Most people believe in God for the sake of their future destination or temporary enjoyment. For those who have not been dealt with at all, they believe in God just for going to heaven and for receiving a reward, not for being perfected or for fulfilling their duty as a created being. In other words, most people believe in God not for fulfilling their responsibility or completing their duty, few people believe in God for living out a meaningful life, and no one thinks that since man lives, he should love God, because it is something right and proper and is man’s bounden duty. Thus, although different people pursue different goals, their purposes and intents in pursuing are similar, and for most pursuers, the objects of their adoration are generally the same. Throughout thousands of years, so many believers died and so many believers were reborn, and those who pursued God were not merely one or two, or merely one or two thousand. However, most of them pursued for the sake of their own future or their future good hope, and few were faithful to Christ. Many devout believers still died in their own trap, and those who overcame were even too few to mention. The reasons for their failure or the secrets of their overcoming people are still unclear about today. Those who pursue Christ “fervently” still remain unawakened. They are not aware what the root of these mysteries actually is, because they simply do not know. Although they pursue with all their heart and all their effort, the way they walk is the way to failure that those before them walked, not the way to success that the forerunners walked. So no matter how hard they pursue, won’t the way they walk lead to darkness? Won’t they reap only bitter fruit? It is very hard to foretell whether those who imitate the successful men of the past will receive blessing or punishment in the end. How about those who pursue in the footsteps of the failures? Won’t they be more than failures? What is the worth of the way they walk? Won’t they run in vain? Whether one fails or succeeds in his pursuit, there are reasons for it. It is not that a casual pursuit can decide one’s success or failure.
In people’s believing in God, the most basic thing is that they should have an honest heart and should fully consecrate themselves and truly obey. The most difficult thing for people to do is to pay with their whole life for a true faith and thus gain all the truth and fulfill their duty as a created being. This is what the failures fail to achieve and even more is what those who cannot find Christ fail to achieve. Because people are not “good at” fully consecrating themselves for God, because they are not willing to perform their duty for the Creator, because they, though seeing the truth, shun it and take their own way, because they always pursue along the way the failures walked, and because they always disobey Heaven, they always fail and always fall into satan’s schemes and into their own trap. Because people do not know Christ, because they are not good at understanding and experiencing the truth, because they adore Paul too much and have so strong a desire to go to heaven, and because they always demand Christ to obey them and always manipulate God, even the lofty great men and those undergoing all the hardships of the world have not been spared from death and have died in chastisement. Concerning these men, I can only say that they all died an unnatural death. Their end, that is, their death, is not without reason. Moreover, isn’t their failure intolerable to Heaven? The truth comes from the world, but the truth in the world is preached by Christ and comes from Christ, that is, comes from God Godself, and it is beyond man’s capacity. But Christ only supplies the truth, and he does not come to decide whether one will succeed in pursuing the truth. Therefore, whether one will succeed in the truth depends entirely on his pursuit. This has nothing to do with Christ but is determined by his pursuit. One cannot put the responsibility for his destination or his success or failure entirely upon God for God to take, because it is not God’s business but is something directly related to the duty a created being should perform. As to Paul’s and Peter’s pursuits and destinations, most people know something about them. However, they only know their ends but do not know their secret of success or deficiency leading to failure. So, if you cannot see through the substance of their pursuits, most of you will still fail in your pursuit, and even if a few may achieve success in your pursuit, you will still fall short of Peter. If the way you pursue along is right, you have a hope of success. If the way you walk in pursuing the truth is wrong, you will never be able to succeed, and your outcome will be the same as Paul’s.
Peter was a perfected man. It was after he experienced chastisement and judgment and had a pure heart of loving God that he was completely perfected. The way he walked was the way of being perfected. In other words, the way Peter walked from the beginning was right, and his intent of believing in God was right. So, he became a perfected man. The way he walked was a new way that those before him had never walked. However, the way Paul walked from the beginning was the way of resisting Christ. He worked for Christ for decades only because the Holy Spirit wanted to use him and to work through his gifts and all his strong points. He was only a man used by the Holy Spirit, yet he was used not because Jesus approved of his humanity but because of his gifts. He could work for Jesus because he was struck down, not because he was willing to work for Jesus. The reason why he could do such a work was because of the Holy Spirit’s inspiration and leading. The work he did could not represent his pursuit or his humanity. The work Paul did represented the work of a servant; that is, he did the work of an apostle. Peter, however, was different. He also did some work, but it was not so great as the work Paul did. He worked while pursuing to enter in himself, which was different from Paul’s working. Peter’s working was performing the duty of a created being. He worked while pursuing to love God and did not work in the position of an apostle. Paul also had his own pursuit in his working. He pursued only for the future hope and for the purpose that he could have a good destination in the future. During his working, he did not accept refining or accept pruning and dealing. He thought that as long as the work he did satisfied God’s heart’s desire and everything he did could please God, there would surely be a reward in store for him in the end. In his working, he did not have his own experience. He worked completely for the sake of working and did not work while pursuing to be transformed. In his working, he was only making a deal, without any duty or obedience of a created being. In the course of his working, his old disposition was not transformed. His working only rendered a service to others but could not have his disposition transformed. Paul did the work directly without being perfected or dealt with, and his intent was just to receive a reward. Peter was different. He was a man who had gone through prunings, dealings, and refinings. Their purposes and intents in working were totally different. Although Peter did not do many works, his disposition was transformed a lot. He pursued the truth and real transformation, and his purpose was not just to do the work. Although Paul did more works, they all were the works of the Holy Spirit. Even though there was his cooperation in them, they were not a result of his experience. Peter did fewer works, and that was only because the Holy Spirit did not do so great work on him.
How much work they did could not determine whether they were perfected. One of them pursued for receiving a reward, and the other pursued for loving God to the utmost and fulfilling his duty as a created being so as to live out a lovely image to satisfy God’s heart’s desire. They were different in appearance and also in substance. You cannot judge who of them was perfected according to how much work they did. Peter pursued to live out the image of a man who loves God and to be a man who obeys God, who accepts dealing and pruning, and who fulfills the duty of a created being. He could consecrate himself, fully commit himself into God’s hand, and be obedient unto death. He had such a resolution and he fulfilled it. This was the root of his outcome being different from Paul’s in the end. The work the Holy Spirit did on Peter was perfecting, whereas the work he did on Paul was utilizing, because they were different in their viewpoints of pursuit and in their natures. They both had the working of the Holy Spirit. Peter applied it to himself and also supplied it to others, but Paul supplied all the working of the Holy Spirit only to others yet he himself gained nothing. Consequently, having experienced the working of the Holy Spirit for years, Paul was transformed very little and virtually remained a natural man and was still the old Paul. Only, he, after undergoing years of hardships in working, had learned to “work” and learned to endure. However, his old nature, the nature of being emulative and self-seeking, still remained in him. Though working for years, he did not know his corrupt disposition or cast off all his old dispositions. Those old dispositions could still be clearly seen in his working. He only gained some working experience, yet this little experience could not transform him or change his viewpoint of living and the meaning of his pursuit. Although he worked for Christ for years and his past acts of persecuting the Lord Jesus never repeated, his knowledge of God in his heart remained unchanged. That is to say, he did not work for the sake of consecrating himself but worked under compulsion for the sake of his future destination, because from the beginning he was a persecutor of Christ, not an obeyer of Christ. He was originally a disobedient one who deliberately resisted Christ, and he was originally a man who did not know the working of the Holy Spirit. When his work was about to end, he still did not know the working of the Holy Spirit but acted arbitrarily by his own willful nature, paying no attention to the will of the Holy Spirit at all. So, he was by nature hostile to Christ and disobedient to the truth. How could such a man be saved who was rejected by the working of the Holy Spirit and who did not know the work of the Holy Spirit and resisted Christ? Whether a person can be saved is not decided according to how much work he does or how much he consecrates but according to whether he knows the working of the Holy Spirit, whether he practices the truth, and whether his viewpoint of pursuit is in accordance with the truth. Peter also had some manifestations of naturalness when following Jesus, but as far as his nature was concerned, from the beginning he was a man who was willing to obey the Holy Spirit and pursue Christ. He was a man who obeyed the Holy Spirit in simplicity, and he did not pursue fame or gain but intentionally obeyed the truth. Although he denied Christ three times and tempted the Lord Jesus, these few human weaknesses had nothing to do with his nature, and that did not affect his future pursuit and did not sufficiently prove that his temptation was an act of antichrist. Normal human weaknesses are common to all people in the world. Do you require Peter to be an exception? Don’t people have a critical view of Peter because he did several foolish things? Don’t people adore Paul so much because of his many works and many epistles? How could man see through man’s essence? Could those who really have sense not see through such a small thing?
Although Peter’s many years of painful experiences are not recorded in the Bible, this does not prove that Peter did not have real experiences or that he was not a perfected man. How could man fully fathom the work done by God? What the Bible records was not selected by Jesus personally but was compiled by men later. So weren’t the records in it selected according to man’s will? Besides, the epistles do not tell plainly the outcomes of Peter and Paul. Thus, people judge Peter and Paul according to their own views or preferences. And because Paul did so many works and made so great a “contribution,” he is greatly trusted by all people. Don’t people all pay attention to outward appearance? How could man see through man’s essence? Besides, Paul was one adored by people throughout thousands of years, so who would dare to deny his work lightly? Peter was only a fisherman. How could he match Paul’s “contribution”? According to their contributions, Paul should receive a reward before Peter and should be better qualified to receive God’s approval than Peter. Little do people know that with Paul, God only used his gifts to work, whereas with Peter, God’s intention was to perfect him. It was not that the Lord Jesus had made the arrangements concerning them from the beginning, but that he perfected or worked on them according to their original natures. So, what people look at is only a man’s outward contribution, whereas what God looks at is a man’s essence and the original way he pursued along and his intent of pursuit. People all judge a man according to their notions and according to their views. But a man’s final outcome is not decided according to his outward appearance. Therefore, I say that if the way you walk from the beginning is a way to success and your original viewpoint of pursuit is right, you will be like Peter, but if the way you walk is a way to failure, however great a price you may pay, your outcome will still be like Paul’s. Anyway, your destination or your success or failure will be decided according to whether the way you pursue along is right, not according to your consecration or the price you pay. Peter and Paul were different in their substances and in the goals they pursued. People cannot discover these things, and only God Godself fully knows them. This is because God looks at man’s essence, yet man himself knows nothing about his substance. People cannot see a man’s substance within or his real stature within, so they cannot discover the reasons for Paul’s failure and Peter’s success. Most people adore Paul but do not adore Peter. Because Paul was used to do the work publicly, which can be seen by people, people all recognize Paul’s “achievements.” However, Peter’s experience cannot be seen by people and his pursuit cannot be achieved by them, so they are not interested in him.
Peter was perfected through experiencing dealing and refining. He said, “No matter when, I must satisfy God’s heart’s desire. I only wish that what I do would satisfy God’s heart’s desire. Even if I have to undergo chastisement and judgment, I am most willing.” He gave his everything to God. He worked, spoke, and lived his life all for loving God, and he was a man who pursued holiness. The more he experienced, the more elements of love for God he had deep within his heart. Paul, however, only worked outwardly. Although he also exerted effort, he worked for the purpose of doing the work well so as to receive a reward. Once he knew that he could not receive a reward, he would throw up his work. What Peter paid attention to was true love in the heart and was realistic and attainable things. He was not concerned with whether he could receive a reward but paid attention to whether his disposition could be transformed. What Paul paid attention to was exerting more effort to work, was outward work and consecration, and was doctrines which ordinary people did not have in their experience. He did not pay attention to the transformation deep within and a true love. Peter experienced for having a true love and a true knowledge, and he experienced for having a closer relationship with God and having practical living out. Paul worked for the sake of Jesus’ commission to him, and he worked for gaining the things he expected to. But these had nothing to do with his knowledge of himself and his knowledge of God. He worked completely for escaping chastisement and judgment. What Peter pursued was a pure love, and what Paul pursued was the crown of righteousness. After Peter experienced the working of the Holy Spirit for years, his knowledge of Christ was practical and his knowledge of himself was deep. So his love for God was pure. After he was refined for years, his knowledge of Jesus and of life became higher. His love was an unconditional and spontaneous love. He did not seek a reward or expect to receive any benefit. Paul worked for years, but he did not have much knowledge of Christ and his knowledge of himself was pitifully little, and he did not have love for Christ at all. He worked and ran the race for obtaining the final laurel. What he pursued was the best crown, not the purest love. His pursuit was not spontaneous but passive. He was not performing his duty but was forced to pursue after being seized by the work of the Holy Spirit. So, his pursuit does not prove that he was a qualified created being. Peter, however, was a qualified created being who performed his duty. To man, anyone who makes a contribution to God should receive a reward, and the greater contribution one makes, the more he deserves to receive God’s favor. Man’s viewpoint in substance is bargaining and is not to pursue to fulfill the duty of a created being initiatively. To God, the more one pursues to truly love God and to completely obey God, that is, pursues to perform the duty of a created being, the more he can receive God’s approval. God’s viewpoint is that man should be recovered to his original duty and his original position. Man is a created being, so he should not go beyond his position and make any demand on God but should only perform the duty of a created being. The destinations of Paul and Peter were determined according to whether they could fulfill their duty as a created being but not according to how great their contribution was, and were decided according to their original pursuit but not according to how much work they did or people’s evaluation of them. Therefore, pursuing to perform the duty of a created being initiatively is the way to success, pursuing to truly love God is the most right way, and pursuing to have the old disposition transformed and to love God purely is the way to success. The way to success that is spoken of is the way for created beings to be recovered to their original duty and original likeness. It is a way of recovery and is also the purpose of all the work God has been doing from beginning to end. If one’s pursuit is mixed with his own extravagant demands and his unreasonable hopes and it cannot produce the result of being transformed in his disposition, it contradicts the work of recovery and is undoubtedly not the work done by the Holy Spirit. Then it proves that such pursuit is not approved by God. What meaning does it have since it is a pursuit not approved by God?
All the works Paul did are apparent before people, but how purely he loved God and how many elements of love for God he had in his innermost being people cannot see. They can only see the works he did and know that he was indeed used by the Holy Spirit. So in people’s eyes, Paul was better and did greater work because he could supply the churches. Peter only paid attention to his own experience. Even though he worked occasionally, he could not gain many people, and his few epistles are not famous. But who knows how great a love Peter had for God in his innermost being? Paul just worked for God day after day, and as long as there was work, he would do it. He thought that by doing so he could receive a crown and could satisfy God. But he did not pursue to have himself transformed during his working. Peter, if failing to satisfy God’s heart’s desire in any way in his life, would feel no peace. Failing to satisfy God’s heart’s desire, he would feel remorse and then find a proper way to try to satisfy God’s heart. He required himself to satisfy God’s heart’s desire even in the small matters in his life. He did not let go of any of his old disposition but always strictly required himself to enter deeper into the truth. Paul just pursued outward fame and position and pursued to exhibit himself before others. He did not pursue to enter deeper in life entering. What he paid attention to was doctrine, not reality. Some people say, “Paul did so many works for God, but why did God not remember him? Peter did so few works for God and did not make a great contribution to the church, but why did God perfect him?” Peter loved God to a degree and was just one God wants. Only such a man has testimony. What about Paul? To what extent do you know Paul loved God? What did Paul work for? And what did Peter work for? Peter did fewer works, but do you know what he had in his innermost being? The works Paul did were to supply the church and sustain the church. What Peter experienced was the transformation of his life disposition and was loving God. After you know the differences in their substances, you will see who truly believed in God and who did not. Of them, one truly loved God, and the other did not; one was transformed in his disposition, and the other was not; one was adored by others and had a lofty image, and the other served humbly and was unnoticeable; one pursued holiness, and the other did not, having no pure love though not filthy; one had a real humanity, and the other did not; one had the sense of a created being, and the other did not. These are the differences between Peter’s substance and Paul’s. The way Peter walked is the way to success, that is, the way of being recovered to the normal humanity and to the duty of a created being. Peter is the representative of all those who succeed. The way Paul walked is the way to failure, and he is the representative of all those who only obey and spend outwardly but who do not have a true heart of loving God. Paul represents all those who do not have the truth. Peter, in believing in God, pursued to satisfy God in everything and to obey everything from God. He could accept chastisement and judgment, and he also accepted refining, tribulation, and poverty in life, without any complaint. These could not change his heart of loving God. Isn’t this loving God to the utmost? Isn’t this fulfilling the duty of a created being? Whether in chastisement and judgment or in tribulation, you should be obedient unto death. This is what a created being should achieve, and this is the pure element in love. If one reaches such an extent, he is a qualified created being. This can best satisfy the Creator’s heart’s desire. If you can work for God and yet you do not obey God and cannot truly love God, then you not only fail to fulfill your duty as a created being but will even be condemned by God, because you are one who does not have the truth, who cannot submit to God, and who disobeys God. You only pay attention to working for God but not to practicing the truth and knowing yourself, you do not understand or know the Creator and do not obey or love the Creator, and you are one who is disobedient to God by nature. So the Creator does not like such a person.
Some people say, “Paul did so many works, and he had so great a burden for the church and brought so great edification to it. Paul’s thirteen epistles maintained the Age of the Grace for two thousand years, and they are second only to the four Gospels. Who can match him? The Revelation written by John cannot be opened by anyone, but all the epistles written by Paul supplied life. He did a work beneficial to the church. Who else can achieve that? What work did Peter do?” Man measures a person according to his contribution; God measures a person according to his nature. Paul, among those who pursued life, was a man who did not know his essence, and he was not at all a humble and obedient man. He simply had no knowledge of his substance of resisting God. So he was a man who did not have detailed experiences and who did not practice the truth. Peter was different. He had knowledge of his deficiencies, his weaknesses, and the corrupt disposition of created beings. So he had the ways of practice in having his disposition transformed. He was not a man who only had doctrines but no reality. A transformed man is a saved, new man and a qualified pursuer of the truth. An untransformed man is a natural old man and an unsaved man, a man detested and rejected by God, and no matter how great the work he has done, it is not remembered by God. By checking your own pursuit, you will naturally know whether you are a man like Peter or Paul. If your pursuit is still devoid of the truth and now you are still arrogant and insolent like Paul and talk boastfully, you are undoubtedly a scum who fails. If you are pursuing like Peter, pursuing practice and real transformation, and being not arrogant or willful but pursuing to perform your duty, then you are a created being who can overcome. Paul did not know his substance or his corruption, much less his disobedience. He never mentioned or felt very remorseful about his former despicable acts of resisting Christ but only explained them briefly. In his innermost being, he did not completely surrender to God. Although he fell to the ground on his way to Damascus, he did not examine himself from his innermost being but only contented himself with working unceasingly. He did not consider knowing himself and having his old disposition transformed to be the most crucial things. He was just content with verbal truths, with supplying others to salve his conscience, and with persecuting Jesus’ disciples no more to soothe himself and excuse his former sins. The goal he pursued was only the future crown and temporary work and was abundant grace. He did not pursue to gain sufficient truths or to enter deeper into the truths that he did not understand before. So, his knowledge of himself can be said to be hypocritical, and he did not accept chastisement and judgment. He could do the work, but it does not mean that he had knowledge of his nature and substance. He just exerted efforts on outward practices, and what he strived for was not transformation but knowledge. His working was completely a result of Jesus appearing to him on his way to Damascus; it was not of his original resolution, nor was it the working after his old disposition was pruned. No matter how hard he worked, his old disposition was not transformed. So, his work did not have his former sins atoned for but merely had some effect in the church of that time. Such a man whose old disposition remained unchanged, that is, a man who did not receive salvation, much less have the truth, could in no way be accepted by the Lord Jesus. He was not a man who was full of love and fear for Jesus Christ and was not a man who liked seeking the truth, much less a man who sought the mystery of incarnation. He was only a man who was good at arguing and who was not willing to yield to anyone higher than him or having the truth. He was jealous of the people and the truths that were contrary to him or against him, but liked the talented people who had a lofty image and had a profound knowledge. He did not like to associate with poor people who loved the truth and sought the true way, but liked to contact the personages of the upper religious circles who only spoke doctrines and who had a rich knowledge. He did not like the new work of the Holy Spirit or pay attention to the new movement of the Holy Spirit’s working, but liked the regulations and doctrines that were higher than ordinary truths. As far as his natural essence and his whole pursuit were concerned, he was simply not worthy to be called a Christian who pursued the truth, much less a faithful servant in God’s family, because he had too much hypocrisy and too great disobedience. Such a man as he, known as a servant of the Lord Jesus, was not at all worthy to enter into the gate of the kingdom of heaven, because what he did from beginning to end could not be called righteousness. He could only be considered a man who was hypocritical and did unrighteousness and yet who worked for Christ. Although he might not be called wicked, it is appropriate to call him a man who did unrighteousness. Although he did many works, we cannot evaluate him according to the quantity of his works but according to the quality and the substance of his works. Only in this way can the truth of the whole thing be clarified. He always thought: I am capable of working. I am superior to others. I care for the Lord’s burden. No one cares for the Lord’s burden more than I do. No one repents more deeply than me. Because I received a great shining and saw the great light, I repent more deeply than anyone else. This was what he thought in his heart at that time. By the end of his work, he said, “I have fought the fight and finished the race. There is in store for me the crown of righteousness.” He fought the fight, did the work, and ran the race completely for the sake of the crown of righteousness, and he was not making progress actively. Although his working attitude was not perfunctory, it can be said that he worked only for atoning for his trespasses and the accusation of his conscience. What he hoped for was only to finish the work, finish the race, and finish the fight early, so that he could receive his expected crown of righteousness early. He did not hope to meet the Lord Jesus with his experiences and true knowledge, but hoped to finish the work early so that the Lord Jesus, when meeting him, would bestow to him the reward he deserved for his work. He did the work to soothe himself and did the work to make a deal, exchanging it for the future crown. What he pursued was only the crown, not the truth or God. How could such a pursuit be up to the standard? His intent, his work, his price, and his whole expending were full of his pleasant fantasies. He worked entirely according to his own desires. The price he paid in all his working was not out of willingness at all, and he was only making a deal. He did not pay the price willingly for performing his duty but for achieving the purpose of the deal. How much could such expending be worth? Who would approve his impure expending? Who would be interested in such expending? His working was full of dreams about tomorrow and full of beautiful blueprints and was without any way for man’s disposition to be transformed. He had too much hypocritical kindness, and his working was not supplying life but pretending gentility and making a deal. How could such working lead people into the way of being recovered to man’s original duty?
All that Peter pursued was after God’s heart. He pursued to satisfy God’s heart’s desire. Even if he had to undergo sufferings and adversities, he was willing to satisfy God’s heart’s desire. This is the best pursuit of a believer in God. What Paul pursued was mixed with his own flesh, his own notions, and his own plans and schemes. He was not at all a qualified created being or a man who sought to satisfy God’s heart’s desire. Peter pursued to submit to any manipulation of God. Although the work he did was not great, his intent of pursuit and the way he walked were right. Even though he could not gain many people, he could pursue the way of truth. Thus he was said to be a qualified created being. Now even if you are not a worker, you should fulfill your duty as a created being, pursue to submit to God’s manipulation in everything, and obey whatever God says, and you should experience any tribulation or refining and, though weak, still love God in your heart. Those who are responsible for their life are the ones who are willing to fulfill their duty as a created being. Such people’s viewpoint of pursuit is right. They are just the kind of people God needs. You may have done many works and others may have received teachings from you, but if you yourself are not transformed and do not have any testimony or true experience, and even before your death you still do not have any testimony in the things you do, are you a transformed man? Are you a pursuer of the truth? When the Holy Spirit uses you, he uses the part in you that is fit for work, and he does not use the unusable part. If you pursue to be transformed, he will perfect you gradually in the course of using you. But he will not take the full responsibility as to whether you will be gained in the end. That depends on how you pursue. If you fail to be transformed in your own disposition, it will be because your viewpoint of pursuit is wrong. If you fail to receive a reward, it will be your own business, and it will be because you have not practiced the truth and cannot satisfy God’s heart’s desire. So, your own experience is most important and your own entering in is most crucial! In the end, some people will say, “I have done so many works for you and should be given credit for hard work if not for good work. It is all right even if you just let me go to heaven and eat the fruit of life.” You should know what kind of people I want. No filthy man will be allowed to enter the kingdom, and no filthy man will be allowed to defile the holy place. You may have done many works and have worked for many years, but if you are still extremely filthy in the end, it will be something Heaven forbids that you want to enter my kingdom! From the creation of the world until today, I have never opened such a door of convenience to anyone who curries favor with me. This is a heavenly rule, which no one can break! You have to pursue life. Today, the ones I want to perfect are those who are like Peter, who pursue to be transformed in their own disposition, and who are willing to testify for God and to fulfill their duty as a created being. Only such people are the ones to be perfected. If you just aim to receive a reward but do not pursue to have your life disposition transformed, all your effort will be in vain. This is a never-changing truth!
From the differences between Peter’s substance and Paul’s, you should know that all those who do not pursue life will pursue in vain. Since you believe in God and follow God, you should have a heart of loving God, cast off your corrupt disposition, pursue to satisfy God’s heart’s desire, and fulfill your duty as a created being. Since you believe in God and follow God, you should consecrate everything for God and should not have your own choice or demand, and you should satisfy God’s heart’s desire. Since you are a created man, you should obey your Creator, because you cannot control yourself and do not have the natural ability to control your own destiny. Since you are a believer in God, you should pursue holiness and transformation. Since you are a created being, you should keep your own duty and know your own place and should not go beyond your duty. This is not to bind you or to suppress you with dogma. Rather, it is a way for you to perform your duty and is what a man who does righteousness can do and should do. After you compare Peter’s substance with Paul’s, you will know how you should pursue. Of the ways Peter and Paul walked, one is the way to being perfected and the other is the way to being eliminated. They two represent two ways. Although they both had the working of the Holy Spirit and the inspiration and enlightenment of the Holy Spirit and received commissions from the Lord Jesus, they bore different fruits; one bore real fruit and the other did not. From their substances, their works, their outward manifestations, and their final outcomes, you should know which way you should walk and which way you should choose. The ways they walked are two ways which are most distinct. Paul and Peter, they two are the best representatives. So they are taken as typical cases from the beginning. What were the crucial points in Paul’s experience? Why did he not make it? What were the crucial points in Peter’s experience? How did he experience being perfected? By comparing their focuses, you will know what kind of people God wants, what God’s will is, what God’s disposition is, what kind of people will be perfected in the end and what kind of people cannot, and what is the disposition of those who can be perfected and what is the disposition of those who cannot. All these substantive things can be discovered in the experiences of Peter and Paul. God created all things, so he will make all created things come under his authority and submit under his authority. He will rule over all things and have all things in his hand. All creation, including animals, plants, mankind, mountains, rivers, and lakes, has to come under his authority. All things in heaven and on earth have to come under his authority, without any choice, and have to obey his manipulation. This is ordained by God and is God’s authority. God rules over everything and puts all things in order, causing them to be after their kinds and be in their places according to God’s will. Even the greatest thing cannot be above God, and all should serve the mankind created by God. No thing dares to rebel against God or make any demand on God. So, a created man also has to fulfill his duty. Whether man is the master of all things or the governor of all things, however high man’s position among all things is, he is a small man under God’s authority, merely a small man, and a created being. Man can never be above God. As a created being, man should pursue to fulfill the duty of a created being and pursue to love God without any choice, because God is worthy for man to love. He who pursues to love God should not pursue his own interests or his own hopes. This is the most right way of pursuing. If what you pursue is the truth, what you practice is the truth, and what you gain is the transformation of your disposition, the way you walk is the right way. If what you pursue is fleshly blessings, what you practice is the truths in your own notions, and you are not transformed in your disposition in the least, do not obey the God in the flesh in the slightest, and still live in vagueness, then your pursuit will surely bring you into hell, because the way you walk is the way to failure. Whether you will be perfected or eliminated depends on your own pursuit. That is, “Whether one will succeed depends on the way he walks.”