People all want to see Jesus’ true image and all wish to be with Jesus. I think that no brother or sister would say that he does not wish to see Jesus or be with Jesus. Before you see Jesus, that is, before you see the incarnated God, you may have many thoughts, such as, what Jesus looks like, how he speaks, and what his lifestyle is. But when you really see him, your thoughts will change rapidly. Why is this? Do you want to know? Man’s thinking certainly cannot be ignored, but Christ’s substance is even less to be changed by man. You regard Christ as a supernatural being and regard Christ as a sage, but no one regards Christ as a normal man with the divine substance. So, many people who have been expecting day and night to see God actually stand up against God and are incompatible with God. Isn’t this man’s fault? Now you still think that your faith and faithfulness are enough to qualify you to see Christ. I advise you to equip yourselves with more real things! For in the past, in the present, and in the future, many people who contact Christ all fail and play the role of the Pharisees. What is the reason for your failure? It is because in your notions you all have a lofty God who is worthy for man to look up to. But the fact is not as people have wished. Christ is not only not lofty but very small, is not only a man but an ordinary man, and is not only unable to go up to heaven but unable to come and go freely on earth. Thus, people treat him as an ordinary man, associating with him in a careless way and speaking with him in a loose manner, while at the same time they are still waiting for the coming of the “true Christ.” You treat the Christ who has come as an ordinary man and treat his words as words of an ordinary man. So, you have not gained anything from Christ but have completely exposed your ugly image to the light.
Before you contact Christ, you may think that your disposition has been completely transformed, that you are Christ’s faithful follower, and that you are one who is most worthy to receive Christ’s blessings, because you have run a lot, done many works, and borne many fruits, and so in the end you will surely be one who receives a crown. But do you know such a fact: It is when people see Christ that their corrupt disposition, disobedience, and resistance are exposed, and the disobedience and resistance exposed at this time are more complete and thorough than at any other times. It is precisely because Christ is a son of man, a son of man with a normal humanity, that people do not respect or honor him. It is precisely because God lives in the flesh that people’s disobedience is exposed thoroughly and vividly. So I say that the coming of Christ has dug out all the disobedience of mankind and the coming of Christ has set off all the nature of mankind. This is “luring the tiger down the mountain” and “luring the wolf out of its den.” Do you dare to say that you are one who is faithful to God? Do you dare to say that you are one who is absolutely obedient to God? Do you dare to say that you are one who has no disobedience? Some people may say: Every time God arranges an environment for me, I have no complaints and can obey. And I do not have any notions about God. Some may say: I always do my best to complete the things God asks me to do, never doing them carelessly. Then let me ask you: If you live with Christ, can you be compatible with him? How long can you be compatible with him? One day? Two days? One hour? Two hours? Your faith is indeed praiseworthy, but your perseverance is not much. When you really live with Christ, your self-rightness and self-importance will flow out with your words and acts bit by bit. And then your extravagant desires and your unsubmissive and discontented mind will be naturally expressed. In the end, your arrogance will become more and more serious, and when it comes to the point that you are incompatible with Christ as water with fire, your nature will be completely exposed. At that point, your notions can no longer be concealed, your complaints will naturally be “expressed,” and your contemptible humanity will be completely exposed. At that time, you will still not admit that you have disobedience, but think that such a Christ is too hard for man to accept and is too harsh toward man and that if he were replaced by a better Christ, you would completely obey. You think that there is reason for all your disobedience and that you disobey Christ all because he presses you to a degree. You never think that you have not treated Christ as God and have no mind to obey him, but always insist that Christ do things according to your thoughts. Once he does one thing not according to your will, you think that he is not God but a man. Haven’t many of you competed against him like this? Whom do you actually believe in? And how are you pursuing?
You always want to see Christ. I advise you not to think too highly of yourselves. Everyone can see Christ, but I say that all men are unworthy to see Christ. Because man’s nature is full of evil, full of arrogance, and full of disobedience, when you see Christ, your nature will ruin you, and your nature will sentence you to death. When you contact a brother (sister), maybe it cannot reveal what you are like. But when you contact Christ, it will not be so simple. Your notions will take root at any time, your arrogance will sprout at any time, and your disobedience will bear figs at any time. With such humanity, how could you be worthy to contact Christ? Can you really treat him as God every moment? Do you really have the reality of obeying God? You all worship the lofty god in your hearts as Jehovah but deal with the Christ you see as a man. Your sense is too poor, and your humanity is too low! You cannot forever regard Christ as God, but only pull him over and worship him as God occasionally when you are happy. So I say that you are not believers in God, but a band of accomplices that play the role of resisting Christ. A person who confers benefits upon others can receive their repayment, but Christ, who works among you like this, cannot even receive man’s love or receive man’s repayment and man’s obedience. Isn’t this a heart-rending and tearful thing?
Maybe you have never sworn at anyone or done a bad thing over the many years of your believing in God, but when you contact Christ, you cannot speak honest words, do honest things, or obey the words of Christ’s mouth. Then I say that you are the most sinister and diabolic man in the world. You are very friendly and very faithful to your relatives and friends, your wife (husband) and children, and your parents, and you never take advantage of anyone, but you cannot be compatible with Christ or live in harmony with Christ. Then even if you give your all as alms to your neighbors or you take meticulous care of your parents and family, I say that you are still a wicked man, a wicked man who is full of wiles. Do not think that your being compatible with man means that you are compatible with Christ. Do not think that your doing some good things means that you are compatible with Christ. Do you think that you can tactfully win blessings from Heaven by your kindness? Do you think that your doing some good things can substitute for your obedience? None of you can accept dealing and pruning and you all can hardly accept Christ’s normal humanity, and yet you repeatedly say that you obey God. Such belief of yours will receive a deserved retribution. Do not always indulge in the wild fantasy, and do not always want to see Christ, because your stature is too small, too small to qualify you to see Christ. When your disobedience has been completely cast off and when you can live in harmony with Christ, then God will naturally appear to you. If you go to see God before undergoing pruning and judgment, then you will surely become one who resists God, and you will surely be one to perish. Man’s nature is hostile to God, because all men are the ones most deeply corrupted by satan. If man associates with God in his corruption, he will surely come to no good end. He will surely express corruption in his every word and act and will express disobedience in every aspect when contacting God. Unconsciously, he will become one who resists Christ, cheats Christ, and rejects Christ. At that time, he will be in a more dangerous situation. If this continues, he will become one to be punished.
Some people may think that since it is so dangerous to contact God, it is better to stay away from God. What can such people gain? Can they be faithful to God? It is certainly not easy to contact God, but that is all because of man’s corruption, not because God cannot be contacted by man. You had better exert some effort on the truths of knowing the self. Why does God not appreciate you? Why is your disposition loathed by him? Why is your speech hated by him? You boast about yourselves when you have a little faithfulness, want a reward when you make a little contribution, look down upon others when you have a little obedience, and have no regard for God when you have done some small work. You want money, things, and compliments when you receive God, feel your heart ache when you donate two coppers, and want blessings and want to be different from others when you offer ten coppers. Such humanity of yours is simply unspeakable and intolerable to the ear. What do you have to boast of in your words and acts? Those who perform duty and those who do not, those who lead and those who follow, those who receive God and those who do not, those who donate and those who do not, those who preach and those who receive the preaching, and so on, you are all boasting about yourselves. Don’t you feel that it is ridiculous? You clearly know that you believe in God, but you cannot be compatible with God. You clearly know that you are good for nothing, but you still boast about yourselves. Don’t you feel that your sense has got to the point of being uncontrollable? With such sense, how can you be worthy to contact God? Now aren’t you worried about yourselves? Your disposition has got to the point of being incompatible with God. So isn’t your belief very ridiculous? Isn’t your belief very absurd? How will you treat your future? How will you choose the way you walk?