Cleansing a Guilty Conscience

Posted on May 18, 2017 · Posted in Faith, Freedom in Christ, Jesus Christ

God created each one of us with a conscience that tells us when we do something wrong.  When Adam and Eve disobeyed God’s command in the Garden of Eden, they felt guilt, shame and regret so they hid from God and so do we.  People try to escape guilt through busyness or through earthly pleasures, while others attempt to overcome guilt by resolving to do good things.  Many deny their guilt by blaming others or by making excuses like, “I am not perfect but I’m basically a good person.”  If you believe in Jesus, yet you are living with guilt or shame, may the truth of God’s Word set you free!

In the physical world, we pay a penalty if we break man’s laws.  In the spiritual world, the penalty for breaking God’s laws must also be paid, but how?  We can’t pay!  The Bible tells us why.

The law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.  Hebrews 9:22

It is a spiritual law that sin can only be paid for with sinless blood.  Our guilty conscience demands payment for the wrong that has been done but we cannot pay the price because of our sinfulness.  Instead of condemning us, God in His love and mercy sent us a Savior.  Jesus willingly left His Father in heaven to be the sinless sacrifice necessary for forgiveness of sin.

The Lesson:  There is no forgiveness from God without a sinless blood sacrifice.  God forgives sin only because of the death of His Son, Jesus Christ.

The ApplicationBelieve that in Christ all your sins have been paid for and you have been forgiven by God.  Believe that only the blood of Jesus can remove the guilt of your sin and cleanse your guilty conscience.

The Blood of the Lamb

Too many Christians are beat up spiritually every day because they do not know or understand the significance and importance of the power of blood in the Scriptures.  In the Old Testament, God commanded the Israelites to take a bunch of hyssop, dip it in the blood of the slain Passover lamb and apply the blood on the top and on both sides of the doorframe of their house.  The Lord told them that He was going to strike down the Egyptians, but if He saw the blood He would pass over their house and they would live.  Those who believed God’s Word obeyed and the blood saved them from death.  God then personally delivered them from their bondage in Egypt.  Later, God instructed His people that by faith, they would be forgiven through the innocent blood of animal sacrifices for their sins.  They were taught that God hates sin and only by the death of an innocent substitute in their place could they approach Holy God.

For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life.  Leviticus 17:11

The wages of sin is death.  The blood of innocent animals who died in the place of the guilty looked forward to the sinless blood Jesus would shed on the cross to take away our sins once for all.

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward Him and said, “Look, the lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!  John 1:29

Jesus is our Passover lamb, God’s promised Messiah and Savior of the world, who shed His own blood to take the punishment that we deserve for our sins.  Those who believe in Jesus are saved from the penalty of eternal death and given eternal life.  By faith, we have been set free to live our lives for God by the power of the Holy Spirit who lives in the believer.

Jesus did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but He entered the Most Holy Place once for all by His own blood, having obtained eternal redemption.  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!  Hebrews 9:12-14

The Lesson:  Before Jesus died on the cross, He spoke these final words:  It is finished.  God was satisfied with Jesus’ sacrifice for sins and He raised Him from the dead.  Your salvation is complete!  The blood of Christ fulfilled the price that was necessary to pay the death penalty for your sins, cleanse your conscience of guilt, and bring you into a relationship with God the Father.

The Application:  Stop punishing yourself!  Believe that God accepts the sinless blood of Jesus as the final payment for all your sins, including the guilt and shame of sin.  Rely on the Holy Spirit and not yourself to live a life of faith that pleases God.

The Blood of Jesus


The Accuser

The Bible describes Satan as a liar who constantly accuses the believer and reminds them of their guilt.

The devil was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth for there is no truth in him.  He is a liar and the father of lies.  For the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down.  They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimonyJohn 8:44; Revelation 12:10-11

Satan points out your sins, even your past sins, and seeks to charge you with them before God.  You know his accusations well:  If only you would have… You call yourself a Christian?  You aren’t good enough.  God can no longer use you.  You should be ashamed.  Whenever you believe Satan’s lies instead of believing God’s Word, you begin to move away from God.  Satan’s accusations always condemn, yet God’s Word says there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.  If God loved you when you were a rebel, how much more is God for you now that you are His child?  You must decide whom to believe.  Trust in the blood of Jesus alone and not in your own merits for victory over Satan.

When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ.  He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; He took it away, nailing it to the cross.  And having disarmed the powers and authorities, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.  Colossians 2:13-15

You have a guilty conscience because the penalty for sin must be paid.  The penalty for sin died with Christ on the cross because Jesus fulfilled all the demands of the law.  Therefore, God has declared you, “not guilty!”  All charges against you have been dropped.  You have no righteousness of your own, but God has declared you righteous in Christ when you believed in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Believe that the blood of Jesus justifies you and Satan’s accusations will have no power.

Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen?  It is God who justifies.  Romans 8:33

The Lesson:  Because the blood of Christ paid your debt of sin, God sees you as justified; just as if you had never sinned.  All the demands of the law that you be punished have been cancelled because Jesus paid the debt for sin you could never pay.  The pressure to find favor with God is gone.

The Application:  Whenever Satan accuses you, strip him of his ammunition by pointing to the cross.  Begin to see your debt of sin with “cancelled by the blood of Jesus” stamped on it.  When you are accused by the enemy, trust in the righteousness of Christ who is now your life.

The Blood of Jesus Cleanses Us

If we claim to have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth.  But If we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from all sin.  1 John 1:6-7

The blood of Jesus releases the believer from the penalty and power of sin but not from the presence of sin.  If you are living with a guilty conscience because of disobedience, you will have no confidence before God.  Guilt keeps you from wanting to come to God so you also neglect Bible study and prayer.  You are sidelined spiritually.  Satan wants you to remain this way but God has promised a remedy:

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.  1 John 1:9

You would never ignore the red light in your car because ignoring it will cause damageIn the same way, pay attention when God convicts you of sin because His kindness leads you to repentance.  Confession of sin restores fellowship with your Heavenly Father.  When you acknowledge your known sin, you agree with God that it is sin, and then you will want to ask God for His power to turn from that sin.  Thank God that He has forgiven you and that He will cleanse you from your sin.  With fellowship restored, continue to rely on the Holy Spirit and serve God by faith.

The Lesson:  When you confess your sins, God forgives you and cleanses your conscience of guilt, silencing the enemy.  God answers Satan’s every accusation with the blood of His Son, Jesus, who paid for all your sins with His life.

The Application:  Instead of running from God, run to Him, and admit your sin.  Believe that because of the blood of Jesus, you are completely forgiven.  Come to God with confidence, free of all doubt.

Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.  Psalm 51:7

The Final Application:  Accept God’s Word by faith and live by faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit.  Believe that the blood of Jesus gives you:  salvation, forgiveness and cleansing from sin, freedom from the penalty of sin and the power to conquer sin, access to God, and victory over the enemy.  The fruit of faith is peace with God!

Power in the Blood of Jesus Christ

Jesus said, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.”  Matthew 26:28

The blood of Jesus is the greatest mystery of eternity because it is not human wisdom but divine wisdom.  The blood of Christ is the central power of our entire redemption just as it was when God delivered the Israelites from bondage to Egypt.  Believe in the power of the blood of Jesus to set you free from guilt and shame and live your life with a clear conscience before God.  

What can wash away my sin?

Nothing but the blood of Jesus;

What can make me whole again?

Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Oh! Precious is the glow

That makes me white as snow;

No other fount I know,

Nothing but the blood of Jesus

Therefore, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.  Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful.  Hebrews 10:19-23

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Bible study for “Cleansing a Guilty Conscience”

Week 1Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-15; Exodus 12:1-7, 12-13, 21-23; 24:1-12; 30:10; Leviticus 16:6-11, 15-17, 20-22, 30, 34; 17:11; Psalms 32:1-5; 51:1-4, 7-10, 16-17; 103:1-5, 10-14, 17-19; Proverbs 28:13; Isaiah 1:18; 43:25; 53:4-12; 55:6-9; 61:10-11

Week 2:  Jeremiah 32:26-27: Zephaniah 3:14-15,17; Matthew 1:21-22; 26:26-29; Luke 22:31-32; John 1:29; 5:24; 6:53-59; 8:31-32, 34-36; 42-47; 10:14-15, 27-30; 19:28-30, 32-37; Acts 20:28; 24:16; Romans 1:17; 2:4; 3:21-26; 4:4-8, 18-25; 5:1-2, 8-11, 18-19

Week 3:  Romans 6:23; 7:18-25; 8:1-4, 15-16, 31-39; 10:3-4; 1 Corinthians 5:6-8; 10:13, 16; 11:23-32; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; 7:10; Galatians 2:20-21; 3:10-14; 6:14; Ephesians 1:7-8; 2:4-10, 13; 3:16-21; Philippians 2:5-11; 3:7-9; Colossians 1:13-15, 19-23; 2:13-15

Week 4:  1 Timothy 1:18-19; Titus 1:15-16; Hebrews 1:1-3; 2:14-18; 4:14-16; 9:7-28; 10:1-23; 11:6; 12:22-24; 13:11-12, 20-21; James 4:7; 1 Peter 1:1-2, 17-21; 1 John 1:5-10; 2:1-2, 12-14; 5:1-12; Revelation 1:4-8; 5:1-14; 7:13-14; 12:9-11; 19:11-16