Sermons and Fellowship About God’s Word “Only the Perfected Can Live a Meaningful Life”
We will now begin the meeting. Please read the following passages from the words of God, “Only the Perfected Can Live a Meaningful Life.”
In truth, the work being done now is to have people forsake Satan, forsake their old ancestor. All judgments by the word aim to expose humanity’s corrupt disposition and to enable people to understand the essence of life. These repeated judgments all pierce people’s hearts. Every judgment directly impacts their fate and is meant to wound their hearts so that they can let go of all those things and thereby come to know life, know this filthy world, and also know God’s wisdom and almightiness and know this Satan-corrupted mankind. The more of this kind of chastisement and judgment, the more man’s heart can be wounded and the more his spirit can be awakened. Awakening the spirits of these extremely corrupted and most deeply deceived of people is the goal of this kind of judgment. Man has no spirit, that is, his spirit died long ago and he knows not that there is Heaven, knows not that there is a God, and certainly knows not that he is struggling in the abyss of death; how would he possibly be able to know that he is living in this evil hell on earth? How would he possibly be able to know that this putrid corpse of his has, through Satan’s corruption, fallen into Hades of death? How would he possibly be able to know that everything on earth has long been ruined beyond repair by mankind? And how would he possibly be able to know that the Creator has come to the earth today and is searching for a group of corrupt people whom He can save? Even after man experiences every possible refinement and judgment, his dull consciousness still barely stirs and is virtually unresponsive. Humanity is so degenerate! Although this kind of judgment is like the cruel hail that falls from the sky, it is of the greatest benefit to man. If not for judging people like this, there would be no result and it would be absolutely impossible to save people from the abyss of misery. If not for this work, it would be very difficult for people to emerge from Hades because their hearts have long ago died and their spirits long ago trampled by Satan. Saving you who have sunk to the deepest depths of degeneration requires calling out to you strenuously, judging you strenuously, and only then will that ice-cold heart of yours be awakened.
Your flesh, your extravagant desires, your greed, and your lust are too deeply rooted in you. These things are so constantly controlling your hearts that you are powerless to cast off the yoke of those feudal and degenerate thoughts. You neither yearn to change your present situation, nor to escape the influence of darkness. You are simply bound by those things. Even if you know that such a life is too painful and such a world too dark, still, utterly not a single one of you has the courage to change a life of this sort. You only long to escape this kind of real life, release your souls from purgatory, and live in a peaceful, happy, heaven-like environment. You are unwilling to endure hardships to change your current life; neither are you willing to search within this judgment and chastisement for the life that you should enter into. Rather, you dream entirely unrealistic dreams about that beautiful world beyond the flesh. The life you long for is one you can effortlessly obtain without suffering any pain. That is completely unrealistic! Because what you hope for is not to live out a meaningful lifetime in the flesh and to gain the truth in the course of a lifetime, that is, to live for the truth and to stand up for justice. This is not what you would consider a radiant, dazzling life. You feel that this would not be a glamorous or meaningful life. To you, living such a life would truly be selling yourselves short! Even though you accept this chastisement today, nonetheless what you are pursuing is not to gain the truth or to live the truth in the present, but rather to be able to enter a happy life beyond the flesh later. You are not seeking for the truth, neither are you standing up for the truth, and you certainly are not existing for the truth. You are not pursuing entry today, but instead are constantly thinking of “one day,” gazing at the blue sky, shedding bitter tears, and expecting to be taken to heaven some day. Do you not know such thinking of yours is already out of touch with reality? You keep thinking that the Savior of infinite kindness and compassion will no doubt come one day to take you with Him, you who have endured hardship and suffering in this world, and that He will no doubt exact revenge for you who have been victimized and oppressed. Are you not full of sin? Are you the only one who has suffered in this world? You have fallen into Satan’s domain yourself and suffered, and yet you still need God to avenge you? Those who are unable to satisfy God’s demands—are they not all God’s enemies? Those who do not believe in God incarnate—are they not the antichrist? What do your good deeds count for? Can they take the place of a heart that worships God? You cannot receive God’s blessing simply by doing some good deeds, and God will not avenge the wrongs against you just because you have been victimized and oppressed. Those who believe in God yet do not know God, but who do good deeds—are they all not also chastised? You merely believe in God, merely want God to redress and revenge the wrongs against you, and want God to provide you an escape from your misery. But you refuse to pay attention to the truth; nor do you thirst to live out the truth. Much less are you able to escape this hard, empty life. Instead, while living your life in the flesh and your life of sin, you look expectantly to God to right your grievances and part the fog of your existence. How is this possible? If you possess the truth, you can follow God. If you have living out, you can be a manifestation of God’s word. If you have the life, you can enjoy God’s blessing. Those who possess the truth can enjoy God’s blessing. God ensures redress for those who love Him wholeheartedly as well as enduring hardships and sufferings, not for those who only love themselves and have fallen prey to Satan’s deceptions. How can there be goodness in those who do not love the truth? How can there be righteousness in those who only love the flesh? Are not righteousness and goodness all in reference to the truth? Are they not reserved for those who wholeheartedly love God? Those who do not love the truth and who are but putrid corpses—do not all these people harbor evil? Those unable to live the truth—are they not all enemies of the truth? And what about you?
If you can escape these influences of darkness and divorce yourself from those unclean things, if you can become holy, it means that you possess the truth. It is not that your nature is changed, but only that you are able to put the truth into practice and are able to forsake the flesh. This is what those who have been cleansed have. The main goal of the work of conquering is to cleanse humanity so that man can possess the truth, because man now understands too little truth! To do conquering work on these people is of the deepest significance. You have all fallen under the influence of darkness and been deeply harmed. The goal of this work, then, is to enable you to know human nature and thereby live the truth. To be perfected is something that all created beings should accept. If the work of this stage involves only perfecting people, then it could be done in England, or America, or Israel; it could be done on the people of any nation. But the work of conquering is selective. The first step of conquering work is short-term; moreover, it will be used to humiliate Satan and conquer the entire universe. This is the initial work of conquering. One can say that any creature who believes in God can be perfected because to be perfected is something one can achieve only after a long-term change. But to be conquered is different. The specimen and model for conquest must be the one lagging the farthest behind, living in the deepest dark, also the most degraded, most unwilling to accept God, and the most disobedient of God. This is the kind of person who can testify to being conquered. The main goal of the work of conquering is to defeat Satan. The main goal of perfecting people, on the other hand, is to gain people. It is to enable people to have testimony after being conquered that this conquering work has been placed here, on people like you. The aim is to have people bear testimony after being conquered. These conquered people will be used to achieve the goal of humiliating Satan. So, what is the main method of conquest? Chastisement, judgment, casting curses, and revealing—using the righteous disposition to conquer people so that they are utterly convinced because of God’s righteous disposition. To use the reality of the word and to use the authority of the word to conquer people and convince them fully—this is what it means to be conquered. Those who have been perfected are not just able to achieve obedience after being conquered, but they are also able to have knowledge of the work of judgment, change their disposition, and know God. They experience the path of loving God and are filled with the truth. They know how to experience God’s work, are able to suffer for God, and have their own wills. The perfected are those who have an actual understanding of the truth thanks to having experienced God’s word. The conquered are those who know of the truth but have not accepted the real meaning of the truth. After being conquered, they obey, but their obedience is all the result of the judgment they received. They have absolutely no understanding of the real meaning of many truths. They acknowledge the truth verbally, but they have not entered the truth; they comprehend the truth, but they have not experienced the truth. The work being done to those being perfected includes chastisements and judgments, along with the provision of life. A person who values entering the truth is a person to be perfected. The difference between those to be perfected and the conquered lies in whether they enter the truth. Those who comprehend the truth, have entered the truth, and are living the truth are the perfected; those who do not comprehend the truth, do not enter the truth, that is, those who are not living the truth, are people who cannot be perfected. If such people are able to now obey completely, then they are conquered. If the conquered do not seek the truth—if they follow but do not live the truth, if they catch sight of and hear of the truth but do not value living the truth—they cannot be perfected. Those to be perfected practice the truth according to the path of perfection, that is, they practice the truth founded on the path of perfection. Through this, they fulfill God’s will, and they are perfected. Anyone who follows to the end before the conquering work concludes is a conquered one, but he cannot be said to be a perfected one. The perfected refers to those who, after the conquering work ends, are able to pursue the truth and be gained by God. It refers to those who, after the conquering work ends, stand firm in tribulation and live out the truth. What distinguish being conquered from being perfected are differences in the working steps and differences in the degree to which people understand and enter into the truth. All those who have not embarked on the path to perfection, meaning those who do not possess the truth, will ultimately still be eliminated. Only those who possess the truth and who live the truth can be completely gained by God. That is, those who live out Peter’s image are the perfected, while all others are the conquered. The work being done to all those being conquered consists simply of the laying of curses, chastising, and the showing of wrath, and what come to them are simply righteousness and curses. To work on such a person is to bluntly reveal—to reveal the corrupt disposition inside him so that he recognizes it himself and is fully convinced. Once man becomes completely obedient, the conquering work ends. Even if most people are still not seeking to understand the truth, the conquest work will have ended.
There are criteria to be met if you are to be perfected. Through your resolve, your perseverance, and your conscience, and through your pursuit, you will be able to experience life and fulfill God’s will. These are your entry, and what are required on the path to perfection. The work of perfection can be done on all people. Anyone who pursues God can be perfected and has the opportunity and qualifications to be perfected. There is no hard and fast rule here. Whether one can be perfected mainly depends on what one pursues. People who love the truth and are able to live the truth are certainly able to be perfected. People who do not love the truth are not commended by God; they do not possess a life that God demands, and they are unable to be perfected. The perfection work is only for the sake of gaining people, not a step in battling Satan; the conquest work is only for the sake of battling Satan, which means using the conquest of man to defeat Satan. This latter is the main work, the newest work that has never been done in all the ages. One can say that the goal of this stage of work is mainly to conquer all people so as to defeat Satan. The work of perfecting people—that is not new work. All the work during the period when God is working in the flesh has as its main goal the conquest of people. This is like in the Age of Grace. The redemption of all mankind through the crucifixion was the main work. “Gaining people” was additional to the work in the flesh and was done only after the crucifixion. When Jesus came and did His work, His goal was mainly to use His crucifixion to triumph over the bondage of death and Hades, to triumph over Satan’s influence, meaning to defeat Satan. It was only after Jesus was crucified that Peter embarked one step at a time on the path to perfection. Of course he was among those who followed Jesus while Jesus was working, but he was not perfected during that time. Rather, it was after Jesus finished His work that Peter gradually understood the truth and then became perfected. God incarnate comes to earth only to complete a key, crucial stage of work in a short period of time, not to live long-term among people on earth and intentionally perfect them. He does not do that work. He does not wait until such time as when man is completely perfected to conclude His work. That is not the goal and significance of His incarnation. He comes only to do the short-term work of saving humanity, not to do the very long-term work of perfecting humanity. The work of saving humanity is representative, capable of launching a new age and can be finished in a short period of time. But perfecting humanity requires bringing man up to a certain level and is work that takes a long time. This work has to be done by the Spirit of God, but it is done on the foundation of the truth that is spoken during the work in the flesh. Or additionally He raises up the apostles to do long-term shepherding work to achieve His goal of perfecting humanity. God incarnate does not do this work. He only speaks about the way of life so people will understand and only gives humanity the truth, rather than continuously accompanying man in practicing the truth, because that is not within His ministry. So He will not be accompanying man until the day man completely understands the truth and completely obtains the truth. His work in the flesh concludes when man formally enters the right track of the truth of life, when man steps onto the right track of being perfected. This of course is also when He will have thoroughly defeated Satan and triumphed over the world. He cares not whether man has ultimately entered the truth at that time, nor does He care about whether man’s life is big or small. None of that is what He in the flesh should be managing; none of it is within the ministry of God incarnate. Once He finishes His intended work, He concludes His work in the flesh. So, the work that God incarnate does is only the work that God’s Spirit cannot do directly. Moreover, it is the short-term work of salvation, not long-term work on earth.
The passages of God’s words “Only the Perfected Can Live a Meaningful Life” which we have just read, contains many truths and also explains the truth regarding God’s chosen people. This includes the reality of the truth which many people do not see or comprehend, especially with regard to matters which do not align with man’s traditional way of thinking. If people happen upon such matters, they become confused, they suffer, “So what is God’s meaning in this? Why does He do such things?” The answer to such a question can be found in the passage we just read. In this regard, if there are truths which people do not comprehend, they can come to a clear understanding of them through the reading of God’s words. Not only this, if they carry out the words of God and experience them, then they themselves can enter the reality of the truth. Under many different circumstances, if there are things which you do not comprehend, understand or which confuse you, you can find answers to them and understand God’s will in His words. And through God’s words, you can have some knowledge, some experience, and some true insights. Such people are those who have the ability to receive and pursue the truth. Some people, after hearing much of God’s words are still unable to find answers for the difficulties which they face during their experiences. In the words of God, they are unable to find answers to those truths which confuse them or which they cannot comprehend. They cannot recognize or get to grips with God’s meaning. What is the problem here? This person is poor of caliber and lacking in the ability to accept or receive the truth. Those who have the real ability to receive can find the solutions to many of their problems in the words of God. At the very least they can find solutions to some of their problems, can resolve some of their confusion, disorientation, puzzlement, and difficulties, and as they deepen their understanding of the truth, with the reading of each passage of God’s words they will gain more. The more one understands the truth, the more one will take from reading God’s words, the more of light they will receive; this is how it works! If each time a person congregates to read God’s words they take away nothing, after listening they lack any understanding, but they know God’s words are good, He is correct, His words are the truth; however, if that person takes nothing away from the words, if there is no enlightenment, what is the problem? Will this person be able to eat and drink the words of God? If they cannot, will they be able to obtain understanding of the truth? Can a person who cannot eat and drink the words of God possess the reality of the truth? Is this person on the right track to faith in God? With regard to these questions, we must realize something. For the believers in God, the ability to eat and drink His words is extremely important. If you say you believe in Almighty God, but you cannot eat and drink His words, then you are beyond the word of God. You are not on the correct track, and it goes without saying that Almighty God will not acknowledge your faith.
Now, let us communicate together this piece of God’s words. We will read the following part: “In truth, the work being done now is to have people forsake Satan, forsake their old ancestor. All judgments by the word aim to expose humanity’s corrupt disposition and to enable people to understand the essence of life. These repeated judgments all pierce people’s hearts. Every judgment directly impacts their fate and is meant to wound their hearts so that they can let go of all those things and thereby come to know life, know this filthy world, and also know God’s wisdom and almightiness and know this Satan-corrupted mankind. The more of this kind of chastisement and judgment, the more man’s heart can be wounded and the more his spirit can be awakened. Awakening the spirits of these extremely corrupted and most deeply deceived of people is the goal of this kind of judgment.” This is the effect of God’s judgment; it is the fact of that which His judgment can make us feel. There are those who say they are willing to accept God’s judgment and chastisement, but who do not understand why God judges and chastises mankind. This person’s vision of God’s work is not clear. Why does God chastise us? There are those who say, “It is to cleanse us, to save us, isn’t it obvious?” This is correct, but have you truly recognized it? If God did not do the work of judgment, would the effect still be achieved? If a person only reads the Bible, would it achieve the same result? Although there are some who appear willing to accept God’s judgment, willing to obey, when they actually receive judgment and chastisement, their behavior is not the same. For example, God’s words reveal that people are demons, they are Satan, Satan’s offspring. This type of person, after reading this will think, “Is this true? The offspring of Satan? I can’t see it, but this is the word of God, God’s words should not be wrong.” Is this acceptable to think it in such a simple way? It is not. Some people, in the beginning, will agree about 80% with these words, they will approve of them, but they still have the other 20% of doubt. Through experiencing God’s work for several years, experiencing His trials and revelations, one will realize their own arrogant nature, their deceitfulness, propensity to tell lies, the way that they only do things for gaining blessings; they will discover that they truly do not seem human, and that in truth they are not real human. Finally, they will realize, “My disposition, the way I act, it is not obedience to truth, it resists God. I often have notions about God and contradict His work. Especially whenever I speak, I speak with lies, with deceit. I openly speak falsehood and am not ashamed of my deceptions. This is satanic behavior, the devil! The devil is like this; real people are nothing like this.” When a person has experienced to this extent, they will acknowledge the words of God: “Mankind is none other than My enemy. Mankind is the evil one that opposes and disobeys Me. Mankind is none other than the progeny of the evil one accursed by Me.” They will say: “God’s words really are the truth! Before, I only recognized God’s words are the truth, but I did not have knowledge of it. Today, through my experience, I have recognized my corrupt self, my true self, and it is that of the devil.” Full recognition of this which God has revealed is the truth—is this not realized through experience? Without such experience, can one realize such a thing? Can those with religion, and those without faith accept these words when they hear them? They do not accept them, what do they say instead? “Isn’t this slander? Isn’t this a conviction? Isn’t this hatred of humanity?” Yet, after experiencing God’s work for years we can recognize that: “These words are not only the words of God, they are the truth, they are reality, they are not exaggerated, they are truly correct!” When one reaches this level, they understand the truth, they understand the word of God. Our recognition of God’s words comes through experience: experience of failure, frustration, the revealing of our own corrupt nature. And finally, we arrive at certainty with regard to what the devil is. Now, if you were to create a picture of the devil, you would know clearly its image: Firstly, its mouth would be full of lies, its lips would spill forth deceit and it would feel no shame; Secondly, it would brazenly cheat and trick and be pleased with itself; Thirdly, it would be extremely arrogant, yearn for a position of authority, lecture people, and make them listen to it. Is this not Satan’s disposition? So, if we look at the level of man’s corruption and amalgamate these corrupt characteristics, we have a complete picture of Satan, a true devil, do we not? A person who has such insights has a deep understanding of their self and has some grasp of their nature and substance; so, those who have experienced God’s words to this level truly know their own self. Those who know their own self, if they receive judgment, chastisement or curse, even if they are treated unfairly, would they resist? If God passed you off to Satan, gave you up to the great red dragon or cast you into hell, what would you think? How would you treat God? Would you blame Him? Would you obey? Would you praise His righteousness? Only praising His righteousness is the correct course of action! Job, during his trials said, “Jehovah gave, and Jehovah has taken away; blessed be the name of Jehovah.” This means we should not complain of God, should not blame God, rather praise God. If a person, after righteous judgment by God, is cast into hell, what should they say? They should say: “God has chastised me because I was too deeply corrupted, but even more so because I am the devil Satan, and so God’s judgment and chastisement of me is righteous. God’s name should be praised. We cannot complain, cannot resist.” Isn’t this what it means to bear witness? Learn to utter these words when being tested, all right? This is to bear witness, remember? Some say they will remember. However, isn’t this simply parroting words? Is the parroting of words the same as bearing witness? It is not recognition through one’s true experience! If a person was robbed and they were asked, “How do you feel?” and they were to answer, “Job said, ‘Jehovah gave, and Jehovah has taken away; blessed be the name of Jehovah,’” is this considered bearing witness? This is Satan’s imitation. You see, I wanted to test you, to see what you would say. You couldn’t tell the difference!