Timothy, my son, here are my instructions for you, based on the prophetic words spoken about you earlier. May they help you fight well in the Lord’s battles. Cling to your faith in Christ (subjective-confidence), and keep your conscience clear. For some people have deliberately violated their consciences; as a result, their faith (objective-body of truth) has been shipwrecked. 1 Timothy 1:18-19
God has given every person a conscience
Genesis 3:7-8 At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they sewed fig leaves together to cover them-selves. When the cool evening breezes were blowing, the man and his wife heard the LORD God walking about in the garden. So they hid from the LORD God among the trees.
1 Samuel 24:5 David’s conscience bothered him after he disrespected Saul But then David’s conscience began bothering him because he had cut Saul’s robe.
Genesis 50:14 But now that their father was dead, Joseph’s brothers became fearful. “Now Joseph will show his anger and pay us back for all the wrong we did to him,” they said.
God has given every person general revelation
Romans 1:19-21 They know the truth about God because he has made it obvious to them. For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God. Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused.
God warns we can lose our ability to distinguish between right & wrong
Romans 1:28 Since they thought it foolish to acknowledge God, he abandoned them to their foolish thinking and let them do things that should never be done.
God has written His law on the hearts of even those who don’t know His law
Romans 2:14-15 Even Gentiles, who do not have God’s written law, show that they know his law when they instinctively obey it, even without having heard it. They demonstrate that God’s law is written in their hearts, for their own conscience and thoughts either accuse them or tell them they are doing right.
Consequences of violating our conscience
Seared conscience: rendered insensitive as though it had been cauterized with a hot iron.
Delusion: is the belief that something that is true is not true or that some-thing that is not true is true; it is a distortion of reality.
People try to cover up with defense mechanisms…
Justify, rationalize, blame, project, act superior, staying silent, judging,
intellectualizing, minimizing, etc.
“Deluded people sincerely believe the lies they tell themselves and others”
What’s the difference between the Holy Spirit and our conscience?
Our conscience: Is a monitor, distinguishing between right and wrong.
The Holy Spirit: Only inhabits believers, helps us interpret the signals the conscience sends us, reminds us of Scriptural principles, draws us away from things that don’t fit who we are as believers.
Psalm 139:23-24 Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts; And see if there be any hurtful way in me, And lead me in the everlasting way.
How is the conscience programmed?