Pt. 1 – A Cleansed Conscience by the Blood of Jesus
Let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting Him. For our guilty evil consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s Blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water. Hebrews 10:22
Under the old system, the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer could cleanse people’s bodies from ceremonial impurity. Just think how much more the Blood of Christ will purify our consciences from sinful deeds [dead works] so that we can worship the living God. Hebrews 9:13-14a
Under the Old System, the blood of animal sacrifices only atoned for sin for a maximum of one year and had to be repeated over and over again. The blood of animals could temporarily cover over sin, but contained no power to transform the heart of man.
Jesus said that all sin and evil deeds originate from the heart. It begins with thoughts, attitudes and motives. Then action follows.
Ceremonial washings and rituals could temporarily purify the outward body, but could not cleanse the mind, or purge a defiled conscience, or remove guilt and shame.
If the blood of animals (which was imperfect) could remove sin temporarily, and the sprinkling of blood by an heifer bring purification, then HOW MUCH MORE shall the Blood of Jesus (which is perfect) cleanse our conscience from guilt, defilement and dead works.
Dead works refers to things that are:
- Have no life
- Acts that lead to death
- Do not add anything beneficial to your life but instead only serves to drain the life out of you
- Actions that cause damage (such as abuse)
- Attitudes that are toxic (such as unforgiveness, hatred, unresolved anger, pride)
- Crooked and criminal deeds
- Craving the praise of man and doing things to make yourself look good
- Any kind of deeds in which God is not impressed (even if man is)
- Selfish motivation and ambition
- Any works you do in which you will receive no reward in Heaven
- Works of the flesh, such as those things listed in Galations 5:15-21. These include: biting and devouring one another, adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envy, murder, drunkenness, revelling, desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, and such things.