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19 having faith and a good conscience, which some having rejected, concerning the faith have suffered shipwreck, 20 of whom are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I delivered to Satan that they may learn not to blaspheme.

 

and a good conscience,

Timothy was to keep his “conscience” in good shape and not allow it to bend with prevailing culture or false teachers. The conscience is what measures what is right or wrong in our souls. It accuses or excuses what we do (Ro 2:14-15). It can activate guilt or well-being in the soul and warn the believer of a spiritual danger. It is crucial to have a clear conscience (2 Co 1:12). If a person is devoid of truth, their conscience is not conditioned correctly to determine the right direction. Timothy should not be doubtful but sure of what he believes. This is especially true when dealing with false teachers.

PRINCIPLE:

Keeping a skeleton in the closet is not biblical.

APPLICATION:

Harboring sin in our lives means we do not have a clear conscience.

A believer with a good conscience has confessed known sins (1 Jn 1:9; Ps 66:18). He does not allow his sins to keep him from moving forward. He does not keep skeletons in his mental closet. He does not allow spiritual failure to defeat him. He does not live in a state of spiritual grief. If he allows a bad conscience to continue, it will immobilize his spiritual growth. If God has forgiven him, why can’t he forgive himself? It is possible to live with a good conscience before God (Acts 23:1; 24:16; 1 Tim 3:9).

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