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XI Classic Words on God’s Requirements, Exhortations, Warnings, and Consolations

(II) Classic Words on God’s Exhortations of Man

30. The return of Jesus is a great salvation for those who are capable of accepting the truth, but for those who are unable to accept the truth it is a sign of condemnation. You should choose your own path, and should not blaspheme against the Holy Spirit and reject the truth. You should not be an ignorant and arrogant person, but someone who obeys the guidance of the Holy Spirit and longs for and seeks the truth; only in this way will you benefit. I advise you to tread the path of belief in God with care. Do not jump to conclusions; what’s more, do not be casual and carefree in your belief in God. You should know that, at the very least, those who believe in God should be humble and reverential.

from “When You Behold the Spiritual Body of Jesus Will Be When God Has Made Anew Heaven and Earth” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

31. Perhaps, having heard the way of truth and read the word of life, you believe that only one in 10,000 of these words are in line with your convictions and the Bible, and then you should continue to seek in that 10,000th of these words. I still advise you to be humble, to not be over-confident, and to not exalt yourself too highly. With your heart holding such meager reverence for God, you will gain greater light. If you carefully examine and repeatedly contemplate these words, you shall understand whether or not they are the truth, and whether or not they are life. Perhaps, having only read a few sentences, some people will blindly condemn these words, saying, “This is nothing more than some enlightenment of the Holy Spirit,” or, “This is a false Christ come to deceive people.” Those who say such things are blinded by ignorance! You understand too little of the work and wisdom of God, and I advise you to start again from scratch! You must not blindly condemn the words expressed by God because of the appearance of false Christs during the last days, and must not be someone who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit because you fear deception. Would that not be a great pity? If, after much examination, you still believe that these words are not the truth, are not the way, and are not the expression of God, then you shall ultimately be punished, and be without blessings. If you cannot accept such truth spoken so plainly and so clearly, then are you not unfit for God’s salvation? Are you not someone who is not fortunate enough to return before the throne of God? Think about it! Do not be rash and impetuous, and do not treat belief in God as a game. Think for the sake of your destination, for the sake of your prospects, for the sake of your life, and do not play around with yourself. Can you accept these words?

from “When You Behold the Spiritual Body of Jesus Will Be When God Has Made Anew Heaven and Earth” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

32. Many have a bad feeling about the second incarnation of God, for man finds it difficult to believe that God would become flesh to do the work of judgment. Nevertheless, I must tell you that often the work of God greatly exceeds man’s expectations and is difficult for the minds of men to accept. For men are merely maggots upon the earth, while God is the supreme One that fills the universe; the mind of man is akin to a pit of foul water that gives rise only to maggots, whereas each stage of the work directed by the thoughts of God is the distillation of God’s wisdom. Man constantly wishes to contend with God, to which I say it is self-evident who will suffer loss in the end.

from “Christ Does the Work of Judgment With the Truth” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

33. I exhort you all not to regard yourselves as more important than gold. If others can accept the judgment of God, then why can you not? How much higher do you stand above others? If others can bow their heads before the truth, why can you not also do so? God’s work has an unstoppable momentum. He will not repeat the work of judgment again for the sake of your “merit,” and you will be filled with boundless regret at letting such a good opportunity slip. If you do not believe My words, then just wait for that great white throne in the sky to pass judgment upon you!

from “Christ Does the Work of Judgment With the Truth” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

34. I exhort you to submit obediently to being judged, otherwise you shall never have the opportunity to be commended by God or to be brought by Him into His kingdom. … I have already said to you all that I should say; the road that you choose shall be your decision to make. What you should understand is this: The work of God never waits for any that cannot keep pace with Him, and the righteous disposition of God shows no mercy to any man.

from “Christ Does the Work of Judgment With the Truth” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

35. Those who do not pursue life cannot be transformed; those who do not thirst for the truth cannot gain the truth. You don’t focus on pursuing personal transformation and entering in; you always focus on those extravagant desires, and things that constrain your love for God and restrain you from getting close to Him. Can those things transform you? Can they bring you into the kingdom? If the object of your pursuit isn’t to seek the truth, then you may as well take advantage of this opportunity and return to the world to make a go of it. Wasting your time this way is really not worth it—why torture yourself? Couldn’t you enjoy all sorts of things out in the beautiful world? Money, beautiful women, status, vanity, family, children, and so on—aren’t all these products of the world the best things that you could enjoy? What use is it to wander around here looking for a place where you can be happy? The Son of man has nowhere to lay His head, so how could you have a place of ease? How could He create you a beautiful place of ease? Is that possible? Aside from My judgment, today you can only receive teachings on the truth. You cannot gain comfort from Me nor can you gain the happy nest that you think of night and day. I will not bestow upon you the riches of the world. If you pursue genuinely, I am willing to give you the way of life in its entirety, to have you be like a fish back in water. If you do not pursue genuinely, I will take it all back. I am not willing to give the words from My mouth to those people who are greedy for comfort and are just like pigs and dogs!

from “Why Aren’t You Willing to Be a Foil?” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

36. Today, you do not believe the words I say, and you pay no attention to them; when the day comes for this work to spread, and you see the entirety of it, you will regret, and at that time you will be dumbfounded. There are blessings, yet you do not know to enjoy them, and there is the truth, yet you do not pursue it. Do you not bring contempt upon yourself? Today, although the next step of God’s work has yet to begin, there is nothing exceptional about the demands that are made of you and what you are asked to live out. There is so much work, and so many truths; are they not worthy of being known by you? Is God’s chastisement and judgment incapable of awakening your spirit? Is God’s chastisement and judgment incapable of making you hate yourself? Are you content to live under the influence of Satan, with peace and joy, and a little fleshly comfort? Are you not the lowliest of all people? None are more foolish than those who have beheld salvation but do not pursue to gain it: They are people who gorge themselves on the flesh and enjoy Satan.

from “The Experiences of Peter: His Knowledge of Chastisement and Judgment” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

37. As your faith is meager, you are still to this day powerless to find any of the delights life has to offer. I advise you: better to sincerely spend half your life for Me than your whole life in mediocrity and busywork for the flesh, enduring all the suffering a man could hardly bear. What purpose would it serve to treasure yourself so much as to flee from My chastisement? What purpose would it serve to hide yourself from My momentary chastisement only to reap an eternity of embarrassment, an eternity of chastisement? I will not, in fact, bend anyone to My will. If a man is really willing to submit to all My plans, I would not treat him poorly. But I require that all people believe in Me, just as Job believed in Me, Jehovah. If your faith exceeds that of Thomas, then your faith will attain My commendation, in your loyalty you will find My bliss, and you will surely find My glory in your days.

from “What a Real Man Means” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

38. If you do not seek out opportunities to be perfected by God, if you do not strive to pursue being perfected, then you will ultimately be filled with remorse. Now is the best opportunity to be perfected—this is the best time. If you do not earnestly seek perfection by God, once His work has concluded it will be too late—you will have missed this opportunity. No matter how great your aspirations, if God is no longer performing work, regardless of the effort that you put in, you will never be able to be perfected. You must seize this opportunity and cooperate through the great work of the Holy Spirit. If you miss this opportunity, you will not be given another no matter how much effort you put in.

from “Be Mindful of God’s Will to Attain Perfection” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

39. Do not be a passive follower of God, and do not pursue that which is curious. Through being neither cold nor hot you will forfeit yourself and delay your life. You must rid yourself of such passivity and inactivity, and become adept at pursuing positive things and overcoming your own weaknesses, so that you may gain the truth and live out the truth. There’s nothing fearful about your weaknesses, and your shortcomings are not your biggest problem. Your biggest problem, and your greatest shortcoming, is your being neither hot nor cold and your lack of desire to seek the truth. The biggest problem with all of you is a cowardly mentality whereby you are happy with things as they are, and await passively. This is your greatest obstacle, and the greatest enemy to your pursuit of the truth.

from “The Experiences of Peter: His Knowledge of Chastisement and Judgment” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

40. Some people are caught up in their own concerns all day long and fail to investigate or practice the truth that is readily available. This practice is very absurd; such people are inherent sufferers, having the blessing but not enjoying it! The way is there, all it takes is for you to put it into practice. If you are resolved to put the truth into practice, your weakness and fatal flaws can be transformed, but you should always be cautious and careful and suffer more hardships. Believing in God takes a prudent heart—can you believe in God properly if you adopt such a casual manner?

from “Those Who Love the Truth Have a Way to Follow” in Records of Christ’s Talks

41. The reason you give up on truth is because you think you are already beyond saving, so you give up on even the most fundamental truths. Perhaps it is not that you cannot put the truth into practice, but rather that you give up on the opportunities to practice the truth; if you give up on truth, can you still change? If you give up on truth then where is the meaning in your belief in God? Hasn’t it already been said, “It is right no matter when change in disposition is sought”? Have you forgotten this? You remember that only very few will be saved,[a] and feel that you have no hope. If you do not have a positive pursuit, will not the negative things make an appearance? How then can you not be negative? So I am telling you still: You must view yourself correctly, and not give up on truth.

from “View Yourself Correctly and Do Not Give Up on Truth” in Records of Christ’s Talks

42. Let Me give you another reminder here. Do not allow misunderstandings to arise in you because such-and-such person is a certain way, or acted in such-and-such a way, letting you become decadent in spirit. As I see it, this is not appropriate, and it is a worthless thing. Is the One you believe in not God? It is not some person. The functions are not the same. There is one body. Each does his duty, each in his place and doing his very best, every spark of enthusiasm a flash of light, seeking maturity in life, thus will I be satisfied.

from Utterances and Testimonies of Christ in the Beginning

43. All those who are willing to be made perfect and are loyal to God, all those who obey, and all those who faithfully perform their function—all such people can be made perfect. Today, all those who do not loyally perform their duty, all those who are not loyal to God, all those who do not submit to God, particularly those who have received the enlightenment and illumination of the Holy Spirit but do not put it into practice—all such people are unable to be made perfect. All those who are willing to be loyal and obey God can be made perfect, even if they are a little ignorant; all those who are willing to pursue can be made perfect. There is no need to worry about this. As long as you are willing to pursue in this direction, you can be made perfect. I am unwilling to forsake or eliminate any of those among you, but if man does not strive to do well, then you are only ruining yourself; it is not Me that eliminates you, but you yourself.

from “Restoring the Normal Life of Man and Taking Him to a Wonderful Destination” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

44. People’s entire lives are in the hands of God, and if it were not for their resolution before God, who would be willing to live in vain in this empty world of man? Why bother? Rushing in and out of the world, if they don’t do anything for God, will their entire lives not have been wasted? Even if God doesn’t deem your actions worthy of mention, will you not give a happy smile at the moment of your death? You should pursue positive progress, not negative regression—is this not better practice?

from “Interpretation of the Thirty-ninth Utterance” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

45. The majority of people are constantly forward-looking and insatiable; they all lack understanding of God’s current anxious intention, so they all have thoughts of escape. They always want to go out into the wilderness to wander like a wild horse that has thrown off its reins, but it’s rare that there are people who want to settle down in the good land of Canaan to seek the way of human life—when they’ve entered the land flowing with milk and honey, wouldn’t they only think of enjoying it? To be frank, outside of the good land of Canaan everywhere is the wilderness. Even when people have entered the place of rest they are unable to uphold their duty; aren’t they just harlots? If you have lost the opportunity for God to perfect you in that environment, it will be something that you repent for the rest of your days; you will feel immeasurably regretful. You will end up like Moses who just gazed at the land of Canaan but was unable to enjoy it, clenching empty fists and dying full of regrets—don’t you think that is something shameful? Don’t you think that being scoffed at by others is an embarrassing thing? Are you willing to be humiliated by others? Don’t you have the heart to strive to do well for yourself? Aren’t you willing to be an honorable and upstanding person who is perfected by God? Are you really someone who is lacking any resolution? You’re not willing to take the other paths but you’re also not willing to take the path that God has ordained for you? Do you dare to go against the will of Heaven? No matter how great your skill is, can you really offend Heaven? I believe that it’s best for us to know ourselves well—just one little bit of God’s word can change heaven and earth, so what is a scrawny little person in God’s eyes?

from “The Path … (7)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

46. God does not want to conquer people through chastisement; He does not want to always lead people by the nose. He wants people to obey His words and work in a disciplined fashion, and through this satisfy His will. But people have no shame and they constantly rebel against Him. I believe that it is best for us to find the simplest way to satisfy Him, that is, to obey all of His arrangements, and if you can truly achieve this you will be perfected. Isn’t this an easy, joyful thing? Take the path that you should take without paying any mind to what others say or thinking too much. Do you have your future and your fate in your own hands? You always run away and want to take a worldly path, but why can’t you get out? Why is it that you waver at a crossroads for many years and then end up choosing this path once again? After wandering for many years, why is it that you have now returned to this house in spite of yourself? Is this just your own matter? For those of you in this stream, if you don’t believe this, then just listen to Me say this: If you plan to leave, just wait and see if God allows you to, and see how the Holy Spirit moves you—experience it for yourself. To speak frankly, even if you suffer misfortune, you must suffer it in this stream, and if there is suffering, you must suffer here today and you cannot go elsewhere. Do you see it clearly? Where would you go? This is God’s administrative decree. Do you think that it is meaningless for God to choose this group of people? In God’s work today, He doesn’t become angry easily, but if people want to disrupt His plan He can change His countenance in an instant and turn it from bright to cloudy. So, I advise you to settle down and submit to God’s designs, allow Him to make you complete. This is the only way to be a smart person.

from “The Path … (7)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

47. Those living outside My word, fleeing the suffering of trial, are they not drifting through the world? They are akin to autumn leaves fluttering here and there with no place to rest, much less My word of consolation. Although My chastisement and refinement follow them not, are they not the beggars, floating around, that wander the streets outside the kingdom of heaven? Is the world really your place of rest? Could you really attain a smile of relief from the world through your avoidance of My chastisement? Could you truly use your fleeting enjoyment as a cover for that inconcealable emptiness in your heart?

from “What a Real Man Means” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

48. Each of you should know your own nature. Most of you are skilled at argument, the answers to theoretical questions roll off your tongue, but you have nothing to say to questions involving substance. Even today, you still indulge in frivolous conversation, incapable of changing your old nature, and most of you have no intention of changing the way in which you pursue in order to achieve higher truth, only living your lives half-heartedly. How are such people capable of following God to the very end? Even if you do make it to the end of the path, what benefit will it be to you? It is better to change your ideas before it is too late, either truly pursuing, or else throwing in the towel early. As time goes on you will become a freeloading parasite—are you willing to play such a low and ignoble role?

from “Knowing the Three Stages of God’s Work Is the Path to Knowing God” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

49. I urge each person to shut up about theory and talk of something real, something genuine and substantial, study some “modern art,” speak of something realistic, contribute some reality, and have some spirit of dedication. Face reality when speaking and don’t indulge in unrealistic and exaggerated talk to make people happy or so they can think of you in a different way. What is the value of that? What point is there in stirring up people’s enthusiasm for you? Be “artistic” in your speech, be fair in your conduct, be reasonable in your work, be realistic in addressing people, keep in mind benefiting God’s house in every act, let your conscience guide your emotions, do not repay kindness with hate, or be ungrateful to kindness, and do not be a hypocrite, lest you be a bad influence. When you eat and drink God’s words, link them more to reality, and when you communicate, speak more about realistic things and do not be condescending—God objects to that. Be more patient and tolerant, practice conceding more, be generous and open with people, and learn from the “spirit of the prime minister.”[b] When you have thoughts that are not good, practice forsaking the flesh more. When you are working, speak more of realistic paths and don’t get too lofty or it will be beyond people’s reach. Less enjoyment, more contribution—show your selfless spirit of dedication. Be more considerate toward God’s intentions, listen more to your conscience, and keep in mind more and do not forget how God admonishes you daily out of concern for you. Read the “old almanac” more often. Pray more and fellowship more often. Do not go on being so muddled, but show more sense and gain some insight. When your hand of sin reaches out, pull it back and don’t let it extend so far. It’s useless! What you get from God is nothing but curses; be careful. Let your heart take pity on others and don’t always strike out with weapons in hand. Offer more and talk more about life, keeping a spirit of helping others. Do more and say less. Put more into practice and less into research and analysis. Be moved more by the Holy Spirit, and give God more opportunities to perfect you. Eliminate more human elements—there are still too many human ways of doing things. Superficial conduct and behavior are still loathsome. Eliminate more of them. Your mental states are still too detestable. Correct them more. The status people occupy in your hearts is still too much. Give more status to God and don’t be so unreasonable. The “temple” is God’s in the first place and should not be occupied by people. In sum, focus more on righteousness and less on emotions, and it is best to eliminate the flesh; talk more about reality and less about knowledge, and it is best to be silent; speak more of the path of practice and have less worthless inflated talk, and it is best to begin practice starting now.

from “Focus More on Reality” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

50. On this road, many men can speak of much knowledge, but at their time of death, their eyes brim with tears, and they hate themselves for having wasted a lifetime and lived for naught to old age. They had only understanding but never the opportunity to glorify God. They spent their entire lives fighting and journeying to and fro, yet upon their hour of death, there is regret in their hearts. Only in their dying hour do many come to their senses and realize the meaning of life. Is this then not too late? Why do you not seize the day and seek the truth that you love? Why wait until tomorrow? If in life you do not suffer for the truth or seek to gain it, could it be that you wish to feel regret in your dying hour? If so, then why believe in God? In truth, there are many matters in which man, if he devotes just the slightest effort, can put the truth into practice and thereby satisfy God. The heart of man is constantly possessed by demons and so he cannot act for the sake of God. Rather, he constantly journeys to and fro for the flesh, and profits nothing in the end. It is for these reasons that man has constant troubles and afflictions. Are these not the torments of Satan? Is this not corruption of the flesh? You should not fool God by only paying lip service. Rather, you must take tangible action. Do not fool yourself; what is the meaning in that? What can you gain by living for the sake of your flesh and toiling for fame and fortune?

from “You Ought to Live for the Truth Since You Believe in God” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

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