Today we’ve communicated a little about God’s word, let’s stop here. A few brothers and sisters new to the faith have asked some questions. Now I’ll provide some simple answers.
Questions & Answers
Question 1: A new believer said that since he believed in the Lord Jesus, he has been adoring Paul the Apostle. On the surface of things, Paul made many sacrifices and went through many pains on God’s behalf. Paul even looked after the church and wrote letters while in jail, and he disseminated the gospel throughout all of Europe. This new believer felt that Paul had some love for God, and that we can’t completely denounce him.
Answer: Is this an easy question to answer? Do we completely denounce Paul? We just use the word of God to dissect Paul’s path. During the Age of Grace, there were thousands upon thousands of people like Paul who went through many pains on God’s behalf. This is a fact. They accomplished quite a lot, going through so many pains, but what fruit did they attain through this work? Did their work satisfy God? Is their work a testament to the transformation of their disposition and a true love for God? Their labor was toilsome indeed, but does it prove that they followed God’s decrees and attained God’s will? No. And so, although they went through many pains, they did not do this work according to God’s will, that is, they did not fulfill God’s demands; they did not abide by God’s will, nor did they transform their life disposition. In the end, they fell back into their old wretched ways. They were arrogant and conceited and thought far too highly of themselves, demanding that God reward them and bestow a crown upon them. Thus, we can see that during the Age of Grace, most of the apostles and disciples believed in God along a wrong path. They did not act in order to pursue the truth and life, and thus they were not true lovers of God. Although they accomplished a great deal of work, they did not obey God’s will. Can you perceive the heart of this matter? Today we discern how Paul’s path was deviant, and this is communicated in accordance with God’s word. This doesn’t mean that we completely denounce Paul. Paul is Paul, after all! But where is Paul now? Paul never made it into the kingdom of heaven; he is being punished by God. This is God’s righteous judgment for Paul, because Paul opposed God from the outset and condemned the Lord Jesus. At that time, he had already been exposed as an antichrist. He followed the chief priests in pursuit of an official career in the religion, and he did his absolute utmost to condemn the Lord Jesus. He became a lead perpetrator in opposing and condemning the Lord. To what extremes did Paul oppose and condemn the Lord Jesus? He opposed the Lord Jesus even after He rose from the dead and ascended to heaven! After learning of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, this great miracle of God, how could Paul possibly continue to oppose Him? Do you think that Paul’s resistance of God was brought about by stupidity and ignorance? Was it because he lacked understanding of God? If stupidity and ignorance or a lack of understanding were to blame, or falling for man’s tricks, then as soon as Paul knew that the Lord Jesus rose from the dead and ascended to heaven after appearing to His disciples for 40 days, Paul would have said, “Oh no! I opposed the true God, Jesus! I was wrong to oppose Him. I repent, I allowed myself to be fooled and confused by men, I’m stupid and ignorant!” Paul ought to have taken it upon himself to repent. But Paul had no regrets, and he persisted in ruthlessly capturing the disciples of the Lord Jesus. “Jesus, I could not capture You for good and I lost You. You can rise from the dead and ascend to heaven, but I will capture all Your disciples and apostles!” Isn’t that what Paul did? Do you still think that Paul opposed God out of ignorance? Or did he consciously take the Lord Jesus as his enemy? This certainly puts things in a different light. Is it not so?
Then why did Paul still go through so many pains to disseminate the gospel for the Lord Jesus? This is because the Lord Jesus is all-powerful. He shone His light down on Paul from heaven, and this great light pierced his eyes and blinded him. And he said, “Who are you, Lord?” And the Lord said, “I am Jesus whom you persecute.” Paul was instantly paralyzed. “It turns out the Lord Jesus really is God! This is really bad! He could destroy me with a single word. I will agree without hesitation. I will suffer many pains for Him so that He will spare my life!” And so, when Paul turned toward God like this, was it out of his own will? Did he actually want to do this? Was he willing to turn toward God after seeing God appear? No, he was forced to do so; he had no choice in the matter. To believe in God only after He openly reveals Himself, that is seeing and believing. This is far from believing without seeing. This is just how Almighty God does His work in the flesh: On the outside He is the Son of man, who does not possess the image of God’s Spirit at all. Anyone who looks at Him would say, “He’s an ordinary human.” People don’t recognize Him as God, and don’t acknowledge He is God. Only we, who have heard His word and seen His work, say, “This is the Word become flesh; this is the God we believe in. Christ suffers the slanders of this generation and the persecution of the religious world, but we believe in Him, He is God incarnate! We accept Him, not with shame, but with honor!” Others say, “Who is it you believe in?” “Almighty God incarnate!” “You’re so ignorant.” “What you call ignorance, I call the highest honor! I’m not ashamed. God lifts me up!” Isn’t this true faith? Now what about Paul? He believed in God in heaven, but he did not believe in God incarnate. And when he heard what God incarnate had to say, he saw that He spoke with much authority and power. Fearing that people would all turn toward Christ, Paul did his utmost to capture Him, condemn Him, and demean Him. In the end, it was only after the Lord Jesus rose from the dead and ascended to heaven that He revealed Himself to Paul, and only then did Paul believe that He was God. Doesn’t this mean that Paul only believed in the God in heaven? If the Lord Jesus hadn’t revealed Himself, Paul would never have acknowledged the Lord Jesus as God. Is this not the case? And so, what did Paul believe in, in the end? He had faith in the heavenly God, but if God had not revealed Himself to him, he would not have believed in Him at all. This is why Paul harbored such hostility toward the incarnate Christ expressing the truth, and why Paul ruthlessly captured and persecuted the Lord Jesus. Doesn’t this expose his nature? Isn’t this Paul’s true essence? Isn’t this who Paul is? In what context did Paul conduct his service? When God was going to destroy him. The Lord Jesus ascended to heaven and revealed Himself to Paul through His light and in His spiritual body. Only then did Paul accept Him. If the Lord Jesus had never revealed Himself to Paul through His light, Paul never would have gone through so many pains for God in the first place, nor would he have taken up the duties God entrusted Him with. Is this not so? Paul was forced to surrender to God by God’s miracles, His almighty marvels! If Jesus Christ had remained in the flesh as a Son of Nazareth and carpenter, Paul wouldn’t have believed in Him at all. What nature does someone as stubborn as this have? The nature of an antichrist. The work Paul did is simply doing service. Do you understand? Did Paul come to recognize his own nature during the time of his doing service? Did he have any remorse for persecuting the Lord Jesus? How many tears did he cry? Is he fit to inherit God’s promise? Is he at all fit to wear a crown, and isn’t he completely senseless to demand one? It would be good enough to wash away his sins. How could he be fit to wear the righteous crown? Is he worthy of it? What do you think of my answer?
Question 2: Please give some fellowship on this sentence from God’s word: “At the time of the end, do your utmost to present your love before Me, lest My wrath never depart from you!”
Answer: During the end of times, God took on a fleshly body to do His work. If people do not experience His work deeply enough, will they be able to truly love God? No, they will not. At this stage of God’s work in the last days, God has spoken many words and brought such great salvation, and revealed so much of His disposition to man. If people have yet to see His love and offer their love to God, don’t they deserve to be cursed? If a person still doesn’t know God or truly love Him after He has said so much, this person deserves to die. He is not fit to live. God says, “lest My wrath never depart from you!” God didn’t say this during the Age of Grace. He reveals the entirety of His disposition to humanity only during the last days. What is true love? What God has and is and the whole of God’s disposition are true love for all of humanity. Whatever God reveals to people, whatever fruits they attain, it is all true love! If you experience His work deeply enough, if you experience it personally all the way through, you will attain the entirety of God’s love. The more you undergo God’s wrath, judgment and chastisement, the more you will understand God. As you understand God, the ultimate fruit you attain will be reverence and love for God. Many people say, “After I underwent God’s judgment and chastisement, I could see that I am a devil, I could see that I am unfit to be called a human, and I could see what a wretched scoundrel I am! Am I someone with normal humanity? Am I genuinely human? As soon as I saw these things, I felt that I deserved to die. How could I attain the true love of God when I’m like this? Isn’t this a bit contradictory?” The more you experience God’s judgment and chastisement, won’t you feel less like a human, and more like Satan the devil? “I didn’t realize it before at all. Before I used to think I was the best person, I didn’t steal, I didn’t rob, I didn’t do anything bad. But when I underwent God’s chastisement and judgment, I saw that my nature was exactly like the archangel’s. I was arrogant and conceited, egotistical, and thought everyone else was beneath me, to the point where I even looked down on God. What kind of beast am I!?” Once you’ve reached this point in the work, you’ll think you’re a child of hell, “I’m going to hell! I deserve to go to hell!” But in the end, God will not send you to hell on the basis of your past transgressions or the true condition of your corruption. What happens once you plead guilty, repent, and try to know yourself? You begin to be transformed, you begin to have sense and conscience, you truly expend yourself for God, and you believe yourself to be unfit. Regardless of how much you suffer, or what price you pay, or how hard you work to do your duty, you are still willing. You won’t require a crown, you won’t require any blessings. “After I’ve exerted myself and done all I can to do service, if God sends me to hell, I have no complaints!” This person isn’t like Paul at all. “Paul strove for a crown, but I don’t. I don’t want it. If I go to hell, that’s ok. I’m at God’s mercy, and I can see that God is a righteous God.” This person has attained this level of experience. He doesn’t seek rewards, titles, or blessings, he puts himself at the mercy of God. He is willing to do service, to do all that he can, to do all his duties and dedicate all that he has to God, while saying, “I don’t deserve God’s blessings.” Isn’t this love for God? This is true love for God. When a person reaches this level of understanding, haven’t they reached the summit in their experience of God’s work? When someone attains this level of understanding, God will say, “People who understand like you are the people I will save, you are precisely the fruit that I seek to attain through My work, you are the people of My kingdom!” What do you think? Do you feel God is lovely? God is a righteous God. He sees that our past transgressions are numerous, and that we are Satan and devils, yet He has not yet punished us or thrown us into hell. Moreover, He will lead us into the kingdom of God to become His people. What do you have to say about God’s love? Shouldn’t we dedicate our love to God? If you reach this level of God’s work, and even at this point you’re still unable to dedicate your love to God, God will say, “My wrath [will] never depart from you!” Is this easy to understand? If you still can’t dedicate your love to God, then you really aren’t fit to be called a human, you have no conscience at all! In that case, is it wrong for God to express His wrath? This kind of person deserves God’s wrath; he is guilty and he deserves to be punished. God’s words are not undue, for this person lacks both conscience and sense, and they are lower than a dog or a pig.
This concludes today’s meeting! Goodbye!