“God’s work in the present incarnation is to express His disposition primarily through chastisement and judgment. Building on this foundation, He brings more truth to man and points out to him more ways of practice, thereby achieving His objective of conquering man and saving him from his own corrupt disposition. This is what lies behind the work of God in the Age of Kingdom” (Preface to The Word Appears in the Flesh).
“In the last days, Christ uses a variety of truths to teach man, to expose the substance of man, and to dissect the words and deeds of man. These words comprise various truths, such as man’s duty, how man should obey God, how man should be loyal to God, how man ought to live out normal humanity, as well as the wisdom and the disposition of God, and so on. These words are all directed at the substance of man and his corrupt disposition. In particular, the words that expose how man spurns God are spoken in regard to how man is an embodiment of Satan, and an enemy force against God. In undertaking His work of judgment, God does not simply make clear the nature of man with a few words; He exposes, deals with, and prunes over the long term. These methods of exposure, dealing, and pruning cannot be substituted with ordinary words, but with the truth of which man is utterly bereft. Only methods such as these can be called judgment; only through judgment of this kind can man be subdued and thoroughly convinced into submission to God, and moreover gain true knowledge of God. What the work of judgment brings about is man’s understanding of the true face of God and the truth about his own rebelliousness. The work of judgment allows man to gain much understanding of the will of God, of the purpose of God’s work, and of the mysteries that are incomprehensible to him. It also allows man to recognize and know his corrupt essence and the roots of his corruption, as well as to discover the ugliness of man. These effects are all brought about by the work of judgment, for the essence of this work is actually the work of opening up the truth, the way, and the life of God to all those who have faith in Him. This work is the work of judgment done by God” (“Christ Does the Work of Judgment With the Truth” in The Word Appears in the Flesh).
“God has many means of perfecting man. He employs all manner of environments to deal with the corrupt disposition of man, and uses various things to lay man bare; in one regard, He deals with man, in another He lays man bare, and in another He reveals man, digging out and revealing the ‘mysteries’ in the depths of man’s heart, and showing man his nature by revealing many of his states. God perfects man through many methods—through revelation, through dealing with man, through man’s refinement, and chastisement—so that man may know that God is practical” (“Only Those Who Focus on Practice Can Be Perfected” in The Word Appears in the Flesh).
“God does the work of judgment and chastisement so that man may gain knowledge of Him, and for the sake of His testimony. Without His judgment of man’s corrupt disposition, man could not possibly know His righteous disposition, which brooks no offense, and nor would man be able to turn his old knowledge of God into a new one. For the sake of His testimony, and for the sake of His management, He makes His entirety public, thus enabling man, through His public appearance, to arrive at knowledge of God, to be transformed in his disposition, and to bear resounding testimony to God. The transformation of the disposition of man is achieved through many different kinds of God’s work; without such changes in his disposition, man would be unable to bear testimony to God and to be after God’s heart. The transformation of man’s disposition signifies that man has freed himself from Satan’s bondage and from the influence of darkness, and has truly become a model and specimen of God’s work, a witness of God, and one who is after God’s heart” (“Only Those Who Know God Can Bear Testimony to God” in The Word Appears in the Flesh).
Almighty God’s words are too practical. God expresses His words and does His work of judgment in the last days in order to save humanity and make them perfect! By reading Almighty God’s words of judgment, we finally understand that in this dark evil world, the entire human race lives under Satan’s domain. Those corrupted by Satan no longer have any trace of humanity. They are arrogant, crooked and crafty, selfish and licentious. They are bored of the truth and revere evil. They will do anything for the sake of their own positions and fame. It’s the same as animals that fight amongst themselves, killing one another. They’ve completely lost their humanity and reason. Even though they believe in God, they truly revere money, fame and status. They follow the worldwide tide of evil, frequently sinning, rebelling and resisting God. Although they sacrifice everything and endure suffering, they only do it to satisfy their own desires to obtain blessings. They do it to get rewards and enter the heavenly kingdom. They do not do it to pursue the truth or know or obey God. Although they believe in God, their hearts are filled with their own conceptions and imaginations about Him. No one really knows God’s disposition and all that He has and is, what types of people God really likes, what types of people He hates, what things people do to resist God, offend His disposition and become cursed by Him, how many of people’s thoughts and conceptions are not in line with the truth, what kinds of reason people should have in the face of God, the realities of truths people should possess, and so on. Corrupt humanity knows nothing about these crucial truths of knowing, obeying and revering God. A human race like this that has been corrupted to its very core, if it does not experience God’s judgment and cleansing, how can it not resist and betray God? During the last days, God becomes flesh and expresses truths to save man according to the needs of corrupt mankind. God’s righteous and majestic disposition which cannot be offended is revealed to humanity. People’s true nature and corruption are clearly revealed, which convinces men. We have experienced God’s judgment and chastisement of His words; we have seen our own arrogance, selfishness and live according to our own satanic philosophies and rules. Everything we do, we do for our own fame and benefit. Even though we do work and preach sermons, we do it for our own reputation and status. We continually exalt ourselves, honor ourselves and make others exalt us. We do not do this to exalt God or bear witness to God at all. When God’s work is not in line with our conceptions, we define and judge God instead. We stand in stiff-necked opposition to God and do not obey God at all. When we do our duty, we can still enjoy the pleasures of the flesh. We continually cheat and trick God; we are not loyal to God at all. In God’s words of judgment and revelation, we can see that we have been deeply corrupted by Satan. We do not have any conscience, reason or human dignity. We are not fit to be called men. We are simply the ilk of Satan, the enemies of God. We feel shameful and unworthy to meet God. We can’t help but kneel before God and curse ourselves, full of regret and self-hatred. When we really get a taste of God’s righteous disposition which cannot be offended, we cannot help but fear God and understand that God has good intentions: to save humanity. God judges and chastises us because God hates our sins and rebellion and He wants to save us from our satanic disposition and obtain us. When we stubbornly stick our necks out in rebellion of and resistance to God, He chastens and disciplines us. When we give our hearts to God, God shows us mercy. He doesn’t punish us for all that we do and are. He enlightens us and leads us and allows us to understand His will. Through God’s chastisement and judgment, we unknowingly gain some true knowledge about God’s disposition. He allows us to learn that His disposition contains His mercy and love. We have seen God’s holiness and greatness. It has created our reverence and love of God. We see our satanic nature more and more clearly and gradually understand some truth. Our ability to differentiate positive and negative things gradually increases. Our viewpoint on things changes and we gradually begin to thirst for the truth. We no longer wish to live by the philosophies and laws of Satan, or unreasonably try to get something from God. Our conscience and reason are restored. We start to seek out and practice the truth in everything we do. We perform the duty as created beings in a down-to-earth manner and obey God’s sovereignty and arrangements. Our life disposition changes more and more; we begin to live out some likeness of a real man. Our ability to change like that is the effect of God’s work of judgment. Today all brothers and sisters who accept Almighty God’s work in the last days now know that we must accept and obey God’s work of judgment in the last days to be saved and made perfect.
Excerpted from the movie script of Awakening from the dream
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