Sermons and Fellowship About God’s Word “It Is Very Important to Establish a Proper Relationship With God” （III）
Now, let us read the following words which God spoke: “Only if your heart is at peace before God will your pursuit of the truth and of changes in your disposition bear fruit.” These words are very clear. What effect will quieting one’s heart before God have? It will affect one’s pursuit of truth, pursuit of a change in disposition and whether or not one bears fruit. These words are very clear! Entering into life means entering into the reality of truth and bearing its fruits, but regardless of which fruits one bears, what foundation is such success built on? It is built on peace in one’s heart before God; only then can one’s pursuits bear fruit. This is the truth, is it not? God’s words are truth; this is also truth. Here today, we have communicated many of God’s words, but there is one concept on which these words are focused: “Peace in your heart before God.” This is the most important point. It relates to the progress of one’s spiritual life, as well as the progression of one’s life. “Only if your heart is at peace before God will your pursuit of the truth and of changes in your disposition bear fruit.” So, on what foundation are pursuit of truth and pursuit of a change in disposition built? On the foundation of peace in one’s heart before God. What do people make of this? There are many who like to ask “why?” On reading God’s words, they ask, “why?” This “why” is extremely important. How so? I will explain in simple terms. It is because pursuit of truth and pursuit of a change in disposition are reliant on the work of the Holy Spirit to bear fruits. Without the work of the Holy Spirit, man’s pursuits, man’s endeavors are in vain; they are empty, they are not practical. Is this not how it is? Can pursuit of truth and understanding of truth bear fruit without enlightenment from the Holy Spirit? There are many religious pastors and scholars who have written books to explain the Bible, but regardless of how thick their books may be, if they are not enlightened by the Holy Spirit, then their writings are merely the thoughts of man, the notions and imaginings of man, the understanding of man. Is this, then, the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit? It is not. In the Bible, there are writings by Paul and by the other apostles. Look at their words and look to see which of them represent the Holy Spirit’s enlightenment. Look and see which are merely the will of man, the intentions of man. Such words only reveal oneself and bear witness to oneself. Now, will you be able to tell the difference? If you really cannot, you are truly small in stature, you cannot even tell which words represent the Holy Spirit’s enlightenment; you cannot tell whether such words adhere to the will of God. This shows you do not know truth. No wonder you regard Paul as a God and regard his words as those of God’s.
“Only if your heart is at peace before God will your pursuit of the truth and of changes in your disposition bear fruit.” Here, without the work of the Holy Spirit, you won’t bear the fruit. However, how do you come to enjoy the work of the Holy Spirit? By quieting your heart before God. When confronted by an issue, if your heart is at peace before God, then the Holy Spirit will enlighten you, shine His light on you, and lead you. When people believed in the Lord Jesus in the Age of Grace, what issues led them to quiet their hearts before God? Family strife, crisis, sickness of the flesh, perils and adversity. At these times, they truly quieted their hearts before God. When they were quiet before God, God enlightened, protected, worked on them and arranged proper circumstances for them. Did their lives progress? Did they progress with regard to truth? Did they truly understand God? They did not. But why? They had the Holy Spirit working upon them, so why did their lives not progress? Because when they prayed with a quiet heart before God, they were not pursuing truth. They were merely praying to Him for protection and peace during their time of hardship and suffering. This was the objective of their being quiet before Him; it was not pursuit of truth; it was not pursuit of a change in disposition. Is this not the way it was? And so the Lord Jesus said: “What things soever you desire, when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you shall have them” (Mark 11:24). What is it that you receive? The graces people receive are different. When encountering difficulties with entering into life, when reaching a crossroads on their path to entering into life, those who pursue truth pray to God and look to Him in search of truth, and God leads them along the path of life experience, along the path to being perfected by Him. So what is it that those who pursue truth, pursue a change in disposition pray for, seek and ask for when they quiet their hearts before God? Is it different to what those who merely “eat of the loaves” pray for in times of suffering or trouble? It is different. Are they walking the same path? They are not! Just like in the Age of Grace, although Paul was an apostle spreading the gospel, it was Peter who was the true apostle of God, was the apostle who built the church. Were the paths these two walked the same? They were not. If the paths which people walk are different, then in the end the rewards they reap will also be different. If the rewards they reap are different, their destination, their end will also be different. This clearly shows God’s righteousness, does it not? Look at how some people bear witness to the Lord Jesus. “Oh, the Lord Jesus is the true God! Whatever suffering, adversity or trouble befalls me I pray to Him and He helps me to solve it. He gives me peace and happiness.” This kind of person prays to God, but what path is he walking? Peace and comfort of the flesh, this is his path. What does he expect of the Lord Jesus? To rescue him from adversity, from suffering, from disaster, this is the only reason he believes in the Lord Jesus. As for Peter, what did his belief in the Lord lead him to ask for? He pursued a love of God, pursued understanding of the truth and knowledge of God. So, Peter, in the end, bore the fruits of a true love for God. What he achieved was a testimony of obedience unto death. People walk different paths and in the end their rewards are different, so the end which God decides for them is also different. From this can we not see God’s righteousness? We can see His righteous disposition! No one can buy God off when it comes to one’s destination. God works in absolute accordance with the reality of truth, with principles. We saw that, in the Age of Law, he who worked most in accordance with God’s will was David. But David committed a sin. Did God punish him? He punished him accordingly. After being punished was David sincere in repenting? Is there evidence of his repenting in the Bible? There is true evidence. Then, did God regard David as a sinner? No. David committed an act of adultery; he took another’s wife by force. With this idea in mind, when people speak of David’s deeds: “adulterer,” “taking another’s wife by force and killing her husband”; they define him as this kind of person. Is this fair? It is not. Why is it not fair? You should tell the reason, for we are seeking the truth. Is it acceptable not to ask why? It is because David repented. There was testimony to his own repentance, which convinced others. So, in our hearts we cannot harbor notions about David, should not judge him. To do so would be our problem. This is how it is, is it not? Then, I shall ask you again, was David an adulterer? Some would say yes. This is wrong. David was not an adulterer. Some say, “That’s wrong, he committed adultery, why are you saying he was not an adulterer?” He committed a transgression, but he was not that type of person. Understand? If someone commits the transgression once, then you label them an adulterer, is that correct? Is this just? Is this how God views people? God does not view people in such a way. God does not define a person’s essential nature based purely on occasional transgression. Rather, He looks at whether or not that person has the reality of truth, He looks at what kind of person they are in essence, and what their actions reveal over all. This adheres to the reality, does it not? If a person fits for God’s use but on occasion they tell lies, can we label this person a liar? You’d all agree we cannot. Why? Because while this is a transgression, it doesn’t represent the whole essence of a person’s nature. Understand? If a good person kills one who is evil, does it mean he is, in essence, a murderer? Many would say no. Why? He is not, in essence, a killer, he is charitable, he is good. He killed that evil person in self-defense, a slip of the hand with dire consequences, it was not intentional. So, this man is still a good man, he is not, in essence, a killer; he is good. However, is the law righteous? Is the law just in its judging of people? The law is just a set of rules; it isn’t concerned with whether you are good or bad. Rather, if you break the rules, the law regards you as having committed a crime, it incarcerates you for many years. So, the law’s lack of truth lies here; it is merely a set of regulations. According to the law, if you break these regulations, you are condemned. So, the law’s convictions do not reflect God’s righteousness; it is unfair, is it not? As such, many good people have perished in the name of the law; this is something we must understand. Is law the truth? Can the law reflect God’s justness and righteousness? It cannot. God’s house deals with people in a principled manner. If you commit a transgression, we will not simply condemn you. If the essence of your nature is that of an antichrist, if you are in essence evil, but you do not commit a crime, then you shall still be expelled from God’s house. The way which God’s house deals with people adheres to truth and principles, does it not? This accords with God’s will, does it not? Then, if I say that it is the truth that wields power in God’s house, can you accept it? You can. When the day comes, and Christ’s kingdom is realized on earth, you will see, “This is Christ’s kingdom! A society in which the truth wields power!” In God’s house, truth wields the power and no evil can stand in its way. You see that, regardless of which church, if there is an evil one within it then once God’s chosen people report them, the church leaders will verify the claims, and when the truth is revealed, and it is discovered the person is evil, then the evil person will be expelled from the church. This proves that in God’s house it is the truth that wields power.