now for Eve (Genesis 3:16)
“Unto the woman he said I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception,
(Now I cannot comment on that I'm not a woman, but I do have a wife and children, and others I have known did not have bad conceptions as others, but the curse was put on Christ).
In sorrow thou shalt bring forth children, and thy desire shall be to thy husband and he shall rule over thee,”
Now this last part is not true, we men and woman are equal so that curse was removed.
In fact all from the garden unto the cross, IT IS FINISHED. And the veil, between man and God is wide open (Mark 15:38) “And the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom”. Back to the garden of Eden, its wide open now, we are now the temple of God (1 Corinthians 7:4). So we know satans fate (Gen 3:14-15), let's go back to the trees in the garden (Gen 2:8-9-10),
“And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads.”
Now I believe this was a spiritual garden, as you will see how I come to this revelation. They walked with God in the cool of the day, they heard him, and heard him walk. Now we know after they had eaten from the tree of good and evil, they became natural minded and therefore received the conscience. God removed them from that spirit realm of where life was (Spirit to spirit), and then man was left to the natural realm, led by the soul, mind, heart, which we know could not be trusted (Genesis 8:21, Psalms 51:10). Jesus said out the abundance the heart the mouth speaks (lies, etc). Our article on the heart goes into more detail, but there is always Good news in the Gospel of the kingdom of God. We have been given a new heart too, just a couple of verses on this to highlight the point (Ezekiel 36:26-27, Jeremiah 31:34, Jeremiah 24:7).
So man has been looking for the Garden of Eden but cannot find it, they know where the rivers are but not the Garden of Eden. Well we can find where that Garden of Eden is with the trees, and river, and tree of life which we know is Christ Jesus. The Kingdom of God where we live and walk by faith of the heart and not the mind (Revelation 22:1-2),
“And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb (which now lives in us Glory Jesus amen). In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations”.
So then it came to my mind where is the tree of good and evil? Then the Lord gave me the answer. That tree was the tree I was crucified on, My people I have restored ALL things unto you. So brothers and sisters, there is no more a tree for conscience, just like everything in the Kingdom of God is restored. That's why God has given us a new spirit, a new heart, a heart that he leads and directs our paths in righteousness, holy, redeemed, just. As we go to school, the Holy Spirit our Teacher leads us, all that is needed He has it all, wisdom, revelations, insight, everything. That's why we are so so very blessed, with ALL spiritual blessings in heaven (Ephesians 1:1-3),
“Paul (and add your name here), an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints (holy) which are at Ephesus (wherever you live), and to the faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ”. Which is Christ in you the hope of all glory, dig in brothers and sisters to the word of life in your new man spirit with the Holy Spirit to the praise and glory in Christ Jesus our blessed Lord amen.
(Brackets) within scripture have been added by me to emphasise and define further the word in question.