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33. One Must Know the Practical God Incarnate to Truly Love and Serve God

God incarnate of the last days came to earth to speak and work, to carry out judgment, chastisement, trial and refinement of corrupt mankind in order to deliver God’s chosen people from Satan’s dark influence and enable people to truly return to God, to know and obey God and to achieve a true love and service for God, and ultimately to complete and attain a group of people who are of one accord with God and end the age. This is the real meaning of God being incarnated to work in the last days. It is easy for people to believe in God and follow the practical God, but not so easy for them to truly love God and obey the practical God. So God requires that people must pursue the truth and have knowledge of the practical God incarnate and thereby achieve a true love and obedience toward God. One day when God’s chosen people can all truly love and worship the practical God incarnate, this will be true testimony to God’s victory over Satan and the true sign of the accomplishment of God’s great work because then God has finally completed a group of overcomers and attained a group of people who are of one accord with God. Only then will He have truly attained glory. Today although there are many people who believe in God and follow God, there are very few who can truly love and serve God, which really confirms God’s words, “Many are called, but few are chosen.” To believe in the practical God incarnate, people just need to see that the words spoken by God are the truth. They are able to believe when they are certain that it is God’s voice. However, to be successful in achieving true love and obedience for God, one must pursue the truth and achieve knowledge of God and experience many trials and refinement. It is clear that becoming someone who truly loves God through the pursuit of the truth and knowledge of God is not a simple matter. If you really cannot experience God’s judgment and chastisement and endure many trials and refinement, then you will never be perfected by God.

Today God’s chosen people all focus on pursuing the truth and achieving knowledge of God to become people who truly love God. The Holy Spirit in this way guides God’s chosen people at the same time as undertaking work saving and perfecting people. Many people reflect upon why they cannot truly love God, why they are unwilling to suffer and pay the price to pursue and attain the truth and why they cannot be loyal to God and obey Him until death. Now they can all recognize that this is because they do not love the truth so they are unable to suffer and pay the price to get the truth. People are not able to get the truth and a true love for God if they do not love the truth. People all want to make an effort and do their duty for God in exchange for God’s salvation and perfection, but they do not want to suffer and pay the price for gaining the truth. Although their faith in God is very resolute, after believing in God for several years they are ultimately unable to truly love and obey God and are never able to competently do their duty. One can see that it is not possible to change one’s life disposition without pursuing the truth, nor achieve true love for God, so in reality people do not practice the truth nor obey God. In every church we see that some people are unable to expend themselves and do their duty for God because of the consideration they give to the flesh and their love for an easy life; some people are afraid of suffering in doing their duty so just go through the motions and deceive God; some people are capable of suppressing God’s chosen people who dare expose their mistakes and report problems for their status, fame and fortune; some leaders and workers are also capable of lusting after the good fortune that status brings and stubbornly taking the road of the antichrist; some people can even go so far as to betray the church and God’s chosen people and serve as the great red dragon’s accomplices and lackeys when they are arrested and persecuted because they cannot bear the threat and torture of the great red dragon; some people are servants of Satan—they never pursue the truth and they sow discord, alienate people from one another and form cliques in church, kick up as much of a fuss as possible and do not confess and repent; some people would rather resist, humiliate and blaspheme God to satisfy their desire for status and ambition and when they are punished they still want to achieve their own despicable goal. These people who have hardly pursued the truth and who often do evil and resist God lost the work of the Holy Spirit long ago and if they do not truly confess and repent, they will be completely eliminated. It is clear that all those people who do not love God are people who hardly practice the truth; they believe in God but resist God. They are capable of all kinds of selfish, despicable, shameless evil doings.

Why can people believe in the practical God but not love the practical God? It is because people do not love the truth and are unable to pursue the truth and attain the work of the Holy Spirit. So when they are faced with temptation and choices, they betray the truth and God. People who do not have the truth are all selfish, despicable, evil and shameless beasts that are full of Satan’s disposition. When people believe in God if they do not pursue the truth they will never be able to truly love God. If people cannot truly love God, then they will never be able to truly obey God and will be even less able to truly witness and serve God. The most important thing for believing in God and achieving perfection is to reach the standard and result of being able to truly love and obey God. If people cannot truly love God in their hearts that is enough to show that their life disposition has not really changed. Even if people who cannot love God can practice some simple truths on the outside, their obedience toward God is still very limited and they absolutely cannot achieve loyalty and obedience toward God until death. If people can truly love God, they can dedicate themselves to God and risk their life to do their duty well and stand witness. Only such people can be as loud and clear a witness as Peter, enabling God’s will to be carried out here on earth.

The standard for people to successfully believe in God is truly loving God. Only those who truly love God are people who enter into the reality of the truth, are honest people who truly believe in, obey and are loyal to God and truly live out the likeness of man. Only those who truly love God are praised by God, worthy to live on earth, and can traverse the universe. Why is it said that those who do not love God deserve to be damned? Because if people cannot love the truth in their hearts then they are not kind-hearted; they have no humanity and are not worthy of being called men. The real image of man is the image of loving God. Only people who love God are true people who are worthy to live on earth. All those who cannot truly love God love evil but not the truth. They are all selfish and despicable, crooked and cunning. Not loving God shows that people have not turned their hearts to God, nor devoted themselves to God. Someone whose heart does not belong to God is not in harmony with God and even less so of one heart and mind with God. They are members of corrupt mankind living under Satan’s dominion. This is undoubtable. Thus it is not going too far to say that people who do not love God deserve to be damned. If people believe in God yet they cannot love God, then they will not be saved and have even less chance of being perfected. If people believe in God but do not have any love at all for God in their hearts, then they are no different from the devil and beasts. If people truly love the truth, then they can truly obey God’s work. When people have experienced God’s judgment and chastisement and all kinds of trials and refinement, if they can develop a God-loving heart, can practice the truth and be of one heart and mind with God then they are people who are saved and perfected. When people pursue the truth and achieve a true knowledge of God, then they can truly love and obey God. Regardless of how long people have believed in God, if they cannot achieve a true love for God then everything they say is just empty talk. Only by attaining the truth can one attain life. If people understand the truth but are still unable to truly love God, then this is enough to show that their life disposition has not changed. Changes to one’s disposition mean that one’s heart can truly love God and absolutely obey what God says. None of corrupt mankind can truly love God. Only people who experience God’s work and achieve salvation and perfection can love God. People may preach well and appear to understand the truth, but if they cannot love God, no matter how well they explain their doctrines, it is all vague and general and unrealistic. Everything is determined by whether or not people can love God. If people cannot love God, then they certainly do not know God and they certainly have not obeyed God in reality, nor have they been saved or perfected. This is an undeniable fact.

Why did God say that corrupt mankind is not worthy of seeing God? This is because corrupt mankind has Satan’s nature and is brimming with Satan’s disposition. They have no normal humanity at all and cannot practice the truth or obey God. They are therefore all enemies of God. If such corrupt mankind sees God’s face they can only deny and resist God and be enemies of God. If people cannot pursue and attain the truth to become God-loving people, then they are not worthy of seeing God’s face. Only people who love God truly have humanity and can truly obey God and are worthy of seeing God’s face. Strictly speaking, those who cannot love God are people who resist God. They are all people who cannot agree with God. Those who in their hearts cannot love God can deny and resist God and are not able to be compatible with God. In fact, they cannot agree with people either. So corrupt mankind is full of perilous strife, mutual suspicion and deception, scheming and plotting against one another and ruthless infighting. People who do not have the truth are most certainly selfish and evil, crooked and cunning and use unscrupulous divisive tactics to achieve their objectives. They all advocate knowledge and talents and vie for fame and fortune for themselves. So it is very difficult to accept and obey the truth and dedicate themselves to just causes. It is clear that people who do not have the truth do not have humanity either. They are very difficult to get along with and none of them can agree with God and all are enemies of God. The majority are unreasonable and are like beasts in human form. Is such corrupt mankind worthy of seeing God? Seeing God’s face, corrupt mankind can only resist, hurt and disgust God. If they cannot pursue the truth they can still do evil and will inevitably be cursed by God. If people want to witness and serve God, they must first be able to love God with their hearts. To be able to love God, one must pursue the truth and accept God’s judgment and chastisement, trials and refinement and achieve true knowledge of God. This is the way to loving God. If people do not endure many trials and refinement, then even if they have a little love for God, it is still too adulterated and too bartered. Loyalty and obedience to God is too limited this way. So if one wants to be saved and perfected, one must pursue the truth and become someone who truly loves God. This is the goal of believing in God and the standard for achieving salvation and perfection.

All those who experience several years of God’s last days’ work can see that God’s love for mankind is so great and so real, regardless of how well they know God. So they are all able to sincerely and earnestly make an effort for God and willing to suffer and pay the price to follow and obey all of God’s judgment and chastisement, trials and refinement. Because God loves mankind so much, He has incarnated twice to save corrupt mankind. This completely reveals God’s love for mankind. In the Age of Grace, God was incarnated to serve as a sin offering and bear mankind’s corruption and sin. God not only forgave all of man’s sins, but also healed the sick and cast out demons and gave people plentiful grace for them to enjoy. People were all blessed with peace and joy and through this, God’s love was openly manifested. Later, in the last days, God was incarnated again to undertake work of judging, chastising, cleansing and perfecting people. He has endured great humiliation and uttered enough truths to save and perfect people and completed His management plan to save mankind. He has also personally experienced all of the pain in the world and paved the way for mankind to be saved and for them to break away from all pain and to enter a beautiful destination in their life voyage. In this way, God’s love has been completely revealed to mankind and by means of His great humiliation and all the suffering from being incarnated twice, He let mankind see God’s salvation and perfection of mankind, which is comprised of such great and real love. God’s love is primarily manifested in the work of His two incarnations. If God had not been incarnated, mankind would never have known God’s love. God suffered and gave His life in His two incarnations to save and perfect mankind so that they could achieve a beautiful destination in their life voyage. He not only served as the sin offering for the salvation of mankind. More importantly, He has personally tasted all the suffering of the world to deliver mankind from Satan’s influence and from the corruption of the flesh and the binds of Satan’s nature so that they can achieve salvation and perfection. God has suffered so much pain and offered all life has to offer in order to save mankind because He loves people so much. This is the love of God that must be recognized by created mankind and is also the basis by which God’s chosen people can achieve a love of God.

When people pursue the truth and are able to truly know God’s love, they can gradually understand and know that all the truths God uttered are all that God has and is and are all the loveliness of God and in this way they have discovered more loveliness about God. Only when people know that all the truths God uttered are all that God has and is and that they form part of God’s beautiful, good life and are all the loveliness of God, does people’s love for God become more and more true. It is thus clear that people who are capable of truly loving God achieve this by pursuing the truth. People who do not pursue the truth will never see so much of God’s loveliness and people who do not love the truth will not truly love God, even if they recognize that God loves people. Only people who understand the truth can clearly see that all the words and the truths uttered by God are the salvation, perfection and love for mankind and regardless of whether the words are meek or stern, tactful or sharp as a needle, they are all the loveliness of God and their outcome is the salvation and perfection of people and so God’s love and loveliness is hidden in every word and sentence of the word of God. People who understand the truth all have profound experience of this. All those who love the truth can attain the enlightenment and illumination of the Holy Spirit and see God’s loveliness from eating and drinking God’s words. In particular after experiencing trials and tribulations, they can discover how much care God has expended and see that all that God does is people’s salvation and perfection and thus everything that people are faced with is God’s love and so people develop truly God-loving hearts and have hope of becoming people who love God. If they continue to pursue the truth, they can know that God has so much loveliness and gradually know God’s disposition and that God’s righteous disposition is the most lovable. God’s disposition is primarily righteous. It is also compassionate and loving. There is even more loveliness in God’s disposition, such as God’s humbleness and hiddenness, God’s pleasure, anger, sorrow and joy, God’s tolerance and patience, God’s magnanimity that is as boundless as the sea and sky, God’s holiness, God’s righteousness, God’s faithfulness, God’s integrity, God’s goodness, God’s almightiness and wisdom—what God says goes, His word shall be fulfilled, and what is fulfilled will be so forever, God’s majesty and wrath toward Satan, God’s love for honest people and hatred for deceitful ones, God’s hatred and curse for mankind’s satanic disposition, God’s hatred for evil, God’s wisdom being exercised based on Satan’s trickery and God’s appearance to the holy kingdom and concealment from filthy lands…. When people have a real understanding of God’s disposition, they will naturally know that God’s life essence is the truth, righteousness, the light and love. When people understand that God’s life essence is most lovable, their God-loving heart is perfect and they can gradually reach the highest realms of loving God. At this time, people are full of love for God and when they come before God again, they can feel that God is so great, so honorable and so lovable and can see that they themselves are so small, so intolerably dirty and even less than dust and can only bow down before God and feel too ashamed to show their face. This is the effect of truly knowing God and at this time, they have already become someone who truly loves God.

All those who are capable of understanding the truth can see God’s loveliness and the more they understand the truth, the more they can know that God’s loveliness is so great and that all that God has and is is the truth and reality and God’s loveliness and finally they can know that God’s essence is love and that God’s righteous disposition is most lovable. So by experiencing God’s judgment and chastisement to achieve salvation and perfecting, we are experiencing and enjoying God’s love. Although people suffer enough in the process of attaining the truth, after they have been through this, they still see how much care God has expended and enjoy God’s deep love and perfecting. The more trials and tribulations people experience and the greater their suffering in experiencing God’s work, the greater, the more complete, the more plentiful and the deeper God’s love is that they enjoy. When people get all of God’s love that is when they are saved and perfected. When people experience all kinds of trials and refinements, like resurrection in death, that is when people are reborn and at that time they become people who truly love God. So knowing more of God’s loveliness is the way to know God and the way to truly love God. People will be able to truly love God and truly worship God when they understand that there is so much of God’s loveliness and therefore people are even more willing to pursue the truth and can accept all truth as life and be even more eager to become people who truly love God. When people get the truth, they can use the truth to witness and serve God and to resolve all problems and approach everything according to the truth. In this way people have already been perfected and become witnesses to God. This is really joyous and worthy of congratulation.

How can the loveliness of God be known? Firstly, we must understand what God’s loveliness is and what it is comprised of. This is most important. People should all think about and try to figure out one most important truth: The worship of the Lord of creation by created beings is perfectly justified, but why is this the most significant thing? Where is the mystery in this truth? God is the Lord of creation. God is the Creator of all things and the Master of all. The Lord of creation’s life disposition is certainly most lovely and worthy of eternal worship by all created beings. This is categorical. Because mankind is so small, like dust, they cannot fathom the Lord of creation’s life disposition and His almightiness and wisdom. They can only understand many truths and develop some true knowledge of God from the words He utters when saving mankind and based on this true understanding created mankind can open their eyes enough to see that the Lord of creation’s life disposition and essence are unfathomable and the degree to which He can be loved is immeasurable and mankind can never finish recounting the love manifested by God’s salvation and perfecting of deeply corrupted mankind. For example, in the Age of Grace God was incarnated to redeem mankind and was crucified on the cross as a sin offering. He was then incarnated in the last days, endured great humiliation and uttered words judging and chastising corrupt mankind and at the same time, experienced all of suffering of the world. God’s clear love like this for mankind is enough for people to know and experience in a lifetime and never be able to finish recounting. When people understand many truths and truly know God, they are able to discover that all that God has and is is the truth, reality and God’s loveliness, and when people experience many trials and refinement and gain knowledge of God, they will discover that God’s righteous disposition is even more lovable and that there is even more loveliness within God’s righteous disposition, that people will never fully experience, know and finish recounting it over a lifetime. So when people truly know God, they will have endless praise and worship for God and will naturally be able to truly love God above all else. This is the absolute truth. Knowing God really is so significant and all that which people who truly love God enjoy is the greatest blessings, which far exceeds all that people desire.

To know God’s love one must know the three stages of God’s work. God’s complete love for mankind is manifested through three stages of work. In the three stages of work, the love that God shows advances and deepens gradually in due order and in the end when God’s work ends, God’s complete love for mankind is made known. In the Age of Law, God led the Israelites out of Egypt which was completely to save the people of Israel from the satanic influence of the Egyptian Pharaoh and to bring the people of Israel to the land of Canaan, promulgating laws and the Ten Commandments for the people of Israel to enable them to be able to serve and worship God according to God’s requirements and enjoy God’s blessing. Israel is just a pilot project location for God’s work leading and saving the whole of mankind. By the Age of Grace, because God’s work had started to completely spread to the whole of mankind, the incarnate Lord Jesus made a sin offering to save mankind, to become the greatest gospel of the Age of Grace and spread to the Gentile nations and God’s love was publicly revealed to the whole of mankind. By the Age of Kingdom, God’s love was completely and thoroughly made known to mankind, making the whole of mankind see the vastness of God’s salvation. God returned to the flesh and endured great humiliation to save, cleanse and perfect deeply corrupt mankind and with the greatest patience uttered many truths to judge and chastise and thoroughly save mankind as the work of the final age. He also personally experienced all of suffering of the world. God has paid so much love to save mankind. From the three stages of God’s work, we can completely see that everything that God has done for mankind is loving, saving and perfecting. This lets the whole of mankind see that God is God to the whole of mankind and that only God can save deeply corrupt mankind and bring about a beautiful final destination for mankind. All created beings should worship the Lord of creation forever, so as to be able to get God’s praise and blessing.

Mankind can only achieve true knowledge of God by knowing the three stages of His work. If one knows the three stages of God’s work, one knows all of God’s love for mankind. If mankind doesn’t experience and know God’s love from God’s work then mankind is unable to know God and it is very difficult to see God’s love. All those who believe in God and experience God’s work of the last days have already experienced that God is love. All the truths uttered by God are God’s loveliness and testimony and manifestations of God’s love. God’s chosen people achieve salvation and perfection because of God’s love. All those who know that God’s essence is love have already understood the truth and seen that God’s loveliness is so plentiful and have developed truly God-loving hearts. Not only can we see supreme almighty God walking and living amongst people in a humble and concealed way, which is God’s loveliness, but we can also see God enduring great humiliation and experiencing all of suffering of the world, which is also God’s loveliness. In God’s work and speech, the truth is hidden in all the parts that do not accord with people’s conceptions, which makes people know God’s disposition first hand; this is God’s loveliness. God demands that people obey God, but never forces people; He just lets people freely choose the way and waits for people to wake up with the greatest patience; this is God’s loveliness. God does not do miracles in His work but only speaks within normal humanity and leads, supplies and shepherds people. His work is so real. This is God’s loveliness. God incarnate wears the shell of an ordinary man and the man the Holy Spirit uses is also an ordinary person, not valiant, high and noble at all, who are both humble people, and He only uses words to make God’s almightiness and wisdom known; this is God’s loveliness. When God judges and chastises corrupt mankind, the righteous disposition which is revealed cannot be offended. It lets people see God’s majesty and wrath and makes people revere Him; this is God’s loveliness. In particular when God is trying and refining people and making people endure much suffering to reveal and cleanse people, what shows is how much care God has expended; this is God’s loveliness. When God mobilizes the great red dragon’s service and allows all kinds of evil spirits and antichrists to confuse, interrupt and disturb, He uses Satan’s service to perfect God’s chosen people; this is God’s loveliness. So much loveliness is revealed in the work of God incarnate of the last days. The more people understand the truth and know God’s work, the more they will be able to see God’s loveliness. In particular, the more people experience judgment and chastisement, trials and refinement and the greater the suffering they endure, the more they will see God’s loveliness. God’s love has started to be made known publicly since His redemption work in the Age of Grace, and His love is completely revealed at the end of His work saving mankind in the Age of Kingdom. After people have experienced God’s work of the last days, they will be capable of knowing all of God’s love and of truly knowing and loving God.

The process of God saving mankind is the process of God loving people and also the process of mankind knowing God’s love. All true knowledge of God that corrupt mankind gains from the forgiveness of their sins to their salvation and perfection, can be said to be regarding God’s loveliness. From all of the words uttered by God, people can see that between the words and the lines, it is all expression of God’s disposition. God’s words are full of all that God has and is; it is all the truth and reality and this really is an eye opener for people and a feast for the eyes. There are so many mysteries in God’s life and God’s life essence really is holy, good, loving and beautiful. It makes people feel admiration and high praise, sing His praises and bow down in worship. God’s disposition is predominantly righteous, and also has majesty and wrath and fills people with a deep veneration. God’s righteous, holy disposition actually brings people so much shock, salvation and perfection. When people truly know God’s disposition, they see that corrupt mankind has so many shortcomings and that corrupt mankind is poor, pitiful and ignorant, as intolerably dirty as dung and not worth mentioning. At this time, people feel too ashamed to show their face, embarrassed beyond words and good for nothing in the presence of God and can only bow down and worship God. This is the effect of seeing that there is so much that is lovable about God and developing true knowledge of God.

One can only know God’s love and God’s loveliness by pursuing the truth. In fact the process of knowing God is the process of knowing God’s love. The more deeply people know God’s love, the more deeply they will know God. This is because God’s essence is love and righteousness. In people’s life experience, the more truths they understand, the more plentiful their experience of God’s love will be. When people completely know that all that God does is love, salvation and perfecting, people will truly know God’s work. And then no matter what they face that does not match their conceptions, they will always seek the truth and grasp God’s will and will not develop conceptions or misunderstandings about God again. So the more people understand the truth, the more they can truly love and obey God. People who understand the truth and can love God in their hearts, will disobey and resist God less and less. When they achieve true love for God, they will be completely holy. Only those who do not know God and do not love God in the slightest will judge and resist God. We can all see from experience that when people first believe in God, because they do not understand the truth and do not know God’s love at all, they often develop conceptions, judgments, disobedience and resistance to God’s work. When people experience God’s work for several years and achieve an understanding of the truth and are able to love God in their hearts, they will see that they were too arrogant and conceited and ignorant before and that all of their thoughts and actions were disobedient and resistant to God. Especially when they discover that God’s actions do not accord with their conceptions, or when they are facing pruning, dealing, trials and refinements, they can still develop conceptions, misunderstandings and even complain about and judge God. They really are embarrassed beyond words, too ashamed to show their face and extremely remorseful. People are completely conquered by God’s words and even more so by God’s love. It is evident that there are certainly many processes from understanding the truth and knowing God’s love to loving God and that people must endure much suffering. This is all because mankind is too deeply corrupt and has too many conceptions about God and disobeys and resists God too much. So the process of people knowing God’s love is the process of experiencing God’s judgment and chastisement and achieving cleansing and perfecting. When people experience judgment and chastisement, trials and refinements and achieve spiritual awakening and understanding of the truth, they will see how much care God has expended and at that time, they will discover that God is so lovable and that God loves mankind to the extreme, in every possible way, and in particular that the destination God provides people with is the most beautiful. When people get all of God’s love, they know God’s love more deeply and more thoroughly and can truly love God and be absolutely obedient to Him and completely achieve salvation and be perfected. At that time, people can only praise God for eternity and endlessly worship God.

The road to salvation and being perfected is now clear. All those who love the truth are willing to pursue the truth and become people who love God but what is most worth people’s reflection and consideration is why they have not had true love and obedience for God after believing in God and doing their duty for many years. There are many people who have some knowledge of God’s judgment and chastisement, pruning and dealing and who experience some changes to how they view things, but you do not see any real change to their life disposition. The root of the problem is people having no true knowledge of the practical God incarnate, so they do not have God-fearing hearts. If people do not pursue the truth, they will be unable to know the practical God and in this way, how can they truly love the practical God? If people believe in God until the end but still do not have any knowledge of the practical God nor any true love for Him, then is this not the greatest shame and failure in believing in God? The pursuit of the truth is the pursuit of knowing God and achieving a true love for God. Thus whether or not people can love God is a standard by which you can measure whether or not people have the reality of truth and also the principle and standard for testing whether or not people are truly obedient to God. It is even more so a sign by which one can examine whether or not there has been any change to people’s life disposition. One just needs to see whether or not people can truly love God to measure and fully know whether or not people truly know God. People who cannot love God are people who do not have the reality of truth, people who have not had any change to their life disposition and people who do not know God. This is an undeniable fact.

Why say that if people do not love God then they do not have the reality of truth? Practicing the truth is founded on loving the truth and one’s heart being able to love God. If people do not love God then their hearts have not returned to God and do not belong to God. How can such people truly practice the truth and obey God? And how can they achieve compatibility with God? We frequently see that there are many people who, despite believing in God for many years, do not truly obey God and are even capable of playing tricks, lying and deceit. They engage in sophistry and pretense for their own benefit and cannot do their duty competently even if they expend for God. They are restrained by all kinds of people and things to varying degrees and are neither loyal nor obedient in doing their duty. They all suit themselves and are not willing to practice the truth. They are afraid of suffering and offending others and rarely show their loyalty and uphold principles of the truth in order to defend God’s work or endure suffering willingly and do their duty well in order to satisfy God. None of them regard the truth as a fundamental principle of human existence. They all deal with matters according to Satan’s philosophies. How can such people meet the standard for practicing the truth and obeying God? Especially at critical moments when doing their duty, they are all afraid of suffering and danger, are controlled by corrupt flesh and are disloyal to God. Even at critical moments when the great red dragon makes a frenzied counterattack and God’s work most needs people’s proactive cooperation, they act passively and bid a retreat and are unable to forge ahead. At the critical moment in the fight for man between the great red dragon and God, they always consider environmental dangers and are unwilling to do real work. When they are arrested and need to bear witness for God, they fear Satan’s threat and do not dare face torture. It is evident that if people do not have truly God-loving hearts, they cannot be loyal to God and always retreat when doing their duty; they cannot be willing to endure suffering and bear loud witness for God and humiliate Satan. This is enough to show that if people do not have God-loving hearts they cannot truly bear witness to God and serve God and cannot meet God’s requirements. If people do not have God-loving hearts then they cannot live out the likeness of a real man.

In church life we often see that all those who do not have the reality of truth find it difficult to stand by God’s side no matter what they face and find it even more difficult to be of one heart and mind with God. There are many people who can speak of doctrines and who usually appear to be pretty good but when faced with antichrists and wicked people disturbing church life, they actually cannot stand on the side of the truth and speak out to witness God and are even capable of defending wrongdoing, engaging in sophistry and protecting the antichrists and wicked people. They would rather go against God’s words and the truth and resist and offend God and do not care at all. Especially in the battle between good and evil they can even stand on Satan’s side and protect false leaders and antichrists and suppress brothers and sisters who pursue the truth, so that righteousness comes under pressure and evil rises. Such people are all classed as hard-hearted people who resist God and take the path of antichrists. They are absolutely not truth-loving people. Once they get status and power they will certainly all be antichrists and it is not possible for them to be saved and perfected. God’s chosen people should learn how to distinguish them. All those who always defend and speak for the wicked and antichrists are certainly of the same ilk as antichrists, no different at all. Whatever words someone says, you just need to look at how they speak under all circumstances to know what kind of person they are. People who truly love the truth will definitely all have a sense of justice and a sincere heart toward God and will be able to speak the truth and do practical things, protecting God’s work come what may and upholding principles of the truth. Only this type of people who have a sense of justice truly love the truth. If they can pursue the truth despite repeated failures, they can certainly be perfected by God and become people who truly love God.

How can we measure whether or not people have a God-loving heart? The main thing is to see whether or not people practice the truth in any matter. If people can truly stand by God’s side and witness God in their speech, then they are practicing the truth in all that they say and do. To practice the truth is to love God and to practice the truth is to obey God. Practicing the truth is standing on God’s side and doing one’s duty competently. Within the church we expend for God and cooperate with brothers and sisters in doing our duty. All those who pursue the truth are able to love each other, live in love and treat others’ revealed corruption, passivity, weakness and transgressions with love and offer sincere help. This is the manifestation of practicing the truth. When the church faces danger, God’s chosen people stand up and do their utmost to maintain God’s work, protect leaders and workers and God’s offerings and protect other brothers and sisters so that they can stand firm. This is the manifestation of practicing the truth. When people are arrested because they believe in God, they can endure humiliation and torture to glorify God and not be intimidated by the threat of the great red dragon but stand witness. This is the manifestation of practicing the truth. When there are antichrists and wicked people disturbing church life and a struggle between good and evil, they can step forward bravely to witness and hold God up high and use the truth to resolve the problem and expel the antichrists and wicked people. This is the manifestation of practicing the truth. When leaders and workers go against work arrangements and take the wrong approach, God’s chosen people should refuse to accept and obey them and be able to communicate the truth according to God’s words to resolve the problem and handle the matter according to the principles of work arrangements. This is the manifestation of practicing the truth. When they see leaders and workers who are able to do real work but who reveal corruption or transgressions, God’s chosen people can help and support them with love and enable them to truly confess and repent, pursue the truth and do their duty according to God’s requirements. This is the manifestation of practicing the truth. When enduring a period of frenzied arrest and persecution of God’s chosen people by the great red dragon, many of God’s chosen people act passively, fear the environment, and do not dare do their duty. During these times, people who pursue the truth should do their utmost to communicate the truth and witness God’s love and resolve the difficulties that God’s chosen people face, making them understand the truth and have real faith and all be able to stand up, pursue the truth and do their duty. This is the manifestation of practicing the truth. When you see leaders, workers and people who spread the gospel and witness God being hunted and having difficulty returning home, being able to step forward bravely and receive and protect them is the manifestation of practicing the truth. When difficulties are encountered in spreading the gospel of the kingdom and when there are many new believers and people who are studying the true way who need to be watered and supplied, being able to save, water and feed these people whilst being considerate of God’s will and risking danger, enabling them to return to God and accept God’s work and establish a foundation on the true way as quickly as possible is the manifestation of practicing the truth. If false leaders, antichrists, evil spirits and wicked people are discovered confusing God’s chosen people and disturbing God’s work, God’s chosen people should dare to adhere to the principles and promptly replace or expel and get rid of the revealed antichrists, evil spirits and wicked people; this is the manifestation of practicing the truth. All those who are able to practice the truth in all aspects certainly have God-loving hearts. This is undeniable. Because people are not stupid, they all know what suffering is and what comfort is and are even clearer about what safety is and danger is. Why are people who pursue the truth able to abandon comfort and choose suffering and even able to risk danger to do the duty God has entrusted them to do? It may suffice to say that these people have God-loving hearts and are willing to suffer and take risks for the sake of satisfying God; this is the manifestation of truly expending for God and being loyal and obedient to God. God has said many times, “To those who sincerely expend for Me, I shall surely bless you greatly.” The meaning of God’s words is very clear. In His last days’ work, God wants to perfect all those people who wholeheartedly expend for God and to gain those who truly love God. All those who leave everything behind to spread the gospel and witness God, take the trouble to spread the gospel of the kingdom and are conscientious and do their best, make painstaking efforts and work intensely to do so and always adhere to principles of the truth to do their duty competently are the people whom God wishes to make complete and attain and who are of one heart and mind with God. This is beyond all question and doubt.

Today the majority of God’s chosen people are in pursuit of loving God, but some do not know how to practice loving God. To be precise, practicing the truth is practicing loving God and the more comprehensively and the more often you practice the truth, the more true and pure your God-loving heart will be. So what is the difference between practicing the truth and loving God? Loving God is a matter of the heart. Only God examines whether or not people love Him in their hearts. We can only tell whether or not people love God in their hearts from their actions and whether or not they practice the truth. There are bound to be real manifestations of loving God. The real manifestations of loving God are practicing the truth and being an honest man, doing one’s duty and being loyal to God according to God’s requirements, standing witness for God and humiliating Satan, being conscientious and doing one’s best and making painstaking efforts and working intensely to carry out God’s will and having no regrets or complaints. As long as there are people who love God, there will be the church’s work and testimony. These manifestations of practicing the truth are real manifestations of truly loving God. The more people practice the truth, the more there will be the reality of them loving God. Practicing the truth is the real testimony of loving God. So all those who do not often practice the truth definitely do not love God. Let’s look at all those people who do not pursue the truth. Although they are willing to practice the truth, practice does not happen. They want to obey God but cannot do it. When they face trials or danger they have no command over themselves and still choose to attend to the flesh and go against the truth and take the path of disobeying and resisting God. So when the great red dragon captures and interrogates them, they go so far as to betray God and act as Judah so as to keep the flesh safe and avoid suffering. This is all a consequence of people not having a God-loving heart. Whether or not people practice the truth is the most obvious sign of whether or not people have God-loving hearts and whether or not people truly love the truth. People can only seek the truth if they love the truth, can only practice the truth if they love the truth and can only obey God if they love the truth. People’s attitude toward the truth is their attitude toward God. So as long as people can love the truth, they can suffer and pay the price for the pursuit of the truth and can persevere in doing their duty well and spreading the gospel of the kingdom. They won’t cease to struggle before they cease to live. If people practice in this way they can definitely get the truth and achieve knowledge of God and become people who truly love God so that they can serve God. As long as they are people who love the truth and can pursue the truth and do their duty well, no matter what corruption is revealed or what transgressions are made, God will not remember. As long as people are willing to expend for God with sincerity and are loyal until the end in spreading the gospel of the kingdom, then in the end they can all become people who truly love God. This is absolutely the case. All those in the church who can love the truth in their hearts and pursue the truth are definitely able to be saved and perfected. Those people who do not love the truth will never truly love God. People who do not love the truth are not able to practice the truth and cannot truly love God, nor can they truly obey God. So all those who do not love the truth cannot be saved or perfected.

There are different stages of life experience from when people start to believe in God up to being able to truly love God. It is not a case of as soon as you understand the truth you can completely truly love God. People’s God-loving hearts continuously grow alongside them understanding the truth and gradually achieving knowledge of God. So there are also different life stages to people’s pursuit of loving God. The three main stages are consciously loving God, truly loving God and loving God to the extreme. When people experience God’s work and know that all that God does is love and to save people, all those who have a conscience and reason just need to see that God’s love is so great and so real to be able to consciously love God and start to develop a God-loving heart. This type of consciously loving God is classed as the first stage of loving God. It is like God atoned and suffered for me and paid everything He had and if I do not love God then I have no conscience. So with conscience, I must return God’s love. This is the first stage of loving God. The essence of this type of love is called loving God consciously. Today God’s chosen people who truly expend for God and are able to suffer and pay the price are all consciously returning God’s love. They are at the first stage of loving God. Because people’s knowledge of God is still very shallow, and they do not yet have achieved true knowledge of God’s disposition and God’s life essence, they are confined to the first stage. People who consciously love God have quite good humanity and are able to pursue the truth. When people continue to pursue the truth and are able to understand some truths, they can discover that all the truths uttered by God are lovable and all that God has and is is His loveliness. At this time, people see even more of God’s loveliness and their God-loving hearts become more real and more obvious. At that time, their love for God also increases and they feel that God really is lovely and amiable and that they must not leave God and that if they leave Him, it will all be darkness and death and there will be nothing to live for. At that time, people’s love for God has already entered the stage of truly loving God through consciously loving God. The standard for people loving God is no longer consciously returning God’s love. By truly loving God, they can dedicate their all to serving and witnessing God and can expend a lifetime carrying out God’s will and entrust everything to God and be at the whim of God’s orchestrations and arrangements. Has this type of people’s love for God not grown a lot? When people pursue the truth and have true knowledge of God’s disposition, they can find that God’s righteousness and faithfulness is lovable and that God’s almightiness and wisdom is so lovable and finally that God’s disposition and life essence is so lovable. At that time, people already have a true knowledge of God. Because people can know that God’s disposition and God’s life essence is the truth and is love, at that time, people’s love for God becomes more perfect and they are able to give their whole life to God, willing to dedicate their life to God and expend their all to carry out God’s will and they demand no more of God and have no more desires for luxury and no matter what God orchestrates or arranges, they are able to completely obey and have no regrets about crucifixion for God upside down. This type of people’s love for God has already entered the realm of maximum love for God. That is, the realm of Peter’s love for God. At that time, people’s pursuit of the truth has already reached the peak of love for God. This is also the highest standard for God perfecting people. All those who pursue the truth should strive for this goal, so that they can be perfected by God and receive God’s promise.

The three stages of loving God and truly knowing God are closely related. The purity of people’s love for God is completely determined by how well they know God. The deeper they know God, the purer their love for God. If their knowledge of God is shallow, then their love for God will also be shallow. However people know God is how their love for God will be too. Therefore the pursuit of knowing God is the way to achieve God’s love. There are three stages starting with people being able to love God to having utmost love for God. At every stage the manifestation of loving God is different because people know God to different degrees. In fact, the manifestation of loving God is practicing the truth and obeying God, competently doing one’s duty, bearing witness for God and dedicating a lifetime and expending one’s all to carry out God’s will. If people can love God to the utmost, they can obey God to the death. The adulteration of their love for God will also become less and less and eventually they will love God purely. In this way, people’s love for God can earn God’s praise. In order to make the path for people pursuing the truth to achieve true love for God and the utmost love for God more transparent, I shall specifically describe the real manifestations of the three stages of loving God as follows:

1. The main manifestations of consciously loving God are as follows:

The stage of consciously loving God is developed through people seeing that everything that God does is God’s love for them and God’s salvation of them and in knowing that God is so lovable. Their God-loving hearts gradually emerge through this and at this time, people’s hearts start to awaken and they realize that to be a human, they must love God and that they must return God’s love. If they do not love God then they have no conscience and are not human and people start to pay attention to seeking and practicing the truth in everything and to have God-fearing hearts and be very afraid of resisting God and offending God’s disposition. They start to choose the path of the pursuit of the truth and start to focus on practicing the truth and obeying God. Although they can practice some truths and do everything in their power to do their duty, in many things they still have not yet completely grasped the principles of practice. When they see that they have too many shortcomings, they are able to go toward the truth and seek and pursue the truth in doing their duty, can still do some practical things for the church and stand on God’s side in all matters to protect the interests of the church and work together with those who truly believe in God and pursue the truth. This type of people are people who pursue the truth and who have already begun to focus on entering the reality of truth. When their corruption is revealed or they commit a transgression, they can feel especially regretful, hateful toward themselves and their flesh. Regardless of how they are pruned and dealt with by someone, they can all accept and recognize and truly confess and repent. When they see new work arrangements and discover the steps of the Holy Spirit’s work, they can promptly provide input and fit in with the Holy Spirit’s work and are willing to endure suffering and pay the price to satisfy God. Because they are small in stature, no matter what trials they face, they always fear failure and having a fall. They always seek the truth and strive to improve and feel that if they are abandoned by God, they will not be able to go on living and they cannot leave God in their hearts. This shows that these people have already developed God-loving hearts and are at the stage of consciously loving God. If they continue to pursue the truth they will be able to completely enter the stage of truly loving God within three to five years.

2. The main manifestations of the stage of truly loving God are as follows:

When people pursue the truth and achieve an understanding of all aspects of the truth, they are able to know that all the truths God has uttered are all that God has and is and are all God’s loveliness and all so precious. This is exactly the reality of truth that people should enter into. So they become more thirsty to attain even more truths for their own lives. At this time, no matter what aspects of the truth they understand, they are willing to practice and enter into them. They start to focus on practicing the truth and entering reality and pay particular attention to doing real work and to doing their duty competently. Sometimes there is some adulteration, but if they go against the truth they feel uneasy and especially blameworthy. No matter what the matter is, if they do not practice the truth and go against God’s intentions, they feel especially regretful and cannot wait to blame themselves and ask for God to curse them. People who can truly love God will absolutely not do anything that clearly goes against the truth. Although they still have corruption and transgressions, these have gradually reduced and are getting less and less; it is only under certain conditions or when God’s intentions are not understood that they will get confused and sometimes do stupid things, but this is absolutely not classed as doing evil or resisting God. The main manifestation of people being able to truly love God is being able to step forward bravely at the critical moment when doing one’s duty and especially focus on doing real work, being able to urgently handle what is most urgent for God, think what God thinks and make every effort to fulfill God’s urgent, current intentions. Most people can only satisfy God on small matters, but people who truly love God can feel out God’s intentions and requirements, can satisfy God on critical issues and can do real work to carry out God’s will. Therefore people who truly love God ensure that they are able to do substantive work serving God at all times and completely serve as God intended. People who truly love God can look at the wider picture, focus on the entirety and figure out God’s intentions. They can differentiate serious and not serious, urgent and not urgent on all kinds of work carrying out God’s will. They are able to truly witness and serve God and to actively seek God’s intentions and cooperate with the Holy Spirit’s work in any environment. So as to carry out God’s will, they persevere in doing their duty and standing witness and become people who are truly loyal and obedient to God.

3. The main manifestations of loving God to the extreme are as follows:

People who truly love God and continue to pursue the truth are capable of knowing that God’s disposition and life essence are most lovable and eventually know that God’s life essence is the truth, righteousness, light and love. At this time, people’s love for God will reach the highest realms—the stage of loving God to the extreme. The purer people’s God-loving hearts are, they will get all of God’s love and so their love for God will reach the highest realm. People who achieve extreme love for God are able to live to fulfill what God has entrusted them to do and to carry out the will of God, like Peter. They firmly believe that everything is given by God and no longer scheme for things for themselves. Their service for God is unadulterated with their own intentions and there is nothing such as status, reputation, vanity in their hearts. They no longer seek anything for themselves and do not cling to comfort and enjoyment of the flesh and even less so cling to the blessings of status. They completely obey God’s orchestrations and arrangements and are able to be detached and unconstrained no matter whether it is life or death, poverty or suffering, being jailed or tortured or in hell or the lake of fire. People no longer have themselves when they love God up to a certain point. They are willing to suffer any hardship to satisfy God and no matter how much they suffer, they do not think it is suffering. If they were crucified upside down, they would not complain and would be willing to do so. They always feel that they do not deserve to enjoy God’s love and are too indebted to the glory of God. They always feel that they do not love God enough and just wish to do more real work in doing their duty to return God’s love and satisfy God; only then do they feel comforted in their hearts. If they do not live for the will of God to be carried out then they do not deserve God’s love. If they cannot achieve the carrying out of God’s will then they pledge to not be people. No matter whether it is life or death, they do not have their own choice. This is the highest realm of loving God. They just live for God’s will to be carried out, and finally they live out the image of loving God, become the modern day Peter and gain God’s approval.

All those people who truly love God should strive toward the goal of loving God to the extreme. When God’s work is finished, there will certainly be some people who are able to reach this realm. The incarnation of God becoming the practical God is to save and perfect all those who truly love God. When God’s work is over, it is necessary to form a group of people who are of one heart and mind with God. This group of people is all people who truly love God. All those who can love God in experiencing God’s work can be perfected by God. This is beyond a shadow of doubt. As long as people have a conscience and are rational, willing to love God and willing to suffer and bear witness to do their duty well and satisfy God then they will certainly all be able to be perfected by God. All those who understand the truth already know that loving God is the most meaningful life and loving God is the highest glory for created beings and that people who can love God are true mankind. So the life disposition of those who love God has the reality of truth. It can also be said that all the truths uttered by God are the reality of loving God. Only people who are capable of loving God love these truths and are able to practice these truths and accept these truths as their life and finally live out the image of loving God. In the era of God incarnate’s work, the signs of God’s chosen people’s maturity are pursuing loving God, practicing loving God and living to love God and return God’s love. When there is a group of people who are perfected by God for loving God, the great red dragon will be completely destroyed, so the Age of Kingdom is the age of God’s chosen people loving God. In the age of God incarnate on earth doing work, God’s chosen people believing in God is loving and obeying God. To believe in God, those who cannot love God are people who do not love the truth and they are nonbelievers. If people see God’s love but cannot love God with conscience then they do not have humanity and are not worthy of being people. Those who have no conscience fall below the standard for people. In every church there are some people who have believed in God for many years but who cannot love God. This manifests in them not practicing the truth and such people fall below the standard for people. Thus, it is not going too far to say that such people are beasts.

To measure whether or not people have humanity, you must see whether or not people have a conscience and reasoning and whether or not they can truly love God. This is the most important thing. If people truly possess a conscience and reasoning, why can they not love God when they see that God’s love is so great? Why can they not return God’s love? This is a thought-provoking problem. It is absolutely right to determine whether or not people have humanity according to whether or not they are able to love the truth and whether or not they love God. In particular when people see God incarnate tolerating great humiliation, and being subjected to discrimination, exclusion, judgment, resistance or even blasphemy by the great red dragon and all kinds of wicked people, those who have some conscience will be angry and hate and curse those cursable beasts who do not have a conscience. Why does God’s family insist on expelling all kinds of antichrists, wicked people and evil spirits? Because these people have no conscience or reasoning. They are all degenerates who hate and resist God. If we do not get rid of and expel these antichrists, wicked people and evil spirits it is not enough to appease the anger of the people and even less able to comfort God. So all those who do not hate antichrists, wicked people and evil spirits are definitely not people who love God and are certainly all beasts that do not love the truth and have no humanity. All those people in the church who do not understand the truth and do not practice the truth kick up a fuss and run wild. These people are fundamentally not people who love and accept the truth. They are simply servants of Satan who come to disturb and interrupt God’s work and not even worthy of doing service for God. These people must be expelled, got rid of and thoroughly eliminated to purify the church. True churches are made up of people who pursue the truth and are able to love God. All those who have believed in God for many years but do not love the truth at all and are even less able to practice the truth are revealed as the satanic type to be eliminated. People who cannot love God are not worthy of living in the presence of God and are not worthy of being leaders and workers. Only people who truly love God can obtain the work and guidance of the Holy Spirit and are only then able to be considerate of God’s intentions and be loyal to God in doing their duty, to truly love God’s chosen people, to continuously help, provide for and support God’s chosen people and enable new believers and people who are studying the true way to get real provisions, watering and shepherding. All those who practice the truth and do real work whilst doing their duty are capable of loving God and are people who God wishes to save and perfect. God’s chosen people should understand God’s intentions.

How can the truth be pursued to be able to become a person who truly loves God? This is directly related to the issue whether or not people can be saved and perfected. God examines everything. If people really have a God-fearing heart, they just need to practice loving God, endeavor to seek and practice the truth in all matters in doing their duty and remain committed to doing things according to principles of the truth to be able to obtain the work of the Holy Spirit and gradually discover and know more of God’s loveliness and by doing so, people can love God in their hearts. When people truly have God-loving hearts, if they do evil, violate the truth or have transgressions then they feel particularly blameworthy and may hate and even curse themselves and vow to not violate the truth again. If they are forsaken by the Holy Spirit then they shall not be able to survive. They feel in their hearts that they must do their duty in a manner that is satisfactory to God to feel at peace and are even more willing to return God’s love. This is having developed a God-loving heart. So it is crucial and so important for God’s chosen people to develop God-loving hearts. It is most important to put two main aspects into practice to become a God-loving person: One aspect is pursuing the truth and achieving knowledge of God’s love and discovery of even more of God’s loveliness and in this way, a God-loving heart can be developed. The other aspect is that one must practice loving God and do one’s utmost to prepare the seven aspects of good deeds to be able to comfort and satisfy God. Leaders and workers must also possess the seven principles of loving and serving God. In this way, even if people have not yet achieved a true love for God, they can at least prepare some good deeds which can comfort and satisfy God. In this way, they can also achieve acknowledgment of God and God’s approval. As long as people possess some God-loving good deeds, it is proof that they have aspirations of loving God. To be willing to love God and sincerely pursue the love of God, people must show some signs and real actions. This is training for practicing loving God. I shall now list the seven kinds of good deeds which must be practiced to love God as follows:

1. One must focus on eating and drinking the words of God and understanding even more truths to gradually deepen one’s knowledge of God and know God’s love.

2. One must spread the gospel and witness God and convert more good people. This is the greatest good deed which can satisfy God and is also evidence that people have atoned for past sins.

3. Being able to love and help brothers and sisters in the church, live in love and absolutely not do anything to hurt or trip God’s chosen people.

4. Greatly water and support new believers and those who are studying the true way and enable them to understand the truth and do their duty and to stand firm on the true way.

5. Give alms and help those brothers and sisters who truly exert themselves for God and are in difficulty to overcome obstacles and also find a place for and receive the homeless.

6. Help the family of those people who have been arrested and jailed to resolve difficulties and overcome obstacles. This is true love.

7. To be loyal to God, one must defend the work of the church, fellowship about the truth and witness the work of God more and let God’s chosen people understand the truth and make distinctions and cast off the shackles and control of false leaders, antichrists and wicked people. Only by doing so can it be ensured that God’s chosen people are on the path to salvation and being perfected.

If people can do the above seven categories of good deeds, then even if they have not truly become God-loving people, they can at least survive. If they are leaders or workers, they must also possess the seven principles of loving and serving God. This must be achieved by those who pursue the truth:

1. Be able to use the truth to resolve any problems in the church and ensure that it is in accordance with the principle of fair treatment and treat everyone fairly.

2. Promote and train people in a principled manner without taking any personal feelings or preferences into account. This is also the principle of treating people fairly.

3. Put the interests of God’s family first without considering one’s own gains and losses; the more critical the moment, the more one is able to forsake the flesh and safeguard the interests of God’s family.

4. Exert oneself just for the carrying out of God’s will, not working for fame or status, doing one’s duty loyally just to satisfy God, regardless of how people treat you.

5. Just speak so as to testify God and protect God’s work, not justifying oneself and engaging in sophistry. It is essential to focus on doing more real work and achieving outcomes.

6. Just focus on doing the substantive work of serving God, not engaging in bluff and bluster, not shrinking back at the critical moment, persist in doing one’s duty and devote all one’s loyalty to God.

7. Strive to pursue the truth, accept the judgment and chastisement of God’s words, focus on entering the realty of the truth and achieve changes to life disposition. This is most critical.

The above seven aspects of good deeds which God’s chosen people must possess and seven principles which leaders and workers must possess for loving and serving God are all the reality of the truth which people in pursuit of loving God must enter. Regardless of whether or not people can truly love God or to what level they can love God, the most important thing is that they must train and practice in loving God to enter into the reality of the truth. In so doing, there is a foundation for pursuing a love of God and they can stand firm. As long as people possess the above seven aspects of good deeds and the seven principles, God’s approval, blessing and perfection is guaranteed.

In our fellowship up to here, there may be many people who want to ask what the true meaning of the pursuit of loving God is. This question is directly related to the mysteries of life. Life’s biggest mystery is how to live a meaningful life, what true happiness in life is and how to live a true life. First of all, we must be clear about one fact, that is, that the whole of mankind has been corrupted by Satan up to now and people all feel that life is a void. Regardless of whether rich or poor, of high or low status, people all feel that life is empty. God has already revealed this very clearly: “His entire life is one of anguish, and rushing about, and fun added to emptiness, and in his whole life there are no new inventions and creations. No one is able to extricate themselves from this hollow life, no one has ever discovered a life of meaning, and no one has ever experienced a real life.” “Because people love themselves too much, their whole lives are anguished and empty, and they suffer self-inflicted destruction throughout because of their hate for Me.” Now God has already indicated the path that leads to the light: “The blessing decreed by My mouth is that those who are born during the last days are fortunate enough to behold all of My glory.” If people can see all of God’s glory, then that is enough to change people’s everything and let people attain real life. Because God’s life essence is love, righteousness, holiness and light, people just need to understand the truth and live in the light and in love to have a blessed life. People who have got the truth, live by the word of God and can truly love, obey and worship God live out the most meaningful life. We see from the Bible’s Book of Revelation that the four living creatures praised God day and night and the angels and elders all bowed down before the throne to worship God because they saw God’s glory and took the greatest pleasure in worshiping God and so they were able to praise God day and night, which shows that they are most blessed. So God said: “Those who are born during the last days are fortunate enough to behold all of My glory.” These words of God are very meaningful. If people can see all of the glory of God then they will certainly be most blessed and most fortunate. This is reminiscent of the comfort, blessings and happiness of being embraced in one’s mother’s arms during infancy, without hunger or suffering. If created mankind lives in the embrace of the Lord of creation then they should be as safe, happy, comforted and blessed. From our experience we can also confirm that when we feel that God is so lovable, we feel so excited and comforted. When we do our duty to return God’s love and do some real work to satisfy God, our hearts feel so safe and happy. In particular when we bear witness during trials, our hearts feel so liberated, free and happy. This is all enough to show that when people are able to understand all the truths and achieve knowledge of God, they are so liberated and their spirits are at ease and comforted. This is enough to prove that the more people understand the truth, the more they can love God and in loving God, they have God with them and are able to live in God’s presence and be protected and looked after by God and will feel full of peace and happiness in their hearts. So getting the truth and living in the presence of God is a blessing and exerting oneself for God and doing one’s duty is a blessing. Only achieving true knowledge of God, truly loving God and being able to live for the carrying out of God’s will is the most meaningful life. Created mankind living in the presence of the Lord of creation is itself a blessing because people who can live in God’s love and be looked after and protected by God feel safe and happy in their hearts. If people can get the truth and truly love God, they can completely break away from Satan’s influence and from the shackles of the corrupt flesh and live in the presence of God. This is so comforting, freeing and liberating. This is true life. If living under Satan’s domain and loving oneself, then one is not free and liberated from the shackles of the corrupt flesh and is still taken in, fooled and afflicted by the great red dragon. This is most painful. If people do not pursue the truth and still repeatedly resist God and do not confess and repent then they will be punished, doomed eternally and will suffer forever. This is true. Nowadays, all those people with God-fearing hearts are in pursuit of the truth because pursuing the truth is so meaningful. The truth comes from God and is all that God has and is. Practicing the truth means living in the light, living in God’s love, having peace and happiness, being blessed by God and that one’s soul becomes liberated and he possesses more and more likeness of man. People just need to accept and pursue the truth before their spiritual eyes open, their life disposition gradually changes and they become people who have the truth and humanity and who are envied and admired by everyone. The whole of mankind does not really know the mystery “for people to be lucky enough to see all of God’s glory is God’s blessing.” Because in the last days “for people to be lucky enough to see all of God’s glory is God’s blessing” is only fulfilled for those who truly love God, if all those who pursue the truth can achieve knowledge of God and are able to truly love God, then they are blessed by God and are then able to inherit God’s promise; that is such a glorious blessing! In summary, the truth brings people light, love, freedom and liberty, peace and happiness and eternal blessings. God will bless you if you pursue the truth and if you get the truth, you can inherit God’s promise. If you live by the truth then you live out the true image of man. How can the truth not be lovable? The truth is what corrupt mankind needs most of all. Only the truth is most valuable. Only the truth can act as people’s life. Only the truth can change and save people, let people know God and attain salvation. So people entering the reality of the truth and living by the word of God really is the greatest blessing and the most meaningful life. If people can pursue and know God and achieve true love for God, then that is the most significant thing in life and indicates that people are already walking in the light and taking the correct path in life. As long as people are undaunted despite repeated setbacks in their pursuit of the truth, they can be perfected by God and become people who truly love God. There are five main aspects as follows of the outcomes that can be achieved from truly loving God:

1. If one truly loves God, one can truly exert oneself for God, be perfected by the Holy Spirit and practice the truth and do one’s duty satisfactorily.

2. If one truly loves God, one can stand witness during trials and feel no regret no matter how much suffering one has endured and can humiliate Satan and glorify God.

3. If one truly loves God, one can act as God’s intimate, truly testify for God and become someone who truly serves God.

4. If one truly loves God, one can be considerate of God’s intentions in all matters, be absolutely loyal and obedient to God and become of one heart and mind with God.

5. If one truly loves God, one lives in love and in light and can worship and obey God forever and live out the most meaningful life.

The five above aspects of the effects that can be achieved by truly loving God are the true meaning of loving God. So, to pursue knowledge of God and love for God is the most meaningful life and such people will certainly gain God’s blessing and inherit God’s promise. God’s blessing certainly surpasses what one can imagine or wish for.

To love God is to love the practical God and to worship God is to worship the practical God. Since people believe in the practical God, they should also obey and worship the practical God. God comes to earth to become the practical God and only then can He act as a bosom friend and can people’s love of God become practical. There are many people who nominally believe in the practical God but actually in their hearts they still look up to, follow and obey the vague God of the heavens and still believe in God based on their imagination and perception. Such people are unable to truly love God. Because people are far from the God of the heavens and cannot reach Him, God incarnates Himself and comes to earth to do work. If people cannot truly love God on earth and still love the vague God of the heavens then this is so unreal because people cannot reach and are far from the God of the heavens. If people persist in believing in the vague God then they shall not be able to attain the work and perfecting of the Holy Spirit and will never get God’s praise either. All those who take the path of antichrists, although they believe in Almighty God verbally, they worship and obey Almighty God of the heavens and not the practical Almighty God on earth. No wonder they do not get God’s praise. This is because the path they are taking in believing in God is the wrong one. The path they have taken is the path of the antichrist. The key to the pursuit of the truth and achieving perfection is to steadily and earnestly follow and obey the practical God on earth, to pursue knowledge of the practical God on earth and finally to truly be able to love and worship the practical God. Believing in God in this way is successful. Key to whether or not people can completely accord with the incarnate practical God is to see whether or not they can truly love the practical God on earth. As long as people truly love God they can accord with God. If people do not love God in their hearts, they will always resist God. This is absolutely the case. Believing in God, following, obeying, being loyal to, witnessing, serving and worshiping God as required by God means the incarnate practical God. It does not mean the vague God of the heavens. If people cannot possess true love and obedience toward the practical God, then it is all empty talk. People who do not obey and worship the practical God are nonbelievers. This kind of people is classed as people who take the path of antichrists and like Paul. They eat and drink the words of the practical God but still pray and look up to the vague God of the heavens, like people in religions who read the words of the Bible, but believe in the vague God of the heavens. One can never receive God’s praise by believing in God in this way. As the words of God said: “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 a fraction, 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 this day fall far short of this. When it comes to faith, how do you have faith in Him? When it comes to love, how is it that you love Him? You know not at all of His disposition, much less His substance, so how is it that 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?

In your hearts, the God in heaven is very upright, righteous, and great, worthy of worship and reverence, 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, yet when it comes to the nature and corruption of man, they are attributed to the God on earth. 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 cares for man inadequately, 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 judge all His work and 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 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 unseen. Is this not your sin? Is this not the typical example of your offense against the disposition of God? You very much worship the God in heaven. You very much adore lofty figures and esteem those with great eloquence. You are gladly commanded by the God that gives you handfuls of 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; your sole object of hatred 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 for whom you do not yearn is this unlovely God. Such 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 this question?

I commend only those men who keep their feet on the ground and serve the God on earth, never those who never acknowledge the Christ 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. Such men are the wicked; they are the wicked ones who resist God and have never gladly obeyed Christ. Of course, their number includes all those who do not know and, further, do not acknowledge Christ. 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 too of the God in heaven. No matter how loyal you are to the God in heaven, it is merely empty words 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 benefits and consequences here? Have you experienced them? I wish for you to one day soon understand this truth: To know God, you must know not only the God in heaven but, more importantly, the God on earth. Do not confuse what holds priority or allow the subordinate to supersede the dominant. Only in this way can you truly build a good relationship with God, become closer to God, and draw your heart closer to Him.

Today you are able to worship this person, but in actuality you are worshiping the Spirit. This is the very least that should be achieved in people’s knowledge of God incarnate: knowing the substance of the Spirit through the flesh, knowing the Spirit’s divine work in the flesh and human work in the flesh, accepting all of the Spirit’s words and utterances in the flesh, and seeing how the Spirit of God directs the flesh and demonstrates His power in the flesh. Which is to say, man comes to know the Spirit in heaven through the flesh; the appearance of the practical God Himself among man has dispelled the vague God himself in people’s conceptions; people’s worship of the practical God Himself has increased their obedience to God; and through the Spirit of God’s divine work in the flesh, and human work in the flesh, man receives revelation and shepherding, and changes are achieved in his life disposition. Only this is the actual meaning of the Spirit’s arrival in the flesh, and it is primarily so that people may engage with God, rely on God, and attain the knowledge of God.

People who believe in God and take the path of pursuing the truth and being perfected must absolutely obey the incarnate practical God, worship the practical God and truly love and obey the practical God. They can only earn God’s praise and be perfected by God by doing so. If they do not have a God-fearing heart and truly obey the practical God, then they do not have the reality of the truth. All those who cannot exalt and witness the practical God are genuine antichrists. All those who just read the word of God but who put the practical God to one side or do not dare recognize or witness the practical God are people who are not compatible with God and are enemies of God. All those who deny, judge and resist the practical God in the presence of the great red dragon will be punished forever. One needs the truth, confidence and courage to exalt and witness the practical God. Regardless of how Satan and demons attack, judge and blaspheme the practical God, they can firmly stand on God’s side and feel even more hatred and curses in their heart toward demons and Satan, and even more love for the practical God. Regardless of how much suffering and torment they have endured, they still wish to stand witness; even rotting in jail, they will firmly believe in the practical God without wavering. This is someone who truly exalts and witnesses the practical God. People who truly love God view believing in the practical God as glory, whole-heartedly exert themselves for the practical God and are of one heart and mind with the practical God. These are people who are truly praised by God. All those who cannot truly love the practical God cannot be saved and perfected. This is absolutely the case.

March 5, 2013

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