Sermons and Fellowship About God’s Word “Christ Does the Work of Judgment With the Truth” (III)
How many kinds of people did we just discuss? Seven kinds of people. These seven types of people all will be destroyed. Let’s continue to read God’s words. “Finally, God shall bring into His kingdom all those who are of the same mind as God, the people and sons of God as well as those predestined by God to be priests. Such is the fruit begotten by God through His work.” Who will be brought into His kingdom? All those who are of the same mind as God. You see, “the people and sons of God as well as those predestined by God to be priests,” what are these people collectively referred to as? All those who are of the same mind as God. “God shall bring into His kingdom all those who are of the same mind as God, the people and sons of God as well as those predestined by God to be priests.” These people will finally enter God’s kingdom. Why can these people enter the kingdom of God? Because they are the fruit begotten by God through His work; they are the fruit of God’s work in the last days. That is to say, they are the ones who will be saved and made perfect through God’s work in the last days. These people will be obtained by God. What does it mean to be obtained by God? These people will never betray God. They are the people that God truly intends to obtain. In His management plan, these people are those that God plans to make complete in the last days. God manages this humanity, and in the end He will obtain these people. Once these people are made complete and obtained by God, God will destroy the entire world and the rest of humanity. He will end this old age and start a new one. Do you understand? It says here, “God shall bring into His kingdom all those who are of the same mind as God.” Who does that include? First, God’s people; second, the sons of God; third, those predestined by God to be priests. It includes these three types of people. There are many of God’s people in China. The sons of God do not refer to Chinese people alone, they also include some Israelis; “as well as those predestined by God to be priests,” those who will be priests are all predestined by God and will be made perfect in the last days. In the end, God will bring these three types of people into His kingdom. That is, the three types of people will survive the great disaster and they will be protected by God. For example, a person at the site of an earthquake has not died but others have, or a person in the middle of a plague outbreak doesn’t die among the multitude: These people have God’s protection. When the critical time arrives, the moment that determines life or death, such people will see miraculous signs and an angel will come to their rescue. They will be protected and survived. I have experienced many tribulations but haven’t died. At that time, I thought that it was over. I thought that the great red dragon would definitely catch me. However, I wasn’t caught; God protected me. Many brothers and sisters faced disasters where their next-door neighbors’ houses were washed away by floods and the people inside drowned, but they survived. Some brothers and sisters received God’s miraculous protection during other disasters. For instance, they had something else to do that day and weren’t at the disaster site. These cases are all testimonies of survivors who were protected by God in disasters. This is not to say that these people will not experience the great disasters. They will also be in the disasters, but they will be protected by God and will survive. This is a wonderful deed of God. You understand, right?
“God shall bring into His kingdom all those who are of the same mind as God.” Then, what is the standard by which we judge whether someone has been made complete or obtained by God? Being of the same mind as God. Tell me, what kind of people does God want to make complete and obtain? What relationship do they have with God? How do they treat God? The answer is as follows, “all those who are of the same mind as God.” People that believe in God can eventually become of the same mind as God. This is what it means to be obtained by God, which is also what we mean when we say someone “belongs to God.” If you believe in God for many years, but ultimately do not belong to God, that is to say, God does not accept you, then that is a tragedy. The ultimate result of believing in God is that “you really belong to God, not to Satan, not to the world, not to anyone else, only to God.” Is this not what it means to have been obtained by God? This is the way we should interpret the phrase, “those who are of the same mind as God.” They only have God in their hearts; they will sacrifice for God their entire lives, not for fame, not for status, not for the flesh, and certainly not for Satan. They will not do service for Satan; they will sacrifice for God. They only belong to God. Then, have these people attained changes in their life dispositions? Do their lives count as vibrant testimony? Their entire lives are vibrant and beautiful testimony. Peter’s life stands as bright and resounding testimony. In the end, he was crucified on the cross for God. Job has given testimony; Abraham has given testimony. Being of the same mind as God—that is the sign that you truly belong to God. If you do not know about being obtained by God, gaining God’s blessing or praise, or what kinds of people can enter God’s kingdom, we can put it in one word that they are “those who are of the same mind as God.” This is the only standard you need. If God thinks you are of the same mind as Him, then you will gain His praise; you will be the most blessed of all, and you will be entitled to receive God’s promises. You will be able to enter God’s kingdom. In that kingdom, you will live eternally, and all your dreams will come true. Is accepting God’s work in the last days equivalent to being raised up into the kingdom of heaven? That is the path you must take on your journey, but whether or not you can achieve your dream depends on your own individual pursuit. If you accept Almighty God’s work in the last days, your path is correct; you’ve selected the right door. The next step is that “after the master shows you the door, you must practice the way yourself.” This is the saying of unbelievers, but it is applicable here. “Practicing” is up to you. When you can start to do your duty, pursue the truth, have knowledge of your satanic corrupt disposition, and free yourself from it, all this is determined by your pursuit. Suppose you say, “I want to be a believer in name only. If there’s a gathering, I’ll go; if there isn’t, I won’t. I don’t want to share in performing any duty. That’s how I’ll be a believer, OK?” This is called being a nominal believer. Can you be raised into the kingdom of heaven by being a nominal believer? You have been raised up before the face of God, but you won’t enter the kingdom of heaven. You will be thrown away en route and forsaken. Experiencing the rapture doesn’t mean you’ll enter the kingdom of heaven. After the rapture, you should go to the feast. If you don’t eat and drink your fill, you will not be cleansed! Look at all these words of truth. If you do not eat and drink them, if they do not become your life, you will be forsaken in the end; you’ll be in trouble. Religious people are not allowed in the door to go to the feast; the door is closed on them. Wise virgins are allowed in, while foolish ones are shut outside the door. They can’t even get in the door; If you accept the work of Almighty God in the last days, you’ll have gotten in the door and arrived at the feast, but if during the feast, you are forsaken, that would be even more pitiful and tragic.
God says, “Finally, God shall bring into His kingdom all those who are of the same mind as God, the people and sons of God as well as those predestined by God to be priests.” In the end, when God finishes His work, your fate will be decided. It will be determined by your performance whether you are one of the people of God, a son of God or one of those predestined to be a priest. If you meet the standard to be one of His people, His sons or the priests, then you are of the same mind as God. If you are not one of those three types of people, then you are not of the same mind as God. See, when something happens, some people that understand the truth uphold God’s work; they uphold God’s house regardless of what happens. They are always thinking about what is in the best interests of God’s house and how to do things that are favorable to His house. They always speak for the work and benefit of God’s house. These kinds of people are correct; their hearts are correct. If these people pursue the truth, they can become those of the same mind as God. When something happens, some people do not uphold the work of God’s house. They are constantly interrupting and disturbing God’s house. People that do not uphold the work of God’s house, are they correct people? They are not correct people. Those that are not correct people definitely do not pursue the truth. Those that do not pursue the truth will not be of the same mind as God in the end. Definitely not. You see, many people are correct people with correct hearts. If these people pursue the truth, they will be made perfect. After they are made perfect, what kind of people will they become? They will become those who are of the same mind as God. Becoming one of those who are of the same mind as God is the greatest honor, is it not? Those that speak for God, work for God and uphold the work and interests of God’s house no matter what, they are the most blessed of all. These are right people with right hearts. God’s house will specifically promote these people to be leaders and workers. God’s chosen people should elect those that uphold the work of God’s house to be leaders or the people in charge of various tasks. After hearing all this, tell me, what is the true life? What should you pursue to live out a meaningful life? It is to become one of those who are of the same mind as God. Those people will have lived out the most meaningful life and will be the most honored and dignified. Some despicable people live selfishly, are they dignified? They are not dignified at all. They are selfish, mean, shameless people. If you are of the same mind as God and you uphold the work of God’s house, His name, and His glory no matter what, then you are really a person of the same mind as God. All those who are of the same mind as God are always considerate of God’s will. No matter what they are doing, they will always think of God’s glory first—whether His name will be besmirched, whether He will be glorified, whether He will be satisfied, whether He will be hurt, whether it will incur His wrath. They will consider these things first. God has a place in their hearts. These people fear God and shun evil. Here, the pursuit of the truth is all too important, isn’t it?
For many people, when they first start to believe in God, they have impurities. This is a common problem, not just limited to a few individuals. When I first started to believe, I was the same way; I had impurities. Who doesn’t want to receive blessings and gain eternal life? These wishes are created by a satanic disposition, but they can be slowly cleansed through God’s judgment and chastisement. People will start to think they are shameless, selfish, despicable, undignified, and devoid of conscience to pursue those aims. They will want to live according to the truth and be a dignified, decent, truly good person. That is what it means to have the truth and humanity. In the end, these people will be able to serve God, bear witness to God and become of the same mind as God. They’ll say, “Oh! This is truly what it is to live in the highest realm! The true value and meaning of life, here it is!” In this world, working in some industry or another and becoming famous, building up a reputation, it’s useless! It’s hollow. When the great disaster arrives, aren’t you still going to die? How long will you live? You’ll be gone in the blink of an eye. To dust you shall return. Only those who accept God’s judgment and get cleansed can eventually understand the truth and know God and become those who fear God and shun evil. Their ability to obey and love God will allow them to become those of the same mind as God. In so doing, they will live out dignified, glorified human lives. Isn’t this so? As soon as I come in contact with the unbelievers, I can see they don’t understand anything. They only know how to pursue money, status and fame and how to succeed at business and they think this shows their ability. They’re short-sighted. Then, when I think about myself, I say, “Indeed! This is really God’s mercy and blessing that I have accepted the work of God. I have experienced for so many years and finally understood some truth; with the exceptional exaltation of God, I am able to serve God. I have not wasted my life; I understand many things and have gained much! My life has not been a waste!” It is the exceptional exaltation of God that we can experience His work in the last days and enjoy the feast of the Lamb; this is what it means to be exceptionally exalted by God! Why is that? Our identity, status, academic qualifications, etc. cannot compare with those of the unbelievers, but they have not obtained this blessing and we have. What does that show? This has all been predestined by God; it doesn’t mean we’re better than them or smarter than them. It was planned by God. We are the luckiest ones! Therefore, in experiencing the judgment before Christ’s seat, if we pursue the truth, sacrifice everything we can for Christ and finally are able to obtain the truth and change our disposition, how great a blessing would that be? God calls people like us “those of His own mind.” Doesn’t this mean that He is exceptionally exalting us? According to our previous corruption and our identity, are we worthy of this? We’re not worthy at all! God raises us up to heaven, saying we’re those of His own mind. Who is worthy of that title? In the end, He takes us into His kingdom where we will have eternal life and our dreams will come true. This is quite a surprise! Tell me, is this not the special grace of God? All of this is God’s exceptional exaltation.
Let’s continue reading God’s words, “As for those who can belong to none of the categories set by God, they shall be numbered among the unbelievers.” Some people say, “There are other categories beyond the aforementioned categories. There are still some categories of people for which we do not know the outcome.” Here’s the explanation, “As for those who can belong to none of the categories set by God, they shall be numbered among the unbelievers.” They shall be dealt with as unbelievers. What does it mean to be an unbeliever? They are those who do not accept God’s work. What is the outcome for them? They will all be destroyed. The great disaster will destroy them all! Therefore, when we talk about unbelievers, we are talking about those who will be destroyed. “… they shall be numbered among the unbelievers. And you can surely imagine what their outcome shall be.” Needless to say, they will be destroyed.
Next, God says, “I have already said to you all that I should say; the road that you choose shall be your decision to make.” The road that you choose will be your decision. You can choose as you please; God will not intervene or compel you to choose one option. Now in this passage, God first says, “I exhort you to submit to judgment.” Can you accept this? Can you make such a choice? “Submit to judgment,” this is the only path; it is also the blessed path. It has God’s deep love and blessings. You have no notions about it, right? Some people may feel awkward when they first hear these words. They’ll say, “‘I exhort you to submit to judgment,’ this sounds like God will hand me over to the court to be judged at trial, then convicted.” That’s what they think. Is this the same as a court trial on earth? This is purification; it is enjoying the feast of the Lamb. Many people do not understand, “What does it mean to experience God’s judgment?” Now do you understand? Good. You all understand now.