Summary: What is the conscience and what happens when we disregard it? This sermon answers those questions.
Obeying Your Conscience
1 Therefore you are inexcusable, O man, whoever you are who judge, for in whatever you judge another you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things.
2But we know that the judgment of God is according to truth against those who practice such things.
3And do you think this, O man, you who judge those practicing such things, and doing the same, that you will escape the judgment of God?
4Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?
5But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God,
6who "will render to each one according to his deeds":
7eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality;
8but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness--indignation and wrath,
9tribulation and anguish, on every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek;
10but glory, honor, and peace to everyone who works what is good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.
11For there is no partiality with God.
12For as many as have sinned without law will also perish without law, and as many as have sinned in the law will be judged by the law
13(for not the hearers of the law are just in the sight of God, but the doers of the law will be justified;
14for when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do the things in the law, these, although not having the law, are a law to themselves,
15who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or else excusing them)
The Title today’s sermon is:
"The Conscience of man and the Word of God."
We will examine what the conscience is and how to keep it clear
Today’s story is about a building contractor named Clarence. He had finally gotten his chance to secure a contract for a big construction project. He was going in to meet with the president of a corporation that had plans to build a new shopping center. As Clarence was ushered into the office of the president, an assistant brought him coffee and left. The conversation with the president was cordial and Clarence knew he was giving his best presentation ever.
The discussion was interrupted when the assistant tapped on the door, re-entered the office and spoke briefly with the president. He stood up and said, "I apologize, but I have to tend to an important matter. I’ll just be a minute or two." He followed the assistant out of the room.
We will return to the story of Clarence in a moment!
Point #1. We all have a conscience.
15 who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or else excusing them)
The word "conscience" appears 31 times in the New Testament.