In 1991, I believed in thebecause of my illness. After believing in Jesus, I relied on Him wholeheartedly and committed my illness into His hand. Several months later, I fully recovered from my illness and thus saw the power of the Lord, which increased my true faith in Him. Later, I was selected as a preacher in the church due to my zealous pursuit. I often went to the church to testify God and praise the great power of the Lord, helping brothers and sisters to have true faith in Him. I said to them, “Brothers and sisters, 2 Timothy 3:16 says, ‘All scripture is given by inspiration of God….’ That is to say, all words in the are given by inspiration of God, and the whole Bible is giving testimony for the Lord. All that recorded in the Bible is being fulfilled. So, we should read the Bible a lot. Wherever we go, we should preach the Lord’s in the way of testifying the words in the Bible and testifying the great power of the Lord Jesus, so that people all over the world will come before His throne and gain His salvation.” Seeing the brothers and sisters listen attentively to my preaching about the Bible, I felt greatly gratified.
Just like that, several years passed by. One day, when I read the Bible, I saw such a word of Paul in the Bible, “For to me to live is, and to die is gain.” (Philippians 1:21) Paul’s word bewildered me, and I thought there might be something wrong with it: Why did Paul say that for to him to live was Christ? Isn’t Christ the Lord Jesus? How could he be on an equal footing with Jesus? Then another thought occurred to me: Since all scripture is inspired by God, isn’t Paul’s word also inspired by God? What is all that about? I thought about it for a long time but failed to figure out the answer. Although I wondered what that was all about, the fact remained that over two thousand years, all those who believed in the Lord read the Bible and took the scriptures as their principles. I felt rather confused about it but dared not make a conclusion groundlessly, so I could only bottle up the puzzle in my heart.
It was not until one day when Sister Chang, one of my close friends, came to my home and fellowshipped about Almighty God’s words with me that my puzzle was thoroughly solved. She read Almighty God’s words for me, “The Bible is not entirely a record of God’s own utterance; rather, it is just an account of the first two stages of God’s work. Part of it consists of the words of the prophets, and part of it documents the experiences and knowledge of people who were used by God down through the ages. Unavoidably, the writers’ own opinions and knowledge are mixed in their experiences. Many books in it are colored by human notions, prejudices, and erroneous understandings, and though naturally most of the words were enlightened and illuminated by the Holy Spirit and represent correct understandings, they cannot be considered entirely accurate expressions of the truth. The writers’ opinions on certain subjects merely reflect their own experiential knowledge or the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit.” “In truth, with the exception of the books of prophecy, the Old Testament is mostly a historical record. Some of the New Testament epistles derive from human experiences, others from the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit; the letters of Paul, for instance, are from human work, though they were all enlightened by the Holy Spirit. These letters, which Paul sent to the churches, offer words of exhortation and encouragement to the brothers and sisters there; they are not the words of the Holy Spirit. Paul could not speak on behalf of the Holy Spirit. He was not a prophet, and moreover he did not see visions. These letters were written to the churches of that time in Ephesus, Philadelphia, Galatia, and other places.” (from The Word Appears in the Flesh) After she read the words of Almighty God, I was a little surprised. Then, Sister Chang fellowshipped with me, “From Almighty God’s words we can see that not all the words in the Bible are the Holy Spirit’s personal utterance. The Bible comprises God’s words, God’s words conveyed by the prophets, and the words of men. Paul’s word doesn’t represent the word of the Holy Spirit. Actually, only a part of the words in the Bible are God’s words: Only the words of Jehovah God, the words of the Lord Jesus, and the words God revealed to the prophets are truly God’s words. Most of the Scriptures are historical records and man’s experiences. And in man’s knowledge and experiences there are mixed with man’s ideas and man’s erroneous understandings, which is inevitable. So not all scripture is inspired by God.”
After Sister Chang’s fellowship, I told her the question that had puzzled me for years, “In the past, when I saw the word of Paul in the Bible ‘For to me to live is Christ,’ I felt doubtful: How could man be Christ? But it is said that ‘All scripture is given by inspiration of God.’ So I felt they were quite contradictory. Now, through your fellowship, I know that not all scripture is the inspiration of God.” Sister Chang said with a smile, “Paul’s word ‘For to me to live is Christ’ is born purely of his own imagination. It has been neither testified by the Holy Spirit nor uttered by the Lord Jesus. Man is man, and God is God. Man can never become God. Only the Lord Jesus can be called Christ, and except for God, no one can be fit to be called Christ. Almighty God says: ‘God become flesh is called Christ, and so the Christ that can give people the truth is called God. There is nothing excessive about this, for He possesses the substance of God, and possesses God’s disposition, and wisdom in His work, that are unattainable by man. Those who call themselves Christ, yet cannot do the work of God, are frauds. Christ is not merely the manifestation of God on earth, but instead, the particular flesh assumed by God as He carries out and completes His work among man. This flesh is not one that can be replaced by just any man, but one that can adequately bear God’s work on earth, and express the disposition of God, and well represent God, and provide man with life.’ (from The Word Appears in the Flesh) Only the flesh the Spirit of God is clothed with can be called Christ, because He possesses the substance of God’s Spirit and can express God’s disposition and what God has and is. Paul didn’t have the substance of God, and much less was Christ. He was only an apostle who once resisted God and later was used by God to spread the gospel. Paul’s words were not the truth, and his word ‘For to me, to live is Christ’ was even more a hostility to God. Just as Almighty God says: ‘… He was not a prophet or a foreteller, just a working apostle, a sent apostle, and so his own work and the life of his brothers and sisters were what mattered most to him. So he could not speak on behalf of the Holy Spirit; his words were not the words of the Holy Spirit, much less the words of God, because he was merely one of God’s creations and not God incarnate. … If people hold the letters or words like Paul’s to be the utterance of the Holy Spirit, and worship them as God, it shows that they are too undiscriminating. To put it baldly, are they not purely blasphemers? How can a human being speak on behalf of God? How can people prostrate themselves before the letters and words of a man, holding them to be a “holy book,” a “heavenly book”? Do God’s words simply fall off of man’s lips? How can man speak on God’s behalf? Think about it: When Paul wrote letters to the churches, how could they not be colored by his own ideas? And by his own will? … If you say that their letters are the word of the Holy Spirit, you are absurd, and it is blasphemous! The Pauline epistles and the other epistles of the New Testament are no different from the writings of spiritual men in modern times, and can be compared to the spiritual writings of men such as Lawrence or Watchman Nee. It was only that these writings were never incorporated into the New Testament. But these people in essence were the same: They were people used by the Holy Spirit for a period of time, and could not directly represent God.’ (from The Word Appears in the Flesh)” Through the sister’s fellowship, I was relieved within. In truth, Paul’s word was not given by inspiration of God and Paul couldn’t represent God at all. I was very delighted that Almighty God’s words had solved the question that puzzled me for years. So, I borrowed a book of God’s word from the sister and continued my investigation.
Later I read Almighty God’s words: “Christ of the last days brings life, and brings the enduring and everlasting way of truth. This truth is the path through which man shall gain life, and the only path by which man shall know God and be approved by God. If you do not seek the way of life provided by Christ of the last days, then you shall never gain the approval of Jesus, and shall never be qualified to enter the gate of the kingdom of heaven, for you are both a puppet and prisoner of history. Those who are controlled by regulations, by letters, and shackled by history will never be able to gain life, and will never be able to gain the perpetual way of life. That is because all they have is turbid water that has lain stagnant for thousands of years, instead of the water of life that flows from the throne. Those who are not supplied with the water of life will forever remain corpses, playthings of Satan, and sons of hell. How, then, can they behold God? If you only try to hold on to the past, only try to keep things as they are by standing still, and do not try to change the status quo and discard history, then will you not always be against God?” (from The Word Appears in the Flesh) What Almighty God says is extraordinarily great! Only Christ of the last days can bring man the enduring and everlasting way of truth, which is the only path through which man shall gain life, whereas the Bible, merely a history book and a record of God’s past works, cannot bestow life to man. The accounts of the Bible are limited and can’t speak clearly about God’s work. Only after Almighty God, Christ of the last days, comes and expresses millions of words of truth, can all mysteries be disclosed and all the perplexities of believers be solved. Through reading the words of Almighty God and fellowshipping with the sisters from the Church of Almighty God for a period of time, eventually I was certain that Almighty God is just the return of the Lord Jesus. Besides, I brought the over eighty brothers and sisters in my church before God, and they have accepted God’s new work and enjoyed the supply of life from God’s word.
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