the court of God in Heaven and
the court of conscience in our souls.
When we trust in Christ for salvation, God's court is forever satisfied. Never again will a charge of guilt be brought against us in Heaven.
Our consciences, however, are continually pronouncing us guilty. That is the function of conscience. Therefore, we must by faith bring the verdict of conscience into line with the verdict of Heaven. We do this by agreeing with our conscience about our guilt, but then reminding it that our guilt has already been borne by Christ.
Jerry Bridges, The Discipline of Grace, p. 54