Washed Clean [Part 2]

By Alan Wright — September 10, 2018

Are you ready for some good new?

If you’re in Christ, you’ve been made pure so you can draw near to God with a clean conscience.

Today’s Text: “and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.” (Hebrews 10:21–22, ESV)

The mystical, God-given faculty of the conscience isn’t always reliable. It must be cleansed by the blood of Jesus. To have your conscience cleansed by the power of the Gospel is to have your sense of right and wrong conformed to the new truth about your holiness in Christ.

I love attending North Carolina basketball games but tickets to see the Tarheels’ aren’t cheap so I’m usually in the nosebleeds.  However, if the arena isn’t packed, I’m usually tempted to move down and sit in someone else’s seat. There’s no rule against moving down a few rows but it takes a little guts. After all, you’re in someone else’s seat and the real ticket holder could show up at any moment.

When you don’t have the real ticket for your seat, something inside you feels nervous because, when you least expect it, the legitimate ticket owner could tap you on the shoulder: “Excuse me, I believe you are in my seat.”

Ugh.

I want to move to a better seat but it’s hard to enjoy sitting there because of the nagging awareness that I don’t really belong there.

Apart from Christ, we have no place of privilege in the presence of God. Without Christ’s cleansing, forgiving work, we are alienated from God by our sin. Plainly put, without Jesus, we have no right to be in the presence of God. But, when you accept Christ’s sacrifice, you are forgiven and reckoned righteous. You are declared a priest and invited into the holy of holies.

The challenge for most Christians is to believe that, despite our sinful pasts and current shortcomings, we are seated with Christ in the heavenlies. The cleansing of the conscience silences that nagging voice that says: “you are too unclean to draw near to God.” If you’re in Christ, you can live with a clean conscience. And that’s the Gospel!

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