In the end-time work, God has expressed many truths, and it is with the truths that God judges, chastises, and discloses the substance of corrupt mankind. The purpose is to cause people to know the corrupt substance of mankind, so that they can truly repent, receive God’s word as their life, and thus break away from sin and overcome satan and be truly saved. So, truly knowing the corrupt substance of mankind is a very important link in experiencing God’s end-time work. If one, in experiencing God’s work, cannot know the corrupt substance of mankind, he will not be able to truly repent or be saved by God, much less gain the transformation of his life disposition. That is to say, only if one has known the corrupt substance of mankind does it mean that he has entered into the real experience of God’s word, and thus can he enter the right track of believing in God. Simply speaking, knowing the corrupt substance of mankind is the lesson of knowing the self. Only when one has known that the substance of his nature is the embodiment of satan and the descendant of the great red dragon and he is no different from the devil and does not at all have the likeness of a real man, does it mean that he has truly known himself and has truly been up to the standard in the lesson of knowing himself. Only when he has truly seen that he is indeed a person who should perish and be destroyed and really needs God’s salvation, will he be able to accept God’s judgment and chastisement and truly obey all God’s works. Therefore, knowing the self is a very crucial link for one to be saved. Pursuing the truth is for being saved. By pursuing the truth, one can know God, and can also know himself; the more one knows God, the more he will be able to see through the substance of corrupt mankind, and the more he will be able to see the lack and pitiableness of mankind. Thus, knowing the self is based on understanding the truth. He who does not understand the truth will never be able to know himself. The more deeply one knows his corrupt substance, the more he will be able to hate himself and forsake himself, and the more he will be able to truly repent and gain the transformation of his life disposition. So, only if one knows his corrupt substance can he enter the right track of believing in God.
In experiencing God’s end-time work, we have found that it is not a simple thing to know one’s corrupt substance, and knowing the self is purely the result achieved by pursuing the truth. Only if one truly understands the truth can he truly knows himself, and only if he understands the truth can he discern corruption and absurdity, and can he see through the substance of man’s nature. In pursuing the truth, one has to go through many processes and also has to pay the price and undergo many sufferings so that he can gain the truth. This determines that the lesson of knowing the self is long-term and endless. Of course, knowing the self proceeds from the shallower to the deeper and gradually reaches the point of knowing the substance of one’s nature. At first, to know himself, one should begin by knowing his corrupt expressions, and should know himself according to the disclosure of God’s word. Mankind’s corrupt expressions mainly have seven kinds of manifestations. They are the problems we must and should know clearly: (1) the problem of being full of notions about God, (2) the problem of passing judgment at will, (3) the problem of acting arbitrarily, (4) the problem of being perfunctory and careless, (5) the problem of being selfish and base, (6) the problem of being crooked and crafty, and (7) the problem of being arrogant and self-conceited. These seven problems of corruptions seriously exist in everyone, but it is not easy for people to know the substance of the problems of corruptions. Only those who have truly experienced God’s judgment, chastisement, pruning, and dealing can see clearly the true condition of mankind being corrupted by satan. Mankind is simply the living devil, and has no human likeness. How can such a corrupt and evil mankind not resist God and be against God? Why corrupt mankind becomes more and more evil, this has become a mystery. If God’s incarnated flesh did not speak to disclose, no one could clearly know it. Satan has cruelly corrupted mankind for thousands of years, so that the whole mankind has completely lost the human likeness and what mankind lives out is altogether the ugly image of satan the devil. This is sufficient to prove that the substance of corrupt mankind’s nature is satan’s nature, and is totally the nature of resisting and rebelling against God. The substance of satan’s nature is evil, selfish and base, sinister and diabolic, hypocritical, and very good at deceiving and cheating others. Such an evil nature is the root of mankind committing sins, and is the cause of mankind resisting and rebelling against God. These seven kinds of corruptions are the concrete characteristics of the ugly image of satan. In order for people to better know their corrupt substance, now I will give a brief explanation of the seven characteristics of mankind’s corruption.
1 The problem of being full of notions about God. Mankind have been corrupted by satan so deeply that they have been full of satanic philosophies and cultures and the poisons of the great red dragon have long occupied their hearts. As a result, their rules of existing and their viewpoints on things are completely hostile to God. How can such a mankind not be full of notions about God? Besides, God’s work counters people’s notions in every way, so they surely have a lot of notions about God. As corrupt mankind’s viewpoints of believing in God and their viewpoints on things are all totally incompatible with the truth, it is impossible that they do not have notions about God. But because they are too obtuse and numb, as long as it does not involve their personal interests, they do not treat it seriously. It is natural that corrupt mankind are full of notions about God, which include these: people surely have notions about God’s word, surely have notions about God’s incarnated flesh, surely have notions about the man used by the Holy Spirit, surely have notions about the works of God’s family, surely have notions about the principles by which God’s family uses people, surely have notions about God’s family clearing away and expelling people, surely have notions about God’s family classifying people into groups for meetings. In a word, people who are filled with corruptions and who have no truth are full of notions about God’s work in their hearts, which reveals that it is not easy for corrupt mankind to accept the truth; this is a fact. Thus, we can see that being full of notions is an evil characteristic of corrupt mankind, which is enough to prove that corrupt mankind is hostile to the truth. For corrupt mankind who does not have any truth but is filled with evil notions and who is completely occupied by satanic philosophies and satanic poisons, it is so difficult to accept the truth. If one is not a person who loves the truth, he is really irredeemable. It is too difficult for God to save and perfect mankind; mankind’s corrupt disposition can only be resolved by the truth, and can only be cleansed away by their pursuing the truth and obeying God’s work. The more truths God’s chosen people accept in experiencing God’s judgment and chastisement, the less and less notions they will have; only when they have possessed many truths and their viewpoints on things have completely changed, will all their notions about God be thoroughly resolved. Only when people have truly understood the truth and gained the truth, can they completely see clearly satanic philosophies and satanic rules of life and how ridiculous, absurd, and false is the hypocritical knowledge of corrupt mankind, can they completely know how evil and shameless is satan the devil that has controlled mankind for thousands of years, and can they completely deny and reject satanic philosophies, thoughts, and theories. Only then will they have a true knowledge of God’s righteous disposition and holiness and God’s true love and salvation for mankind. Only when they have no more notions about or resistance against God does this mean that they have broken away from satan’s influence and have completely been saved. It is through expressing the truth that God arouses mankind’s heart and spirit so that they can awaken, accept the truth, and break away from satan’s influence. If one can never accept the truth, his notions, all his corruptions, and all his satanic philosophies and satanic theories can never be cleansed away.
2 The problem of passing judgment at will. Corrupt mankind are full of satanic poisons within and do not have any truth, and besides, they are especially arrogant and self-conceited. So, they all are surely ones who pass judgment at will. This completely results from their satanic nature, and even though sometimes they do not express it, they have it in their heart. The great red dragon is arrogant and self-conceited, and judges, resists, and condemns God’s work at will, so how can its descendants not pass judgment at will? All corrupt mankind have a tongue that passes judgment at will, and they often tell tales and gossip idly, and except for judging and dissecting the great red dragon, they dare to judge everything. Thus it can be seen that passing judgment at will is a characteristic of corrupt mankind. Corrupt mankind are full of satanic disposition, and they do not know the truth, so how can they obey God’s work without any opposition? This is absolutely impossible. The whole mankind are resisting and condemning God’s end-time work. For every one of the corrupt mankind, it is a natural thing to pass judgment at will, which is only different in the circumstances in which they express it and the ways in which they manifest it. Everyone (except psychopaths, retardates, lunatics, and idiots) has his own viewpoint about everything; no matter whether he expresses it or not, he has his opinion about it in his heart. This is something no one can avoid. So, about God and God’s work people surely have many viewpoints and thoughts. Because they do not have the truth, all these viewpoints of theirs are definitely absurd and wrong, and some of them are notions and some are judgments. Mankind have been corrupted so deeply that none of them has a heart of fearing God, so when they see that God’s work does not fit their notions and imaginations in every aspect, how can they not pass judgment? Even though it does not involve their interests, they will pass judgment on it in their heart. This is absolute. As people have absurd and wrong viewpoints on things, they will naturally have human notions and judgments. This can be denied by no one. The problem of passing judgment at will can only be resolved by pursuing the truth in believing in God. In experiencing God’s judgment and chastisement, the more truths one accepts, the less often he will pass judgment at will; the more truths he understands, the more he will obey God; and when he has fully understood the truth, he will no longer pass judgment at will, and he will easily obey God, having no difficulty in obeying God. Pursuing the truth can indeed resolve the problem of people’s being arrogant and self-conceited and passing judgment at will.
3 The problem of acting arbitrarily. After people were corrupted by satan, they have the arrogant disposition of satan and all like to act according to their own will and preferences, that is, to act arbitrarily. This is the freedom mankind like the best, and it is also the best lifestyle of corrupt mankind. People all like to behave lawlessly and enjoy the pleasures of sin. So, in order to restrain their conduct and to cause them to become conscious of sin, the law was given. Each family has its rules, each state has its laws, and God’s family has administrative decrees and commandments. All these are for the purpose of restricting people from acting arbitrarily. As long as people have corrupt disposition, they all like to act arbitrarily. It can be said that all corrupt mankind are the ones who act arbitrarily. This is a fact that no one can deny. Acting arbitrarily is a characteristic of corrupt mankind. Without God’s judgment and chastisement and without suffering and refining, how can people truly obey God? If the leaders and workers at every level in the church are not pruned, dealt with, and given administrative punishment, how can they do the church work properly? If anyone says that he has not acted arbitrarily, does he dare to say that he is a person who obeys God? If one does not have true obedience, he is definitely a person who acts arbitrarily and who does things according to his own will. It can be said that all corrupt mankind act arbitrarily. Judging from people’s nature, it is very hard for them to obey God. As people have an arrogant nature, they obey no one. They can only resolve it by experiencing God’s work, undergoing all kinds of sufferings and ordeals, and understanding the truth. As long as they can obey God’s work and no longer act arbitrarily, they will have some human likeness. Without God’s judgment, chastisement, pruning, and dealing, there would be no way to resolve corrupt mankind’s problem of acting arbitrarily. Only God can save people out of their corruptions. Only by pursuing the truth and thus knowing God can corrupt mankind resolve their problem of acting arbitrarily, and become the ones who truly obey God.
4 The problem of being perfunctory and careless. In performing their duty, all people have a common problem: being perfunctory and careless. It seems that no one deserves people’s “conscientiousness.” If there is anyone who does things very conscientiously for a certain person, that person must be one most respected by him, or one most profitable to him, or his benefactor; otherwise, no one will do things conscientiously. In people’s nature, “profit” is in the first place, and they can only be “conscientious” for profit, and if there is no profit to be gained, they will be perfunctory and careless. This is people’s nature and is also a characteristic of corrupt mankind. People are all profit-seeking, so they all can be perfunctory and careless and try to get by. If one truly regards performing his duty as a thing he does for God and should do for God, he may improve a little; if one really has a heart of fearing God, he will not be perfunctory and careless in performing his duty. Most people have some change in performing their duty only after they have been pruned and dealt with. Without being pruned and dealt with, no one can be up to the standard in performing duty. Being perfunctory and careless in performing duty is cheating God. Those who can cheat God surely do not have a heart of fearing God, let alone love God, for there is no cheat in love, nor is there cheat in obedience. Those who can cheat God have no place for God in their heart; being perfunctory and careless is purely a practice motivated by making a deal with God. If a person always is perfunctory and careless in performing his duty and never repents, he is surely not one who pursues the truth. None of those who are always perfunctory and careless in performing their duty is one who truly obeys God. Corrupt mankind do not very much like positive things and have little interest in them, so they all can be perfunctory and careless in performing their duty. If one’s life disposition has not been transformed, his being perfunctory and careless cannot be resolved completely. As to whether a person is faithful to God, as long as we see whether he is faithful in performing his duty, we will know it. He who loves God in his heart has no perfunctoriness and carelessness in performing his duty, so does he who truly obeys God. If one does not pursue the truth, he can never resolve his problem of being perfunctory and careless.
5 The problem of being selfish and base. The nature of all corrupt mankind contains the satanic philosophy: “Heaven and earth will destroy those who do not look out for themselves.” It has been deeply engraved in their bones and imprinted on their hearts and has long become the foundation of corrupt mankind’s establishing and conducting themselves in society. All corrupt mankind can try all kinds of means to seek interests, and they also can try to attain their ends in every possible way. These are the problems of being selfish and base by nature. Even though some people are quite glad to give alms or to help others, actually they also have the problem of being selfish and base in varying degrees. Especially those who love to take advantage of others and who can even harm others to benefit themselves and those who have believed in God for many years but have never offered anything are all sheer selfish and base people. Such people are everywhere. Actually, all people are very selfish, so it is not surprising if they behave basely in the things especially involving their personal interests. If you observe carefully and discern, you can find that all people have selfish and base aspects. The crooked and crafty people have the most selfish and base aspects, which are mainly manifested in coveting money, scrambling for fame, struggling for profit, seeking ease and comfort, fighting for power, and so on. So, being selfish and base is also a characteristic of people’s satanic nature. Of course, it can only resolved by their pursuing the truth. Those who do not pursue the truth will never realize their selfishness and baseness, and they will even consider their selfishness and baseness to be proper behavior without feeling ashamed of it. People can do selfish and base things, and it is indeed very embarrassing to speak about them. But only if they know the substance of their being selfish and base will it be beneficial to their repenting and being transformed. People are all very smartly dressed outwardly and speak very nice words, but when doing things, they are very base and are not at all aboveboard. They do not have the human likeness at all, but it is exactly the ugly image of satan. The more crafty and cunning a person is, the more his selfish and base behaviors will be. Only when one has cast off his selfish and base behaviors will he easily get along with others and will he have love and be able to help others, give alms to others, and sacrifice himself for others. If one can truly love God and loves the truth, all his corruptions can be resolved. A person who truly loves God and loves the truth has no selfishness and baseness.
6 The problem of being crooked and crafty. All corrupt mankind are crooked and crafty, which only differs in degree. If a person lies too much and always plays tricks, he is a crooked and crafty person. Those who are relatively honest and do not often lie are good people. It is not easy for a crooked and crafty person to be transformed. A crafty person is difficult to get along with, and he is too tiresome. As you cannot touch where his heart is, how can you have a common language with him? People all like to associate with honest persons, but honest persons are very few. So people all feel that human relationships are inconstant and the world is dangerous. The end-time mankind are too crafty, and their heart is too complicated, so it is difficult for one to find a bosom friend in his life. This is all because mankind have been corrupted too deeply. It can be said that a crafty person is a devil, a person who belongs to satan completely. The more one is a crafty person, the harder it is for him to be saved by God, because a crafty person even does not believe God and he can doubt God’s word, and he is insincere with everyone. So, a crafty person surely has many notions about God, and he doubts God too much and cheats God too much. A crafty person will not easily pay any price, much less be willing to consecrate himself and spend for God. He only wants to receive blessings and be spared sufferings through believing in God. He believes in God for making a deal with God, for receiving blessings and only for taking advantage of God’s family. The crooked and crafty people are all selfish and base people. If a person is crooked and crafty by nature, it is difficult for him to be transformed. Only if he is one who pursues the truth particularly hard, and he obeys God’s judgment and chastisement and undergo more sufferings and refinings, can he be truly transformed. In the church the crafty people are most difficult to deal with, and it is most difficult for them to be saved.
7 The problem of being arrogant and self-conceited. After experiencing God’s work for several years, all people will acknowledge that corrupt mankind are arrogant and self-conceited by nature. Being arrogant and self-conceited is the main characteristic of corrupt mankind. No matter how humble one is outwardly or how low-key he is in doing things, the substance of his nature is arrogant and self-conceited. The more a person considers himself to have some knowledge, the more he is an arrogant and self-right person, so it is very difficult for him to accept God’s word. There were so many arrogant people who opposed God openly, and they became submissive only after they were punished by God; there were so many people who were arrogant and self-conceited and submitted to no one, and they became somewhat humble only after they were smitten and disciplined by God. Those who truly have some experiences in believing in God can obey all because they have been punished or disciplined by God. People’s arrogant and self-conceited nature is deep-rooted, and it is the most difficult thing in them. If they do not resolve their problem of being arrogant and self-conceited, they will easily become antichrists and the enemies of God. This is the root of their believing in God but suffering calamities. None of the arrogant and self-conceited people fears God, and only those who have been punished or disciplined can have some fear of God. It is not easy for the arrogant and self-conceited people to know themselves. No matter how many corruptions they have expressed, they do not care. Even though they have committed many transgressions, they still feel that they are better than others. In their hearts, they obey no one, and they even cannot obey Christ. This shows that they are so arrogant as to lose their minds and not have any sense. Such people can hardly be saved. Actually, those who are too arrogant are all very ignorant. The more one is an arrogant and self-conceited person, the more he is a person who resists God. The kings of devils in the world and the great red dragon are all the ones that are so arrogant as to defy laws human and divine. Actually, when these ones believe in God, to put it plainly, they are all believing in themselves, and they are merely cheating others under the banner of believing in God. If those who are especially arrogant and self-conceited have not been punished and disciplined by God, no one will be able to lead and manage them. If they are left in the church, they will pull people over to their side and rebel against God and form their own faction. So they must be eradicated. Of course, if the arrogant and self-conceited people still have some sense and can pursue the truth and receive God’s judgment and chastisement, they will be able to be transformed and fully be able to become the ones who truly obey God.
The above is a brief explanation of the seven problems of corruptions. All corrupt mankind have the seven problems of corruptions, and they are the main manifestations of mankind’s disobeying and resisting God and fully represent corrupt mankind’s substance and nature. If one cannot know the seven problems of corruptions thoroughly, how can he truly repent and gain the transformation of his life disposition. The seven problems of corruptions are the facts that seriously exist in all people corrupted by satan, only the conspicuous parts differ in them: some are relatively conspicuous in being arrogant and self-conceited and in passing judgment at will, some in being crooked and crafty and in being full of notions, some in acting arbitrarily and in being perfunctory and careless, some in being selfish and base…. However, one cannot say that he only has certain problems and does not have certain problems. The seven problems of corruptions are the common problems of corrupt mankind. Most people only confess that they have one or two problems but do not confess that they have the others. The main reason for this is that they still have no knowledge of the words with which God discloses the corrupt substance of mankind, and probably some of them even still cannot fully accept these words. It is indeed not an easy thing for one to know his corrupt substance, and there are many processes for him to go through before he can understand the truth in believing in God. As the depth of his experiencing God’s work is different, so is the extent of his knowing his corruption. In knowing himself, one has to rely on the working and exposing of the Holy Spirit, so that he can know his corrupt substance. How to know one’s corrupt substance is a crucial link in his being saved. In the past, in knowing themselves, people only paid attention to knowing the transgressions they had committed or what corruptions they expressed, but they neglected to dissect their every word and deed and see which are satan’s corruptions, which are the poisons of the great red dragon, which are human imaginations and notions, and which are absurd things and errors. They also have to dissect their mentalities and inner states, grasp the things hidden deep in their hearts, and come before God to see through them by the truth. Only by doing so can they know the true condition of their corruption and see the problem of their corrupt substance. A person may not have serious transgressions outwardly, but this does not mean that he has no problems deep in his heart. Some hidden viciousness, dispositions, and the problems in his nature are even more difficult to resolve. A minor disease cannot take away a person’s life, while a big disease will kill him. Many people only pay attention to knowing their outward transgressions but neglect the problem of the substance of their nature. If one merely confesses that he is corrupt, this is an empty saying and is not knowing himself. Only if one digs out the poison roots of his corruptions and knows them thoroughly according to God’s word, and in particular brings out all his malicious intents, arrogant ambitions, base motives, and extravagant desires before God’s word, dissects them with the truth, and judges them according to God’s word can he know his corrupt substance. In experiencing God’s work of judgment and chastisement, the lessons of knowing God and knowing the self are the deepest. If one cannot enter deep into these two lessons, he can never enter deep into the lesson of obeying God. A person who has truly known the corrupt substance of mankind not only can see the expressions of his corruptions, but he also can know the substance and the roots of the corruptions; he not only can confess his transgressions, but he also can know what his nature is, what difference there is between him and satan the devil, and what the difference is. If one can truly know the substance of his nature, he will know to what extent man has been corrupted and what difference there is between man and satan the devil, he will be able to know in believing in God, what he should pursue, and how he should experience God’s work, and he will how he should dissect his corruptions. Thus, he will be able to know in what position he should stand to perform his duty, what sense he should have to perform his duty properly, how he should pursue the truth to know God, and how he should obey God’s work to be saved. Therefore, only when one has truly known the corrupt substance of mankind will it be the time he begins to step onto the right track of believing in God.
The words God has spoken in the end-time work to expose the corrupt substance of mankind are many, but people have not pondered much: Why does God expose mankind’s corruptions in earnest words and with good intention like this? They can only have notions but cannot realize God’s kind intention in judging corrupt mankind so severely! I might ask: If one cannot know the corrupt substance of mankind, how can he truly repent? And how can he gain the transformation of his life disposition? If he has not truly repented, how can he be saved by God? To experience God’s work is not an empty word. God saves and perfects people through certain specific and practical processes, and knowing the corrupt substance of mankind is a very crucial link of them. In experiencing God’s work, those who have truly known themselves are not many, that is, those who have truly known their corrupt substance are not many. Therefore, few people really hate themselves and their flesh with a contrite heart so that they can truly forsake themselves, and thus few truly repent before God. I have only seen that a few religious leaders hated themselves with a contrite heart when they returned before God’s throne. They saw that they were antichrists, the archcriminals that resisted God, and the ones who should perish and be destroyed, so they repented and even cursed themselves. They could do so only because they woke up after being punished for resisting and condemning Almighty God frantically. Aside from their cases, not many have known themselves to the extent of hating and cursing themselves. Most people merely simply confess that they have corruptions or have transgressions, but they have not truly known that their corrupt substance is the embodiment of satan and the sons of hell who should perish and be destroyed. It can be seen that most people know themselves too shallowly, far from knowing the corrupt substance of mankind, so they still do not take the matter of their salvation seriously. This is the problem with most people. And there are even some people who are still expecting that the day of God comes soon. I might ask: If the day of God really came, would the matter of your salvation have been resolved? Would you have truly been a person obeying God? Since you still have not resolved these most practical matters in your believing in God, what profit would you receive if the day of God came? Isn’t this your extravagant desire? Do you really not know what God is waiting for? Why has the day of God been slow to come? The main reason is that we group of people have not entered the right track of believing in God, or in other words, God still has not truly gained this group of people. If all God’s chosen people have entered the right track of believing in God, have truly turned to God and prostrated before God, can truly obey God’s work, and have had a heart of fearing God, the day of God will come. Therefore, it is too crucial to know the seven problems of corruptions, and it has to do with whether or not people can enter the right track of believing in God and even more has to do with whether or not people can be saved. Judging from the state of most people’s knowing themselves, they still have not known God’s work now. They all think that after they have read all God’s words, as long as they acknowledge that they are God’s words and that God is really incarnated, and their heart has been conquered by God and they resolve to follow God forever and do not want to rebel against God, God’s work should end, the day of God should come, and thenceforth they will enter into the kingdom and forever enjoy the blessings. Most people think in this way. How simple and childish they are! If it were like what they have imagined, what meaning would God’s work have? Man likes to do things in a cursory manner or in a perfunctory way, while God works in a down-to-earth manner and in a very practical way. God’s disposition is that he will never give up until he has made this group of people complete. Do you still not know God’s work? God once said: “Therefore, when people regard themselves as the sons of hell, God’s work will end.” (From “The Interpretation of the Thirtieth Piece of Word” in The Word Appears in the Flesh) “The work of saving people will not have been accomplished when the conquering work ends. Although the conquering work has come to an end, the work of purifying people will not have ended. Only when people have been thoroughly purified, those who genuinely obey God have all been made complete, and those disguisers who do not have God in their hearts have all been cleared away, will it be the conclusion of the work.” (From “God’s Work and Man’s Practice” in The Word Appears in the Flesh) “When people formally enter the right track of the truth of life and when people get on the right track of being perfected, it will be the time his work in the flesh ends. …” (From “Only the Perfected Ones Can Live Out a Meaningful Life” in The Word Appears in the Flesh) God’s words were spoken very clearly. People should be clear about the urgent thing of what they should pursue. Do you still not see to what extent God has done his work?
Those who have practical experience of God’s end-time work all know there are many practical processes one has to go through for being saved in believing in God. To understand God’s word and know himself is one link, and to practice the truth and obey God is another link. He has to repeat them many times before he can truly know himself. Only when he has truly known thoroughly the substance of his nature and the true condition of his corruption will he have true entering in in practicing the truth and obeying God. Only then will he have entered into the reality of God’s word. There are many people who have believed in God for years, but they have not gained any transformation in their life disposition, and they have no life like the weeds. This is unfortunate. Everyone may check this: Of those who have believed in God for years but who have not gained any transformation in their life disposition, none truly knows himself or truly understands the truth. The fact is this. So, all those who have not truly known their corrupt substance are the ones who have no truth and the ones who have no life, and I can say with certainty that they all are the ones who believe in God but who have not been saved. There are such people in every church. Why is it that they have believed in God for years but still cannot know their corrupt substance? The main reason is that they do not pursue the truth. One can only know himself by pursuing the truth. Those who do not pursue the truth will never know themselves. Why are the antichrists all especially arrogant? Because they all are not the ones who pursue the truth, that is, they are the ones who do not have God’s word as life. How can people who do not pursue the truth have life? In God’s family, there are also some who have believed in God for years, and in them you cannot see any transformation. They, like the unbelievers, eat all day without giving serious thought to anything, and they have never taken the matter of their salvation seriously and are not interested in God’s word and God’s work. They are indeed not the ones who pursue the truth. Now, if you ponder the relationship and the difference between the wheat and the weeds in the Bible, you will easily understand them. Among the believers in God, what kind of people are the wheat and what kind of people are the weeds will be revealed as time goes on. When God’s work ends, all those who do not pursue the truth will naturally be eliminated. Those believers in God who do not attend to their duty, who often make complaints, who are too troublesome, and who are unreasonable are all the ones who cannot easily step onto the right track of believing in God and the ones who are in the greatest danger. We all see that they often make complaints and resist God and provoke the anger of God.
Those who pursue the truth should be clear that a crucial link for one to gain the transformation of his disposition is to know himself. If one does not know himself, he will not be able to truly repent, much less be able to gain the transformation of his life disposition. The more thoroughly one knows his corrupt substance, the more he will know what he is and what satan is. I remember that God once said: “Do you truly hate the great red dragon?” Only when one has truly known his corrupt substance will he be able to see clearly satan’s true face, see through the great red dragon, and hate the great red dragon, and thus thoroughly rebel against the great red dragon and steadfastly follow Christ and obey Christ. Therefore, if one truly knows what kind of person he is, what his nature is, and what his substance is, everything will be much easier. If he only pays attention to resolving his outward problems but hides his inward corruptions, he will only bring harm to himself and ruin himself. In fact, the Pharisees and the religious people are all godly outwardly but deep within they have a serpent’s heart. They strain out a gnat but swallow a camel. They only confess that they are corrupt but hide the true condition of their corruptions. Isn’t this the deceitful trick of crafty people? There are many people who are good at disguising themselves. In small things they pretend, giving a false impression, for others to see, or they seek very sincerely, appearing to be very obedient, but in secret they do everything to satisfy themselves. This is playing hypocrisy. To know himself, one should often dissect his ugly satanic image and know his satanic substance thoroughly. Only this is truly knowing himself. We know ourselves for being transformed in our life disposition and for being saved but not for others to see. Why cheat ourselves? If we are ones who truly pursue the truth, we should know how we should dissect ourselves so that we can truly know ourselves, and to what extent we must know ourselves so that we can truly repent and be saved by God. If one in believing in God cannot truly know himself, he is one doomed to be eliminated. Those who have truly known themselves will naturally feel that their believing in God is for being saved and it is too realistic, and feel that God’s working is for saving man and God’s love is genuine. Only when one has known himself to the extent that he can feel he really needs God’s salvation and feel that in believing in God, only pursuing to be saved is realistic, will he have truly realized God’s love, know how to experience God’s work, and be clear about how he should pursue so as to be saved. From then on, he will no longer believe in God with religious notions but wholeheartedly follow God and experience God’s work, he will have truly known that to be saved is more important than anything else, he will have fully seen clearly that believing in God to be saved is indeed the most important matter in his life, and he will be able to feel that to gain the truth and the life means a priceless treasure and it is worth undergoing any great suffering! Only when he has reached this state in believing in God will he have truly entered the right track of believing in God.
The most urgent thing now is that people must pursue to enter the right track of believing in God. Only when they have entered the right track and they can understand some truths as soon as possible and have gained the seven discernments and can be sure of standing in the true way and not be deceived by anyone, will satan have no way in them. Then, they will be much safer in believing in God, and no matter where they are or what circumstances they encounter, they will not get lost or fall into temptations. Now their stature falls far short of this! Many of them always make complaints as the Israelites grumbled against Moses and against God in the desert, but they do not realize that it is a state of seriously resisting God. They must quickly equip themselves with the truths so that they can resolve the problem of this corruption and gradually enter the right track of believing in God. If a believer in God has not truly known his corrupt substance, he cannot enter the right track of believing in God and cannot step onto the way of being saved and perfected, nor will he truly repent or be transformed. How can he be saved and perfected? Entering the right track of believing in God is too crucial to believing in God to be saved. Have you realized this?
Only when God’s chosen people have experienced God’s work to the point where they have gained a true knowledge of their corrupt substance, have gained a true knowledge of God’s work and God’s disposition, have gained a true knowledge of the substance of the nature of satan and the great red dragon, have gained a true knowledge of Christ being the truth and the way and the life, and have gained a true knowledge of human life, will they be the ones who have been made complete by God—the ones who have been truly saved. To gain these true knowledges, one has to pursue the truth, that is, he has to experience God’s word and know God’s word. The more truths one has understood and the more clearly he has understood them, the more greatly his viewpoints on things will be changed, and the more greatly his life disposition will be transformed. These true knowledges are too important! One must first know more of God’s word. This is the foundation. When he has known God’s word, he will have understood the truth. When he has understood the truth, he will see that he is poor, pitiful, and blind, and that he has been corrupted too deeply, and he will know what he really is. When he has truly known his corrupt substance, he will begin to loathe himself and hate himself and will finally curse himself, forsake his flesh, and consecrate himself to God, and he will have true obedience and begin to practice the truth, feeling that it is natural and easy and not difficult to practice the truth. At this point, he will feel that he has begun to be transformed. This will mean that he has truly repented and started a new life. As he understands the truth deeper and deeper, he has a deeper and deeper knowledge of God, and his viewpoints on things completely change and no matter what he looks at, it is God’s word and is compatible with God’s word. This means that he has gained the truth and has had a new life. Only at this point will he be truly compatible with Christ. Such will be a person who has been made complete by God, a person who has been fully gained by God. Our ultimate goal of believing in God is to be compatible with God. How can our service at that time not be after God’s heart? Only if one pursues the truth in believing in God can he truly know his corrupt substance, truly repent and gain transformation, and enter the right track of believing in God. Only those who have entered the right track of believing in God can be saved and gained by God in the end. If one has not entered the right track of believing in God, it is unrealistic for him to talk about anything. He is like a religious person, so what can he receive by believing in a vague god? Those who believe in God but cannot enter the right track now are all ones who are in great danger.
December 15, 2006