Daily Archives: 2015-10-21

The Gospel Hymn | Chinese Chorus “How Important God’s Love for Man Is”

How Important God’s Love for Man Is

Accompaniment: The picture of “God’s exhortations for Adam” is touching and warm. Although there is only God and man in it, their close relationship is so admirable.

1. God’s love overflows, freely bestowed on man, freely bestowed on man and surrounding man; man, innocent and carefree, lives happily under God’s eyes. God is concerned about man, and man lives under the protection and blessing, lives under the protection and blessing of God. All that man says and does is closely related to God and inseparable from God.

2. From the moment God created mankind, He had the responsibility for mankind. What was His responsibility? He was to protect man, He was to protect man, and watch over man. He hoped that man would believe and obey what He said. This was also God’s first expectation for mankind, this was also God’s first expectation for mankind.

3. With this expectation, God spoke such words: “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you shall not eat of it: for in the day that you eat thereof you shall surely die, for in the day that you eat thereof you shall surely die.” These simple words represented God’s will, and showed that God’s heart was beginning to be concerned about man.

4. From these simple words, we see God’s heart. In God’s heart, is there love? Is there concern? God’s love and concern not only can be sensed by man, but also can be truly touched by man. If you have conscience and humanity, you will feel warm, feel cared, feel loved, and feel blissful.

5. When you feel these, how will you treat God? Won’t you be attached to God? Won’t you have reverence and love for God? Won’t, won’t your heart draw near to God? This shows how important God’s love for man is! And it is even more important that man can experience and understand God’s love! This shows how important God’s love for man is! And it is even more important that man can experience and understand God’s love!

from “God’s Work, God’s Disposition, and God Himself (1)” in A Continuation of The Word Appears in the Flesh

Eastern Lightning | God Would Destroy the World with a Flood, and He Commanded Noah to Build an Ark (2)

Although the matter of Noah being called is a simple fact, the crucial points we will talk about, the disposition of God, the will of God, and the substance of God in the record of this passage, are not simple. To know about these aspects of God, we should first know about what kind of man God wanted to call. Through knowing about what kind of man God wanted to call, we can know about God’s disposition, God’s will, and God’s substance. This is most important. Then in God’s eyes what kind of man was the man God wanted to call? This man had to be a man who could listen to his word and could do according to his commandment to him, and this man had also to be a man who had a sense of responsibility and a man who could fulfill God’s word as his bounden responsibility and duty. Then did such a man have to be one who knows God? No. In that time, Noah had not heard so many teachings of God or experienced any of God’s works, so he had very little knowledge of God. Although it is recorded here that Noah walked with God, had he ever seen God’s original person? It can be said with certainty: No! For in that time, only the messengers of God came to man. Although they could speak and do things on God’s behalf, they only conveyed God’s will and God’s intention. God’s original person, however, did not appear to man personally. In this passage, what we mainly see are the things Noah was to do and God’s commandment to him. Then, what is God’s substance expressed here? God does everything according to a careful plan, and when he sees a thing or a phenomenon happening, he has a standard to judge it by. This standard determines whether or not he will begin planning to deal with such a thing or phenomenon or how he will treat it. He is not indifferent to or with no feeling toward anything, but just the contrary. Here there is a word God said to Noah: “The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.” In this word of God, did God say that he would only destroy men? No! God said that he would destroy all living things of all flesh. Why would God destroy them? Here there was again the expression of God’s disposition: In God’s eyes, in his treatment of the corruption of mankind and the filthiness, violence, and disobedience of all fleshly men, there was a limit to his patience. What was the limit? It was what God said: “And God looked on the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way on the earth.” What does the word “all flesh had corrupted his way on the earth” mean? It means that all the living things, including those who followed God, those who called upon the name of God with their mouth, those who had ever offered burnt offerings to God, and those who confessed God and even praised God with their mouth, once they had completely corrupted their ways and that had reached God’s eyes, God would destroy them. This was God’s limit. That is to say, to what extent could God be patient with mankind and with the corruption of all flesh? To the extent that none of the people, whether the followers of God or the unbelievers, went the right way, to the extent that not only was this mankind morally corrupt and full of evil, but there was no one who believed in the existence of God, much less was there anyone who believed that the world is ruled over by God and it is God who can bring the light and the right way to man, and to the extent that mankind hated the existence of God and did not allow God to exist. Once mankind’s corruption reached this degree, God would not be patient with them anymore. What would replace this? God’s wrath and God’s punishment were about to come upon them. Wasn’t this part of the expression of God’s disposition? In the present age, is there any just man in God’s eyes? Is there any perfect man in God’s eyes? Isn’t this age an age in which all flesh has corrupted his way on the earth in God’s eyes? In this age, except for those whom God intends to make complete, the human beings who can follow God and receive God’s salvation, aren’t all fleshly men challenging the limit of God’s patience? In this world, the things that happen around you every day and everything you see with your eyes, hear with your ears, or experience personally, aren’t they all filled with violence? In God’s eyes, shouldn’t such a world and such an age be ended? Although the background of the present age is completely different from that of Noah’s time, God’s feeling and God’s anger toward the corruption of mankind are the same as those of that time. God can be patient because of his work, but as far as all kinds of states and conditions are concerned, this world should have long been destroyed in God’s eyes, for the situation is much worse than that when the world was destroyed by the flood. However, what is the difference? This is also a thing that saddens God’s heart the most. Maybe none of you can realize it.

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