446 Do Not Rely on Imagination to Delimit God’s Appearance
1 The aim of God’s appearance, free from the constraints of any form or nation, is to enable Him to complete the work as He has planned it. This is just as when God became flesh in Judea, His aim was to complete the work of the crucifixion in redeeming the entire human race. Yet the Jews believed that it was impossible for God to do this, and they thought it impossible that God could become flesh and assume the form of the Lord Jesus. Their “impossible” became the basis on which they condemned and opposed God, and ultimately led to the destruction of Israel. Today, many people have committed a similar error. They proclaim with all their might the imminent appearance of God, yet at the same time condemn His appearance; their “impossible” once more confines the appearance of God within the limits of their imagination.
2 I have seen many people break into wild and raucous laughter after coming upon the words of God. But is this laughter any different from the condemnation and blasphemy of the Jews? You are not reverent in the presence of the truth, still less is your attitude one of yearning for the truth. All you do is scrutinize heedlessly and wait with blithe unconcern. What can you gain from scrutinizing and waiting like this? Could it be that you will receive personal guidance of God? If you cannot discern God’s utterances, in what way are you qualified to witness the appearance of God? Wherever God appears, there the truth is expressed, and there the voice of God will be. Only those who can accept the truth will be able to hear the voice of God, and only people like these are qualified to witness the appearance of God.
Adapted from “The Appearance of God Has Ushered in a New Age”
in The Word Appears in the Flesh