In 1982, I began to believe in the . I often heard the pastors preach, “‘Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new’ (2 Corinthians 5:17). As long as we believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, repent and confess, practice according to His teachings, and if we get along harmoniously, help each other, love, forbear, tolerate and forgive people around us, and if we endure, suffer and spend for the Lord, take up the cross, are sanctified from the world in what we do, we will no longer belong to sin, we will be new creatures, and the Lord will take us into the kingdom of heaven when He comes. …” From then on, I practiced according to what the pastors said. In order to be a new creature and enter the kingdom of heaven, I kept on observing the Lord’s teachings, bearing the cross, practicing forbearance and patience, suffering and spending, confessing and repenting…. However, later, I saw that the pastors and elders formed factions, raised jealousy and strife. There was no supply in their sermons, and I didn’t have any enjoyment in the spirit. I was very confused: They read and preach every day; why don’t they practice any of what the Lord taught? With such situation in the church, will we be able to see the Lord? When exactly will the Lord come? Has the Lord forsaken us? In distress and confusion, I still held on to this: As long as I keep watching and waiting, practicing the Lord’s teachings, confessing and repenting to Him, He will forgive me of my sins, and I will no longer belong to sin, will become a new creature, and will surely have the day when He comes to take me into the kingdom of heaven.
In August 1997, the work of In believing in the Lord, man only needed to pray and call upon the Lord Jesus, confess and repent to Him, and they would be forgiven of their sins. Though the Lord Jesus redeemed man from sin in the Age of Grace, it doesn’t mean the root of man’s sin has been removed. Man still lives in the state of sinning by day and confessing by night. Therefore, God becomes flesh again in the last days and does a stage of work of judgment, to thoroughly cleanse and change man, remove the root of sin within man, and completely save man from sin….” in the last days came upon me. At that time, I heard a sister from the Church of Almighty God fellowship, “… After man was corrupted by Satan, they all belonged to sin. In the Age of Law, Jehovah God set forth laws and commandments for people through Moses, and led them in their lives on earth. If someone offended the laws or commandments, they must offer the best firstborn cattle or sheep or doves to atone for themselves. If it was serious, they would be stoned to death. However, man became increasingly corrupt and committed more and more sins. As a result, at the end of the Age of Law, they were unable to keep the laws and commandments, and were in danger of being put to death under the laws for violating them. To redeem man from sin, in the Age of Grace, God became flesh and was crucified for mankind as a holy and sinless flesh, served as man’s sin offering, and bore their sins.
When I heard the sister say that God does another stage of work in the last days to remove the root of man’s sin and save them completely from sin, I felt puzzled: to remove sins? It doesn’t have a biblical basis. The Bible never says that the Lord will do the work of removing sins when He comes. It says, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17). This verse says clearly that if one is in Christ, he will be a new creature. Since we believe in the Lord and follow His teachings, we’ve already been sanctified from the world and become new creatures. Why did they say that the Lord has come and does the work of removing the root of man’s sin? Aren’t they denying the Lord’s work by that? In the end, I made an excuse and left.
Several months later, Sister Wang came to my home, and said, “Sister, I’ve investigated it carefully this time. Almighty God is indeed the returned Lord Jesus. Please make an investigation. God’s work of saving mankind will not last forever. This is the last work of . If you miss it, it will be too late to regret then. Sister, think it over, please. I’ll leave the book The Word Appears in the Flesh with you. You can read it. If you have any questions, we can rely on God and solve them together.” Then, she left.
On hearing that God has come to do the last work of salvation and that the time is limited, I felt somewhat afraid in spite of myself: All these years, I’ve been enduring and suffering, bearing the cross, and being ridiculed by others. All I have done is just to expect the Lord’s coming. However, the sister of the Church of Almighty God said the Lord has been incarnated again and does a new work to remove the root of man’s sin. What exactly should I do? If I go astray, it will mean a betrayal to the Lord Jesus. But if it really is the Lord’s return, and I don’t accept it and miss God’s last work of salvation, then my wish for years will come to nothing…. I still didn’t know what to do after much consideration. So I prayed to the Lord again and again. At last, I thought of His words, “And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. He that rejects me, and receives not my words, has one that judges him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day” (John 12:47-48). And it also says in Hebrews 9:28, “So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and to them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin to salvation.” The Lord Jesus said He shall judge man with His word in the last days. It’s also said in Hebrews that the Lord will appear for a second time to those who wait for Him when He comes in order to save them. Does it mean that the Lord will still do a stage of work of salvation? No matter what, I’ll read it first and then make a decision.
I took the book and saw what Almighty God says, “You do not know what God is, you do not know what Christ is, you do not know how to revere Jehovah, you do not know how to enter into the work of the , and you do not know how to distinguish between the work of God Himself and the deceptions of man. You know only to condemn any word of truth expressed by God that does not conform to your thought. Where is your humility? Where is your obedience? Where is your loyalty? Where is your desire to seek the truth? Where is your reverence of God? I tell you, those who because of the signs are surely the brood that shall suffer destruction. Those who are incapable of accepting the words of Jesus who has returned to flesh are surely the progeny of hell, the descendants of the archangel, the brood that shall be subjected to everlasting destruction” (“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). Reading this, I thought of the Lord Jesus’ words, “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. … Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. … Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God” (Matthew 5:3-8). The Lord Jesus also asked us to seek humbly and be meek and modest. Facing the questions of Almighty God, I was speechless: Where’s my humility? Where’s my obedience? Where’s my desire to seek the truth? I remember how I’ve been rejecting it without a longing, seeking heart when the sister preached to me God’s work in the last days. Now when I read these words, I find that they have authority and power, and cannot be spoken by man. I’d better be humble, seek and investigate it. Then I read another passage of Almighty s, “… 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. I advise you to tread the path of belief in God with care. Do not jump to conclusions; what’s more, do not be casual and carefree in your belief in God. You should know that, at the very least, those who believe in God should be humble and reverential. Those who have heard the truth and yet turn their nose up at it are foolish and ignorant. Those who have heard the truth and yet carelessly jump to conclusions or condemn it are beset by arrogance. No one who believes in Jesus is qualified to curse or condemn others. 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. Perhaps, having only read a few sentences, some people will blindly condemn these words, saying, ‘This is nothing more than some enlightenment of the Holy Spirit,’ or, ‘This is a false Christ come to deceive people.’ Those who say such things are blinded by ignorance! You understand too little of the work and wisdom of God, and I advise you to start again from scratch!” (“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).
These words are majestic with exhortation and warning, and reveal and concern for man. Only God is able to speak with such disposition, to lead and enlighten man. So, I read the book every day. The more I read, the more I felt these words are good. The more I read, the more I felt they carry authority and power. The tone of these words is just like that of the Lord Jesus. However, the sister said that God has come to do the work of removing the root of man’s sin in the last days. What is it exactly?