Sermons and Fellowship About God’s Word “Christ Does the Work of Judgment With the Truth” (I)
Let’s continue reading the next section of God’s words, “Let us not waste precious time and talk no more of these abhorrent and detestable topics.” What does “waste precious time” refer to? God’s work of judgment in the last days has already started. Do not chat idly about the great white throne there, or what is judgment all about, or how it will come about. Do not talk about these things, it’s no use! The judgment has already begun. Right now, time is precious. There is not a lot of time left. You should try your best to experience God’s judgment and chastisement of the last days without delay! Do not talk about these human conceptions and imaginings etc. These are useless topics. Do not argue about things like, “Is this actually God’s judgment? Is this God’s work? Is this God’s appearance?” Do not chat about these useless matters. Chatting about this wastes time. God said, “Let us speak instead of what constitutes judgment.” This is important. Presently, the religious world argues about these topics. In God’s eyes, what kind of topics are these? These are abhorrent and detestable topics. “When it comes to the word ‘judgment,’ you will think of the words that Jehovah spoke to all the places and the words of rebuke that Jesus spoke to the Pharisees. Though these words are stern, they are not God’s judgment of man; these words are only those spoken by God within different environments, that is, different settings, and they are unlike the words spoken by Christ as He judges man in the last days.” Now, someone said, “Well, those words are very stern. They don’t seem like they are any less stern than the words spoken by Christ in the last days.” Those words are very stern. Why are they not God’s judgment of man? Pay attention now, the words that God says below will definitely be a response to this question. God does not leave things half-said to make man confused. When God speaks, He is responsible. Some people do not understand. If you are someone that seeks the truth, you should pay close attention. After you finish listening, you will understand. You do not need my explanation. Man’s explanation is not as accurate as God’s words. “In the last days, Christ uses a variety of truths to teach man, reveal the essence of man, and dissect his words and deeds. These words comprise various truths, such as man’s duty, how man should obey God, how man should be loyal to God, how man ought to live out the normal humanity, as well as the wisdom and disposition of God, and so on.” These are all various parts of the truth. If God does not express all these various truths, if He does not reprimand or reproach man from all these angles of various truths, could this be considered judging man? If you examine the words of rebuke that God spoke to man during the Age of Law and the Age of Grace according to this viewpoint and based on this principle, you will understand, right? It is obvious at a glance whether or not those words are in fact God’s judgment of man. Is this a good comparison? Everyone says that it is good. That is why with every sentence that God speaks, He does not just say some general and empty words and then the matter is considered to be settled. Underneath, there is concrete content and He says it very clearly. After God is done speaking, He takes responsibility and makes sure you genuinely understand. God does not leave things half-said. The things that God says are both clear and understandable. After you have finished hearing God’s words, you say, “I understand,” and it is settled. If some people finish listening to God’s words and their heart is foggy and dark and they are not able to feel out God’s intentions or the source of God’s words, then these people do not understand God’s words. What are the reasons that they do not understand? First, their caliber is average. Second, they do not have experience. Third, they do not pray to God. Let’s say you do not have experience. If you pray to God and you obtain the Holy Spirit’s enlightenment, then you will be able to understand, right?
Let’s continue reading God’s words. “These words are all focused on the essence of man and his corrupt disposition. In particular, those words that reveal how man spurns God are spoken in regard to how man is an embodiment of Satan and an enemy force against God.” What does this touch upon? These words explain exactly what judgment is. What is judgment? “These words are all focused on the essence of man and his corrupt disposition. In particular, those words that reveal how man spurns God are spoken in regard to how man is an embodiment of Satan and an enemy force against God.” These kinds of words are truly God’s judgment of man! Make sure you understand this! Now, which aspects of man’s condition does God’s judgment focus on? First, they “are all focused on the essence of man.” Second, they are focused on man’s “corrupt disposition.” Third, they “are spoken in regard to how man is an embodiment of Satan and an enemy force against God.” The words that are expressed based on these few conditions of man, the stern words of reproach, revealing and judgment, these are God’s judgment of man. These kinds of words of judgment, how do people feel when they hear them? How do their hearts react to them? Do their hearts feel hurt? Their hearts feel hurt, bitter, pained, and helpless. They want to run away but they cannot. Those words are like a double-edged sword. They pierce into man’s heart and bone marrow and make man feel hurt, bitter, and distressed. When people first started accepting God’s words of judgment, there were some who wept upon seeing God’s words of judgment. It was difficult for them to bear. They said, “That’s it. I belong to Satan’s force! How could I gain blessings? How could I enter the heavenly kingdom? It seems absolutely impossible! As it turns out, this is how God sees man, this is very frustrating.” Upon seeing these words, some people say, “God, why would You say these things? Aren’t we people who truly believe in You? Haven’t I cast away a lot for You? Haven’t I forsaken and made a significant effort for You? I never expected that I am considered a devil.” Truly, can man easily accept God’s words of judgment? We all say that it is not easy to accept. Are they in accordance with man’s notions? No, they are definitely not. They are not compatible with our notions and imaginations. That is why in the trial of service-doers, when the earliest believers finished reading these words, many of them started to cry. Some wept when they prayed alone. Afterward, as they walked along the path, they looked toward the sky and cried. They looked toward the heavens and said, “God! If I am Satan, what is the use of my believing in You? If I don’t believe, that also will not do. I cannot leave. I should believe. But You say that I am a service-doer. Isn’t this the end of it? Even if I keep on believing, there is no good destination for me. In the very end, I will still be destroyed.” They revealed a particular helplessness! However, they still did not leave. Men’s true heart was thus revealed. Their heart that believed in God was real. No matter how God judged or how severe His words were, men, with tears running down their face, did not leave. During that judgment, did the beautiful dream of the heavenly kingdom come to an end? Did it become annihilated? What about the intentions of obtaining blessings? The intentions of obtaining blessings also vanished. Once man’s desire for blessings is no more, is there anything else that man still longs for? There is nothing left to long for. In the end they said, “Let’s see off God back to Zion,” and that was the end of that. In the end, they chose to do some service and see God off back to Zion. After three months of judgment work, this result was achieved. Some people withdrew. Others did not withdraw. Some people started to dwell in sin and ease into a life of debauchery. At this time, God once again started to speak and changed the title of service-doers into God’s people. Look, each step of God’s work has its own purpose. The purpose is to cleanse and refine man! We now understand the words that God uses to judge man! Is it clear just what is God’s judgment and how He performs the work of judgment? God’s words take man’s nature, essence, satanic disposition, motivation for believing in God, actual state of resisting God and root of resistance to God and vividly and clearly expose all of them. This causes man to be thoroughly convinced. In the face of facts, men’s grandeur and arrogance were brought down and they cried continuously. This is the result that is achieved through judgment. In the face of God’s words, men fell prostrate on the ground. They no longer had any words and they cried unceasingly. At this time, there was a song called “The Praise of the Descendants of Moab.” This song was written in regard to this circumstance.
I will continue reading God’s words, “When God does the work of judgment, He does not simply make clear the nature of man with just a few words, but carries out revelation, dealing, and pruning over the long term. Such manner of revelation, dealing, and pruning cannot be substituted with ordinary words but with the truth that man does not possess at all. Only such manner of work is deemed judgment; only through such judgment can man be persuaded, be thoroughly convinced into submission to God, and gain true knowledge of God.” What results does God’s work of judgment achieve? First, it causes man to be thoroughly convinced and brings all men into submission. The most important point is that you have a genuine understanding of God. This kind of work is called judgment. Was this result achieved during the Age of Law with the words that God used to reproach man or during the Age of Grace with the words that the Lord Jesus used to denounce the Pharisees? No. The judgment can cause men to submit and feel sincerely convinced. The most important thing is to cause people to have a genuine understanding of God. Right now, this result can be achieved through the work of the last days. That is why it is the work of the last days that can be considered God’s work of judgment toward man. Why is it that God’s work and God’s judgment are able to cause man to submit, feel completely convinced and also have a genuine understanding of God? What is the main point here? It is here in these words, “Such manner of revelation, dealing, and pruning cannot be substituted with ordinary words but with the truth that man does not possess at all. Only such manner of work is deemed judgment.” These words are very important. So, what is the title of this passage of God’s word? “Christ Does the Work of Judgment With the Truth.” He uses the truth to do the work of judgment. This is what God’s judgment is. This is what allows man to understand God.