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YOUR CONSCIENCE PURGED

by Dr. C. L. Cagan

A sermon preached at the Baptist Tabernacle of Los Angeles
Lord’s Day Morning, February 8, 2015

“How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” (Hebrews 9:14).


Some time ago a pastor preached that America was under the judgment of God because we have killed 57 million babies by abortion. When he said that, a woman stood up and walked out. She ran out of the church building, Then she ran up the street. Why did she do that? Because she had had an abortion. In her conscience, she knew that was wrong. She had no peace. The Bible says that,

“the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked” (Isaiah 57:20-21).

But she didn’t stay to hear how she could be pardoned of sin by the Blood of Christ. Instead she ran away.

That’s why many pastors today don’t like to preach on abortion, even though it’s the greatest sin of our nation. They are afraid of offending the unconverted middle-aged ladies in their churches. Some of these ladies have had abortions, or one of their relatives or friends had an abortion. Their conscience troubles them. The preacher is afraid those ladies will leave his church. He doesn’t want to upset them. But oh! that pastors would not preach to keep people happy – but proclaim the truth about sin and how it can be forgiven in Christ!

In Canada a preacher gave a sermon and read a Bible verse from the Book of Romans, “There is none righteous, no, not one” (Romans 3:10). When he did that, a woman stood up and walked out. Why did she do that? Because her son had died without trusting Christ. She wanted to believe that her son was righteous. She didn’t want to think about him dying in his sin. People don’t want to think about sin and the need for Christ. It bothers their conscience.

For many years Dr. Hymers’ pastor at the Chinese church was Dr. Timothy Lin. Dr. Lin was an expert scholar of Old Testament languages. And he wrote an article about the conscience. He said, “Conscience is the faculty of man’s knowing right and wrong” (Timothy Lin, Ph.D., Conscience: The Voice of God Within, BSMI, 2000, p. 1). Then Dr. Lin said, “Conscience will speak, either to reward or to condemn us... conscience either crowns us with satisfaction, happiness and courage for what we have done or summons us to the bar of justice where she thunders judgment, which gives us a bad or guilty conscience” (ibid., p. 2).

Your conscience bothers you when you do wrong. If you continue to sin, your conscience becomes guilty and defiled. The only way to have your conscience cleared is to have it purged, cleansed, released by the Blood of Christ. Our text says,

“How much more shall the blood of Christ...purge your conscience?” (Hebrews 9:14).

The Bible says a great deal about how the conscience becomes guilty, and how it can be cleansed – purged by the Blood of Christ.

I. First, why your conscience needs to be purged.

When you do something right, your conscience approves. But when you do wrong, your conscience accuses you. The Bible says, “Their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts...accusing or else excusing one another” (Romans 2:15).

The Bible says, “Sin is the transgression [the breaking] of the law” (I John 3:4). God says, “Thou shalt not bear false witness [thou shalt not lie]” (Exodus 20:16). You know in your conscience that it’s wrong, but you lie anyway. God says, “Thou shalt not steal” (Exodus 20:15). You know in your conscience that it’s wrong, but you steal anyway. God says to be in church every Sunday. But you say, “No, I won’t do it. There’s something else I’m going to do.” Your conscience bothers you, but you don’t listen. Jesus calls to you, “Come unto me” (Matthew 11:28). Your conscience says that you need to come to Him. But you refuse to listen.

You may try to escape from the voice of your conscience. You may take drugs to not think about your sin. You may drink alcohol to dull your mind and not think about your sin. You may spend hour after hour playing video games and wasting time on the computer – to not think about your sin. You may stay away from church – because you don’t want to think about your sin. Or you may keep yourself busy, busy, busy with activity in school or work – to avoid thinking about your sin, to hide from the voice of your conscience.

You may try to do good deeds to quiet the voice of your conscience. You may try to help someone else, or give money, or go to church. But none of that can take your sin away before God. You can’t get to Heaven by trying to be good! The Bible says, “We are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags [dirty clothes]” before God (Isaiah 64:6). The record of your past is still there. And God still knows your heart. That’s why the Bible says, “By the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified” (Romans 3:20). That’s why you need Jesus, the Son of God, to pay for your sins and clear your conscience for you. He gave His Blood to do what you can’t do for yourself, for only “the blood of Jesus Christ [God’s] Son cleanseth us from all sin” (I John 1:7).

You may think your sin is secret, that nobody knows about it. But the Bible says, “God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing” (Ecclesiastes 12:14). Jesus said, “There is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known” (Luke 12:2). Your secret sin will come out at the judgment!

You may make an excuse for your sin – to dull the voice of your conscience. One big excuse is to point to other people. You say, “My friends are doing it too.” “Everybody’s doing it.” Or you say, “True, I won’t trust Christ. But there are others who won’t trust Christ either.” Or you say, “I’m not as bad as some other people.” But how does that make you not guilty for your sin?

You and they will be condemned at the Last Judgment. The Bible says,

“And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened...and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books” (Revelation 20:12).

All the unsaved dead – you and they – will be at the Last Judgment. All of your sins will be read out of God’s books. No secrets then! And the Bible says,

“Whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire” (Revelation 20:15).

The “book of life” has the names of all who have their sins pardoned by trusting Jesus. But everyone – “whosoever” – who has not trusted Jesus, who is not pardoned by His Blood, will be cast into the lake of fire.

How will it help you to hear their sins read out of God’s books, and to see them cast into the lake of fire – when you go there yourself! That will do you no good at all. Trust Jesus and be forgiven by His Blood before it’s too late!

Your conscience tells you about your sin. But you refuse to listen. You keep on in your sin. You hold on to your excuses. You still refuse to trust Christ. Your record of sin gets longer and longer. But you still won’t trust Christ.

Then you become set in your mind. You get used to yourself. Your heart becomes like cement. Your conscience becomes dirty and contaminated. The Bible says, “even their mind and conscience is defiled” (Titus 1:15). Your conscience doesn’t work the way it should. It doesn’t bother you as it should. “Even their mind and conscience is defiled.”

Finally you’ll get to the point where your conscience doesn’t bother you at all. The Bible speaks of people “having their conscience seared with a hot iron” (I Timothy 4:2). Burned with a hot iron! Your conscience can get so burned that you don’t feel guilty anymore! You no longer feel convicted of your sin. You no longer worry about your soul. You aren’t serious about trusting Jesus. You are given up “to a reprobate mind” (Romans 1:28). God no longer speaks to you – because you wouldn’t listen to Him when He did.

Don’t let that happen to you! Trust Jesus! Only the Blood of Christ can purge your conscience. Our text says, “How much more shall the blood of Christ...purge your conscience?” (Hebrews 9:14).

Jesus gave His Blood to wash your sin away. There’s no payment greater than that. If you trust Jesus, your record of sin will be washed clean. You won’t need to fear the Last Judgment. The Blood of Christ will stand forever as your payment. Your conscience will be clear before God – because of the Blood of Christ.

II. Second, how your conscience can be purged.

Your conscience reminds you of your sin. Perhaps it doesn’t speak as strongly as it should – but you still remember your sin. You feel guilty. You feel bad. You need your sins pardoned. You need your conscience cleansed. You need your conscience purged. And the Blood of Christ will do that if you trust Him. The Bible says,

“How much more shall the blood of Christ...purge your conscience?” (Hebrews 9:14).

Jesus died on the Cross to pay for your sin. He “offered himself without spot to God.” He “made peace through the blood of his cross” (Colossians 1:20). On the third day He rose from the dead. He went back up to Heaven to bring that same Blood before God. He went into the presence of God. He went into the temple of God in Heaven and placed His Blood there on the altar. The Bible tells us,

“By his own blood he entered in once into the holy place”
       (Hebrews 9:12).

God the Father is satisfied with the Blood of Christ. The Bible speaks of “Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation [a payment of satisfaction] through faith in his blood” (Romans 3:24-25). The Blood of Jesus satisfies the wrath of God against your sin. Then God can let you into Heaven. The Bible says, “The blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin” (I John 1:7).

But that’s not all! Our text says,

“How much more shall the blood of Christ...purge your conscience?” (Hebrews 9:14).

The Greek word translated “purge” is a form of katharidzō. The English word “catharsis” comes from it. When someone has a “cathartic experience” it means a complete release, a blow-out, letting go, letting it all out. That’s what the Blood of Jesus does to your sin. The Bible says, “As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us” (Psalm 103:12). God doesn’t even remember your sin! God said He “will not remember [your] sins” (Isaiah 43:25). After He purged our sins with His Blood, Jesus had nothing left to do for our sins. The Bible says,

“When [Jesus] had by himself purged our sins, [He] sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high” (Hebrews 1:3).

After He purged our sins, Jesus just sat down. Sins were covered, washed away, purged, blown off and done! There was nothing left for Him to do but sit down at the right hand of the Father.

A few weeks ago I spoke to a young man who is always analyzing himself. When I asked him to trust Jesus he said, “I can’t get that – I can’t get it – to happen.” What is “that”? What is “it”? “That” and “it” are his feelings. If he gets the right feeling he’ll say he is saved – but he can’t get “it” to happen. He will never be saved that way, no matter how many times he tries. Salvation doesn’t come that way. It comes by trust in Christ Himself, not by looking at yourself to see if “that” or “it” has happened.

Jesus didn’t analyze Himself when He placed His Blood on the altar in Heaven. And He didn’t analyze Himself afterwards. Jesus didn’t check to see if He felt anything. He put His Blood there, and that dealt with sin forever. Then He “sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.” His work was done. He sat down.

Earlier in this sermon I quoted from Dr. Timothy Lin. In that same article, Dr. Lin wrote about the struggles of a man named Augustine. Augustine was concerned about his soul. He had lived in sin. He had refused to believe in Jesus. And now he was striving to be saved. He felt bad in his conscience. He didn’t know what to do.

One day in a garden he heard the voices of children singing, “Take and read, take and read.” He turned to a copy of the Book of Romans he had put nearby, and read two verses from chapter thirteen. Those verses spoke of his sin. And then he read, “Put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 13:14).

There was the answer! “Put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ.” That’s all! Augustine “put on” Christ. He trusted Christ. He became one of the great Christians of all time. But that happened after he “put on” Christ – another way to say he trusted Christ. He was converted there. He trusted Christ. That was all. That was everything!

Why don’t you trust Jesus, and leave it with Him? His Blood will purge your sin. Your record will be clean before God. And let Him purge your conscience too! The Bible says He does just that. “How much more shall the blood of Christ...purge your conscience?” Stop looking for “assurance” within yourself. Let Him be your assurance! Why analyze yourself for a feeling to see what happened? The Bible says the Blood of Christ will “purge your conscience from dead works” – the dead works of your empty prayers, your own thoughts and feelings, your trying to be good, your endless self-analysis, your “it” and “that.” Don’t look at your “dead works” – they’re dead! Stop looking into yourself for “assurance.” Trust Jesus and let it be settled – purged by His Blood – released, let go, gone forever! Jesus’ Blood settles the issue, and ends the question – and it ought to end the question for you too. Guilt and punishment are settled, released, gone, cleansed, purged by the Blood of Jesus!

It’s that simple. Jesus died on the Cross to pay for your sin. He shed His Blood to wash your sin away, and purge it forever. He rose from the dead to give you life. Trust Jesus, not yourself. Trust Him and you will be saved. Dr. Chan, please come and lead us in prayer.

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Scripture Read Before the Sermon by Mr. Abel Prudhomme: Hebrews 9:11-14.
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“There Is a Fountain” (by William Cowper, 1731-1800).


THE OUTLINE OF

YOUR CONSCIENCE PURGED

by Dr. C. L. Cagan

“How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” (Hebrews 9:14).

(Isaiah 57:20-21; Romans 3:10)

I.   First, why your conscience needs to be purged, Romans 2:15;
I John 3:4; Exodus 20:16, 15; Matthew 11:28; Isaiah 64:6;
Romans 3:20; I John 1:7; Ecclesiastes 12:14; Luke 12:2;
Revelation 20:12, 15; Titus 1:15; I Timothy 4:2; Romans 1:28.

II.  Second, how your conscience can be purged, Colossians 1:20;
Hebrews 9:12; Romans 3:24-25; I John 1:7; Psalm 103:12;
Isaiah 43:25; Hebrews 1:3; Romans 13:14.