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The Purged Conscience (Hebrews 9:14)

Introductory Thoughts

Sin within a person’s life messes with man’s conscience. It begins by attacking man’s knowledge of God with the end goal of causing a complete rejection of God. Sinful man turns to many different devices in hopes of taking care of his sin-tainted conscience. He may seek to pacify his conscience by doing religious works. He also may try to forget that his conscience has been corrupted by a further turning toward the pleasures of sin. In both cases, he is left with a conscience in need of purging. Where can man turn to find the purging he so strongly desires? According to the Bible, only the blood of Jesus Christ can purge a man’s conscience from dead works to serve the living God (Hebrews 9:14).

Devotional Thoughts

  • (For children):Paul did many things against the people of God before he got saved (Acts 22:19-20). He wrote about how to be saved and he knew he was forgiven (1 Corinthians 15:1-4; Colossians 1:14). Paul did not let his past hinder his service (Philippians 3:13-14).
  • (For everyone): Do you have a conscience that has been attacked by sin? Have you called upon the Lord Jesus Christ to save you and allow His blood to purge your conscience?
  • How do religious works fall short of purging the conscience? How do the works of the flesh only further complicate the problem with mans conscience?

Prayer Thoughts

  • Thank God for the purging you have through the blood of Christ.
  • Ask the Lord to help you serve Him better.