25. The Principles of Obeying the Authority of God’s Words
1. God’s words are the truth, the authority of God’s words is supreme, God’s words hold sovereignty over all and accomplish all—this is the paramount life maxim for mankind;
2. You must understand God’s words, know the essence of the truth of God’s words, be able to enter the reality of the truth, and make God’s words become your life;
3. The more God’s words judge and expose, prune and deal with people, the more truth there is to seek; you must accept, obey, and seek to enter the reality of the truth;
4. No matter who says it, so long as what they say conforms to God’s words and the truth, you should always accept it and obey the authority of God’s words—God’s words are the highest authority.
Relevant Words of God:
My words are the forever unchanging truth. I am the supply of life for man and the only guide for mankind. The worth and meaning of My words are not determined by whether they are recognized or accepted by mankind, but by the substance of the words themselves. Even if not a single person on this earth can receive My words, the value of My words and their help to mankind are inestimable by any man. Therefore, when faced with the many men who rebel against, refute, or are utterly contemptuous of My words, My stance is only this: Let time and facts be My witness and show that My words are the truth, the way, and the life. Let them show that all I have said is right, and is that which man should be furnished with, and, moreover, that which man should accept. I will let all who follow Me know this fact: Those who cannot fully accept My words, those who cannot practice My words, those who cannot find a purpose in My words, and those who cannot receive salvation because of My words, are those who have been condemned by My words and, moreover, have lost My salvation, and My rod shall never stray from them.
from “You Ought to Consider Your Deeds” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
The truth is the most real of life’s aphorisms, and the highest of such aphorisms among all mankind. Because it is the requirement that God makes of man, and is the work personally done by God, thus it is called life’s aphorism. It is not an aphorism summed up from something, nor is it a famous quote from a great figure; instead, it is the utterance to mankind from the Master of the heavens and earth and all things, and not some words summed up by man, but the inherent life of God. And so it is called the highest of all life’s aphorisms.
from “Only Those Who Know God and His Work Can Satisfy God” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
Though the word “word” is simple and ordinary, the word from the mouth of God become flesh shakes the entire universe; His word transforms the heart of man, the notions and the old disposition of man, and the old appearance of the entire world. Through the ages, only the God of this day works in such a manner, and only He speaks and saves man thus. Thereafter, man lives under the guidance of the word, shepherded and supplied by the word; they live in the world of the word, live within the curses and blessings of God’s word, and even more live under the judgment and chastisement of the word. These words and this work are all for the sake of man’s salvation, achieving God’s will, and changing the original appearance of the world of old creation. God created the world with the word, leads men throughout the universe with the word, conquers and saves them with the word. Finally, He shall use the word to bring the entire world of old to an end. Only then is the management plan wholly complete.
from “The Age of Kingdom Is the Age of Word” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
Only understanding the doctrine is of no use; it cannot bring a change in life. Only understanding the literal meaning of God’s word is not equal to understanding truth; those essential things illustrated in God’s words are the truth. Every sentence of God’s words contains truth, but people may not necessarily understand it. For example, God’s word says, “You must be honest people”: There is truth in this statement. “You must become people obedient to God, who love God, and who worship God.” “You must do your duty well as a man.” These statements contain the truth even more. Each sentence of the words of God contains much truth, and many words are required to explain the essence of each statement of truth; only when this point is reached will it be considered an understanding of the truth. If you only understand the literal meaning and explain God’s words according to their literal meaning, this is not an understanding of truth—this is purely playing with doctrine.
from “How to Take the Path of Peter” in Records of Christ’s Talks
The truth that man needs to possess is found in the word of God, a truth that is the most beneficial and helpful to mankind. It is the tonic and sustenance that your body needs, something that helps man restore his normal humanity, a truth that man should be equipped with. The more you practice God’s word, the more quickly your life will blossom; the more you practice God’s word, the clearer the truth becomes. As you grow in stature, you will see things of the spiritual world more clearly, and you will be more powerful to triumph over Satan. Much of the truth that you don’t understand will be made clear when you practice the word of God. … Therefore, only when you experience the truth can you understand it, and only when you experience the truth can you grasp the hidden parts of it. To experience it in depth is the only way to grasp the connotations of the truth, to understand the essence of it.
from “Practice the Truth Once You Understand It” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
Believers in God should be possessed of good behavior externally, at the very least, and of utmost importance is to have the word of God. No matter what, you can never turn away from His word. Your knowledge of God and fulfillment of His will are all achieved through His word. All nations, sects, denominations, and sectors will be conquered through the word in the future. God will speak directly, and all people will hold the word of God in their hands; through this will people be perfected. The word of God pervades throughout: People speak of God’s word and practice according to God’s word, while kept within is still the word of God. Both within and without, they are steeped in the word of God, and thus are they perfected. Those who fulfill the will of God and are able to bear witness to Him are those who have the word of God as reality.
from “The Age of Kingdom Is the Age of Word” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
In truth, the work being done now is to have people forsake Satan, forsake their old ancestor. All judgments by the word aim to expose humanity’s corrupt disposition and to enable people to understand the essence of life. These repeated judgments all pierce people’s hearts. Every judgment directly impacts their fate and is meant to wound their hearts so that they can let go of all those things and thereby come to know life, know this filthy world, and also know God’s wisdom and almightiness and know this Satan-corrupted mankind. The more of this kind of chastisement and judgment, the more man’s heart can be wounded and the more his spirit can be awakened. Awakening the spirits of these extremely corrupted and most deeply deceived of people is the goal of this kind of judgment.
from “Only the Perfected Can Live a Meaningful Life” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
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. If you do not regard these truths with importance and constantly think of avoiding them or of finding a new way out apart from them, then I say you are a grievous sinner.
from “Christ Does the Work of Judgment With the Truth” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
People’s pursuit of entry into life is based on God’s words…. And no matter what God says, you just need to enter into His words. When God says He starts to chastise people, you accept His chastisement. When God asks people to die, you accept that trial. If you are always living within His newest utterances, in the end God’s words will perfect you. The more you enter into God’s words, the more quickly you will be perfected.
from “People Whose Dispositions Have Changed Are Those Who Have Entered Into the Reality of God’s Words” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
Of course, to know yourself more deeply you must integrate God’s words. We must not fear suffering or pain, and we particularly must not fear that God’s words will pierce our hearts. We should read more of His words regarding judgment and chastisement, and exposure of our corrupt essences. We must read it and hold ourselves up to it more. Don’t compare others to it—compare yourself to it. We present every single one of these things—we all match up to these. If you don’t believe it, go experience it yourself.
from “The Importance and the Path of Pursuing the Truth” in Records of Christ’s Talks
What is it to accept truth? It means that no matter which corrupt disposition you have or which venom of the great red dragon poisons your nature, you acknowledge it when it is revealed by God’s word and submit to God’s word with utter conviction. And, you know yourself according to God’s word. This is what it means to accept God’s word. No matter what God says, no matter how piercing to the heart, no matter what words He uses, you can accept it as long as it is truth, and you can acknowledge it as long as it conforms to reality. You can submit to God’s word regardless of how deeply you understand it, and you accept and submit to the light of enlightenment from the Holy Spirit that is communicated by the brothers and sisters. When such a person’s pursuit of truth has reached a certain point, he can obtain truth and achieve the transformation of his disposition.
from “How to Know Man’s Nature” in Records of Christ’s Talks
The Man’s Fellowship:
In God’s house, it is God and God’s word that are in power. God’s disposition is supreme; it is the symbol of supreme power. Therefore, all God’s chosen people should honor God as the greatest, exalt God’s word, and absolutely obey the authority of Christ and the authority of God’s word. This is perfectly justified and proper. Otherwise, it is outrageous and intolerable by heaven. In the church, the word of God is above all else. God’s word is truly the highest instruction and the highest command. The authority of God’s word is the highest authority, which fully represents the will of Heaven, the command of Heaven. Under the authority of God’s word, anyone must obey. All those who have the Holy Spirit’s work have the authority to execute God’s commands, and they all have the authority to uphold God’s work. This is the symbol of the Age of Kingdom.
from the fellowship from the above
A person who obeys the authority of the truth is one who truly obeys God. Obeying the authority of the truth means that regardless of a person’s age and position, if what he says is in accordance with the truth, you must obey no matter how high your status is, because the truth is higher than all else. The truth represents God. Man cannot represent God. Only the truth can represent God, and the authority of the truth is above all else. If you can obey the authority of the truth in everything, it means that you are a person who obeys God. It proves that you are someone who obeys God. … If what ordinary brothers and sisters say is right and conforms to the truth, you should obey. This is called obeying the authority of the truth. The authority of the truth is the supreme authority in the church, and the authority of God’s word is the supreme authority. To be a person who truly obeys God, you must practice it this way, “What I obey is the word of God and the truth. If what the smallest brother or sister says is consistent with the truth, I will accept and adopt it without personal conception or prejudice.” Obeying the truth free from the restraint of any person, event, and thing is truly obeying God. No matter from whose mouth this truth emanates, whoever issues it, we must accept and obey. This is the most important practice in exercising entry to the reality of obeying God! Accept the sayings of anyone that are consistent with the truth, even if he is the one whom you most disdain. If what he says comports with the truth, you say, “Your communication is right and in line with the truth, I accept.” … It is right to enter the reality of the truth this way. In God’s house, the authority of God’s word and the authority of the truth are above all else. He who obeys the truth is a person who truly obeys God. No matter what people communicate, as long as it is in line with the truth and God’s word, he who can accept, adopt and obey is a person who truly obeys God.
from the fellowship from the above