By Zhen’ai, Malaysia
Since I accepted’s work of the last days, I have often had meetings and fellowshiped s with my brothers and sisters. Thus, in my heart I felt much excitement and happiness I had never had before. Through meetings, I understood some truths, and had a little knowledge of God’s six-thousand-year management plan as well as God’s will of saving man. I felt very joyful and fulfilled in my heart. But, at the same time, Satan’s disturbance befell me quietly …
One day, I suddenly got a call from my younger sister. She said: “Sister, a church appeared on the Internet recently, and our pastors declared it as an evil cult. I heard you are having meetings on the internet too. Could it be that your church is just what our pastors called ‘evil cult’?” I was afraid she would misunderstand and worry about me, so I told her frankly: “The meetings I attend belong to the Church of Almighty God. It’s a true church with the work of the Holy Spirit, and it’s a church ruled by Christ and the truth. Don’t worry about me. I have discernment myself.” She continued: “I’m just worried about your safety, maybe it’s my mistake.” Then she hung up the phone. And I thought nothing more about it.
A few days later, my younger sister called me again and said: “Sister, I heard our pastors said many words of resisting and condemning the Church of Almighty God. I also heard that the Christ they believe in is the returned [a] whether it is the flesh of God incarnate, the key is to pay attention to His substance (His work, His words, His disposition, and many more), rather than external appearance. If man sees only His external appearance, and overlooks His substance, then that shows the ignorance and naivety of man” (Preface)., and that they read is called The Word Appears in the Flesh, which is very attractive. Moreover, what they preach is very profound, and we will be easily deceived once we listen to it. Our pastors told us neither to read that book nor to contact them. Sister, you know the Bible very well, how come that you are stolen by them? How can you prove that Almighty God is the returned Lord Jesus? Don’t be deceived. Please stop attending their meetings quickly.” Hearing her words, I knew she was deceived by rumors from her pastors, and I felt very distressed. Therefore, I prayed to God to calm myself down. Then I fellowshiped with her: “About whether Almighty God is the returned Lord Jesus, we should not follow the herd but should maintain a heart that reveres God to seek and investigate. Otherwise, we will lose God’s salvation. Just like the people of Judaism at that time, because they blindly listened to the chief priests and scribes, they followed them to nail the Lord Jesus to the cross. Finally, they committed a heinous crime and offended God’s righteous disposition …” Before I finished my words, she hung up the phone under the pretext of being busy. After I put the phone down, I pondered over how to fellowship with her next time. In my search, I thought of God’s words that a sister had read to me before: “First, He is able to open up a new age; second, He is able to supply the life of man and show man the way to follow. This is sufficient to establish that He is God Himself. At the very least, the work He does can fully represent the Spirit of God, and from such work it can be seen that the Spirit of God is within Him. As the work done by the incarnate God was mainly to usher in a new age, lead new work, and open up new circumstances, these few conditions alone are sufficient to establish that He is God Himself” (“The Difference Between the Ministry of the Incarnate God and the Duty of Man”). “He who is God’s incarnation shall hold the substance of God, and He who is God’s incarnation shall hold the expression of God. Since God becomes flesh, He shall bring forth the work He must do, and since God becomes flesh, He shall express what He is, and shall be able to bring the truth to man, bestow life upon man, and show man the way. Flesh that does not contain the substance of God is surely not the incarnate God; of this there is no doubt. To investigate whether it is God’s incarnate flesh, man must determine this from the disposition He expresses and the words He speaks. Which is to say, whether or not it is God’s incarnate flesh, and whether or not it is the true way, must be judged from His substance. And so, in determining
The sister once fellowshiped: “From God’s words we can see that the incarnate God can bring the old age to an end and open up a new age, and also can bring us the truths and ways we should practice in the new age. As the Lord Jesus came to work, He concluded the Age of Law and started the Age of Grace. The Lord Jesus brought the gospel of the kingdom, performed many miracles, and bestowed abundant grace upon man. Meanwhile, He also taught people to forgive others seventy times seven and love the Lord with our heart and soul. At last, He became man’s sin offering, and brought man out of the dangerous situation of being condemned by the law. Likewise, when Almighty God descended in the last days, He concluded the Age of Grace and started the work of the Age of Kingdom. He does a stage of work of the word upon the foundation of the Lord Jesus’ redemption work. In other words, He expresses words to judge and cleanse man, to purify and transform the corrupt disposition of us who are redeemed by the Lord Jesus, and to take us to a wonderful destination. God uses word to reveal our corrupt nature, dissect our words and deeds, letting us know our own nature and see our own filth, unrighteousness. In our actual experiences, God’s word leads us to use our practice of the truth to replace our previous corruption and disobedience. When God’s word gradually works inside us and becomes our life, our corrupt disposition will be changed, cleansed by God day by day. God’s word and work have opened a brand-new age for us, freeing us from the cyclical old life of ‘sinning, confessing, confessing, sinning’ in the Age of Grace, giving us a way of practice in the new age, and allowing us to gain higher truth and enter a new realm. So, to investigate whether Almighty God is the returned Lord Jesus, we should discern His substance, work, words, and so on. We should see whether the words expressed by Almighty God are the truth, whether they are the expression of what God has and is, whether they can relieve our confusion about believing in God, whether they can save us from corrupt satanic dispositions and allow us to attain God’s salvation. Only on these bases can our discernment be accurate.”
Right! God’s words had made it very clear that as long as we had a heart of seeking the truth, we could find answers in God’s words. But, why did we resist and condemn God’s work instead of seeking and investigating? I opened the book of God’s word to seek the related truth. I saw God’s word say: “Those who did not know the Messiah were all capable of opposing Jesus, of rejecting Jesus, of slandering Him. People who do not understand Jesus are all capable of denying Him, and reviling Him. Moreover, they are capable of seeing the return of Jesus as the deceit of Satan, and more people shall condemn Jesus returning to flesh. Does not all of this make you afraid?” (“When You Behold the Spiritual Body of Jesus Will Be When God Has Made Anew Heaven and Earth”). From God’s words I knew that the root cause of our believing in God but resisting God is that we don’t know God. Recalling the Pharisees at that time, they were all people who had a strong knowledge of the Bible, labored hard for years, and waited for the coming of Messiah. But when the Lord Jesus came to work, they resisted and condemned Him, and even crucified Him. The reason was that they didn’t recognize the work of the Holy Spirit as well as the way of truth spoken by the Lord Jesus. The other reason was that they had arrogant nature, keeping the words of the Bible but not seeking the truth and God’s will, so that they became the ones who served God but resisted God. Clearly, if we didn’t maintain a heart of revering God when seeking and investigating God’s work of the last days, we would repeat the historical tragedy. When thinking of this, I prayed to God: “Oh, Almighty God. Through the words expressed by You, I am certain that You are the second coming of the Lord Jesus. But my younger sister, who blindly believes the pastors’ rumors, isn’t willing to seek and investigate Your work, nor is she willing to accept the truth. Oh, God, I see that we will resist You if we believe in You but do not know You. The consequence is really too terrifying! I am grateful to You for leading me to know these truths. I will never be disturbed by my younger sister again.” Afterward, I sent the truth that I had understood to my sister, and often shared with her the testimonies of my experiencing God’s work. Then she didn’t disturb and hinder me from believing in Almighty God any longer.
a. The original text reads “as for.”