Hebrews 9:14 How much more will the blood of Messiah—who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God—cleanse our conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
The work of the Holy Spirit is to perfect our spirit and our conscience, in the presence of God. To enjoy access among those who have been sanctified.
Hebrews 12:22,3. But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect.
A Sanctified Conscience
Acts 20:32. So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.
Acts 24:16 I myself always strive to have a conscience without offense toward God and men.
Acts 26:18. That they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.
John 17:19. And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth.
Hebrews 2:11. For both He who sanctifies and those being sanctified are all from one so He is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters.
Hebrews 10:10. By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once.
The Mystery of The Faith
1 Timothy 1:5. Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, a good conscience, and sincere faith.
1 Timothy 3:9. Holding the mystery of the faith with a pure conscience.
2 Corinthians 1:12. For our boasting is this: the testimony of our conscience that we conducted ourselves in the world in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom but by the grace of God, and more abundantly toward you.
2 Corinthians 4:2. Instead, we renounced the hidden shameful ways—not walking in deception or distorting the word of God, but commending ourselves before God to everyone’s conscience by the open proclamation of the truth.
Titus 1:15 All things pure are for the pure; but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; but even their mind and conscience are defiled.
Hebrews 10:22. Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.
Enduring for Conscience Sake
1 Peter 2:19. For this is commendable, if because of conscience toward God one endures grief, suffering wrongfully.
1 Peter 3:15, 16. Sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed.
Sanctified and Useful
2 Timothy 2:19-21. Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.” For in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor. Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work.
Isaiah 5:16. For the Lord of hosts shall be exalted in judgment, and the Holy God shall be sanctified in righteousness.
The Single Eye of The Spirit, a Sanctified Conscience
1 John 5:20. And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.
To be given “an understanding”; Greek dianoia: “a way to understand” means that The Logos, the Son of God is the lens through which we view life and rightly comprehend His intent. He has “given us insight”, a clear heart vision to reflect our minds upon and know “the true God and eternal life”. To have inspired comprehension.
Psalm 119:130. The unfolding of Your words gives light, giving understanding to the simple.
Ephesians 1:18. That the eye of our understanding would be enlightened to know the hope of His Calling, and the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints.
The work of the Holy Spirit is to “open our understanding”.
Luke 24:32. Did not our heart burn within us, while He talked with us by the way, and while He opened to us the scriptures?
Those who reject the Lord have their understanding “darkened”.
Ephesians 4:18. They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance in them due to the blindness of their heart.
Romans 1:21. Their thinking became futile, and their senseless hearts were made dark.
The Evil Eye
Luke 11:34. The light of the body is the eye: therefore when your eye is single, your whole body also is full of light; but when your eye is evil (distorted), your body also is full of darkness.
In the parable of the vineyard workers, the landowner says:
Matthew 20:15. “Am I not permitted to do what I want with what belongs to me? Or is your eye evil because I am good?”
An “evil eye” is the failure to rightly comprehend good and evil.
Isaiah 5:20. Woe to them that call evil good and good evil; that put darkness for light and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!
Christian maturity in the Spirit of Truth brings discernment.
Hebrews 5:14. Solid food is for the mature, who through practice have their senses trained to discern both good and evil.
1 Corinthians 4:5. Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord comes, who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the counsels of the hearts. Then each one’s praise will come from God.
John 3:21. Whoever practices the truth comes to the light, that it may be made known that his deeds have been accomplished in God.
Ephesians 5:13. But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light.
The Light of Life
John 8:12. Jesus said, I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.
The energy of sunlight that gives life to all creation is but a type. The Light of Truth is the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Life from the Son of God.
Hebrews 1:3. The Son is the radiance of His glory and the imprint of His being, upholding all things by His powerful word.
The Son of God is:
John 1:9. The true light, coming into the world, that gives the light of life to every man.
To walk in the Spirit is to walk in the Light. To walk in the Light is to admit our faults to one another, to be made whole.
1 John 1:7 & 9. If we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
All worldly knowledge conspires to distort the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, to blind the eye of the spirit.
2 Corinthians 4:3 & 4. But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.
And thus we know what we are called to be a light.
Matthew 5:14-16. You are the light of the world. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
A Pure and Sincere Understanding
2 Peter 3:1. Stir up your pure mind (comprehension) by way of remembrance.
The eyes of your understanding is referenced, although dianoia is translated ‘mind’ here and in a couple of other key verses. To be clear: the Greek word for mind is ‘nous’, as in Romans 7:23; ‘the law of my mind’. Peter here speaks of sound comprehension, as in:
1 Peter 1:13. Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind (dianoia=comprehension), be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
Again, dianoia is translated mind, when understanding is often used. Dia is way, path, or channel through; implying the way to understand, or comprehend. The expression ‘gird up the loins of your mind’ is a powerful image of sound understanding. Loins refers to the hips, our strongest, weight-bearing joint, and critical for keeping our balance (spiritual). God’s ‘ball and socket’ design is used extensively in modern engineering design. Therefore, a sober, pure and sincere mind keeps us walking in ‘the light of Truth’.
As Paul prays:
Philippians 1:9-11. And this I pray, that your love may abound in knowledge and all discernment, that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, being filled with the fruits of righteousness, by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
This is what is meant when the Lord instructed:
Mark 12:30. ‘Love the Lord with all of your mind’ (comprehension).
Hebrews 8:10. And, ‘I will put my laws in their mind’ (comprehension)