For our proud confidence is this: the testimony of our conscience, that in holiness and godly sincerity, not in fleshly wisdom but in the grace of God, we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially toward you.
For we are not like many, peddling the word of God, but as from sincerity, but as from God, we speak in Christ in the sight of God.
which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words.
Paul, looking intently at the Council, said, “ Brethren, I have lived my life with a perfectly good conscience before God up to this day.”
In view of this, I also do my best to maintain always a blameless conscience both before God and before men.
but we have renounced the things hidden because of shame, not walking in craftiness or adulterating the word of God, but by the manifestation of truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.
Pray for us, for we are sure that we have a good conscience, desiring to conduct ourselves honorably in all things.
Who among you is wise and understanding? Let him show by his good behavior his deeds in the gentleness of wisdom.
“Now, therefore, fear the Lord and serve Him in sincerity and truth; and put away the gods which your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord.
“ Though He slay me, I will hope in Him. Nevertheless I will argue my ways before Him.
“But He knows the way I take; When He has tried me, I shall come forth as gold.
“Far be it from me that I should declare you right; Till I die I will not put away my integrity from me.
“I have made a covenant with my eyes; How then could I gaze at a virgin?
O Lord my God, if I have done this, If there is injustice in my hands,
All this has come upon us, but we have not forgotten You, And we have not dealt falsely with Your covenant.
and said, “ Remember now, O Lord, I beseech You, how I have walked before You in truth and with a whole heart, and have done what is good in Your sight.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly.
I am telling the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience testifies with me in the Holy Spirit,
For such men are slaves, not of our Lord Christ but of their own appetites; and by their smooth and flattering speech they deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting.
and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power,
For I am conscious of nothing against myself, yet I am not by this acquitted; but the one who examines me is the Lord.
Therefore let us celebrate the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain; but I labored even more than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me.
Therefore, I was not vacillating when I intended to do this, was I? Or what I purpose, do I purpose according to the flesh, so that with me there will be yes, yes and no, no at the same time?
I am not speaking this as a command, but as proving through the earnestness of others the sincerity of your love also.
I ask that when I am present I need not be bold with the confidence with which I propose to be courageous against some, who regard us as if we walked according to the flesh.
But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.
I will most gladly spend and be expended for your souls. If I love you more, am I to be loved less?
But each one must examine his own work, and then he will have reason for boasting in regard to himself alone, and not in regard to another.
Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness,
so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ;
You are witnesses, and so is God, how devoutly and uprightly and blamelessly we behaved toward you believers;
But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.
keeping faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and suffered shipwreck in regard to their faith.
in all things show yourself to be an example of good deeds, with purity in doctrine, dignified,
But He gives a greater grace. Therefore it says, “ God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”
and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.
Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you— not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience—through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,
We will know by this that we are of the truth, and will assure our heart before Him