XII. Questions and Answers on How to Differentiate Between the Work of God and the Work of Man
Question 3: Most of our brothers and sisters think that God used Brother Lin. Brother Lin wrote so many spiritual books and gave us so many messages. His words were the nourishment and the way of life, and possessed the enlightenment and illumination of the Holy Spirit, like the apostles’ epistles in the Bible. These words are of great benefit to us. They all accord with the truth. But you said that while the words of the men God uses may accord with the truth, they are not actually the truth. Then, what exactly is the truth?
Answer: This is a good question! This is the core truth that all we believers in the Lord must understand. If we want to know why the words that accord with the truth spoken by men that God uses are not the truth, we must first be very clear about what the “truth” actually is. Throughout all of history, no person has ever truly known what the truth is. When the Lord Jesus came to this world in the Age of Grace, He said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (Jhn 14:6). Still no one understood the actual meaning of the “truth.” Only when Christ of the last days—Almighty God—arrives are the mysteries of the “truth” completely revealed to mankind. Let’s look at what Almighty God says about this.
“The truth comes from the world of man, yet the truth among man is passed on by Christ. It originates from Christ, that is, from God Himself, and is unattainable by man” (“Success or Failure Depends on the Path That Man Walks” in The Word Appears in the Flesh).
“The truth is the most real of life’s aphorisms, and the highest of such aphorisms among all mankind. Because it is the requirement that God makes of man, and is the work personally done by God, thus it is called life’s aphorism. It is not an aphorism summed up from something, nor is it a famous quote from a great figure; instead, it is the utterance to mankind from the Master of the heavens and earth and all things, and not some words summed up by man, but the inherent life of God. And so it is called the highest of all life’s aphorisms” (“Only Those Who Know God and His Work Can Satisfy God” in The Word Appears in the Flesh).
“The truth put into human language is man’s aphorism; humanity will never experience it fully, and humanity should live in reliance on it. A piece of truth can let all of humanity survive for thousands of years, and truth is the life of God Himself, representing His own disposition, representing His own substance, representing everything within Him” (“Do You Know What Truth Really Is?” in Records of Christ’s Talks).
From Almighty God’s words, we can see: Truth comes from God, and comes from Christ’s expression. That is to say, all the words spoken by God are the truth. This is because the truth is the substance of God’s life, God’s disposition, what God has and is, and the reality of all positive things. The truth is everlasting and will never change. God’s words have authority and power. They can purify, save, and perfect man, and can be man’s eternal life. So, all the words expressed by God are the truth. God’s work, revelations, and what He ordains are all the truth. That which God decrees or prescribes for man to maintain and abide by, and all that He requires of man and commands man to live out is the truth, the reality of all positive things. And so, there is truth to be found in every single word that God speaks. In every stage of His work, God has expressed many truths. The precious life that God bestows upon us humans is within these truths.
All that God expresses during the work of His two incarnations is the truth. It is just like the Lord Jesus’ words in the Age of Grace: His words allowed mankind to witness God’s disposition, His love, and holy substance. These are all the precious truths that help mankind to know God. The Lord Jesus’ love, mercy, tolerance, and forgiveness toward mankind, as well as His requirement of man to love God with all their heart, soul and mind, to love their neighbors as they love themselves, to be the light of the world and the salt of the earth, these are all positive things. They are the truth. They are also the reality of life that man must possess. Christ of the last days, Almighty God, has come and He expresses all the truth of judging, purifying, and perfecting mankind. These truths are the reality of life that man must come to possess in the Age of Kingdom. Christ of the last days reveals to man God’s disposition of righteousness, majesty, wrath, and intolerance of offense. He reveals the mysteries of God’s management plan to save mankind, the mysteries of God’s three stages of work, the substance and inside truth of each stage of His work, as well as the mystery of His incarnation, how God does the work of judgment in the last days, and what the kingdom of Christ is. He discloses how God reveals the ends of each and every kind of person, and how God rewards good and punishes evil. He reveals the meaning of God’s righteousness, the meaning of God’s holiness and the symbolic meaning of God’s disposition, His delight, anger, sorrow, and joy. He reveals what is righteous and what is wicked, what is positive and what is negative, and the essence and facts of man’s corruption by Satan. Almighty God shows man how to fear God and shun evil, what the true life is and how to live meaningfully, and so on. Almighty God has revealed all these truths and mysteries to man so they can come to know and understand, so that they will fear God and shun evil, obey and worship God. Almighty God’s truth is the way of eternal life that mankind should possess. Those who embrace all of God’s truths and live by them will gain eternal life. Whereas those who refuse to accept any of the truth will surely perish. So, all the truths Almighty God expresses in the last days are God’s work of ending an age and ushering forth a new age in the last days. Men used by God are the ones God saves and perfects. Their duty in God’s work is to cooperate with God’s work and to lead God’s chosen people. And so, any words they speak that are in line with the truth are the fruits of the Holy Spirit’s work. Though these words are beneficial to people, we cannot call them the truth, we cannot take them as God’s word because man’s words merely come from their knowledge and experience of the truth, and can only represent human perspective, ideas, and understanding, and will inevitably be diluted by human impurities. Besides, man’s knowledge and experience about the truth is limited. No matter how much he enters into the reality of the truth, he still can’t be said to embody the substance of the truth, nor can he be said to live out the truth in full. So even if he expressed some limited reality of the truth he has lived out, his words merely accord with the truth. They must not be placed on the same level as the truth itself. Only the words of God incarnate are the truth. That is to say, only God possesses the substance of the truth, and only God is truth. No matter how many years we have believed in God, we are always infants before God. We can never live out the image of God. And so, the words of the men God uses or men who have the work of the Holy Spirit can only be taken as words that accord with the truth. We cannot take them as the truth itself. This is an undeniable fact. When we call man’s words the truth, we’re opposing and blaspheming God! Let’s look at what Almighty God says about this.
Almighty God says, “None of the words enlightened by the Holy Spirit can represent God’s words or the truth, nor are they the truth. They can only be considered as some knowledge of the truth, or some enlightenment from the Holy Spirit. … Everyone experiences the truth, but their circumstances differ, and what they gain from the same truth differs. And yet all their knowledge combined cannot fully clarify this one truth— this is how profound the truth is! Why do I say that which you gain and your knowledge, cannot replace the truth? If you share your knowledge with others, they would experience it in a few days of pondering. However, man cannot fully experience the truth in an entire lifetime, even all the people of the world working together cannot fully experience it. You can see how profound the truth is. The truth cannot be fully articulated with words. … You may have some experience or light in some aspect or part of a truth, but you cannot supply it to sustain one person for eternity. So that light of yours is not the truth; it is just what man can achieve. It is the experience man should have, the experience and knowledge due to him, a real part of the experience of the truth. Such light, enlightenment, and knowledge based on experience can never replace the truth. Even if all mankind has experienced the same truth, all their knowledge cannot substitute for that one truth. … Man’s life is forever man’s life. No matter how close your knowledge to the truth, to the meaning of God or to the requirements of God, it can never replace the truth” (“Do You Know What Truth Really Is?” in Records of Christ’s Talks). We know now that only God’s words are the truth. Only God’s words can be man’s life. We still need to understand that it’s because of the Holy Spirit’s work and guidance that the men God uses have possessed some realities of the truth, and thus they can share the way we should practice to enter into the life, bring people before God, and lead us to know and obey God. This is the fruit of the Holy Spirit’s work. The religious leaders and greats who lack the work of the Holy Spirit, however, have put forth a lot of specious and deceitful theories that contradict the truth. To people who do not understand the truth, these words sound reasonable and seem to be in accordance with the truth, so they acknowledge and accept them. But sooner or later, people will discover that their words are empty, with no basis in reality, they are all figments of man’s imagination, human notions, and they will get us absolutely nowhere. Some of those theories are so preposterous that they stand in opposition to the truth, just like the Brother Lin you mentioned. His preachings, such as “God became man that man may become God” and “God’s Spirit and man’s spirit mingle to become one,” seemed reasonable to many people in the beginning. But not long after, they discovered that his preachings were preposterous and absurd, they found that these words got them nowhere and were completely invalid! If we accept God’s work, drink the water of God’s word, and understand some of the truth, we’ll understand all the more how man’s word falls far short of God’s word, the truth. Especially those religious leaders and personalities, their words may appear to be true, but are all fallacies that can only ever deceive, corrupt, and harm people. If we don’t accept God’s word and undergo God’s work, we’ll never break free from the deception, bondage, and restraint of the false shepherds and antichrists of the religious world, nor will we ever be able to liberate ourselves from the dark influences of Satan. When we worship and follow man, we oppose and betray God. All those who follow religious false shepherds and antichrists are doomed to weep and gnash their teeth during the great disasters.
from the movie script of Rapture In Peril