Knowing the purpose of God’s work, what results it will produce on man, and what for man is, is what everyone who follows God should achieve. Now what all people lack is the knowledge of God’s work. From the creation of the world until now what God’s deeds on man, all God’s works, and God’s will are, people do not comprehend or understand. This is not only the lack of the whole religious world but even more the lack of all believers in God. One day when you have truly seen God, truly tasted God’s wisdom, seen all God’s deeds, and known what God is and has, and you have seen his richness, wisdom, wonderfulness, and all the works he has done on man, it means that you have succeeded in believing in God. God is said to be all-inclusive and rich and abundant. In what way is he all-inclusive? In what way is he rich? If you are not clear about these, you are not believing in God. Why do I say that those people in the religious world are not believers in God but evildoers and the brood of devils? I say that they are evildoers, because they do not understand God’s will and cannot see God’s wisdom. The work God does is never revealed to them. They all are blind ones, and they cannot see God’s deeds, are ones forsaken by God, and do not have God’s care and keeping at all, much less the working of the Holy Spirit. Those who do not have the working of God are all the ones who do evil and the ones who resist God. Resisting God I am speaking of refers to those who do not know God, those who confess God with their mouths but do not know God, those who follow God but do not obey God, and those who enjoy God’s grace but cannot stand testimony for God. If one does not understand the purpose of God’s work or understand the work God does on man, he cannot be after God’s heart or stand testimony for God. The reason why men resist God is, on the one hand, because of their corrupt disposition, and on the other hand, because they do not know God and do not understand the principles of God’s working and God’s will for man. These two aspects together form the history of men’s resisting God. Those who first resist God because they have the nature of resisting God. Those who have believed in God for years resist God because they do not know God and also because of their corrupt disposition. Before God was incarnated, whether one resisted God was judged according to whether he kept the decrees set down by the God in heaven. For example, in the Age of the Law, whoever did not keep Jehovah’s law was one who resisted God; whoever stole Jehovah’s offerings or whoever resisted the men Jehovah favored was one who resisted God and one to be stoned to death; whoever did not honor his father and mother or whoever struck or cursed others was one who did not keep the law, and whoever did not keep Jehovah’s law was one who resisted Jehovah. It was different in the Age of the Grace. Whoever resisted Jesus was one who resisted God, and whoever disobeyed the words of Jesus’ mouth was one who resisted God. At this time, the definition of “resisting God” was more precise and practical. Before God was incarnated, whether one resisted God was judged according to whether he worshiped and looked up to the invisible God in heaven. At that time, the definition of “resisting God” was not so practical. This was because people could not see God and did not know what God’s image actually was and how exactly he worked and spoke, and they did not have any notions about God and they all believed in God in vagueness, for God had not appeared to them. So no matter how people believed in God in their imaginations, God did not condemn them or make very high requirements of them, because they could not see God at all. When God is incarnated to work among people, people all see God, hear God’s words, and see God’s deeds in the flesh. Then all their notions become bubbles. However, if people who see the God appearing in the flesh intentionally obey, they will not be condemned; if they deliberately resist, they will be condemned as ones who resist God. Such people are antichrists and are enemies that deliberately resist God. If one can obey willingly though he has notions about God, he will not be condemned. God condemns a person according to his intents and the things he does. He does not condemn a person according to his minds and thoughts. If God condemned a person according to his minds and thoughts, then no one would be able to escape out of God’s hands of wrath. Those who deliberately resist the incarnated God will all be punished for their disobedience. With these people who deliberately resist God, the root of their resisting is that they have notions about God, and thus they do things to disturb God’s work. These people are all the ones who consciously resist and demolish God’s work. They not only have notions about God but also do things to disturb God’s work, so such people are condemned. Those who do not deliberately disturb God’s work will not be condemned as sinful ones, because they can intentionally obey and do not do things of disruption and disturbance. Such people will not be condemned. However, some people, having experienced God’s work for years, still have notions about God and still do not know the work done by the incarnated God. No matter how many years they have experienced, they still have numerous notions about God and still have no knowledge of God. Even though they do not do things of disturbance, they have many notions about God in their heart. Even though they do not express these notions, they are of no help to God’s work at all, unable to preach the for God or stand testimony for God. Such people are useless ones and idiots. Because they do not know God and do not at all drop their notions about God, they are condemned. It can be said that it is normal that people have notions about God when they first believe in God, and it is also normal that they do not know God when they first believe in God. But it is abnormal if people still have notions about God after they have believed in God for years and experienced God’s many works, and it is even more abnormal if they do not know God. Because these are abnormal states, they are condemned. These abnormal people are all good-for-nothings and are ones who resist God the most and ones who enjoy God’s grace in vain. Such people are all the ones who will be eliminated in the end!
Those who do not understand the purpose of God’s work are the ones who resist God. Those who understand the purpose of God’s work but do not pursue to satisfy God are even more the ones who resist God. Those who read the in the big churches recite the Bible all day, but none of them understands the purpose of God’s work, and none of them can know God, much less can any of them be after God’s heart. They all are useless base ones and are ones who lecture “God” in a high position. They all are ones who carry the banner of God but deliberately resist God. They all are ones who hang up the signboard of believing in God but eat people’s flesh and drink their blood. All such ones are devils that devour people’s souls, are leading devils that deliberately disturb people’s taking the right way, and are stumbling blocks that hinder people from seeking God. Although they are all “physically strong,” how could those who follow them know that they are antichrists that lead people to resist God? How could they know that they are the living devils that specially devour people’s souls? Those who think themselves noble before God are the lowest, but those who think themselves low are the noblest. Those who think that they know God’s work and who can, looking at God, wildly preach about God’s work to others are the most ignorant ones. All such people are the ones who do not have God’s testimony and are arrogant and self-conceited ones. Those who think that they know too little about God but who indeed have practical experience and have a practical knowledge of God are the ones loved by God the most. Only such people are truly the ones who have testimony, and only such people are the ones who can truly be perfected by God. Those who do not understand God’s will are the ones who resist God; those who understand God’s will but do not practice the truth are the ones who resist God; those who eat and drink God’s word but go against the substance of God’s word are the ones who resist God; those who have notions about the incarnated God and intentionally disobey are the ones who resist God; those who judge God are the ones who resist God; all those who cannot know God and cannot testify God are the ones who resist God. So, I advise you: If you really have the faith to walk this way, you can continue to follow; if you cannot “refrain from resisting God,” you had better leave as early as possible. Otherwise, you will surely invite disasters rather than receive blessings, because your nature is really too corrupt. You do not have any faithfulness, do not have any obedience, do not have any thirst for righteousness and the truth, and do not have any love for God. It can be said that you are simply in an awful state before God, being unable to keep what you should keep, unable to speak what you should speak, unable to practice what you should practice, and unable to perform the functions you should perform, not having the faithfulness you should have, not having the conscience you should have, not having the obedience you should have, not having the will you should have, not undergoing the sufferings you should undergo, and not having the faith you should have. You are simply good for nothing. How can you have the face to live? I advise that you close your eyes earlier. So God would not have to worry about you anymore or suffer for you anymore. You believe in God but do not understand God’s will, eat and drink God’s word but cannot keep God’s requirements for man, believe in God but do not know God, and live but do not have any goal to strive toward, without any worth and any meaning. As a man, you do not have any conscience, do not have any integrity, and do not have any credibility. Are you a man? You believe in God, but you cheat God, take God’s money, eat God’s offerings, and in the end still do not have any consideration for God’s feelings or any conscience toward God and cannot even meet some small requirements of God. Are you a man? You eat God’s food, breathe God’s oxygen, and enjoy God’s grace, yet in the end you do not have any knowledge of God but become useless ones that resist God. Aren’t you beasts that are worth less than dogs? Is there any animal that is more malicious than you?
The pastors and elders who lecture people on a high pedestal are the ones who resist God, and they all are satan’s confederates. However, aren’t you who do not lecture people on a high pedestal better at resisting God? Aren’t you even more the ones who collude with satan? Those who do not understand the purpose of God’s work do not know how to be after God’s heart. Could those who understand the purpose of God’s work also not know how to be after God’s heart? God’s work cannot be wrong, but there is something wrong with people’s pursuit. Aren’t these scum that deliberately resist God the ones who are more sinister and diabolic than those pastors and elders? There are many people who resist God, but among these many people there are many different cases of resisting God. People who believe in God are many and various. Likewise, people who resist God are many and various, different from one another. None of those who do not have a clear knowledge of the purpose of God’s work can be “saved.” No matter how people resisted God before, when they understand the purpose of God’s work and make efforts to satisfy God, God will blot out all their past sins. As long as people can seek the truth and practice the truth, God will not remember anything they did and will justify them because they can practice the truth. This is God’s righteousness. Before people have seen God and experienced God’s work, regardless of how they treat God, God will not remember it. But after they have seen God and experienced God’s work, their ways and doings will all be recorded in “history” by God, because they have seen God and lived in God’s work.
When people have truly seen what God has and is, seen God’s supremacy, and truly known God’s work, and their old disposition has been transformed, they will have completely cast off their disobedient disposition of resisting God. It can be said that everyone has ever resisted God and disobeyed God. But if you can intentionally obey the incarnated God and henceforth satisfy God’s heart by your faithfulness, practicing the truth you should practice, performing the duties you should perform, and observing the regulations you should observe, then you are one who is willing to cast off your disobedience and satisfy God and one who can be perfected by God. If you persist in your mistaken ways, do not have a heart to repent of yourself, continue your disobedient doings, and do not have a heart to cooperate with God and satisfy God at all, such an obstinate person as you is surely one to be punished, and you are surely not one to be perfected. In that case, today you are God’s enemy, tomorrow you will remain God’s enemy, the day after tomorrow you will still be God’s enemy, and you will forever be one who resists God and be God’s enemy. Then will God let you off? Man’s nature resists God, but man should not, because his nature is hard to change, deliberately seek the “recipe” for resisting God. If you do so, you had better leave as early as possible, lest your future chastisement be severer and lest your bestial nature break out and become uncontrollable and finally your flesh be terminated by God. You believe in God for the purpose of receiving blessings, but if in the end you suffer punishment instead, how unworthy it would be. I advise that you had better make another plan. Isn’t it better for you to do anything else than to believe in God? Is there just this one path? Can’t you live all the same without seeking the truth? Why act against God like this?
from The Word Appears in the Flesh