How to Practice Exalting and Testifying God
What Is Exalting and Testifying God?
In the Age of Kingdom, we primarily testify that God’s disposition is righteous, that God is omnipotent and wise, and that God’s essence is the truth. Anyone who can testify well that God’s disposition is righteous and that God’s essence is the truth has the highest knowledge of God, and the most crucial to whether one has been perfected in the end is whether he has the most knowledge of God. What testimony must people have to demonstrate the highest knowledge of God? The testimony of a change in life disposition. Testimony of dispositional change is built on the foundation of knowledge of God. If someone has no knowledge of God, a change in his life disposition is impossible, because knowledge of God is required for people to achieve a change in their life disposition. The testimony of people who have achieved it, therefore, is the best and truest testimony. Those who have achieved a change in their life disposition are certain to have true knowledge of God, and they can fellowship about the truth in a most practical way. Fellowshiping about the truth in a practical way and using the truth to resolve problems is the process of exalting and testifying God. Some will ask if those who can’t fellowship about the truth are able to testify. They can, but their testimony is too insignificant, which is similar to picking up a penny on the street and giving it to a police officer. That kind of testimony belongs in the Age of Grace. Some people talk only about having an illness cured, some say only, “I prayed to God and my prayer was granted,” some say, “I prayed to God and drove out the demon possessing someone’s body,” but isn’t this “penny testimony”? Does such testimony signify any knowledge of God? There is no true knowledge of God in it, it only signifies that God helped someone, granted someone some grace, or helped someone solve a problem, after which this person says God exists and that God is good. But on the day a great disaster comes, will he be able to testify God? When one day a great illness strikes him and can’t be cured despite all his prayers, will he praise God? Will he still say God is good? Will he still admit there is a God? We can’t be so sure about that. This allows us to ask, “Does merely enjoying God’s grace equate to true knowledge of God?” No. Someone with true knowledge of God may not enjoy any grace at all, but he sees God’s dispositions through judgment and chastisement, and he sees God in God’s dispositions of righteousness, majesty, and wrath. Seeing God this way produces true knowledge of God. This is understanding of God’s righteous disposition, and it isn’t easy to achieve. For example, if someone is persistently resisting and denying God, and then is suddenly punished, do you think this punishment will benefit him? He will admit until the day he dies that God is righteousness and that God tolerates no offense. What result will that achieve? He greatly fears God and never dares again resist God. Will that be beneficial to the change of his life disposition? Very beneficial. But if God doesn’t forgive his sin, he is doomed without question. If he commits a sin that blasphemes God, he is doomed without question. So, how should we exalt and testify God? We should testify and fellowship about the true knowledge of God we gain through accepting and obeying God’s judgment and chastisement, so that others may know God is, without doubt, righteous and holy, and that God’s disposition brooks no offense. Isn’t this the best way to testify God? So, the results we achieve of accepting and obeying God’s judgment and chastisement are all true testimony to God and God’s work. This is testimony produced by experiencing God’s judgment and chastisement, not merely by enjoying God’s grace, so its essence is different. Testimony produced by experiencing God’s work is knowledge of God, and knowledge of God can change people’s lives, change people’s views on things, and make people know themselves. Each time someone gains some true knowledge of God, each time someone gains some true understanding of the truth, he adjusts his views on things, views on life, values, and the path he chooses. Why does he adjust them? Because he has knowledge of God, and this decides the path he chooses, the principles he lives by, and his goal in life. Each time someone gains some true knowledge of God, it is inevitable that his views on things change, he adjusts the path he follows in life, and he adjusts his goal of pursuit. All these changes occur because of knowledge of God. For example, a person wants to make money or become an official, and in the end those desires are extinguished when he comes to know God. Why are they extinguished? He comes to realize, “That’s not the proper path, it’s meaningless, and I don’t want to pursue those things. I want to pursue knowledge of God, because then I can live out a true life, and that is what can make my life more valuable and meaningful.” Can people attain salvation through experiencing and obeying God’s work? Absolutely. The more of the truth a person understands, the more he changes. How could he not change? The change occurs all by itself. The truth is incredible, because its power can change everything. After I started believing in God, I saw the words Jesus said to Peter, and my goal in life changed. What did Jesus say to Peter? “Blessed are you, Simon Barjona. … and on this rock I will build my church…. And I will give to you the keys of the kingdom of heaven” (Mat 16:17, 18, 19). Because Peter said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Mat 16:16), he was blessed by God. Do you see why Peter was blessed by God? He had knowledge of the incarnate God, so God blessed him. And afterward, what was Peter’s goal in life? To serve God and expend for God. So, when people achieve true knowledge of God, it’s impossible that their view on life and values doesn’t change. The change is inevitable and occurs naturally. They naturally change their life goal and their path in life, and they choose the truth and choose to serve, testify, and exalt God, and to expend for God their entire life. This is the effect caused by knowledge of God. Therefore, bearing testimony for God is exalting and testifying God. Exalting and testifying God is to speak about the knowledge you gain through experiencing God’s work and your knowledge of the truth, to speak about how you achieve understanding of the truth, how you practice the truth, and what true knowledge of God you gain in the end, to speak about your own corruption, and how through prayer and fellowship with God you finally understand the truth and resolve your corruptions. In short, fellowshiping about the truth to resolve problems is the process of testifying God. What is meant by exalting and testifying God? What does its practice look like in reality? It means to fellowship on the truth, to fellowship on God’s word, to tell others about your genuine experience and understanding of God’s word or the truth. It means that if you discover one of your brothers or sisters exposing corruption, having a transgression, turning away from the right path, or disrupting or disturbing church work, you can use the truth to resolve his problems, and you can fellowship on and testify God’s word, the truth, and God’s will; in doing so, you exalt and testify God. What results do you achieve by practicing exalting and testifying God? You resolve problems and help others gain some true knowledge of God. If your practice doesn’t achieve these results, you aren’t truly exalting and testifying God. If people don’t want to hear your fellowship, if they call it letters and doctrine, if they say your words are empty and impractical, are you exalting and testifying God? You are simply going through formalities. Isn’t that what the pastors and elders of the religious world do when they give sermons? Why do we say they are simply going through formalities? They practice this way for years without helping God’s chosen people achieve knowledge of God or change in their life dispositions, so what they are doing isn’t genuinely exalting and testifying God, it’s simply a religious ritual. Today some people practice fellowshiping about the truth, fellowshiping about the realities of the truth God requires His chosen people to achieve entry into, but there are those whose fellowship contains no knowledge drawn from practical experiences, who speak only in empty theories, and whose words don’t benefit God’s chosen people at all. Does fellowshiping about the truth like that achieve the result of using the truth to resolve problems? Any fellowship on the truth that does not achieve the result of using the truth to resolve problems is not exalting and testifying God; any fellowship on the truth that resolves problems and helps people gain some true knowledge of God is genuinely exalting and testifying God. If, as someone practices exalting and testifying God, he deepens his life experience, comes to genuinely understand the truth, and is able to practice the truth, will this person’s fellowship on the truth be effective? It will be effective, because he can practice the truth rather than merely understand it. Being able to practice the truth means a person truly understands the truth and has gained the truth. He has entry into its realities, and once he has entry into its realities, what he talks about isn’t knowledge of doctrines, it isn’t empty knowledge, but it’s a reality that he lives out. If someone lives out a reality and then fellowships about the truth, no matter what he fellowships about, it is all the more refreshing, real, convincing, and easy to understand. Isn’t that the case? It’s because he has reality. He always practices the truth, so he has real knowledge of the truth. Just like a chef who cooks for years and makes meals every day. If you ask him to talk about cooking, isn’t that his reality? That’s his expertise, and he knows it all too well, so he can discuss it easily, however you like, and it won’t be difficult for him at all. If you ask a singer to sing a song, is that hard for him? All he has to do is open his mouth. He doesn’t even need to prepare. So, what should be your focus if you want to achieve genuinely exalting and testifying God? Entry into the realities of the truth of God’s word. The more you have entry into its realities, the more effective your fellowship on the truth will be, the more able to use the truth to resolve problems you will be, and the more practical your testimony of God will be. If your entry into the truth is too shallow, your exalting and testifying God will achieve a little result, but it won’t be very obvious.