God promised that the Holy Spirit will show us what is right and wrong. So, isn’t my conscience enough now? why do I have to study the scriptures?

Posted on

The Bible describes the work and mission of the Holy Spirit “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” John 14:26. Again, in John 16:13, “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth.” And then again in John 16:7, “Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment.”

The Holy Spirit will not guide anybody contrary to what the Word of God teaches. As long as we allow that Spirit of God to guide us into the things Jesus taught, we’re in safe paths; The final judge of all truth must be the written Word of God and not our feelings or impressions.

Even the conscience is not always a safe guide. The Scriptures say “there is a way that seemeth right unto a man but the end thereof are the ways of death.” The Bible, in fact, speaks of a “darkened conscience” and an “evil conscience” and a “seared conscience”(Hebrews 10:22; 1Timothy 4:2). As long as the conscience is educated by the Word of God, there is safety.

The Bible also says in 1 John 2:4, “He that saith I know him and keepeth not His commandments is a liar and the truth is not in him.” This means that true believers will not follow their feelings which may be contrary to the Word of God, but will obey the law and the Word above everything else. Jesus said, “Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven, but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.” There is a work that needs to be done by those who believe. The works prove the faith. “Faith without works is dead,” James tells us.

Be sure that the mind, heart and life has been illuminated by the Word of God first of all and that you’re following the Word above your own feelings and conscience.

In His service,
BibleAsk Team


A closing message from BibleAsk:

Thank you for visiting BibleAsk – an online ministry dedicated to providing Bible based answers to your questions. If you enjoyed and agree with this answer, please like and share! If you don’t agree, please leave a comment below, and we’ll be sure to respond! If you have another question you would like to ask, please click here and someone from our team will personally answer it (don’t worry, your email address will never be shared). Check out our Bible Answers page to see just Bible verses answering thousands of questions. If you feel impressed to support this ministry, kindly visit our donate page to send a tax-deductible love gift to BibleAsk. Any donation size helps 🙂