Just now we fellowshiped about the way of repentance. Now we will talk about what the way of everlasting life is, as well as the differences between the way of repentance and the way of everlasting life. When we talk about the way of everlasting life, we’re not talking about simple confession of sins and repentance, we’re talking about the way of truth that gives people everlasting life. More specifically speaking, how people gain salvation, break free from Satan’s influence, how they gain the truth as life, become compatible with God, and be gained by God. This is the way of everlasting life. So, those who attain the way of everlasting life are those who receive the truth, who gain the truth as life, and are the people completed by God who can enter the kingdom of heaven. Are these not the people who attain the way of everlasting life? Would those who gain the truth as their life ever oppose or betray God? Would those who enter the kingdom of heaven ever die, or be sent to hell? Of course not. So, any who gain the truth as life will come to know God, and thereby attain the way of everlasting life, correct? Let’s look at Almighty God’s words on the subject.
Almighty God says, “Christ of the last days brings life, and brings the enduring and everlasting way of truth. This truth is the path by which man gains life, and it is the only path by which man shall know God and be approved by God” (“Only Christ of the Last Days Can Give Man the Way of Eternal Life” in The Word Appears in the Flesh).
“The work in the last days lays bare the work of Jehovah and Jesus and all mysteries not understood by man, so as to reveal the destination and the end of mankind and end all the work of salvation among mankind. This stage of work in the last days brings everything to a close. All mysteries not understood by man need to be unraveled to allow man to plumb them to their depths and have a completely clear understanding in his heart. Only then can the human race be classed according to kind. … all mysteries not understood by man shall have been revealed, all truths previously not understood shall have been made clear, and the human race shall have been told of their future path and destination. This is the whole of the work that is to be done in the present stage” (“The Mystery of the Incarnation (4)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh).
“In this final stage of work, results are achieved through the agency of the word. Through the word, man comes to understand many mysteries and the work that God has done through generations past; through the word, man is enlightened by the Holy Spirit; through the word, man comes to understand the mysteries never before unraveled by past generations, as well as the work of prophets and apostles of times past, and the principles by which they worked; through the word, man also comes to understand the disposition of God Himself, as well as the rebelliousness and resistance of man, and he comes to know his own essence. Through these steps of work and through all the words spoken, man comes to know the work of the Spirit, the work God’s incarnate flesh does, and even more, His entire disposition” (“The Mystery of the Incarnation (4)” in 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” (“Christ Does the Work of Judgment With the Truth” in The Word Appears in the Flesh).
From the words of Almighty God we can see that the way of everlasting life isn’t something that can be taught with a few rules, nor can man’s tendency to sin and oppose God be solved with merely a few passages. Mankind has been deeply corrupted by Satan, and filled with all kinds of Satan’s poisons. They are brazenly arrogant, prideful, and self-centered, and toward God, are full of notions, fanciful ideas, and outrageous demands. They have no real knowledge of God, much less do they have true fear, obedience, or love. If people want to escape their satanic dispositions and attain purification, or truly come to know, obey, fear, and love God, and become compatible with God, it requires them to understand many aspects of the truth. As is required by the corrupt mankind, in the last days, God does the work of “judgment beginning at the house of God,” and expresses all truths man requires to completely escape Satan’s influence and attain salvation. So, the way of everlasting life is more than one or two facets of truth, it is comprised of many, many aspects of truth. If, while we experience God’s work in the last days, we come to understand the entirety of the truths He has expressed to save mankind, and enter into the reality of the truth, then without doubt we can achieve a dispositional change in our life, and become those who truly obey and worship God. We can gain the way of everlasting life. What is the way of everlasting life? It’s all the truths God expresses in the last days to grant mankind salvation. God’s work in the last days is to instill these truths in man so that they become man’s life. People who live by these words of God will gain the way of everlasting life. No matter how deeply a person experiences the truth of God’s words, so long as we possess the realities of various truths to some extent, live out the likeness of a real man, are honest, truly obey God, conduct ourselves in a principled manner, fear God, and avoid evil, we become people who possess the truth, and humanity, and therefore we gain the way of everlasting life. When we attain the way of everlasting life we escape sin and the influence of Satan, which means we no longer sin, oppose God, or betray God. With true knowledge of God, we can achieve dispositional change. We can obey God, worship God, love God, become compatible with God, and become someone who obeys God’s will. When we gain the way of eternal life, we will never die. We will enjoy God’s blessings, and are promised entry into the kingdom of heaven.
Almighty God says, “Once humanity is on the right track, people will have normal human lives. They will all do their own respective duties and be absolutely faithful to God. They will utterly shed their disobedience and their corrupt dispositions, and they will live for God and because of God, devoid of both disobedience and resistance. They will all be able to completely submit to God. This will be the life of God and humanity; it will be the life of the kingdom, and it will be a life of rest” (“God and Man Will Enter Into Rest Together” in The Word Appears in the Flesh).
“I rest upon the throne, I recline above the whole universe, and I am fully satisfied, for all things have recovered their holiness, and I can peacefully reside within Zion once again, and the people on earth can lead serene, contented lives under My guidance. All peoples are managing everything in My hand, all peoples have regained their former intelligence and original appearance; they are no longer covered with dust, but, in My kingdom, are as holy as jade, each with a face like that of the holy one within man’s heart, for My kingdom has been established among man” (“Chapter 16” of God’s Words to the Entire Universe in The Word Appears in the Flesh).
“In the kingdom, the life that God’s people live with God is happy beyond measure. The waters dance with joy at the blessed lives of the people, the mountains enjoy with the people My abundance. All men are striving, working hard, showing their loyalty in My kingdom. In the kingdom, rebellion is no more, resistance no more; the heavens and the earth depend on each other, man and I draw close in deep feeling, through life’s sweet felicities, leaning one against the other….” (“Rejoice, All Ye People!” of God’s Words to the Entire Universe in The Word Appears in the Flesh).
Excerpted from the movie script of From the Throne Flows the Water of Life