For 2000 years, many believers have confessed their sins after committing sins, but none of them has gotten rid of the bondage of sin. Although we have some good deeds on the outside, we can still lie and deceive, be jealous of people, and look down on people. We often commit these sins, so how could we say we have true repentance? The Lord Jesus said, “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). According to the words of the Lord Jesus, sinners cannot enter the kingdom of God.
You always wish to see Christ, but I exhort you not to exalt yourselves so; everyone may see Christ, but I say none are fit to see Christ. Because the nature of man is filled with evil, arrogance, and rebellion, when you see Christ, your nature will ruin you and condemn you to death. Your association with a brother (or a sister) may not show much about you, but it is not so simple when you associate with Christ. At any time, your conceptions may take root, your arrogance bud, and your rebellion bear figs. How can you with such humanity be fit to associate with Christ? Are you truly able to treat Him as God every moment of every day? Will you truly have the reality of obedience to God? You worship the lofty God within your hearts as Jehovah but regard the visible Christ as a man. Your sense is too inferior and your humanity too lowly! You are unable to forever regard Christ as God; rather, you simply pull Him over and worship Him as God when it strikes your fancy. This is why I say you are not believers of God, but accomplices to those who fight against Christ. Even men who show kindness to others are repaid, yet Christ, who does such work among you, is not loved or repaid by man, nor does He receive man’s obedience. Is this not a most saddening thing?
Excerpted from The Word Appears in the Flesh
Some people go by Paul’s word on the matter of waiting for the Lord to be raised into the kingdom of heaven: “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” (1Co 15:52). They believe that although we still sin constantly without breaking away from the bondage of sinful nature, the Lord will change our images instantly and bring us into the kingdom of heaven when He comes. Also, there are people who go by God’s word: “Not everyone that said to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of my Father which is in heaven” (Mat 7:21). “… Be you holy; for I am holy” (1Pe 1:16). They believe that people who still sin constantly are far from attaining holiness and utterly unqualified to be raised into the kingdom of heaven.
Seeing this title, you may ask: “How could the churches be desolate? What exactly is going on?” Don’t worry. Let’s discuss this topic together.
We all know that in the Old Testament Age of Law, the temple was the place for people to worship God, but by late in the Age of Law, the temple became a den for thieves, a marketplace for buying and selling livestock and changing money. Priests committed sins but heavenly fire no longer fell down to burn them; even though believers violated commandments and laws, they were not punished. The temple became desolate. Only those who accepted the gospel of repentance of the Lord Jesus received His grace and blessings, basking in the watering of the living water of life.
Now in many churches, there are more and more illicit things happening, and religious leaders don’t abide by the Lord’s commandments but follow worldly trends, cling to wealth and vie for power. They have entirely departed from the way of the Lord. The faith and love of many believers are fading. Many believers say that when they attend meetings and read the Bible, the pastors and elders preach on the same old things, and there is no illumination in their sermons. Although they hear a lot of sermons, their spiritual lives never progress. When believers return home, they don’t want to read the Bible and don’t know what to say to the Lord in prayers. They are always unable to get the Lord’s guidance. They just go through the motions when they participate in meetings. They even treat the churches as the marketplaces or the places where they form personal relationships, so that they can sell others merchandise and insurance, and find a romantic partner.
Now disasters such as earthquakes, floods, and famines occur frequently, and everyone who truly believes in the Lord more eagerly looks forward to the Lord’s return to rapture them into the heavenly kingdom. But do you know? The Lord has become flesh and descended in China in secret, and He is Almighty God, Christ of the last days, and has expressed His words to do new work. Hearing this news, you might say, “The Lord has come secretly in China? How is this possible? The Lord will come on a cloud, and everyone will see Him. We haven’t seen the Lord come yet, so how could anyone say that He has returned?” Friends, God often doesn’t do things as man thinks they ought to be done. If we want to welcome the Lord, we need to let go of our own notions and imagination, and shouldn’t delimit God’s work straight off the bat, otherwise, we’ll make mistakes. The Lord Jesus said, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7). “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:3). The Lord is faithful. As long as we have a humble seeking heart and pay attention to listening to the Lord’s voice, the Lord will lead us to welcome His return and gain His salvation. Here are two passages of Almighty God’s words, and let’s take a look.
John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” According to this verse, many Christians think, “Though we often sin, as long as we confess our sins to the Lord and work hard for Him, then the Lord will forgive our sins. So, there is no need to worry that we can’t enter the kingdom of heaven.” Is this view in line with the Lord’s will?
The Lord Jesus said, “Not every one that said to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of my Father which is in heaven.”（Matthew 7:21）“Because it is written, Be you holy; for I am holy.”（1 Peter 1:16）
Regardless of whether you are American, British, or any other nationality, you should step beyond your own confines, should surpass yourself, and should view the work of God as a creature of God. In this way, you shall not place constraints on the footprints of God. Because, today, many people conceive it to be impossible that God will appear in a certain country or nation. How profound is the significance of God’s work, and how important is the appearance of God! How can they be measured by the conception and thinking of man? And so I say, you should break through the conceptions of your nationality or ethnicity when you seek the appearance of God. In this way, you shall not be constrained by your own conceptions; in this way, you will be qualified to welcome the appearance of God. Otherwise, you shall always be in the darkness, and shall never gain the approval of God.
Excerpted from “The Appearance of God Has Ushered in a New Age”