After I accepted this stage of God’s work, in the man’s fellowship attached to Christ’s Talks with Some Church Workers, I read these words: “The greatest blessing is that God’s chosen people will be made perfect by God and truly have eternal life. They will never die and will be young forever; this is God’s power and God’s blessing.” I was very excited, thinking, “All people who have accepted the name of Almighty God, young and old, will not die and will be young forever. I’m so lucky!” So, I made a resolution: no matter how hard or difficult it may be, I will follow God to the end.
Recently, an elderly brother in our church got sick and died. I could not help but have a notion: “Isn’t it said in the fellowship that we will never die and will be young forever? How come the elderly brother died? Is this different from what will happen to the unbelievers?” Instantly, I had doubts about God’s work and lost my former strength to pursue actively. When I was overwhelmed with passivity, from above there came a fellowship: “Some believers in God died suddenly, which led some others to be passive, and some to have notions and even doubt God’s work. The essence of this problem is that people do not truly know God’s work and thus they betrayed their absurdness when encountering something against their notions. The created mankind, who has been corrupted by satan and lives in sin, is hated and cursed by God, and his birth, aging, illness, and death have been ordained by God. In which denomination that believes in God is there no death? In which age when God works is there no death? Who of mankind can escape death? God’s promise of having eternal life will be fulfilled in the final group of people who are saved through truly experiencing God’s work, but now God’s work has not yet been finished. In the end, the portion of people who are perfected and left will be the ones who have eternal life; only these perfected people are the ones who will not die. In this period, it is very natural that some people die. Why be fussy about it? People need to know that a person’s accepting the name of Almighty God does not mean that he has entered the kingdom, has had eternal life, and will not die. God has said many times that some people will still be eliminated, some evil ones who have crept in will still be cut off, and those who have done all kinds of evil will still be punished. The outcomes of these people are self-evident. Haven’t you ever heard God’s various warning words to people? Besides, God has said many a time that of the believers in God, some are the ones to be perfected, some are the serving ones, and some are the ones to be eliminated. Those who are eliminated will still die in the end.”
After I read these words, the misgiving in my mind was dispelled and my notion about God was completely removed. I came to understand that those who will receive God’s promise and never die are the ones who truly experience God’s work and who truly pursue the truth, the life, and the transformation of their nature and who are eventually made perfect by God; they are the sincere believers in God. However, those nominal believers, those who do not pursue the truth, and those evildoers who have crept into God’s family and done all sorts of evil will all die in the end; none of them will be left. Because God is holy, he does not allow any filthy person to live in his kingdom. Isn’t it an expression of God’s holy and righteous nature that God arranges everyone’s destination in this way? Everyone’s substance and whether his doings are good or evil, only God knows and only God is clear about. Today, the elderly brother died; isn’t there God’s good purpose behind it? However, in the face of this matter, I only looked at its surface but did not seek God’s will. I was full of notions about God, doubted God’s work and God’s promise, and even thought of leaving God. Through God’s exposing, I saw that I believed in and followed God not for pursuing to know and satisfy God, nor for performing my duty properly as a created being to glorify God, but for receiving blessings and having a outcome of never dying in God’s family. Even more, I saw my ignorance, poorness, pitifulness, and my base intent of making a bargain with God. If I go on like this, even if I muddle along to the end in God’s family, I will still be one to be eliminated and punished and will die sooner or later.
O God, thank you that you have shown me mercy and grace and timely corrected my viewpoint of believing in you. Through the elderly brother’s death, you have given me a good opportunity to know you. From now on, I will equip myself with the truth diligently, seek your will in everything, know your work, and pursue the transformation of my nature. Only by doing so will I receive the wonderful promise you have given me—eternal life.
Lüliang City, Shanxi Province