Question 7: Only the word of God is the truth and can be man’s life. This is for sure. Yet, I’m not clear about the meaning and the fruit of God’s word being man’s life. Could you please fellowship in detail?
Answer: It is true that only the words of God can be man’s life, and can change and perfect man. The word of man, no matter how close it may be to the truth, is not truth and can’t change or perfect man. This is an absolutely undeniable fact! And even though man acknowledges that only the words of God can be their life, very few of them can see clearly the meaning and the fruit of the word of God being man’s life. If they can see it clearly, they will thirst for and pursue the truth. What the truth actually is is understood by few people, nor are there those who know why the truth can be man’s life, or those who understand what the result of the truth actually being the life of man means to them. To grasp this aspect of the truth, we should first know that man was created by God, and the life of man comes from God. Only God that can give the real life to man. Genesis 1:26, “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness….” God has created mankind in accordance with His image, so God will definitely bestow new life to man. And when God redeems and saves man in His two incarnations, both of Them testify He is the truth, the life, the way, and the life. God comes and brings the way of everlasting life. It’s beyond doubt that God is to bestow the eternal life to man, so that man can gain eternal life. And the way of everlasting life is all the truths God expresses to purify and perfect man. The Lord Jesus once said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death” (John 8:51). “I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believes in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whoever lives and believes in me shall never die. Believe you this?” (John 11:25-26). The Lord Jesus has put it very plainly. If man follows God’s way, he’ll never see death. God’s way is the eternal life that He bestows upon man. And if man can follow the way of God, he will gain eternal life.
Almighty God says, “Christ of the last days brings life, and brings the enduring and everlasting way of truth. This truth is the path through which man shall gain life, and the only path by which man shall know God and be approved by God. If you do not seek the way of life provided by Christ of the last days, then you shall never gain the approval of Jesus, and shall never be qualified to enter the gate of the kingdom of heaven, for you are both a puppet and prisoner of history” (“Only Christ of the Last Days Can Give Man the Way of Eternal Life” in The Word Appears in the Flesh).
“Those who wish to gain life without relying on the truth spoken by Christ are the most ridiculous people on earth, and those who do not accept the way of life brought by Christ are lost in fantasy. And so I say that the people who do not accept Christ of the last days shall forever be despised by God. Christ is man’s gateway to the kingdom during the last days, which none may bypass. None may be perfected by God except through Christ. You believe in God, and so you must accept His words and obey His way. You must not just think of gaining blessings without receiving the truth, or accepting the provision of life. Christ comes during the last days so that all those who truly believe in Him may be provided with life. His work is for the sake of concluding the old age and entering the new one, and is the path that must be taken by all those who would enter the new age. If you are incapable of acknowledging Him, and instead condemn, blaspheme or even persecute Him, then you are bound to burn for eternity, and shall never enter the kingdom of God” (“Only Christ of the Last Days Can Give Man the Way of Eternal Life” in The Word Appears in the Flesh).
Almighty God’s word has made it very clear. The way of truth brought by Christ of the last days is the everlasting way of life, which is the eternal life God bestows upon mankind. People who gain the life bestowed by God shall receive eternal life and never die. So why is it that only God’s word can be man’s eternal life? Let’s see what Almighty God says about it.
Almighty God says, “The way of life is not something that can be possessed by just anyone, nor is it easily obtainable by all. That is because life can only come from God, which is to say, only God Himself possesses the substance of life, there is no way of life without God Himself, and so only God is the source of life, and the ever-flowing wellspring of living water of life. From when He created the world, God has done much work involving the vitality of life, has done much work that brings life to man, and has paid a great price so that man might gain life, for God Himself is eternal life, and God Himself is the way by which man is resurrected. … Man’s life originates from God, the existence of the heaven is because of God, and the existence of the earth stems from the power of God’s life. No object possessed of vitality can transcend the sovereignty of God, and no thing with vigor can break away from the ambit of God’s authority. … only God possesses the way of life. Since His life is immutable, so it is eternal; since only God is the way of life, so God Himself is the way of eternal life” (“Only Christ of the Last Days Can Give Man the Way of Eternal Life” in The Word Appears in the Flesh).
“God Himself is life, and the truth, and His life and truth coexist. Those who are incapable of gaining the truth shall never gain life. Without the guidance, support, and provision of the truth, you shall only gain letters, doctrines, and, moreover, death. God’s life is ever-present, and His truth and life coexist. If you cannot find the source of truth, then you will not gain the nourishment of life; if you cannot gain the provision of life, then you will surely have no truth, and so apart from imaginations and conceptions, the entirety of your body shall be nothing but flesh, your stinking flesh. Know that the words of books do not count as life, the records of history cannot be feted as the truth, and the doctrines of the past cannot serve as an account of words presently spoken by God. Only that which is expressed by God when He comes to earth and lives among man is the truth, life, God’s will, and His actual manner of working” (“Only Christ of the Last Days Can Give Man the Way of Eternal Life” in The Word Appears in the Flesh).
Why can God’s word be man’s life? Almighty God’s words have stated it clearly. God is the source of the life of all things. God can not only create the heavens and earth and all things, but He can also rule everything, which is widely known. God is who He is. And it can only be God who is eternal life. So God can rule the fate of all things forever. Except God, no person, matter, or thing is eternal, and nothing can last forever. God created the heavens and earth and all things with the word. God’s word will exist forever. Just like the Lord Jesus said, “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away” (Matthew 24:35). So the truth God expresses will exist forever and never change. This is eternal life. God’s word itself is the eternal way of life, and can be man’s eternal life. All the words expressed by God incarnate are the expressions of God’s life, God’s righteous disposition, and what God has and is, representing His almightiness and wisdom. They are the Creator’s will and requirements toward man. These are all the truth that corrupt man must possess in order to be saved, and are the eternal way of life God gives to man. All those who have truly experienced God’s words have witnessed this wonderful fact: The more we experience the words of God, the more we feel that God’s words are the truth and life, and that God’s words are inexhaustible. Every word of God is sufficient for us to experience through the course of a lifetime. When we experience God’s words to a certain extent, we are certain to gain truth and life from the word. When we live by God’s words, we will feel enriched, peaceful, joyful, comforted, and hopeful. And deep down in our heart, we are certain to feel the presence of God, as well as the strength that is given by the words of God. Besides, God’s words become our faith and life. The fact is enough to prove that the words of God are indeed the immutable truth and only God’s words can be man’s eternal life, which is absolutely true. All the truth God expresses when doing the work of judgment in the last days is the life that God bestows upon mankind. Every single item of the truth can be a part of man’s life. For example, the truth of being an honest person can make man live out normal humanity and the likeness of a real man; knowledge about God can make man fear God, obey God, worship God, and be blessed by God to a thousand generations; relying on and obeying God helps man in receiving God’s guidance and blessings. If someone truly loves God, they will be greatly used by God and then they will be God’s servants forever. If one walks in God’s way, and he fears God and shuns evil, then he will receive God’s promise to enter the kingdom of heaven. From these we’re sure to see that if man gains these truths, then they shall gain the eternal life and enjoy the eternal blessings as well. Every single item of the truth can be man’s life and can bring man God’s blessings as well. This is the true meaning of the truth being man’s life.
Now we understand why only God’s words can be man’s life. It’s because only God’s words are the truth, and nothing except for the truth can be man’s life. This is an absolutely undeniable fact! Then what is the effect of the words of God being man’s life? Let’s read Almighty God’s words.
“Though the word ‘word’ is simple and ordinary, the word from the mouth of God become flesh shakes the entire universe; His word transforms the heart of man, the notions and the old disposition of man, and the old appearance of the entire world. Through the ages, only the God of this day works in such a manner, and only He speaks and saves man thus. Thereafter, man lives under the guidance of the word, shepherded and supplied by the word; they live in the world of the word, live within the curses and blessings of God’s word, and even more live under the judgment and chastisement of the word. These words and this work are all for the sake of man’s salvation, achieving God’s will, and changing the original appearance of the world of old creation. God created the world with the word, leads men throughout the universe with the word, conquers and saves them with the word. Finally, He shall use the word to bring the entire world of old to an end. Only then is the management plan wholly complete” (“The Age of Kingdom Is the Age of Word” in The Word Appears in the Flesh).
“Only if one knows God and has the truth does he live in the light; and only when his view of the world and his view of life change does he change fundamentally. Only when he has his goal in life and conducts himself according to the truth, only when he obeys God absolutely and lives by God’s word, only when he feels assured and enlightened deep in his soul, only when his heart is free of darkness, and only when he lives freely and unrestrained in God’s presence–only then does he live a true human life and have the truth. Besides, the truths you have are from God’s word and from God Himself. The Ruler of the entire universe and all things—God Most High—approves of you, as a real man living the true human life. What could be more meaningful than God’s approval? Such is a person who has the truth” (“How to Know Man’s Nature” in Christ’s Talks with Church Leaders and Workers).
The word of Almighty God has made clear the result of God’s word being the actual life of man. After we accept God’s work in the last days, we see all the words Almighty God has expressed are absolute truths, God’s disposition, and what God has and is. The words of Almighty God have revealed all mysteries of God’s management plan: the inside truth of the three stages of God’s work of saving man, the mystery of the incarnation, the significance of God’s name, the inner truth of the Bible, how Satan corrupts mankind, how God saves mankind, the destination and end of each kind of man, how man should pursue so that they can be saved and perfected, and so on. They opened our eyes, and we enjoyed all of these. Almighty God’s words, like a double-edged sword, thoroughly disclose our satanic nature and various follies of disobedience and resistance to God. We realized we’ve truly been corrupted by Satan deeply, and felt ashamed and humiliated for having no human likeness at all. God’s words have completely conquered us! It does show that God’s words are the truth, and are able to conquer mankind. So, we experienced the judgment of Almighty God’s words, as if we were face-to-face with Him. We came to know God’s righteous disposition, and practically experienced God’s majesty, His wrath and intolerance of man’s offense, and thus we came to fear God in our heart. This is the result of God’s word purifying and perfecting man. The judgment of Almighty God’s words has made our outlook on life and values change in varying degrees. In the past, we sought worldly wealth, fame, honor and position. But now, we focus on pursuing the truth and being honest persons, pursuing to know God, obey God, love God, and to perform the duty of a created being to satisfy God. Gradually, our life disposition has been transformed, and we have more likeness of a real man. Such life is of great value and significance. Experiencing God’s work in the last days, we can see clearly that all of the words of Almighty God can indeed purify, save, and perfect man, and they can be man’s life, and can bring man the true human life. Which proves: Only God’s words, which are the truth, can purify man, save man, and perfect man, and only the words of God can truly be man’s life. If man truly gains the truth from God’s words, he will know God, obey God, and love God, and will be compatible with God, and never betray God. Such man will gain the eternal life and will never die. This is the effect of the truth of God’s words being man’s life.
Why is it God’s word alone that can be man’s eternal life while man’s word and knowledge can’t achieve that result? Let us investigate another fact. Satan has corrupted mankind for several thousand years, why does man become more and more evil and corrupt? Why does the world become darker and darker? That’s precisely because since mankind was corrupted by Satan, the satanic philosophies, rules, logic, and all kinds of poisons have become man’s life and nature. Thus, men become ever more evil, ever more opposed to God, and the world becomes ever more dark. This shows that all those negative things come from Satan, from evil spirits and devils, and that Satan is the root of all the evil and darkness. Because the corrupt mankind has satanic nature and lives by the philosophies, rules and poisons of Satan, they are all arrogant, crooked and cunning. They adore evil, intrigue against each other, scramble for power and position and kill one another, and so on. People have lost their conscience and sense, without any humanity, just like unclean spirits and evil spirits. These facts are sufficient proof that the word of Satan and the word of corrupt mankind are not the truth and can’t be man’s life. They can do nothing but corrupt, deceit and harm man and bring man death. If man can’t accept all the truth expressed by God, they will be corrupted by Satan more and more deeply and finally be destroyed, which is inevitable. So, those who don’t accept the judgment of Almighty God in the last days will perish with Satan and will cease to exist in the end. This is definite. Only God can save man and only His word can be man’s life. So, gaining the truth as man’s life is the only way for them to be granted salvation and enter God’s kingdom.
from the movie script of Who Is He That Has Returned