Only Those With a God-loving Heart Can Obtain the Everlasting Work of the Holy Spirit
The Path a Person Takes Decides Whether or Not They Will Obtain the Everlasting Work of the Holy Spirit
Among those who believe in God, some are able to attain salvation and be perfected by pursuing truths. However, it’s also a fact that some people appear to be pursuing truths hard and are able to give up everything for God, and yet don’t attain salvation or get perfected. Some people serve God and obtain the work of the Holy Spirit, and, finally, they get recognition and praise from God. Other people serve God, suffer for Him, and pay a heavy price—and yet they don’t get recognition and praise from God. Some people have faith in God, serve God, and walk the path of Peter, pursuing truths, seeking transformation of their disposition, and they become people who know God. Other people have faith in God, serve God, and walk the path of Paul, showing off and bearing witness to themselves instead of Christ, seeking to be rewarded, and in the end they are condemned by God and eliminated. Why is this? We see that people who walk the path of Paul really like to work, to show themselves off, bear witness to themselves, and win as much praise as possible from others. On the surface, these people look smart and capable, so why don’t they get perfected by God? They have had the work of the Holy Spirit, so why don’t they get perfected? This question deserves some deep consideration. A lot of people have had the work of the Holy Spirit, and yet some get perfected while others don’t, so where’s the difference between them? We need to be clear about this. We can clearly see in God’s words which type of pursuit can get one perfected and which type of pursuit can lead to elimination. But even though God’s words are clear, why is it that people still put themselves on the path of the antichrists? Why is it that those who serve God still resist God? This question really does deserve some deep thought and self-reflection. Some people ask: “They have all had the work of the Holy Spirit, but why is it that some get perfected while others get eliminated? Why is there such a big difference between them? What’s the reason for it?” Maybe some people might also ask: “If they’ve had the work of the Holy Spirit they should know what God means and what God wants, so why are they walking the path of Paul?” We should be clear on this reason: Whichever path people choose to walk, they are never forced to do so by the Holy Spirit. This is a principle of the Holy Spirit’s work. The Holy Spirit enlightens and illuminates people with God’s words so that they can understand God’s words. So people are able to be enlightened and illuminated by the Holy Spirit and understand God’s words, but the paths they take are completely their own choice. The Holy Spirit does not choose a path for anyone nor force anyone to walk a particular path. The Holy Spirit only enlightens people to understand God’s word, and only leads people into understanding the truth, and that is the limit of His responsibility. Whichever path people choose and walk on afterward is totally their own decision, and this is a principle of the Holy Spirit’s work. If you understand this principle of the Holy Spirit’s work, then how should you treat the serious question of which path to follow? Some people who count on God in everything say: “I’ll let God decide which path to follow, I’ll pray to Him and that should do it.” Tell me, do you think this way of thinking holds water? Where’s the mistake? The paths that people choose and walk on is a human affair, and God doesn’t force people to choose. If someone chooses the path of getting perfected or the path of elimination, that’s their own business. The Holy Spirit doesn’t make anyone do anything, and that we have to be clear about. The principle for God’s work is not forcing people to do things, and so is the Holy Spirit’s. People have to decide their own path for themselves, we must be clear about this. So, who gets perfected or gets eliminated is solely dependent upon the path taken, it’s got nothing to do with the work of the Holy Spirit. However, whenever anyone attains salvation or is perfected by God they must be led by God—led by God but also with the cooperation of the person involved—and they must pay the price. Those people who have not walked the path of being perfected and have been eliminated were also once enlightened by the Holy Spirit but they didn’t cooperate, they didn’t pay the price, they didn’t seek truths or put them into practice, and so the Holy Spirit did not force them to do so. So, once again, the path that people take is totally their own decision. Once the Holy Spirit has enlightened someone, God’s work on them is done, and what remains is how people should choose and walk a path and put truths into practice, which is totally man’s business. People can never do God’s work for Him, but God doesn’t do what people ought to do either, and God neither hinders nor forces people, because that’s man’s business. We often hear this: What God says and does has nothing to do with people and so you shouldn’t get involved. God doesn’t decide what people should put into practice and enter into. We must clear about this. We have seen some people who have believed in God for a number of years and clearly know that God wants to save and perfect man and clearly know of the good blessings and promises that perfected people will get from God, but they still don’t get on the right track. Why? Since they know that perfected people can receive God’s promises and blessings, why don’t they seek perfection? It is determined by their substance and nature. It’s because they don’t actually submit to God, they don’t like the truth one little bit, and they choose not to walk on the path to being perfected. The paths that people walk, and the things they seek, are very closely related to their substance and nature. Some people don’t have much interest in truths no matter how much fellowshiping they hear. Why is this? That’s because, by nature, they don’t like truths. No matter how well you communicate truths to them, they don’t like them. And as for negative things, even if they know why negative things are bad without you telling them, they still like such things and are unable to stay away from them. This is a problem with their nature, right? … So why are people different? Why is that? Because people have different substance and nature. Although mankind has been corrupted by Satan, those who have man’s spirit still have some positive things inside of them, such as a conscience and reason. Those people without spirits have nothing positive inside, and all that they possess are Satan’s things. They are beyond salvation. We are some of those who still have some positive attributes—we have a few shreds of conscience and reason, and we like positive things and the truth. This means that we can attain salvation, it proves that we are capable of being saved. It is how we differ most from the others. Even though we have corrupt dispositions, in our hearts we are attracted to positive things and the truth and we are willing to be good people and walk a right path. This is the difference between those who can gain salvation and those who can’t. … We all talk about truths and fellowship truths that allow to know ourselves better, to know exactly how and where we are corrupt. By digging up and fellowshiping each corrupt part of our natures we get to discern what we’re made of; yet some achieve good results while others don’t. I talk to those who serve God and leaders about differences between the two paths—the path of Peter and the path of Paul—and who can be perfected and who can’t. Every one of them understands these truths perfectly well. So how come some people still don’t get on the right track even though they understand? Why do they allow themselves to be eliminated in the end? It’s because some people love truths, but those who get eliminated don’t. Those who like truths put them into practice, while those who don’t like truths don’t put them into practice even though they understand them and end up getting eliminated. And that’s all there is to it. This is the great difference between people. The principle for the work of the Holy Spirit is: Whoever prays to God and has some liking for the truth, then the Holy Spirit will enlighten and illuminate them. But He does not force anyone to walk any particular path. Some people pray to God for a particular truth a number of times, and God enlightens them for a number of times. When they understand and remember it, they can put it into practice. But some people are enlightened by God several times and they still don’t remember or put it into practice, and so they are eliminated in the end. So, with regards to the work of the Holy Spirit we must recognize this: The work of the Holy Spirit is just. He treats each and everyone fairly and righteously, but He never forces people. He may enlighten and illuminate you to understand the truth, but He never interferes in the way you choose and walk your path in life. The Holy Spirit never forces anyone to do anything, and this is a principle of His work. So those people who get eliminated and punished, that’s got nothing to do with the Holy Spirit, it’s completely their own fault. However, for those people who attain salvation and get perfected, it is correct for them to give glory to God and say that they are led by the Holy Spirit. The final outcome for someone who walks the wrong path has nothing to do with the Holy Spirit. Because they are not on the right path and they clearly know the truths but don’t put them into practice, the Holy Spirit will not force them to do anything, and so when they are punished and eliminated it’s not related to the work of the Holy Spirit, either. We must be clear about this. We should see things in this way because God treats each individual fairly. We must speak according to the facts. This is an aspect of the work of the Holy Spirit that we must know about.
The Work of the Holy Spirit Perfects Those Who Truly Love God
The work of the Holy Spirit perfects those who truly love God, so how do those who truly love God express themselves? Those who truly love God walk the path of Peter. And what are the specific expressions of walking the path of Peter? First, pursuing truths; second, knowing oneself and getting rid of one’s satanic disposition to attain true salvation and be perfected; third, seeking to become a person who knows God and bears witness to God. Walking the path of Peter is about serving God, bearing witness to God. Those who truly love God walk the path of serving God and bearing witness to God. Anyone who truly loves God in their heart is someone who is walking the path of Peter, someone who is seeking to be perfected. Such a person, in the end, will be able to know God, bear witness to God; they can absolutely gain the work of the Holy Spirit and be perfected by the Holy Spirit. For someone who is walking a path that is not the path of Peter, they are certainly merely benefiting from the work of the Holy Spirit temporarily, but are not eternally gaining the work of the Holy Spirit and are certainly not being perfected by the Holy Spirit. With such people we can’t know for sure when they will start resisting God, and as soon as they step foot on the wrong path the Holy Spirit will leave them. Once the Holy Spirit abandons them, the outcome for them is clear: They’ll be punished and their lives will end in failure. We’ve all seen just how true this is. So we can see that whether or not the path someone takes is right will decide whether or not they will be perfected and gain the work of the Holy Spirit. It’s just so crucial that we walk on the right path.
The work of the Holy Spirit is of two types: The general work of the Holy Spirit and the work of perfecting people. Occasionally obtaining some of the general work of the Holy Spirit does not mean that you will later obtain the Holy Spirit’s work of perfection. The Holy Spirit perfects people according to the path that they take: Those who walk the path of Peter obtain the Holy Spirit’s work of perfection. If someone doesn’t walk the path of Peter, but instead just prays and pursues truths now and then, they could obtain the general work of the Holy Spirit. But this general work is just occasional, not permanent. If someone receives this occasional general work from the Holy Spirit, will they be able to attain salvation and be perfected? Absolutely not. So if you want the eternal work of the Holy Spirit, the work of perfecting people, then you must seek to have a heart that truly loves God and walk the path of Peter. Only thus will you receive the work of perfecting people. If you don’t walk the path of Peter then you’ll only occasionally get the general work of the Holy Spirit—a little bit of enlightenment and illumination here and there, or a brief period of guidance—but it won’t last long and you’ll never be certain when the work of the Holy Spirit will suddenly leave. You’ll get a little bit of grace but you won’t get the work of perfection by the Holy Spirit. Those who receive the work of perfection by the Holy Spirit are greatly blessed. Have you all got the drive to achieve this? Do you know what you need to be able to receive the work of perfection by the Holy Spirit? You need a heart that truly loves God. And you must walk the path of Peter, which shows that you really are someone who pursues the truth. What about the price that you pay? I’m afraid to say that your relatives might reject you, the world will slander and persecute you, and anyone who belongs to the devil Satan will definitely hate you. But you’ll have God’s love and protection, so nobody will be able to harm you. No matter how much suffering you have to undergo, in the end you’ll gain great blessings and you’ll feel that it’s all been worthwhile. So, we should be clear about the price to be paid when walking the path of Peter: Suffering will be tremendous—sometimes you’ll come close to death—and the hundreds of trials will cause great and long-term suffering. But those people who will suffer ruination, isn’t their suffering huge? It’s even greater. They will suffer enormously when the catastrophe arrives and they’ll all die. Not only will they suffer on earth, but they’ll also die and go to hell where they’ll suffer for eternity in a boundless ocean of suffering. So for us to be seeking to truly love God and walk the path of Peter is tremendously significant. If we can be perfected by God, we’ll know indescribable good fortune that lasts forever. By satisfying God we also comfort ourselves. By walking on a path of light we feel steady in heart, we have peace, we have joy. With the work of the Holy Spirit all suffering seems like joy, and no matter the amount of suffering their hearts are comforted and joyous. But without the work of the Holy Spirit all suffering seems enormous and unbearable, even worse than death. What a wondrous thing receiving the work of the Holy Spirit is!