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By Han Song
Han Song openedand read: “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14). After reading this, he could not help but think back on his belief in the Lord over many years: Though he had been preaching and working everywhere, he was still living a sinful life. In leading the church, he always wanted his brothers and sisters to think highly of him and look up to him after doing a little work; in interacting with his family, he would get hot-blooded and have no tolerance or patience for them when they didn’t listen to his viewpoints which he thought were correct; … He often lived in a sin-and-confess state, unable to put the Lord’s words into practice. Just as Paul said, ‘For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwells no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not’ (Romans 7:18). After realizing his own real state, Han Song wondered: “I’ve been redeemed from my sins by believing in the Lord. Why is it that I can’t break free from the bondage of sin but commit sins constantly? The Lord is holy. Can a person such as I who frequently sins enter the kingdom of heaven?”
Later, Han Song told Brother Li about his confusions and sought out him for fellowship.
Brother Li replied, “The questions you’re bringing up are what most brothers and sisters desire to figure out. After accepting the’ redemption, we are no longer sinful, but why do we often commit sins and fail to rid ourselves of the bonds of sins? It’s true that the Lord Jesus has forgiven our sins through His crucifixion, but what does ‘sin’ really refer to here? It refers to anything that violates God’s laws, commandments, or words. As we all know, the Lord Jesus made Himself the sin offering for mankind. As long as we pray, confess and repent to the Lord, He will then forgive our sins and no longer treat us as sinners, and thus we will be able to enjoy His grace. This is the true meaning of ‘Sins are forgiven.’ However, this means only that we will no longer be condemned or put to death by the law, that is to say, the Lord Jesus no longer remembers our sins of violating the law. Nevertheless, our sinful natures have not been resolved, so we are still in the cycle of sinning and and are capable of resisting and rebelling against God. In this way, how could we be saved and enter the heavenly kingdom? The Lord Jesus said, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, Whoever commits sin is the servant of sin. And the servant stays not in the house for ever: but the Son stays ever’ (John 8:34-35). ‘Be you holy; for I am holy’ (1 Peter 1:16). God is holy and righteous, so He won’t allow the impure or corrupt into His kingdom. This is decided by His righteous disposition. As is clear, if our sinful nature is not resolved and we cannot cast off sin and be cleansed, then we cannot enter the kingdom of heaven.”
Listening to Brother Li’s fellowshiping, Han Song nodded thoughtfully.
Brother Li turned on his computer and said: “I saw a passage on a gospel website. It’s very beneficial to us. Let’s read it: ‘Before man was redeemed, many of Satan’s poisons had already been planted within him and, after thousands of years of being corrupted by Satan, he has within him an established nature that resists God. Therefore, when man has been redeemed, it is nothing more than a case of redemption in which man is bought at a high price, but the poisonous nature within him has not been eliminated. Man that is so defiled must undergo a change before becoming worthy to serve God. By means of this work of judgment and chastisement, man will fully come to know the filthy and corrupt substance within his own self, and he will be able to change completely and become clean. Only in this way can man become worthy to return before the throne of God.’”
Then Brother Li continued fellowshiping: “From these words, we can see that the Lord Jesus’ redemptive work was just to pardon our sins, but our corrupt satanic dispositions remain deeply rooted within us, such as being arrogant and conceited, selfish and greedy, crooked and deceitful, jealous and disputatious, and so on. These corrupt natures are deeper and much more tenacious than sin and are also the source that leads us to sin and to resist God. Because they have yet to be disposed of, we still often sin and oppose God. For example, while we are working hard for the Lord, we frequently do things according to our own will and preferences, but do not focus on carrying out the Lord’s words or keeping His commandments; since we sacrifice, expend and labor for the Lord, we believe ourselves to love and satisfy God, and we thus begin to rely on our arrogant disposition to capitalize on our seniority and trot out our old achievements; some even lust for fame and status, exalt and bear witness to themselves; when encountering persecution and tribulation, we can even deny and betray God; when God’s work does not fit our notions, we carelessly judge and condemn God; at the same time we follow God, we worship and follow men; etc. It can therefore be seen that, if our satanic dispositions within remain unresolved, we will be capable of doing defiant and rebellious things against God at any time and in any place. How could we, who are full of corrupt satanic disposition, enter God’s kingdom?”
Hearing this, Han Song came to a sudden realization and said: “Now I finally understand the reason why I still resist God in spite of myself and often live in a state of sinning and confessing. It turns out it is because my satanic dispositions have not yet been resolved. However, how can we escape sin to receive cleanness?”
Brother Li continued: “The Lord Jesus once said, ‘I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. However, when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come’ (John 16:12-13). These words tell us that there are still many things the Lord Jesus has not said. When He returns He will express more truths that are the way by which we can attain salvation. Only by accepting these truths can we throw off our corrupt dispositions and obtain cleansing.
“Recently, through studying the Bible, I have found that there are over two hundred places relating to God’s work of judgment in the last days, such as: ‘And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world’ (John 12:47). ‘For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God’ (1 Peter 4:17). ‘Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come’ (Revelation 14:7). And so on. We can see from these verses that the Lord Jesus will probably do a stage of the work of judgment and purification when He returns in the last days. If we want to break free of sin and attain purification, we have to accept God’s work in the last days. Only in this way can we be saved and enter the heavenly kingdom. Now is a key time for welcoming the arrival of the Lord. The Bible says: ‘He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches’ (Revelation 2:7). Therefore, only if we listen closely toand accept God’s work of judgment in the last days will we have hope of entering the kingdom of heaven. I’ve seen a lot of fellowship regarding this aspect on this gospel website. …”
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By Zhang Yan Now is the end of the last days when the prophecies of the Lord Jesus’ return have all come true, and we expect to be taken into God’s kingdom and obtain eternal life more eagerly, because the Lord Jesus once said, “He that believes on the Son has everlasting life: and he that believes not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God stays on him” (John 3:36). All these years we have been repenting our sins, preaching the gospel, and bearing fruits, just as the Lord Jesus asked. Thus, we all feel ourselves most approved by God, and that as long as we hold on to the Lord Jesus’ way, we will surely obtain eternal life. Then, is the opinion, after all, in accordance with God’s will? Regarding this question, let’s think back on what the Lord Jesus did in the Age of Grace.At that time, the Lord Jesus incarnate came among us mankind and brought forth the gospel of the kingdom of heaven, saying, “Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 4:17). From the Lord’s word, we clearly know that what He brought man was the way of confession and repentance. And, in addition to these teachings, He also gave all his mercy and love to His followers, bestowed sufficient grace upon man, healed the sick, cast out demons, raised the dead…, until eventually He was nailed to the cross for redeeming mankind, thus completing the work of redemption. However, in spite of having received forgiveness of sins from the Lord, we man still live in the vicious cycle of committing and confessing sins. We can still express these corrupt dispositions anywhere and anytime, such as greed, selfishness, arrogance, deceit, and so on, so that we commit sins at any time and any place. For instance, when we labor hard for the Lord for years, we feel we have the capital to flaunt ourselves. Meanwhile, we all enjoy being in a lofty position to have others worship us, and always exalt and testify ourselves. Isn’t this the behavior of our arrogant nature? Such substance is exactly the substance of the Pharisees, with which we always talk big, try every means to be exalted and admired by others in sermons. Not only this, we also have treacherous nature. So, in order to secure our fame and status, we usually act one way in public and another in private, and unwittingly tell lies to deceive and blind man on sundry occasions so as to satisfy our personal desires. This proves that our sinful nature is still deeply rooted within us and thus we can still sin and resist God, that is, we have yet to achieve eternal life, since those who have eternal life are someone whose sins have been cleansed. God’s kingdom is holy, and only those who have been purified are worthy to enter His kingdom. How can we, who often sin, be qualified to enter it? The Lord Jesus never said that man could enter the kingdom of heaven with his sinful nature; while we often absurdly think that as long as we labor, sacrifice for the Lord, and keep the Lord’s name at all times, we will enter it and gain eternal life. However, never have we realized that only pursuing to be purified by the Lord and thereby being thoroughly cleansed is the precondition of being approved by the Lord and raptured into the kingdom of heaven. The Lord Jesus said clearly, “Truly, truly, I say to you, Whoever commits sin is the servant of sin. And the servant stays not in the house for ever: but the Son stays ever” (John 8:34-35). He also demanded, “And said, Truly I say to you, Except you be converted, and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:3). The Lord Jesus told us plainly that if we man don’t become as simple and honest as children, and don’t break away from sin to be purified, we won’t be able to enter the kingdom of heaven or obtain eternal life. Then, how will the Lord Jesus’ promise that we will have eternal life be accomplished since we still often commit sins now and have yet to obtain eternal life? When studying the Bible carefully, I read the words of the Lord Jesus, “And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. He that rejects me, and receives not my words, has one that judges him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day” (John 12:47-48). “I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. However, when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come” (John 16:12-13). Also, I saw some man’s words of enlightenment of the Holy Spirit, “So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and to them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin to salvation” (Hebrews 9:28). “Who are kept by the power of God through faith to salvation ready to be revealed in the last time” (1 Peter 1:5). From the above verses, we know that when the Lord Jesus was first incarnated to do the work of redemption, He took on all the sins of man as the sin offering and thereby redeemed man from the law, so that man would be no longer condemned or cursed by the law and had the qualification and opportunity to come before God to get close, pray, confess, and repent to Him. Nevertheless, we man haven’t gotten free from our sinful nature and can’t enter God’s kingdom yet. Therefore, in the last days the Lord Jesus will come again, express more truths, and do a stage of work of thoroughly judging, purifying, and saving man, in order to solve our sinful nature and have our corrupt disposition completely cleansed and transformed, through which we can obtain eternal life. The Lord Jesus once said, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give to them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand” (John 10:27-28). “He that believes on the Son has everlasting life: and he that believes not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God stays on him” (John 3:36). We all know that what the Lord Jesus did during the Age of Grace was the redemptive work, and what He preached was the way of repentance. The Lord Jesus is Christ, God Himself, and eternal life. It’s just that only when He comes again, which is to say, the Spirit of truth comes, can the way of eternal life be given to man. Those wise virgins who can recognize the Lord’s voice will obtain it, just as the Lord Jesus said, “And I give to them eternal life; and they shall never perish.” Obviously, when He comes again, He will, still in the image of the incarnate Son of man, bestow life upon man through expressing the truth. God says, “He that believes on the Son has everlasting life.” Provided that we merely hold on to the Lord Jesus’ way of repentance yet don’t accept all the truths brought by the returned Lord, then we can’t be called believers in the Son, much less can we obtain eternal life. Instead, only when we believe in the incarnate Son of man in the last days, moreover, accept all the truths expressed by Him, and receive the judgment and purification of these truths to gain life, can our faith accord with the Lord Jesus’ word, and can the meaning of our belief in the Son be complete. Also, this is the only way for us to obtain eternal life and to be raptured into the kingdom of heaven in the last days. All the enlightenment, illumination, and glory be to God! Dear brothers and sisters, it’s now the last days, the prophecies concerning the Lord Jesus’ second coming have been basically fulfilled. It’s most important to us that we welcome the Lord’s coming and gain the way of Eternal Life. “Whoever believers in the Son has eternal life”—If you have original opinions on this truth or any questions, please feel free to contact us. Welcome to have a real-time chat with us via the online chat window at the bottom of the website or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to seek and explore the way of eternal life and welcome the Lord’s coming. We’re all ears to your experience and knowledge of belief in the Lord. Looking forward to exchanging our sharing. Extended reading: How to Break Free From Sin and Be Cleansed? Why Do I Still Sin If I Am Saved? How Can I Be Free From Sin?
By Kally Pastors and elders always tell us that all the words in the Bible are God’s words and that the Bible is given by inspiration of God. As the Bible says, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God” (2 Timothy 3:16). So, we have been holding the belief that everything in the Bible is the word of God. But today, when studying the Bible together with Sister Qi, I gained a new knowledge of this notion. When we read several passages of the scriptures, Sister Qi said that there are not only the words of God but also the words of man, of the serpent, of Satan, and of an ass in the Bible. And then she showed the following verses to me. Genesis 3:1: “And he said to the woman, Yes, has God said, You shall not eat of every tree of the garden?” This is what the serpent said to Eve. Job 2:2: “And Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.” This is what Satan said to God. Numbers 22:30: “And the ass said to Balaam, Am not I your ass, on which you have ridden ever since I was your to this day? was I ever wont to do so to you?” This is what an ass said to his master. After reading these verses, I couldn’t help but feel confused in my heart: Right, these are not the words of God but are the words of Satan, of the serpent, and of an ass. Then why did Paul say that all scripture is given by God? Why do the pastors and elders say that everything in the Bible is God’s word? Sister Qi seemed to have read my mind and then shared some knowledge with me. She said, “In fact, in the Bible, we find that God never said that everything in the Bible is His word, nor did the Holy Spirit testify it. The saying ‘All scripture is given by inspiration of God’ only represents Paul’s personal knowledge instead of God’s will. And the belief pastors and elders hold is just based on the words of Paul, not God. We believers in God should view everything according to God’s words.” Hearing this, I nodded my agreement. She then said, “Now we understand that not all the words in the Bible are God’s words. Then, what parts of the Bible are God’s words? I think it’s necessary for us to clarify this issue.” Thereupon, we continued the discussion. Sister Qi went on, “In the Bible, only the words spoken by Jehovah God, the words Jehovah God instructed Moses to say, the words God asked the prophets to convey, the words said by the Lord Jesus, and the prophecies God revealed to John in Revelation are God’s words; apart from these, the biographies of man and letters of apostles are all man’s words. They only represent their personal experiences and knowledge, not God’s words, and moreover cannot be said to be the word of God. “Let’s take a look at all the words that God enlightened the prophets. To differentiate God’s words from prophets’ words, the words of God conveyed by the prophets are always first marked ‘the LORD has spoken’ or ‘thus said the LORD’ according to God’s will. For example, Exodus 16:23: ‘And he said to them, This is that which the LORD has said …’; Ezekiel 5:8: ‘Therefore thus said the Lord GOD …’; and Jeremiah 7:20: ‘Therefore thus said the Lord GOD …’ etc. Aren’t these all facts? Are you able to accept this?” I nodded and answered, “Yes, I can.” Thank the Lord! Today, I have obtained these gains from studying the Bible together with Sister Qi. Well, brothers and sisters in the Lord, have you also understood these? If you want to know more about the mysteries of the Bible, read more on our God and the Bible page, or in the following articles. Does Believing in the Lord Means to Believe in the Bible What Kind of Book Is the Bible? Who Wrote the Bible?