In my entire management plan, the six-thousand-year management plan, there are altogether three stages, that is, three ages: the Age of the Law in the beginning, the Age of the Grace (the Age of the Redemption), and the Age of the Kingdom at the end time. As the three ages are different, the contents of my works are different. But each stage of work is done according to man’s need, or rather, according to the schemes satan employs when I war against it. The purpose is to defeat satan and reveal my wisdom and almightiness and to expose all of satan’s schemes, thereby saving all mankind who live under satan’s authority. It is to reveal my wisdom and almightiness and also to expose satan’s hideousness, and even more to cause created beings to know good and evil, know that I am the ruler of all things, see clearly that satan is mankind’s enemy, the scum, and the evil one, and make a clear distinction between good and evil, truth and fallacy, holiness and filthiness, greatness and baseness. So that these ignorant men can testify for me that it is not “I” who corrupt mankind but I, the Creator, alone save mankind and bestow to men the things to enjoy, and know that I am the ruler of all things, while satan is only a creature which was created but later rebelled. In the six-thousand- year management plan, I work by three stages. I work this way to achieve such a result: to enable the created beings to testify for me, understand my intention, and know that I am the truth. So, in the initial stage of the six-thousand-year management plan, I did the work of the law, that is, the work of Jehovah leading all the people. In the second stage, I carried out the initial work of the Age of the Grace in the villages of Judea. Jesus represented all the work of the Age of the Grace. He was incarnated and was crucified and started the Age of the Grace. He came to be crucified and accomplish the redemptive work and also to end the Age of the Law and start the Age of the Grace. So, he was called the “Great Captain,” the “Sin Offering,” and the “Redeemer.” Therefore, Jesus’ work and Jehovah’s work were different in content, but they were the same in principle. Jehovah started the Age of the Law and established the base, or the birthplace, of his work on earth, and he also issued the commandments. These were the two works he did, which represented the Age of the Law. When Jesus did his work in the Age of the Grace, he did not issue commandments but fulfilled the commandments, and in this way he brought the Age of the Grace and ended the Age of the Law that lasted two thousand years. He came to start the Age of the Grace and was a pathbreaker, but his main work was redemption. So, the work he did also includes two items: he opened a new age and accomplished the redemptive work by crucifixion and then left man; thereafter, among mankind ended the Age of the Law and started the Age of the Grace.
Jesus’ work was done according to the need of the men of that age. According to his work, he came to redeem mankind and forgive man’s sins. So, all the disposition he came with was humility, patience, love, godliness, forbearance, mercy, and lovingkindness, and what he brought to men was rich grace and blessings, abundant enjoyable things for them to enjoy; all that men enjoyed was peace and joy, Jesus’ tolerance and love, and his mercy and lovingkindness. At that time men contacted a great many things to enjoy, feeling peaceful and assured in their hearts, having comfort in their spirits, and having the Savior Jesus as their reliance. That they could receive these had to do with the age they lived in. In the Age of the Grace, men had been corrupted by satan. To accomplish the work of redeeming all mankind, there had to be rich grace and infinite forbearance and patience and even more a sin offering that was adequate to forgive men’s sins, so that the work result could be achieved. What men in the Age of the Grace saw was only the sin offering by which I forgave man’s sins, that is, Jesus; they only knew that God could have mercy on man and forbear with man, and they only saw Jesus’ mercy and lovingkindness. All this was because they lived in the Age of the Grace. So before they were redeemed, they had to enjoy a lot of grace Jesus bestowed to them, which was beneficial to them, so that they could be forgiven of their sins because of enjoying grace and could have the opportunity to be redeemed from their sins because of enjoying the forbearance and patience Jesus bestowed to them. Because of Jesus’ forbearance and patience, men were qualified to be forgiven of their sins and enjoy the rich grace Jesus bestowed to them. Just as Jesus said, “I have not come to redeem the righteous, but to redeem sinners so that their sins could be forgiven.” If the disposition Jesus was incarnated with had been judgment and curse and it had never tolerated man’s offense, men would never have the opportunity to be redeemed, and then they would forever belong to sin. In that case, the six-thousand-year management plan would just stop in the Age of the Law, with the result that the Age of the Law would last six thousand years and man’s sins would become more and more and graver and graver. The whole significance of creating mankind would be lost, and men could only serve Jehovah under the law, but their sins would be more than those of the first created men. The more Jesus loved mankind, forgave their sins, and brought them sufficient mercy and lovingkindness, the more they were qualified to be saved by Jesus, and they were called the lost lambs bought by Jesus at a high price. Satan could not interfere in this work, because Jesus treated his followers as a loving mother treats her baby in her bosom. He did not get angry with them or loathe them, but was full of comfort to them. He never raged among them, but forbore with their sins and never looked at their foolishness and ignorance. And he even said “forgive others seventy times seven.” So, others’ hearts were moved by his heart. In this way, men were forgiven of their sins because of his forbearance.
Although Jesus, who was incarnated, did not have any emotion, he always gave his disciples comfort, supply, help, and sustenance. He did so many works and underwent so many sufferings; he never made excessive demands on people but was always patient and forbearing with their sins. Thus, people in the Age of the Grace all kindly called him “lovely Savior Jesus.” At that time, in people’s eyes, that is, as all people saw, what Jesus had and was were mercy and lovingkindness. He never remembered people’s transgressions or treated them according to their transgressions. Because the age was different, he often bestowed plentiful food and drink to people so that they could be satisfied. He graciously treated all the people who followed him, healing the sick, driving out demons, and raising the dead. In order that people could believe in him and see that he did everything out of sincerity and earnestness, he even brought a decaying corpse to life so that they saw that even the dead could be resurrected in his hand. He endured quietly among people like that all the time, doing his redemptive work. Even before he was crucified, he had already borne man’s sins and become man’s sin offering. For the sake of redeeming mankind, before he went to the cross, he had opened up the way of the cross. In the end, he was nailed onto the cross and sacrificed himself for the cross. He bestowed all his mercy, lovingkindness, and holiness to mankind. He was always tolerant of people, never avenged himself on them but forgave their sins, taught them to repent, and also told them that they should have patience, forbearance, and love, walk the way he walked, and sacrifice themselves for the cross. He loved the brothers and sisters more than he loved Mary. He did all his works by the principle of healing people and driving demons out of people, and all those works were for his redemption. Wherever he went, he graciously treated all those who followed him, making the poor rich, the paralyzed walk, the blind see, and the deaf hear. He even gathered the lowliest needy people, that is, the sinners, to dine with him. He never disliked them, but was always patient with them. And he even said, “If a shepherd loses one of his one hundred sheep, he will leave the ninety-nine and go after the lost one. And when he finds it, he will rejoice greatly.” He loved his followers as a mother sheep loves her little lambs. Although those people were foolish and ignorant, were all sinners in his eyes, and were the lowly people of the lowest class in society, he treated these sinners, people despised by others, as the apple of his eye. Since he favored them, he laid down his life for them, as a lamb was offered on the altar; among them he seemed to be just their servant, being used and slaughtered by them as they wished and submitting to them unconditionally. To his followers, he was the lovely Savior Jesus. Yet to the Pharisees who lectured people on a high pedestal, he showed no mercy or lovingkindness, but he loathed and detested them. He did not do many works among the Pharisees but only lectured and rebuked them occasionally, and he did not do the redemptive work or perform signs and wonders among them. He bestowed all his mercy and lovingkindness to his followers, and for the sake of these sinners he endured to the end, was nailed onto the cross, and endured all humiliations. Only thus did he completely redeem the whole mankind. That was all his work.
Without Jesus’ redemption, men would live in sin all the time, and they would all become children of sin and descendants of the devil. If that continued, the whole earth would become a place where satan settles and where satan lives. But to do the redemptive work, God had to bestow mercy and lovingkindness to men so that they could be forgiven and finally have the qualification to be made complete and fully gained. Without that stage of work, the six-thousand-year management plan could not be carried on. If Jesus had not been crucified but had only healed the sick and driven out demons, man’s sins still could not have been completely forgiven. He came to earth and worked for three and a half years, having only completed half of the redemptive work. Then, by being crucified and becoming the likeness of a sinful flesh and being delivered to the evil one, he accomplished the work of crucifixion and took control of mankind’s destiny. Only after he was delivered into satan’s hand was mankind redeemed. He suffered on earth for thirty-three and a half years, being ridiculed, slandered, and rejected, and even having no place to lay his head and no place to rest. And then he was crucified, having his whole being, a holy and innocent flesh, nailed onto the cross, and suffered all kinds of pain. Those in power mocked him and flogged him, and the soldiers even spat in his face, yet he still remained silent, endured to the end, obeyed unto death unconditionally, and redeemed all mankind. Only then did he have rest. The work he did only represents the Age of the Grace and it does not represent the Age of the Law and cannot replace the work of the end time. This is the substance of the work Jesus did in the Age of the Grace, which is the second age mankind has gone through—the Age of the Redemption.