Chapter 54. Do Not Delineate God’s Work
The book, The Word Appears in the Flesh is very rich in content. Some of the words in this book are prophetic and prophesy what future ages will be like. The prophecies are actually just a general framework, and the majority of the book discusses man’s life entry, exposes human nature, and talks about understanding God and His disposition. As for what ages, how many ages and what kind of realm mankind will enter into in the future, are there no concrete blueprints, no specific references and moreover no time periods? That is, future ages are not your concern. Now is not yet the time and you are too far away from it. You wouldn’t understand it even if I told you. Besides, people do not need to understand these things now. They only need to understand the words that reveal human nature right now. If some people again ask about mysteries, you can respond as follows: “These things do not have much to do with changing man’s life disposition. Understand as much of it as you can, but if you really don’t understand it, just think of it however you want!” In the past, there were some prophecies made, such as the Millennial Kingdom, God and man entering into rest together, and also regarding the Age of Word. The words of prophecy are all concerning times soon to come; those that are not mentioned are things that are very far away. You do not need to study those things that are far away; that which you should not know will not be told to you; that which you should know is the whole truth that comes from God—for example, God’s disposition expressed toward man, what God has and is which is revealed by God’s words, and revelation of the nature of man through the judgment and chastisement, as well as the direction in life given to people, because the work of saving people includes these things at its core. The purpose of God saying these things when doing the work of managing humanity is mainly to conquer and save people, and to change the disposition of people. Currently the Age of Word is a realistic age, is the age of the truth conquering and saving man; there will be more words later—there is much that has not yet been said. Some people think that these words are all the words expressed by God—this is a hugely mistaken interpretation, because the work of the Age of Word has just had its start in China, but there will be more words after God publicly appears and works in the future. How the Age of Kingdom will be, what kind of destination humanity will enter, what will happen when entering that destination, what life will be like for humanity then, what level human instinct can reach, what kind of leadership and what kind of provisions will be needed, etc., all of this is included in the work of the Age of Word. The all-inclusivity of God is not as you imagine only in the book of The Word Appears in the Flesh. Can the expression of God’s disposition, and the work of God, be as simple as you imagine it to be? God’s all-inclusivity, omnipresence, omnipotence, and supremeness are not empty words—if God’s words in this big book represent everything of God, and if these words end all of God’s management, then you have viewed God in too small a way; is this not delineating God again? You must know that these words are a very small part of the all-inclusive God. All religious circles have delineated God within the Bible. And today you are delineating Him too? Do you not know that delineating God is demeaning God? That this is to condemn and blaspheme God?
Currently, most people think, “What God has said during the last days is all in the book, The Word Appears in the Flesh, there are no more words from God; that is all God has said.” It is a big mistake to think this way! The book, The Word Appears in the Flesh only shows that God’s work of conquest in China has come to an end, and drawn to a close, but this does not mean that all of the management of God has ended. When the work of the entire universe is finished, one can only say that the six-thousand-year management plan has ended; when the management plan has ended, will there not still be God, and still be people, existing in this universe? As long as life exists, as long as humanity exists, then God’s management will be in effect. Just as in a factory, just because one product has finished its production period does not mean that the factory will close; as long as the factory needs to exist, the operations of the factory will still exist; the factory will need to produce new products, but in another way. When the six-thousand-year management plan is complete, as long as there exists humanity, living, life, and this universe, then God will still be managing it all, but it will not be called the six-thousand-year management plan any longer. Now we refer to it as God’s management. Perhaps it will be called a different name in the future; that will be another life for humanity and God; God cannot still use the current words to lead people, as these words are only suitable for this period of time. Therefore, do not delineate the work of God at any time. Some say that God only provides people with these words, and nothing else; that God can only say these words—this also is confining God within a certain scope. This is just like, currently, in the Age of Kingdom, applying the words from the age of Jesus—would that be appropriate? Some of the words would apply, and some need to be abolished, so then you cannot say that the words of God can never be destroyed. Do people readily delineate things? In some areas, they do. Perhaps one day you will read The Word Appears in the Flesh just like people read the Bible today, not keeping up with God’s footsteps. Now is the right time to read The Word Appears in the Flesh; reading it later will be like looking at an old yellowed calendar, because there will be something new to replace the old at that time. People’s needs are produced and developed according to the work of God. At that time, human nature, and the instincts and attributes that people should have will have somewhat changed; after this world changes, the needs of humanity will be different. Some ask: “Will God talk later on?” Some will come to the conclusion that “God will not, because His work is finished, and when the work of the Age of Word is finished, nothing else can be said, and any other words will be false.” Is this not also wrong? It is easy for mankind to make the mistake of delineating God; people are apt to cling to the past and delineate God. They clearly do not know Him, but still wantonly delineate His work. People have such arrogant nature! They always wish to hold on to the old notions of the past and keep the things of days gone by lodged in their hearts. They use them as their capital, being arrogant and pompous, thinking that they understand everything, and having the gall to delineate the work of God. In doing this, do they not pass judgment on God? In addition, people give no consideration to God’s new work; this shows that it is difficult for them to accept new things, and yet they still blindly delineate God. People are so arrogant that they are devoid of reason, they listen to no one, and don’t even accept the words of God. Such is the nature of man: totally arrogant and self-righteous, and without the slightest bit of obedience. This was the way the Pharisees were when they condemned the Lord Jesus: Even if You were right, I still wouldn’t follow You—only Jehovah God is the true God. Today, there are also some who say: “He’s Christ? I wouldn’t follow Him even if He really were Christ!” Do people like this exist? There are a lot of religious people who are like that. This shows that man’s disposition is too corrupt, that people are beyond salvation.
Among the saints through the ages, Moses and Peter were the only ones who really knew God, and they were praised by God; however, could they fathom God? What they grasped is also limited. They themselves did not dare say that they knew God. Those who really know God do not delineate Him, because they realize that God is incalculable and immeasurable. Those who do not know God are the ones who are apt to delineate Him and what He has and is, are full of imagination about God, easily produce conceptions about everything God has done. So, those who believe that they know God are the most resistant to God, and are the people that are in the most danger.