God is teaching us a theological lesson in these verses. He is teaching that a believer should stay away from that which is dead and that which corrupts, He is saying that for moral and spiritual hygiene, we need to stay away from sin. Why would He command that? Because it is sin that causes us to have an unclean conscience before God.
So, what is it that we do that causes us to have an unclean conscience before God? It is sin. Whether it is deliberate sin, sin by association, or even sin that you stumble into, that sin pollutes your soul.
Then, what happens when we become unclean in the sight of God? There is a loss of fellowship with our brothers and sisters in Christ. There is a loss of freedom with God. We cannot worship God with an unclean conscience. Then, there is the loss of fruitfulness in God’s service. If your soul is unclean with sin, then God will not bless the work that you do. Sin separates you from God. Do you know why some churches never progress? Do you know why some Sunday School classes never grow and they’re not blessed? Do you know why some people never win souls? Do you know why some people’s prayers never get any higher than the light bulbs? I mean they work, they work, they work, but it is dead works because they have got a dirty conscience. They’re polluted. They don’t have a clean conscience with God.
Click on the link below to hear a message on why you can’t serve God if you don’t have a clean conscience, and that it is the blood of Jesus that makes your conscience clean. I thank God in Heaven there is that perpetual sacrifice, which means that I don’t have to go around with sin on my soul. I thank God for the finished work of salvation and the precious blood of Jesus Christ that will clean me and make suitable to work for God.
This is a live recording of The Master’s Class Bible Study at LifeChange Church Wichita, KS.