Chapter 7. The Requirements Those Who Serve God Must Meet and How to Serve in Accordance With God’s Will
The Requirements Those Who Serve God Must Meet
What must those who serve God possess so that their service of God is in accordance with God’s requirements? Let’s take a look at what the words of God say. In “How to Serve in Harmony With God’s Will,” God says, “Everyone who has resolved to can serve God—but it must be that only those who give every care to God’s will and understand God’s will are qualified and entitled to serve God.” All those who have resolve can serve God. The meaning of this is that God allows all those who are willing to expend for Him and cast everything aside to serve Him. However, to truly conform to the criteria, one must be considerate of God’s intentions and understand God’s intentions. Only then would one be qualified and entitled to serve God. This is a condition that absolutely must be met. Perhaps there are some people who understand and others that do not when it comes to being considerate of God’s intentions. Accurately speaking, to be considerate of God’s intentions means understanding what God intends to do in His chosen people. It means to understand what God intends to accomplish in His chosen people and what results He intends to achieve in them. If someone understands this matter, it means they have an understanding of God’s work, they know how God saves mankind and they know how to help God’s chosen people understand and enter all the truths and words that God expresses. This kind of person understands God’s intentions and they also know what God is most anxious about. This person knows what God most wants to do at this moment. This person also knows what kind of people God needs to cooperate with Him and how to do work that would achieve the desired results. Only those who feel God’s eager intentions, know what God intends to accomplish in His chosen people and know what kind of people God needs to cooperate with Him are genuinely considerate of God’s intentions. Since those who are considerate of God’s intentions understand God’s intentions, they know how to lead God’s chosen people to enter into God’s words, understand the truth and step onto the right track of faith so that they can attain salvation. That is why their leadership, their fellowship and their sermons are capable of guiding God’s chosen people into God’s word—it is effective. As such, their service is capable of fulfilling God’s intentions. Learning to be considerate of God’s intentions must be built upon a foundation of understanding God’s work. To understand God’s work, of course this person must first have a genuine experience of it. First, he must obtain the Holy Spirit’s work and have an understanding of God’s word and the truth that God expresses. Only then can this person be able to understand and be considerate of God’s intentions. That is why, in God’s work, those who are genuinely considerate of God’s intentions and who truly understand God’s intentions are in the minority. These are all people who pursue the truth and who have the Holy Spirit’s work. That is why they are able to achieve these results. Within the church, we can see there are many people that are passionate and who are willing to fulfill their duties and serve God. However, since their understanding of the truth of God’s word is inadequate, they are unable to understand God’s intentions. They do not understand God’s intentions and they do not know what aspects of truths God’s chosen people should enter into. They also do not know what God intends to complete in man and what fruits He wants to achieve in man. They do not understand these matters. These are people that do not understand God’s intentions. Those who do not understand God’s intentions, regardless of how passionate and faithful they are, they will only be able to fulfill a few duties. They are incapable of serving God. Those who serve God must understand the truth and they must be considerate of God’s intentions. This is a condition that one who serves God must meet. Another selection of God’s word mentions that the people who serve God must be God’s intimates and bosom friends. We should be able to understand just who God’s close friends are. We should know what kind of people can become God’s close friends. This is a crucial subject. When it comes to our interactions with other people, even though we know a lot of friends, there are very few who are close friends. What makes a close friend? A close friend is one who knows your heart. What is the meaning of “knowing your heart?” This means that you and this person in question have the same heart. This person knows what is going on inside your heart. He knows what your heart is after and knows your earnest intentions. This person knows what your heart is anxious about and they know why your heart is worried or in pain. Such a person is your intimate. If you are to be one of God’s close friends, you need to know God’s heart. If we are to know God’s heart, how would we go about doing so? Many people fulfill their duties outside their home. They can see that the work that God does is not easy. It is not easy for God to obtain people. Each stage of God’s work of saving mankind is considerably difficult because the corruption of mankind is particularly deep. Since mankind’s corruption is very deep, man’s resistance, misunderstanding, judgment and complaints when it comes to God are numerous. No matter what God does, it is difficult for man’s heart to accept. That is why, out of the entire corrupt human race, there are only but a few who truly know God’s heart, God’s pain and God’s distress. Therefore, it can be said that there are a very few people that are of the same mind with God. As humans, when we suffer, what is it that we most need at that moment? We all know that what we most need is to be comforted. Now, when God suffers, what does He most need? He also needs to be comforted. Man can comfort man by saying a few caring and intimate words. However, when it comes to man comforting God’s suffering heart, it is insufficient for us to say a few sentences. This would not resolve the matter. Instead, we must do a few concrete things. What kind of concrete things must we do? We must best fulfill our duties to satisfy God. In order to satisfy God, we must stand resolutely and bear witness. We must pursue the truth and achieve an understanding of God. If we do these things, then we will be able to truly comfort God’s heart. If we do not have some actual living out or testimonies to comfort God’s heart and instead we only praise God and give thanks to God with our lips, this is truly insufficient. All those who are able to really bear witness to satisfy God are God’s close and intimate friends. Thus, all those who pursue the truth, who fulfill their duties for God with devotion, and who can stand firm in their testimony when facing all kinds of trials, are people who are truly able to satisfy God’s intentions and comfort God. God also chooses these people to serve Him. God will call those who are devoted, obedient and bear witness to Him to serve Him. The Holy Spirit will touch these people’s hearts and move them to serve God. Since these people are qualified to serve God, the Holy Spirit specifically chooses these kinds of people to serve God. After someone has entered onto the right track of faith and has some actual understanding of God, they will be able to start to understand a bit of the truth and they will be able to talk a bit about some real and practical experiences. After someone has achieved this kind of spiritual stature, God’s chosen people will be able to benefit from this person’s work and they will be able to enter life in a practical manner. That is why those who have the reality of the truth, their sermons, their communications, their provision and the way they help and sustain people are all done with the Holy Spirit’s guidance and leadership. This kind of person will be able to serve God. This kind of person is qualified to serve God. While serving God, if this kind of person has a genuine understanding of God, then they will have a heart that reveres God. If a person has a heart that reveres God, then they will be qualified to serve God. Therefore, those who serve God are also those who genuinely obey the work of God. They are also those who have a true experience of the words that God expresses and who enter the reality of the truth. Since these are people that pursue the truth, they are people who have the Holy Spirit’s work. After they have attained the Holy Spirit’s work, they are able to gradually understand God’s intentions. They have a genuine understanding of God’s disposition and they have a heart that reveres God. This is why these kinds of people are those that the Holy Spirit targets for perfection. They are people that the Holy Spirit guides.
The Six Aspects of the Truth That Those Who Serve God Must Understand
Which truths must those who serve God understand so that their service of God is in accordance with God’s intentions? First, they must understand God’s work and they must understand the aim of God’s work. They must have a clear understanding of how God saves mankind and how He frees mankind from Satan’s corruption and influence. Those who serve God must understand this aspect of the truth clearly. Suppose you have believed for a few years. Someone asks you, “How does God’s work save man?” You are unable to explain clearly. If you are unable to explain clearly, how can you guide God’s chosen people to enter God’s word? How can you guide God’s chosen people so that they can attain salvation? Therefore, the truth of knowing God’s work is very crucial. Right now, every person should do some self-reflection. Once you finish reading God’s word once or twice, can you explain clearly how God saves man, how Satan corrupts man, and what methods God uses to save mankind and change mankind’s corrupt disposition? These things involve bearing witness for God’s work. Only by understanding this aspect of the truth can one be capable of guiding God’s chosen people onto the right track of faith. The second truth is that one must understand one’s own corrupt essence so as to hate Satan and the great read dragon and truly forsake the great red dragon. If you do not understand this truth, this indicates that you have not entered into the experience of God’s word. It indicates that you do not genuinely obey God’s work. The first fruit of entering into God’s word is that you know your own corrupt essence. For in judging and chastising mankind, His main objective is to help man understand mankind’s corrupt essence so that man can hate and betray Satan. This is the foundational work when it comes to the attainment of salvation. Just now, we mentioned that there are some believers in God who do not know to what degree they are corrupt and what kind of corruption exists within them. They do not understand one bit. Can this kind of a person be saved? Someone who does not understand their own corrupt essence has definitely not been saved. One day, if this kind of person encounters a disaster and falls dead, someone else would say, “This person has definitely not been saved. You see, he has already died.” For those who are not saved by God, when the disaster arrives, they will definitely perish. Those who have attained God’s salvation will not perish when they encounter disasters. God will make sure that they survive. The third truth is that one must understand what is true salvation and what it means to truly return to God. Many people who believe in God do not know what it means to be saved. They think that as long as one believes in God, one will be saved. They think, “I pray to God and I believe in Almighty God. I will definitely be saved.” Isn’t this just your imagination? It is not that once your words say that you believe in God or once your heart acknowledges God, you will immediately be saved. You have to practically experience God’s judgment and chastisement and understand that you have an innate essence that has been corrupted by Satan. Only by equipping yourself with the truth and obtaining a new life can you break free from Satan’s influence and corruption. Only then will you truly be saved. There are many processes when it comes to attaining salvation. You must go through each of these processes. It’s the same in any matter. There is a process that you must go through. There is a process when you make food. There is a process when you make clothing. There is a process when it comes to taking care of a child. Everything has a process, including the attainment of salvation. Once you know what it means to attain salvation and the fruits that must be achieved in order to attain salvation, you will know how to seek so you can attain salvation. If you do not know what it means to be saved, then your seeking will not have a target. You are living within your own notions and imagination. The result is that you would have deceived yourself. You can see that within the religious world, people hold onto the name of Jesus and they do not let go. They think that as long as their hearts believe and their mouths acknowledge, then they have been saved. They just wait to be saved. The result is that they wait for years yet they are not saved. When the disaster arrives, they still perish. One after another, they all perish. Isn’t this just deceiving themselves? They do not know what salvation is. So, they listen to what other people say and they take it as the truth and keep it. Little do they know that all of that preaching and witnessing is man’s notions and imagination. They treat these notions and imagination as the truth. They hold onto these things and they do not let go. The result is that they have deceived themselves. The fourth truth is that those who serve God must understand how God saves man and how God perfects man. They must also know how man should cooperate so that he can be obtained by God in the end. Now, if you do not know how God saves man and how God perfects man, how can you seek salvation from God? How can you seek to be perfected by God? God wants to perfect you. If you do not know how God will perfect you, then how can you cooperate and how can you obey? That is why these truths must be understood. If man does not understand, man will have no way to practice and enter. It is like if you bought a machine. You do not know what functions this machine can perform and you do not know the principles behind these functions. You also do not know how to utilize it so that you can achieve the desired results. Now, haven’t you bought something that is useless? This is because you do not even know how to use it. That is why, when it comes to your faith in God, you must understand a few important aspects of the truth. This way, you will be able to genuinely obey God’s work and you will pursue the truth and cooperate in a proper manner. Only by going through this process would you be able to achieve salvation and become perfected. This is a realistic path. The fifth truth is that one must have a true understanding of God’s disposition and God’s essence. Only through this understanding would he be able to have a heart that truly reveres God. Can man serve God if he does not have a heart that reveres God? If man does not have a heart that reveres God, God would not use him. If He uses such a person, it is equivalent to using an unbeliever or a devil or demon. This person will interrupt, disturb and demolish God’s work. He will commit evil deeds and resist God. That is why those who do not have a heart that reveres God are not qualified to serve God. Now, how can one have a heart that reveres God? A heart that reveres God comes from a genuine understanding of God’s disposition. They have seen God’s righteous disposition and the disposition that God does not allow people to offend. They have seen those who offend God have received God’s punishment and retribution. Only through this way can one have a heart that truly reveres God. … The sixth truth is that one must understand the meaning of obeying God. Those who truly obey God’s work are qualified to serve God. Regardless of how God does things and regardless of how the Holy Spirit leads them, these people are able to understand and they know how to obey. They know how to lead God’s chosen people to enter into God’s work and attain salvation. For those who serve God, what they should mainly understand and enter are these six aspects of the truth. Once people have entered these six aspects of truths, they will have a genuine understanding of the Holy Spirit’s work. They will know how the Holy Spirit guides them, how He enlightens and illuminates them. They will have an understanding of the work of the Holy Spirit and they will be able to obey. This kind of person is qualified to serve God. If a person does not understand these six aspects of the truth, and does not understand the Holy Spirit’s work, they will not be qualified to serve God. That is why, in order to serve God, one must be equipped with some truths. They must have an understanding of God and have a heart that reveres God. They also must have an understanding of the Holy Spirit’s work and be able to obey the Holy Spirit and receive His enlightenment and illumination. They need to know what is the truth, what is reality, and what is doctrine. They need to know which people do not have the Holy Spirit’s work and which people have the work of evil spirits. If they can differentiate these matters, then they will be able to serve God. These are the basic conditions of serving God.
The Essential Work of Serving God
Those who serve God must cooperate with God’s work. They are to do the work of actually guiding God’s chosen people completely under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. What is the essential work of serving God? The essential work of serving God is guiding God’s chosen people to enter into and experience God’s work. It is to have a genuine understanding of one’s own corrupt essence within God’s word. It is to have a genuine understanding of the truths that God expresses within God’s word and to have a genuine understanding of God based on God’s word. In the end, it is to achieve salvation. This is the essential work of serving God. How is it determined whether what one who serves God does is in accordance with God’s will? This should be determined based on whether God’s chosen people have entered into the reality of God’s word under this person’s guidance. It is based on whether they have a genuine understanding of their own corrupt essence. It is based on whether one’s viewpoint has changed in a genuine manner. It is based on how much real understanding one has about all the truth that God expresses. It is based on whether one has a genuine understanding of God and God’s work. Whether God’s chosen people have attained these prerequisites can form the basis for determining how someone who serves God does at their work. Determining whether someone who serves God is serving in accordance with God’s will is mainly based on these few aspects. Some people have done several years of work as a leader. When it comes to truths related to vision, such as God’s work, the meaning of God’s incarnation and how God intends to save people, God’s chosen people under those people have a clear understanding of them. In the face of the deceptions and disturbance of all sorts of evil spirits, false Christs and antichrists, they will not waver nor will they back down. They believe in God with certainty and they have the will to seek the truth and salvation. If they can achieve these kinds of results, it is sufficient evidence that they have done the practical work of a leader, and have achieved desired results in God’s chosen people. Additionally, one also has to take note of whether God’s chosen people have a genuine understanding of their own corrupt essence. If the people that they guide have a genuine understanding of their own corrupt essence, if they have an understanding of all the aspects of their own corruption and if they have an understanding of their nature and essence, and because of this understanding, they find it necessary and realistic to seek the truth and pursue salvation, and so they can pursue the truth, eat and drink God’s word normally, and increasingly have an understanding of the truth, this is also evidence that the work of these leaders is achieving the proper results and that it is completely in accordance with God’s will. If, after some leaders have done the work for 5-8 years, the people under their leadership will have a genuine change in their viewpoints, and some of these people who are exceptionally pursuing the truth also have experienced some changes to their life disposition, and all those who pursue the truth will have a solid understanding of God’s work and His disposition, this is sufficient in affirming that these leaders are serving in accordance to God’s will and that their service has indeed achieved satisfactory results. These are the criteria when it comes to determining whether someone who serves God has done the essential work that God entrusted them to do. If they have really done the essential work God has entrusted them to do, the results can be seen in God’s chosen people. This is the criterion for evaluating a leader.
The Essential Work of Serving God
Of those who serve God, why are there some people who can be perfected by God? Why is it that there are some who cannot be perfected but instead are eliminated? This is determined based on whether someone has a heart that loves God. It is very important for someone that serves God to have a heart that truly loves God. Whether someone has a heart that truly loves God determines whether this person will be perfected by God. What kind of signs does someone who truly loves God exhibit? Someone who truly loves God is always seeking how to fulfill their duties and how to serve God in order to satisfy Him. They are very serious when it comes to fulfilling their duties. They are always wondering, “How should I fulfill my duties to meet God’s requirements and will? What are the duties or work that God has entrusted me to do? What is the essential work when it comes to serving God? What work needs to be done so that God’s chosen people will enter onto the proper path and attain salvation? What work is not related to the salvation of God’s chosen people? What work, on the contrary, obstructs or restrains God’s chosen people from entering into the life?” These people are serious when it comes to these matters. After a period of fulfilling duties, those who truly love God will be able to feel out God’s will and know what is the essential work that God has entrusted them with. They will know what work they are required to do. There are many people who serve God who never know what the most crucial work is. They also do not know what work they must perform so that God’s chosen people will enter onto the proper path. They always base their analysis on human notions and imagination. The result is that they do a lot of useless things. All those who preach letters and doctrines belong to this group of people. All those who do external things, which are not involved with the life and the truth, belong to this group of people. They are not able to distinguish what work is essential when it comes to serving God. That is why they rely on their own imagination. They think that in speaking of doctrines and letters to get God’s chosen people to follow this or that rule or to do this or that task, if they themselves are satisfied, then God is also satisfied. The result is that even after they have done a few years of work, God’s chosen people do not understand any of the truth. They do not have any understanding of God and their life dispositions have not changed at all. It is only at this point that they discover that the work they have done is useless and that it is inessential when it comes to serving God. What group do these people belong to? They are people who are blindly walking along their path. It is the blind leading the blind. Eventually, everyone falls into a hole. They do not look where they are going. They do not know that God’s chosen people believe in God to attain salvation. They do not know what truths they must enter so that they can attain salvation. They do not know what they need to have in order to attain salvation. They are not serious when it comes to these matters. They do not know what work they must do in order to attain salvation. They think that as long as they follow the rules, they will achieve salvation. They think that as long as they adhere to religious notions, they will attain salvation. Isn’t this an absurd man? This is someone who is running around blindly. This kind of person who serves God is blind. Those who truly love God are especially hardworking when it comes to analyzing these matters. What do they think about every day? They are always reflecting on themselves after they finish a part of their work, “Today I communicated this aspect of the truth. Have I communicated this clearly? Has my work today achieved the desired effect? It is no good if I believe that my work was effective. This is not the criterion. I must ask my brothers and sisters and see what kind of response they have. I must ask them what they are thinking and feeling inside.” As a result, they are always able to deeply understand their brothers’ and sisters’ situation. They may ask, “How do you feel after having listened to this? Is this correct? Is it helpful to you at all? Please, do tell me the truth.” If this person’s brothers and sisters say that the work is helpful, they will further inquire as to whether it is a majority of people that are saying so, or a minority. If a majority of people feel this way, they can be sure that their work has at least some value and that it is work that is of an essential nature. If the majority of people feel that there is no edification or benefit to them after listening to it, these individuals will sum up lessons and no longer do this kind of work. Since they seriously seek the truth in everything when it comes to matters related to serving God, in the end, they will obtain accurate answers and know what they should say and what they should supply. They know what people are truly lacking. In the areas that people are truly lacking, they supplement and equip themselves with the truth so that they can truly provide for their brothers and sisters. In this manner, the fulfillment of their duties and their service to God increasingly produces results and becomes more and more in line with God’s will. This is why those who truly love God always think, “If I do this, would it satisfy God? Satisfying my brothers’ and sisters’ needs and requirements in terms of their spiritual life is equivalent to truly satisfying God. If I am unable to satisfy my brothers’ and sisters’ needs and requirements, then I have not satisfied God.” They see this matter very clearly. This is why they ask their brothers and sisters for their feedback after they have done some work. They ask if their brothers and sisters have any opinions or any requirements. They encourage them to provide feedback. They say, “If you find that what I do has any deficiencies or if there are any areas that you find unsatisfactory, please let me know right away.” If someone does their work in this way, what does this indicate? It indicates that this person is satisfying God’s heart and is considerate of God’s heart. It indicates that this person is serious when it comes to their service and the fulfillment of their duties. It indicates that their criterion is whether or not it satisfies God’s will. Suppose that this person is not serious when it comes to serving God. Instead, this person is muddleheaded and careless. They do whatever they want to do. They do whatever they think is suitable to do. They do not care whether their brothers and sisters are satisfied and they do not care whether their actions benefit them. They blindly do things according to their own imagination. This is not a person who is considerate of God’s will and therefore, is unable to satisfy God. Regardless of what level you are at in terms of leadership in God’s family, you must pay attention to how you communicate to your brothers and sisters. This involves how you give your response to the brothers and sisters when they are experiencing difficulties. It involves how you provide or communicate to them when your brothers and sisters hold an erroneous viewpoint and do not have a genuine understanding in certain things. It also involves how you resolve the issues of your brothers and sisters’ corruption. These matters are crucial. These things are all related to the essential work of serving God. If you do not do this work properly, then you will not have any spiritual stature. It can be said that this indicates that you do not understand God’s will and you do not know what God’s demands are. Some people who serve God are confused when they hear of “the essential work of serving God.” They think, “Is there essential work, or such a concept of essential work when it comes to serving God? Isn’t all the work of serving God essential? Isn’t all of this work necessary? Why is there a need to differentiate some of this work as essential?” There are some people who do not even understand this. What is the basis for this concept? It’s because there are many people who do not know how to do practical work. When they serve God, they do not talk about how they know their corrupt essence. They do not talk about how they experience God’s word and how they enter God’s word. They do not talk about the process of their understanding God’s word, the truth. They do not talk about their genuine understanding of God, much less talk about what a change in one’s life disposition is all about. They never talk about what it is to genuinely bear witness for God and to serve God. These truths that God’s chosen people must enter into are also the most basic truths. They never talk about this or they talk very little about it. The result is that God’s chosen people do not understand these truths even after many years of faith. Now, would you say their service is up to standard? Is it in accordance with God’s will? It is completely deviated from God’s will. These few things are the most basic elements. They are truths that God’s chosen people must enter, yet they do not talk about them at all and they do not understand them at all. This is sufficient to indicate that this person who thus serves God has not entered onto the proper path. They have not entered the truth and do not have any practical experience. If they have not done any of this, then how are they to lead God’s chosen people into the reality of the truth? If someone who serves God never talks about how they understand their corrupt essence or if they do not even have a true understanding of this, then how are they to lead God’s chosen people in understanding their own corrupt essence? These people who serve God have never understood what it means to bear witness for God. They do not understand true witnessing and true obedience. How are they to guide God’s chosen people into becoming people who obey God and bear witness for God? These people do not know what the essential work of serving God is. This is why their service will never satisfy God’s will. This kind of person should be eliminated because they do not have any reality at all.
It is Very Important for People to Serve God to Love God
Serving God is the most honorable work there is. Receiving the call of serving God is life’s most fortunate things. Those who serve God must love God because only those who love God can be perfected by God and can obtain God’s promise and blessings. Those who serve God but do not love God are destined to be punished. All those who seek blessings or power in their service of God are antichrists and must be punished. Paul and Peter are excellent examples. Paul is a classic example of someone that walked the path of the antichrist and received punishment. Peter is a model of someone who sought an understanding of God and was able to satisfy God and be perfected by God due to his love for God. Peter and Paul are a good and a bad example for God’s chosen people as they experience God’s work in the last days. The path that people take is entirely up to them. The path of Peter and that of Paul were completely different paths by two very different people. Peter was someone who loved God while Paul was someone that did not love God. Those who love God love the truth. Peter loved the truth, that is why Peter sought to be perfected by God. What Paul loved was knowledge, status and power. That is why Paul did not get perfected by God. Instead, he was punished by God. The key to being perfected by God lies in the path that people choose to take. Paul and Peter were two completely different people that walked two completely different paths. Peter was a positive man. He had conscience and sense. He particularly loved the truth and God. From the deeds that Peter did, we can see that Peter had a heart that loves God from the moment that he started believing in God. He was someone that sought the truth. When Jesus was spreading the gospel, Peter was among the people who most desired to follow Jesus. Peter heard that the sermon Jesus preached involved the way of the kingdom of heaven and that only through listening to His sermons could one enter the kingdom of heaven and understand God. As a result, Peter looked for Jesus everywhere to follow Him. What Paul focused on in his faith was knowledge and status. He followed the upper ranks of the Jewish religion. When Paul heard Jesus’ sermons, instead of seeking Jesus, he convicted and judged Jesus. We can see this from the cases of Paul resisting God. Both Paul and Peter believed in God, however, their attitudes toward Jesus were different. One followed and thirsted for Jesus. The other judged, resisted and even hunted down Jesus. These two people’s attitudes toward Jesus were completely different. Their attitudes were what completely differentiated them from each other. Paul is a kind of person that innately loved status, knowledge, fame and profit. He was very self-interested and would specifically curry favor with people in the upper ranks of the Jewish society or people that had power and influence. He blindly trusted in power and knowledge. He was completely different from the likes of Peter and John. Peter and John, on the other hand, liked to witness the appearance of God. They loved people who have the truth. At first, they did not know that Jesus was God incarnate. However, after they heard of the miracles that Jesus performed, they admired and thirsted for Him. They did not give up following Jesus because of His lowly family and status. Instead, they followed and thirsted for Jesus because what He spoke of was the truth and the way of the kingdom of heaven. From these matters, we can see that the attitude that people have toward Jesus and the path that He proclaimed is completely representative of a person’s nature and essence. Today, God has been incarnated to do the work of the last days. He has come to express the truth in its entirety. All the people of the religious world who believe in God have heard that Almighty God has arrived. Eastern Lightning has emerged. However, people’s attitudes and opinions are not the same. Some people are comparatively thirsty, so they say, “Since someone has said that God has arrived, I must investigate this. Since someone has said that Almighty God expresses the truth, I must listen a bit and see if it really is the truth.” Other people are not the same. Once they hear that Almighty God has arrived, they blindly condemned it as a false way, saying that He is a deceiver and a false Christ. The attitudes, perspectives and decisions of people are not the same. That is why whether someone can be perfected and achieve salvation is completely reliant on that person’s nature or essence. Which kind of people you belong to determine the path you take. Evil people cannot love the truth. Paul was an evil person and that was why he did not love the truth. What was it that Paul loved? He loved knowledge, doctrine, academics, status and reputation. He is the same as the people today in the religious world. Whichever pastor has a diploma, accreditation or whoever has a Ph.D. is the one that they will listen to and follow. What they worship is knowledge and status. Peter and John did not worship knowledge and status. What they worshiped originated from God and the Holy Spirit. They chose to follow and acknowledge all that the Holy Spirit bore witness to and all that originated from God. On what basis do you think can a person make their decisions? Based on their nature and essence. People’s nature and essences are not the same and the paths that they choose are definitely not the same. Everyone has listened to the path of truth and to God’s voice; why is it that the paths that people take are not the same? People have received the same watering; why is it that some people understand the truth while other people are incapable of understanding the truth? Why is it that some people seek to be perfected by God yet others seek status and reputation? Why is it that the decisions that people make are not the same? This is based on people’s nature or essence. If someone has Satan’s nature, they would not love the truth even if you encourage them to do so. Even if you discourage them not to seek status, you will be unsuccessful. That is why the path that people take is based on what their essence is like. Peter chose the path of loving God, satisfying God and pursuing to understand God. Did God directly tell him to do this? Did God force him to take this path? No. Peter chose this himself. God has said that Peter was very sensible, clever and bright. He was also honest. The path that Peter took and the witness that he performed can verify it. Peter was very sensible and he paid a lot of attention to reality. From the things Peter said and did, we can see that he paid particular attention to practical entry. He did not talk about empty theories nor did he use superficial words. Paul was not like this at all. He specifically talked about profound revelations and mysteries. He talked about ruling as kings and how to obtain the crown of righteousness. Peter talked about realistic and practical matters. These are all things that normal people who are conscientious and sensible should focus on and can attain. We can see that Peter’s entering and seeking is representative of someone who genuinely loves God and it represents the normal seeking of a person who is conscientious and sensible. We can see from the service of Paul and Peter that they took two very different paths. The path that Peter took involved seeking to love God and seeking to be perfected by God. The path that Paul took involved seeking knowledge, status and rewards. How should we decide when it comes to these two paths? Which path should we take? This is a decision that everyone who accepts God’s work must face. This decision is very crucial. It can be said that this decision leads to a person’s final destination in the very end. This is not an insignificant matter.
How to Differentiate the Service of Antichrists and False Shepherds
How does one differentiate the service of antichrists and false shepherds? This can be examined basically with a few criteria. The first criterion is to look at how those who serve God experience and understand their own corrupt essence. According to this aspect, if they do not bear witness or do not have experience, then this confirms that they are a false leader, a false apostle or a false worker. The second criterion is that if the person who serves never talks about their true understanding of God, how they obey God, how they experience God’s work or what kind of true understanding they have of God, then this is sufficient evidence to determine that this person definitely does not have an understanding of God’s work. They surely do not have a true understanding of God and do not obey God. All those who do not have a genuine understanding of God definitely do not obey God and they definitely do not bear witness for God. This is for sure. The third criterion is that if those who serve God never talk about their practical experience and entry, how they obey God’s judgment and chastisement, how they understand God’s judgment and chastisement, how they stand witness and how they satisfy God’s will while they experience the various trials, then this person definitely does not have experience when it comes to this aspect. If they do not have experience in relation to this aspect, then they definitely cannot give testimony about the experiences related to this aspect. If they cannot talk about it, then how can they lead God’s chosen people into the work of God? That is why this sort of person is a false shepherd, a false apostle or a false worker. Alternatively, if one who serves God never talks about how they love God, how they are considerate of God’s will, how other people or people who are better than them love God and are considerate of God’s will, they do not have a deep testimony of experiences when it comes to this aspect, they do not talk about other people’s deeper testimonies of experiences in order to guide God’s chosen people into truly loving God and obeying God, this kind of person definitely is not someone who truly loves God. They do not have a heart that loves God and only bears witness to and shows off themselves. Therefore, this person is walking the path of the antichrist. If someone who serves God does not talk about God, God’s will, God’s demands of man and how man can enter God’s work, are they actually serving God? No, they are serving themselves. They are serving their own status and reputation. That is why they are false apostles, false workers and false shepherds. They are not people that truly love God. From these few aspects, we can differentiate whether or not someone who serves God is actually walking Peter’s path or Paul’s path. Paul bore very little witness of Jesus. He seldom bore witness to all that Jesus had and was, how Jesus preached His sermons, the dispositions that Jesus expressed and how Jesus loved other people. He talked very little about these things, which is why Paul was said to have not really loved Jesus. Peter spoke many words that bore witness to Jesus. He talked about Jesus a lot. Since he was particularly focused on an understanding of God through Jesus, he saw Jesus’ loveliness, saw Jesus’ love for mankind, and saw Jesus’ mercy, loving-kindness, tolerance and patience for man. That is why Peter frequently bore witness for Jesus and that is also why he was someone that truly loved the Lord. Paul was not someone who truly loved the Lord. This is how you should differentiate whether someone serves God sincerely. This way of differentiation is guaranteed to be accurate. There is no chance that you can make a mistake if you differentiate in this manner. There are three things to remember if you are to differentiate in this way. First, see if the person you are examining talks about how they understand their own corrupt essence, about this real, indispensable and basic life experience. Second, look at how they communicate their understanding of God’s word and their experience of entering into the truth. Third, look at how they bear witness for God. Are they truly bearing witness of God’s work and God’s love? Do they bear witness of God’s righteous disposition that must not be offended? Do they actually bring people before God? Does their work help people understand God and God’s disposition? Is the work they do capable of helping people enter God’s word and truly experience God’s judgment and chastisement? If their work and words are incapable of helping people enter into the right track of faith, understand God and obey God, then this indicates that they do not have the work of the Holy Spirit. They have not truly entered and they have no reality. That is why they are unable to talk about these realities. If they are someone who is learning to serve God, then we must examine whether they have a genuine understanding of the truth. We must look at whether they communicate an understanding of their own corrupt essence and a true understanding of God’s work. No matter whether their understandings of these things are deep or not, if what they talk about revolves around these few aspects, then it indicates that they are a person that seeks the truth. If the things that someone who serves God says and does indicate that this person seeks the truth and is considerate of God’s will, it can be said that this is a proper person and they are someone that is capable of serving God and being perfected by God. This is the difference that arises from a small and a big spiritual stature. Suppose someone has served God for more than 3 to 5 years and this person is unable to talk about their own true understanding of their corrupt essence. Additionally, this person is unable to express a genuine understanding of various aspects of the truth. Then this sufficiently indicates that this is not a person who truly seeks the truth. If someone does not genuinely pursue the truth, then that person definitely does not truly love God. There are many people who cannot see this. They only examine external factors, “Does this person covet the money of God’s family? Will this person fix and punish others in the back? Does this person have a burden for God’s chosen people? How much work does this person do?” It is not enough to examine these things. It is far from sufficient to only examine these things. The most important thing is to examine the results of this person’s work. Suppose this person has worked for 2 to 3 years. There are no real results. There is no evidence that this person has entered the truth. There is no evidence that this person has entered onto the proper path nor is there evidence that they understand God. This indicates that this person does not pursue the truth. These few things are very crucial. Examine the results of their years of work to determine if their service to God is in accordance with God’s will. This is the best criterion to examine.