632 Without being saved by God, and judged and chastised by God, people are unable to escape the influence of death, they cannot become the living. These dead can’t bear testimony to God, nor can they be used by God, much less enter the kingdom.
from “Have You Come Alive?” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
633 Many people say, “I believe in God just by following like this and I will surely make it. I do not pursue the truth and I just follow to the end finally, and in performing my duty, I spend and give up as much as I can; even if I have some transgressions, I can make it.” They do not know what they are saying. There are so many corrupt things within man; how can man be transformed without pursuing the truth? Judging from the degree of man’s corruption, without God’s keeping, man will fall and betray God and leave at any time. Do you believe it? You cannot walk to the end even if you force yourself to. For the last stage is to make a group of overcomers. Is it so simple as you imagine? You are not required to be transformed one hundred percent or eighty percent in the end; at the very least you need to be transformed thirty percent or forty percent; at least the deep-rooted things in your inner heart have to be dug out and be transformed. If you can meet thirty percent or forty percent of God’s requirement, or at best can meet sixty or seventy percent of it, it shows that you have some truths within and have some elements compatible with God, and when you encounter things then, you will not easily resist God or offend God’s disposition. Only then can you be perfected and approved. Some people always think: Believing in God just means to have meetings, sing hymns, listen to God’s words, say prayers, and perform duties when you are asked to. Isn’t that so? Now, no matter how many years you have believed, you still have not seen clearly the significance of believing in God. Actually, the significance of believing in God is extremely deep and man cannot fully figure it out. In the end, some things in a man that are of Satan or of his nature must be transformed and can be compatible with what the truth requires. Only this means that he is truly saved.
from “Those Who Have Lost the Work of the Holy Spirit Are Most at Risk” in Records of Christ’s Talks With Leaders and Workers of the Church
635 For man to be freed from the influence of the darkness is based on My words. None of those who do not act according to My words can be released from the bondage of the influence of darkness. Living in a right state means that one lives in a state where he is guided by the word of God, is loyal to God, seeks the truth, truly spends for God, or loves God with a true heart. Those who live in such states and realities will gradually be changed as they go deeper in the truth, and as the work grows deeper. In the end, they will surely become ones gained by God and ones who truly love God.
from “One Can Be Gained by God If He Breaks Away From the Influence of Darkness” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
636 What I want are people like Peter, people who pursue being made perfect. Today’s truth is given to those who yearn for and seek it. This salvation is granted to those who yearn to be saved by God, and is not only meant to be gained by you, but is also so that you can be gained by God. You gain God in order that God can gain you. Today I have spoken these words to you, and you have heard them, and you should practice according to these words. In the end, when you put these words into practice will be when I have gained you through these words; at the same time, you will have also gained these words, which is to say, you will have gained this supreme salvation. Once you have been made clean, you will be a real human being.
from “The Experiences of Peter: His Knowledge of Chastisement and Judgment” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
637 God works in those who pursue and treasure God’s word. The more you treasure God’s word, the more God’s Spirit will work in you. The more a person treasures God’s word, the greater his chance of being perfected by God. God perfects those who truly love Him. He perfects those whose hearts are at peace before Him.
from “God Perfects Those After His Heart” in The Word Appears in the Flesh