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The wicked flee when no man pursueth:

but the righteous are bold as a lion.

(Prov 28:1)

 

In this section we will be looking at the process involved in the receipt, approval and proclamation of truth in our being.

THE SCRIPTURES:

Jer 13:23   Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil.

 

Rom 2:15   Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)

 

 Rom 10:13-18  For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.  How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?  And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!  But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?  So then faith [cometh] by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. But I say, Have they not heard? Yes verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world.

1Co 8:7  Howbeit there is not in every man that knowledge: for some with conscience of the idol unto this hour eat it as a thing offered unto an idol; and their conscience being weak is defiled.

1Co 14:12-17  Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church. Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret.  For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.   What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.    Else when thou shalt bless with the spirit, how shall he that occupieth the room of the unlearned say Amen at thy giving of thanks, seeing he understandeth not what thou sayest?    For thou verily givest thanks well, but the other is not edified.

THE STUDY:

The Gateways Of The Mind

Key to above chart:

#1 – The Gateway Of Understanding

Gives Access To The MIND

It is through this gateway that teaching is RECEIVED (becomes knowledge in the mind)

1Co 14:12-17

“Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church.  Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret.  For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.  What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.  Else when thou shalt bless with the spirit, how shall he that occupieth the room of the unlearned say Amen at thy giving of thanks, seeing he understandeth not what thou sayest?  For thou verily givest thanks well, but the other is not edified.”

For God’s people to receive be taught the truths of God, they must understand these truths (following their receipt of them through hearing, reading, or seeing them on display in the lives of others)

In our example above, we find that Paul was clearly explaining to the speakers of truth that they must teach these truths in a language that could be understood by the listeners.  If they did not proclaim the truths of God in an understandable way these truths could not enter the minds of the listeners and therefore, be of benefit to them.

#2 – The Gateway Of Belief

Gives Access To The CONSCIENCE

It is through this gateway that teaching is APPROVED (accepted as truth and begins to effect the conscience)

Rom 10:13-18

“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.  How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?  And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!  But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?  So then faith [cometh] by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.  But I say, Have they not heard? Yes verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world.

1Co 8:7

“Howbeit there is not in every man that knowledge: for some with conscience of the idol unto this hour eat it as a thing offered unto an idol; and their conscience being weak is defiled.”

Once the truth is received in the mind, faith in these truths must to exercised before they will affect the human conscience.  It is only after the Word is believed that it will enter into the conscience.  For example, if a person does not believe that lying is sinful, their conscience will not convict him when he speaks a lie.

#3 – The Gateway Of Conviction

Gives Access To The WILL

It is through this gateway that teaching is APPLIED (begins to influence the choices we make in life)

Rom 2:15

“Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)”

Following the receipt and belief of the truth conviction will then follow if the truth is violated in one’s life.  At the time of belief, the truth of God is now implanted in the conscience which begins it’s work of conviction.  This conviction of the conscience can affect the choices (will) that one makes, thereby changing the actions of the one being convicted.

Keep in mind, when it is only the conscience that is convicting the individual, an outward reformation of that person’s life can take place. Their outward actions may change but they are yet in their sins, unregenerate and awaiting God’s judgment.  However, combined with the workings of the Holy Spirit of God, this conviction can lead to regeneration, the bestowal of a new nature within which leads to a converted lifestyle of service to Christ. (see lesson on “The Origin and Conviction of the Conscience)

THE SUMMARY:

The key to the understanding the nature and characteristics of sin is found through the receipt of truth into the mind.

The key to the recognition of sin in our life is the receipt of the truth of God into our conscience.

The key to the outward change of reformation of our actions is the conviction of the conscience working upon the will.

The key to an inward change of regeneration which will then change our outward life is found in the Holy Spirit’s use of the conscience to convict and lead us to Christ as our Savior and our Lord.

May the Lord bless us as we seek His truth.

For a free copy of this series in book form pdf version: please go to: https://settledinheaven.files.wordpress.com/2013/03/conscience.pdf

For a free copy of this series in book form docx version: please go to: https://settledinheaven.files.wordpress.com/2013/03/conscienceprotected.docx

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10 Comments

  1. Terry says:

    Our concscience plays such a large part of our daily lives. I have a huge one I think. It tells me so much

  2. SLIMJIM says:

    I’m going to have to watch this tommorow, it’s getting late =)

  3. PASTOR DAVIS/MASTER TEACHER says:

    This is truly an awesome series you are teaching here. Just keep it going for God is blessing you over and over.

  4. SLIMJIM says:

    I’m enjoying this series each week. I appreciate this week’s diagram!

    • Rob Barkman says:

      Thanks for the encouraging words. Yeh, I wish I could use more charts in the teachings. it does seem to help enhance the understanding of what I was trying to say. Lord bless.

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  6. Thanks for this great teaching Rob, so clearly and logically explained. My hubby has also been following this series and he appreciates it.

    • Rob Barkman says:

      Hi Angela,

      I am so thankful to the Lord for my teachers and other mentors that have been used by the Lord to show me these few things that I can understand. Without the Lord’s grace in all of this I could never begin to understand His Word. I am especially glad that both you and Myles are being blessed with the study, these are very encouraging words to me my friend. Thanks so much for the comments. Lord bless you. My prayers continue for you both.

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