Do you know how to listen to God’s voice and welcome the Lord?
Then Brother Park took out a book The Scroll Opened by the Lamb, and read: “For all that man may have been redeemed and forgiven of his sins, it can only be considered as God not remembering the transgressions of man and not treating man in accordance with his transgressions. However, when man, who lives in a body of flesh, has not been set free from sin, he can only continue to sin, endlessly revealing his corrupt satanic disposition. This is the life that man leads, an endless cycle of sinning and being forgiven. The majority of men sin in the day only to confess in the evening. This way, even if the sin offering is forever effective for man, it will not be able to save man from sin. Only half the work of salvation has been completed.” “Fully saving man from the influence of Satan not only required Jesus to take on the sins of man as the sin offering, but also required God to do greater work to completely rid man of his disposition, which has been corrupted by Satan. And so, after man was forgiven his sins, God has returned to flesh to lead man into the new age, and begun the work of chastisement and judgment, and this work has brought man into a higher realm. All those who submit under His dominion shall enjoy higher truth and receive greater blessings. They shall truly live in the light, and shall gain the truth, the way, and the life.” After finishing reading, Brother Park fellowshiped this: “God’s words make it clear that the just did a stage of work of redemption, but our sinful nature hasn’t yet been resolved. So we still frequently commit sins and covet fleshly enjoyments, and our living out is the same as that of worldly people. We all know that God is holy, so it is impossible for God to bring the filthy people, who are full of sins, into His kingdom. If our corrupt satanic dispositions are not solved, we won’t be able to break free from the bondage and restraint of sin. Therefore, we still need God to do a stage of judgment and cleansing work to fully save us from sin, so that we can be qualified to enter the and receive His promise.”
After listening to God’s words and the brother’s fellowship, I felt deeply touched. I couldn’t help but think of myself 30 years ago. At that time, whenever I sinned, I, holding on these words of: “And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin” (Hebrews 10:17-18), believed that our sins had been forgiven, that we no longer belonged to sins, for the Lord Jesus had taken on them for us, and that when the Lord came, we would be taken into the kingdom of heaven. Later on, however, when seeing that I, living in the state of sinning and repenting, became more and more depraved but was unable to extricate myself from such a condition, I felt distressed and miserable, and always feared that I couldn’t be brought into the kingdom of heaven. But at the same time, I would comfort myself: “Our sins have been absolved by the Lord. Even if we sin, the Lord will forgive us.” So, as to whether or not I could be brought into the kingdom of heaven, I didn’t know for sure. After hearing God’s words and the brother’s fellowship, I finally understood this: My sinful nature has not been resolved, which is why I cannot refrain myself from sinning. The redemption work of the Lord Jesus only absolved us of our sins, but we haven’t yet been completely saved. Therefore, God still needs to do a stage of work of judging and purifying man in the last days to save us from sin. As long as I accept God’s judgment work, I will have a chance to cast off sins and obtain the approval of God. The questions that puzzled me greatly were solved, and I finally found the way to extricate myself from the bondage of sin. Upon thinking of how I could break away from the depraved situation I’d been living in for many years, I felt so excited.
That day, Brother Park and I fellowshiped together till very late. Before I left, he gave me a copy of The Scroll Opened by the Lamb, and told me that the words in it are expressed by Almighty God, Christ of the last days, and that they could solve all of the difficulties I encountered in my belief in God. I accepted this book with excitement.
Later, I saw a passage of God’s words which say, “In the last days, Christ uses a variety of truths to teach man, expose the essence of man, and dissect his words and deeds. These words comprise various truths, such as man’s duty, how man should obey God, how man should be loyal to God, how man ought to live out the normal humanity, as well as the wisdom and the disposition of God, and so on. These words are all directed at the essence of man and his corrupt disposition. In particular, those words that expose how man spurns God are spoken in regard to how man is an embodiment of Satan and an enemy force against God. In undertaking His work of judgment, God does not simply make clear the nature of man with just a few words; He exposes, deals with, and prunes it over the long term. These methods of exposure, dealing, and pruning cannot be substituted with ordinary words, but with the truth that man does not possess at all. Only methods of this kind are deemed judgment; only through judgment of this kind can man be subdued and thoroughly convinced into submission to God, and moreover gain true knowledge of God. What the work of judgment brings about is man’s understanding of the true face of God and the truth about his own rebelliousness. The work of judgment allows man to gain much understanding of the will of God, of the purpose of God’s work, and of the mysteries that are incomprehensible to him. It also allows man to recognize and know his corrupt substance and the roots of his corruption, as well as to discover the ugliness of man. These effects are all brought about by the work of judgment, for the substance of this work is actually the work of opening up the truth, the way, and the life of God to all those who have faith in Him. This work is the work of judgment done by God.”
Through reading God’s words, I came to know how God does the work of judgment in the last days. On the one hand, He expresses His words to reveal various satanic dispositions of us, such as arrogance and conceitedness, crookedness and deceitfulness, selfishness and lowliness, greed, viciousness, etc. On the other hand, He arranges situations in real life to prune and deal with us, try and refine us, making us gradually cast off these satanic dispositions and live out the manner of a true person. I felt that the work of judgment done by God is so practical, which is just the way by which we can break away from the bondage of sin and enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Afterward, I read God’s words every day, from which I understood many truths that I had not understood before and also obtained some knowledge of my own corruptions, gaining real supply in my spirit. I confirmed from my heart that Almighty God is indeed the returned Lord Jesus.
Later, in my real life, I experienced that God’s work of judgment in the last days is so practical, and that it really can transform and purify man. One day, there came a sister from mainland China to our church, and then I began to proudly share with her my gains from believing in God. After chatting with her for a while, I asked her: “Sister, how can we understand the truth and enter into reality more quickly?” She said: “To this end, it is not enough if we merely read God’s words at home. The most important thing is to experience God’s words within the duties we perform. Only in this way can we understand the truth more quickly. If we just read God’s words but do not perform any duty, we will find it difficult to enter into reality, because what we understand is just the literal meaning of God’s words.” Her words touched my dignity and I thought: “I haven’t yet performed any duty. Do you mean that what I spoke is all letters and doctrines? I have just believed in Almighty God for five months. Why can’t you understand my difficulties? How could you say such things? I don’t want to have gatherings with you anymore. I’ll read God’s words at home by myself.” At that time, I was very angry and left the church in a rage, and I even had a prejudice against the sister. After I returned home, the sister called me and texted me, but I ignored all of them. Afterward, I felt it was wrong doing so, and was somewhat blamed. I prayed to God about my situation, and then I saw a passage of God’s words: “Because you don’t accept the truth or God’s orchestrations and dominion, because you always look for outside reasons, and always try to lay the blame on others—and God sees that you are deaf to all words, that your flesh and natural self are too grievous, and your disposition too arrogant, that you cannot be tamed. What was the use in your hearing all those truths? Is the truth something to be shouted by you? Is it some slogan? The truth is not simply standardizing your behavior, or making you shout out slogans, or providing you with spiritual support—it’s not these things. It is making you live by the truth when something happens to you, it is giving you a path to walk, making you know which way to act is the right way when something happens to you, and how to act in order to satisfy. When you understand this, your actions will no longer be directed by your natural self, by your corruption, by Satan’s teachings, by the things that Satan has taught you, and you will not live according to satanic logic and life philosophies. Instead, you will live according to the truths that you understand, and this ‘living’ will mean putting the truth into practice. Only then will you be able to satisfy God’s will.”
Reflecting on my revealing, I discovered that it was exactly what God’s words have exposed. My disposition was too wildly arrogant, and I always treated others based on my hot blood. When the sister said something not to my liking and touched my dignity, I resisted and complained rather than having a submissive attitude. Actually, what she said conformed with the truth. But I felt that she was looking down upon me by saying so, and thus I was unwilling to accept it, and even fixed my gaze on her, feeling that she was belittling me on purpose. When I looked back on the attitude I treated her with, I found that I was truly unreasonable and inhumane. Driven by my arrogant nature, I always wanted to get others’ approval and couldn’t bear any criticism or offense. Therefore, when I couldn’t get the approval of the sister, I was prejudiced toward her. There was no tolerance or forgiveness in my living out, and I did not possess normal humanity. Thinking of this, I felt bad in my heart. Had it not been for the judgment and chastisement of God’s words, I wouldn’t have realized my corrupt dispositions. Later, I laid bare my corruptions to the sister, and then we could get along with each other again. Through this experience, I saw that God’s judgment work of the last days is so practical, and thus had more and more faith in God. I believe that as long as I accept more of God’s judgment and chastisement, and experience various situations arranged by God, my corrupt dispositions will be transformed and I will have a chance to be saved and enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Though I still have many corrupt dispositions now and need to undergo God’s judgment and chastisement, pruning and dealing over a long period of time, fortunately, I have found the way to break free from sin. Then I prayed to God and asked Him to arrange more practical situations to expose my corruptions, so that I could soon have them cleansed.
When I thought of how many brothers and sisters who hadn’t heardwere still living in their own notions and imaginations looking forward to the Lord’s arrival, living in the state of sinning and confessing, I felt ill at ease. So I threw myself into spreading the gospel, preaching God’s kingdom gospel to those who seek and thirst for God’s appearance. When I saw that the brothers and sisters in religion could put aside their conceptions and follow the footprints of God’s work in the last days, I truly felt happy for them. May all glory be to Almighty God!