Question 3: The Lord Jesus personally said that the Bible testified of Him. So, we must believe in the Lord according to the Bible. The Bible is the only path for us to know the Lord.
Answer: Let’s see whether we can really know the Lord according to the Bible. This question is answered in Almighty God’s word. Almighty God tells us, “The Jews of the time all read from the Old Testament and knew of Isaiah’s prophecy that a male infant would be born in a manger. Why then, with this knowledge, did they still persecute Jesus? Is this not because of their rebellious nature and ignorance of the work of the Holy Spirit? At that time, the Pharisees believed that the work of Jesus was unlike what they knew of the prophesied male infant; man of today rejects God because the work of the incarnate God does not conform to the Bible. Is not the substance of their rebelliousness against God one and the same? … What you ought to do is acceptance of, without the need for further substantiation from the Bible, any work so long as it is that of the Holy Spirit, for you believe in God to follow God, not to investigate Him. You should not search out further proof for Me to show that I am your God. Rather, you ought to discern whether I am of benefit to you; that is the key. Even if you have found out much irrefutable proof within the Bible, it cannot bring you fully before Me. You are one who lives within the confines of the Bible, and not before Me; the Bible cannot help you know Me, nor can it deepen your love for Me. Though the Bible prophesied that a male infant would be born, none could fathom upon whom the prophecy would come to pass, for man did not know the work of God, and this is what caused the Pharisees to stand against Jesus” (“How Can Man Who Has Defined God in His Conceptions Receive the Revelations of God?” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). The people in the Age of Law held on to the Bible, and they didn’t seek or investigate God’s new work. In the end, they nailed the Lord Jesus onto the cross. From this fact, we can see that we can’t know God or God’s work from the Bible alone. We all know the followers of the Lord Jesus could recognize Him all because of His present work and word and the guidance and enlightenment of the Holy Spirit. None of them recognized Him according to the Bible. This is the fact. Brothers and sisters, today, when facing Almighty God’s work, we also couldn’t judge only according to the Bible. The Bible is only for reference. We should confirm it mainly according to whether it has the truth and the work of the Holy Spirit. Only in this way, can we make a correct choice.
Almighty God has already made this clear. “Now people look to the Bible for predictions of the work of the last days, wanting to discover what work God will perform in the last days and what signs of the last days will be. And so people’s veneration of the Bible grows ever more intense, and as the last days draw nearer, people give more credence to the biblical predictions, particularly those concerning the last days. Because they put so much blind faith and trust in the Bible, people have no heart to seek out the work of the Holy Spirit. People have the notion that only the Bible can bring forth the work of the Holy Spirit, that only in the Bible can one find the footprints of God, that only the Bible hides the mysteries of God’s work. They believe that only the Bible can lay bare everything of God and the entirety of His work, and that no other books, no other men, can do so. They think that the Bible can bring the work of heaven onto earth, can begin and end eras. Having settled upon these notions, people have no interest in seeking out the work of the Holy Spirit. And so, though the Bible was of great help to people in the past, for God’s latest work it has become an obstacle. If it were not for the Bible, people could look elsewhere for God’s footprints. But today, the Bible has ‘control’ over God’s footprints, and the broadening of God’s latest work has come to an extremely difficult pass and can proceed no further, thanks to its well-known chapters and verses and many of its prophecies” (“Concerning the Bible (1)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). “… since we are searching for the footprints of God, we must search for God’s will, for the words of God, for the utterances of God—for where there are the new words of God, there is the voice of God, and where there are the footsteps of God, there are the deeds of God. Where there is the expression of God, there is the appearance of God, and where there is the appearance of God, there exists the truth, the way, and the life” (“The Appearance of God Has Brought a New Age” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). Brothers and sisters, Almighty God’s words have told us clearly that man shouldn’t restrict himself to the Bible but should keep up with the pace of the Holy Spirit’s work and seek God’s footsteps in His new work and new word. To make sure whether it is God’s work or the true way, we should see whether this way has the work of the Holy Spirit or the expression of the truth and whether it can be man’s life supply. If there is the expression of the truth and life, undoubtedly this is God’s work and there must be the confirmation of the Holy Spirit. If we want to know God’s work in the last days, we need to seek and investigate in God’s word and utterance, to see whether these words are the expression in the new age, whether they can bring man the direction in the new age, whether they contain the truth, and whether they can be man’s life supply, transform man’s corrupt disposition and purify him. These are the standards to confirm whether it’s the true way. Brothers and sisters, we should read God’s utterance and word in the new age.
from the movie script of Disclose the Mystery About the Bible