Faith And Good Conscience
Faith is defined as putting your trust in an individual Merriam Webster defines as; belief and trust in and loyalty to God or belief in the traditional doctrines of a religion. They also define as; firm beliefs in something for which there is no proo
fclinging to the faith that her missing son would one day return or complete trust. Something that is believed especially with strong conviction; especially: a system of religious beliefs. The Greek word is pistis means “belief, trust, confidence, or pistis can also refer to Christian doctrine or collection of beliefs (Jas 2:17; Phil 1:27; 1 Tim. 1:13; Tit 2:2; Jude 3). In short, you put Faith And Good Conscienceyour trust that Jesus is Lord and purchased mankind sins and replace with His Righteousness
Essential Bible Dictionary defines conscience; A sense of what is morally right or wrong. The OT alludes to the conscience when; for example, it says that David’s “heart smote him” (1 Sam. 24:5 KJV; the NIV renders, “David was conscience-stricken”). As a result of accepting the gospel, people receive a purified, or perfected, conscience (Heb. 9:14; 10:22). Paul described the universal existence of conscience as the internal moral witness found in all human beings (Rom. 2:14–16) and stressed that Christians should have a clear and good conscience (2 Cor. 1:12; 1 Tim. 1:5, 19; 3:9).
Good conscience is defined as: having good motives, displaying motives that will not result in a guilty conscience. Biblical term is defined as, its presence known by inducing mental anguish and feelings of guilt when we violate the values we recognize and apply. Or consciousness of life was of a relationship between God and a covenant community. the classical Greek term “suneivdhsi” the soul as distinguishing between what is morally good and bad, prompting to do the former and shun the latter, commending one, condemning the conscience.
However, it has been perverted by the Fall. There is a term that reformer use was called total depravity meaning that as a result of the fall of man (Genesis 3:6) every part of man mind, will, emotions and flesh have been corrupted by sin. In other words, sin affects all areas of our being including who we are and what we do. It penetrates to the very core of our being so that everything is tainted by sin and “…all our righteous acts are like filthy rags” before a holy God Isaiah 64:6. It acknowledges that the Bible teaches that we sin because we are sinners by nature. Since conscience is effected by sin than what means to have a good conscience found in 1 Timothy 1; 19
In 1 Timothy 1:15 its states, “This saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners “—and I am the worst of them.” The phase This saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance: means This expression calls attention to an important point. It is found only in the pastoral letters 3:1; 4:9; 2 Tim. 2:11; Titus 3:8 Christ came into the world to save sinner, and purged mankind consciences by the death of Jesus Christ on Calvary cross, and if you believe in His atoning work Heb 9:14 See also Ps 51:10; Heb 9:9; Heb 10:2,22; 1Pe 3:21
For example the Apostle Paul known as Saul was breathing threats against follower of Christ intending in destroying the church in it infant staged. While on Damascus Road he encounter Jesus Christ A man named Ananias, baptized Paul, and wash away your sins by calling on His name.’ By acknowledging his sins before Christ, and Christ forgave him. Mandate Saul to I will rescue you from the people and from the Gentiles. I now send you to them to open their eyes so they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God that by faith in Christ they may receive forgiveness of sins and a share among those who are sanctified.’ He understood that Christ came into the world to save sinners
He able to discern from right and wrong and guild us through stormy water. John MacArthur wrote,” A good conscience serves as the rudder that steers the believer through the rocks and reefs of sin and error.”
The Apostle Paul went from Hebrew of Hebrew, a proud man a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an arrogant man to a chief of sinner and follower of Christ. He recognized the gap that existed between his sinful heart and the holy God.
Holman Commentary wrote.” He recognized the gap which existed between his sinful heart and the holy God.When we see ourselves as weak and frail, in need of Christ, then we will want to stay close to the Lord and his teachings.”
In 1:5 the Apostle Paul wrote.” Now the goal of our instruction is loved that comes from a pure heart, a good conscience, and a sincere faith. He was preparing Timothy for battle and warning Timothy his protege about false teachers who wore sheep clothing even thou they were wolves ready devour their prey. He gave the same warning to the Ephesian elders in Acts 20:29 and 20:30. ” I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. And men will rise up from your own number with deviant doctrines to lure the disciples into following them.”
Hymenaeus and Alexander were among them who perverted the gospel. They ignored their good consciences and the truth, and as a result, suffered shipwreck of the Christian faith (the true doctrine of the gospel), which implies severe spiritual catastrophe. Their heresy spreading ‘like gangrene’ and was a distortion the scriptures. Denying the reality of believers’ bodily resurrection found in 2 Timothy 2:18. They taught that believers’ spiritual identification with Christ’s death and resurrection.
Paul had no choice but to excommunicated and discipline them. So they would recognize their errors and repent of theirs sins (2 Tim. 2:25, 26; Titus 3:10). So that, they would might abandon their evil ways (1 Cor. 5:1–5).
For example, Jesus declared in Matthew18;15-17 these words,” 15 “If your brother sins against you, go and rebuke him in private. If he listens to you, you have won your brother. 16 But if he won’t listen, take one or two more with you, so that by the testimony of two or three witnesses every fact may be established. 17 If he pays no attention to them, tell the church. But, if he doesn’t pay attention even to the church, let him be like an unbeliever and a tax collector to you. John MacArthur wrote, 18:17 tell it to the church. If he still refuses to repent, step 3 requires that the matter be reported to the whole assembly (v. 17)—so that all may lovingly pursue the sinning brother’s reconciliation. But failing that, step 4 means that the offender must be excommunicated, regarded by the church as “a heathen and a tax collector” (see note on 5:46). The idea is not merely to punish the offender, or to shun him completely, but to remove him as a detrimental influence from the fellowship of the church, and henceforth to regard him as an evangelistic prospect rather than as a brother. Ultimately, the sin for which he is excommunicated is a hard-hearted impenitence.
Reformed Bible Study wrote, “let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. Such individuals are to be cut off from fellowship and suspended from full social relations with other Christians. Paul applies this discipline in 1 Cor. 5 and 1 Tim. 1:20. For example, a parent would discipline his child because they love them. Often, the parent would grieve and would be deeply hurt. So the church saddened when you excommunicated, a brother or sister from the church. Unless you’re preaching Jesus Christ and Him crucified. Who became God-given wisdom for us—our righteousness, sanctification, and redemption. Meaning manifesting themselves fully in the life, teachings, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ and atoning work on the cross
As scripture declares, “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but it is God’s power to us who are being saved.”
Furthermore scripture declares,” For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is God’s power for salvation to everyone who believes, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek.