Question 5: The work in the Age of Law was performed by Moses as used by God. Why doesn’t God use man to perform His judgment work of the last days? And why must He become flesh to do it Himself?
Answer: Why must God’s judgment work of the last days be performed by God incarnate? Why can it not be done by people used by God? This question is indeed very important, very key, and directly related to the major issue of whether man can be brought before God’s throne, achieve salvation, and enter the kingdom of heaven. Almighty God has said a lot on this question. Let’s read a few passages of Almighty God’s words on this.
Almighty God says. “The work of judgment is God’s own work, so it must naturally be carried out by God Himself; it cannot be done by man in His stead. Because judgment is the use of the truth to conquer humankind, there is no question that God would still appear in the incarnate image to perform this work among man. That is to say, in the last days, Christ shall use the truth to teach people across the world and make all truths known to them. This is God’s work of judgment” (“Christ Does the Work of Judgment With the Truth” in The Word Appears in the Flesh).
“In the last days, Christ uses a variety of truths to teach man, to expose the essence of man, and to dissect the words and deeds of man. 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 normal humanity, as well as the wisdom and the disposition of God, and so on. These words are all directed at the essence of man and his corrupt disposition. In particular, the words that expose how man spurns God are spoken in regard to how man is an embodiment of Satan, and an enemy force against God. In undertaking His work of judgment, God does not simply make clear the nature of man with a few words; He exposes, deals with, and prunes over the long term. These methods of exposure, dealing, and pruning cannot be substituted with ordinary words, but with the truth of which man is utterly bereft. Only methods such as these can be called judgment; only through judgment of this kind can man be subdued and thoroughly convinced into submission to God, and moreover gain true knowledge of God. What the work of judgment brings about is man’s understanding of the true face of God and the truth about his own rebelliousness. The work of judgment allows man to gain much understanding of the will of God, of the purpose of God’s work, and of the mysteries that are incomprehensible to him. It also allows man to recognize and know his corrupt substance and the roots of his corruption, as well as to discover the ugliness of man. These effects are all brought about by the work of judgment, for the substance of this work is actually the work of opening up the truth, the way, and the life of God to all those who have faith in Him. This work is the work of judgment done by God” (“Christ Does the Work of Judgment With the Truth” in The Word Appears in the Flesh).
“No one is more suitable, and qualified, than God in the flesh for the work of judging the corruption of man’s flesh. … Satan can only be fully defeated if God in the flesh judges the corruption of mankind. Being the same as man possessed of normal humanity, God in the flesh can directly judge the unrighteousness of man; this is the mark of His innate holiness, and of His extraordinariness. Only God is qualified to, and in the position to judge man, for He is possessed of the truth, and righteousness, and so He is able to judge man. Those who are without the truth and righteousness are not fit to judge others” (“Corrupt Mankind Needs Salvation by the Incarnate God Most of All” in The Word Appears in the Flesh).
“It is because of these judgments that you have been able to see that God is the righteous God, that God is the holy God. It is because of His holiness and righteousness that He has judged you and visited His wrath upon you. Because He can reveal His righteous disposition when seeing mankind’s rebelliousness, and because He can reveal His holiness when seeing mankind’s filth, this is enough to show that He is God Himself who is holy and without taint, but who also lives in a land of filth. If He were a man who sullies himself along with others and if He did not have any elements of holiness or a righteous disposition, He would not be qualified to judge mankind’s unrighteousness or to be the judge of mankind. If man were to judge man, wouldn’t it be like slapping their own face? How could someone have the right to judge the same kind of person, who is just as filthy as they are? The only One who can judge all of filthy mankind is the holy God Himself, and how could man judge man’s sins? How could man be capable of seeing man’s sins, and how could they be qualified to condemn man? If God didn’t have the right to judge man’s sins, then how could He be the righteous God Himself? When people’s corrupt dispositions are revealed, He speaks out to judge them, and only then can they see that He is holy” (“How the Effects of the Second Step of the Work of Conquest Are Achieved” in The Word Appears in the Flesh).
Almighty God clearly tells us the meaning of God becoming flesh to do the work of judgment in the last days. The judgment work of God in the last days is accomplished through God expressing truths, expressing God's righteous disposition, and God’s almightiness and wisdom to expose and judge the satanic nature of corrupt mankind, to save mankind from Satan's influence and change man’s life disposition, and to perfect man to gain the truth, achieve understanding of God and live out a meaningful life. Such work of saving and perfecting man must be done personally by God incarnate Himself, because in the last days, mankind is deeply corrupted and full of Satan’s disposition. They are wildly arrogant, cunning and deceitful, selfish and despicable. They have all become descendants of Satan. They have all lost the conscience, reason, character, and dignity of normal humanity. They are like spiritless beasts, without much of a likeness of human beings. For God to save such extremely corrupted human beings, He must become flesh to directly express God’s words, and express God’s righteous, majestic, wrathful disposition to judge, conquer, and cleanse mankind, letting mankind not just hear God’s voice, but also see God’s disposition and wrath. Only then can corrupt mankind be thoroughly conquered and defeated. Only then will man fall to the ground, fear God, obey God, and shun evil. This is the result that can be achieved by the judgment work of God in the flesh. God becoming flesh is not just to express God’s words. The main thing is to let mankind see the appearance of God and His disposition, see God’s deeds and His almightiness and wisdom, and at the same time see God’s tabernacle with man, and God living alongside man, and mankind living before God and fellowshiping and directly conversing with God. These are all accomplished through God becoming flesh. This is the true meaning of God becoming flesh to perform His judgment work. All those who have experienced God’s judgment work of the last days can personally appreciate these facts.
A lot of people cannot understand why God does not use people to perform His judgment work of the last days. The main reason is because man’s essence is that of corrupt mankind and man has Satan’s disposition. Even if they are perfected and have the control of the Holy Spirit, they are still not worthy of expressing God’s words, and moreover they are not worthy of expressing God’s disposition, His almightiness and wisdom, and all that He has and is, because a man used by God has the essence of humanity and has no divinity, so he is not qualified to work in God’s identity. No matter what he says or does, he cannot represent God, and so he cannot perform the work of saving mankind. For example, God used Moses to perform the work of the Age of Law. Moses could only convey God’s words like a prophet. Why did he not dare to speak on God’s behalf? Because he is a man, not God incarnate. This is the essential difference between God in the flesh and a person used by God. Someone asked just now, since God used Moses to work during the Age of Law, why couldn’t He have used man to perform His judgment work of the last days? There is a special context for God using Moses to do the work during the Age of Law. The corruption of man by Satan during the Age of Law was not very thorough. The work of the Age of Law was not the work of changing man’s disposition, but was the work of promulgating commandments and laws and decrees to guide people’s lives. God used Moses mainly to promulgate commandments and laws and decrees, telling people how to abide by the laws and commandments of Jehovah God and what principles people should live by, so people could understand how to live before God and worship God, in order to lead newborn humans to learn how to live on earth. The results of this work can be achieved just by God using Moses to do it. This shows that in every age, whether God becomes flesh to work or uses man to work is all based on God’s management plan and the needs of corrupt mankind. The work of redemption in the Age of Grace and the work of judgment in the last days are all work to begin an age and end an age. They are the work of redeeming mankind and saving mankind, and must be personally done by God incarnate Himself. Nobody can replace Him. Just as Almighty God says. “The work of God is to be done by God Himself. It is He who sets His work in motion, and it is He who concludes His work. It is He who plans the work, and it is He who manages it, and even more, it is He who brings the work to fruition. As stated in the Bible, ‘I am the Beginning and the End; I am the Sower and the Reaper.’ All that pertains to the work of His management is done by God Himself. He is the Ruler of the six-thousand-year management plan; no one can do His work in His stead and no one can bring His work to a close, for it is He who holds everything in His hand. Having created the world, He will lead the entire world to live in His light, and He will also conclude the entire age, thereby bringing His entire plan to fruition!” (“The Mystery of the Incarnation (1)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh).
Excerpted from the movie screenplay of Who Is He That Has Returned