By Chi Zhong
I asked, “Luming, how should we be made clean?” Luming said, “Let’s read a passage of the word of God. Almighty God says, ‘In the last days, uses a variety of truths to teach man, reveal the essence of man, and dissect his words and deeds. These words comprise various truths, such as man’s duty, how man should obey God, how man should be loyal to God, how man ought to live out the normal humanity, as well as the wisdom and disposition of God, and so on. These words are all focused on the essence of man and his corrupt disposition. In particular, those words that reveal how man spurns God are spoken in regards to how man is an embodiment of Satan and an enemy force against God. When God does the work of judgment, He does not simply make clear the nature of man with just a few words, but reveals, deals with, and prunes over the long term. Such manner of revelation, dealing, and pruning cannot be substituted with ordinary words but with the truth that man does not possess at all. Only such manner of work is deemed judgment; only through such judgment can man be persuaded, be thoroughly convinced into submission to God, and gain true knowledge of God. What the work of judgment brings about is man’s understanding of the true face of God and the truth about his rebelliousness. The work of judgment allows man to gain much understanding of the will of God, of the purpose of God’s work, and of the mysteries that could not be understood by man. It also allows man to recognize and know his corrupt substance and the roots of his corruption, as well as to discover the ugliness of man. These effects are all brought about by the work of judgment, for the substance of such work is actually the work of opening up the truth, way, and life of God to all those who have faith in Him. This work is the work of judgment done by God.’ (from The Word Appears in the Flesh) From Almighty God’s words, we can see that in the last days, God uses a variety of truths to reveal, judge and perfect man. God tells man His will so that man can know how to obey Him and how to live out the normal humanity. God also shows man all the ways of practice, and reveals and judges man with the truth that man is not possessed of, so that man will realize their satanic ugly face. And afterward they will pursue the truth, seek a transformation of their disposition and finally have all the words of God wrought into them and live by the word of God. For instance, I previously pursued to be an overcomer just as you do: I did my utmost to labor hard for the Lord in the hope that I would reign and rule alongside the Lord. Later, I read Almighty God’s words, ‘In the past, it was said that God would gain from the East a group of overcomers, who had come out of the great tribulation. What does this word mean? It means that these people gained by God have gone through judgment, chastisement, dealing, pruning, and all kinds of refining and thus have true obedience. Their “belief” is not vague but practical. They have not seen any signs and wonders or seen any miracles and cannot speak out any profound words and doctrines or any profound seeings, but they have reality, have God’s word, and have a practical and true knowledge of God. Can’t such a group of people better manifest God’s great power?’ ‘This stage of work will result in a group of overcomers. When He has made a group of overcomers who can bear testimony to His deeds, can live out reality, can practically satisfy Him and be loyal to Him until death, this is when God will be glorified. When God is glorified, which is when this group of people are perfected, that is the Age of Millennial Kingdom.’ (from The Word Appears in the Flesh) Only then did I realize that the hundred forty and four thousand overcomers prophesied in the Revelation refer to those who God personally perfects and purifies in His work of the last days, but not those who sacrifice, spend and run for the Lord in the Age of Grace. The overcomers refer to the group of people who have gone through God’s work of chastisement, judgment, trial and refinement in the last days and have eventually been perfected. They have practical knowledge of God, are able to obey God and be loyal to Him until death, live out the reality of the truth, and bear testimony for God. It is only through God’s work of the last days that the overcomers can be made. No matter how hard those who stay in the Age of Grace pursue, they will never become overcomers by relying on their own efforts. When I understood , I abandoned my vague pursuit, began to accept God’s judgment and chastisement submissively and tried to practice and experience God’s word in the things I encountered. After practicing this way, I gain more understanding about God’s disposition, and my relationship with God becomes normal gradually and I can also live out some normal humanity.”
Hearing these words, I said happily, “So it turns out that God uses the word to do the work of judgment. Through reading God’s word we can understand the mysteries that we didn’t know before. Now, I realize that overcomers arise only in God’s work of the last days and they are made through God’s personal work. Only those who have gone through God’s chastisement and judgment and have been purified can become overcomers.” Then, I said to Luming, “Please share with us something more about how you experience and practice the word of God.” Qin Shu also said, “Yes, please tell us more.”
Luming continued, “Ok. I’ll talk a little about my experience. I once coordinated with a brother. When I saw him expose some corruption, I was not willing to fellowship with him because of my inner prejudice against him. Instead, I told this to our leader and wished him to fellowship with the brother. Unexpectedly, the leader dealt with me for my not treating people fairly and having no love for the brother. At that time, I simply couldn’t accept it and insisted that my thought was definitely right. Later, while introspecting, I read Almighty God’s words, ‘In this way, your relationship with people will not be built on the flesh but on the love of God, and you will almost have no fleshly contact with them but have fellowship with them in spirit, loving each other, comforting each other, and supplying each other, doing all these on the basis that your heart satisfies God. It will not be maintained by human philosophies of life but will be naturally formed through your burden for God. There will be no need for you to exert human effort but just act according to the principles in God’s word. … One’s normal relationship with others is built on the basis that his heart is turned to God, and it is not attained through his human effort. Without God, one only has a fleshly relationship with others, which is abnormal and indulgent in lust and is hated and loathed by God. If you say that you have moving in your spirit, but you always like to fellowship with those who are to your liking and who you think highly of, and if someone else who is not to your liking seeks you remain silent due to your prejudice against him, this further proves that you are a person of emotion and you do not have a normal relationship with God at all, and you are deceiving God and are covering up your ugliness. Even if you can speak some knowledge, as your intent is not right, all that you do is out of human goodness, and God will not approve you. You are doing it by your flesh, not out of God’s burden. If your heart can be quiet before God and you can have normal contact with all those who love God, then you are a person fit for God to use. Hence, no matter how you contact others, you are not practicing philosophies of life but are caring for God’s burden and living in God’s presence.’ (The Word Appears in the Flesh) In the words of God, I knew that God is holy in substance and He treats everyone fairly and righteously, with no impurity of emotion. Similarly, there are no impurities in God’s love for man. It is God’s will that I can treat brothers and sisters fairly and consider things by standing on the side of God, help and sustain brothers and sisters with a heart of loving God, and don’t treat others according to my own emotions and personal preference. However, I didn’t care for God’s will, but harbored prejudice against the brother and didn’t fellowship with him. I had no burden for others’ life. Isn’t this selfish and contemptible? When I realized that, I prayed to God, and then summoned up the courage to open my heart to the brother. I fellowshipped about the expressions of my corruption and the process of my receiving the guidance of God’s word. At the moment, the brother was deeply moved and said, ‘I’ve indeed seen God’s love.’ And he also expressed his willingness to seek the truth and solve his own problem. From this matter, I saw that God’s righteous disposition is real and vivid. All these were the effects brought about by God’s righteous disposition and His chastisement and judgment. I felt that God’s love for man is so selfless and real while I myself am so selfish and contemptible, and therefore, I had a little reverence for God in my heart. When faced with the people, matters, and things that don’t conform to my notions, I dare not act rashly according to my own will and preferences. In this way, I have experienced God’s word and work in real life, and gradually gained more knowledge of God and had a deeper love for God, and thus I step onto the right path of believing in God. Indeed, I see only God can change man and only by experiencing God’s judgment, chastisement, and dealing and pruning, will man attain a change in disposition and know God. In the word of God, I found a way of practice. It was until then that I understood why the Lord said, ‘I am the light of the world: he that follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.’ (John 8:12)”
After hearing Yin Luming’s fellowship, I said gladly, “I’ve never heard such a preaching and testimony before. This is truly God’s work. Only the work of God Himself can change man, save man and show man the ways of practice and the direction to go forward.” Wang Jie also said happily, “From this we see that Almighty God is exactly the return of the .” I said heartedly, “Thank God for His guidance! Through the fellowship, I’m certain that Almighty God is the return of the Lord Jesus. Today, I finally understand only God can show man the direction to go forward, and this is the fulfilment of the words in the , ‘Your word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path.’ (Psalm 119:105)” Qin Shu also said with delight, “Yeah. Thank God! Henceforth, we don’t have to keep searching anymore.” Yin Luming said, “Thank God! It is all God’s guidance that we can have such knowledge today.” Then I asked, “Could you give us a book of God’s word?” Yin Luming said, “Sure. The word of God is freely bestowed to those who hunger and thirst for righteousness. I’ll bring the book to you tomorrow.” We all said excitedly, “Thank God! Thank God!” Later, we brought a dozen or so brothers and sisters back to God’s family. All the glory be to Almighty God!