Dear Brothers and Sisters of Spiritual Q&A,
I have believed in the Lord for many years, and have been earnestly longing for the Lord’s return. Not long ago, I saw on the Internet that The Church of Almighty God testified that thehas already returned to do the judgment work in the last days. I was shocked: The Lord has truly returned? This is a great event! Then I sought and studied the work of Almighty God in the last days. Through reading the expression of Almighty God, The Word Appears in the Flesh, I felt that the words inside are very practical and have authority and power, and that they cannot be said by ordinary people. Hence I was certain that this is God’s utterance and word. But what puzzled me is: Why do the work and word of Almighty God exceed the Bible? Why does God always do new work in each age? I hope for your answer. Thank you!
From The Word Appears in the Flesh expressed by Almighty God, you can be sure that this is God’s utterance and word. This is not a simple matter and just confirms the word of the Lord Jesus, “My sheep hear my voice.” Only the wise virgins can recognize God’s voice, and this truly is the grace of God. You have brought up: Why do the work and word of Almighty God exceed the Bible? Why does God always do new work in each age? These questions are very important and directly relate to whether or not we can follow the footsteps of the Lamb and welcome the Lord’s return. The truth that Almighty God has expressed can resolve all of our difficulties and puzzlement. Today, let’s seek and fellowship over these questions together. May God enlighten and lead us!
In the Age of Grace when the Lord Jesus came to do the work of redemption, He asked man to confess their sins and repent, healed the sick and cast out demons for them, and bestowed His bountiful grace upon them. At last, He was crucified and became mankind’s sin offering, saving all of mankind. These works weren’t recorded in the Old Testament and even far exceeded the Old Testament. We can see the records of two verses: “At that time Jesus went on the sabbath day through the corn; and his disciples were an hungered, and began to pluck the ears of corn and to eat” (Matthew 12:1). “Foris Lord even of the sabbath day” (Matthew 12:8). And Almighty God says, “When the Lord Jesus came, He used His practical actions to communicate to people: God had departed the Age of Law and had begun new work, and this new work did not require observation of the Sabbath; when God came out from the confines of the Sabbath day, this was just a foretaste of His new work, and His truly great work was continuing to play out. When the Lord Jesus began His work, He had already left behind the shackles of the Age of Law, and had broken through the regulations and principles from that age. In Him, there was no trace of anything related to the law; He had cast it off entirely and no longer observed it, and He no longer required mankind to observe it. So here you see that the Lord Jesus went through the corn fields on the Sabbath; the Lord did not rest, but was outside working. This action of His was a shock to people’s conceptions and communicated to them that He no longer lived under the law, and that He had left the confines of the Sabbath and appeared in front of mankind and in their midst in a new image, with a new way of working. This action of His told people that He had brought with Him new work that began with going out from the law and going out of the Sabbath.” “Jesus led the Jews and all those who followed Him according to the Holy Spirit’s work in Him at the time. He didn’t take the Bible as the basis of what He did, but spoke according to His work; He paid no heed to what the Bible said, nor did He search in the Bible for a path to lead His followers. Right from when He began to work, He spread the way of repentance—a word of which there was absolutely no mention in the prophecies of the Old Testament. Not only did He not act according to the Bible, but He also led a new path, and did new work. Never did He refer to the Bible when He preached. During the Age of Law, no one had ever been able to perform His miracles of healing the sick and casting out demons. His work, His teachings, His authority—no one had done this during the Age of Law. Jesus simply did His newer work, and even though many people condemned Him using the Bible—and even used the Old Testament to crucify Him—His work surpassed the Old Testament; if this were not so, why did people nail Him to the cross? Was it not because it said nothing in the Old Testament of His teaching, and His ability to heal the sick and cast out demons? His work was in order to lead a new path, it was not to deliberately pick a fight against the Bible, or to deliberately dispense with the Old Testament. He simply came to perform His ministry, to bring the new work to those who yearned for and sought Him.” God’s words tell us: The Bible is only a record of the previous two stages of God’s work. God doesn’t work according to the Bible or by consulting the Bible, even less does He search for the paths in the Bible to lead His followers. Rather, He does new work beyond the Bible and brings forth a new path for man. So, in the two times that God has become fleshes to come to earth, He speaks and does work outside the Bible to initiate an age and end an age. Almighty God has expressed millions of words in the last days, which far exceed those of the whole Bible. God is the Lord of all creation and even more the Lord of the Bible, and He has the authority to exceed the Bible. But no matter how God does His work or whether His work exceeds the Bible, the aim of His work—defeating Satan and saving mankind—is unchanging. Almighty God says, “Each stage of work is done in line with the progress of all mankind and with the age. All work has its significance; it is done for the final salvation, for mankind to have a good destination in the future, and for man to be divided according to their kind in the end.” Obviously, God’s work of saving us corrupt mankind isn’t as simple as we’ve imagined. God does His work in steps and according to His plan. Just as in the Age of Law, Jehovah God issued the laws and commandments in order to lead man’s life on earth, making man know what kind of person is blessed and what kind of person is cursed by God as well as what righteousness is and what sin is. But by the end of the Age of Law, because mankind was corrupted deeper and deeper by Satan, they all lived in sin and couldn’t keep the laws, facing the danger of being condemned and put to death by the laws. So in the Age of Grace, the Lord Jesus came to do the work of redemption, personally served as the sin offering, asked man to confess and repent, pardoned man’s sin, saved man from under the laws, and absolved man from the condemnation and curse of the laws, so that we were qualified to come before God to pray for God, commune with God, and enjoy the bountiful grace and truth given by God. However, the Lord Jesus only forgave man’s sin, but He didn’t forgive man’s sinful nature and satanic disposition. Therefore, our satanic nature still exists, and we all live in the cycle of committing and confessing, unable to escape the bondage and control of sinful nature. We can’t resolve the sinful nature ourselves, and none of us can do the work of saving mankind. Only God, the Lord of creation, can save us mankind from sin and thoroughly save us from the domain of Satan.
Almighty God says, “After that stage was complete, there is still the work of judgment and chastisement. This stage makes man pure through the word so as to give man a path to follow. This stage would not be fruitful or meaningful if it continued with the casting out of demons, for the sinful nature of man would not be cast away and man would only stop upon the forgiveness of sins. Through the sin offering, man has been forgiven his sins, for the work of the crucifixion has already come to an end and God has prevailed over Satan. But the corrupt disposition of man still remains within them and man can still sin and resist God; God has not gained mankind. That is why in this stage of work God uses the word to reveal the corrupt disposition of man and asks man to practice in accordance with the right path. This stage is more meaningful than the previous one and more fruitful as well, for now it is the word that directly supplies man’s life and enables the disposition of man to be completely renewed; it is a stage of work more thorough. Therefore, the incarnation in the last days has completed the significance of God’s incarnation and completely finished God’s management plan for the salvation of man.” God is faithful. Since God saves mankind, He will do it thoroughly, and He doesn’t give up His work halfway. So in order to save mankind completely, Almighty God incarnate of the last days expresses all the truth of cleansing and saving mankind. Based upon the foundation of the work of redemption of the Lord Jesus, Almighty God does the work of judgment beginning from the house of God to thoroughly resolve the satanic nature and disposition of man, making man break away from sin andand gained by God. God’s work is done according to the need and deficiency of mankind and deepens and uplifts stage by stage. That God does new work beyond the Bible is to guide man to have a new knowledge of God. If God didn’t utter and speak, man would circumscribe God. If God didn’t do new work in the last days and if His work remained in the Age of Grace forever, man would never break away from sin or achieve dispositional change. And then God’s work would never be finished, human beings would never be divided according to their kinds and would never be saved thoroughly. Therefore, we should follow God wherever He does His work. Only in this way can we follow the footsteps of the Lamb.
In the end, let’s see a passage of God’s word: “The fact that I am explaining here is this: What God is and has is forever inexhaustible and limitless. God is the source of life and all things. God cannot be fathomed by any created being. Lastly, I must still remind everybody: Do not delimit God in books, words, or His past utterances again. There is only one word for the characteristic of God’s work—new. He does not like to take old paths or repeat His work, and moreover He does not want people to worship Him by delimiting Him within a certain scope. This is God’s disposition.” Only God is the source of life of all things and only He can supply everything we need constantly and unceasingly. Only when we come before God to read more God’s words and understand God’s work and will in His words can we welcome the Lord and be raised to God’s throne to have supper with the Lord. Sister, I don’t know if such fellowship could solve your puzzlement. If you have any difficulties, we can fellowship again and seek the truth to solve them. May God bless you!