How does Christ’s blood "cleanse our consciences"? (Hebrews 9:14)

Hebrews 9:14 (NIV) says 
Hebrews 9:14
New International Version

14 How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!

Hebrews 9:11 - 28

ESV - 11 But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent ( not made with hands, that is, not of this creation) 12 He entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption.

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
I would say that the reference is to the fact of the God-given conscience existing to allow people to recognize things that they should or should not do -- that is, our sins of omission or commission. As such, it is related to our works or actions. 

However, since salvation and eternal life are obtained through faith in Christ (rather than through any human works), the conscience's role in that regard is "cleansed" (since we now no longer have to perform good works out of a sense of obligation or guilt in order in the futile hope that they will save us, but can instead perform them in gratitude to God for salvation already received).

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