Sermons and Fellowship About God’s Word “How to Know the God on Earth” (VIII)
How to Know the God on Earth
All of you are glad to receive rewards before God and to become the object of His favor in His eyes. This is everyone’s wish after he begins to have faith in God, for man wholeheartedly strives for higher things and no one is willing to fall behind others. This is the way of man. Precisely for this reason, many among you are constantly trying to curry the favor of the God in heaven, yet in truth, your loyalty and candor to God are far less than your loyalty and candor to yourselves. Why do I say this? Because I do not acknowledge your loyalty to God at all, and I further deny the existence of the God that exists in your hearts. That is to say, the God that you worship, the vague God that you admire, does not exist at all. The reason I can say this so definitively is that you are too far away from the true God. The reason why you have loyalty is due to the existence of an idol within your hearts, and as for Me, the God who appears as neither great nor small in your eyes, all you do is acknowledge Me with words. When I speak of your great distance from God, I am referring to how far away you are from the true God, while the vague God seems to be near at hand. When I say “not great,” it is in reference to how the God that you believe in this day appears to merely be a man without great abilities; a man that is not very lofty. And when I say “not small,” this means that, although this man cannot summon the wind and command the rain, He is nonetheless able to call upon the Spirit of God to do work that shakes the heavens and earth, leaving man completely confounded. Outwardly, you all appear to be very obedient to this Christ on earth, yet in substance you neither have faith in Him nor love Him. What I mean is that the one you truly have faith in is that vague God in your feelings, and the one you truly love is the God you yearn for night and day, yet have never seen in person. As for this Christ, your faith is merely fractional, and your love for Him is nothing. Faith means belief and trust; love means adoration and admiration in the heart, never parting. Yet your faith in and love of the Christ of today fall far short of this. When it comes to faith, how do you have faith in Him? When it comes to love, in what way do you love Him? You have simply no understanding of His disposition, still less do you know His substance, so how do you have faith in Him? Where is the reality of your faith in Him? How do you love Him? Where is the reality of your love for Him?
Many have followed Me without hesitation to this day, and over these few years, you have all suffered much fatigue. I have thoroughly grasped the innate character and habits of each of you, and it has been supremely arduous to interact with you. The pity is that though I have got hold of much information about you, you have not the slightest understanding of Me. No wonder people say you got swindled by a man in a moment of confusion. Indeed, you understand nothing of My disposition, and much less can you fathom what is in My mind. Now your misunderstandings toward Me are an added insult to injury, and your faith in Me remains a confused faith. As opposed to saying that you have faith in Me, it would be more apt to say that you are all trying to curry My favor and fawn over Me. Your motives are very simple—whosoever can reward me I shall follow, and whosoever can enable me to escape the great disasters I shall believe in, whether he be God or any certain God. None of this is of any concern to me. There are many such men among you, and this condition is very serious. If, one day, a test is made to see how many among you have faith in Christ because you have insight into His substance, then I’m afraid that not one of you will be able to do as I wish. So it wouldn’t hurt for every one of you to consider this question: The God in which you have faith is vastly different from Me, and this being so, what then is the essence of your faith in God? The more you believe in your so-called God, the further away you stray from Me. What, then, is at the core of this issue? I am sure none of you have ever considered this issue, but has the gravity of this issue occurred to you? Have you given thought to the consequences of continuing with this form of belief?
Now, the problems set before you are many, and none of you are adept at coming up with solutions. Should this continue, the only ones who stand to lose are yourselves. I will help you recognize the problems, but it rests on you to find the solutions.
I very much appreciate those who harbor no suspicion about others and I also very much like those who readily accept the truth; to these two kinds of men I show great care, for in My eyes they are honest men. If you are very deceitful, then you will have a guarded heart and thoughts of suspicion regarding all matters and all men. For this reason, your faith in Me is built upon a foundation of suspicion. This manner of faith is one I shall never acknowledge. Lacking genuine faith, you will be even further from real love. And if you are able to doubt God and speculate about Him at will, then you are beyond doubt the most deceitful of men. You speculate whether God can be like man: unpardonably sinful, of petty character, devoid of fairness and reason, lacking a sense of justice, given to vicious, underhanded, and cunning tactics, as well as being pleased by evil and darkness, and so on. Is not the reason that man has such thoughts because man has not the slightest knowledge of God? This manner of faith is nothing short of sin! Moreover, there are even some who believe that the ones that please Me are none other than flatterers and sycophants, and that those lacking in these skills will be unwelcome and will lose their place in the house of God. Is this all the knowledge you have gleaned these many years? Is this what you have gained? And your knowledge of Me does not stop at these misunderstandings; even worse is your blasphemy against God’s Spirit and vilification of Heaven. This is why I say that such manner of faith as yours will only cause you to stray further from Me and be in greater opposition against Me. Throughout many years of work, you have seen many truths, but do you know what My ears have heard? How many among you are willing to accept the truth? You all believe that you are willing to pay the price for the truth, but how many have truly suffered for the truth? All that exists in your hearts is iniquity, and hence you believe that anyone, no matter who he may be, is deceitful and crooked. You even believe that God incarnate would, just like a normal man, be without a kind heart or a benevolent love. Even more, you believe that a noble character and a merciful, benevolent nature exist only within the God in heaven. And you believe that such a saint does not exist, and that only darkness and evil reign on earth, while God is something in which man lodges his longing for the good and beautiful, a legendary figure fabricated by man. In your minds, the God in heaven is very upright, righteous, and great, worthy of worship and admiration, but this God on earth is merely a substitute and instrument of the God in heaven. You believe this God cannot be equivalent to the God in heaven, much less be mentioned in the same breath as Him. When it comes to the greatness and honor of God, they belong to the glory of the God in heaven, but when it comes to the nature and the corruption of man, they are attributes in which the God on earth has a part. The God in heaven is forever lofty, while the God on earth is forever insignificant, weak, and incompetent. The God in heaven is not given to emotion, only righteousness, while the God on earth only has selfish motives and is without any fairness or reason. The God in heaven has not the slightest crookedness and is forever faithful, while the God on earth always has a dishonest side. The God in heaven loves man dearly, while the God on earth shows man inadequate care, even neglecting him entirely. This erroneous knowledge has long been kept within your hearts and may also be perpetuated onward in the future. You regard all deeds of Christ from the standpoint of the unrighteous and evaluate all His work, as well as His identity and substance, from the perspective of the wicked. You have made a grave mistake and done that which has never been done by those coming before you. That is, you only serve the lofty God in heaven with a crown upon His head and never attend to the God you regard as so insignificant as to be invisible to you. Is this not your sin? Is this not a classic example of your offense against the disposition of God? You worship the God in heaven. You adore lofty images and esteem those distinguished for their eloquence. You are gladly commanded by the God that fills your hands with riches, and greatly pine for the God who can fulfill your every desire. The only One you do not worship is this God who is not lofty; the only thing you hate is association with this God whom no man can regard highly. The only thing you are unwilling to do is to serve this God who has never given you a single penny, and the only One who is unable to make you yearn for Him is this unlovely God. This kind of God cannot enable you to broaden your horizons, to feel as if you have found a treasure, much less fulfill what you wish. Why, then, do you follow Him? Have you given thought to questions like this? What you do does not merely offend this Christ; even more importantly, it offends the God in heaven. This is not, I think, the purpose of your faith in God!
You desire greatly for God to delight in you, yet you are very far away from God. What is the matter here? You accept only His words, but not His dealing or His pruning; even less are you able to accept His every arrangement, to have complete faith in Him. What, then, is the matter here? In the final analysis, your faith is an empty eggshell that can never give rise to a chick. For your faith has not brought you the truth or gained you life, but has instead brought you an illusory sense of sustenance and hope. Your purpose in believing in God is for the sake of this hope and sense of sustenance rather than for the truth and life. Therefore, I say that the course of your faith in God is none other than trying to curry the favor of God through servility and shamelessness, and can in no way be deemed a true faith. How can a chick appear from faith such as this? In other words, what fruit can this manner of faith bear? The purpose of your faith in God is to use God in order to fulfill your aims. Is this not further a fact of your offense against the disposition of God? You believe in the existence of the God in heaven but deny that of the God on earth. However, I do not approve your views. I commend only those men who keep their feet on the ground and serve the God on earth, but never those who never acknowledge the Christ who is on earth. No matter how loyal such men are to the God in heaven, in the end they will not escape My hand that punishes the wicked. These men are the wicked; they are the wicked ones who oppose God and have never gladly obeyed Christ. Of course, their number includes all those who do not know and, further, do not acknowledge Christ. Do you believe that you can act as you please toward Christ as long as you are loyal to the God in heaven? Wrong! Your ignorance of Christ is ignorance of the God in heaven. No matter how loyal you are to the God in heaven, it is merely empty talk and pretense, for the God on earth is not only instrumental in man receiving the truth and more profound knowledge, but even more instrumental in the condemnation of man and afterward in seizing the facts to punish the wicked. Have you understood the beneficial and harmful outcomes here? Have you experienced them? I wish for you one day soon to understand this truth: To know God, you must know not only the God in heaven but, even more importantly, the God on earth. Do not get your priorities confused or allow the secondary to supersede the principal. Only in this way can you truly build a good relationship with God, become closer to God, and bring your heart closer to Him. If you have been of the faith for many years and have long associated with Me, yet remain distant from Me, then I say it must be that you often offend the disposition of God, and your end will be very difficult to reckon. If the many years of association with Me have not only failed to change you into a person who has humanity and the truth, but rather ingrained your evil ways into your nature, and you not only have twice as many delusions of grandeur as before but your misunderstandings of Me have also multiplied, such that you come to regard Me as your little sidekick, then I say that your affliction is no longer skin deep but has penetrated into your very bones. All that remains is for you to wait for your funeral arrangements to be made. You need not beseech Me then to be your God, for you have committed a sin deserving of death, an unforgivable sin. Even if I could have mercy on you, the God in heaven will insist on taking your life, for your offense against the disposition of God is no ordinary problem, but one of a very grave nature. When the time comes, do not blame Me for not having informed you beforehand. It all comes back to this: When you associate with the Christ—the God on earth—as an ordinary man, that is, when you believe that this God is nothing but a man, it is then that you shall perish. This is My only admonishment to you all.
After reading this passage of God’s words, we must first ponder a most important question: “How to Know the God on Earth.” What issues must be resolved to know the God on earth? If these issues are never resolved, then what will be the end result? What will the outcome be? This must be given due consideration. Many people say: “We have believed in the practical God on earth, and if we are able to devoutly follow Him to the end, is our faith not acceptable? Are we unable to obtain God’s praise?” Isn’t this an issue? “The Bible says that those who believe in the Son will have eternal life; we believe in the Son, we are believers in Christ, we will believe to the end and follow Him to the end, so will we not obtain eternal life?” Isn’t this an issue? Do you have such questions? Some people think: “If I am able to believe to the end, follow to the end, and endure to the end, is this not enough? If I really have conceptions and really don’t acknowledge God, then am I able to follow God to this day? Am I able to leave everything behind and follow God?” Where is the error in this? “I acknowledge that the God on earth is true, I believe in Him as the incarnate God, not a man. I acknowledge that God expresses much truth and is doing the work of judgment in the last days. I have determined these two things as true. So regardless of what conceptions or what misunderstandings I have toward God, it doesn’t matter. Anyhow, as long as I am able to believe in Him and follow Him, I am able to fulfill my duties and follow to the end, this is enough, and this is standing witness.” Is this view right? You all say it is not right. Why is it not right? What are the errors in it? First, the greatest error is that they are not very clear on what it means to believe in the practical God. They think: “I acknowledge God incarnate, I acknowledge God expresses truth and is doing the work of judgment in the last days. This is true belief.” Does this “true belief” hold water or not? It does not. First of all, they merely acknowledge God and acknowledge the God incarnate; second of all, they merely acknowledge that the words God speaks are true; and third of all, they merely acknowledge that God is doing the work of judgment and chastisement in the last days. Do these three acknowledgments signify that their belief is true? No, they don’t signify that. Why doesn’t this kind of belief gain God’s praise? It’s not easy to explain why not, is it? We must fellowship about it.
In belief in the practical God, this belief holds a mystery, and it has truth that can be sought. Just what is true belief? Here we must search for a basis for it in God’s words. What kind of belief must we have and what truths does the belief need to possess in order to be true belief and to be able to win God’s praise? Isn’t this something that we must be clear about? Take people’s belief in the Lord Jesus for example. There are many people who acknowledge that the Lord Jesus was God incarnate, that He was God’s Son, and that He was the Christ, but who have never seen the Lord Jesus’ face. When the Lord Jesus’ Spirit has again taken on a flesh and appeared to them, who would have thought that they would resist and condemn Him? Do such people have true belief in the Lord Jesus? While they believe in the Lord Jesus, why are they able to condemn and resist Him when the Lord Jesus came, and why are they able to make an enemy of God? What kind of belief is this? We can say that they merely acknowledge that the Lord Jesus was God incarnate, that the Lord Jesus’ work was the work of God and the work of the Holy Spirit, but they don’t have the slightest degree of knowledge of the Lord Jesus’ Spirit or of His substance. Isn’t this their belief? If you say you believe in the Lord Jesus, then do you know what kind of spirit the Lord Jesus’ Spirit is? What is the substance of the Lord Jesus? Who is His Spirit that is working? Is the Lord Jesus’ Spirit the Spirit of Jehovah? Is He the Holy Spirit? If you say that the Lord Jesus is the true God, then is Jehovah the true God? Is the Holy Spirit the true God? When Jehovah’s Spirit takes on a fleshy form and begins expressing truths, are you able to recognize that this is the Lord Jesus’ Spirit speaking? “The Lord Jesus has come, even though the flesh is different, it is exactly His Spirit that has appeared in the last days to speak and work!” If people have this knowledge, then what kind of understanding is it? A true knowledge of the Lord Jesus. “Regardless of what kind of flesh the Lord Jesus takes on when He returns, once He opens His mouth to speak, I will be able to recognize that Spirit.” Only this is a true knowledge of the Lord Jesus. However, it is pitiful that the religious people merely acknowledge the name of the Lord Jesus and don’t know the Spirit of the Lord Jesus. What kind of knowledge do they have? What kind of belief do they have? Dare you say that they believe that the Spirit of the Lord Jesus is the Spirit of God? Dare you say that their belief in the Lord Jesus is a belief that the Lord Jesus was the true God, that the Holy Spirit became flesh as the Lord Jesus and spoke and worked? Do they have this belief? They don’t, and their belief is merely an acknowledgment. Moreover, they have not yet seen the face of the Lord Jesus. So their belief is nothing but that where the Bible says that the Lord Jesus was God incarnate, they say “Amen.” Where the Bible says that the Lord Jesus was the Son of God, they say “Amen.” Where the Bible says that the Lord Jesus was crucified to complete the work of redemption, they acknowledge it is true and say “Amen.” They believe this much, so when the Lord Jesus takes on a flesh and comes again to utter His voice, they don’t recognize Him, they certainly resist and condemn Him, and make every effort to deny Him. Do religious people believe in the Lord Jesus like this? They are merely acknowledging God’s name and God’s work, but they don’t know God’s substance or disposition at all. Can this kind of faith win God’s praise? It can’t. Why can’t it? Because they don’t know God, and this is the root cause.
If people have no knowledge of God, what results would it bring? It would bring the most dreadful results: When God does new work, they would resist and condemn it, they would oppose God. This is the most dreadful results. The Pharisees believed in Jehovah this way. Why wasn’t the Pharisees’ faith able to get them God’s praise? Because when the Lord Jesus came, they didn’t recognize Him. Some people may say: “No one had seen the Lord Jesus’ face and no one knew His background and His name, so who was able to recognize Him when He came?” It is not that people had to recognize the Person, but that they needed to know whether the voice of the Lord Jesus was the voice of Jehovah, whether it was Jehovah’s Spirit who came and took on the flesh of the Lord Jesus. People needed to recognize His Spirit, His substance, and His voice. If people obtained such knowledge, this would be true belief. Do you understand? Does merely acknowledging, saying what everyone else is saying, and saying words that are correct count as true belief? It doesn’t count as true belief, because when God returns and takes on a different flesh and utters His voice, they get confused and begin to deny and rebel against God. Therefore, merely acknowledging is not equivalent to believing. This is just like Chinese people who acknowledge the Old Man in the Sky exists. They acknowledge Him but don’t know Him. Does that count as faith? Even if they may often call out to the Old Man in the Sky, it’s no use. They do not truly believe in God and so God won’t accept them.
What is the significance in God expressing “How to Know the God on Earth” today? Do you know now what issues it intends to resolve? Some people say that it is to resolve the various conceptions, imaginings, and misunderstandings that people have about God. This is one aspect. Its main purpose is to resolve the real issue of people walking the path of resisting God in believing in God because of not knowing God. The Pharisees believed in this way, and the pastors and elders of religious circles believe in this way, too. They are all walking the path of resisting God, they merely acknowledge God’s name, but don’t know the substance of God. What they pursue is not the truth, but rather biblical knowledge and theology. They think they have thoroughly grasped biblical knowledge and theology, and can preach many theories, which is enough to make people admire them from the heart. By doing so, they can secure their position and livelihood, get ahead of others, boost their own reputations, and leave a name in history. But the end result for them is that they will suffer eternal damnation! What path is this? Isn’t this the path of the Pharisees’ belief in God? Isn’t this the path of religious pastors’ belief in God? You see those pastors seal off the churches and don’t allow anyone to bear witness to Almighty God there, saying, “Detain anyone who proclaims and bear witness to Almighty God! Hand them over to the police!” Is this setting themselves against Almighty God? They make the sheep of God their own. When God comes to work, they refuse to give them back to God, but they resist God and seal off the churches. They have set up their own independent kingdom, struggling with God for the sheep of God, God’s chosen people! Are they not walking the path of resisting God? So, believing in God this way, in the end, they are still a person who resists God. Will God bring those who resist Him into the kingdom of heaven? If God decided to bring all believers into His kingdom, regardless of whether their belief is true or fake, then there would be no need for God to do the work of judgment and chastisement in the last days. He would just bring the kingdom of heaven down to earth directly and destroy the unbelievers. That would be simple. But would that way be acceptable? What is the difference in substance between all the believers in the religious circles and the unbelievers of the world? It is only that the former acknowledge God in name and the latter don’t acknowledge God. This is the only difference, and there are no other differences. Their corrupt dispositions are all the same, their satanic nature is all the same, their essence of resisting God is the same.
When the Lord Jesus came, the Judaizers arrested Him and delivered Him to Pilate. Pilate, who was in power, interrogated the Lord Jesus. After interrogation, the Judaizers began to shout, “Crucify Him! Crucify Him!” When Pilate saw this, he had no choice but to comply. As a result, he had the incarnate God crucified. What facts can we confirm from this? When God takes on a flesh and comes to this evil and dark world, He is destined to be persecuted, oppressed cruelly, and suffer many hardships, then be forsaken by the age. Now, is this prophecy fulfilled? It is already fulfilled. Then what is my intention in saying these things? Is it useful? Mull this over a bit. If we all believe in the incarnate God but don’t pursue the truth, then after God’s work is finished we won’t have a true knowledge of God. Then will we be like the Pharisees and the pastors in religious circles who are able to resist God and condemn God? We will be just like them. If God is transfigured and begins to utter His voice once again, you won’t recognize it. Instead, you may say: “God’s words are finished here, He is done speaking, and His words are all in The Word Appears in the Flesh.” Won’t you delineate God and begin to resist God? Therefore, how does God perfect a group of people in the last days? By allowing us to know the God on earth, so that we will no longer believe like the people in religious circles and like the Pharisees, whose belief in God does not mean that they have been obtained by God or perfected by God. God does not praise them. Therefore, God expressed numerous words in The Word Appears in the Flesh to allow us to not only acknowledge Him verbally, but to also know Him. Only by knowing God are we able to resolve our conceptions, only by truly knowing God will we be able to not have any misunderstandings, and only by truly knowing God will we be able to not resist God. Isn’t this the case?
So then, what does this belief refer to, exactly? We believe in the God on earth, as the Bible says, “He that believes on the Son has everlasting life” (Jhn 3:36). What kind of belief is this? If it is the kind of belief as people have imagined and thought, then religious people who believe in the Lord Jesus should have obtained eternal life. Why haven’t they obtained it? People misunderstand this belief, right? Religious people say: “The Bible says, ‘He that believes on the Son has everlasting life: and he that believes not the Son shall not see life’ (Jhn 3:36). We believe in the Son, so why are we unable to obtain eternal life? Why are we to be destroyed when catastrophes come?” So, how should we understand and interpret this belief? This is one of the most important questions. Do you know what this belief is? This belief is true submission. True submission is: “I listen to none but God, I submit to none but God.” Only this is belief in God. Is it easy to reach the point of “I listen to none but God, I submit to none but God”? Is it that simple? Some people say: “I believe in Christ; even if I am persecuted, I would still believe. You are my husband (or wife), and if you persecute me, I will divorce you; you are the ruling party, and if you persecute me, I will rebel against you and forsake you.” Is this kind of belief acceptable? No, it’s unacceptable. Why is it unacceptable? Because there is no knowledge of God in it. It is merely an acknowledgment of Christ, albeit a thorough and firm acknowledgment. What level of acknowledgment is it? You can forsake family and job, and when the Communist Party tries to catch you, you flee from town to town, city to city. You face arrest in Mainland China and have no other place to flee to, so you flee to other countries. Does that mean you have knowledge of God? No, it doesn’t. It is merely the most simple form of belief, and it is the belief of acknowledgment. It is acknowledgment without doubts, but does following and believing like this represent a true knowledge of God? No, it doesn’t. Is there evidence for saying so? Why does it not represent a true knowledge of God? Because we have some conceptions and imaginings about God within us, it is sometimes difficult to avoid negativity and weakness, and sometimes there are still misunderstandings. These misunderstandings are able to produce rebelliousness and resistance, and this is the truth. If these practical questions exist in our hearts while following God in this way, then these practical questions prove that we still do not have a true knowledge of God, or that our knowledge is still shallow, right? A shallow knowledge does not represent a true knowledge, so there is frequent negativity and weakness and sometimes there is even doubt in God. Therefore, if great tribulations befall us, there is the possibility of denying God and betraying God. Does this danger exist? All admit there is. Therefore, God’s words say there is a 70% chance we will betray God, right? Some people say that is not correct, it is 100%. You say 100%? How can I say 70%? Some people say God’s words say 100%. God’s words do say 100%, but do you know why I say this? Because you are unable to accept God’s words. You won’t admit it 100%, you only admit it 70%. Anyone who reads this line of God’s words thinks: “The chance of betraying God is 100%? It can’t be, it’s perhaps 70%!” That’s why I say this. If you truly acknowledged it is 100%, that would be fine. You would admit that your faith is not true faith and that it’s not up to scratch. Why is this? If your betrayal of God is 100% likely, then how could your faith be up to scratch? What does “100% chance of betraying God” mean? You could still possibly betray God. Isn’t this what it means? Some people say it is. That is wrong; if it is 100% likely, you would certainly betray God; if it is 70% likely, then you would possibly betray God. Do you understand? I say that you would certainly betray God. Are you able to accept this? Some people say they can accept it. Actually you wouldn’t be able to accept this. You would say: “I follow God and have given up so much. I have given up my family, marriage, the world, riches, and work. Are you saying that I am 100% certain to betray God? No way! I am only 70% or 60% likely to betray God.” Then how do I come up with this 70%? It is based on the notions and imaginings of man, because mankind will not easily accept these words of God, “The chance that you will betray Me remains at one hundred percent.” Do you understand? Some people say: “You have recited God’s words incorrectly, God said 100%.” Is it me reciting incorrectly? Why do I say this? Some people say it is based on people’s actual condition. People’s actual condition is that they are unable to accept these words of God. Why do I say this? I thought this when I first began reading these words of God, that is why I say this today. I say it based on people’s notions.
Then how do we know the God on earth? God wants to perfect man, but what does He want to perfect in man? In the last days, God wants to obtain a group of people who are of the same heart and mind as God. This is God’s management plan. How does God obtain a group of people? To make perfect a group of people, but how? It is done through expressing the truth to allow people to have knowledge of God, of the God on earth—that is how God perfects man. Therefore, “How to Know the God on Earth” was written for perfecting man, they are words expressed to perfect man to know the God on earth. So how do we know the God on earth? Does this piece of God’s words provide a path? Yes. What path? It thoroughly discloses all of the mistaken conceptions, imaginings and misunderstandings of mankind and allows people to seek the truth and use the truth to resolve them, and people are thus perfected by God, right? This is the process of God perfecting people. So you must ponder: Why does God speak about these things? What results does He want to obtain? Do I have these conceptions, imaginings, and misunderstandings in my heart? If I do, how should I resolve them? If you don’t seek the truth to resolve the problems, and you carry them with you to the end of the road of following God, then what will the outcome be? You will carry them to your coffin, right? If you follow with these things, these conceptions and misunderstandings about God, to the end of the road, then who is the one that loses out? It is you, not God. God does not lose out. God obtains what He can. Look at those religious pastors and the great red dragon. They condemn Almighty God. Does Almighty God pay attention to them? No, He does not. No matter how they condemn Him, He won’t heed them, and He only focuses on doing His work and uttering His words to provide and shepherd God’s sheep. When this work is completed, God will cause calamities to befall them; He will destroy all those who resist and condemn Him. He will let those who frenziedly resist and condemn die and be destroyed. He will send them to the lake of fire and brimstone to burn for tens of thousands of years. In the words of the unbelievers, we will see who “laughs last.” Isn’t this the case? When the time comes, you will see that they will certainly die and be destroyed, and it will happen in the blink of an eye. What prophecies have been fulfilled so far? The Blood Moon Tetrad has occurred and immediately following it will be the battle of Armageddon. When that battle is over, the great catastrophes will begin. It’s coming quickly, isn’t it?
When reading “How to Know the God on Earth,” you should first examine yourself according to the various kinds of human conceptions that God has revealed. Don’t say you don’t have. Maybe you haven’t encountered things and the circumstances that cause you to develop these conceptions. If something particular happens to you，a certain conception will arise. Therefore, when you’re not in the right circumstances and don’t have these conceptions, you can’t say that you don’t have them. You cannot jump to conclusions about yourself! Suppose someone asks you: “Do you have this conception?” You say: “I don’t.” Is it good to say this? Some people say no. Why? Some say this is a lack of knowing one’s self. Then what should you say? “I have this conception.” “When did it come up?” “Well, it hasn’t come up yet, but since I have the dispositions of Satan, when the right circumstances arise, this conception will certainly come up.” Isn’t this a fact? It is a fact. Now after you have finished reading God’s words of revealing man’s conceptions, imaginings, and misunderstandings, can you still say, “I don’t have them, but other people have them”? If you speak this way, there’s something wrong with you: You don’t know yourself, you think highly of yourself, and you are arrogant and conceited. Isn’t this the case? What would smart people say after reading God’s words of revelation? How would smart people treat this issue? After reading them, they may think: “I don’t have these conceptions or misunderstandings about God.” After thinking about this, what would they say? They’d say: “O God, Your words of revelation are all true, they are all facts, and even though these things haven’t happened to me for now, it doesn’t mean they will never happen to me. This is certainly man’s actual condition. You do not lie, and Your words are all truth and facts.” If they understand and accept God’s words this way, aren’t they a smart person? And what kind of a person is a fool? After reading God’s words, a fool would think: “Hey, I don’t have this problem, these words expose other people. Let me think who these words expose. Such and such a leader, such and such a person, who is bad, these words expose them. They certainly have these problems. About three or four people in our church have these problems, but all the others do not.” Are people who speak this way fools? They always compare others against God’s words. Regardless of what God reveals, they compare other people against God’s words after reading them, and don’t compare themselves against God’s words. They think they are so noble and always feel they are good. Are you a superman? Have you fallen from heaven? Don’t you have these problems? Since you are born on the earth, you certainly have these problems. Everyone who is under the domain of Satan has these issues. Those from heaven do not have these issues, but those from the earth all have them.
In addition, let us fellowship about man’s several states that God reveals. Man conjectures about God the same way that he conjectures about corrupt people. Don’t you think that this is a very serious issue? Everyone admits that it is. For example, some people have suffered much in this world, experienced many things, and so they say: “There are no good people in this world, and all people are devils.” And they even doubt the incarnate God: “Huh! Whether God is good or not, I have no idea whatsoever.” This is very troublesome, isn’t it? When someone is guessing about God and treating God in the same way they do about corrupt people, they have committed the sin of offending God’s disposition. Isn’t that right? This is an offense against God’s disposition. What kind of character, what kind of nature does such a person have? Are they a good person? No, they are not a good person. Good people have conceptions about God, and bad people also have conceptions about God. But what is the difference between the conceptions of good people and bad people? Bad people imagine God as unpardonably sinful as a bad person among the unbelievers. They criticize God the same way that they criticize the unbelievers, and they judge and condemn God just like they judge and condemn unbelievers. Such are evil people, because their conceptions are vicious and insidious. As for a good person with conceptions about God, at most they treat God as an ordinary person, a good person just like themselves, but not as God. You see, a good person also has conceptions about God but they treat God as a good person, while the bad person judges God as a bad person just like themselves. Now tell me, is there a difference between the conceptions of a good person and a bad person? For example, what do some good people think of me? They think that I can make all the same mistakes that they can, isn’t that right? In the case of someone who is promiscuous, they would suspect me, “Oh, you must also commit adultery as well. Why? Because you come into contact with many people, because you are in a position of power, you’re also sure to do this,” and this is how a promiscuous person thinks of me. In the case of someone who loves money, they will certainly commit embezzlement if money is involved. So they say, “The brother can also embezzle money. If I can embezzle money, wouldn’t the brother do it too?” and this is how they think. In the case of someone fond of gambling, they would think like this, “If I can gamble when I have money, then the brother definitely can gamble too when he has money.” Aren’t people’s mindsets like this? They think of or judge others as themselves. And this is the pattern of people’s conceptions about God in general. They imagine God as the kind of person that they are. They think God is unable to do what they’re unable to do, while also thinking God can do what they can do. All people are adept at measuring others according to their own standard, isn’t that the case? Someone who does not have the truth would imagine that: “God’s house must be the same as the world. Those kinds of people who are popular in the world must also be popular within God’s house.” Wouldn’t they think like this? “In the world, those who know how to suck up to others always gain an advantage. They are always looked up to, they are always promoted and put in important positions. It must be the same in God’s house. Whoever is adept at sucking up to others is guaranteed to become a leader, and will be promoted and put in an important position.” Are there many people who imagine such things? Yes, there are. What is their mistake? Do such imaginings fit with reality? No, they don’t fit with the facts, because God’s house is different from the world. Who holds dominion over the world? The devil Satan holds dominion. And in God’s house? God holds dominion, Christ holds dominion, the Holy Spirit holds dominion, and those who understand the truth hold dominion within the church. Therefore, God’s house is completely different from the world. Look at God’s house. Which of the leaders came into such a position by sucking up to others? Are there any? There are none.
During the last days, God aims to perfect a group of people who are of the same mind as God. This group of people, who are of the same mind as God, are the overcomers, and they are also the first fruits. What is God’s blessing for this group of people? They shall be brought into the kingdom of heaven, they shall gain everlasting life, and they shall never die. Do you understand? Therefore, in the end, when God has accomplished this work, the words “He that believes on the Son has everlasting life” will be fulfilled. To know the only true God, and Christ sent by God, that is everlasting life. Do you understand now what kind of person will gain everlasting life, and what is everlasting life? “To know the God on earth, this is everlasting life, and he who knows the God on earth has everlasting life.” These words are very important. And how should you practice and enter into this? Now that you have understood the truth, and believe in it one hundred percent, then how should you enter into this truth, how should you practice in order to know the God on earth? First, you should compare all your conceptions and imaginings against the truth to resolve them. Resolve them to what degree? Regardless of what God does, what He speaks, in what ways He speaks, what things that do not fit with your conceptions He does, you will no longer have any conceptions, and you can always praise and worship God. Then you are ones who know the God on earth. That is, you have experienced to such degree that you no longer have conceptions no matter what God does, that you no longer judge no matter how the things that God does do not fit with your conceptions and imaginings, and that you say: “These are God’s deeds, these are done by God, and I obey even if I have no understanding of it. I have no conceptions, and I pass no judgment.” And when you hear someone speaking something, you might have some opinions; but when you hear God’s words, you think, “I have no conceptions, I submit. Even though I do not understand it, God’s words are still the truth.” If someone’s disposition is transformed to this extent, and they are able to treat God with such a correct attitude and possess this disposition, then they are perfected by God, right? For example, David sinned during the Age of Law, then a prophet went to see David, and the prophet passed along to David the words that Jehovah God had told him. Once David heard those words, he submitted right then and there, prostrating himself on the ground to worship God, “God, I shall submit to all that You say, I shall submit to whatever punishment from You. You ask me to choose, I shall choose one.” You see, did David have any conceptions? Did he ask the prophet: “Is what you are passing along accurate? Did God really say such things? Impossible”? Did he say any such things? Why did he submit in the way he did? Was it because he was gullible, or retarded, or an idiot so he listened to whatever anyone told him? What was all this about? Mainly, it was because he had a heart that feared God, he had sense, and he trusted the prophet when the prophet passed along the words of God. Why? If the prophet did not know how to pass along God’s words, if he was not fit to be used by God, would God have used him? God would most certainly not have used him. Could God use a liar as a prophet? No, because prophets must have the most upright characters and be the most honest people to qualify as prophets and to pass along God’s words. David knew God’s heart very well, he knew that any prophet used by God was never wrong, therefore he trusted whatever the prophet told him. He accepted immediately, he submitted, without conceptions, without rebellion, without resistance, for David had a heart that feared God. Viewed this way, David was not retarded or an idiot who was easily deceived by whatever anyone said. David was extremely smart and wise, he had true cleverness, for he was able to see clearly what was going on and trust completely in God, trust that the person used by God would never be wrong. He had no conceptions or imaginings, he simply submitted and prostrated himself. Such was the character and disposition of David. Men like David, Abraham, Job, and Peter, these were the smartest men with the most humanity among mankind. All those who follow Satan and serve Satan the devil are the most foolish; even if they are gifted and talented, they are still the most foolish and ignorant of humankind. Isn’t this right? You must keep these words in your hearts, for they are one hundred percent correct. Some people now see that God’s house and God’s way have been persecuted, condemned, abandoned, and they watch on triumphantly. However, in the blink of an eye, they shall be annihilated in hell, they shall be wailing, howling and gnashing their teeth in the lake of fire. All this will happen in just the blink of an eye. Once the catastrophes arrive, God’s reward and punishment shall begin. Now they think that they are quite clever, and they are pleased with themselves, always saying things like “Those who suit their actions to the times are wise.” All those who say things like “Those who suit their actions to the times are wise,” who are these people? They are the biggest fools, and only after they have finally seen the facts will they admit that they are the biggest fools. We are the cleverest, for we would rather temporarily suffer all the pain, all kinds of slander, condemnation and judgment, in order to follow God. One day we will ultimately receive our reward from God, for God is righteous. All those who are willing to suffer all the pain for the truth are the cleverest of people.
If a person is unable to know the God on earth, the practical God, then regardless of how many years they have believed, they shall eventually be eliminated. This is definite. Some might say: “To what degree should we come to know God in order to be counted as having real knowledge?” The lesson of knowing God is never-ending. What is the minimum level? What result must you achieve to be praised by God? First, you can fear God and shun evil, have reverence for God, and no longer perform deeds that resist God. If you can attain such results, then you have come to a satisfactory knowledge. Second, at a minimum, you must no longer have conceptions, imaginings and misunderstandings about God. Regardless of what God does and says, regardless if they fit with God’s previous words or not, you do not pass judgment, you do not have conceptions, and you are able to submit. This is the minimum benchmark that you must attain. If you can resolve these issues through your knowledge of God, if you can attain such results, then your knowledge is satisfactory. It might not be the deepest knowledge, but it is satisfactory. In addition, your knowledge of God will at least guarantee that you believe absolutely in God, no longer doubt God. You no longer suspect God no matter what God does; even if the entire world and the entire religious community rise up to condemn God, you do not suspect Him and you can still resolutely believe in God and follow God. If you can have such knowledge of God, if you are able to attain such results, then you have completely passed the test. If your knowledge is too shallow, which still allows you to have conceptions and misunderstandings, which still allows you to suspect God, rebel against Him, resist Him, then your knowledge is unsatisfactory and it is not real knowledge. Do you understand now? At the very least, if the truths that you understand, that is, your knowledge of God, can purify you, can guarantee that you do not suspect God, have conceptions about Him, resist Him, or be negative and rebellious, that you can absolutely submit to and worship God, then your knowledge is satisfactory. If you have such knowledge of God, then the belief you have is satisfactory. If your belief is merely recognition of God, then it is not satisfactory. Why is it not satisfactory? Because you are still able to resist God, you are still able to deny Him, you are still able to rebel against Him, just like the Pharisees and the religious pastors. This kind of faith is not satisfactory, and God does not acknowledge it. Do you understand now? Though you have understood, this is only theoretical or doctrinal understanding. We must talk about some actual conditions. When giving a sermon, it doesn’t work to only talk about theories, it doesn’t work to not talk about reality, because people cannot understand it. Hearing these words is still not enough and you must continue to listen. What else do you need to understand? In what matters could people have conceptions? Regarding the normal humanity of Christ, they always have conceptions, they are always negative, and they always have imaginings and judgments. They get stuck on this point. If this obstacle cannot be overcome, their belief in God will never pass muster. First, there is a big hurdle regarding the normal humanity of Christ, and most people reach an impasse at this point. Second, sometimes God’s work does not fit with people’s conceptions and imaginings. For example, some believers are killed in a disaster, or a bomb drops into a church, and in a flash, the church is gone. Isn’t it then easy for people to have conceptions? Yes, it is easy. What does this indicate? When God’s work and God’s deeds do not fit with people’s conceptions it is easy for people to have conceptions and misunderstandings about God. Some have left everything behind to believe in God and they suffer a great deal. Then all of a sudden they encounter a catastrophe, and their child has died. So they blame God: “I have suffered so much for God, I have been so loyal, why did God not keep my child? God would not even take into account my loyalty and my sufferings, and take pity on my child?” Look, regarding such a matter, isn’t it easy for people to have conceptions? What are the two things that can most easily engender conceptions? First, people most easily have conceptions, disobedience, judgments and suspicions about the normal humanity of Christ. Second, when God does something that does not fit with human conceptions or catastrophes befall people, they will have conceptions about and resist God very easily. If you can overcome these two things, these two obstacles successfully, and if you can obey, then your belief in God shall be satisfactory. Do you understand now? So you must equip yourself with the truth. If a catastrophe arrives on your doorstep—maybe your unbelieving husband who supports you dies and now there is no one to support you, or the children that you are counting on to take care of you in your old age die and now there is no one to take care of you—wouldn’t you have conceptions? You most certainly would. Would you need to resolve such conceptions? Everyone says yes. To resolve them, what truths would you need? Why do God’s deeds always counter people’s conceptions? Is it because the work that God performs is intentionally in opposition to mankind? Contemplate this yourself: Why must God do this? That is, why must God always attack our soft spot? Our soft spot is the most vulnerable part of the body—just one punch and we fall—so why does God always do so? If you are unable to gain clarity about this matter, you are guaranteed to be finished when you encounter this matter in the future, you are sure to be the one that falls first. Some are most afraid of their children getting sick, and then their children just happen to become sick, for God is using this to refine them; some are most afraid of their parents dying early, and God lets them die, intentionally “going against” them, as if He knows their inmost thought. Why must God do this? Since God does such things, is God still love? “How could this be love? This is clearly hatred against me, going against me.” Those who do not understand the truth and do not know God will most certainly think in this manner. Is this not disobeying and resisting God? Just by saying these words, even if you have done nothing you are still resisting God because these words are proof that you are resisting God. How should you view this? Is there an easy answer? Just four words: God is perfecting you. Isn’t that right? The more that God’s deeds do not fit with your conceptions, the more that they counter your conceptions, the more they are for perfecting you. These things are just for perfecting you in this aspect so that you may have immunity, know God, and stand. Is it easy to say these things? No, because without experiencing for eight or ten years, you would not be able to say such things. Are you able to understand when I put it this way? Raise your hand if you can understand. Most of you have raised a hand, but what happens when you really encounter such tragedies? Could you still raise a hand when you encounter such tragedies? When you encounter them you might not be able to still raise a hand. There are quite a lot of people who agree when the truth is being fellowshiped about, but there aren’t many who can submit to the truth when they encounter tragedies or disasters. Isn’t that the case? God countering people’s conceptions is for the perfection of people. None of God’s deeds fit with people’s conceptions, for their purpose is to perfect people’s understanding of the truth so that they have immunity in those aspects, so that they may attain knowledge of God in those aspects. If people get equipped with the truth well, they will no longer fall no matter what trials they encounter in the future.
During the stage from beginning to accept Christ until being perfected by God, people always become stuck on the normal humanity of Christ. They always think this and that regarding Christ’s humanity, and after much thought, they still remain puzzled and confused. What issue is this? This is an issue of not having the truth. What do people think, ultimately? “Why is Christ’s humanity so normal? If He were just slightly supernatural and performed some miracles then we would have no conceptions.” Are there many who think this way? There are quite many. “If Christ were like a great man, with special facial features, speaking with particular mildness, and being especially knowledgeable, then we would have no conceptions.” “When Christ speaks and fellowships the truth, He often speaks words that cut to the heart, so that I am unable to love Him and find it hard to submit to Him even though I wish to.” We all have had these thoughts, and we all have had such experiences. I am no exception. So how do we resolve these issues? We must seek the truth in the humanity of Christ, seek the truth of God’s incarnation. The truth of the incarnation says many times that God must wear the flesh of a normal human, that He must have normal humanity. And what is the meaning of having normal humanity? It’s to better engage with people. In the beginning, people said: “This is right. How else could God have contact with people without normal humanity? If He were in the spiritual body, contact with people wouldn’t be possible, so who would dare to go near to Him? People only dare to come into contact with Christ because He has normal humanity, and because of it, it is easy to come into contact with Him, as if with an ordinary man.” Isn’t this right? But once it is easy to come into contact with Him, are people able to have no conceptions? Ease of contact has been achieved, but subsequently plenty of conceptions, rebelliousness, and resistance arise. “If He could be easy to contact, and people also had no conceptions, rebelliousness and resistance, then how great such a normal humanity would be!” Don’t people think like this? For example, when you first came into contact with Christ, you thought, “Oh, the words expressed by Christ are the truth, that is for certain, but His humanity is too normal and ordinary. How good would it be if His humanity were a little grander, a little more extraordinary! Then I wouldn’t have a single shred of doubt, I would have no conceptions, I would submit completely.” Don’t all people think like this?
For all those who have come into contact with Christ, how come they become negative afterward if they are not someone who loves the truth? In the beginning, having yet to come into contact with Christ, they have 100% enthusiasm, burning with zeal. Yet once they come into contact with Christ, they are left with only eighty percent enthusiasm. Having no truth, they are left with only eighty percent enthusiasm, twenty percent getting lost on the normal humanity of Christ. Later on, when the truth is fellowshiped about, that twenty percent gets restored, and their enthusiasm is back to a hundred percent. After some time, they come into contact with Christ once again, and their enthusiasm drops twenty percent again, going back down to eighty percent. How does the twenty percent get dropped? Once again, they start to have conceptions: “He’s just an ordinary man. I thought that after believing for several years, He would become a spiritual body. How come there is still no transformation, and how come there is still humanity?” Subsequently, I fellowship again and give them some encouragement, then their enthusiasm is raised another twenty percent. And so it continues to repeat itself like this. It won’t work if you do not pursue the truth yourself. Relying on my nurturing in this way is not enough, for it can only resolve a small part of the issue, and you must seek to resolve the larger part. No matter how much I talk to you, it can’t resolve all of your problems. You must experience more of God’s words, and get more from God’s words. When you have real understanding of the truth, and attain knowledge of God, then the negativity and conceptions will be gone forever. If you do not pursue the truth and you are unable to know God, then the conceptions, the negativity, and the weaknesses will always persist, and no one can help to remove them. Isn’t that the case? Let me give an example. Let’s say someone had a chronic illness, and he then visited the hospital to get an injection and took some medicine. He got better, he felt fine, then after a month or two, the illness started acting up again, and he went back to the hospital for the injection and the medicine. He got better once again, but then the illness acted up again after another month or two. Why is this the case? Because he has no immunity, therefore merely getting injections and taking medicine are not sufficient and they can only alleviate the illness for a short time. Isn’t that the case? Look at some of old ladies wracked with ailments. They kept visiting the hospital their entire life and they never got better. In the end, they started to practice Tai Ji, which strengthened their bodies, and now they’ve started climbing mountains. Can they do that if they rely only on injections and taking medicine? No, they cannot. They must practice Tai Ji, they must train and exercise, so that their bodies become stronger. Merely getting injections and medicine to take care of your illness cannot make you healthy. Isn’t that the case? Do you understand what I am telling you? By only relying on me nurturing you, but not pursuing the truth yourself, would that work? You all admit that it would not work. Why would it not work? That’s because you would only understand that which I have told you, but those are not your own realities. Your understanding would be merely the temporary enlightenment and illumination from the Holy Spirit; it would not represent your actual stature. Therefore, later on, your difficulties, weaknesses and vulnerabilities would recur. Isn’t that the case? When I was giving sermons before, the Holy Spirit worked on me and enlightened me much, but for a period of time I did not practice a lot. Later on, I found out that the enlightenment and illumination from the Holy Spirit did not represent my actual stature. All my sermons and fellowship were only that which the Holy Spirit had allowed me to see, and it did not mean that I had practiced them. Afterward, I told my brothers and sisters: “I have discovered an issue. Many of my sermons are from the enlightenment and illumination of the Holy Spirit, and they do not represent my reality. My experience and entrance is still very shallow. When my sermons are based on my reality and my own experience, then my sermons will represent my actual stature. There is still some enlightenment and illumination that I have yet to experience, just like you.” When others hear this, they come to understand something. Therefore, sometimes my sermons may be able to resolve your issues, but can they represent your actual stature? No, they cannot. You feel good after you’ve listened to them, you have a certain enjoyment, it seems like the issues have been resolved, but your issues still persist. If you then continue to seek the truth, continue to contemplate, continue to experience, then in the end your understanding will be the same as mine, quite clear, and the issues will be resolved. That means you have matured in stature. Do you understand now?
Regarding the truth of the normal humanity of Christ, when one day you come to understand what incarnation is, why God must wear normal humanity, and the significance of the incarnate God wearing this ordinary and normal humanity, then you will no longer have any conceptions regardless of how ordinary you see Christ’s humanity to be. Not only will you not have conceptions, but eventually the more you see the normal humanity of Christ, the more you’ll say that it is very meaningful. You will think: “God has so much wisdom, and this is the careful design of God. All of this is to perfect and to reveal mankind.” You see, this is how you will think when you once again see the normal humanity of Christ. While you used to have conceptions, now you praise and thank God. Would you still have any rebelliousness and resistance? Not anymore. How were the issues resolved? You sought the truth on your own and came to understand the words of God concerning incarnation, and therefore no matter how ordinary you see Christ’s humanity to be, not only do you no longer have conceptions, you now praise God, you now say that God has so much wisdom, that God is great, that His incarnation is the greatest love and blessing for mankind. See, would there still be any conceptions and rebelliousness? Would you still doubt Christ? Not any longer. The more you see the normality of Christ’s humanity, the more you praise God. You’ll say, “God has such great wisdom! If God did things according to people’s conceptions, I could never be perfected. All these conceptions, rebelliousness and absurdity buried deep within my heart would never be resolved. I was revealed because of the normality of Christ’s humanity. After I was revealed, I continued to have conceptions, rebel against God, resist God, and I became sad and upset. I then wondered when this issue would be resolved. When would I be praised by God, and when would I become compatible with God? Afterward, with this problem in my mind, I prayed, I sought, I read God’s words, and I contemplated whenever I had time, when I was doing chores, or when I was cooking. I contemplated this at all times: Why does Christ have a normal humanity? Why does Christ wear such ordinary and normal humanity? After I have contemplated it for a while, I came to an understanding that there is such great meaning in God doing so. I had had conceptions, rebelliousness and resistance against Christ’s normal humanity, but later on I received the enlightenment from the Holy Spirit, and I became remorseful. After this consequence and painful lesson, once again I read God’s words and contemplated them. And when I came to truly understand the truth, I found it to be dear and lovable when I looked at the normal humanity of Christ once again, and I found God has such great wisdom, that it is extremely good and beneficial to us that God wears this flesh, which is entirely for our salvation and to perfect us.” Because of God wearing such a flesh, those who benefit the most are those who pursue the truth, who love the truth, and who are capable of being perfected. Those who do not love the truth, and who are bored with the truth are condemned. Those who are non-believers are revealed. Isn’t this the case? Therefore, as I said during the previous meeting, the more you look at the normal humanity of the flesh worn by Christ, the more you can feel that this has been carefully designed by God. This has been prepared by God, and this has been carefully designed by God for the work of the last days: The flesh being normal and ordinary, it is by design; the ordinary appearance and the average build, it is by design; such a straight-forward and blunt way of speaking, it is by design; the presentation of God’s normal humanity, it is by design. God’s deeds are just so meaningful, and reveal mankind so much. When a person does not have one bit of conception left, and they see the wonder of God’s deeds and are able to praise God, then they have become compatible with Christ. When you are able to submit no matter the manner in which Christ speaks, when you are able to submit without conceptions or resistance regardless of His harsh choice of words or how they do not fit with your conceptions, and are able to continue to love the practical God, will the time come when you have been perfected? After going back and forth so many times, always making the same mistakes, over and over again, eventually you felt heavy of heart and they became your burden. Then you had no choice but to seek the truth, to pray to God. God’s time came, for the end of man is the beginning of God. Finally you no longer have any more conceptions regarding the normal humanity of Christ.
In the beginning, when people bore witness for the practical God, they felt ashamed: “Wouldn’t others laugh at me if I let them know that I believe in such an ordinary man?” But eventually what do they say? They say: “It is glorious to bear witness for Almighty God in front of others. It is glorious to witness the practical God, to follow the practical God, to have faith in such a man that is very ordinary and inconspicuous in the eyes of others.” They begin to feel pride, they are no longer embarrassed, they no longer feel shame, but consider it a glory. That is fine, for now they have knowledge of the God on earth. Have you experienced to this level? Not yet. But this is how you must experience it. Do you dare recognize God and witness for God in front of others? I’m not asking you to look for trouble, but I mean that whether or not you have the courage to do so when it is your time to give witness. If you have the courage, then you are a witness for God; if you do not have the courage, then you are not fit to be God’s witness, and you are not qualified. Look at all these people who have never fulfilled any of their duties, even after believing in God for so many years. Can such people bear witness for God? Certainly not. They have not fulfilled any of their duties for God and they have too little faith in Him. Their faith is false! If you do all that you can to fulfill your duties, then it shows that this faith of yours can pass muster with God. Even though you are not perfected, your heart is true. If you are not even able to fulfill your duties, then you certainly cannot bear witness for God. Once you see others witnessing for God, you would be scared far away. You would say, “I can’t let the police catch me, I can’t let others know my belief.” You would fear being caught: “It’s troublesome if others know that I believe in Almighty God!” Anyone like this is far away from God’s expectations. It is the most glorious thing to know the God on earth, for those who know the God on earth are those who shall gain everlasting life. Those in the religious communities who believe in the Son, who believe in Christ, will not gain everlasting life. Only those who have knowledge of the God on earth may gain everlasting life. Do you understand the meaning of these words “He that believes on the Son has everlasting life”? What does it mean to “believe on the Son”? You must know the Son, and only knowing the God on earth is truly believing in the Son. Do you understand? Could those pastors from the religion give such sermons? They would never be able to, even if they rack their brains. You see them in their fancy suits and with commanding presence as they stand there on the pulpit, but all they say are empty words. Their words have no reality, they are all insubstantial things, they are all small witnesses from the Age of Grace. There is no reality in them, there is not one shred of true knowledge of God, and they have nothing to do with knowing God. If you listen to the sermons of those pastors, you will never gain the truth, and you will never gain everlasting life, even after you have listened to them eight lifetimes. You will go to hell in the end. Even the ones giving the sermons must go to hell, so don’t you think that those listening to the sermons must also go to hell? Is this not the case? Do you now understand what it means to gain everlasting life? To “believe on the Son” is for you to have faith in Him, to listen to Him in all things, to submit to Him in all things, to allow Him to take charge in all things, to exalt Him in all things. Could you attain these without true knowledge of Him? There can be no true faith without real knowledge, for true faith comes from the knowledge of God, and it cannot be gained by merely acknowledging God. Even if you fully acknowledge the incarnate God and that God’s words are the truth, if you do not experience and practice them and have no entrance into them, this acknowledgment is useless because you only have empty words. Look at those who acknowledge the truth, acknowledge the incarnate God, and who are able to speak many letters and doctrines. Have they been worked on by the Holy Spirit? When someone is spouting letters and doctrines there, are they witnessing for God? That is not witnessing for God, for God does not recognize such a thing, and even the Holy Spirit is not performing any work on them. This kind of talk is merely theoretical prattle, aimed at showing off and bragging. This is also a form of torturing oneself. While they might feel elated when speaking, after that they feel emptiness deep within their hearts: “How come the Holy Spirit is not performing work on me? I cannot see any blessing from God. Do I actually have the reality of truth? Aren’t these empty words?” Such a person is suffering much on the inside, and isn’t this self-torture? Everything I say as I fellowship about the truth today is real, and it is factual. After you have heard it, if you can practice it then gradually, you will have the reality of truth. When you listen to sermons, what you gain is light, and you must continue to experience and practice to enter into reality. Sermons are like a lamp to light your way, to show you the path of entry, to give you the direction going forward. However, whether you are able to gain them depends on your own experience, your own pursuit. You must be able to see this clearly. Don’t think that you have gained them once you have listened to them. Does it make any sense that you shall gain them once you have understood them? No, this does not make any sense. If you don’t experience and practice them, you will gain nothing, you’ll forget them all after three or five days. You must practice and experience, you must have your own understanding, and then express them in your own words, and only then will you have truly gained them.
Man’s belief in God is never smooth sailing, because sometimes they have certain thoughts, sometimes they develop certain conceptions and sometimes they get certain problems. How do these issues come about? Why do we become “sick” with no apparent reason? Having conceptions for no apparent reason, having rebelliousness for no apparent reason, do you know why? Some people, once they have conceptions or rebelliousness, they pray to God, admit to their mistakes, and ask God for forgiveness, for mercy, then their hearts find peace. They decide never again to have conceptions and misunderstanding about God and say “I’ll slap myself hard if I do it again.” Then, after a short while, they start having conceptions again. What is the issue here? It’s like someone who develops a tumor. The doctor cuts out the tumor, and says, “For some tumors, it is a good thing to cut them out but for other tumors, cutting them out might not be a good thing. This tumor that you have is a mother cell, and it will grow into small tumors every two years, so you will require more surgery in the future.” Aren’t your conceptions just like this cancer? It grows again after some time. It gets removed but then it grows again; then it gets cut out again but grows again. Why is this? Because you have not resolved these conceptions at their roots. If you were to pursue the truth, if you resolved the issues through the truths and from the root, then such conceptions would no longer come up. Isn’t that the case? I used to keep having conceptions regarding the humanity of God incarnate. While I didn’t say anything, I had these thoughts in my heart, “Christ is so ordinary and normal. If He were only a little taller, more of a match with human conceptions and imaginings, and performed some miracles or had psychic abilities then wouldn’t people no longer have conceptions?” They cropped up again and again, and finally, I thought: “What is the issue here? Because I have not resolved it from the root. I must resolve it from the root this time.” Once I had resolved it from the root, things became fine, and I no longer had conceptions. This is how I did it. We must learn to resolve issues from their roots. Do you understand? If we keep having conceptions regarding the humanity of Christ, how do we resolve it from the root? Read the truth of God’s incarnation. Why must God wear a normal humanity? What role does this normal humanity play? What is the result to be achieved through God wearing a normal humanity? This is where God’s goodwill and God’s wisdom lie. Does God not know what kind of flesh He may wear that would not cause men’s conceptions? Would God not know? Of course He knows, one hundred percent, because God sees this matter totally clearly. If He knows, then why doesn’t God do things according to men’s conceptions and imaginings? Do parents know that kids love to eat candies? So why do parents not often give their kids candies? Parents would not give their kids candies under normal circumstances because eating too many candies causes toothache and their teeth to go bad. Therefore, God wearing a flesh with normal humanity is done after careful consideration and is well designed. He has fully considered how to perfect man, how to benefit man and give people greatest benefit. Such is the significance and mystery of God’s incarnation. While the incarnation does not fit with mankind’s conceptions, it reveals God’s sincere love of mankind, the greatest love, the most complete love. Isn’t this so?
When you have believed in God until the very end, will you dare to say, “God is my God, I belong to God”? Do you dare say such words now? To what degree must you believe in God in order to have the courage to witness God and say, “My God, my Lord”? To what degree must you believe in God in order to say such words? If you have many conceptions and imaginings inside of you, if you have misunderstandings about God, could you still say that God is your God? Even if you could shamelessly say such things, would God recognize them? No, God would not recognize them, therefore does this way of believing in God count as having gained God? Some want to believe in God in such a way, believing all the way until the end of the road, believing until God leaves the earth. Tell me, is such faith valid? No, it’s not valid. Some might say: “God’s incarnation is one hundred percent true, what He has expressed is one hundred percent the truth, and the work of judgment in the last days performed by Him is absolutely God’s work, without a shadow of doubt. I must follow God closely, I must never stray far away, must never betray Him. I must follow Him no matter how numerous are my conceptions, I must persist.” Is this way of believing correct? Are there such people? There are certainly many like this who say, “I shall follow. While others may judge God, I won’t pass judgments; while others may have conceptions, I won’t have any conceptions.” Others might say: “You don’t have any conceptions? Has your brain stopped working? You don’t think? You have no thoughts?” But are people’s conceptions generated by their own desire? Do they come into existence because they want to have them? Do they need them? No, they are involuntary, and people cannot help themselves thinking like that. Just like when someone sees a pile of money and says, “Money! Great! When can I have it?” Can they help themselves? Or a woman sees gorgeous jewelry worn by someone else and says, “Oh, how come I don’t have such beautiful jewelry, yet you do? When will I have one for myself?” Is she able to help herself? Everyone says that she isn’t. Whenever a person comes into contact with other people and things, they will start having thoughts. This is a matter for the heart, and no one can control it. Isn’t it the same with the conceptions generated against God? It is. Then how should we resolve such an issue? We must pursue the truth, and resolve this issue according to God’s words. Why does God incarnate wear a normal humanity? His ordinary height and facial features, His knowledge in various areas, His manner of speaking and His character, none of these fit with people’s ideas and conceptions. So whenever people see Him they start to have conceptions and rebelliousness, even becoming negative and weak. In severe cases, they even deny God. Some who seek and examine the true way say, “We want to look at Christ, to see if He looks like Jesus, or whether He has the likeness of a Jew, or the likeness of the spiritual body. If He is a spiritual body, then I shall accept Him. But if He looks like an ordinary person, then I will reconsider.” Such people are in trouble because they do not seek the truth, they always rely on their own conceptions and imaginings, and they fail in the end. Some people have examined for a period of time, then say, “Oh, I am thoroughly convinced by these words expressed by Christ, and this is indeed the voice of God.” However, once they have heard the negative propaganda from the great red dragon, they think: “And what if it is indeed God’s voice? Does it mean that He is God incarnate, the true God, because He utters God’s voice? I don’t believe it. Because the great red dragon says so, I must not believe in Him. If it were truly God’s voice, and the great red dragon said, ‘It is God, we recognize Him, go on and believe Him,’ then I would accept Him. However, the great red dragon condemns Him, the great red dragon slanders, attacks and criticizes Him so He is certainly not the true God. If He is indeed the true God, He should have destroyed the great red dragon, and have all those who condemn and resist Him perish as punishment, perish in catastrophes. They should all be cursed by Him and drop dead. Then I’d admit that He is God.” What do you think of this way of thinking about faith in God? Isn’t this point of view really something? This is just absurdity. Aren’t people’s conceptions and imaginings absurd? If things happened in accordance with people’s conceptions and imaginings, then how would these words from the Bible, “But first must He suffer many things, and be rejected of this generation” (Luk 17:25), be fulfilled? These words shall be fulfilled, God shall perfect a group of people into overcomers, and God’s prophecies must all be fulfilled before the catastrophes shall arrive. If according to what some people think, once the great red dragon’s slanders were made public and got onto the internet, the catastrophes would happen immediately, then how could all those prophecies be fulfilled? How could the prophecy of the blood moon be fulfilled? How could the Battle of Armageddon be fulfilled? How could it be fulfilled that the Son of man must first suffer and then be rejected by this generation? How could it be fulfilled that God shall perfect a group of people into overcomers? They couldn’t be fulfilled. Therefore, God’s deeds are different from people’s imaginings, for He does things in order, according to His plan. God has arranged all these things, properly and appropriately. You see, God never rushes when doing things, isn’t that the case? This is the almightiness of God. Now, has it been fulfilled that Christ shall suffer much and be rejected by this generation? Yes, it has been perfectly fulfilled.
How should we practice to know the God on earth? Contemplate and fellowship about the truth of the incarnation as much as possible. It is a good thing to have one more light, but it is even better to have two or three more lights. When you attain full understanding, the issue will be completely resolved and you will no longer have any conceptions. I have fellowshiped some things like this during our previous meetings: Do the deeds that God performed on Abraham fit with people’s conceptions? God bestowed upon him a son, and when he had grown into a teenager, God wanted to take him back. God asked Abraham to sacrifice him as an offering to God, which meant to have him killed, then burned on a fire. Does this fit with people’s conceptions? If God were to do such a thing to you, what conceptions would you have? Wouldn’t you say, “God is going back on His word. He has bestowed a son onto me, and now that my son has grown up, God wants him back. God does not keep His word! God’s words do not mean a thing. God says one thing and does another”? Wouldn’t you make such assertions? You will certainly try to reason with God. “My reasoning, the things I am saying, are reasonable. Isn’t it what it is like? These are God’s deeds and God has really said such things.” Most people would be certain to reason like that, right? Why is this the case? Because this is man’s disposition. People follow human reasoning in everything. If you follow human reasoning in the things you do, then you would reason with God, and you would not submit. Then, based on your current stature, the degree to which you know God, could you attain the level of Abraham, that is, to be able to submit, regardless of God’s deeds and demands, even when they are unreasonable to most people, and do not fit with their conceptions and imaginings? What truths must you be equipped with to be able to submit to God in this way? What knowledge of God must you possess? Contemplate this matter. If you use human morals, conceptions and imaginings to measure everything that God does, isn’t it easy to resist God? Yes, it is easy to resist God, it is too easy to resist God! You cannot see the God in heaven. No matter what He does or how He talks to you, you cannot hear it and you cannot see it, so naturally you have fewer conceptions about Him. Once God has incarnated and is on earth, you are able to see Him, He can now come into contact with you, He can now talk to you, and He can now perform deeds on you. At this time, can you still truly submit to God, and have no conceptions? Even when the things that He says do not fit with your conceptions, just like those things that Jehovah spoke to Abraham, can you still have no conceptions? Is it easy to attain this level of submission? No, it is not easy. If it is not easy to submit, then what issues can easily come up? You will reason with God and challenge God.
Look at some people: After listening to rumors being spread by the great red dragon, they become negative and weak. If they had the confidence that Abraham had in God—he did not have conceptions of God, but simply submitted to God—then they would never become negative: “Whether what you said is true or false, I am not listening to you. I have no need to study the facts. Even if what you said is true, I would still believe in Him, because He is God.” What do you think about this degree of confidence? Do you have such confidence? Every one of you says that you don’t. Then you are not people who know the God on earth, and you have no knowledge of the God on earth, so that’s why your confidence does not pass muster. “Even if all the rumors being spread by Satan are all true, I still believe in God; even if they are true, I still follow God; even if they are true, I still haven’t got any conceptions of God at all.” Such faith is based on true understanding, such faith shall receive God’s praise, and such faith shames Satan the most. Do you now understand? Do you have such faith? If you don’t, then your faith is failure. Even if you have not yet left the church, you still don’t have knowledge of God, you are someone who does not know God, you are able to still resist God, and you will never become compatible with Christ. When Satan is spreading rumors about God, you should say: “How much more do you have to say, Satan? You deny that He is God, and how many more things can you say? Say them all.” It says: “There are still five or six, seven or eight things that I can say. …” “Are you done?” “I am done.” “Even if you have another hundred things to say, I would still believe in Him, He is still God. Satan, do you hear me? Even if you say another hundred things, I would still believe in Him, He is still God, which will never change.” Is there any truth in these words? “Satan, even when you spread rumors worse than this, I would still believe in Him, He is still God.” You cannot deny that He is God, no one can deny it. Isn’t that the case? For example, your own parents gave birth to you. Even if they later beat you, they are still your parents; even if they yelled at you, they are still your parents; even if they abused you, they are still your parents. No matter how they treated you, even if they had poisoned or murdered you they are still your parents, right? This is a fact, and it cannot be changed. What do you think of this example? Is it appropriate? If you can master this principle, then your faith is up to scratch. In order to achieve such faith, to master this principle, one must have truth. It does not rely on restraint, it does not rely on rigidly sticking to logic or formulas to attain it, but it does require knowledge of God, and this is fundamental. One must have knowledge of God to fundamentally solve this issue. Isn’t that right? So, do you now know how to strike back against Satan’s rumors? Suppose someone says: “Christ lives in a mansion,” and you say: “So what if He lives in a mansion? He is Christ regardless of where He lives, He is Christ regardless of what He does. Regardless of His deeds, we have no conceptions about Him.” Then they say: “He has committed crimes.” And you reply: “He is still Christ. We don’t recognize these ‘crimes,’ for God is holy. You say that those are ‘crimes,’ but all this comes from the mouth of you, Satan. You are blaspheming God, for Christ is holy and sinless. The more you say such things, the more I shall believe in Him. I simply won’t believe in the words of you, Satan.” What do you think about such confidence? Such faith is genuine. The more they condemn, the stronger your faith. While they condemn, you don’t condemn. When you hear the words of Satan, you think: “Regardless of how you condemn Him, whatever you say, I shall still believe in Christ, I shall still follow Him.” If so, you have passed the test, and your faith is up to standard. God uses a catastrophe or a trial like this to put us in a predicament, but because you have such faith you can stand strong, and you will not fall when the catastrophe arrives. This catastrophe is not small, and many have their lives taken. This is all because they do not have truth. Without truth, they shall perish. When one day God publicly reveals Himself, many people shall be shamed, they shall be stupefied, they shall cry and wail. To believe in God is to have faith no matter what God does. Suppose some say: “Jesus married and had a son,” and you say, “He is still Christ even if He married and had a son, He is still the incarnate God. What can you do about it? I simply believe in this!” How about this kind of confidence? Such confidence is impressive, and in it there is a true knowledge of God. Wisdom is in all of God’s deeds, which includes using certain things that don’t fit with people’s conceptions to reveal some people and to eliminate some people, and meanwhile to perfect those who pursue truth. These people who love truth will receive God’s protection and stand strong.
You see, didn’t God’s words say that within a person’s life, the deeds that they perform, the things that they encounter, the things that happen to them, are all predestined by God? God has predestined and made arrangements for every one of the created, including ordinary people and animals. Everyone’s path through life has been determined, and no one can change it. How the incarnate God performs His work, and what His working involves specifically, God has even more arranged them all. Therefore, that which God has arranged, designed, and predestined are extremely precise and exact. When a nation or a people will perish, when some person in a nation or in a people will be raised up, all these things shall come to pass at the right time, without any deviation from God’s plans. Who shall have a place in the kingdom of heaven, who shall be perfected into overcomers, this has long been predestined with precision; who shall not be perfected, who shall be revealed and eliminated, who shall do service, who shall do service until the end, who shall quit half way through, these are all predestined. What is left for man to do is to walk their own path and experience God’s work. Ultimately everything must come to pass as God has predestined. Isn’t that the case? Look at those scientists engaging in their meaningless research, what are they researching? Predicting this comet will hit earth, or that comet will hit earth. So many years have passed, but they never happen. And even if one really would hit earth, it wouldn’t matter. What is the problem here? If a large celestial body really did hit earth, then wouldn’t that be the end of our planet? But all would be well, for there isn’t such a thing in the prophecies of God. The scientists are not God, they are only blindly designing and calculating stuff, and all of their calculations are worthless. God has predestined everything, He has arranged everything, and this is called the almightiness of God. You see, someone goes to hell and Yama asks: “What is your name?” He tells Yama his name, and Yama says: “Good, we have your name here, your time has come.” Someone else goes to heaven, and his name is checked: “Is that name on the list?” “Yes, he is to stay in heaven.” So God has already made arrangements regarding who is going to heaven and who is going to hell, and isn’t this God’s almightiness? It is good enough if you can see God’s almightiness and wisdom in this, because God has predestined such things and no one can change them. Do you think that you can escape God’s rule and arrangements? You cannot escape, because what shall happen on which day—on which day you will see which person, how long you shall live, and on which day you shall die—God has predestined them all. In your faith in God, it is good enough if you know God to this kind of level. This is one aspect. When people know God’s disposition up to a certain level, when people recognize God’s almightiness and rule up to a certain level, when people know God’s predestination and that God’s words can accomplish anything up to a certain level, they shall have no more conceptions and they shall have nothing more to say, they shall come to realize that all they should do is to cover their mouth with their hands: “Stop talking nonsense.” When such a time comes, can they still have conceptions and imaginings? Not anymore. Look at Job and what he said. After Job finished talking, Jehovah started speaking, and Job covered his mouth with his hand, kneeled down in dust and ashes, and repented. There is no use in saying anything, for God has predestined all things. It is a shame that we are blind and do not know God.
Isn’t how much a person suffers predestined by God? How much hardship a person must endure is also predestined by God, and there is no way for you to lessen it; how many adversities a person must go through has already been arranged, and there is no way for you to lessen it, for God has predestined such things. “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven” (Ecc 3:1). Aren’t these words in the Bible? These words came from the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit, and people are able to recognize them as such. Some might ask: “When will the catastrophes arrive? When will God’s work conclude?” Do you still have conceptions of these things? There is God’s goodwill in each day that God’s work has not concluded. Each day that God’s work has not concluded is to our favor, and we are the ones who benefit. If the catastrophes were to happen earlier we would be among the victims, because we have not gained truth. We would sustain a major loss in our lives. This is just like a hailstorm coming and damaging all the crops when they have not yet ripened. Therefore, if the catastrophes are delayed one day, we will be able to attain a little more knowledge of God, our life shall grow a little more mature, and that is wonderful. Before, when being persecuted by the great red dragon in Mainland China, we all thought: “When will the downfall of the great red dragon happen? When will God destroy it? With these devils alive in the world we don’t have any good days. Wouldn’t we prosper on this earth if they perish?” But aren’t such ideas naive? Such ideas are extremely naive, for the great red dragon has not yet finished performing all of its services. It would be troublesome if it were destroyed right now, and where would the greatest trouble lie? In the fact that our work has not yet finished, we have not yet reached the apex in our witnessing God. If we reach the apex in our witnessing God, then we shall have been perfected by God, and many more truths will we have gained! So every moment that we bear witness for God and fulfill our duties is crucial for gaining truths and being perfected. There is so much to gain from just one more day or one more year. Isn’t that the case? Every second counts right now, and time is too precious. Haven’t we gained much this year? We have indeed gained quite a lot. If the catastrophes had occurred before this year, would we have gained so much? How could we gain these truths? We would not have gained them. When I fellowship these things, I think back to how naive I used to be, always hoping for the downfall of the great red dragon, anxious for that day to arrive. I no longer think like that now, for every extra day is precious. It would be great if God would extend its downfall for another two years, then we would gain even more truths, isn’t that right? This is how we should think, for we used to be naive before, too naive.
Isn’t knowing God the most meaningful thing? Everything is empty, only knowing God is the most meaningful thing, and there is no meaningful thing other than to know God. Why do I say that it is meaningful to know God? Who can tell me? Someone says: “I’ve tried but I can’t figure out the answer. What meaning is there in knowing God? To become more blessed? To be better rewarded?” Wrong, that is not so. In what way is knowing God meaningful? First, what do we gain personally? Second, what does God gain from us? Tell me, doesn’t God cherish mankind making earth a wonderful place, a wonderful home? Isn’t God pleased by this? Mankind’s science has developed to a certain level of sophistication. Is it that God is pleased with mankind’s scientific achievements, and that He enjoys our scientific achievements? Is that how God feels? That is not how God feels. Then, what is the ultimate goal that God wishes to achieve by managing mankind? It is to gain a group of people who are of one mind with God. God has managed mankind for six thousand years to ultimately gain a group of people who are of one mind with God, and these people shall accompany God in eternity. This is the ultimate goal for which God is preserving this world. Do you understand now? So, what is the meaning in our pursuit of truth? If we have truly attained knowledge of God, then we have also gained truth, we have gained life, we become people with life, and someone with life is someone re-created by God. Such a re-created person will forever exist in eternity and gain everlasting life. Therefore, whether or not we can pursue truth and gain everlasting life depends on whether we can seek to attain true knowledge of God. This shall determine whether or not we shall gain life, be perfected by God into a new man, and whether we shall gain everlasting life. It shall determine whether or not we shall remain and enter eternity. These things are all determined by this. The meaning here is very far-reaching and profound! This has everlasting value. Look at those people who have gained admission to university, and those becoming postgraduate students or Ph.D. candidates. What is the meaning in what they’re doing? There isn’t much meaning, for they are working hard for the wrong things, and they might not even end up with a job. In the last days God will destroy this world, but they become Ph.D. candidates. They will be taking their Ph.D.s straight to the grave, isn’t that right? All their hard work will prove useless. Let’s say, when you have just been elected as the president, the world war begins. You won’t have many days to enjoy as the president, and it is useless and empty to be the president, for you will die. Only those who believe in the Son shall gain everlasting life, only those who truly know Christ, the God on earth shall gain everlasting life and the blessing of God. After gaining the blessing of God, in addition to finding the joy of being alive, you shall experience and see all the mystery of God creating all things, how many levels of heaven there really are, how many planets actually exist, how many organisms that have been bestowed with life, what organisms there are on each planet, what angels look like. You will be able to see all these things. The abundance of heaven, the mysteries of heaven, only those who know God can enjoy them, only they can see, and what a blessing that is! Tell me, all people know that living in this world is suffering and that it is hard. Yet why do they not want to die, why do they still want to live longer? That’s because there are many mysteries that they don’t know about or understand, and they want to see what happens in the future, they want to satisfy their curiosity, isn’t that right? What does the kingdom of heaven look like? How will the catastrophes happen? What happens to this earth, this world after the catastrophes? Which people shall remain? What type of kingdom shall appear in the future? They want to witness such mysteries being revealed, for these things have not yet come to pass. That’s why if you are watching God’s deeds, you will continue to praise God. Isn’t that the case? What God has and is and all of God’s deeds are enough for people to watch until eternity, and people shall never be able to get to the bottom of all the things that God has created. There is no limit to knowledge of God. People shall never have full knowledge of God, but they shall find more pleasure in it the more they come to know God, they shall become richer the more they come to know God, and they shall find that living is more meaningful the more they come to know God. What about those who don’t know God, what pleasure do they have from living? They find pleasure in their status, their money, their carnal pleasures, their epicurean pleasures, for what else is there for them to enjoy? After they have enjoyed these things, they still feel emptiness, so then they start to take drugs. And after getting bored with taking drugs they want to go to another world, and then they kill themselves. Isn’t this often the case? But it is different for those of us who believe in God. Just watch God’s deeds, just observe. Once you begin to appreciate God’s deeds from the point of view of knowing God, you will want to live, you will want to know God, and you will feel that it is so marvelous that God has created all things. Look at the many people who study the stars in the sky, all those who study astronomy. The more they study, the more they find it marvelous. “Oh, astronomy is the deepest mystery. There is a Creator here, ruling over all of this. This is very marvelous!” they say. They want to keep on studying it, they do not want to die, for it is a pleasure to continue living forever and continue studying forever, and such a pleasure will never fade away. Those who believe in God shall continue to enjoy God’s words forever. The more you contemplate God’s words, the more you’ll think: “There are so many mysteries here. In God’s words, this language, this connection, this transition, this turn, they are all incredibly meaningful! God’s words are all truths, and they are all mysteries. People shall never finish fellowshiping about them, and people shall never be able to explain them all, to know them all. With such abundance, God’s words are enough for us to enjoy for a lifetime, even for eternity.” In addition, when you look at all the things that God has created, or even when you become a spiritual body, you’ll say: “Oh, this is all so very meaningful!” Isn’t the pursuit of the knowledge of God the most enjoyable thing? And it’s also the most meaningful thing!
Questions & Answers
Question (1) When God speaks, I feel that God has incarnated on earth, but when God is not uttering His words, I feel in my heart that God is in heaven. I feel that I am unable to treat the God on earth as God, and I have no reverence for God. After I read God’s words: “If you have been of the faith for many years and have long associated with Me, yet remain distant from Me, then I say it must be that you often offend the disposition of God, and your end will be very difficult to reckon,” I am very frightened, for I feel that I am offending the disposition of God. Brother, please fellowship regarding how I can have a place in my heart for the practical God, and how I can attain true reverence for the practical God.
Answer as follows: To solve this issue, you must have a true knowledge of the incarnate God. True knowledge is attained through first having a thorough understanding of the truths of the incarnation and then comparing them with the flesh of Christ, the normal humanity of Christ, and once you see that they are harmonious and that there are no conflicts, you shall have no more conceptions and imaginings. For example, when reading the truths in God’s words, you have acknowledged that the flesh worn by God must possess a normal and ordinary humanity, and that without the normal humanity, He is not God incarnate, and you keep saying “amen.” Yet once you come into contact with Christ, once you see the normal humanity of Christ, you start to have conceptions, and you say, “Christ is real, the incarnation is real, but why must He wear a normal and ordinary humanity?” What is the issue here? Is this actually a real understanding or a false understanding of the truth? Or you are pretending to understand? Initially, weren’t you saying “amen” to “He must have normal and ordinary humanity, for if He is supernatural He is not God incarnate”? Why did you start having conceptions after you said “amen”? That’s because you only understand the words, but you don’t understand the substance of the truths; isn’t that the case? Once you have understood the substance of the truths of the incarnation, then when you come into contact with Christ once again, when you see that Christ’s humanity is normal, you’ll no longer have conceptions of God. For instance, you ask Christ: “Is it going to rain today?” and Christ says: “I don’t know, I have not looked at the weather forecast.” Then you say: “This is Christ’s normal humanity. Only this is God.” No matter how Christ behaves, you would say, “This is Christ’s normal humanity. I have no conceptions,” and you still get along with Christ as normal, still treat Him as God, then it shows that you really understand the truths of the incarnation. If you recognize that the truths of the incarnation are completely accurate, but once you come into contact with Christ, you are unable to accept the normal humanity of God incarnate, you still have conceptions, then what is the consequence? God’s words say, “If you have been of the faith for many years and have long associated with Me, yet remain distant from Me….” What is the cause of being distant? Isn’t it due to not being able to accept the normal humanity of Christ? If, when you come into contact with Christ, you say, “How is the weather today?” and He says: “It is raining, don’t forget to take an umbrella,” then you will think: “Oh, He truly is God. You see, the weather forecast is wrong, yet He has made the right prediction.” Suppose you see a man and ask God: “Can this man come to believe in God in the days to come?” and God says: “This man is a devil, he is going to hell.” Then all of a sudden, that man dies, and the ground opens up and swallows him. So you think: “Oh, Christ is really God! I’ll have no more conceptions.” This is how you believe in God, and this is the Christ that you have imagined to be like. Does this fit with the truths of the incarnation? No, it does not fit. Therefore, the normal humanity of Christ must be clarified with God’s words, or people will never be able to accept it. Now, after God has explained the truths of the incarnation in all aspects, completely and thoroughly, people still have conceptions when seeing Christ, then what issue is this? It is not enough to just understand and acknowledge God’s words after reading them; you must experience it in practice. After you experience it for a period of time, God’s words will enter your heart, and you will acknowledge these as the truths, for you find that Christ’s humanity and Christ’s deeds correspond with God’s words: You have verified God’s words and are certain that God’s words are true through your practical experiences. Then you’ll say: “Christ’s normal humanity is just perfect. A Christ such as this fits with God’s words and God’s witnessing, and He is the practical God, the God on earth.” If that is the case, then you have reached the benchmark. Therefore, once you have thoroughly experienced the truths of the incarnation, once you no longer have conceptions of the normal humanity of Christ, in the future, can you still be distant from God? No, you will no longer be distant from Him. Regardless of how Christ reveals His normal humanity, regardless of how ordinary He is, not only will you not distance yourself from Him but you will also continue to obey Him and worship Him, and this means that you have attained compatibility with Christ. Now, being frightened as mentioned in this question, do you know how to deal with this? After watching the movie The Mystery of Godliness, after listening to me fellowshiping about the meaning of the incarnation, you think that you have understood the truths of the incarnation. Could it be this easy? No, you must come into contact with the normal humanity of Christ through coming into contact with Him, then read the truths of the incarnation, compare Christ’s normal humanity with them. As you experience, you have conceptions again, and then you read God’s words again, and contemplate the truth. You pray for a period of time, contact Him for a period of time, search for a period of time, then in the end, you shall achieve the understanding that the truths of the incarnation are all facts and not empty words. At this time, you will have truly come to an understanding of God’s words, and you will no longer have conceptions regarding Christ, you will be able to obey Him and worship Him regardless of how normal Christ’s humanity is. As you come to understand more truths, you are able to practice the truth, and truth has become your life, then you will come to love truth, for truth is extremely precious, truth is the best life that God has bestowed upon men, the highest life. The physical life is the life of animals; it is not the high level of life. With God’s words as life, people live on according to God’s words, and they become newly created by God, they become reborn from God’s words. Once these words expressed by Christ have taken root in your heart, once they have become your reality, then you will not have any more conceptions of God, you will not have any more conceptions regardless of how normal Christ’s humanity is, you will not have any more conceptions no matter if He beats you and yells at you, you will not have any conceptions no matter how He treats you, you will continue to obey Him and treat Him as God. To treat God as God does not mean to be able to pray to God and treat God as God at times when you have no conceptions and don’t see God. The key is to still treat Him as God and put aside your conceptions when you have conceptions, when seeing that Christ has normal humanity, and when seeing Christ speaking and performing deeds within normal humanity. Only when you have attained such a level has God become your God and will you belong to God. Many say: “I haven’t come into contact with Christ, so I have no conceptions of Christ.” Does this hold water? No, it doesn’t. One time, I went to a place with a brother. This brother is taller than me, with a handsome face, and the people there thought that he was me. They all rushed to take care of him and entertained him with enthusiasm, leaving me on the sidelines. Could people do the same with Christ? If we are able to do such things to other people, then we are even more capable of doing such things to Christ. We must look at this matter in this way. Therefore, as the saying goes, “Don’t judge people by their appearance, don’t measure the ocean with a bushel.” This saying is correct: Don’t judge people by their appearance, don’t just look at the surface of things. Regarding the treatment of Christ in faith in God, you will get into difficulties if you focus on appearances, and you are guaranteed to suffer. You will be done for if you do so, you will be eliminated very easily, you will easily back out and betray God. Isn’t it troublesome to always rely on human conceptions and imaginings? Couldn’t doing this bring misfortune on you, or even send you to hell? This is very possible, and it is a very dangerous thing. Look at the many religious people who blindly believe in and worship their pastors, and because of one sentence from the pastor they have not accepted the incarnate Christ. Are they not ruined? They have been ruined by the people that they worship. Therefore, we must come to know the God on earth, and once we have come to know God, once we have truly understood all the truths of the incarnation, then this issue is resolved.
Question (2): God’s words say: “If you are very deceitful, then you will have a guarded heart and thoughts of suspicion regarding all matters and all men. For this reason, your faith in Me is built upon a foundation of suspicion. This manner of faith is one I shall never acknowledge.” Sometimes when seeing others situated in certain environments or revealing certain corruptions, sometimes even just seeing their expression of some normal humanity, I start to suspect them based on my own past experiences. I think of others as the same as myself, I am unable to think of people in a positive light, which often results in me alienating others and an abnormal relationship with them. So I want to ask: How should I resolve the issue of my suspicions of others? How should I pursue in order to treat all kinds of people in the right way? What are the principles for treating people of all varieties?
Answer as follows: The suspicion of others is caused by man’s satanic nature, that is, people with a deceitful nature are apt to be suspicious of others. What about people that are relatively honest? Are they apt to have a suspicion of others? No, they are not. They can observe, analyze the situation objectively, consider it comprehensively, and treat others according to their own experience. In this way, there will be no misunderstandings as there is no suspicion in objectivity, and therefore they can treat others correctly. Isn’t that right? Let me give an example. Those people who are particularly deceitful always suspect everyone else to be deceitful, too. They suspect others to be the same as themselves, and they imagine others to behave in the same way when encountering matters as they themselves would behave. Isn’t this very normal? Yes. If they suspect others like this, won’t they also suspect God? Yes, they will. The way that people treat God is actually the same way that they treat other people, with no difference between the two. Isn’t that right? For example, when you meet a good man, you might like him and you might become friends with him. When you meet God, and you see that God is also good, then you can also become friends with God. Isn’t that the case? Let us say that someone is a bad man, and he bullies all the honest people that he meets. Won’t he also bully God when he meets God? If he bullies the honest people that he meets, then he will also bully God when meeting Him. Therefore, a person will be able to treat Christ the same way that they treat other people. This is absolutely the case. Could this be wrong? Someone says that they have always been suspicious of others, but now they no longer want to be, so how should they resolve this? The way is to equip themselves with truths, and practice and experience God’s words more. After they have had their own experiences, when encountering things, they will know how they practice in order to fit with God’s will, what things they do that might contravene the truth, what things they do to benefit themselves, and what things they do to glorify God. After they have clearly and thoroughly discerned these things, when they then look at other people’s conditions, they would understand them well, right? That’s because they have now experienced these things thoroughly for themselves. They have experienced the truth, they have already gained a pure understanding of the truth, they can see clearly through their own conditions, so then they can also use the truths to look at other people. If you live by your philosophy of life, then you will also measure others by your philosophy of life; isn’t that right? If you can practice the truth on yourself, then you will also be able to treat others based on your own experiential knowledge gained through practicing the truth. Isn’t this the case? For example, when someone has understood the truth, how do they guard against others? They don’t think of everyone as bad, and they rely on understanding the reality of each situation. For example, when looking at a fearsome man, they’ll think: “He looks vicious, he may be an evil-doer. I must guard against him.” And when looking at another man, they’ll think: “He looks like an honest person, and he is probably a good man. I don’t need to guard against him. But while I don’t have to guard against him, I must act wisely.” You see, is this being suspicious of others? No, it’s not. It’s just treating others according to the principles of the truth. Therefore, can a person who treats others with the principles of the truth clearly see what evil-doers might do, how they might do things, the circumstances under which they might have conceptions, the circumstances under which they might harm others, the circumstances under which they might benefit themselves at the expense of others? Yes, they can. After they have clearly seen through them, then when they tell others what this or that person is capable of, does this count as being suspicious? No, this is not being suspicious. Using truth to look at people, treating people based on principles, and guarding against people according to truth and wisdom, don’t think of such things as being suspicious. If you think so, then you have no discernment, and you are applying rules in a mistaken manner. Do you understand now?