People have known something about the present work and the future work, but they do not know what destination mankind will enter into in the future. As a created being, man should fulfill the duty of a created being and should follow whatever God does. You should walk as I tell you. You have no way to govern yourself, and you cannot control yourself. Let God manipulate in everything. Everything is in God’s hand. If God, when doing the work, gave man an outcome, a pleasant destination, beforehand to attract man and cause man to follow him, making a deal with man, that would not be conquering or working man’s life. To control man with an outcome to gain man’s heart would not be perfecting man and could not gain man but would be controlling man with a destination. What man is most concerned about are his future outcome and final destination and whether he has a good hope. If God gave man a good hope in the work of conquering man and gave man a proper destination for man to pursue before conquering man, not only could the result of conquering man not be achieved, but the result of the conquering work would be affected. That is to say, the result of the conquering work is achieved by depriving man of his destiny and future and by judging and chastising man’s disobedient disposition, not by making a deal with man, that is, not by giving man blessing and grace, but by depriving man of his freedom and removing man’s future and thereby revealing man’s faithfulness. This is the substance of the conquering work. If God gave man a good hope in the beginning and after that did the work of chastisement and judgment, then man would be accepting the chastisement and judgment on the basis of having a future, and even in the end, it could not be achieved that all created beings unconditionally obey and worship the Creator, but they would just obey foolishly or keep demanding, and their heart could not be completely conquered. So, such a conquering work could not gain man, much less testify for God. Such created beings could not perform their duty but could only make bargains. This would not be conquering but showing mercy and bestowing blessing. The biggest problem with man is that he always has his destiny and future on his heart, which have become his idol. Men all pursue God for the sake of their destiny and future, but they do not worship God out of love for God. So, for man to be conquered, man’s selfishness and greed and the things of man that hinder him the most from worshiping God have to be dealt with. In this way, the result of conquering man will be achieved. So, when conquering man in the beginning, God has to first rid man of his ambitions and his most fatal things, thereby revealing man’s heart of loving God, changing man’s knowledge of human life, changing man’s views about God, and changing the meaning of man’s existence. Then, man’s heart of loving God will be pure; that is, man’s heart will be conquered. But God’s attitude toward all created beings is not just to conquer them for the sake of conquering them but to conquer them for the sake of gaining them, for the sake of his glory, and for the sake of recovering man’s original likeness. If he only conquered them for the sake of conquering them, the meaning of the conquering work would be lost. That is to say, if he only conquered man and after that ignored man and disregarded man’s life and death, that would not be managing mankind and would not be for saving mankind. Only if he conquers man and then gains man and finally brings all mankind into the pleasant destination, which is the center of all the work of salvation, will the purpose of saving man be achieved. That is, for man to be brought into mankind’s pleasant destination and into the rest is the future all created beings should have and is the work the Creator should do. If men did the work, it would be too limited, and they could only work man to a certain extent but could not bring man into the eternal destination. Men cannot decide man’s destiny, much less secure man’s future and future destination. But the work done by God is different from the work done by men. Since he created man, he will lead man. Since he saves man, he will save man thoroughly and gain man completely. Since he leads man, he can bring man into the proper destination. Since he created man and manages man, he will be responsible for man’s destiny and future. This is the work done by the Creator. Although the conquering work is accomplished by removing man’s future, in the end man will still be brought into the proper destination God has prepared for man. Because it is God who works man, man will have a destination and man’s destiny can be secured. The proper destination spoken of here is not man’s future and hope that were removed before. They are two different things. What man himself hopes for and pursues is what he hopes for when he pursues extravagant fleshly desires, not the destination he should have. But what God has prepared for man is the blessing and promise that man should receive after man has been purified. It has been prepared by God for man after he created the world, which is not mixed with man’s choice, man’s notions, man’s imaginations, or man’s flesh. This destination has not been prepared for a certain man but will be the resting place for all mankind. So, this destination will be the most proper destination for mankind.
If the Creator wants to manipulate created beings, no matter what he does, you cannot escape from it, and no matter what he does, you have to obey, and you should not disobey him. When he finally achieves his purpose by doing the work, he will gain glory. Now why do I not talk about your being a descendant of Moab, a son of the great red dragon, or a chosen person, but only talk about your being a created being? This is man’s original name and man’s original identity, a created being. Only because the times and the steps of the work are different has man been called by different names. Actually, man is just an ordinary created being. All created beings, whether most corrupt or most holy, have to fulfill the duty of a created being. In doing the conquering work, God does not control you with the future, destiny, or destination. It is actually unnecessary to do such work. The purpose of the conquering work is to let all men fulfill the duty of a created being and worship the Creator. Only then can men enter into the pleasant destination. All men’s destinies are in God’s hand. You cannot control yourself. Even if man is always busy running about and working for himself, he cannot control himself. If you could touch your future and control your destiny, would you be called a created being? Anyway, whatever work God does is for mankind, just as the heavens and the earth and all things created by God are for serving man. He created the moon, the sun, and the stars for man, created animals and plants for man, made spring, summer, autumn, and winter for man, and so on. He did all these for man’s existence. So, no matter how he chastises and judges man, it is for saving man. Even if he deprives man of his fleshly hope, it is still for purifying man. And purifying man is for man’s existence. All men’s destinations are in the hand of the Creator. How could men control themselves?
After the conquering work ends, mankind will be brought into a beautiful heaven and earth. Of course, such a life will still be on earth, but it will be greatly different from man’s present life. Such a life is a life mankind will have after they all have been conquered. Such a life will be another new beginning for mankind on earth. When mankind has such a life, it will prove that mankind has entered into another new and wonderful state, which will be the beginning of God and man living on earth. The precondition for men to have such a wonderful life is that they have to become obedient before the Creator after being purified and conquered. So, the conquering work is the last stage of work before mankind enters into the pleasant destination. Mankind will have such a life, and it will be the life on earth in the future, the most wonderful life on earth, and also a life man yearns for and a life man has never reached throughout history. It will be the ultimate result of the six- thousand-year management work, and it is what mankind hopes for the most and is also God’s promise to man. But it will take a period of time before this promise is fulfilled. When this last stage of work has been finished and men have been thoroughly conquered, that is, when satan has been thoroughly defeated, mankind will enter into the future destination. After men have been refined, they will not have the sinful nature, because God will have defeated satan, that is, there will be no hostile forces that can harass them. When there is not any hostile force that can attack men’s flesh, they will be free and become holy. Such will be the ones who enter into eternity. Only when the hostile forces of darkness have been bound and men are free wherever they are will they have no disobedience and no resistance. Once satan is bound, men will be fine. Now they are not, because satan is still disturbing everywhere on earth and because the entire management work has not concluded. After satan has been defeated, men will be completely released, they will have gained God and come out from under satan’s authority, and they will see the sun of righteousness. All the life that a normal man should have must be recovered, such as, being able to discern good and evil, knowing how to eat and dress, and being able to live normally. All these that a normal man should have will be recovered. After mankind was created in the beginning, even if the serpent had not beguiled Eve, man should have such a normal life, should eat and dress, and should live a normal human life on earth. But after mankind fell, such a life became a visionary hope, and now man does not even dare to think about these things. Actually, man must have such a wonderful life that he yearns for. If mankind were not to have such a destination, mankind’s fallen life on earth would not come to an end. If man were not to have such a wonderful life, it would not be ending satan’s destiny and would not be ending the age of satan’s rule on earth. Only if man has been made to reach the realm where the forces of darkness cannot reach will it prove that satan has been defeated. Then, without satan’s disturbance, God Godself will govern mankind, govern all their living, and control all their living. This means that satan has been defeated. Man’s life now is still mostly a filthy life and a life of suffering and adversity. This means that satan has not been defeated. Man still has not been free from the sea of misery, from the sufferings of life, or from the power of satan, and man’s knowledge of God is still too little to mention. All of man’s sufferings are caused by satan, and all the miseries of life are brought to man by it. Only after satan has been bound can man be completely free from the sea of misery. But the binding of satan is achieved by conquering man’s heart and gaining man’s heart, with man as the spoil. Such things as to be an overcomer or to be perfected, which people are pursuing now, are what they pursue before they have a normal human life on earth and are the goals they pursue before satan has been bound. For people to pursue to be an overcomer, to be perfected, or to be greatly used is in substance to pursue to break away from satan’s power. They pursue to be an overcomer, but the ultimate result is that they will break away from satan’s power. As long as men have broken away from satan’s power, they will live a normal human life of worshiping God on earth. To be an overcomer or to be perfected, which people are pursuing now, are what they pursue to achieve before they have a normal human life on earth. They pursue these mainly for the purpose of being purified and practicing the truth so that they can worship the Creator. If people have a normal human life on earth, a life without suffering and adversity, they will not pursue to be an overcomer. To be an overcomer and to be perfected are the goals God gives people to pursue, and through them God causes people to practice the truth and live out a meaningful life. For people to be made complete and be gained is the goal, and to pursue to be an overcomer or to be perfected is only a way. In the future, if all mankind have entered into the pleasant destination, there will be no such sayings as being an overcomer or being perfected, but it will be that created beings perform their own duties. Now requiring people to pursue these is just to set them a boundary so that their pursuit will be with clearer goals and be more practical. If God did not do so, people would still be living in vagueness pursuing to enter into eternal life. Wouldn’t such people be more pitiable? Wouldn’t such a pursuit without goals and principles be self- deception? In the end such a pursuit would certainly not produce any fruit, and finally people would still be living under satan’s authority and unable to get free. Why should they pursue without goals like this? When mankind has entered into the eternal destination, all men will worship the Creator. Because men have been saved and have entered into eternity, they will no longer pursue any goals, much less need to worry about being besieged by satan. At that time, all men will “keep their place” and perform their duties, and even if there is no chastisement and judgment, they will still perform their own duties. At that time, everyone will be a created being in identity and in position, and they will no longer be high or low but only the functions they perform will be different. Yet they will still be living in an orderly and proper destination of mankind, and they all will be performing their own duties for the worship of the Creator. Such a mankind will be the mankind in eternity. At that time, what man receives will be a life of being shone upon by God, cared for by God, and kept by God, man will live with God, mankind will have a normal life on earth, and all mankind will have stepped onto the right track. Through the six-thousand-year management plan satan will have been thoroughly defeated, that is, God will have recovered man’s original image after he created mankind on earth. Thus God’s original will will be satisfied. At the beginning, before men were corrupted by satan, they had a normal life on earth. Later after men were corrupted by satan, they lost their normal life. Thus God started the management work, and began to war against satan to recover man’s normal life. When the six-thousand-year management work ends, the life of the whole mankind on earth will formally begin, and mankind will have a wonderful life. Only then will the purpose of creating man in the beginning have been recovered and will man’s original likeness have been recovered. So when men have a normal human life on earth, they will not pursue to be an overcomer or to be perfected, because they all have become holy. Such things as to be an overcomer or to be perfected which people speak about are the goals God gives man to pursue when he is warring against satan. These goals are given only because man has been corrupted. He gives you a goal and requires you to pursue toward that goal, thereby defeating satan. Requiring you to be an overcomer, to be a perfected one, or to be one used is to require you to bear testimony to put satan to shame. In the end when men have a normal human life on earth and men all have become holy, will men still need to pursue to be an overcomer? Won’t they equally be created beings? Being an overcomer and being a perfected one are directed against satan and directed against man’s filthiness. Doesn’t being an overcomer mean to overcome satan and overcome the hostile forces? When you say that you have been perfected, what in you has been perfected? Isn’t it that you have cast off your corrupt satanic disposition and can love God to the utmost? It is still directed against the filthy things and directed against satan and not directed against God.
Now when you are required to pursue to be perfected or to be an overcomer, if you do not pursue it, in the future when there is a normal human life on earth, you will have no opportunity to pursue it. At that time, the outcomes of all kinds of men will have been revealed. What kind of thing you are will be completely revealed then. If you want to pursue to be an overcomer or to be perfected, it will be impossible. It will only be that men will be revealed and then punished because of their disobedience. At that time, men will not pursue to be higher than one another, to be an overcomer or to be a perfected one, or to be a firstborn son or to be a son. They will not pursue these. They all will be created beings and will be living on earth and living with God on earth. Now it is the period when all men are experiencing God’s warring against satan, the period when the war has not ended, that is, the period when men have not been completely gained. Now is the transitional period. So men are required to pursue to be overcomers or to be God’s people. Now there are such differences in position. At that time, there will be no such differences. All those who overcome will be the same in position and will be qualified human beings and live as equals on earth. That is, they all will be qualified created beings, and what is given to everyone will be the same. As the times of the work are different and the working objects are different, since the work is done on you, you are qualified to be perfected to be overcomers. If it were done in another country, they would be qualified to become the first group of conquered ones and be qualified to become the first group of perfected ones. Since now it is not done in another country, they are not qualified to be perfected to be overcomers, and they cannot be the first group. Because the ones the work is directed at are different and the times and the scopes of it are different, there will be the first group, that is, the overcomers, and there will be the second group of perfected ones. When there is the first group of perfected ones, there will be specimens and models. Then those who will be perfected afterward will be the second group and the third group. But in eternity, all men will be equal and there will be no distinction of position, and they will only be different in the time of their being perfected but will not be different in position. In the future, when all men have been made complete and the work in the entire universe has ended, men will not be different in position but will be equal in position. Now the work is done on you, so you will be made overcomers. If it were done in Britain, there would be the first group of overcomers in Britain. It would be the same. But today it is done on you, which is a special grace to you. If it were not done on you, you would also be the second, the third, the fourth, or the fifth group. This is so only because of the order of the work. Being the first group or the second group does not signify being high or low in position but only signifies being perfected earlier or later. Today I fellowship about this with you; why did I not let you know this earlier? Because without a process, people would easily go to extremes. For example, at that time Jesus said, “As I go, so will I come.” Now many people are obsessed because of that word, always expecting to be raptured in white. So, many things cannot be said too early. If they were said too early, people would go to extremes. People are too small in stature to see these things clearly.
whichns When mankind has a real human life on earth, all satan’s forces will have been bound, and man’s life on earth will be very easy and will not be as complicated as it is now. Such things as interpersonal relationships, social relationships, and complicated family relationships are too troublesome and too painful! It is too miserable for man to live in these things! After man has been conquered, man’s heart and mind will have been changed, and all men will have a heart of fearing God and a heart of loving God. When all those in the entire universe who pursue to love God have been conquered, that is, when satan has been defeated, satan will have been bound, that is, all the forces of darkness will have been bound, and man’s life on earth will be free from any disturbance and man will be able to live on earth freely. If man’s life is without the fleshly relationships and without the complicated fleshly things, it will be much easier. Man’s fleshly relationships are too complicated. That man has these things proves that he has not broken away from satan’s power. When you have the same relationship with the brothers and sisters as you usually have with your family members, you will be free from trouble and will not worry about anyone. That will be best. Then you will be relieved of half of your sufferings. When men live a normal human life on earth, they will be like angels. Although they will still be flesh, they will be almost like angels. This is the final promise, the promise bestowed to man in the end. Now people are experiencing chastisement and judgment. Do you think it is meaningless to experience these? Could the work of chastisement and judgment be done in vain? Before, God said that to chastise and judge men was to put them into the bottomless pit, which was to deprive them of their destiny and future. That was only for purifying them, and it was not to purposely put them into the bottomless pit and leave them there, but for dealing with the disobedience within them. In the end, when those things within men have been cleansed away and men have the true knowledge of God and are all like a holy person, everything will be accomplished. Actually, when all those things within men that have to be dealt with have been dealt with, and men have borne a resounding testimony, satan will have been defeated at the same time. Even if some of those things men originally have within have not been cleansed away, after satan has been defeated, men will be free from disturbance. At that time, men will have been thoroughly purified. Men have never experienced that kind of life. When satan has been defeated, everything will be ended, and all the trivial problems within men will have been resolved, all resolved. When God is incarnated this time to work on earth, personally working among men, all the work he does is for defeating satan, and he defeats satan by conquering men and defeats satan by making you complete. When you bear a resounding testimony, it will be a mark that satan has been defeated. Men are first conquered and in the end completely perfected, and this is all for defeating satan. But in substance it is that while defeating satan, God saves all mankind from the empty sea of misery. No matter whether God does the work in the entire universe or does the work in China, the purpose is to defeat satan and save all mankind into the resting place. You see that the incarnated God, this normal flesh, is for defeating satan. Through the work of this God in the flesh God saves all those who love God in the world. It is for conquering all mankind and even more for defeating satan. The entire management work is centered on defeating satan to save all mankind. Why does God in many works always require you to bear testimony? Against whom is the testimony borne? Isn’t it borne against satan? The testimony is borne for God and for testifying that God’s work has produced the results. The testimony has to do with the work of defeating satan. If it were not for warring against satan, God would not require man to bear testimony. Because he has to defeat satan, he, while saving man, requires man to bear testimony for him before satan, thereby saving man and warring against satan. So, man is the object to be saved as well as the tool to defeat satan. Therefore, the center of the entire management work is man, and satan is only the object to be destroyed and is the enemy. Maybe you feel that you have not done anything, but because your disposition is transformed, you have borne the testimony. The testimony is borne against satan and not for man. Man is not worthy to enjoy the testimony. How could man see God’s work clearly? The object God wars against is satan, while man is only the object to be saved. Man has corrupt satanic disposition and cannot see this work clearly. This is all because of satan’s corruption. It is not what man originally had, but the result of satan’s domination. Now, the main work is to defeat satan, that is, to thoroughly conquer mankind so that they can bear the ultimate testimony for God before satan. Then, everything will be accomplished. Many times, in your physical eyes, it seems that nothing has been accomplished. Actually, the work has already been accomplished. According to man’s demand, every work that has been accomplished must be seen. But I have accomplished it without your seeing it, because satan has been subdued, that is, satan has been thoroughly defeated. All God’s wisdom, power, and authority have triumphed over satan. This is the testimony to be borne. Although there is no very obvious manifestation in man and man’s physical eyes cannot see anything, satan has been defeated. All the work is directed against satan and is done because of the war against satan. So, many times in man’s eyes something has not been accomplished, but in God’s eyes it has already been accomplished. This is one aspect of the inside truth of all the work.
After satan has been defeated, that is, after man has been thoroughly conquered, man will understand that all the work is for salvation and the means of salvation is to regain from satan’s hand. The six-thousand-year management work includes three stages, which are the Age of the Law, the Age of the Grace, and the Age of the Kingdom. These three stages of works are all for the purpose of saving all mankind, that is, saving the mankind seriously corrupted by satan, while at the same time for the purpose of warring against satan. Thus, since the work of salvation includes three stages, the war against satan includes three stages. These two works are done at the same time. Actually, the war against satan is for saving man. Because saving man is not something that can be accomplished through one stage of work, God carries out the war against satan by stages and by ages, warring against satan according to mankind’s need and according to the extent of satan’s corrupting man. Maybe in man’s imagination, “warring” means that God and satan fight against each other, just as two armies fight against each other. This is only something man’s mind can reach, which is a very vague and unrealistic conception, but men all think that way. Because the means of saving man I am speaking of here is to war against satan, men all imagine that way and think that way. God does the work of saving man by three stages; that is, he thoroughly defeats satan by warring against it by three stages. But the inside truth of all the work of warring against satan is that God achieves the results through these several works of bestowing grace to man, being man’s sin offering, forgiving man’s sins, conquering man, and perfecting man. To put it plainly, to war against satan is not to fight against satan, but to defeat satan by saving man, working man’s life, and transforming man’s disposition so that man can testify for God. He defeats satan by transforming man’s corrupt disposition. After satan has been defeated, that is, after man has been thoroughly saved, satan which has been put to shame will be thoroughly bound. Then man will have been thoroughly saved. So, saving man in substance is warring against satan, and warring against satan is mainly manifested as saving man. Conquering man in the final stage is the last stage of work in warring against satan, a work of thoroughly saving man from satan’s authority. The inner meaning of conquering man is to conquer satan’s embodiments that have been corrupted by satan and then make them return to the Creator, so that they will forsake satan and completely return to God. Then man will have been thoroughly saved. So, the conquering work is the concluding work of warring against satan and the last stage of management in defeating satan. Without this stage of work, even in the end man could not be completely saved and thus satan could not be thoroughly defeated, and mankind could never enter into the pleasant destination and could never break free from satan’s power. So, if the war against satan does not end, the work of saving man will not end, because the center of the management work is to save all mankind. The mankind in the beginning was in God’s hand, but because of satan’s temptation and corruption, all men have been bound by satan and fallen into the hand of the evil one. So, satan becomes the object to be defeated in the management work. Because it occupies man and man is the capital for the entire management, in order to save man, God has to regain man from satan’s hand, that is, to regain man who has been taken captive by satan. Thus, he defeats satan by transforming man’s old disposition and causing man to be restored to his original sense. In this way, he can regain the captured man from satan’s hand. If man has broken free from satan’s power and bondage, satan will be put to shame. In the end, man will be regained, and satan will be defeated. Because man has broken free from satan’s power of darkness, man will become the spoil of the entire war, while satan will become the object to be punished after the war ends. Then the entire work of saving mankind will end.
God does not have any bad intention toward created beings. His purpose is just to defeat satan. All his work, chastisement or judgment, is done against satan and for saving all mankind. All the work is for defeating satan. He has just one goal: War against satan until the end! Never stop before defeating satan! Stop only when satan is defeated. Because all the work is done against satan, and because all these men corrupted by satan are under the control of satan’s authority and are living under satan’s authority, if God did not war against satan and did not cause men to break with satan, satan would not release them, and they could not be gained. If these men have not been gained, it is proof that satan has not been defeated and has not been overcome. So, in the six-thousand-year management plan, God did the work of the law in the first stage, did the work of the Age of the Grace, that is, the work of crucifixion, in the second stage, and does the work of conquering mankind in the third stage. All these are done according to the extent of satan’s corrupting man and for defeating satan, and none of them is not for defeating satan. The substance of the six- thousand-year management work is warring against the great red dragon. The work of managing man is the work of defeating satan and the work of warring against satan. God has been warring against it for six thousand years, so he has been working for six thousand years. In the end, he will bring man into a state. When satan has been defeated, man will have been thoroughly released. Doesn’t the present work tend toward this? This is the trend of the present work: causing man to be released and freed in everything, being not restrained by any regulation or restricted by any bondage. All the work is done according to your stature and according to what you need. That is, you are only supplied with what you can achieve, and you are not forced to do anything you cannot do and nothing is imposed upon you. All the work is done according to your actual needs. Every stage of work is done according to man’s actual needs and man’s actual wants and is for defeating satan. Actually, there was no barrier between the Creator and created beings in the beginning. It is all caused by satan. Satan disturbs man and corrupts man, so man cannot see or touch anything. Man is the victim and the blinded one. After satan has been defeated, created beings will see the Creator, and the Creator will see created beings and will personally lead created beings. This should be the life on earth. So, the main work is for defeating satan. When satan has been defeated, everything will be solved. Today you see that it is not a simple thing that God comes among men. He has not come to find fault with you every day, speaking about this or that, or just to let you see what he looks like and how he speaks and lives. God is incarnated not just to let you have a look at him, broaden your horizons, or listen to the mysteries he speaks or the seven seals he opens, but to defeat satan. He personally comes to the world and puts on a flesh to save man and war against satan. This is the significance of his incarnation. If his purpose were not to defeat satan, he would not work personally. God comes to earth and does his work among men, personally appearing to men and letting men see him. Is this a small thing? It is not a simple thing! It is not as people imagine: God has come to let man have a look at him and know that God is a practical God, God is not vague or abstract, and God can be lofty and can also be humble. Is it so simple a thing? Because what satan corrupts is man’s flesh and the one God wants to save is man, he has to put on a flesh to war against satan and to personally shepherd man. Only this is beneficial to the work. The two fleshes in the two incarnations exist for defeating satan and for better saving man, because the one to war against satan can only be God, either God’s Spirit or God’s incarnated flesh. Anyhow, the one to war against satan cannot be an angel, much less man who has been corrupted by satan. Angels do not have the power to do that, much less does man have any way to do it. So, to work man’s life and to personally come to the world to work man, God has to be incarnated personally, that is, to put on a flesh, and come among men to save them personally, with his original identity and with the work he ought to do. Otherwise, if God’s Spirit did the work or man did the work, this war would never produce the results and would never end. When God is incarnated and comes among men to personally war against satan, man has the opportunity to be saved, and satan feels ashamed of itself and has no more chance to make use of and has no more schemes to carry out. The work the incarnated God does cannot be done by God’s Spirit, much less can it be done by any fleshly man in his stead, because every work he does is for man’s life and for transforming man’s corrupt disposition. If man “took part” in the war, he would only be badly battered and be thrown into utter confusion and could not at all transform men’s corrupt disposition. He could neither save men from the cross nor conquer the whole disobedient mankind, but could only do some old works that do not go beyond the principles or do some works that have nothing to do with defeating satan. What good would that do? Isn’t it meaningless as man cannot gain men, much less do the work of defeating satan? So, warring against satan can only be done by God Godself, and man cannot do it at all. Man’s duty is to obey and follow, because man cannot do the work of breaking fresh ground at all, much less do the work of warring against satan. He can just satisfy the Creator under the leading of God Godself, thereby defeating satan. This is the only thing man can do. So every time a new war starts, that is, a work of a new age starts, God does it personally so as to lead the entire age and open up a newer way for the whole mankind. Every time God changes a new age, it is a new start of warring against satan, and thenceforth mankind enters into a newer and more wonderful state and enters into a new age personally led by God. Man is the master of all things, while those who are gained will be the fruits after the entire war. Satan is the corrupter of all things and will be the loser after the entire war and will be the one to be punished after the war. Of the three, God, man, and satan, only satan is the one to be detested and rejected, while those who were gained by satan but have not been regained by God will become the ones to receive punishment for satan. Of the three, only God is worthy to be worshiped by all things, while those who were corrupted by satan but who have been regained by God and who walk in God’s ways will become the ones to receive God’s promise and judge the evil ones for God. God will surely overcome, and satan will surely lose, but among men some will overcome and others will lose. Those who overcome will return to the Overcomer, and those who lose will return to the loser. This is all men being after their kinds, this will be the conclusion of all the work, and this is the purpose of all the work, which will never change. God focuses the center of the management plan on this one point, saving man. He is incarnated mainly for this center, for this work, and for defeating satan. His incarnation the first time was also for defeating satan. He was personally incarnated and crucified to accomplish the work of warring the first time—the work of redeeming mankind. Likewise, in this stage, he also works personally, working among men through being incarnated, speaking personally and letting men see. Of course, he also does some other works in passing, which is certain. But he personally does this work mainly for defeating satan, conquering all mankind, and gaining these men. So, the work of incarnation is not a simple thing. If his purpose were only to let man know that God is humble and hidden and God is a practical God, if his purpose were only to do such a work, it would be unnecessary for him to be incarnated. Even if God were not incarnated, he could directly reveal to man his humbleness and hiddenness and his loftiness and holiness. But that does not have anything to do with the work of managing mankind and cannot save man or make man complete, much less defeat satan. If simply the Spirit warred against the spirit and defeated satan, much less would such a work have any practical value. Not only could it not gain man, but on the contrary it would ruin man’s destiny and future. So, it is very significant that God works like this now, which is not just to let man have a look or to let man broaden his horizons and be somewhat moved and encouraged. If so, his work would not have any significance. If you can only communicate such knowledge, it proves that you have not known the real significance of God’s incarnation.
The work in the entire management plan is done by God personally. The work of creating the world in the first stage was done by God personally. If God had not done it, no one else could have created mankind. The work of redeeming the whole mankind in the second stage was also done by God personally. Needless to say, the concluding work in the third stage has to be done by him personally all the more. Redeeming, conquering, gaining, and perfecting all mankind are all done by him personally. If he did not work personally, man could not represent his identity and could not do his work. In order to defeat satan and to gain mankind and in order for mankind to have a normal life on earth, he personally leads men and personally works among men. For the sake of the entire management plan and for the sake of his entire work, he has to work personally. If you only think that God has come just to let man have a look at him and make man happy, such knowledge of yours is valueless and meaningless. Man’s knowledge is too shallow! Only if God personally works can this work be done thoroughly and completely. If man did it, man could not represent him. Man does not have his identity and his substance, so man cannot do his work. Even if man did it, it could not produce the results. The incarnation the first time was for redemption, redeeming the whole mankind from sins so that they could be purified and could be forgiven of their sins. With the conquering work, he still personally works among men. If this stage were only to prophesy, he could find a foreteller, that is, a gifted man, to do it. If it were only to prophesy, man could do it in his stead. If it is to do the work of God’s own and to work man’s life, such a work man cannot do, and God has to do it personally, doing it through being incarnated personally. If in the Age of the Word it were only to prophesy, God could find Isaiah or find the prophet Elijah to do it, and God would not have to do it personally. Because the work in this stage is not only to prophesy, but more importantly to conquer mankind and defeat satan through the work of the word, it cannot be done by man and has to be done by God personally. In the Age of the Law, Jehovah did a part of the work and later he spoke some words and did some works through the prophets, because man could do his work in his stead. The foretellers could prophesy in his stead and interpret some dreams in his stead. The work at that time was not to directly transform man’s disposition and had nothing to do with man’s sins and was only to require man to keep the law, so Jehovah was not incarnated and did not appear to people but directly spoke to Moses or to other men, letting them speak what he wanted to speak and do what he wanted to do in his stead and letting them directly work among people. The first stage of work was to lead man and was the initial stage of the war against satan, but the war had not formally started. God’s formally warring against satan started from his first incarnation and has been on until today. The warring for the first time was to be incarnated to be crucified. When he defeated satan by being incarnated to be crucified, it meant that he won the first stage of the war. When he began to directly work man’s life through being incarnated, he formally started the work of regaining man, because that work was to transform man’s old disposition. So it was a work of warring against satan. That stage of work Jehovah did at the beginning was only to lead mankind to live on earth and was the start of his carrying out the work. Although it did not involve any war or any great work, it was to lay a foundation for the future work of warring. Later, the second stage of work in the Age of the Grace had to do with transforming man’s old disposition, that is, God Godself was to work man’s life. So it had to be done by God personally, and God had to be incarnated personally. If God had not been incarnated, that stage of work could not have been done by anyone in God’s stead, because that work represented a work of directly fighting with satan. If God had had man do that work in his stead, satan would not have been subdued, and it simply could not have been defeated. God had to defeat it through being incarnated, because God incarnate was in substance still God, still man’s life, and the Creator, and anyway his identity and substance would not change. So, he put on the flesh to work to cause satan to be thoroughly subdued. Suppose God had man do this work in the final stage. If he had man directly speak his words, man could not speak them. If he had man prophesy, people could not be conquered. He defeats satan through his flesh, causing satan to be thoroughly subdued. When he has thoroughly defeated satan, thoroughly conquered man, and then thoroughly gained man, this stage of work will end and his work will be crowned with success. God’s own management cannot be carried out by any man in his stead. In particular, the work to lead an age and the opening up of a new work have to be done by God personally. Such works as letting people receive revelations and receive prophecies can be done by man in his stead. If it is a work that has to be done by God Godself or the work of his warring against satan personally, he will not have man do it. In the first stage of work when Jehovah did not war against satan, he personally led the people of Israel by prophesying through the prophets. Later, because the second stage of work was to war against satan, God was incarnated personally and came into the flesh to work. As long as a work involves the war against satan, it involves God’s incarnation. In other words, God cannot have man war against it. If man warred against it, he could not defeat it. Man is still under satan’s authority, so how could he have the power to war against it? Man himself is the one in the middle. If you incline toward satan, you belong to satan. If you satisfy God, you belong to God. If God had man do the work of warring in his stead, could man do it? If so, wouldn’t man have long lost his life? Wouldn’t man have long gone to the netherworld? So, man cannot do God’s work in his stead. That is to say, as man does not have God’s substance, if you warred against satan, you could not defeat it. Man can only do some work and can win over some men, but cannot do God’s own work in his stead. How could man war against satan? Before you war against it, it has taken you captive. Only if God Godself wars against satan and on this basis man follows and obeys can man be gained by God and break free from satan’s bondage. What man can achieve with his wisdom, authority, and power is too limited, so he cannot make men complete. Man cannot lead men, much less defeat satan. Man’s intelligence and man’s wisdom cannot overcome satan’s schemes, so how could he war against satan?
All those who are willing to be perfected have the opportunity to be perfected. Everyone may rest assured. In the future, all men will enter into the destination. If you are not willing to be perfected or enter into the wonderful state, that is your own business. Those who are willing to be perfected and are faithful to God, those who are obedient, and those who perform their functions honestly, can all be perfected. Now those who do not perform their duties faithfully, those who are not faithful to God, and those who do not obey God, especially those who have received the inspiration and enlightenment of the Holy Spirit but do not practice them, cannot be perfected. All those who are willing to be faithful and obedient can be perfected, even though they may be a bit ignorant. All those who are willing to pursue can be perfected. You all may rest assured about this. As long as you are willing to pursue toward this in your heart, you can be perfected. I am not willing to cast away or eliminate any one of you. If you do not strive hard, it will be that you ruin yourself, and it will not be that I eliminate you but that you eliminate yourself. If you do not strive hard, being lazy, not performing your duty, not being faithful, or not pursuing the truth, but always acting your own way, spending the money, or having affairs, you have to bear the consequences of your sins. You are not worthy of pity! My intention is that you will all be perfected or at least be conquered, so that this stage of work can be completed smoothly. God’s wish is that everyone will be perfected and in the end be gained by him, be completely purified by him, and become one loved by him. Whether I say that you are backward or you are poor in qualities, it is the fact. However, when I say that, it does not mean that I want to cast you away or that I lose hope in you, much less that I am not willing to save you. Today I have come just to do the work of saving you, that is, to do the work that continues the salvation. Everyone has the opportunity to be perfected. As long as you are willing and as long as you pursue, in the end the result will be produced on every one of you, and none of you will be cast away. If you are poor in qualities, you will be given requirements according to your poor qualities; if you are good in qualities, you will be given requirements according to your good qualities; if you are ignorant and illiterate, you will be given requirements according to this condition; if you are literate, you will be given requirements according to the standard for the literate; if you are old, you will be given requirements according to your being old; if you can do hosting, you will be given requirements according to your being able to do hosting; if you say you cannot do hosting but can only perform some other function, preaching the gospel, taking care of the church, or doing some other general affairs, you will be perfected according to the function you perform. All you need to do is to be faithful, obey to the end, and pursue to love God to the utmost. These are what you should achieve. There are only these three requirements, and they are the best practices. What men are required to meet in the end are just these several requirements. Those who meet them can be perfected. But first you have to pursue with a true heart and strive toward it actively, and do not treat this passively. I have said that everyone has the opportunity to be perfected and can be perfected, and I mean it. However, you do not pursue toward it. Those who fail to meet those three standards will still be eliminated in the end. I wish that everyone will keep up, have the working of the Holy Spirit, have the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and obey to the end, because these are the duties every one of you should perform. When you all have fulfilled your duties, you will have been perfected and have a resounding testimony. All those who have testimony will be the ones who overcome satan and receive the promise. These men will be the ones who will be left and live in the pleasant destination in the future.