Only by Pursuing the Truth to Become a Person That Obeys God Will You Truly Be Saved
Only by Pursuing the Truth to Resolve Your Satanic Nature and Become a Person That Obeys God Will You Truly Be Saved
Only those who obey God will truly be saved. This is the only criterion for salvation. What are these words based on? Let us read a passage of God’s word: “You should see that the will and the work of God are not as simple as the creation of the heavens and earth and all things. For the work of today is to transform those who have been corrupted, who have grown extremely numb, and to purify those who were created then worked on by Satan, not to create Adam or Eve, much less to make the light or create all manner of plants and animals. His work now is to make pure all that has been corrupted by Satan so that they may be regained and become His possession and become His glory. Such work is not as simple as man imagines the creation of the heavens and earth and all things to be, and it is not akin to the work of cursing Satan to the bottomless pit as man imagines. Rather, it is to transform man, to turn that which is negative into the positive and to take into His possession that which does not belong to Him. This is the inside story of this stage of God’s work” (“Is the Work of God So Simple as Man Imagines?” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). Presently, we can see that God’s main work is to change the human race which has been corrupted by Satan. The objective of God’s work is to change and cleanse those who have been corrupted so much by Satan that they no longer belong to God but instead belong to Satan. Through this cleansing and change, they will belong to God and become people that are able to obey God. This is the result that God’s work aims to achieve in the very end. After the entire human race was corrupted by Satan, the essence of their nature became one which resists and betrays God. Man completely belonged to Satan. What is the main characteristic which signifies that the human race does not belong to God? Since man does not belong to God, he is unable to obey God and can only resist and betray God. This is the characteristic of a corrupt human race. Presently, God wants to obtain man. He wants to change the human race that has been corrupted by Satan and which resists and betrays God into one that truly obeys Him. This is what it means to be someone that has truly been obtained by God. This is the inside story of God’s work. Therefore, according to this passage of God’s word, we can determine that only those that truly obey God, that is, those who absolutely do not resist God and betray God, who have truly returned to God and have been obtained by God, are people that are truly saved. If someone can obey God some of the time but obeys Satan at other times, is this someone that has been truly obtained by God? For example, some people believe in God yet are deceived when they are disturbed by the work of evil spirits; some people follow God and then get captured by antichrists; some people believe in God but unconsciously worship man and follow man, as they do not have a place for God in their hearts. Have these people been obtained by God? These people can obey antichrists, can be deceived by the work of evil spirits, or can follow evil people and Satan. Are they people who have received God’s praises? Some people say, “I guarantee that I will not be deceived by evil spirits. I guarantee that I will not follow antichrists.” How can you be so sure that you can guarantee these things? Are you able to guarantee these things? What must you possess in order to guarantee that you will not be deceived by Satan or by the work of evil spirits? You must possess a lot of the truth. If you do not have the truth, how can you guarantee that you will not be deceived by evil spirits? How can you guarantee that you will not follow antichrists? Do antichrists wear name tags saying that they are antichrists? Is there a sign attached to those with the work of evil spirits? They all say that they themselves are believers, that they are sent by God and that they work for God. They are in fact Satans in disguise. That is why, without the truth, it is very difficult for you to discern them. If you do not have the ability to discern them, how can you guarantee that you can stand firm? If a person that experiences the work of God does not have the truth, and he is deceived by evil spirits midway through his path or becomes controlled by antichrists, does this person truly obey God? Since he does not have the truth and has been deceived by Satan, he cannot guarantee that he will follow God until the very end. What happens to people who believe in God and who seemingly aim to pursue the truth as they walk their path? They get seized by Satan. Some people unconsciously follow evil spirits. Some people unconsciously follow antichrists. Some people unconsciously become antichrists. Some people unconsciously become false leaders and false workers who do not have the Holy Spirit’s work. It seems as if these matters are inconceivable, but in reality, it happens right in front of us. This all happens because people do not have the truth and then they become revealed. Without the truth, people cannot stand firm. Who knows when they will take a different path. Who knows when they will follow Satan and become controlled by evil people. Therefore, it is very dangerous not to have the truth. It is difficult to stand firm without the truth. There are some people who communicate very well today during the gatherings. They have the light and they have the Holy Spirit’s work. Who knows when they will no longer have the Holy Spirit’s work. Who knows when they will follow Satan. Who knows when they will do what things and when they will take a different path. Therefore, these matters are very complicated. Today, you see many people in the church and you may even know their names. However, in 10 years, how many of these people do you think will still be fulfilling their duties in God’s family and eating and drinking God’s words normally? You can see that today, there are some people who defend God’s work, but perhaps tomorrow, they will tear down God’s work or interrupt and disturb God’s work. These things are likely to happen. You see that today, someone seems like a person that pursues the truth and that they are wheat. Tomorrow, they may resist God’s work and become tares. You are unable to see through this. Therefore, if people do not adopt a serious attitude in regard to pursuing the truth and putting the truth into action, there is no guarantee that they will receive God’s salvation. Sooner or later, they will be eliminated. Notice how there are some people who perform quite well in the first few years that they believe in God. They are able to pay a price through the fulfillment of their duties and they cast aside everything. After they become leaders or workers, what happens? They start to abuse their position and power and they no longer pursue the truth. The things they do every day are all for the protection of their status. “I have this position. I must fulfill my own responsibilities and decide which words I will say and the things that I will do for the purpose of defending and protecting my position.” Do these people serve God? They are people that serve themselves. They serve their own status and they serve their own reputation. Are these people that obey God? They are people that obey Satan. They are people that obey the nature of their flesh. They are certainly not people that obey the truth. Can people change without the truth? If you do not have the truth, you cannot change for the better. You will only change for the worse.
By what means does God obtain people? God obtains people through their pursuit and attainment of the truth. A normal relationship with God is achieved through obeying God through the truth, obtaining the life that God has bestowed upon man through the truth, and knowing God and thereby becoming one with God and being of one mind with God through the truth. All of this can only be attained through pursuing the truth. That is why, if you are to become someone that obeys God, you must be a person that pursues the truth. Some people asked, “I attend gatherings every day. I fulfill whatever duties I am capable of fulfilling and I do whatever good deeds that I am capable of doing. In the very end, will I be saved?” Since you do not have any truth, you will not be saved. Why is it that if you do not have any truth, you will not be saved? The main reason is that God has not obtained you. You are still capable of resisting God, judging God and betraying God. Isn’t this an enemy of God? You are an enemy of God. God certainly does not permit such a person to enter into His kingdom. Now, what kind of a person is someone that truly obeys God? Regardless of the situation he is in, he will not resist God and he will obey God. Only this kind of person has truly been obtained by God. Suppose God does something new. He does not understand the truth and is unable to see it clearly. Since he truly recognizes God, he knows that no matter what new things God does, it is very difficult for man to have a complete understanding of it. However, he firmly believes that there is nothing wrong with what God does. Therefore, no matter what new thing God does and no matter how much it is not in accordance with his conceptions and imagination, he is able to obey God. He is able to maintain a heart that obeys God, seeks the truth, stands on the side of God, does not complain and does not judge. That is why this type of person is someone that has truly been obtained by God. What do those who have been obtained by God possess? They must possess a lot of truth. Even though in special circumstances, they are not able to see a certain matter clearly, they still have a heart that reveres God and they can refrain from judging God and resisting God. Since they have some true knowledge of God, they are certain that God cannot do anything that is wrong. Therefore, they do not judge God nor do they issue complaints. Look, first, it is very valuable for them to have a heart that reveres God, because of which they will refrain from judging and resisting God. Second, they have some true knowledge of God, and they firmly believe that whatever God does is not wrong, regardless whether it is in accordance with their notions or not. This is because God’s wisdom is too great. It surpasses man’s wisdom and imagination. Man will never be able to fathom God. Therefore, before the almighty and all-wise God, one can only sincerely and compliantly obey everything that originates from Him and believe that He is never wrong. If you have this kind of conviction, it will guarantee that you will not resist God and betray God. Isn’t this built upon a foundation of truly recognizing God? Therefore, you must have some true knowledge of God. If you also have a heart that reveres God, this will be sufficient. This guarantees that regardless of what trials you go through, you will not judge God, complain to God, resist God and even more so, betray God. It is this sort of person that truly obeys God. Now, has your pursuit reached this level? If one day, your beloved mother passes away, would you complain to God? If your beloved son, who believed fervently in God, passes away, would you complain to God? If your beloved wife, who believed in God decently, passes away, would you complain to God? True obedience means that in whatever situation you find yourself in, you will not complain to God. No matter who passes away, you will not complain to God. This is because you know that whatever God does, it can never be wrong. Man is unable to see through man. Therefore, no matter who dies or however they die, do not judge God because man cannot see through man. God knows man the most. Man knows nothing. When we get in contact with someone for a period of time, we start to feel that the person is very good and pursues very diligently. However, we do not know what situations will cause this person to betray God. You cannot say for sure. Even with the people you are most familiar with, you cannot be entirely certain. This is because what you see of this person is but a fraction of his entire life. You do not know about the things that he secretively does and says. Under what circumstances do we get into contact with other people? It all happens when we are attending gatherings. During this limited time that we see each other during gatherings, someone can say things that are good. However, behind everybody’s back, who knows what kinds of things he says. Nobody knows. Can you see through other people? Now, if someone has become an antichrist, has become possessed by demons, has betrayed God or has met with punishment and death, should we judge God? Should we comment on these things? Man is unable to see through man nor should he comment or judge. Therefore, regardless of what God does, and regardless of what situations you encounter, do not complain to God. Learn to believe that what God does is never wrong. Standing on the side of God is not wrong. This is what the most sensible people do. Obeying God must be based on understanding many aspects of the truth. At the same time, it is based on putting the truth into practice. If someone understands some truth but does not put it into practice, is this person someone that obeys God? Or, perhaps this person just puts into practice the truths that are in his interests while not putting into practice the truths that may harm his interests and that involve suffering and paying a price. Is this a person that obeys God? This is not a person that obeys God. Therefore, obeying God is not as simple as people imagine it to be. Sometimes, there are difficult choices. Sometimes, you must betray your emotions. Sometimes, you must even face some humiliation and loss of face in order to obey God. This can be compared to the situation that Job faced. When Job encountered those trials, he was still able to obey God. Was this easy? Peter’s trial involved being nailed to the cross, yet he still obeyed. Was this easy? We must be willing to sacrifice our lives for God. When required, we must be able to give our lives in order to obey God. What is this called? This is called obeying until death. Presently, people shrink if they have to suffer even a bit. How can they achieve obeying until death? There are some sisters who are restricted by their husbands while fulfilling their duties. Other people say that they should forsake their non-believing husbands in order to satisfy God, or even divorce them if they persecute more fiercely. Even though God has never made this request of man and this is a matter of individual choice, however, if you are someone that obeys God absolutely, you should be able to do it, you should be able to satisfy God and obey God. But some people are unable to obey. Isn’t this an issue of stature? Some people must have their wives’ or husbands’ permission before they can fulfill their duties. If their wives or husbands do not agree, they are unable to fulfill their duties. Do these people obey God absolutely? They have to have Satan’s permission to fulfill their duties, and if Satan does not permit it, they will not obey God. Their obedience is too limited. Aren’t these people living under the domain of Satan? If they live under the domain of Satan, it means that they have not truly and completely returned to God nor do they belong to God. Therefore, this sort of person’s fulfillment of duties is equivalent to God borrowing them for a period of time. They must look toward Satan’s face in order to do things. Why is it so difficult to fulfill duties for their own beloved God just because of being constrained by Satan? It is clear that God has little place in their heart. Notice how some people really love their own work because it benefits their family life. They are particularly attentive to the feelings of their non-believing wife, husband or children. If the fulfillment of their duties involves their beloved husband, wife or children suffering, their hearts are not at peace about it. They feel greatly sorry for them and they even cry about it. Do these people have love for God within their hearts? They do not have love for God within their hearts. They love Satan within their hearts. They love Satan, they love their husband or wife and they love their children more than they love God. They are not worthy of being God’s disciples. What kind of person is someone that truly loves and obeys God? They love God more than they love everything else. Their love for God is not constrained by anyone or anything or any situation. They are able to break through all obstacles in order to satisfy God. This is a person that truly and absolutely obeys God. What level of stature must such a person possess? They are able to abandon everything for God. They are able to forsake all the relatives they have that belong to Satan. For God, they will not be constrained by anyone, anything or any situation. This kind of person can obey God until death and loves God extremely. To what degree has this kind of person pursued the truth so that he is able to possess such a stature? He must have attained a true knowledge of God. He sees that God’s loveliness is greater than everything. He sees that God’s honor is greater than everything. He recognizes that God’s disposition is supreme and the most beautiful and good. God is worthy of man’s love. God is worthy of man’s praise. God is worthy of man’s worship. If you have this kind of knowledge of God, you will be able to love God extremely. Can those without the truth love God? Those without the truth cannot love God. Therefore, those who do not have the truth absolutely cannot obey God. This is a certainty.
Within the church, which people truly love and obey God? There are too few of these people. If there really are these people, they definitely have been perfected by God. These people are truly blessed and they are ones who have been perfected by God and can serve God as priests. In the very end, when the work of God concludes, perhaps there will only be a few of these people. There are only a few of these people in a million. They are the best people out of the entire corrupt human race. Are you willing to pursue to become perfected by God? If so, you must first learn to understand the truth and then become a person that obeys God. The more that you understand the truth, the more you will obey God. The more clearly you understand the truth, the more thoroughly you will obey God. The more comprehensively you understand the truth, the more fully you will obey God. If you can understand all of the truth, you will be able to obey God in all matters. In the end, you will reach the highest realm of obeying God. You will be able to obey all of God’s words. In all matters and in all areas of life, you will be able to put God’s words into practice and obey the authority of God’s words. As soon as you see the authority of God’s words in a certain matter, you will obey absolutely, unquestioningly and to the letter. In every matter, regardless of who communicates the authority of God’s words, you will immediately seize the opportunity. You will feel that the time to obey God has arrived and you will immediately have the basis for obeying God because you have seen the authority of God’s words. This kind of person, regardless of what situation he encounters, can find, in his heart, the words of God that he should obey and put into practice. He sees the authority of God’s words as higher than all else. This is a person that obeys God absolutely. He has already attained the highest realm of obeying God. In all matters, he can see the authority of God’s word. Does this sort of person have the truth? This person has the truth as his life. You see that people now do not see the authority of God’s words in many matters nor are they able to find the basis in God’s words for them. When they encounter a situation, they think, “Which passage of God’s words speaks about this matter? Which of God’s words should I practice in this situation?” Why are they unable to find God’s words they should practice? They understand too little of the truth and their knowledge of God’s words is too lacking. You should be clear how many verses of God’s words you are able to put into practice, whether if it’s tens, hundreds or thousands. If you can only put into practice one verse, it is too little. If you can put into practice a few hundred verses of God’s words, then that is not bad at all. How many verses of God’s words have become your life mottos in your heart? In your life, how much of the authority of God’s words do you obey? As an example, when you encounter a matter, a new believer reads a passage of God’s words and you are able to find the authority within that passage of God’s words that you should obey, or a new believer communicates a verse of God’s words and you are immediately able to see the authority that you should obey and believe that this verse is exactly what you should put into practice. This kind of person can obey the authority of God’s words without being constrained by other people’s status. As long as he sees God’s words or the authority of God’s words, he will immediately obey. His obedience is unalterable and free from the constraint of anybody. This is a person that obeys God absolutely. Do you have this kind of obedience? If you have this kind of obedience then it is a voluntary obedience and you live in accordance with God’s words. God’s words have become the foundation of your existence. God’s words have become your life. God’s words have become what you possess in normal humanity. God’s words have become your life disposition of normal humanity. This is a person who has been perfected by God’s words. If God’s words wield power in your life, have become the authority which you obey and you are not constrained by anybody or anything then you are someone who has truly been obtained and perfected by God.
Man’s objective for believing in God is to attain salvation. The true meaning of attaining salvation is throwing off satanic corrupt disposition, becoming someone that truly obeys God, and being obtained by God. This is the true meaning of salvation. After man has been corrupted by Satan, his nature becomes Satan’s nature. The essence of Satan’s nature is resisting and betraying God. When man has Satan’s nature, he also has the nature of resisting and betraying God and as a result, he is unable to obey God. That is why the conduct and deeds of the corrupt human race violate God’s intentions and are resisting and betraying God. If we are to attain salvation, first, we must resolve our satanic nature. Only by resolving our satanic nature, the nature within us that causes us to resist and betray God, can we truly obey God. During our life experiences, we personally feel that we have a satanic nature. Even though our hearts want to obey God, we are unable to do so. When we do things, we involuntarily resist God and do evil. That is why, if the satanic nature within us is not resolved, we will be unable to be obtained by God. Now God wants us to pursue the truth and eat and drink His words. There is only one objective for doing so: to resolve mankind’s corrupt nature, which is the nature that resists and betrays God. Many people know to pursue the truth, and know that loving God and obeying God are very important. However, no matter how hard they try, they are unable to do these things. In the end, they are filled with despair. They do not know how to pursue so that they can attain salvation. What kind of issue is this? The most important thing for them to do is to first see through the issue of why their inner nature is resisting and betraying God. Presently, perhaps there are some people who see this issue clearly: Man’s heart is filled with Satan’s poison, Satan’s philosophy and Satan’s laws of life. These things make up a man’s life and they become his nature. That is why man is able to resist and betray God. Specifically speaking, man relies on Satan’s philosophy, Satan’s laws, Satan’s logic and Satan’s knowledge and theory to live. So man can only resist and betray God and he is absolutely not obedient to God. Isn’t this a fact? This is a fact. Now, how can the satanic nature that exists within man be resolved? It can be resolved by pursuing the truth so that we can have a genuine knowledge of God and have a genuine knowledge of all the truth that God expresses. And then we truly receive the truth into our hearts and let the truth be in power within our hearts. Thus, we will receive a new life from God and God’s words and the truth will become our lives. At that moment, we will rely on God’s words to live and we will rely on the truth to live. Satan’s nature, Satan’s poison and Satan’s philosophy within us will be thoroughly disintegrated. What is our aim when we pursue the truth? Our aim is to attain a change in our life disposition. Our aim is to clear away all different types of satanic poisons, philosophies and life laws that exist within us and let the truth replace them. In this way, we will be able to genuinely obey God and we will become people that are after God’s heart. Now you should be clear about the issues to be resolved through pursuing the truth. Why must we pursue the truth? We pursue the truth in order to resolve the corrupt nature, which is the satanic nature, that exists with us. We pursue the truth so that we can clear away all satanic poisons that exist within us and use the truth to replace these poisons and let the truth become our lives. This is what we aim for when we pursue the truth. Only those who pursue the truth and become people that obey God will be saved. Now the path to salvation is becoming clearer and clearer for us. The more we walk on this path, the more radiant the path is. Once we see the things that we are presently pursuing and the things that we are presently doing, do we have faith in God? We all have faith. Why do we have faith? We have seen that the truth is the truth, that the truth is very meaningful, and that the truth is very valuable and very precious. It is much more meaningful and valuable than Satan’s poison, Satan’s logic, Satan’s laws of life and Satan’s maxims. Now if someone speaks one of Satan’s maxims, “Every man for himself and the devil take the hindmost,” would you approve of it? You would be able to expose it, saying that it is one of Satan’s life laws and is wrong and preposterous. If mankind acts on Satan’s laws, they will only become more and more corrupt and more and more selfish. In the end, mankind will become beasts and be extinguished. Where does mankind’s selfishness originate from? It originates from Satan’s corruption. It originates from all different kinds of Satan’s poisons, Satan’s philosophies and Satan’s life laws. When people have accepted Satan’s laws, they become more and more selfish, sinister, cunning and malicious. They have become so malicious that they would be capable of killing their own brothers for a bit of food to eat, that even fathers and sons will kill one another for a bit of property, and that, just for power and position, they will unscrupulously harm others. Aren’t these manifestations of selfishness and baseness? These are the fruits of Satan’s corruption. This is a kind of corrupt disposition people have after they have accepted Satan’s poisons. When these satanic poisons come into power within our hearts, we unconsciously become selfish and base people. We will unconsciously become capable of murdering other people for our own benefit. We will involuntarily fight over power and wealth. And we would not even hesitate to forfeit our lives in the pursuit of these evils. Presently, we can see that the origin of mankind’s corruption is Satan. Satan has corrupted mankind to the extent that they struggle with one another for their own benefit and power. People study so that they can become government officials and so that their own lives will become better. Nobody studies so that they can obey God or do God’s will. Nobody studies in order to become a genuine person or to become someone that has something to contribute to mankind. Everybody studies for themselves. That is why, once someone has been corrupted by Satan, their world views and life values change. Their perspectives become more and more reactionary and wicked. Presently, in the world, there are all sorts of fallacies. Aren’t these the fruits of Satan’s corruption? Therefore, seeing clearly the truth of mankind’s corruption and the essence of their nature, we must pursue the truth and become a person who obeys God in order to attain salvation. Only then will we be able to fundamentally resolve our corruption.