Notes and Extra Thoughts from Romans 2:1-16 on Your Conscience

Here are some bonus thoughts from my study of Romans 2:1-16 this week relating to your conscience.

The Apostle Paul talks about the Gentiles, who don’t have the Jewish Law to direct them how to live a righteous life, are still under conviction because of their consciences. Everyone has a concept of morality (right vs. wrong) within them, even if they’re never read the Bible (more accurately the Torah when Paul writes it). This inner morality is intuitive. In other words, Paul is saying the Gentile is not unjustly condemned. It’s not inappropriate that he doesn’t know what God’s Law requires. Each man is guilty because he’s a sinner. It doesn’t take lectures on the law for you to understand that you’ve done some wrong things in your life. Everyone has had the nudge of their conscience when they’ve hurt someone or acted in their own selfish interest that left someone else injured in some way. That knowledge is enough to realize you’re guilty of sin. You can try to deny it philosophically or theologically, but you probably can’t avoid a feeling of legitimate guilt at least some point in your life.

However, there’s another truth to combine with this conviction of conscience. You can’t simply say you’ll let your conscience be your guide on what is right and wrong. The problem is that your conscience can also feel guilt about inappropriate things or you can become unresponsive to it and say you don’t even notice it. Your inner feelings can’t always be trusted. The Bible says your conscience can deceive you because it is:

Guilty – Hebrews 10:22
Corrupted  –  Titus 1:15
Weak  –  1 Corinthians 8: 7, 10, 12
Seared  (calloused)  –  1 Timothy 4:2

There is also hope. Your conscience can be cleansed, but only by the blood of Jesus Christ. The forgiveness he offers you through his death on the cross on your behalf will cleanse you and allow the Holy Spirit to speak to you without obstruction (if you stay in fellowship with God).  See Hebrews 9:14.

Hear the full sermon on Romans 2:1-16 by searching iTunes for Waterbrook Bible Fellowship. Audio sermon downloads are free. Current sermon videos (and sermon archive) are available at

Current sermon series at Waterbrook Bible Fellowship in Wylie, Texas.  (March 2013)

Current sermon series at Waterbrook Bible Fellowship in Wylie, Texas. (March 2013)


Posted: March 9, 2013 
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