During our past few meetings, I’ve talked a bit about the truth about visions. In reality, God’s words about these truths are even clearer and more revealing. I was just communicating very basically. Some people say, “I am pretty informed about the truth of visions. I know that Almighty God is true. The thing I’m most interested in now is life entry! How can we enter the reality of the truth by believing in Almighty God? How can we be made perfect by God? I don’t have a way to do that now. I just want to be purified and made perfect by God.” Raising this issue is fairly important. Are people with this need in their heart those who seek the truth? Yes, they are people who seek the truth. When I see these people’s needs, I am happy. Therefore, today we will start communicating about the truth of life entry.
Well then, as for the truth of life entry, where should we start? We should start by establishing proper relations with God. If people do not have a proper relationship with God, can they obtain the Holy Spirit’s work? If people cannot obtain the Holy Spirit’s work, they will not obtain the truth or life, no matter how true and practical their God is. Isn’t this true? In the Age of Grace, many people were focused on doing external works. They were focused on understanding biblical knowledge and theory. No one was focused on establishing a proper relationship with God. No one really tried to get to know God. Therefore, the Lord said, “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name? and in your name have cast out devils? and in your name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess to them, I never knew you: depart from me, you that work iniquity” (Matthew 7:22-23). Why does the Lord tell these people, who are enthusiastically working for Him, “I never knew you”? Why is this? Some of you may understand it after we have read this passage of God’s word today. You might say, “Those people definitely do not have a proper relationship with God. They have no true communion with God. They are just praying to thin air. When they pray, they are talking to themselves, not to God, nor are they seeking the truth. They definitely are not touching the heart of God.” People such as this, do they have a proper relationship with God? No, they do not. People who do not have a proper relationship with God, who believe in God in name only, who only do external work on His behalf, can these people act according to God’s will? No, they cannot act according to God’s will. They are working on their own. It is just wishful thinking. Therefore, this is why the Lord responds to these people and all that they do with a single sentence, “I never knew you.” What does He mean when He says He never knew them? Some people say, “The Lord keeps watch over all. How can He say He never knew us?” These people may believe in the Lord’s name and pray to Him, but they have never had a true communion with the Lord in spirit; they have never given their heart to the Lord; they have never turned to the Lord in pursuit of the truth, touched the Lord’s heart or followed His commands. This is why the Lord said, “I never knew you,” and “depart from me, you that work iniquity.” Has our communication today taught us what the Lord Jesus meant when He uttered that sentence during the Age of Grace? This time, we really do understand it.
Establishing a proper relationship with God is important, right? Every person should reflect on him/herself. You have believed in God until now, do you have a proper relationship with God? Shouldn’t we think about this question? Some people may say, “I pray to God too. Are my prayers … are my prayers religious prayers? I talk to the vague God. I speak about logic and the literal words of the Bible. I am not communing with God, and I am not pursuing the truth and touching God’s heart. In this case, are my prayers real prayers? Does God listen to these types of prayers?” Is this a question that people should figure out and ponder over? If men only pray religious prayers, do they have a proper relationship with God? Someone said no. Why do you say that it’s not proper? Their prayers lack substance: 1. They are not communing with God and they are not turning to God in search of the truth. 2. They are not touching God’s heart or following His commands. 3. They are definitely not trying to get to know God, obey God or find a way to obtain the truth and life. Without any of these things, they are just praying to thin air and speaking their own words toward a vague God. They’re saying their own words; they don’t know whether God is listening or not, nor do they care whether He likes it or not or how He feels. They are just spewing out their own so-called “knowledge.” Some people pray for one or two hours at a time. They say so many things, but they don’t know what to say to God on any given day or what truth to seek. In short, they just babble on and on, saying whatever words they know about believing in God. Is this a real prayer? It’s not a real prayer. Someone said, “They said all that, and it still doesn’t count as a prayer? Then what exactly is a prayer?” Some people just can’t understand this. Let’s take an example. These religious prayers are typical; they are the most commonly said prayers. “Jehovah God, You are the Creator of the heavens and earth and all things. You control human destiny. Lord Jesus, You are our Savior. You shed Your blood on the cross to cleanse us of our sins. You no longer see us as sinners. You see us as righteous. Therefore, you do not define our misdeeds as sins. No matter how corrupt we are or how we sin, You forgive us. Lord Jesus! Your words are our guiding light. You are our everything. You are our Lord. We are Your sheep. You watch over and keep us every day. You are with us every day. You bless us every day. You bless our parents, our children and our families. You bless us so that we may have prosperity, year after year, and live long lives. You guarantee us peace and let us live happy lives. You save us from disaster. When disaster comes, it shall not strike us down. You shelter us during the disaster until we are raised up into the sky to meet You. This prayer is said in the name of the Lord Jesus. Amen!” What do you think of this prayer? Is it a prayer? Tell me. What is this about? Is this communicating with the Lord? Is this turning to the Lord in search of the truth? Is this touching God’s heart? What kind of prayer is this? A religious prayer, a prayer of the Pharisees. God does not listen to these kinds of prayers. God hates these kinds of prayers. He is fed up with these kinds of prayers. These are just the types of prayers that religious people pray. All I’ve just said is just an approximation, a simplification. Many people pray for two or three hours. They don’t only say the stuff I just said. They say ten or twenty times more words! They just say those types of prayers, once in the morning and once in the evening, every day, every year the same way. You won’t see any change in their life disposition, the work of the Holy Spirit, or any true regret or repentance. Do these people have a proper relationship with God? Do you understand?
Why does God curse the Pharisees? Who are the Pharisees? What is the true essence of the Pharisees? Hypocrisy. When they say prayers like this, are they hypocrites? They are hypocrites. These are the prayers of hypocrites. You understand what’s going on here, right? Do you have any of these types of prayers in your heart? Someone said yes. Then, is this a problem? How should we resolve it? What is the problem here? The prayer of hypocrites. If you constantly say the prayer of hypocrites, then what kind of person are you? People like this are Pharisees. Tell me, is there any danger in believing in God like this? God is righteous. If we walk the path of the Pharisees, as the Lord Jesus judged the Pharisees guilty, so will Almighty God judge us guilty, then we will be forsaken! Isn’t this so? We must see this for what it is. We cannot simply say that religious pastors and elders are Pharisees, and then unknowingly end up walking the path of the Pharisees ourselves. That would be a problem! What do we need to do first to solve the problem of hypocrisy? “It Is Very Important to Establish a Proper Relationship With God.” These are the words of God, and they are all too meaningful. Now, many people want to pursue the truth and enter life. In speaking about life entry today, we will start with this passage of God’s word.