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The Significance of Being Perfected and How to Seek to Be Perfected

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The Significance of Being Perfected and How to Seek to Be Perfected

The Practice and Entry of Seeking to Be Perfected

Everyone now wishes to pursue the truth and wants to live out a life that is genuinely meaningful. But exactly what kind of life is this meaningful life? What makes it meaningful? There is only one criterion: You must seek to be perfected, and only then can you live out the most meaningful life. There are many now who say: “We are now trying to pursue the truth and to seek to obey God, and are trying to seek to attain salvation and seek to become people who conform to God’s will. But no matter how hard we try, we still can’t achieve these things.” Why is it that they cannot achieve these things no matter how hard they try? It is because their corrupt dispositions have not been resolved. By relying on themselves they will never achieve these things and satisfy God. There are many who now see clearly that, by relying on themselves, people are certainly unable to resolve their corrupt dispositions and are unable to change their dispositions no matter how hard they try—this can only be achieved through God’s perfecting them. So how then does God perfect people? First of all, we have to know God’s work, know by what means God perfects people, know how people should cooperate, and how people should work hard and what suffering they must undergo to be able to be perfected. You must be clear on these things, for if you are not, you will have no way to cooperate. In addition, we must also know what kind of people God perfects. Someone says: “God perfects those who pursue the truth.” This is the most accurate way to say it; it is entirely correct. So if God perfects those who pursue the truth, are you then someone who pursues the truth? If you are, then you can be perfected; if you are not, then you cannot be perfected. Everyone wants to pursue the truth, but wanting to pursue the truth does not make you someone who does pursue the truth. Those who have listened to sermons for several years all know very well that one must pursue the truth in one’s belief in God, and not to pursue the truth means that one’s faith is in vain and that nothing will be gained. But if someone has listened to sermons for several years but has not gained even a little truth, has not changed at all, and is still the same old Satan, the same old devil as they were before, if they have listened to many sermons and have understood all the doctrines, but are unable to enter into the truth and are incapable of putting the truth into practice, why is that? Can people like this be perfected by God? Have people like this ever worked hard? In actual fact, some of these people have worked hard, have tried with determination to practice the truth, have been determined to do some meaningful things, or to achieve some results demanded by God in the performance of their duties. And yet they have been unable to practice the truth, because their hearts are unwilling and their hearts do not love the truth. We have seen how some people speak so well when they fellowship in the meetings, and it can be said that they speak from their innermost hearts. And when others hear them, they admire them. But why do they not change afterward? This question gives much food for thought. Some people are exceptionally deceitful and any duty they do always has to be in their own interests. If there is no profit to be gained, then they just won’t do it, or if doing the duty occupies their own precious time then they quit. Only when they have nothing better to do will they be able to do some duties, and when they do have something else to attend to, they don’t let their duties interfere with it at all. No matter how important or how urgent their duty is, they still put their own business first. Are people like this performing their duties? This is not performing the duty of a created being. At the very least, these people are created beings who are not up to standard, who are treating God in a slipshod, perfunctory manner, and who have no loyalty to God whatsoever; they are loyal to themselves, not to God. It is now very difficult to find in a church someone who is genuinely loyal to God and who genuinely obeys God. Therefore, were it not for the salvation of God, corrupt mankind would forever be unworthy to be called human. Now, every one of you must examine yourselves to see whether you truly obey God in the performance of your duties, whether or not the duties you perform satisfy God, what principles you adhere to in your duties, and whether you take satisfying God or satisfying your own flesh as your priority. If someone’s heart is truly turned to God and truly loves God, then the performance of their duties will most certainly be different. When someone’s heart has not fully turned to God and they merely acknowledge God’s name, then this means they have not truly turned to God. Someone’s heart turning to God means that they are ready and willing to expend for God and to offer up their all to God—only this is truly turning to God. Those who truly turn to God see God’s love and have a God-loving heart, and people like this can then satisfy God when they perform their duties. If they do their duties for themselves, if they cannot be loyal to God in their duties, if they defile their duties with their own wills or harbor their own schemes, then they will feel reproach, incrimination and uneasiness in their hearts, and they will be unable to ignore their conscience. They must go before God to pray, accept God’s scrutiny and express their repentance, and only then will they gain peace. Therefore, when people’s hearts turn to God and are able to love God, this is precisely what is achieved by God’s work of perfecting man. God perfects people so that their hearts truly turn to Him and are able to love Him, and then they are ones whose life disposition is truly changed. Some people perform their duties against their will, they are constrained to perform their duties, and they pay a small price only for the sake of attaining salvation and to be among those who will remain. In fact, they do not pay this price to satisfy God or to repay His love—they do not have these desires. If, in the performance of their duties, someone’s heart does not turn to God, their heart does not love God, and they do not perform their duties in order to satisfy God, and if they do their duties with other intentions and aims, are people who perform their duties in this way capable of being perfected? Certainly not! We must therefore be clear on what effect God wants to achieve by perfecting people. … Exactly what kind of people are those who pursue the truth? What expressions do they have? The expressions of those who pursue the truth are: Firstly, they enjoy reading God’s words, they enjoy pondering God’s words, and they focus on understanding the truth; they are always able to discover their own falsity, deceit, deception or rebelliousness, they are always able to see their own shortcomings and always able to discover their own corruption, and so are therefore always able to know themselves, examine themselves and hate themselves before God; they always implore God asking Him to save them and grant the Holy Spirit’s work to them, and they are willing to endure harsher judgment, chastisement, pruning and dealing. If they do not change, then they are willing to accept God’s punishment. If they cannot change and cannot become a real person, they are willing to be cursed and struck down by God, without complaint, saying: “If I cannot live out a human likeness then I shall die. I will not live to shame God and I will not live to harm others.” Therefore, only people like this are those with true resolve and are those who genuinely pursue the truth. Those who pursue the truth always focus on whether or not they have gained the truth and have entered into the reality. They always focus on gaining a deeper knowledge of their own corruptions and strive to know their essence, they take the way they live very seriously and they try to live in total accordance with God’s words. Regarding their viewpoints on things in particular, they are able to verify them with God’s words in a very strict manner, to see whether or not their viewpoints have been transformed, and which of their viewpoints still pertain to the world or to Satan. The moment they discover they have an incorrect view on something, they pursue the truth and seek the truth, and they use the truth to resolve it—only people like this are those who genuinely pursue the truth. Those who pursue the truth are able to accept being pruned and dealt with, are able to accept reproach, direction, exhortation from others, and are able to focus on assimilating the strengths and good qualities of others. Therefore, when someone who genuinely pursues the truth has believed for six months or for a year, others can all then see that they have changed, and can see their progress. If someone believes for three or for five years, and other people cannot see that they’ve made any progress, and they themselves feel that they have not changed, is someone like this someone who pursues the truth? They are absolutely not someone who pursues the truth. If someone has believed for three or for five years, and still has not changed or made any progress, this is someone who can never develop. When someone depends on making plots and schemes every day to live their life, when they depend on deception every day to live their life, and when they live their lives always being focused on what everyone else thinks of them, are they not one of Satan’s flunkies? They displease someone today, and they then straightaway try to make them happy. Tomorrow, another person does not like them, so they straightaway try to flatter that person—what is the meaning to all this? If you pursue the truth and walk the right path, why still play these games? If you are able to live by the truth, do you still need to focus on what others think of you? What’s the use of flattering other people? Would it be better if you seek to become someone with whom God is happy and whom God blesses? But this type of person still focuses on their self-regard and lives for self-regard. They are so vain and have no reality. What do people now live the church life for? Some live it to pursue the truth and some live it just to cause disturbances to other people. They come to see whether the So-and-sos have attended the meeting, trying to come into close contact with them and form a clique. They come to the meeting place to engage in plots and schemes and collude with others—are they not wicked? They have no kindness in their hearts, and always harbor evil intentions for other people and want to inject some poison into other people’s hearts. People like this are so malicious. If you think about these things all day long, don’t you live an exhausting life? Don’t you feel your life to be contemptible? Don’t you feel ashamed? Is that the proper thing to do? Can people like this be perfected? They do not pursue the truth, but rather they are devils who harbor evil intentions and sinister motives, and God does not perfect them. And if people like this think in their hearts that they wish to be perfected by God, then they really are shameless. Is it OK for you to think of something meaningful in your heart? If you say, “After reading God’s words today, I have some light, I have come to know myself a little, and I now understand and can discern some state or some way of doing things. Today, when I get to the meeting place I must fellowship it with my brothers and sisters, and allow them to also gain some benefit,” or if you say, “Brother or Sister So-and-so has some weakness. It just so happens that I have experience of this aspect, so I am going to the meeting today and try to use it to support them and help them,” it is correct for you to have this kind of intent, and this means you are an honest person, and are someone who focuses on reality. When someone always has ulterior motives, then they are people who harbor evil intentions. Those who harbor evil intentions are not an honest person, and all who harbor evil intentions and improper motives are devils and they have a demonic nature. Are you clear about exactly what kind of people God perfects? Those whom God perfects are those who pursue the truth, who love God’s words and who desire to read His words, who understand the truth and can then put it into practice; God loves honest people who act justly and honorably. All honest people who pursue the truth are capable of obtaining the work of the Holy Spirit. Whoever is not an honest person who pursues the truth, no matter how much they desire to pursue the truth or accept God’s perfection, it is just wishful thinking, and it is just an idea, just a dream—a dream that will never be realized. When someone merely has a good thought or just wishes to pursue the truth, this does not mean that they have reality. It is not the case that, just by wanting to pursue the truth you then have reality, and it is not the case that, just by wanting to seek to be perfected by God, you then are someone who pursues the truth. No amount of wanting amounts to reality. It is just fantasy. So what does represent reality? You must have a sincere heart, be able to do some practical things, and understand the truth and then be able to put it into practice. Only people who can do this are those who pursue the truth and who seek to be perfected with a sincere heart. In the Age of Grace, the Lord Jesus said: “Many are called, but few are chosen” (Mat 22:14). Today, God has come and He has also said these words: “Many are called, but few are chosen.” What does this mean? It means that, although there are many who believe in God, only a minority are capable of being perfected by God; there are many who say that they pursue the truth, but only a minority can pursue the truth in reality; there are many who say that they can practice the truth, but only a minority can practice the truth in reality; and there are many who say that they can obey God, but only a minority can truly obey God in reality. Those who attain salvation, therefore, are ultimately a minority, and those who are perfected are ultimately a minority, and this is the true meaning of “Many are called, but few are chosen.” So now, are you really someone who pursues the truth? How do you ascertain whether you are someone who pursues the truth or not? Firstly, it depends on whether or not you have a sincere heart; secondly, it depends on how much you are able to practice, whether you work very hard, and how much price you can pay—this is most crucial. If you do not practice any truth, if you do not work hard and do not pay any price, then your heart is not sincere. Some people believe in God but do not pursue the truth, and if you expose them by saying “You don’t pursue the truth, you are not someone who pursues the truth,” they will immediately be shamed into anger and will be unhappy with you. Are people like this capable of accepting the truth? They are incapable of accepting the truth because they do not accept being pruned and dealt with. If people like this say, “I can obey God,” aren’t they then deceiving others? If they cannot accept being pruned and dealt with, can they obey God? Can they accept God’s judgment and chastisement? None of this is true. People must be able to do what they say. If they want to do something, then they must work hard to achieve it; only these people are the ones who focus on reality and who have reality. God wants to perfect people, but how come some people are incapable of being perfected? For example, when trials and refinement befall, some people do not seek the truth, they are unable to stand firm and they run away and back out. They are unable to endure the trials, and so they are incapable of being perfected. Therefore, those who are to be perfected must possess several conditions: They must be able to accept being pruned and dealt with; they must be able to stand firm when trials and refinement befall; they do not complain and they do not blame God no matter how great a trial befalls them, even if the trials are the same as those which befell Job, or if it is a trial of death. Only people who possess these conditions can be perfected. Are you this kind of person? Everyone should examine yourselves now—if you encounter a great trial, would you be able to stand firm? This relates to the question of whether or not you can be perfected. To be perfected you must possess these conditions; if you do not possess the conditions to be perfected, which amounts to not possessing the stature to be perfected, how then can you be perfected? If one small trial knocks you down, how can God perfect you? When a trial befalls, you must seek the truth, and if you seek the truth and obtain the work of the Holy Spirit, you will be able to stand firm, and you will be perfected one time, and you will reap some gains; then when another trial befalls, again you seek the truth, again you obtain the work of the Holy Spirit, again you stand witness and you are perfected one more time. After being perfected through trials hundreds of times, you will finally be tempered into steel so that no trial can knock you down, not even death. This is someone who has been perfected. So tell me, does someone who is to be perfected have true resolve? They must have resolve, and God perfects people based on their resolve. If you have no resolve, then you cannot be perfected; however much resolve you possess, that is how much you will be perfected, and that is for certain. In your acceptance of God’s work, your heart is able to accept and accommodate so much truth, so much does God bestow on you. Some people’s hearts can only accept one truth, so they gain one truth; some people can accept many aspects of the truth, and so they gain many aspects of the truth; and some people can accept the entire truth, and so they gain the entire truth. This is based on one’s resolve. If one has no resolve, then nothing will be gained—faith and resolve determine everything. Those who possess resolve will not withdraw no matter how many trials befall them, though they must suffer much during each trial. God perfects those who pursue the truth, and He perfects people according to their resolve. When you have declared your resolve and sworn oaths before God asking Him to perfect you according to them, He will do it. Previously, after the trial of the service-doers, some of God’s chosen people came to possess resolve. And how did they pray to God? “Oh God, I wish to render service for You for the rest of my life. I won’t turn back, I won’t complain, and I have nothing to regret even if I must die.” Some prayed: “Oh God, if I am unable to love You then destroy me and let me perish forevermore. I should not survive.” Some said: “If I am unable to love You then I wish to suffer all manner of curses, and I will accept even being struck by lightning.” At that time, they all possessed resolve and they all swore oaths before God. When someone truly has resolve, they then can swear this kind of oath. But some people did not dare to swear any oath, they were as timid as mice and afraid to die, and so they could not be perfected. So what resolve have you previously declared before God? Have you declared a resolve to be perfected? Some have never asked God to make them into people who love God, and never asked God to make them into people who obey God, who can be loyal to God and who can worship God. Can people like this be perfected by God? Without resolve, then they will definitely be incapable of being perfected. You must possess resolve and you must pray to God. This is something you must possess to be a person, and it is the way in which you must cooperate in order to seek to be perfected.

If you possess the resolve that will allow you to be perfected, how then should you embark upon the path to be perfected? This is key. To embark upon the path to be perfected, one must gain entry into three different aspects: The first is that one must pursue the truth and obtain the work of the Holy Spirit—this is crucial. The second is that one must understand the truth and know how to grasp God’s will. You must enter into this aspect. If you do not understand even one of the truths God requires man to understand, then you will gain no entry whatsoever. You must first understand one aspect of the truth and grasp God’s will in it. This is the second entry. The third aspect of entry is that you must practice the truth and live out the reality of God’s words—gaining this entry is also crucial. When you have experienced a certain aspect of the truth for several years, you then know how to put it into practice, and when you truly know how to practice the truth in this aspect, you then live out the reality of this aspect of God’s words. It is not the case that you must put every truth into practice and live out every truth, but rather you must first of all practice and enter into one aspect of the truth and live out a little reality. This is one aspect of entry. If you can have entry in all these three aspects, taste their sweetness and see the path to gain life, then you will have more faith and will think, “I can be someone who attains salvation, I can achieve it. I know how it feels to gain the truth and, by practicing the truth and living out a little of the reality of God’s words, I can see the light of human life. A genuine human life is right before me.” You have some experience and you gain some entry, and then with greater faith you seek to be perfected. People like this thus embark upon the path to be perfected. The first aspect of entry for seeking to be perfected is to pursue the truth and obtain the work of the Holy Spirit. You must read God’s words, pray to God and commune truly with God, and then you will obtain the work of the Holy Spirit, you will taste the sweetness of it and experience what understanding the truth is all about. The second aspect of entry is to be able to understand one truth, understand the truth in some of God’s words and know how to grasp God’s will. By achieving this you will again taste some sweetness. The third aspect of entry is to completely understand one aspect of the truth and enter into its reality, and again you will taste some sweetness. When you have entered into the realities of these three aspects and tasted their sweetness, you will then see that this is the path to gain life and the path of salvation. You will see that one really can attain salvation by pursuing the truth and that one really can gain life by pursuing the truth, and that the truth is life. Therefore, once you have entered into these three aspects, you will have entered onto the right track of belief in God and will have embarked upon the path of being led by the Holy Spirit, which means you will have embarked upon the path to be perfected. …

In order to seek to be perfected, you must first gain entry into these three aspects. After these three aspects have been entered into, you will then begin to have knowledge of God and, once you have knowledge of God, your faith will be ever increasing. If you gain no new knowledge of God, then your faith will be unable to increase. Instead, you will always have the little amount of faith that you have, and what results can that little amount of faith achieve? It can only maintain your belief in God, but cannot cause you to attain salvation or be perfected. When someone has only a little faith, then they cannot be perfected. Therefore, you must pursue the truth and seek to know God. Only when you have knowledge of God can your faith then gradually increase, and then you will be able to seek to be perfected with great faith; if someone does not seek to know God, if their stature does not grow and they always keep their little amount of faith, then they will merely maintain their belief of verbally acknowledging God and believing in God in their hearts, and yet will be unable to attain salvation. Just like the type of faith that goes on in religion. It is so superficial. That type of faith can only keep those people believing in God, or believing forever in God, yet they will forever be unable to know God. So, when someone merely has that little faith that acknowledges the existence of God, it is a far cry from attaining salvation. We must therefore pursue the truth. There are many confused people who think, “I’ll believe in God all my life and never leave Him, and in the end I will attain salvation.” Is that a correct way to think? That is muddled belief. A faith in which one does not pursue the truth can never lead one to salvation or to be perfected. You must become someone who knows God, and when you have become someone who knows God, aren’t you then capable of obeying God? Aren’t you then capable of truly worshiping God? Knowing God can therefore change everything about you and knowing God can change your life disposition. So how can you know God? Knowing God is achieved through trials and refinement. In trials and refinement, you are made to know God’s deeds and see God’s deeds; without great trials and refinement you would never be able to see God’s deeds. We live in this world, and how far can we see with open eyes? Can we see all the things God has created? Can we see exactly how great the universe is which God has created? Can we see the things God does in heaven? Now, with help from some scientific tools, we can see that God is currently changing celestial bodies in the universe, and this is the fulfillment of God’s words that God will change and renew everything in the heavens; heaven and earth will be made new, as will mankind. From the macroscopic view we can see God’s deeds, and from the microscopic view we can see that there are rules for the existence of all manner of animals, plants as well as mankind and, to take a larger view, a people or a nation. For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose; there is no question about this. From this we can see that God created all things and that God holds sovereignty over all things; all things rest with God, and God can change all things. From God’s words we can see that God speaks and it is done, and that He commands and it stands fast. Moreover, we can also see God’s almightiness and wisdom; there is no way anyone can change God’s intention and no one can change God’s will. We can see God’s deeds in the heavens and earth and all things that God created, can see that God holds sovereignty over all things, and can see that there are rules and a time for all things which God has created. Are these not the manifestations of knowing God? These are the most basic things which mankind can see, and they can be seen without the revelation of God’s words. So tell me, how did those ancient saints Abraham and Job know God? Were they reading God’s words at that time? No. So how come they could still revere God? How come they could have some knowledge of God? Their knowledge of God was deeper than mankind’s knowledge of God in the last days. Why is that? Why is it that mankind in the last days do not have the knowledge of God that people had several thousand years ago? It is because people must have a spirit to know God; only people who have a spirit can possibly know God. Among people of the last days, most of them do not have a spirit, a human spirit, and so they are not enlightened when it comes to knowing God. Moreover, mankind today has been corrupted too deeply by Satan, and even if some do have a spirit, they do not pursue the truth and do not seek God. So they have no true knowledge of God, and their knowledge of God is blank. Today, through reading God’s words, and then by looking at all the things God created and through seeing all the manifestations of the corrupt mankind of today, by comparing all these things with God’s words, we can see some of God’s deeds and see that all of God’s words are being fulfilled, and our knowledge of God then becomes more and more accurate and true; if we encounter some more trials and refinement, then our knowledge of God will only become even deeper and more accurate. From this, what do we see that trials and refinement can bring to people? God has formerly said that refinement is primarily intended to refine people’s faith and through many kinds of refinement people’s faith is increased, and they come to have true faith in God. Refinement perfects people’s faith, all manner of trials perfect their knowledge of God and, after their faith increases, they then come to have true knowledge of God—this would not be possible without trials. Therefore, it is beyond all doubt that experiencing trials and refinement is the perfection of people’s entry into the truth and of their knowledge of God. In addition, refinement and trials also have the effect of exposing people’s statures, their corruption and their pitiableness and impoverishment. They both expose people and perfect people. Therefore, trials and refinement really are so beneficial for people’s life entry and dispositional change—these things would not be possible were it not for trials and refinement. The more someone suffers in pursuing the truth, the more they can be perfected by God. If someone who pursues the truth suffers nothing, then they will have no real experience of life entry, much less achieve any result, but rather they will always be small in their stature. If you see someone who likes comforts living a vulgar life, suffering no pain whatsoever, do you think someone like that can gain the truth? People like that cannot gain the truth. They always hanker after ease and seek to live a life of physical comfort, and after a long while they will ruin themselves, and that is no advantage to them at all. Suffering a little pain from trials and refinement is so beneficial for people’s life entry and their change of disposition; suffering, therefore, is a good thing. Some people say, “If I undergo a trial, I’m sure to be able to stand witness.” If these people really can go through trials and stand witness, then they truly have stature. If they encounter a trial but do not stand witness or they give way, do people like this have the truth? Those, when they encounter any trial, fall down and stop believing, or become negative and weak, what problem does this reveal? It reveals that they have no truth and no reality, and so they are unable to stand firm during trials. When some people are dealt with, they are unable to stand it and they go home and cry for hours. Some cry so much that they cannot even get up and they no longer want to perform their duties. Do people like this have the truth? This is a child’s disposition and they perform their duties like a child playing house. No matter how they transgress, you cannot reproach them and you cannot prune or deal with them. The moment you deal with them they burst into tears and run home, and then they become negative and give up their duty. People like this have no reality and they are unable to endure being pruned or dealt with, so they are even less able to endure trials. Let’s look at the trials Job encountered. Tell me, were the trials great which Job underwent? They were very great. How great were they? So great that an ordinary person would not have endured them. If someone reaches the limit of what they can endure, then that trial will be one that almost takes their life. When someone has one breath left and can still acknowledge God and extol His name, then tell me, is this not bearing testimony? When a trial reaches the limit of what someone can endure and they still can bear good testimony, then someone like that truly has stature and they truly are someone who fears God and shuns evil. I asked a sister: “If your husband persecuted you and did not allow you to believe in God, what would you do?” And she said: “If he persecuted me, I would divorce him.” I asked: “Would you really be able to do that?” She said: “Yes, I would.” She can be considered to have some stature. If you depend on your husband like bark on a tree and cannot live without him, then you are finished and you are incapable of being perfected. You are a coward, a good-for-nothing and you are one of Satan’s minions. If your husband persecutes you and you can divorce him, live independently and still live just the same without a man, then you are strong, you have resolve and you can be perfected. If you were truly to encounter a trial whereby your husband died, or your child died, and you were still able to believe in God and perform your duties, then would you not then be someone with resolve? People like this have resolve. A trial whereby close family die will test you to your limit. A trial whereby you become seriously ill and cannot get up off the bed and are breathing your last breath is a trial that will really test you to your limit. The kind of people who are perfected are those who, during this kind of trial, are able to stand firm, who can extol the name of God, who utter no complaint and who can pray to God, saying: “Oh God, with my last breath I will love You, expend for You and be loyal to You.” Experiencing trials, therefore, really can perfect people. We now experience God’s work, and we have a little knowledge about God’s trial and refinement of people, and we see clearly that if one does not experience trials and refinement then one will absolutely not be perfected. God perfects people by using all manner of people, matters and things. It can be said that all the people, matters and things around one who is to be perfected are arranged for the sake of perfecting him, and God arranges many service-doers and sacrifices for the sake of one who is to be perfected. Thus, we see that God’s perfection of people has long since been preordained. Therefore, all the people around you, including your family, can be said to be in the service of perfecting you. If one day they finish rendering this service, if their service has had some effect on you, you grow in stature and they are no longer needed to render this service, how will you feel if God takes them away from you? Will you be able to praise God? Will you be able to give thanks to God for perfecting you and loving you? Will you see in this matter God’s heartfelt intention to perfect you? If at that time you blame God, then you are unable to tell good from bad. You must all know these things in your hearts. Only those who are perfected can live a genuine life, and only they truly conform to God’s will. Therefore, only those who are perfected are qualified to inherit God’s promises and blessings. There are many people who are unaware of the significance of being perfected and who cannot see exactly what makes someone most blessed, and so people like this are incapable of seeking to be perfected. Amongst mankind, being perfected is the most blessed thing, and whoever can truly be perfected by God are the people most blessed amongst mankind. You must be clear on this matter. Therefore, we must unreservedly forge upward. Even if some people cannot be completely perfected but can gain some truths and at least be amongst those who will remain, then this is great too. In pursuing the truth to attain salvation, therefore, people should do everything in their power, apply their very last ounce of strength and strive to gain the truth and be amongst those who will remain—this is the most meaningful thing one can do.

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