The way of life cannot be possessed by everyone or easily gained by everyone, because life can only come from God, that is, only God Godself possesses the substance of life and only God Godself has the way of life. So, only God is the source of life, and only God is the ever-gushing spring of living water of life. Since the creation of the world, God has done a great many works that carry life vigor, done many works that bring man life, and paid much price that enables man to have life, because God Godself is eternal life and God Godself is the way to resurrect man. God is in man’s heart every moment and is living among men every moment. He is the motivating power for man’s living, the foundation for man’s existence, and also the abundant mineral resources for man’s existence after birth. He causes men to be born again and causes men to live tenaciously in their respective roles. By his power and by his never-quenching life force, men have lived for generation after generation, while the power of God’s life has been supporting among them consistently. He has paid a price that ordinary men have never paid. God’s life force can vanquish all power and even more surpass all power. His life is perpetual, and his power is transcendent. No created being and no hostile force can overpower his life force. At any moment and in any place his life force exists and shines with brilliant radiance. Heaven and earth may change tremendously, but God’s life will never change; all things may pass away, but God’s life will still exist. This is because God is the origin of the existence of all things and the foundation for the existence of all things. Man’s life originates from God, heaven comes into existence because of God, and the earth exists by the power of God’s life. Anything with vitality cannot go beyond God’s sovereignty, and anything with vigor cannot escape out of the scope of God’s authority. Thus, anyone, no matter who he is, has to become subject under God’s authority and live under God’s control and cannot escape out of God’s hand.
Now you may want very much to receive life, or you may want very much to receive the truth. In any case, you want to find God, to find the God whom you can rely on and who can enable you to receive eternal life. If you want to receive eternal life, you have to first know the source of eternal life and know where exactly God is. Just now I have said that only God is never- changing life and only God has the way of life. Since it is a never-changing life, it is an everlasting life; since only God is the way of life, God Godself is the way of eternal life. So you should first know where exactly God is and how you can receive the way of eternal life. Now we should fellowship about these two questions separately.
If you really want to receive the way of eternal life and have been searching for it thirstily, you may first answer such a question: Where exactly is God now? Perhaps you will say, “God certainly lives in heaven. Could he live in your house?” or “God is certainly among all things,” or “God is in the heart of everyone,” or “God is in the spiritual realm.” I do not deny any of these you say. But I have to make this matter clear to you. The word “God lives in man’s heart” is not completely right nor completely wrong. This is because, of those who believe in God, some truly believe and others falsely believe, some are approved by God and others are not, some are pleasing to God and others are loathsome to God, and some are perfected by God and others are eliminated by God. So I say that God only lives in some men’s hearts. And these men are undoubtedly the ones who truly believe in God, the ones approved by God, the ones pleasing to God, and the ones perfected by God. These men are the objects of God’s leading. Since they are the objects of God’s leading, they are the ones who have heard and seen God’s way of eternal life. But those who falsely believe, those who are not approved by God, those who are loathsome to God, and those who are eliminated by God, are surely the ones who are rejected by God, surely the ones who fail to receive the way of life, and surely the ones who do not know where exactly God is. Conversely, those in whose heart God lives are the ones who know where exactly God is, the ones to whom God bestows the way of eternal life, and the ones who follow God. Now do you know where exactly God is? God is both in man’s heart and at man’s side; he is both in the spiritual realm and above all things, and even more on the earth where man lives. So, the coming of the end time has brought the step of God’s work into a new state. God rules over everything among all things and supports men in their heart, and even more, lives among men. Only in this way can he bring the way of life to mankind and bring men into the way of life. God comes to earth and lives among men for the purpose that men can receive the way of life and for the sake of man’s existence. At the same time, he directs everything among all things so as to cooperate with his management among men. So, if you only acknowledge the doctrine that God is in heaven and God is in man’s heart but do not acknowledge the truth that God lives among men, then you will never receive life and will never receive the way of truth.
God Godself is the life and the truth; his life and truth coexist. Those who cannot receive the truth surely cannot receive life. Without the guidance, sustenance, and supply of the truth, what you get are only letters, doctrines, and even more death. God’s life is present all the time; his truth and life coexist at the same time. If you cannot find the source of the truth, you cannot receive the nourishment of life. If you cannot receive the supply of life, you surely have no truth, and besides your imaginations and notions, your whole being is only full of your flesh, your flesh that is full of foul smell. You should know that the letters in the books cannot be considered as life, the records of history cannot be worshiped as the truth, and the past regulations cannot be taken as the record of God’s present words, and only the words expressed by God when he comes to earth and lives among men are the truth, the life, the will of God, and the present way of God’s working. If today you observe the records of God’s words of past ages, you are an archaeologist. Thus, it is most appropriate to say that you are a specialist in historical relics. You always believe in the traces left by God when he worked in the past, only believe in the shadow left by God when he worked among men in the past, and only believe in the way God told in the past to those who followed him at that time, but do not believe in the trend of God’s present work, the present glorious countenance of God, or the way of truth God expresses at the present time, so unquestionably you are a super unrealistic daydreamer. If now you still observe the letters that cannot give life, then you are an irredeemable rotten wood, because you are too conservative, too stubborn, and too unreasonable!
God incarnate is called Christ. So, it is not at all too much to call the Christ who can bestow the truth to man God. This is because he has God’s substance, and he has God’s disposition and working wisdom, which are beyond man’s reach. Only those who cannot do God’s work but claim to be Christ are counterfeits. Christ is not only God’s manifestation on earth, but a special flesh in which God carries out his work on earth and accomplishes his work among men. This flesh cannot be substituted by anyone but is a flesh who is adequate to undertake God’s work on earth, who can express God’s disposition, who is adequate to represent God, and who can supply man with life. Those who pretend to be Christ will fall sooner or later, because they, though claiming to be Christ, do not at all possess Christ’s substance. So, I say that being true or false cannot be decided by man, but it is answered by God Godself and is decided by God Godself. Thus, if you really want to search for the way of life, you have to first acknowledge that God has come among men to do the work of bestowing the way of life to man, and that he has come among men in the end time to bestow the way of life to man, not before but today.
What the end-time Christ brings is life and is the perpetual and eternal way of truth. Such truth is the pathway for man to receive life and the only pathway for man to know God and be approved by God. If you do not seek the way of life supplied by the end-time Christ, then you can never receive Jesus’ approval and will never be qualified to step into the gate of the kingdom of heaven, because you are a puppet of history and a prisoner of history. Those who are controlled by regulations, letters, and the shackles of history can never receive life and can never receive the perpetual way of life, because what they have received is only the turbid water that has been kept for thousands of years, not the water of life that flows from the throne. Those who have no supply of the water of life will be forever corpses, forever playthings of satan, and forever sons of hell. Then can they see God? You only want to keep history and to remain in the same place and maintain the original situation, but do not seek to change the status quo and discard history. Then aren’t you one who is forever against God? God’s work is advancing at a mighty pace, like surging waves and rolling thunders, but you sit still waiting for death and wait for a windfall. Then how can you be considered one who follows the footsteps of the Lamb? How can it show that the God you hold on to is the ever-new and never-old God? And how can the words and sentences in your yellowed books lead you to step into the new age? How can they lead you to search for the footsteps of God’s work? And how can they lead you to heaven? What you hold in your hands are only letters that can console you temporarily, not truths that can make you receive life. The letters and verses you read are only verses for you to enrich your tongue, not words of wisdom for you to know human life, much less ways for you to be perfected. Can’t such a contrast cause you to do some reflection? Can’t it cause you to realize the mystery in it? Could you send yourself to heaven to see God? Without God’s coming, could you bring yourself into heaven to enjoy family happiness with God? Are you still dreaming now? Then I advise you that you should stop your dream. You should see who is doing the work now and who is doing the end-time work of saving man now. Otherwise, you can never receive the truth and can never receive life.
Those who want to receive life not through the truth of Christ’s mouth are the most absurd people in the world. Those who do not accept the way of life brought by Christ are ones who indulge in the wildest fantasy. So I say that those who do not accept the end-time Christ are forever the ones loathed by God. Christ is the gate for man to enter into the kingdom in the end time, which no one can bypass, and no one can possibly be perfected by God not through Christ. Since you are a believer in God, you have to accept God’s word and obey God’s way. Do not just think about receiving blessings while being unable to receive the truth or accept the supply of life. Christ comes in the end time to supply life to all those who truly believe in him. This work is a work for ending the old age and entering into the new age and is the necessary pathway for all people to enter into the new age. If you cannot acknowledge and even condemn, blaspheme, or persecute, then you are surely one who will be burned for eternity and one who can never enter into God’s kingdom. This is because this Christ is the expression of the Holy Spirit, the expression of God, and the One to whom God’s work on earth is committed. So, I say that if you cannot accept all that the end-time Christ does, you are one who blasphemes the Holy Spirit. It is self-evident to everyone what retribution a person who blasphemes the Holy Spirit should receive. I still want to tell you, if you resist the end-time Christ and reject the end-time Christ, no one else can bear the consequences for you. And thereafter you will never again have the opportunity to receive God’s approval. Even when you want to retrieve, you cannot see God’s face again, because the one you have resisted is not a man and the one you have rejected is not a small man but Christ. Are you aware of such consequences? What you have done is not making a small mistake but committing a mortal sin. So, I advise everyone not to act wildly or speak loosely before the truth, because only the truth can bring you life, and apart from it, nothing can cause you to be resurrected and see God’s face again.