From a young age I’ve followed along with my mother, a church deacon and Sunday school teacher, in believing in the Lord. I often attended gatherings and read the Bible with her and, as I got older, I moved from the children’s group into the teen group.
The pastor responsible for giving sermons to the teen group was a doctor of theology. He often told us that being a pastor was not easy and that without the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, it was very difficult to persevere in the work of the pastorship. Continue reading “After Comprehending the Truth of Discerning Between the True Christ and False Christs, I No Longer Blindly Put Up My Guard”
By Chen Ai, China
I followed my parents in their belief in the Lord ever since I was small, and now old age is staring me in the face. Although I’ve believed in the Lord all my life, the problem of how to rid myself of sin and get into the kingdom of heaven had been an unsolvable riddle that caused me constant consternation, leaving me feeling lost and pained. I wished so much to be able to figure out during my lifetime how to rid myself of sin and get into the kingdom of heaven so that when my time came I would be able to face death with the knowledge that my life was complete, and I could at last meet the Lord with peace in my heart. Continue reading “The Fog Clears and I Find the Path to the Kingdom of Heaven”
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.
Two thousand years ago, when the Lord Jesus did His work, the Pharisees adhered to the Bible and condemned the Lord’s work and they tried their best to prevent the Jewish believers from following the Lord Jesus. Finally, they nailed the Lord Jesus to the cross and were cursed and punished by God.
Now, when the Lord Jesus returns to the flesh and does the work of judgment starting from the house of God, the modern-day Pharisees, most pastors and elders in the religious world, convict and reject Him. They fabricate rumors, and spread heresies and fallacies to deceive believers and prevent them from investigating God’s work of the last days.
Why did God’s two incarnations, when He became manifest and did work, meet with resistance and condemnation from religious world? What is the source of this matter? If we cannot discern the God-defying essence of the last days’ Pharisees, won’t it be very easy for us to follow them in condemning and rejecting Christ of the last days so that we miss the opportunity to welcome the Lord’s return?
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
The Lord Jesus prophesied, “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). Do you know the meanings of “the lightning,” “comes out of the east,” “shines even to the west,” and “the coming of the Son of man”? Now, Almighty God, Christ of the last days, has come and revealed the mysteries in the prophecy.
Maybe you are still waiting for the Lord to come on a cloud, but do you know? The Lord has become flesh as the Son of man and secretly descended among us, which fulfills the prophecy of the Lord Jesus: “Be you therefore ready also: for the Son of man comes at an hour when you think not” (Luke 12:40). Here, “the Son of man comes” means that when the Lord returns, He will become flesh and come amongst us. Just as Almighty God says, “At the break of dawn, unbeknownst to the multitudes of humanity, God came to earth and began His life in the flesh. People were unaware of the coming of this moment. Maybe they were all fast asleep; maybe many who were watchfully awake were waiting, and maybe many were praying silently to God in heaven. Yet among all these many people, not a single one knew that God had already arrived on earth.”