Sermons and Fellowship About God’s Word “Many Are Called, but Few Are Chosen”
Someone said, “We have believed in the Lord Jesus for generations. We have believed for many generations. God will not exterminate us!” Even if you have believed for generations, if you need to be exterminated, then you will be exterminated! Has God said that He would not exterminate you if your faith has existed for generations? Which part of God’s words says this? When God punished the Israelites, did He care how many years the Israelites believed in Jehovah God? He did not care. When Titus came, he exterminated everyone. He even destroyed the temple. When Hitler came, he killed everyone. It does not matter how many generations you have believed. If you resist God, these are the consequences. You will be dealt with according to kind. You will be handled according to category. Now, someone will say, “God is not merciful or loving.” Not only is God loving and merciful, the most important thing is that during the last days, He will reveal that His disposition is righteous, majestic and wrathful. If you accept the truth, God will be merciful to you. Who does God show love and mercy toward? Those that accept Almighty God’s work in the last days. These people accept the truth but their stature is small. They do not understand the truth, so they are able to expose their corruption. At certain times in their experience, they may resist and oppose God. However, afterward, they are able to receive the truth, admit to guilt and repent. God forgives, pardons and has mercy for these kinds of people. If someone does not seek the truth at all, God does not have any mercy for them. Someone said, “Those that have accepted Almighty God are not entirely pure and holy.” Even though these people are not entirely pure and holy, however, they have some reality of the truth and can enter the kingdom. Their corruptions have been forgiven and cleansed by the sin offering of the Lord Jesus. Someone who believes in the Lord Jesus might say, “That is wrong. We believe in the Lord Jesus so we are even more entitled to His forgiveness.” Is there any basis for this statement? What does the Lord Jesus say in the Bible about those who deny the work of God in the last days? “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name? and in your name have cast out devils? and in your name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess to them, I never knew you: depart from me, you that work iniquity” (Matthew 7:22-23). “Depart from me, you that work iniquity.” Who is saying this verse? The Lord Jesus is the One who said this. The Lord Jesus said this to His disciples before He ascended into heaven. He said this to everyone as well as all those who believe in Him. What does this mean if the Lord Jesus said these words to those who believe in Him? “One day, when I return, My name will change to ‘Almighty God.’ I will have the flesh of an Asian man. At that time, if you reject the words I say and the work that I do, I will deny you. I will say, you who work iniquity, I never knew you.” Now, would the Lord Jesus’ sin offering have any effect on these people? It won’t be effective. As it says in the Book of Hebrews, “For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remains no more sacrifice for sins” (Hebrews 10:26). You know perfectly well that it is God that came to do His work and that what Almighty God expresses is the truth. Why do you not accept? Since you do not believe and do not accept, the Lord will designate you as evil-doers. These people know perfectly well the way of truth yet they deliberately resist God. They know perfectly well the way of truth yet they deliberately commit sins. There is no sacrifice for the sins of these people. If there is no sacrifice for their sins, what kind of people are they? They are unbelieving evil people and they will be dealt with as unbelievers.
What about those that believe in Almighty God? Many of you have small statures. You have believed for only a short period of time, and you have a bit of corruption to expose. You also have some transgressions. Upon these people, the Lord Jesus’ sin offering will have an effect. Why is this the case? This fulfills one of the Lord Jesus’ predictions, “For whoever has, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whoever has not, from him shall be taken away even that he has” (Matthew 13:12). Many unbelievers have accepted this stage of God’s work. They have not believed in the Lord Jesus but His sin offering is effective on them because what these people have accepted is the return of the Lord Jesus. This is why the redemption work and the salvation work that God has done are absolutely effective on these people. Now, there are some people who say, “We have believed in Almighty God for a short period of time. We still have a lot of corruption that has not been cleansed. After the great disaster arrives, will we remain?” If you seek the truth and the Holy Spirit works on you, the corruption you expose will be covered by the Lord Jesus’ precious blood. His sin offering will be effective on you. So, what does it say in the Book of Revelation? “For the accuser of our brothers is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb” (Revelation 12:10-11). Look at Satan’s accusation, “You still haven’t received cleansing as you have just believed.” “The Lord Jesus’ blood was shed for us. His sin offering is effective on us. Satan, you cannot accuse us.” This is why those who believe in Almighty God are especially blessed. They have received blessings upon blessings. Is this not God’s profound love? God does not acknowledge those who believe in the Lord Jesus but do not accept Almighty God or who reject Almighty God. All that they have achieved has gone down the drain. They have basically given up halfway. Their sins have gotten them what they deserve, am I right? Why do you not accept the return of the Lord Jesus? You get confused because the same Spirit inhabits a different flesh. If you do not love the truth, who will you blame? It is the same Spirit that has been speaking and doing these things. When Jehovah God became flesh, He turned into the Lord Jesus. Those who believed in Jehovah God nailed the Lord Jesus to the cross. If the Lord Jesus became angry in heaven and brought down a disaster to destroy the people that believed in Jehovah God, why would Jehovah God not obstruct Him? Why would He not hinder this? If They were two Gods, then Jehovah God would not let this happen, “These are My people. They believe in Me.” Would Jehovah God do this? No way. So, what does this mean? This means that the Lord Jesus is Jehovah God and Jehovah God is the Lord Jesus. They are one God. This is what Jehovah God meant, “When you killed the Lord Jesus and nailed Him to the cross, this was equivalent to killing Me. Therefore, is it possible for Me not to hate you? You believe in Jehovah God and you are the chief priests yet I will still destroy you!” This is the situation. They are one God! If you deny Almighty God today, what will happen? The Lord Jesus would say, “This is the same as if you denied and betrayed Me. It is because you have not seen Me, that you believe in Me. If you had truly seen the work I have done in Judea, you would have also betrayed Me. You are a false believer. You only believe in Me in name. What you believe in is the Bible. You do not believe in the real Lord Jesus Christ.” Can it be said like this?
Today, we believe in Almighty God. If we really saw the work that the Lord Jesus did back then, if someone spread the gospel to us, we would be able to accept. There are people in the religious world who have seen someone bear witness to Almighty God, but they do not accept. If they were living in the Lord Jesus’ time, they definitely would not be able to accept the Son of man known as the Lord Jesus. Isn’t this the case? This is the case. I asked a religious person before, “If you saw the Lord Jesus come today with a Jewish appearance and He was preaching in the middle of a group of people, would you be able to truly believe in Him? Would you still say that He is God?” He replied, “Yes I could.” I then said, “This is not necessarily the case, if everyone really could, then how come so many Israelites refused to believe? You believe in the Bible. You only believe the name of the ‘Lord Jesus.’ The Lord Jesus came in the flesh, yet you do not acknowledge this. Even if you acknowledge it, you may not necessarily believe. You will say, ‘So, actually, as it turns out, You are a man. I was under the impression that if You ascended to heaven, then You are God.’ Look, you have a hundred reasons not to believe.” This is why if you believe in Christ, the ordinary human-form of God incarnate, this is the greatest faith. This is the biggest test that God has given to everyone who has faith in Him. This is why God said, “I lay in Zion a big stone. To believers, this stone is the foundation of their construction. To those that do not believe, this is a rock that stumbles them. To the sons of the devil, this is the stone that crushes them to death.” To all those who believe as well as those that do not believe, God incarnate is a stone. It is a stone of stumbling. It is a stone that reveals man. Only those who believe in Christ and believe in the utterances of God truly believe in God. Those who do not believe in Christ, do not believe in the Son of man, and do not believe God’s utterances, they do not truly believe in God. Are these words acceptable? You believe in Jehovah God in heaven, you believe in the Lord Jesus in heaven. Can you see Them? If you saw Them, you might not necessarily believe. That is why I say that you believe in a vague God. You have not seen Him, so you believe. If you truly see Him, you may not necessarily believe in Him. The Almighty God that we believe in today can be seen. He really exists as a man and He really has spoken these words. We believe that His words are the truth and the expression of God. That is why, no matter how ordinary and indistinguishable the Son of man is, how He is rejected by this generation, and how the religious world convicts Him, we still believe that He is Christ and He is God incarnate! This is what it means to have a true and real faith in God. This is the greatest faith, the most solid faith.
“Many are called, but few are chosen,” the Lord Jesus said this in the Bible. When Almighty God came, He also made this statement. However, when Almighty God said this, He was much more specific in terms of His intentions and His revelation of mankind. What does “many are called, but few are chosen” mean? It means, even though many people believe in God, very few of these people love God. This means the chosen are few. Who are those that are chosen? It is those who love God. Those who love God are small in number. Someone said, “Many are called, but few are chosen. Now, later on, just how many religious people will go to heaven after they die?” God has said, “Many are called, but few are chosen.” Can this statement be used to explain man’s notions and imaginations? Just how many people can go to heaven? Does everyone who believes in God go to heaven? Or do only a few people go to heaven? It’s only a few that can go. As for the people who were full from eating the bread, did the Lord Jesus say even more to them? No, He didn’t. He fed 5,000 people with 5 loaves of bread and two fish. After the Lord fed and blessed those 5,000 people, He left. Which people did the Lord Jesus tell His disciples would be blessed? Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. What kind of people did God communicate and spread the truth to? What kind of people did He supply with His words and shepherd? Those who truly followed Him. Did the people who truly followed Him number as many as 5,000? Was it more than 4,000? No. There were only a few dozens of disciples. So, how many religious people will go to heaven after they die? Only those in the churches who have the work of the Holy Spirit, who are comparatively devout, and who have a loving heart for their brothers and sisters, these people’s souls will go to heaven. However, heaven is not the same as the kingdom of heaven. It is only a temporary sojourn for the soul. There is a paradise after death for those who believe in God. It is a place without suffering, but it is not the real heaven. So, where is the real heaven? It is in the third heaven. This is where God resides. Who else resides in this place? Peter, Abraham, Job, and some other saints. They are also there with God in the kingdom of heaven. Do you understand? After all those who believe in the Lord Jesus die, most of them will temporarily go on a sojourn in the spiritual realm. This place is called paradise. Why do they get placed in this area? This is temporary. This is because God’s work has not been concluded. Some of these people can be reincarnated and return to the world. At an appropriate time, God will send them back to the world to live amongst man. They will once again experience God’s work and experience some situations. Once they die, they will return to the paradise. Then they will be sent again to experience God’s work.
Elijah was sent back in the past. What did he come back to do? Elijah was the precursor to the Lord Jesus. He was the pioneer that prepared the road for the Lord Jesus. Who in the New Testament did Elijah’s spirit come back as? John the Baptist. He came once during the Age of Law. John’s prototype is Elijah. Isn’t this an example of reincarnating and coming back to the world? Yes, it is. When God’s Spirit comes in human form, it is called God becoming flesh. When man returns, it is called reincarnation. Will demons and evil spirits come back? Satan will also come back, the Satan that corrupts humanity. A good example is Confucius. He is an evil spirit. He is one of the evil spirits that follows Satan and he came once before. Li Laozi is also one of Satan’s evil spirits. Qin Shihuang, Mao Zedong and Marx are all evil spirits. These evil spirits were chased from heaven. They were chased down to earth. Sometimes, they can be reincarnated and return to earth. Yue Fei and Guan Yu were also spirits that were reincarnated and returned to earth. They did not believe in God and would not be saved by God. All that they did was for the mortal world. Do you understand? So, within human midst, there is God incarnate. God put on a human form and came into our midst. There are also the spirits of saints that reincarnated and returned. All sorts of demons have also reincarnated and returned along with the spirits of angels. Isn’t this the truth? They come into human midst and they have all sorts of origins. It’s very complicated. To us, it is not very clear. However, God’s work is the work of judgment and chastisement. He wants to make a group of overcomers. He did not come to say things that are not related to the truth. He did not come to reveal mysteries that are not related to saving humanity. God does not talk about these matters. It is useless to study these things because you will not be able to obtain life. You must understand that God does not say things that have no meaning! Remember, if your faith in God is true, you should believe that what God says is the truth. All of it is real. God does not say anything that is false. Since God is the Master of all things, the Lord of creation, the Ruler of all that is, whatever He says will be brought about. Everything that He says will come true. Only God understands all the mysteries of the universe. His creations do not even know their own origins, how would they know about other mysteries? That is why, no matter what it is, only God is the most knowledgeable of everything under the heavens and the entire universe. Aside from God, no one knows this completely. Demons and Satan are not the truth. They are not the Lord of creation, am I right? God is the Lord of creation. The rhythms of the entire universe and the whole world were ordained by God, they were set up by God. Each segment, every little detail has been arranged by God. It was all predestined. This is why all the prophesies that God made 3,000 years ago, 5,000 years ago, will be fulfilled according to God’s timing. It will be accurate down to the last minute and down to the last second. It will not be off by even a minute or a second.