IX. Questions and Answers on God’s Work of Judgment in the Last Days
Question 2: The Lord Jesus was crucified as a sin offering to redeem mankind. We have accepted the Lord, and obtained salvation through His grace. Why do we still have to accept Almighty God’s work of judgment and purification in the last days?
Almighty God says, “A sinner such as you, who has just been redeemed, and has not been changed, or been perfected by God, can you be after God’s heart? For you, you who are still of your old self, it is true that you were saved by Jesus, and that you are not counted as sinners because of the salvation of God, but this does not prove that you are not sinful, and are not impure. How can you be saintly if you have not been changed? Within, you are beset by impurity, selfish and mean, yet you still wish to descend with Jesus—you should be so lucky! You have missed a step in your belief in God: you have merely been redeemed, but have not been changed. For you to be after God’s heart, God must personally do the work of changing and cleansing you; if you are only redeemed, you will be incapable of attaining sanctity. In this way you will be unqualified to share in the good blessings of God, for you have missed out a step in God’s work of managing man, which is the key step of changing and perfecting. And so you, a sinner who has just been redeemed, are incapable of directly inheriting God’s inheritance” (“Concerning Appellations and Identity” in The Word Appears in the Flesh).
“By means of this work of judgment and chastisement, man will fully come to know the filthy and corrupt substance within his own self, and he will be able to change completely and become clean. Only in this way can man become worthy to return before the throne of God. All the work done this day is so that man can be made clean and be changed; through judgment and chastisement by the word, as well as through refinement, man can purge away his corruption and be made pure” (“The Mystery of the Incarnation (4)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh).
In the last days, God will completely save man from Satan’s influence, allow man to truly turn to God and become compatible with Christ, and become holy people who revere and obey God. The only way to achieve that is through Almighty God’s work of judgment in the last days. Only through the judgment and revelations in Almighty God’s words can people finally come to know the truth of how they’ve been corrupted by Satan, and the essence of their nature, and know God’s righteous and majestic disposition that is intolerant of offense. Only in this way can people produce true remorse and repentance, wills to hate the flesh and rebel against Satan, and hearts that fear God, truly escape the dark influence of Satan, turn to God, and be gained by God. Only in this way can mankind finally be saved and enter the kingdom of heaven.
from the movie script of From the Throne Flows the Water of Life