HOLDING FAITH AND A GOOD CONSCIENCE

1 Timothy 1:18 This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare; 19 Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck: 20 Of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme.

 

The Spirit of God through the Apostle Paul exhorts his son in the faith Timothy to use the words spoken over him by the presbytery or body of elders to war a good warfare. He is to be holding faith and a good conscience which some concerning faith have made shipwreck. Apparently faith and a good conscience go together and work together. A good conscience is one that is free from guilt whereas an evil conscience is a guilty conscience. Those who have put away (Lit. to thrust away; push off; to shove away implying a strong deliberate thrusting away or rejection) have made shipwreck of their life. They didn’t just ignore their conscience but rather made great effort to deaden and push away their conscience.

 

He then lists two apostates, Hymenaeus and Alexander, who abandoned what they once believed or held as doctrine, belief, and principles. Hymenaeus held that the resurrection was past destroying the Blessed hope of the Church to those who heard him and whose teaching spread like gangrene (2 Timothy 2:18). Alexander is described as one who greatly withstood Paul’s words and did much evil to Paul and his ministry (2 Timothy 4:14, 15). These two Paul delivered over to satan that they may learn not to blaspheme (2 Timothy 1:20). Yes, this was done in the New Testament, not under the Law, but under grace.

 

Do you know that when a Christian puts away their conscience, not listening to its warnings before immoral acts or not listening to its accusation after immoral acts, the conscience becomes seared (1 Timothy 4:2) and defiled  (Titus 1:15). The more seared and defiled, the less conviction you feel, the slower you notice it, and the higher your permission levels become to sin, uncleanness, lust, disobedience, and the works of the flesh. Before too long you will be practicing something in your lifestyle the Bible says not to.  Some sinning believers, in order to avoid the distress and accusations of conscience seek to deaden its voice or their hearing it.

 

  1. Some abuse themselves with drugs and alcohol in order to drown out their conscience.

 

  1. Some keep themselves busy all the time so they have no time for reflection and to plug their ears to their conscience.

 

  1. Some reason, rationalize and try to make logical arguments to defend or to excuse themselves.

 

  1. Some try to cover their conscience’s conviction with continuous conversations or cover it with substituting other good deeds.

 

  1. Some invent or search for liberal teachers and doctrines that permit their disobedience.

 

  1. Some avoid men of God who love the truth, are loyal to the truth, and who will speak the truth and seek out teachers who will tell them what they want to hear.

 

Can we have a clear conscience? Yes, we can repent, receive forgiveness, and cleansing by confessing our sins (1 John 1:9). The Blood of Jesus Christ has power to cleanse and purge our conscience from all defilement to avoid shipwreck. Like the Apostle Paul who said in Acts 23:1, “And Paul, earnestly beholding the council, said, Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day.” He also said in Acts 24:16, “And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men.” You don’t need a clean past to enjoy a clear conscience.HOLDING FAITH AND A GOOD CONSCIENCE

 

1 Timothy 1:18 This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare; 19 Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck: 20 Of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme.

 

The Spirit of God through the Apostle Paul exhorts his son in the faith Timothy to use the words spoken over him by the presbytery or body of elders to war a good warfare. He is to be holding faith and a good conscience which some concerning faith have made shipwreck. Apparently faith and a good conscience go together and work together. A good conscience is one that is free from guilt whereas an evil conscience is a guilty conscience. Those who have put away (Lit. to thrust away; push off; to shove away implying a strong deliberate thrusting away or rejection) have made shipwreck of their life. They didn’t just ignore their conscience but rather made great effort to deaden and push away their conscience.

 

He then lists two apostates, Hymenaeus and Alexander, who abandoned what they once believed or held as doctrine, belief, and principles. Hymenaeus held that the resurrection was past destroying the Blessed hope of the Church to those who heard him and whose teaching spread like gangrene (2 Timothy 2:18). Alexander is described as one who greatly withstood Paul’s words and did much evil to Paul and his ministry (2 Timothy 4:14, 15). These two Paul delivered over to satan that they may learn not to blaspheme (2 Timothy 1:20). Yes, this was done in the New Testament, not under the Law, but under grace.

 

Do you know that when a Christian puts away their conscience, not listening to its warnings before immoral acts or not listening to its accusation after immoral acts, the conscience becomes seared (1 Timothy 4:2) and defiled  (Titus 1:15). The more seared and defiled, the less conviction you feel, the slower you notice it, and the higher your permission levels become to sin, uncleanness, lust, disobedience, and the works of the flesh. Before too long you will be practicing something in your lifestyle the Bible says not to.  Some sinning believers, in order to avoid the distress and accusations of conscience seek to deaden its voice or their hearing it.

 

  1. Some abuse themselves with drugs and alcohol in order to drown out their conscience.

 

  1. Some keep themselves busy all the time so they have no time for reflection and to plug their ears to their conscience.

 

  1. Some reason, rationalize and try to make logical arguments to defend or to excuse themselves.

 

  1. Some try to cover their conscience’s conviction with continuous conversations or cover it with substituting other good deeds.

 

  1. Some invent or search for liberal teachers and doctrines that permit their disobedience.

 

  1. Some avoid men of God who love the truth, are loyal to the truth, and who will speak the truth and seek out teachers who will tell them what they want to hear.

 

Can we have a clear conscience? Yes, we can repent, receive forgiveness, and cleansing by confessing our sins (1 John 1:9). The Blood of Jesus Christ has power to cleanse and purge our conscience from all defilement to avoid shipwreck. Like the Apostle Paul who said in Acts 23:1, “And Paul, earnestly beholding the council, said, Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day.” He also said in Acts 24:16, “And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men.” You don’t need a clean past to enjoy a clear conscience.

Pastor John Rasicci is the founder and Pastor of Word of His Grace Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where we are building people who are building the Church. Pastor's ministry mission is to help people discover God's dream for their Life, the Local Church, and the Last Days' Harvest. With a strong emphasis on the grace of God and with a prophetic voice, Pastor John preaches and teaches in churches, conferences, and crusades both locally and throughout the world. He has produced books, tapes, and other teaching materials to empower, enable, and equip Believers with the Word of God. Pastor John is married to his wife Candy who with their three children, Krista, Joanna, John Anthony, and two son-in-laws, Matt and Doug, serve together in the ministry. After graduating from Kent State University, Pastor John pursued a career in professional baseball before accepting the call to the ministry. He and his wife, Candy, received their ministry training from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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