How can we maybe explain human conscience vs divine conscience? Human conscience is always learning both good and evil. Divine conscience knows everything from Eternity to Eternity. When our human conscience wants to condemn us, our divine conscience which is the Holy Spirit reminds us again of Christ so that we rest not in our works but the mercy of God as Judge above every case, and the love of God as our Father through Christ our hope.
We seem to easily get excited when our human conscience approves of our works. It feels good rather. It’s like getting a high-five from our own conscience. Yet, what about when that same conscience wants to expose to us the insecurities of such works? What do we do then? Our only escape, our only place of refuge is in our divine conscience, the Holy Spirit, whose job is to maintain the peace of God in our hearts when the peace of our human conscience seems to have fallen apart.
For as much as our human conscience crave to be the leader in everything, it cannot and should not ever be. Our human conscience is a tool and is only useful while we’re awake. Once we’re asleep, it’s of no effect. But our divine conscience, our hope in God, such hope who is Christ Jesus is maintained by the Holy Spirit so when all of our human measures have been proven to be weak, we can refuge ourselves finally in Christ, in our divine conscience, in the knowledge of the love of God for us as our source and mean of identity, value, satisfaction, and rest.
Our human conscience is what we know. And our divine conscience is what God knows. Paul once approached this subject by grace in saying,
“For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us. This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words. The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments, for, “Who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 2:11-16)
And What God knows about each one of us individually is a lot more important than what we all know collectively. God knows He loves us, each and every single one of us. To help us in our moment of weakness, He sends the Holy Spirit to reside within us alongside of our human spirit and remind us at every opportunity of strengthening to rest not in what we seem to know today but in what God knows from beginning to end, which is that He loves us regardless of the human condition we seem to have ourselves in. We’ve already been conditioned by God as: loved by God. That’s the condition of the church and the world. God loves the world and sent Christ to save the world from darkness. God loves the church and calls her, His bride, His children.
One of the illustrations that may help in understanding the limitation of our human conscience vs. our divine conscience is in the following passage:
“When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?” the servant asked. “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.” (2 Kings 6:15-17)
And also in the following passage,
“When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven.” (Matthew 16:13-17)
Our human conscience is a product of partially knowing good and evil, rooted from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. But our divine conscience is rendered to us as a gift of God by revelation of His Spirit to each and every one of us, the revelation of His love for us. We can use our human conscience as a tool in interacting with those who only value the things of this world because they’re still living in the dark, still living by their hope of hurting others to gain satisfaction. But our divine conscience is to not only forgive them as God forgave us in Christ, but also to value each other whether it’s the church or the world as those loved by God.
“This, then, is how you ought to regard us: as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the mysteries God has revealed. Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful. I care very little if I am judged by you or by any human court; indeed, I do not even judge myself. My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me. Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. At that time each will receive their praise from God.” (1 Corinthians 4:1-5)
You may ask me at anytime about my weakness. From a world perspective, my weakness is Christ. What one appreciates the most, whether it’s chocolate or money or woman, or a belief, such is his weakness. And yet, if you ask me what my strength is, I’ll have to say it’s Christ. I didn’t receive Christ from the world, but Christ received me from the world. And if I am going through anything, whatsoever it may be, I can only go through it by the understanding that Christ is to me, the foundation that Christ is to me. So, in saying so, whether you believe it or not, Christ Jesus is my everything on earth as it is in Heaven.
Father God, through your Son Jesus, you said, we must be born again. I am thankful that you didn’t say that we must go and try to enter our mother’s womb and come out again. Thank you for birthing us again by a new and living hope which goes beyond this world and straight into Heaven, your very presence. If our left hand is our human conscience, I pray and hope that our right hand serves us our divine conscience and vice versa. If we seem to know a few things, I pray and hope that you let us behold you who knows everything. If our human conscience serves to condemn us rather than help us, then we have no other refuge than in the knowledge of your love for us, the knowledge of your love for each and every single one of us as you have so proven by Jesus and your Spirit dwelling in us. Though I may seek to prove my love for you day after day, my rest alone is found in your love for me instead. I thank you for you, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
“For this is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another. Do not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own actions were evil and his brother’s were righteous. Do not be surprised, my brothers and sisters, if the world hates you. We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love each other. Anyone who does not love remains in death. Anyone who hates a brother or sister is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him.
This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?
Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.
This is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence: If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God and receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do what pleases him. And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. The one who keeps God’s commands lives in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.” (1 John 3:11-24)