IV. Questions and Answers on How to Discern the Voice of God
Question 3: What is the difference between God’s words conveyed by prophets such as Isaiah, Ezekiel, and Daniel from the Age of Law, and the words expressed by God in the flesh?
So why is the truth expressed by the incarnate God able to save man and make man perfect? For the incarnate God has God’s essence. He is the Spirit of God in the flesh, that is, the essence of the life of God, what God has and what God is, the authority and wisdom of God, everything that God’s Spirit possesses is in the flesh. So the incarnate God is able to express all the truth to cleanse and save man and make man perfect. It is endless, inexhaustible, anywhere at any time. As we can see from the fact of God’s incarnation twice to do work, the incarnate God can express the truth anytime and anywhere to solve all difficulties and confusion of man in believing in God, doing his duty and entering life. He can rescue man completely from the domain of Satan. But the prophets were just ordinary people who did not have the essence of God. So they could not express the truth. They could only do their duties of conveying the word of God. The words of God conveyed by the prophets were limited. The scopes of what they said were also limited. They could only convey whatever words God inspired them, no more and no less. Without God’s inspiration, their functions of conveying God’s words would cease. Moreover, the prophets just did their duties to convey God’s words. They did not have the truth, nor could they express the truth. This is the difference between the words of God conveyed by the prophets and the words expressed by the incarnate God.
There is another difference between the words of God conveyed by the prophets and the words expressed by the incarnate God. Many of the words expressed by the incarnate God are human languages. The languages are common and easy to understand when they are heard by man. Most words of God conveyed by the prophets were divine languages that were difficult to understand when they were heard by man. Let’s look at two passages of the words of Almighty God.
Almighty God says, “When God had not become flesh, people did not understand much of what He said because it came out of complete divinity. The perspective and context of what He said was invisible and unreachable to mankind; it was expressed from a spiritual realm that people could not see. For people who lived in the flesh, they could not pass through the spiritual realm. But after God became flesh, He spoke to mankind from the perspective of humanity, and He came out of and surpassed the scope of the spiritual realm. He could express His divine disposition, will, and attitude, through things humans could imagine and things they saw and encountered in their lives, and using methods that humans could accept, in a language they could understand, and knowledge they could grasp, to allow mankind to understand and to know God, to comprehend His intention and His required standards within the scope of their capacity, to the degree that they were able. This was the method and principle of God’s work in humanity” (“God’s Work, God’s Disposition, and God Himself III” in The Word Appears in the Flesh).
“This was the advantage of God becoming flesh: He could take advantage of mankind’s knowledge and use human language to speak to people, to express His will. He explained or “translated” to man His profound, divine language that people struggled to understand in human language, in a human way. This helped people understand His will and know what He wanted to do. He could also have conversations with people from the human perspective, using human language, and communicate with people in a way they understood. He could even speak and work using human language and knowledge so that people could feel God’s kindness and closeness, so that they could see His heart” (“God’s Work, God’s Disposition, and God Himself III” in The Word Appears in the Flesh).
Almighty God’s word makes it very clear. All the words spoken by God before He is incarnated are divine language. After being incarnated, God can transcend the realm of the spiritual world and speak with man in human language from the perspective of humanity. Since the incarnate God can live with man, He personally experiences and witnesses the living of mankind. He comes to understand and master some knowledge, common sense, language or expressions from people by living in humanity. So the incarnate God can use human cognition or man’s personal experience to give examples and make parables, and speak more clearly, thoroughly, and precisely about God’s requirements of mankind, God’s will, essence, disposition, and what God has and what God is. Upon hearing these words, man can accurately understand God’s will, find the way to practice and enter, and at the same time, understand God’s disposition and what God has and what God is. For example, Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I say not to you, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven” (See Mat 18: 21-22). From the words of the Lord Jesus, we can understand that God wants man to learn to forgive others, to be able to forgive others without conditions, without limit on the number, and be able to do it in the spirit of understanding and tolerating others. At the same time, we also see the essence of God’s goodness in the words of the Lord Jesus. Other examples are the Lord Jesus’ sermon on the mount on the beatitudes, on anger, on oaths, on loving one’s enemy, on loving your neighbor as yourself, the Lord Jesus’ parable of the lost sheep, and so on, and they are all in human languages. Upon listening, we can accurately understand God’s will without seeking or exploring, and know God’s disposition from these words. This is an obvious feature of the words of the incarnate God. The prophets just conveyed God’s word or made prophecies from receiving God’s inspiration. These words were all divine languages. People could only understand them roughly but not entirely. This is the distinct difference between the prophets’ language in conveying God’s word and the word expressed by the incarnate God.
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