Sermons and Fellowship About God’s Word “What Do You Know of Faith?”
Some religious people ask, “Have you really seen God? Do you really believe in God?” These people will say, “We believe in God, the one true God who created the heavens and the earth and all that lies in between. He is the Creator, this is absolutely true! No matter what anyone says, we cannot be swayed. This is our true faith.” Once you have this kind of faith, then the fulfillment of your duty will have met the standard and become what is known as witnessing. What does fulfilling your duty and a solid faith have in common? They are very much related. So, how is fulfilling your duty related to having a solid faith? What level has the fulfillment of your duty reached, and is it after God’s heart? Does this have a direct relationship with whether your faith is after God’s heart? As your faith grows, the ability to fulfill your duty improves continuously. Once your faith is in congruence with God’s requirements, so shall the fulfillment of your duty. If your faith is not up to standard, then the fulfillment of your duty will also be sub par. Whatever level your faith is at, the fulfillment of your duty will also be at that level as well. They are one and the same! The quality and results of our performing duties is the same as the degree to which we understand God. Whatever level our understanding of God reaches, our faith will also be at that level. What level did Job’s faith reach? Is the level of his faith equivalent to his ability to bear witness? How was Job’s witness like? “… the LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD” (Job 1:21). This verse is quite powerful. The average person would not be able to utter this verse. Job’s faith had reached this level. That is why his witnessing had also reached the same level. What do I mean when I say this? I mean that we must have a true faith in God. What is a true faith alluding at? It is indicating that you must have a true understanding as well. If your faith always stops short at the boundary of acknowledging God, then your faith is not up to par. If your faith is not up to par, then the things you do are not bearing witness. If your faith is up to standard, then your witnessing would definitely be up to standard as well. The greater your faith is, the greater your witnessing will also be. There will be no difference at all.
In this article of God’s words, God uses the people’s understanding of the Lord Jesus during the Age of Grace as an example. What is God’s intention? Listening to the people’s description and assessment of the Lord Jesus, God felt disappointed and disillusioned! The Lord Jesus communicated so much and did so many things, yet in the end, they achieved this level kind of witnessing. It can’t be justified. The people who believe in the Lord during the Age of Grace, when they face Almighty God’s work during the last days, when they encounter the truths Almighty God expresses today, they are still able to say so many judgmental things. Is this not doing evil? This is doing evil! Are they worthy enough to be called Christians? God has said this once before: We believe in God. These people also say they believe in God. When we get together with them, there is a feeling of disgrace. They say that they are also Christians, but when I hear this, I feel disgusted. I would not even look at them. They are not worthy to be called Christians. This is what God meant. When I say this, perhaps there are some people who are aware of what I am saying, “Even though today, we believe in Almighty God, if we do not have a true understanding of God, then wouldn’t Almighty God also have this kind of attitude toward us?” Wouldn’t you say this is the case? This is the case. Do some people still wonder whether they can see God? Fulfill your duty properly first. Once you fulfill your duty appropriately, perhaps God will be willing to see you. Without any truth, the fulfillment of your duty is not up to standard. If you cannot fulfill your duty up to standard, then is your moral character up to standard? If there is not one good thing about the way you fulfill your duty, it does not matter how great other people say your moral character is, you are foolish and ignorant. Isn’t this the case? Even if you do not understand the truth, you must have a common language with God. You must be able to say something in line with the truth. You must be able to communicate a true understanding. Once God starts questioning you, or communicating something to you, your expression and tone will be correct and devout. It will also have a normal humanity and sense to it. God will be satisfied and say that this person is in touch with Him. This person can talk with Him. Most people, once they come in contact with God, they cannot communicate with Him. Their expression and tone are incorrect. “This person is not right. This person is a demon, an unbeliever. He has nothing.” God does not like them. Whether or not your faith is up to standard, would you say that this is important? Whether or not a person’s faith is up to standard is related to whether or not the fulfillment of their duty is up to standard. It is connected to whether or not they belong to God and whether or not they can obtain God’s approval. Therefore, whether or not a person’s faith is up to standard is extremely important. If those that believe in Jesus only acknowledge that Jesus is the greatest physician, is this up to standard? It is way below standard. If they only call Jesus the merciful Savior, is this up to standard? If they only call Jesus the Son of God, is this up to standard? If they only call Jesus the greatest of prophets, is this up to standard? This is definitely not up to standard. If you believe in the Lord Jesus, first, you must acknowledge that the Lord Jesus is God Himself. Second, you must acknowledge the Lord Jesus is the truth, the way and the life. If you can acknowledge these two things, then your faith is up to standard. If someone can witness in this way, would you say that they can adequately fulfill their duty and be faithful to the Lord Jesus? Of course they can. If they can truly acknowledge that Jesus is the truth, the way, the life and the Savior, then they truly obey Him. They have reverence in their hearts and can adequately fulfill their duty. Now, if you look at things this way, are a person’s faith and a person’s actions related? Are a person’s faith and the fulfillment of their duty related? Are a person’s faith and the authenticity of their witnessing related? They are all related. Now, if a person can fulfill their duty but does not seek the truth, is their faith up to standard? They are unable to have a true faith. If you do not seek the truth, no matter what you do, you will not be able to fulfill your duty adequately. If you are unable to fulfill your duty, then you do not have any reality of the truth!
Now, just what is “the reality of the truth”? Does it have anything to do with man fulfilling his duty? Have you seen this clearly? Where is man’s reality of the truth expressed? The key thing is that it is expressed through the fulfillment of his duty. Whether or not you can obey God can be seen in the fulfillment of your duty. Whether or not you can love God can be seen in the fulfillment of your duty. Whether or not you have the reality of the truth, whether or not you can witness for God, all these things can be seen in the fulfillment of your duty. In the end, man’s faith, all that man does is determined and examined based on the fulfillment of his duty. Someone said, “I do not fulfill my duty, yet I am a person that obeys God.” Is this statement correct? Someone said, “I do not fulfill my duty, but I keep the true way and I have not abandoned God.” Is this statement correct? Another person said, “I have not fulfilled my duty, yet I am devoted to God. In the end, I have not left God.” Is this statement correct? It does not matter what people say, there are a lot of these kinds of people. If your faith is built upon these kinds of perspectives, in the end, will you be able to obtain God’s approval? Would you say that this is uncertain? If you base your notions and imaginings on an uncertainty, a gamble, in the end, will you be able to obtain God’s approval? Will you be able to enter the kingdom? Isn’t this course of action absurd? A true faith is based on God’s words! Do not base it on your own notions and imaginings. In the end, relying on your own notions and imaginings puts you on a shortcut to hell. The Pharisees relied on their own notions and imaginings and opposed the Lord Jesus. The result was they opened wide the gates of hell and fell in. In the last days, many religious leaders followed their own notions and imaginings and they resisted and opposed Almighty God. They nailed God to the cross again. The result is they have opened wide the gates of hell and fallen in. As you can see, relying on your own notions and imaginings to do things is a very dangerous matter, is it not? Some people think that it must be very simple. They say, “I believe in Almighty God, I am certain that Almighty God is God incarnate. All the words He expresses are God’s words. It is God’s voice. It is the truth. I will be unflinching in this situation. That is why I will guard the name of Almighty God. I will not sin, I will not commit adultery. I will also not steal the offerings. Moreover, I will not fight others for power. I will persevere to the very end, and I’m sure I can enter the kingdom.” Are these words tenable? If this person really has not committed these three sins and they never forsake the name of Almighty God, are they able to enter the kingdom? Now, does the way they say things represent their faith? These words represent their faith. This is how they believe, this is the type of faith that they have. This kind of faith is absolutely not up to standard.