It today’s text (Acts 23:1-11) The Apostle Paul starts out by making a claim that few people can honestly make…
“…I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day.”
Can you say that? What does it mean to live “in all good conscience before God“? It certainly doesn’t mean you can rationalize or justify all your sins and misdoings to God.
The only way to have a clear conscience before God is …
#1. Confess your sins to God and ask forgiveness. (1John 1:9)
#2. Live in such a way that you are not living hypocritically.
i.e. Live right, do right, walk in the Spirit! (Gal 5:24-25)
I believe Paul was referring to both of these above points.
Nobody is completely without sin before God.
“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” Romans 3:23
And the only way to be cleansed and be made right is
through the shed blood of Jesus on the cross.
“For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,” 1 Corinthians 15:3
“and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him … having made peace through the blood of His cross.” Colossians 1:20
So then, Paul, after having repented and confessed his sins to God, made it his aim to walk in the Spirit and live in a way pleasing to God.
This is God’s plan for each of us today. Make it your aim to live with a clear conscience. If you sin, repent and confess to God and He will forgive and cleanse. Then rise up and live right for God!
“… He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.”
2 Corinthians 5:15
This is God’s plan for you. Walk in it!