Each of us insists on being innocent at all cost, even if he has to accuse the whole human race and heaven itself. God knows the shame you have brought on yourself and the shame others have imposed upon you. Either way, claim this promise. “The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. 1 Timothy 1:5
Does that statement tug at your heart? I know it did mine. In my head knowledge of a Christian, it is by confessing and repenting that I can come to the presence of God with Christ as my mediator. It is the conscience that brings me to the cross. However, my head knowledge does not always reach my heart. Mr. Lutzer does an excellent job with clear conscience explanation of what a conscience is, how we are deceived by our conscience and how we in our conscience come to be cleansed by God knowing that he covers us. It is not having a clear conscience that is cleansed by faith in God that we run into issues in our walk with the Lord and others. There is a freedom we have by having our conscience cleansed by God that in our own efforts, we become enslaved by addiction, hopelessness, and despair. The pitfalls are described well and resonated well with me.
Living in a fallen world and the Deceiver the enemy of God and an enemy of those created in his image, we are in a battle for 1 Timothy 1:5. How we fight that battle matters. It is good to know what the tactics of the enemy is and how we can battle with the truth.
What does the blood of Christ have to do with battle? Everything and an understanding of the Old Testament makes way for the believer to lay claim on the promises. It prevents us from the efforts of self-atonement and putting our faith in Christ. Self-atonement can come in many faces. How we devalue ourselves and guilt. Many times in our self-atonement, we are become depressed and bitter.
Living in a clear conscience is a difficult thing because we are dealing with the flesh. Narcissism is something that must be overcome by dying to self. A great explanation of narcissism that is very crystal clear that as a Christian we must put to death. Another insightful gem is not being able to have empathy for others because of not dealing with our own pain that we struggle in relationship to help others in pain. We run from the pain of others because of fear and anxiety.
Some of the quotes that I found encouraging as I struggle for 1 Timothy 1:5.
Ponder something I’ve said before,; The issue is not the greatness of our sin but the beauty of the robes that cover us.
Depression, hopelessness, regret and overwhelming guilt. The blood of Christ gives us acceptance before God independent of our performance.
A heart that feels condemned cannot have confidence before God. And if we don’t have confidence toward God, we cannot witness with a sense of freedom and assurance. Our conscience does not have the last word.
I have much appreciation for this study. It brings me to the battle lines with the tools for combat.
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