During the previous period of time, in various places arose many incidents of false christs deceiving people. In view of this, God’s family required that we eat and drink God’s words about the truths concerning the vision and read the fellowships concerning guarding against satan and false christs deceiving people, and that we understand these truths clearly within three or four months. Having glanced over the contents to be eaten and drunk, I thought: All these I’ve eaten and drunk before. I don’t need three or four months at all. I just need to read them roughly to refresh my memory. How could it take so long a time? I’ve accepted this stage of work for several years; if I could not even stand for such a small testimony, what would be the use of my believing? So, I just skimmed over the words of God and the fellowships, without eating and drinking and pondering them carefully.
One day, I met my leader at a host home. She asked me if I had eaten and drunk and fellowshipped clearly about the truths concerning guarding against satan and false christs’ deception. “Almost!” I replied with assurance. Then the leader asked me, “How many men used by the Holy Spirit are there today?” “Only one,” I answered quickly. The leader asked again, “Well, in ‘The Mystery of Incarnation (3),’ God says: ‘… “he work in the age of God’s incarnation” includes two parts. God’s incarnated flesh does one part personally and speaks personally in it. After he has completely fulfilled the ministry of his flesh, the other part will be completely entrusted to the men used by the Holy Spirit. …’ What do you think about the ‘men’ said here? Is there really only one?” Her question stumped me. Yes, it says a man in another piece of God’s word; but why does it say “men” here? God’s word can’t be self-contradictory! Then I fell into puzzle. The leader continued, “Does the man used by the Holy Spirit have deviations in working?” “No,” I replied. “Well, Article 7 of ‘Ten Administrative Decrees God’s Chosen People Must Obey’ says: ‘…you should obey the man used by the Holy Spirit in every aspect and should not disobey him in any way but should obey him absolutely. Do not judge whether he is right or wrong. Whether he is right or wrong has nothing to do with you. You should just obey him absolutely.’ Here, how should we understand ‘Whether he is right or wrong has nothing to do with you’?” Now I could not give an answer. She went on, “Moses was a man used by the Holy Spirit; were there errors in his working?” “Yes,” I replied. “Well, are there errors in the work of the man used by the Holy Spirit today?” I hesitated for quite a while and was at a loss for a reply again. Seeing my state, the leader said to me, “As far as our condition today is concerned, if a false christ comes to deceive us, we can hardly protect ourselves. Let’s have a read of God’s word.” As she spoke, she turned to this piece of God’s word “A Word About God Using Men” and read: “Because all people cannot directly understand God’s word or God’s will, God raises up a man used by him to do such work. The man used by God can be said to be a go-between through whom God leads people and an ‘interpreter’ through whom God communicates with people. So, such a man is different from any worker or apostle in God’s family. … However, the man used by God is a man who has been prepared by God and who has very good qualities and has humanity. He has been prepared and perfected by the Holy Spirit ahead of time. He is led completely by the Holy Spirit, and he is directed and governed by the Holy Spirit especially in working. So, he will not deviate on the path of leading God’s chosen people because God will surely be responsible for his own work and he is doing his own work all the time.”
Through God’s words and the leader’s fellowship, I came to understand this: Today there is only one man used by the Holy Spirit, and he has been prepared and perfected by God ahead of time. His working is completely led by the Holy Spirit and it cannot have deviations at all, because God will surely be responsible for his own work. As for the word “Whether he is right or wrong has nothing to do with you” in 7th administrative decree, it is directed at man’s notion and disobedience, and it does not mean that the man used by the Holy Spirit may deviate in working. Though Moses was used by the Holy Spirit in that age, he was only used but had not been perfected; so, it was unavoidable for him to have some transgressions or deviations in working. As for the “men” in God’s word “After he has completely fulfilled the ministry of his flesh, the other part will be completely entrusted to the men used by the Holy Spirit,” it has a background. It means that in the works in the two ages of God’s incarnation, there are men used by the Holy Spirit to cooperate with God’s work. The “men” here refers to all the men used by the Holy Spirit in both the Age of the Grace and the Age of the Kingdom, and it does not mean that there are several men used by the Holy Spirit today.
Not until then did I see that I was not clear about the truths concerning the vision but only understood some letters and doctrines. However, I thought that I had already eaten and drunk those truths and had understood them and would not be deceived by false christs, and thus I lived in a state of being self-content. I was really too arrogant and self-right and too ignorant of myself. Today, through the leader’s test, I saw my poorness and pitifulness, and saw that I did not have any knowledge of God or God’s work. If a false christ should come to deceive me, I would probably be deceived.
Through this matter, I have realized that it is really too dangerous if one is unclear about the truths concerning the vision. He who does not have the vision has no foundation and may fall anytime and anywhere. Thank God that his leading has made me realize my dangerous state. From now on, I will pay attention to equipping myself with the truths concerning the vision and ponder them attentively to attain a true knowledge of God’s word and God’s work, so that I can stand by God’s word in various trials.
Linyi City, Shandong Province