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Can We Receive God’s Salvation by Our Notions and Imaginations?

By Liu Mei

There is a story from ancien China to be told: Once, a highly skilled doctor named Bian Que went to consult with Qi Huangong, king of the Qi State. He told Huangong he was sick, and the sickness was in the skin and would grew serious without treatment. Yet Huangong didn’t believe him, insisting that he was not sick. Several days later, Bian Que visited him again, and told him his sickness was already in the flesh and would aggravate without treatment. Huangong still ignored him. After another few days, again in the consultation with Huangong, Bian Que told him his illness was in the intestines and stomach and it would get more serious without treatment. Huangong got very angry to hear this. Then, after some time, during his last visit, Bian Que hurriedly excused himself after taking one look at Huangong, for his illness had reached into the marrow and was totally incurable.

From this short story, we can see that King Qi Huangong considered himself very clever and never believed Bian Que. Confident that he was perfectly healthy and didn’t need any treatment, he refused to listen to Bian Que’s well-intentioned exhortations time and again. He was arrogant and conceited, and never sought with an open mind, but rather stubbornly held on to his conception and imagination, and thereby losing his life in the end.

The story reminds me of this: When the Lord Jesus became flesh to do the work of redemption in the Age of Grace, how did people treat Him? Those chief priests, scribes, and Pharisees who knew the Bible very well and served Jehovah in the temple all the year round, they stubbornly held on to their own notions and imaginations. They thought that anyone who was not called the Messiah was not the coming Savior in the prophecies, and they even thought that they were very familiar with the Bible, observed the law, and spent their whole lives for Jehovah, so they were the most loyal to Jehovah God and would surely be commended by God. Therefore, they arbitrarily condemned, resisted, and blasphemed the new work of the Lord Jesus and brutally nailed Him to the cross. They committed a heinous crime. Finally they were cursed and punished by God. This is the tragic outcome which those chief priests, scribes, and Pharisees at that time brought about for themselves by living in the notions and imaginations of “their own thinking” and by rejecting the salvation of the Lord Jesus. Similarly, those people who followed the force of the Pharisees thought that it wouldn’t be wrong as long as they followed the great force, so they followed the Pharisees and crucified the Lord Jesus. As a result, their descendants were also cursed and punished by God. On the contrary, the poor in spirit, for example, the Samaritan woman recognized that the Lord Jesus was the coming Messiah from His words about her acts in secret; Nathanael said, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God” after hearing the Lord Jesus’ words; and also, the disciples who followed the Lord Jesus, such as Peter, Matthew, John, and so on, these smart people recognized this was the voice of God after hearing the Lord Jesus’ words, so they followed Him and received His salvation. These people are all blessed. Just as the Lord Jesus said: “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. … Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled” (Matthew 5:3-6). Almighty God says: “The return of Jesus is a great salvation for those who are capable of accepting the truth, but for those who are unable to accept the truth it is a sign of condemnation. You should choose your own path, and should not blaspheme against the Holy Spirit and reject the truth. You should not be an ignorant and arrogant person, but someone who obeys the guidance of the Holy Spirit and longs for and seeks the truth; only in this way will you benefit. … You should all be someone who is rational and accepts the truth. Perhaps, having heard the way of truth and read the word of life, you believe that only one in 10,000 of these words are in line with your convictions and the Bible, and then you should continue to seek in that 10,000th of these words. I still advise you to be humble, to not be over-confident, and to not exalt yourself too highly. With your heart holding such meager reverence for God, you will gain greater light. If you carefully examine and repeatedly contemplate these words, you shall understand whether or not they are the truth, and whether or not they are life. … If, after much examination, you still believe that these words are not the truth, are not the way, and are not the expression of God, then you shall ultimately be punished, and be without blessings” (“When You Behold the Spiritual Body of Jesus Will Be When God Has Made Anew Heaven and Earth” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). “I am spelling this out for you today. If you choose not to listen, so that disaster befalls you later, will it not be too late if you only then start to feel regret and start to believe? I am giving you a chance to repent today, but you are unwilling to. How long do you want to wait? Until the day of chastisement?” (“The Inside Truth of the Conquering Work (1)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh).

Today in the last days, many devout believers are waiting for the return of the Lord Jesus. However, when they hear someone proclaim and testify that the Lord Jesus has already returned, named Almighty God, and has done in the last days a new work of judging, chastising, and purifying man with His words to completely remove man’s sinful nature so that man can be saved completely, many of them live in their notions and imaginations like the king. They are self-righteous, and reject God’s work of the last days. They think: “It’s impossible for the Lord to do a new work when He returns.” “Since we believe in the Lord, our sins have been forgiven. We’ve been saved and don’t need to accept the work of judgment and chastisement in the last days.” “The Lord has sanctified us and we’re no longer of sin. We don’t need to accept the work of purification.” “We have believed in the Lord for years and have suffered a lot by running around, working, and preaching for Him. The Lord has approved our faith. When the Lord comes back, He will surely bring us to the kingdom of heaven directly.” And so on. The notions and imaginations of these people all come from their arrogant nature, just like the king’s disease that has been into his marrow, which will finally cost them their lives because they miss meeting the return of the Lord.

Till today, Almighty God’s work in the last days has been done for more than twenty years, which has shaken all sects and denominations. The kingdom gospel has swept mainland China and more than twenty other countries and regions in the world with an irresistible force. Those who truly yearn for the appearance of God in all denominations and sects have come out of their religions and returned before the throne of Almighty God. In the Church of Almighty God, at least millions of Christians have received God’s work of judgment in the last days, pursuing the truth to cast off their sinful nature and to be cleansed. They are the one hundred and forty-four thousand victorious male children predicted in Revelation. The facts have proved that Almighty God’s words are the truth and can indeed purify and transform man. Only when we give up our imaginations and notions and become the wise virgins to actively seek God’s voice, can we from Almighty God’s words recognize God’s voice and realize Almighty God is the return of the Lord Jesus, the reappearance of the Redeemer, and thus we can receive God’s salvation and come to the feast of the heavenly kingdom together with the Lord.

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