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What Kind of Book Is the Bible?

The Bible is famous for its classic and authority. It has played an important role in the process of human civilization. In history, the Bible has benefited many great men. It also has a profound influence on mankind’s science, education, literature, law, economy, and so on. There are many words of wisdom about human life in the Bible, which tells what the meaningful life is like and shows people the direction of life. The Bible records the work God has done, which covers the Bible with a mysterious veil. Countless Christians are attracted to study the Bible hard, hoping to know the Holy One through this book. As a result, people all regard the Bible as “God.” Many people can’t help but ask, “Can the Bible be equivalent to God? What kind of book is the Bible on earth?”

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Almighty God says, “The Bible is a historical record of God’s work in Israel, including many of the words of the ancient prophets and some of the words that Jehovah spoke when He performed His work. So everyone sees it as a ‘holy’ book (because God is great and holy). Of course, this arises from man’s reverence for Jehovah and his adoration of God. Man calls the Bible a holy book, simply because he, a created being, is filled with reverence and adoration for the Creator, and some even call it a ‘heavenly book.’ In truth, the Bible is only a record written by man, was not named by Jehovah Himself or produced under His direction; that is to say, the Bible’s author is not ‘God,’ but ‘man.’ It is called the ‘Holy’ Bible, which is only a respectful title man gives to it. Jesus and Jehovah did not confer with each other and then decide to call it that; the idea came just from man. For it was not written by Jehovah, much less by Jesus, but rather by many prophets of old, apostles, and foretellers, whose writings were assembled by later generations into a book that was ancient and was seen as very holy, and as containing many unfathomable and profound mysteries to be unraveled by generations to come. So people came to further regard the Bible as a ‘heavenly book,’ and with the Four Gospels and the Revelation of the New Testament added in, people began to see it, to an even greater degree, as a book different from any other. Thus no one dared dissect this ‘heavenly book’ because it was too ‘holy.’” “Although the Bible is a history book written by human beings, it records the principles by which many of the ancient saints and prophets served God, as well as the apostles’ experiences of serving Him in more recent times, which are real seeing and knowledge that can serve as a reference for people seeking the true way in the present age. So, one can find many ways of life in the Bible that cannot be found in other books. Because they are all the ways of life given to generations of prophets and apostles through their experience of the Holy Spirit’s work, and because much of this language is of great value to people and gives them necessary sustenance, it is a book that everyone is eager to read. And because there are so many secrets hidden in the Bible, people regard it differently than they do any other writing by great spiritual men. By recording the experiences and knowledge of those who served Jehovah and Jesus in the old and new ages, the Bible has given much inspiration, illumination, and many ways of practice to later generations. The reason that the Bible surpasses the writings of other great spiritual men is that their writings all draw their material from the Bible, and their experiences all stem from the Bible and are directed toward interpreting it. So even though people could draw sustenance from the books of any great spiritual man, they still worship the Bible, for they regard it as ever so lofty and profound. Some books of the Bible, like the letters of Peter and Paul, carry the word of life and can be a source of help and sustenance. But nevertheless they are out of date; they are writings of a past age. No matter how good they are, they are applicable only to one period of time, and will not last forever. For God’s work is always moving forward, it is not frozen in time at the age of Paul and Peter, will not remain forever fixed at the Age of Grace in which Jesus was crucified. So, these books are applicable only to the Age of Grace, not to the final Age of Kingdom; they were able to provide sustenance only to believers in the Age of Grace, and cannot do the same for the saints of the Age of Kingdom. No matter how good these books may be, they are obsolete now. It is the same with Jehovah’s creation of the world and His work in Israel; no matter how good the work was, there would come a time when it was no longer applicable, when it became a thing of the past. It is also the same with God’s work; no matter how good it is, it will eventually come to an end, and cannot remain frozen forever at His creation or His crucifixion. No matter how persuasive His crucifixion was, no matter how effective it was at defeating Satan, work is work, and the times are the times; the work must progress past its foundation, and times must change. For just as surely as the world was created, it will come to an end—this is inevitable. So taken in the context of today, the ‘word of life’ contained in the New Testament, the Four Gospels and the Letters of the Apostles, is just a history book, a stack of yellowed pages. How can a stack of yellowed pages lead mankind into a new era? No matter how able they were to give life, no matter how able they were to bring mankind before the cross, are they not still a thing of the past? Are they not worthless today, then? So I say to you, you must no longer put blind faith in yellowed pages—they are too ‘old,’ they cannot lead you into the new work, they will only be an encumbrance to you. Not only will they not bring you into the new work, into the new entering, but they will lead you back into the old religious temple. For you who believe in God, is this not a step backward?” (from The Word Appears in the Flesh)

After reading God’s word, I know that the Bible is a history book written by human beings, which records the two stages of work God did. The Old Testament describes Jehovah’s work in the Age of Law, while the New Testament describes Jesus’ work in the Age of Grace. Through the Bible, man can know God’s work, and draw sustenance from God’s deeds, God’s word, and former apostles’ and prophets’ experiences of serving God. This is the reason why the Bible can influence many social fields. However, no matter how holy the Bible is, it can provide sustenance only to people at that time, and cannot provide life for people of present day. So, when God carries out a new work, only if man keeps pace with God’s newest work can they receive the new sustenance of God. Now, the entire religious world is in the situation of committing sins in the day and confessing them in the evening, and the Bible can no longer give people what they need in life. And it is necessary for man to lay aside the Bible and accept the truth expressed by Almighty God in the last days, which is recorded in the book “The Word Appears in the Flesh.” The book is filled with the word of life Almighty God expresses to judge and purify people according to what they need in the last days, and is the only path by which people shall be saved and know God. Just as Almighty God says, “Christ of the last days brings life, and brings the enduring and everlasting way of truth. This truth is the path through which man shall gain life, and the only path by which man shall know God and be approved by God.” (from The Word Appears in the Flesh) If man can’t treat the Bible properly, stop blindly worshipping the Bible, or accept the word of truth uttered from Almighty God’s mouth, he will miss the opportunity to be perfected by God. Would that not be a great pity?

Source: http://www.findshepherd.com/the-bible.html

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Judgment Is Not Condemnation

In 2015, I was sent to work in another city by my unit. At that time, because of being stuck at work, I could not go to church every Sunday. After getting married, my husband was an unbeliever and I just arrived in a new environment, so I lost the life of fellowship. Afterward, my parents passed away and I also remained sick without improvement. I then unconsciously lost confidence in the Lord, prayed less than I used to and often lived in weakness. Even though I was busy all the time, I felt particularly empty.

In April of 2016, I had flatulence and it got more and more severe that I even put on my clothes with great difficulties. One of my fellow believers recommended Doctor Zheng to treat me. During the treatment, apart from prescribing medicines for me, Doctor Zheng told me that God is an almighty doctor and is man’s refuge and that I should rely on God and have faith in the trial given by Him. From our casual conversations, I thought he understood the Bible rather well. So I spoke to him that we were unable to feel God’s blessing and presence during meetings, fewer and fewer believers came to attend meetings, my spirit was particularly weak, and I was the target of the pastor’s cultivation before, but I didn’t even have the confidence to have meetings. Doctor Zheng told me that the situation in his former church was the same: The communications were dull and dry during meetings and believers couldn’t feel the presence of the Lord in prayer. But later, he found the place where there was the work of the Holy Spirit, and kept up with God’s footsteps, and thereby saw the light again in darkness. Brother Zheng said with delight, “The Lord Jesus has come back. He has already expressed words and done the work of judgment beginning with the house of God.” Upon hearing this, I was shocked and said, “The Lord has come back? How could it be possible? I have read the Bible for more than twenty years. We Christians are all waiting for the Lord to collect us to heavenly home upon a white cloud. The Bible says clearly, ‘…this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as you have seen him go into heaven’ (Act 1:11). Now we haven’t seen the signs of the Lord’s coming riding upon a white cloud. How could the Lord possibly have come back? Brother, have you gone the wrong way?” Continue reading

I Have Welcomed the Lord’s Second Coming

I Believed in the Lord Jesus Due to Illness

At the age of nine, I suffered from a strange disease suddenly. When it attacked me, I would vomit and have no strength all over, with a headache and stomach ache. It attacked me four or five times one week, and it was a sheer torture to me. My family took me to many hospitals for treatment, but none of the hospitals could find what disease I suffered from. So, my mother prayed to Bodhisattva and Buddha for help and took me to witch doctors. But all had no effect and my illness persisted. One day, my mother’s friend came to preach the Lord Jesus’ gospel, saying that He is the Redeemer of mankind and could heal my disease. After believing in Jesus, my mother led me to have meetings and make prayers. Contrary to all expectations, I was fully recovered three months later. At that point, in spite of not knowing what true belief in the Lord was, I knew that it was the Lord Jesus who healed me and I should rely on Him properly. Afterward, the pastor gave me a Bible. Every night, my father sat beside me and read the Bible for me. I was deeply attracted by the biblical stories. The Lord not only could heal the sick and drive out demons, but also could make the dead rise, allowing me to feel that the Lord possesses great power.

At the age of twelve, I began to attend adult Sunday worship. Seeing pastors give sermons to shepherd the church, I was very envious and wanted to be a pastor or a preacher to work for the Lord, preaching the Lord’s gospel, when I grew up. Despite knowing nothing of serving the Lord, I knew that the biblical knowledge was very important to believers in the Lord. Thus, I started to study the Bible. I read the whole Bible for several times.

My Hope to Serve the Lord Was Realized

At eighteen, I had gained some knowledge of the Bible and began to learn from Paul to serve for the Lord hard. I was a counselor of a Junior Youth Fellowship in a church and later became a preacher. At the beginning of the service, my heart brimmed with peace and joy and I really basked in it. I had great faith to spend for the Lord. When giving sermons, I spoke at great length. And I was doing gospel ministry work particularly well. I built mission stations with pastors, worked as a full-time co-worker in a big church, and established three small ministry teams. Back then, I served, gave sermons, preached the gospel, and visited brothers and sisters with our pastors in my hometown, with the result that many weak brothers and sisters were sustained and helped. During that period, I also wrote many courses of studying the Bible and of training small-team leaders, and sent some articles to the church literature service, sharing my own testimony and understanding of some verses, etc. It could be said that I was in the Holy Spirit’s stream and followed the Lord with great confidence.

The Church’s Desolation Punctured My Heart

As several years passed by, however, I couldn’t feel the work of the Holy Spirit and gradually lost my faith in service. So, I looked for the church with the work of the Holy Spirit everywhere. I attended the service of many other churches with my pastors in Evangelicals and Charismatics but didn’t yield great results. During the service, I saw that co-workers vied against each other, excluded and belittled each other, envied the good and able, had jealousy and strife, and even fabricated accusations to frame others. In one church I served, two pastors competed against each other for position and resulted in the separation of the church. Later, I went to another church, where the pastor was against two chairmen and they undermined and disagreed with each other. Feeling helpless, I had to choose to leave. Then, I was envied and framed by others in another church and underwent all sufferings and I could do nothing but go away. … Having experienced so many things, I saw that the church was completely ruled by man and that pastors and elders always restrained people in a condescending attitude, they didn’t talk about the truth, or something concerning knowing God, obeying God, or carrying out God’s will. When giving sermons in the gatherings, they didn’t focus on talking about how to practice the Lord’s words, follow God’s commandments, but speaking a lot about donation and grace. No matter in which church, I couldn’t feel the Holy Spirit’s work. So, I was overcome by feelings of depression and despair and had no way to go. Reluctantly, I stopped my service in the church and chose to read the Bible at home.

I Yearned for the Lord’s Coming in Distress and Sorrow

For a person like me, who pursued to serve God, it was very miserable not to sense God’s presence and find the direction and goal to go forward. The pain in my heart couldn’t be expressed in words. I often thought: Won’t I muddle along day by day like this? Won’t I maintain a living and wait for death in this way? How should I face the Lord’s return if I go on like this? In the midst of my pain, I prayed to the Lord, “O Lord! Where are You now? O Lord! I don’t know how to walk the way ahead. My heart is extremely distressed and sorrowful. O Lord! How I yearn for Your coming! How I yearn for the light appearing in the darkness! O Lord! May You guide me….” Every time when I made such a prayer, I would have a good cry. However, regardless of how I prayed, I still couldn’t feel the Lord’s presence. Afterward, I read many books that explain the Bible and surfed the Internet to study the materials of expounding the biblical prophecies. I also kept praying for the Holy Spirit to enlighten me to find the cause of the church’s desolation and the mystery of the Lord’s coming. But I failed to get the answers. As time went by, the pain in my heart worsened day after day, with confusion and hesitation. At last, I put my heart into studying and sharing the Bible with the friends from all nations and places on Facebook. Every day, I prayed and studied the Bible, hoping for the Lord’s second coming with my whole heart. I thought to myself: Perhaps everything will turn out for the good when the Lord comes.

I Heard About the Information of the Lord’s Coming for the First Time

In December of 2016, when I was studying the Bible on Facebook and browsing the page, I came to know Sister Zhang Hua. One day, she texted me and asked whether I wanted to study the Bible with her. I agreed immediately. Through Sister Zhang Hua’s introduction, I got acquainted with Sister Liu Yue and several other brothers and sisters. That day, we studied the biblical verses concerning the Lord’s coming. Sister Liu sent two verses in the chat box, “For as the lightning, that lightens out of the one part under heaven, shines to the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day. But first must he suffer many things, and be rejected of this generation” (Luke 17:24-25). And “For as the lightning comes out of the east, and shines even to the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be” (Matthew 24:27). Then, Sister Liu said, “When the Lord Jesus prophesied His coming, He always said ‘the coming of the Son of man.’ The Son of man is born to a human. Outwardly, He looks like a man, but He has normal humanity and complete divinity, and He is God Himself. That is to say, the Son of man means that God puts on the flesh and comes to the world. So, the coming of the Son of man indicates that the Lord will be incarnated when He comes, because God’s Spirit can’t be called the Son of man. This is the same as the Lord Jesus. He is the incarnate God and can be called the Son of man or Christ. But, in the Age of Law, Jehovah is a Spirit that is at work and so He can’t be called the Son of man. And there are also the words ‘But first must he suffer many things, and be rejected of this generation.’ Only if God is incarnated and becomes the Son of man can He suffer and be rejected. If God’s Spirit came, there would be no such saying. Do you think my understanding is right?” I heard for the first time that these two verses were explained in this way. Although it was different from my viewpoint, I believed it was novel, unique and was based on the meaning of the verses. But I thought these verses referred to the Lord Jesus, not showing that the Lord would be incarnated when He came again. So, I said, “At the return of the Lord Jesus, He will come in the image of appearing to the disciples after His resurrection. Just as the Bible records ‘Which also said, You men of Galilee, why stand you gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as you have seen him go into heaven’ (Acts 1:11). The Lord Jesus left with a cloud. So, when He comes, He will appear to man upon a cloud with His former image. It should be a spiritual body.”

After hearing my vision, Sister Zhang said, “Brother, I have read two passages of words, which are very good. I’ll share with you. These words makes clear why God is incarnated. God comes to the world and takes the image of flesh completely for the sake of saving man. Man needs the salvation of the incarnate God. After you read these words, you’ll understand the significance of God’s incarnation. I’ll read them. Almighty God says, ‘God’s saving of man is not done directly through the means of the Spirit or as the Spirit, for His Spirit can neither be touched nor seen by man, and cannot be approached by man. If He tried to save man directly in the manner of the Spirit, man would be unable to receive His salvation. And if not for God putting on the outward form of a created man, they would be unable to receive this salvation. For man can in no way approach Him, much like how none could go near the cloud of Jehovah. Only by becoming a man of creation, that is, putting His word into the flesh He will become, can He personally work the word into all who follow Him. Only then can man hear for himself His word, see His word, and receive His word, then through this be fully saved. If God did not become flesh, no fleshly man would receive such great salvation, nor would a single man be saved. If the Spirit of God worked directly among man, man would be smitten or completely carried away captive by Satan because man is unable to associate with God’ (‘The Mystery of the Incarnation (4)’ in The Word Appears in the Flesh). ‘If God does not become flesh, He remains the Spirit both invisible and intangible to man. Man is a creature of flesh, and man and God belong to two different worlds and are different in nature. The Spirit of God is incompatible with man of flesh, and no relations can be established between them; moreover, man cannot become a spirit. As such, the Spirit of God must become one of the creatures and do His original work. God can both ascend to the highest place and humble Himself by becoming a man of creation, doing work and living among man, but man cannot ascend to the highest place and become a spirit and much less can he descend to the lowest place. Therefore, God must become flesh to carry out His work’ (‘The Mystery of the Incarnation (4)’ in The Word Appears in the Flesh).”

Reading these words and thinking about Sister Zhang’s knowledge of the Son of man, I felt what they said was very practical and that their fellowship was reasonable and made me feel God’s love and salvation to man. They were testifying to God. But I had a second thought: No matter what, I should be cautious and can’t casually accept the way which differs from my understanding. Anyway, I should seek to see whether it is from God. So, I promised that I would communicate and share with them the following night.

Satan Disturbs but God’s Word Comforts Me

Unexpectedly, on the next day, my son who was only one and a half months old, was feverish and hospitalized. The doctor said that there were viruses in his blood and he had to be cured immediately otherwise his life would be in peril. I was scared to death. At that point, I thought of Sister Zhang Hua and told her my son’s illness, asking her church to pray for my son. Later, Sister Zhang and Sister Liu both sent me the same passage of God’s words, “Almighty God is an almighty doctor! Living in illness, you are ill. Living in spirit, you will be fine. As long as you have one breath left, God will not let you die. … God’s word is a sovereign remedy! Shame the devils and Satan! Touch God’s word and we will have support. God’s word remedies our heart instantly! Nothing will go wrong and everything will go peaceful” (“The Sixth Utterance” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). Sister Zhang said, “Brother, this is God’s trial to you as well as Satan’s temptation. God wants to test your faith through it. We should, like Job, not utter complaints against God but stand firm in the testimony to God and glorify Him. Let’s pray to and depend on God with one heart and one mind so as not to fall into Satan’s trick.” With the sister’s help, I finally came to my senses: Actually, it is God’s trial. I should praise God and not complain about God as Job did when trials crop up. Regardless of how Satan attacks me, I’m willing to give my son’s life to the Lord and allow Him to reign, and I’m willing to obey His orchestration and arrangement.

Thanks be to God! The faraway care and encouragement warmed my heart. I felt Sister Zhang and Sister Liu have a loving heart and that their help and encouragement come from God’s teaching but not the flesh. I also saw the Lord’s wonderful arrangement. I had never thought that when I encountered difficulties, God would arrange two foreign sisters whom I had never met to comfort and encourage me, so that I would not fall prey to Satan’s trickery and stand the testimony for Him. I especially felt God’s dearness and loveliness. What’s more, out of my expectation, my son was cured and released from the hospital three days later. That was really God’s special protection! I offered a grateful prayer to God.

In the Second Fellowship, I Couldn’t Accept the Fact of the Lord’s Coming

On the next evening, the two sisters and I talked online and we had a most agreeable chat. Later, Sister Zhang said, “The Lord Jesus has come back. He has returned in the flesh, expressed millions of words with the name of Almighty God, and judged and purified man with His words, so that man can cast away their corrupt satanic disposition, be completely gained by God, and inherit God’s promise and enter God’s kingdom. It has been over twenty years since Almighty God began to work in 1991. God has made complete a group of overcomers in China. Today, Almighty God’s words have been put on the Internet publicly, attracting true believers in God and truth lovers all over the world to seek and investigate. …”

On hearing that, I was in great turmoil. I thought: When the Lord comes, He will come on a cloud and appear to us with His spiritual body. How could He possibly be incarnated and called Almighty God? But I suddenly thought of last Bible study. Sister Liu shared her knowledge of the prophecies of the Lord’s coming and Sister Zhang sent me two passages of words. They say the Lord is incarnated when He comes, and that it is man’s need and a salvation to man, which is not without reason. But the Bible clearly records, “this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as you have seen him go into heaven” (Act 1:11). How could this be explained? I felt very contradictory. I asked Sister Liu, “You said that the Lord has come through incarnation. I dare not judge and deny it at will. But the Bible clearly records, ‘this same Jesus … shall so come in like manner as you have seen him go into heaven.’ As the Lord Jesus has gone away with a cloud, He should come with a cloud. How do you think about it?”

Sister Liu said, “About the way of the Lord’s coming, we can’t only hold on to the prophecy of descending with a cloud, because there’re many other prophecies concerning the Lord’s coming again. For example, ‘Behold, I come as a thief’ (Revelation 16:15), ‘… for in such an hour as you think not the Son of man comes’ (Matthew 24:44), and ‘But of that day and that hour knows no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father’ (Mark 13:32). According to these prophecies, we can see that when the Lord comes, there will be two steps: secret advent and public descend. Mysteries are hidden in His coming in secret and in public. When the Lord comes back, He is incarnated and becomes the Son of man, descending in secret. When God works on earth, He mainly expresses words to judge and purify man and makes complete a group of overcomers before the great disasters. Those who can recognize God’s voice when hearing God’s word, and know that Almighty God is the incarnate Christ, the returned Lord Jesus, are ones God will purify and perfect during His work in secret. When this group of people are made complete, the Lord’s work of descending in secret will be accomplished. When this work concludes, God will appear to all nations and all peoples in public and reward the good and punish the evil. At that time, it will exactly fulfill the prophecy of the Lord’s descending in public ‘Behold, he comes with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him’ (Revelation 1:7). Brother, the verse you mentioned is the prophecy of the Lord’s descending in public after the hidden work ends. Now some people simply cling to their conceptions and imaginations and don’t listen to God’s voice. When other people testify to them that Almighty God is the returned Lord Jesus, they not only don’t seek or investigate, but also treat the incarnate Christ, Almighty God, as a normal man. And they deny, reject and even blaspheme, condemn, and resist Him. They will be dumbfounded when they see the Lord descends openly and publicly with a cloud. Only then will they realize that Almighty God who they’ve been rejecting and condemning is just the Lord Jesus they’ve yearned for. How could they not beat upon their breast and wail and gnash their teeth, regretful sorely? The Lord Jesus says, ‘Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away’ (Matthew 24:35). All God’s words will be fulfilled in the due sequence and time that God has appointed.”

Sister Liu’s well-founded fellowship rendered me speechless. Yes! As the Lord’s coming is a great matter, I can’t jump to conclusions carelessly and should seek and investigate humbly. But I thought that no theological study had expounded these verses like this. Influenced by the theological study, I couldn’t accept the fact that the Lord has been incarnated. I reckoned I should study the Bible and seek the Lord’s will carefully. At that thought, I had no mind to listen to them, but I waited until the end of the meeting, agitated. Sister Zhang asked whether we would like to join the meeting next time. I felt like listening to how they would explain the issue that God has been incarnated again to do the work of saving man. Since they said that, they would certainly have their knowledge and there would be mysteries that I didn’t know. Regardless of whether they were right or wrong, I should have discernment. So, I promised to continue the fellowship the next night.

I Studied the Bible at Home to Make Sure Whether the Lord Has Been Incarnated to Work

After logging off, I lost no time in taking out the Bible and referring to the notes I took in previous studies, but to no avail. I had to kneel down to pray to the Lord, telling Him the Bible study meetings in these two days and the questions in my heart. After the prayer, the word of Jehovah God occurred to me all of a sudden, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, said the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8-9). Right. God’s wisdom is higher than heavens and God’s work transcends man’s thoughts and conceptions. If man could fathom God’s work, where is God’s almightiness and wisdom? These days, what Sister Zhang and Sister Liu shared was based on the Bible and they clearly communicated the truth that the Lord would come in secret and in public. Why do I have to study the Bible and find theology to verify it? The Lord Jesus says, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7). This is the attitude that I should have in treating the Lord’s coming. Since they said that God has been incarnated again to do the work of salvation, there must be the truth that I could seek. I ought to talk with them calmly to get the answer. So, I sent a message to Sister Zhang, “I have a lot of questions to raise. Could you answer them for me tonight?” Sister Zhang agreed happily.

In the Third Fellowship, We Discussed the Information of the Lord’s Coming

At night, everyone was online at the pointed time. I said, “That day I heard Sister Zhang say that the Lord has become flesh again to do the work of salvation of man. It is contrary to my view that the Lord will come with Jesus’ image on a cloud. However, through your last two communications, I believe that you have a quite pure knowledge: The descending of the Son of man prophesied by the Lord Jesus means that He will be incarnated as the Son of man. You also have biblical basis for the knowledge about the Lord’s coming in secret and in public. And I can accept them. But I don’t understand why God works through incarnation. Sister Zhang said, “Let’s see what Almighty God says about it. Almighty God says, ‘Much as with the first incarnation, only the flesh of God incarnate could redeem man through His crucifixion, whereas it was not possible for the Spirit of God to be crucified as a sin offering for man. … Every time that God became flesh, it was absolutely necessary to do so. If any of the stages could have been carried out directly by the Spirit of God, He would not have endured the indignities of being incarnated’ (“The Mystery of the Incarnation (4)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). ‘The work of God’s flesh in the Age of Grace and the Age of Kingdom, however, involves man’s corrupt disposition and his knowledge of God, and is an important and crucial part of the work of salvation. Therefore, corrupt mankind is more in need of the salvation of the incarnate God, and is more in need of the direct work of the incarnate God. Mankind needs the incarnate God to shepherd him, support him, water him, feed him, judge and chastise him, and he needs more grace and greater redemption from the incarnate God. Only God in the flesh can be the confidant of man, the shepherd of man, the very present help of man, and all of this is the necessity of incarnation today and in times past’ (“Corrupt Mankind Is More in Need of the Salvation of God Become Flesh” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). From Almighty God’s words, we can see that it is mankind’s need that God is incarnated to save them. For example, when the Lord Jesus came to redeem man, if he hadn’t been incarnated, he couldn’t have gone to the cross. Then how could he have redeemed man? If we understand why the Lord Jesus works through incarnation, it will be easier for us to understand the significance and necessity of Almighty God’s work through incarnation in the last days. We know that in the Age of Law mankind was corrupted by Satan to an extent that they couldn’t keep the law and lived in the curse and condemnation of the law and would almost be captured completely by Satan. Under that circumstance, mankind needed an eternal sin offering. So, according to their need, God was incarnated and crucified to bear man’s sin and thus man would no longer walk toward death for the lack of sin offering to atone for themselves. Moreover, in doing the redemptive work, God had to be man’s sin offering with a sinless flesh. If the Spirit worked and appeared to man from time to time, He couldn’t be crucified and become mankind’s sin offering or complete the redemptive work. Similarly, man of the last days is corrupted by Satan more deeply. They commit sins and make confession in a constant cycle and can’t extricate themselves from it, bound and restrained by sin every day. Mankind has lived under Satan’s domain thoroughly and become Satan’s embodiment. To be saved thoroughly from Satan’s domain, mankind needs the supply of God’s word and the judgment and chastisement of God’s word and needs to understand more truths, so that they can overcome Satan. Thus, it can only be achieved through the expression of words of God incarnate. Therefore, the work of God incarnate is the need of corrupt mankind and the inevitable trend of God’s work.

Through God’s words and the sister’s fellowship, I understood that man who lives in corrupt satanic disposition needs the salvation of God incarnate badly. God incarnate works and expresses words to expose man’s corruption and make man know the substance of their nature so as to solve the root of man’s sin. This is indeed the need of man and can only be done by God incarnate. Before, I thought God would come in the spiritual body. Only now do I know it is erroneous and invalid. When the Lord Jesus’ spiritual body appeared to the disciples, they didn’t recognize Him. Today, two thousand years later, if the Lord Jesus appeared with that image, could I recognize Him? I’m simply too absurd! It seems that the work of God incarnate at His return is essential.

Next, Sister Zhang read another two passages of Almighty God’s words for me, “The flesh of man has been corrupted by Satan, and most deeply blinded, and profoundly harmed. The most fundamental reason why God works personally in the flesh is because the object of His salvation is man, who is of the flesh, and because Satan also uses the flesh of man to disturb the work of God. The battle with Satan is actually the work of conquering man, and at the same time, man is also the object of God’s salvation. In this way, the work of God incarnate is essential. Satan corrupted the flesh of man, and man became the embodiment of Satan, and became the object to be defeated by God. In this way, the work of doing battle with Satan and saving mankind occurs on earth, and God must become human in order to do battle with Satan. This is work of the utmost practicality” (“Corrupt Mankind Is More in Need of the Salvation of God Become Flesh” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). “The flesh of man has been most profoundly corrupted, and it has become something which opposes God, which even openly opposes and denies the existence of God. This corrupt flesh is simply too intractable, and nothing is more difficult to deal with or change than the corrupt disposition of the flesh. Satan comes into the flesh of man to stir up disturbance, and uses the flesh of man to disturb the work of God, and impair the plan of God, and thus man has become Satan, and the enemy of God. For man to be saved, he must first be conquered. It is because of this that God rises to the challenge and comes into the flesh to do the work He intends to do, and do battle with Satan. His aim is the salvation of mankind, who has been corrupted, and the defeat and annihilation of Satan, which rebels against Him. He defeats Satan through His work of conquering man, and simultaneously saves corrupt mankind. Thus, God solves two problems at once” (“Corrupt Mankind Is More in Need of the Salvation of God Become Flesh” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). After reading God’s words, Sister Zhang fellowshiped, “Man is corrupted by Satan too deeply and completely lives under Satan’s domain. They simply pursue fame and status, enjoy fleshly comforts, seek eating, drinking and carousing, and follow the worldly trend, living for themselves and for the flesh. No one loves the truth and welcomes God’s arrival. Man’s viewpoints and outlook on life and values are totally contrary to God, incompatible with God at all. Such mankind will be destroyed by God. If God wasn’t incarnated to do the work of salvation, man would forever live under Satan’s domain and would be punished by God. The purpose of the work of God incarnate is to bestow the truth, the way, and the life upon man and have man live by the truth and break away from Satan’s influence thoroughly to be gained by Him. Only such people have license to inherit God’s promise and enter the kingdom of heaven to gain the eternal life. It can be seen that the work of God incarnate is the great love and salvation to man. …”

I said with excitement, “God’s words and your fellowship allowed me to understand that God is incarnated this time mainly to judge and purify the mankind corrupted by Satan. People of today are filled with corrupt satanic disposition. This is indeed true. When God’s work is not in line with my conceptions, the satanic nature within will direct me to deny and judge God. If God wasn’t incarnated to purify me, how could I with satanic disposition go to meet God? God is righteous and holy. If God revealed His spiritual body to us corrupt mankind who are the same as Satan, where is God’s holiness? We would be struck down by God on account of our corruption and even more of God’s holiness. It is really essential to corrupt mankind that God incarnate speaks and works. This is even more true and genuine love. Thank God for His grace of salvation.”

I Became Certain That Almighty God Is the Lord Jesus’ Second Coming

Sister Zhang and Sister Liu felt happy when seeing that I had knowledge of the work of God incarnate and was willing to accept Almighty God’s work in the last days. They talked to me: There are many mysteries concerning God’s incarnation, which can’t be communicated clearly in one or two days. Almighty God’s words have opened all the mysteries. As long as we read more of Almighty God’s words, we’ll be able to understand more truths and gain God’s salvation and perfection. I said, “Thanks be to God. I’ll read Almighty God’s words attentively and accept the watering of God’s words.” Later, through devoting time to Almighty God’s word and the online meetings gathered by brothers and sisters, I understood many aspects of truths such as the differences between God’s work and man’s work, knowing the three stages of God’s work is the path to knowing God, the differences between the Holy Spirit’s work and Satan’s work, etc. I already made certain that Almighty God is the Lord Jesus’ return.

In retrospect, I only knew to read and study the Bible in my belief. I had never sought the truth in the verses concerning the Lord’s coming. How many times have I felt confused, hesitated and lost direction, how many times have I had no way to go and been at a loss, how many times have I felt desperate and struggled in pain, how many times have I bitterly waited for the Lord to come again sooner…. Against my expectations, my Lord, my God has returned in the flesh and begun His last stage of work of saving mankind. God’s words, the testimony of God’s chosen people experiencing God’s work in the last days, and a variety of videos and gospel films of testifying about God’s work have already been made public online and proclaimed to mankind. But I, numb and obtuse, didn’t seek the truth or God’s appearing and work. I’m too ignorant! Now all the darkness in my heart has been removed and I have seen the appearing of the true light. From Almighty God’s work, I know the cause of the desolation and darkness of the church: The Holy Spirit’s work has shifted. Only if we follow the Lamb’s footsteps closely will we have true peace and joy. All the glory goes to Almighty God!

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Step Onto the Right Path of Life

Since childhood, I had been influenced by the socially circulated viewpoints of “Making sack is the absolute principle” and “No pain, no gain.” I thought that as long as I worked hard and made a fortune, I would gain status in society, and would live a life with dignity and integrity. Under the rule of this view, I had persistently been striving hard for money and fame. Furthermore, I was competitive by nature and hated to lose in whatever I did. So, along my life’s journey, I indeed suffered a lot.

When I got married, my family was in a poor financial situation, and it went even heavily indebted after the births of my two sons. However, this didn’t discourage me. Instead, I discussed hopefully with my husband how to make money. In the beginning, we found that breeding the seedlings of sweet potatoes was a profitable business, so we bought books and materials to study that, and tried to breed the seedlings with scientific technology. Several years later, we did earn some money, but hard labor left me with many illnesses. Even so, in order to be someone of importance and to change my home for the better, I, who was born ambitious, didn’t back off. When we noticed some people around us became rich by raising pigs, we immediately followed. We bought diverse materials on pig farming, and began to learn scientific methods of it. After the first piglets were purchased, we carefully produced the feed, observed and fed them, and did the cleaning, completely as the materials instructed. I put all my energy into raising pigs, and became a pig breeder through and through. Another several years passed. I found that despite my painstaking care and efforts, our pigs were always not so fattened up as others’ at the time of sale. Besides, the market was down. So for those years, we made little money and were barely able to make ends meet. Thus I gradually felt that pig farming was not a lucrative investment. Yet people of the same trade with me built their houses, ate and dressed well, and enjoyed abundant material comforts. This bothered me immensely: We all raise pigs, but why are my pigs always thinner than theirs? We are faced with the same market condition, but why did they all make a profit except for me? Continue reading

Breaking Through Encirclements

The northeastern China was freezing cold in November. The snow even did not melt when it touched the ground. Hunched and tucking their hands under the armpits because of cold, many pedestrians walked forward with caution. One morning, with the northwesterly wind howling, there were me, my brother-in-law and his wife, and more than a dozen brothers and sisters in my home, sitting on the warm kang. Every one of us was holding a book titled Judgment Begins With the House of God, with the Bible laid alongside. Two sisters from the Church of Almighty God were communicating with us about the truth of the three stages of God’s work. While drawing the picture of the three stages of God’s work they fellowshiped, “God’s work is from the Age of Law to the Age of Grace, and then to the Age of Kingdom, rising higher and deeper with each stage. During the last stage God expresses His words to judge, chastise and purify man….” I listened and nodded. My heart was so enlightened: It turns out that there are many mysteries about God’s management plan to save mankind. Who can illustrate them so clearly other than God Himself? So it must be the work of the true God. At the sunset of the next day, we all agreed to seek and investigate Almighty God’s work in the last days.

Later, they two communicated about the truth concerning the significance of God’s incarnation. As we were listening with keen attention, our church leader, Wang Ping, dropped by suddenly. She pointed at the two sisters from the Church of Almighty God the moment she stepped in and asked me, “What are they doing here?” I replied frankly, “They are Sister Zhang and Sister Mu….” Before I could finish my words, she became flustered, saying, “Sister Zhang? Sister Mu? I think they are just the preachers of the Eastern Lightening, just thieves of stealing sheep, just robbers….” What she said totally shocked everyone present. I thought: Sister Wang Ping always talks about loving your neighbor as yourself and loving your enemies. How could she make such far-fetched remarks just after entering the room and even judge and condemn the two sisters? As I thought of this, I heard Sister Zhang calmly talk to Wang Ping, “Sister, today we come only for preaching the gospel of the Lord’s return to you, nothing else….” But Wang Ping interrupted her, saying, “The Lord has come back? The leaders like me don’t even know; how could you know it? That’s impossible. The Lord Jesus has said, ‘All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them’ (John 10:8). You two get away immediately and never set foot here again.” Hearing Wang Ping’s words, I felt an aversion to her. How could she have no compassion? Then I said to her, “Sister Wang, it’s so late today. How could you let them go? The Lord taught us to even love our enemies, not to mention the two sisters who are also believers in God. If we treat them like that, do we still count as believers in God? …” Wang Ping became angry before I could get my words out. She pulled the hand of my brother-in-law’s wife and said to them, “Zhao Gang doesn’t tell them go away, then let’s go. Stop listening to them.” Then, she left in a rage with the couple. Continue reading

Feeling Sweetness for Standing Witness

I was a believer of the Head Covering Church. One day in 2008, Sister Li in my church paid a call on me. She sang a hymn “Follow Closely,” “… The kingdom exercise is led by God; all His people are joyful in heart. …” I felt so good about this song, for it was the most pleasant song I had ever heard. She said to me, “Sister, the Lord Jesus who we have long yearned for has come back and become flesh descending in China to do His work in a hidden way. This fulfills the very prophecies in the Bible, ‘And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom comes; go you out to meet him’ (Matthew 25:6) and ‘Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame’ (Revelation 16:15) and the Lord God said, ‘I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, said the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty’ (Revelation 1:8). Sister, we know the Lord Jesus prophesied He would descend in secret to save us. Now the prophecies are totally fulfilled. Today, Almighty God is the coming of the Lord Jesus. He has expressed all the truth of judging and purifying man.” Sister Li also read several pieces of God’s words to me, “The Savior Has Already Returned Upon a ‘White Cloud’,” “The Two Incarnations Complete the Significance of the Incarnation,” and “Only Christ of the Last Days Can Give Man the Way of Eternal Life.” I felt that these words are extraordinary, possessing power and authority. I expressed my willingness to seek and investigate carefully. Later, Sister Li often came to my home and read God’s words to me. After a period of seeking and investigation, I was fully convinced that all that Almighty God proclaims is the truth and God’s utterance. Almighty God is the return of the Lord Jesus. So I accepted Almighty God’s work of the last days happily. Continue reading

Listen! Who Is Speaking?

Being a preacher of the Three Grades of Servants Church, I felt quite helpless when seeing that fewer and fewer brothers and sisters came to the meetings. I had prayed to the Lord countless times, asking Him to strengthen the faith of the brothers and sisters, but the desolation of our church didn’t change at all, and even I myself was mired in weakness. … One day, when I was doing the housework, two coworkers of our church, Brother Wang and Brother Lin, came. Seeing them, I was happy and let them into the room. After an exchange of greetings, Brother Wang said, “Sister Zhou, how is your spiritual condition?” I gave a sigh and said, “Don’t mention it. I’m weak and have nothing to preach in the meetings. The brothers and sisters are also passive and weak, and there are only a few left in the church.” At this, they looked at each other, and Brother Lin said, “Sister Zhou, do you know why we are no longer able to preach, and why there are only a few believers left in the church?” Hearing that, I thought, “This is just what I want to know. Do they know the reason?” So I asked quickly, “Why?” Brother Wang said, “Because the Lord has come back and become flesh for the second time to speak and carry out new work. Many brothers and sisters have accepted the work of God in the Age of Kingdom and lived in the stream of the present work of the Holy Spirit, and their condition is growing better. We also should hurry up and follow God’s footsteps!” His words reminded me of what the senior coworkers had said, “If anyone preaches that God has carried out new work and expressed new words, that is departure from the Bible. Departure from the Bible is not belief in God, but is deviation from the Lord’s way, and is apostasy.” As I thought of that, I said gravely, “Haven’t the senior coworkers often taught us that departure from the Bible is not the belief in God? You should have remembered it. Departure from the Bible is departure from the Lord’s way. You are so bold to preach that to me.” As I spoke, I got up. At the time, Brother Lin said, “Take it easy, Sister Zhou. We know you are a true believer of God and pursue hard, so we preach God’s new work to you. You should examine it carefully, and not miss this opportunity! …” I raised my hand before he finished his speaking, and said, “Stop! Stop! Don’t talk about it anymore. Apart from the Bible, I believe in nothing. You gave up the Lord’s way, but I will hold it fast.” Seeing me obstinately refuse to listen, they had to leave. After that, they came a few times, but I gave them the cold shoulder.

One day, Brother Wang and Brother Lin came with two sisters. At that time, I was in the room picking over beans, and my husband was working outside the house. He let them into the room. At the sight of them, my heart skipped a beat, “You came again and also brought along two helpers.” They entered the room and greeted me. Then they began to fellowship with my husband. I was dreadfully worried, thinking, “What they preach departs from the Bible. I must keep watch over my husband lest he be tempted by them.” I wanted to drive them away, but I was afraid that my husband would get annoyed, so I had to keep silent. I didn’t take in anything they preached, while he kept nodding his head, saying, “Yes, it’s right. That’s it. That’s it. It sounds reasonable. What you are saying is great!” Seeing him so attracted by their preaching, I got furious and said sarcastically with my finger pointing at him, “Is it really right? How much have you read the Bible? How many days have you believed in God? Did you rely on God? You said ‘right, right, right;’ how much have you understood?” My rude words and manner brought the room into complete silence. They looked at one another, and my husband said to me at once, “Knock it off! Let’s listen first. It is good for us. How could you know whether it is right or not without hearing it?” Knowing that I couldn’t stop him, I moved the beans back and forth angrily to make noises, thinking in a fit of pique, “Want to listen! I won’t let you hear anything. I must disturb you!” However, my act didn’t disturb my husband from hearing their fellowship at all, and instead, he talked with them happily while listening. After some time, my husband said to me joyfully, “Xiaoli, God has truly come back! The words in this book are personally spoken by God. They are so wonderful! Xiaoli, go and prepare the dinner.” I cast him an angry look and said, “You cook if you like. I have no time.” Later, my husband and Brother Lin cooked the dinner. After the meal, they gave him a book, some tapes, and a hymn book, and then left. I couldn’t bear it anymore and said to my husband, “The senior coworkers said many times that believers in God can’t depart from the Bible. Departure from the Bible is not the belief in God. Have you forgotten it? You have no stand at all!” But my husband said calmly, “What they preached doesn’t depart from the Bible but goes higher on the basis of the Bible. And moreover, God’s new work they preached has fulfilled the words in the Bible. As you see, there are only a few people left in our church. You also need to investigate it quickly.” Hearing his words, I responded crossly, “What do you know? Departure from the Bible means betraying God. You don’t hold on to the Bible, but I will keep to it.”

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From then on, every day my husband would read the book given by Brother Lin whenever he had time. One early morning, at about three o’clock, my husband got up and began to read the book. I, half awake, heard him reading: “… could it be that you have forgotten…? Have you really forgotten…?” (“How Peter Came to Know Jesus” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). I was annoyed at his reading aloud, thinking, “You got up so early and have disturbed my sleep!” After a little while, I dimly heard: “… because before Jesus was crucified He had said to him: ‘I am not of this world, and you too are not of this world” (“How Peter Came to Know Jesus” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). “It’s so strange that this book mentions the Lord Jesus! Did I mishear? I thought. Then I clearly heard: “… have you forgotten? … have you forgotten?” (“How Peter Came to Know Jesus” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). At that moment, my heart was moved, and I couldn’t get back to sleep. I said to myself, “Who has said that? O God, is it You who is speaking to me? These words seem to be said to me by You. How gentle they are!” And then I thought, “I must get up quickly to cook the meal, and after breakfast I will read that book and see what it says about and whether it departs from the Bible.”

Having finished the breakfast, my husband went to read the book. I thought, “Why didn’t he ask me to read it together with him?” I stood at the door for quite a while, but he immersed himself in the book and didn’t notice me at all. I walked in the kitchen back and forth restlessly, anxious to see what was written in the book. I looked into the room, and he was still absorbed in reading the book. I really wanted to go into the room and read that book with him. But I thought to myself, “I have refused the gospel preached by the brothers and sisters many times. If I ask him to let me read the book, would he rebuke me? If so, how embarrassed I would be!” At the thought of that, I pulled my head backward. I paced up and down in the outer room slowly, and when I remembered the words my husband read in the early morning, I grew more anxious, thinking, “I must go in to see what this book talks about.” So I walked to the door, but retreated again. Like a cat on hot bricks, I didn’t know what to do. At last, I steeled myself and thought, “Well, if he rebukes me, let him do it. I shouldn’t have rejected the gospel so stubbornly and have turned a deaf ear to his advice.” I got up the courage and walked into the room, and said embarrassedly, “Let’s read together!” He raised his head, showing a surprised look, and said joyfully, “OK! Come! Let’s read it together.” I was much moved, as he didn’t rebuke me as I had expected. My uneasiness now vanished. I was so happy and began to read the book with my husband. But what we read were not the words I overheard in the early morning. Just then my husband went out, and I hurriedly turned the pages back. I found the very words I wanted! I read these words aloud with joy:the-lord-jesus-appears-to-peter-when-he-is-in-agony_Peter was greatly encouraged by Jesus’ words, because before Jesus was crucified He had said to him: ‘I am not of this world, and you too are not of this world.’ Later, when Peter reached a point of great pain, Jesus reminded him: ‘Peter, have you forgotten? I am not of the world, and it was only for My work that I departed earlier. You too are not of the world, have you forgotten? I have told you twice, do you not remember?’ Peter heard Him and said: ‘I have not forgotten!’ Jesus then said: ‘You once spent a happy time gathered with Me in heaven and a period of time by My side. You miss Me, and I miss you. Although the creatures are not worth mentioning in My eyes, how can I not love one who is innocent and lovable? Have you forgotten My promise? You must accept My commission on earth; you must fulfill the task that I entrusted you with. One day I will certainly lead you to be by My side’” (“How Peter Came to Know Jesus” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). I read these words over and over again. The more I read, the more I felt these words didn’t deviate from the Bible. I wondered why the senior leaders said the message was departure from the Bible that God has come back and done new work and spoken new words, and why they said that departure from the Bible meant departure from the Lord’s way. I prayed in my heart, “O God, what is all this about? May You enlighten me and guide me, so that I can understand Your will.”

Afterward, I read these words of Almighty God: “For many years, people’s traditional means of belief (that of Christianity, one of the world’s three major religions) has been to read the Bible; departure from the Bible is not the belief in the Lord, departure from the Bible is an evil cult, and heresy, and even when people read other books, the foundation of these books must be the explanation of the Bible. Which is to say, if you say you believe in the Lord, then you must read the Bible, you must eat and drink the Bible, and outside the Bible you must not worship any book that does not involve the Bible. If you do, then you are betraying God. From the time when there was the Bible, people’s belief in the Lord has been the belief in the Bible. Instead of saying people believe in the Lord, it is better to say they believe in the Bible; rather than saying they have begun reading the Bible, it is better to say they have begun believing in the Bible; and rather than saying they have returned before the Lord, it would be better to say they have returned before the Bible. In this way, people worship the Bible as if it were God, as if it were their lifeblood and losing it would be the same as losing their life. People see the Bible as being as high as God, and there are even those who see it as higher than God” (“Concerning the Bible (1)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). God’s words touched my heart. “Am I not like what God’s words say? Looking back, I have been holding to the Bible like this since I began to believe in the Lord. I see the Bible as my lifeblood. Every time after I read it, I would put it on a high place so that my children couldn’t touch it. I consider it above everything else, and even think that departure from the Bible means betraying the Lord. But, is it wrong?” I read on with a seeking heart, from “Concerning the Bible (1)” to “Concerning the Bible (4).” The more I read, the more I became enlightened. Almighty God’s words made me completely understand this: Actually, the Bible is nothing more than a historical record of God’s work, a testament of the previous two stages of God’s work. The Old Testament records Jehovah’s work from the time of creation until the end of the Age of Law, and the New Testament records the Lord Jesus’ work in the Age of Grace. God’s work is always new and never old, and is ceaselessly progressing onward. Today God has done a new stage of work outside the Bible—the work of the Age of Kingdom, which is the last stage of work of God’s salvation for man. These three stages of work are done by one God. Then I thought, “That’s right! God is so almighty, so wise; it is impossible for Him to have just done the limited work recorded in the Bible. Besides, I have personally seen from Almighty God’s word that God’s word and work in the last days do not deny the Bible but go higher and deeper on the basis of the work of the Age of Law and the Age of Grace recorded in the Bible, and are in line with man’s actual needs all the more.” God’s word says: “You need to understand why you can no longer read the Bible, why there is another work outside the Bible, and why God has begun another, greater work outside the Bible, rather than seeking a newer, more detailed practice within its pages—you must understand all of these things. You need to understand how the old and the new work differ. Though you don’t read the Bible, you have to be able to analyze it. Otherwise you will still worship the Bible, and thus you can hardly enter into the new work and achieve change. Now that there is a higher way, why study the obsolete and lower way? Now that there is new word, new work, why live in the old history record? The new word can supply you; it shows that this is new work. The old records cannot sate you, cannot satisfy your present desires; it proves that they are history, not today’s work. The highest way is the newest work. And when there is new work, the old way, no matter how high, becomes history to be recalled by men. No matter how valuable it is as a reference, it is still an old way. The old way is history, even if recorded in the holy book. The new way is reality, even if it is not mentioned on a single page of the holy book. This way can save you and transform you, for it is the work of the Holy Spirit” (“Concerning the Bible (1)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). After reading these words, I suddenly came to understand why I grew increasingly passive in spirit although I held to the Bible all the time and why the brothers and sisters became ever weak and even stopped attending the meetings although they didn’t depart from the Bible under my leading; why those brothers and sisters who accepted the kingdom gospel of Almighty God were, however, full of faith, and no matter how I treated them, they were not disheartened but kept coming to preach the gospel to me again and again. The reason was this: I have held to the old way and have long lost the work of the Holy Spirit; whereas the brothers and sisters of the Church of Almighty God are guided by the new way and watered by God’s new words, thereby gaining the work of the Holy Spirit. This is how the new way and the old way differ.

At that time, I had a mixed feeling of happiness and sadness. I was happy because although I was so disobedient and resistant to Him, God not only didn’t abandon me but also allowed me to hear His voice through a special way—letting my husband read His words to me. That was really God’s love for me. And I was sad because every time the brothers and sisters came from afar to preach the gospel to me, I ignored them, and I even spoke cold words when they fellowshiped with my husband. Thinking of this, I felt remorseful and couldn’t help shedding tears. I knelt down and prayed to God, “O Almighty God, I know I am wrong. I’m willing to give up the Bible, keep up with Your new work, and listen to Your words in the new age. I won’t oppose You and ruin my life because of clinging to my notions and imaginations. O God, I’m resolved to cooperate with You and bring those true believers in You to Your house, so as to make up for my indebtedness to You. Thank God! May all the glory be to Almighty God!”

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