How Man Crosses Into the New Age (Part One)

Today, our topic for fellowship is man entering into the new age, the Age of Kingdom, and how people should live in the Age of Kingdom, how they should experience God’s work in the Age of Kingdom and truly cross into the new age. What will this discussion on the topic of how man crosses into the new age mainly focus on? God expresses so many words in the Age of Kingdom and He is doing the work of judgment and chastisement, and God’s chosen people should all know exactly how man should believe in God in the Age of Kingdom in order to meet God’s demands. Most people in the past believed in the Lord and enjoyed a great deal of grace from God. Right now, they are beginning to experience God’s work of judgment and chastisement, so how can they make the transition from their old views on belief in God to a new one that meets God’s demands? No matter whether your past views on belief in God were right or wrong, this will not be a matter for investigation, and you should face reality, and you must know how to believe and how to pursue now. If you continue to pursue based on how you believed back in the Age of Grace, and you continue to believe in God based on your past views, then you will not have entered into the new age. Let Me first speak a demonstrative phrase that will explain this issue. What phrase is that? This phrase was often spoken in the Age of Grace: “When a person believes in God, their whole family is blessed.” That is, when one person believed in Jesus, their whole family, from the oldest to the youngest, benefited from association, and all of them enjoyed peace and joy. Because Jesus performed the work of redemption, He was infinitely tolerant, patient, forgiving, and absolving toward man. No matter what your life entry was like, or what your caliber was like, or how many sins you had committed in the past, all you had to do was confess to the Lord and all would be forgiven, and peace and joy would be bestowed upon you. All you needed to do was “believe” and that was enough—it was so simple. Is it the case now that when one person believes in God their whole family is blessed? No. Why is that work not being done now? Because the time has come, and God is here to do the work of judgment and to save mankind from the influence of Satan once and for all. That is why God now requires people to be loyal and sincere toward Him, to worship Him and submit to Him, and to have a God-fearing heart—these are the things that people must do. If those who believe in God can comprehend the truth, accept the truth, understand the truth, and gain the truth, then they will be utterly saved. Those, however, who do not accept the truth and who merely covet God’s grace will be eliminated. If you still demand now that God performs the work of the Age of Grace, thinking still that when you believe in God your whole family will be blessed, that is too foolish! God is no longer doing the work of the Age of Grace. That age is over. You understand this, right?

This so-called “crossing into the new age” means entering into today’s Age of Kingdom, and your views on belief in God, your intents, your faith, the way that you live your life, and how you experience things must all change. If you only change one thing, if you used to believe in Jesus but today you believe in Almighty God, and only the name of the God that you believe in has changed, then in reality the way in which you believe, the path that you walk, and the things that you pursue have not changed. That is to say, there must be some changes in your pursuit, in your understanding, and in your views. Only when you pursue the truth on this basis can your faith be pure and true. Why are some people now always negative, thinking that belief in God is meaningless, and not as energizing as it used to be? It is because their views on belief in God have not yet been transformed. They still hold on to the views they used to have when they believed in Jesus, focusing only on gaining a little grace or expending more and running about more; they focus on gifts, on surface-level work and surface-level sermons, and on enthusiasm. Yet they do not keep pace with God’s current work, they do not concentrate on eating and drinking God’s words, and they are not enlightened by the Holy Spirit, so they always feel negative. People like this appear as though they believe in God, when in fact, they have not accepted the truth in their hearts, and that is why their negative state is never resolved. They do not have life entry at all, they still cling to their old views on belief in God, without any transformation. Is that not the case? The work of the Holy Spirit has changed, and man’s belief in God must change alongside the Holy Spirit’s work. If your pursuit, the way that you live, the way that you experience, your attitude toward belief in God, and your intents and views in your belief in God have not been transformed, that shows that you have not kept pace with the steps of the Holy Spirit’s work. If people want to keep up with the new work of the Holy Spirit, to change in new ways, and to gain new understandings, then they must seek the truth, enter in, and change in small details like their every move and action, their thoughts and ideas, their every intent and view—only then will they make progress. If people just pay lip service to this, and only change a little of their behavior, this is not considered transformation. The most important thing is that you must undergo a transformation in your thoughts and views and in the way you live your life. If you can cast off your old notions and imaginings, and gain discernment and knowledge of your old views on belief in God, this will prove that you have been transformed. Examine yourselves to see which parts of you have not yet been transformed, whether you still maintain old ways of speaking or looking at things, and what deeply ingrained things of the past you still have which have not yet been unearthed. If you do not do any digging, you may think there is nothing there, but when you dig down carefully you will find that there is much to unearth. Why is it that some people now are never able to keep up with the steps of God’s work? It is because there are many things within people that prevent them from doing so, because people have no understanding of new things and cannot comprehend them. Why do people always harbor notions about God? They have notions about God’s words and work, they have notions too about God’s judgment and chastisement, they are unable to comprehend which people God saves and which people He eliminates, and they cannot get past the fact that God does not show signs and wonders. What exactly is the reason for this? One reason is that this is determined by man’s arrogant and self-righteous nature, it is because people always have their own notions and imaginings about every matter—this is the root of the issue; another reason is an objective one, and it is that people harbor many mistaken notions about belief in God that have not been transformed, it is because those deeply ingrained things still have not been transformed. Those old ways of saying things from their belief in Jesus or in Jehovah are still rooted in their hearts, so when they encounter God’s new work, they accept the true way, but they are unable to comprehend God’s new ways of saying and doing things. Why are you not able to comprehend these new things? It is because you still cling to those old things of the past and cannot let them go, which leads you to resist these new things. If you did not have those things of the past within you, you would be able to accept what God does now. If you cannot let go of those things of the past, you will be liable to develop notions about God and to rebel against Him, and you will suffer a loss as a result. If you set yourself against God, you will be in danger of being eliminated by God, and you will be punished by God.

You should all dig and examine to see what old ways of doing things, old ways of understanding things, and old views from the past are still deeply rooted within you. Let Me give you a simple example. Some people have never seen Christ nor heard Him speak. They have only read the words that Christ expressed, and they say that these words are good and authoritative, and that they are words of judgment, but after they come into contact with Christ in reality, notions begin to arise within them, and they think, “Why does God speak so sternly? Why does God lecture people so? Why does He speak so grandiosely? The way He talks is so terrifying, always exposing and judging people. Who can accept that? Our faith in Jesus is different. Everyone speaks softly and gets on harmoniously with each other. No one speaks like He does. I simply cannot accept that kind of God and I cannot tolerate a God like Him. If He were to speak as softly and cordially as the Lord Jesus, if He were kind and amiable to people, then I would be able to accept Him. But I cannot accept this kind of God. I cannot even engage with Him!” You acknowledge that this is the true way, that these are the words of the incarnation, and you have been wholeheartedly convinced, so why, when you come into contact with Christ, do you harbor notions about His tone, the words that He uses, and the way that He speaks, that you are unable to let go of? What does this prove? It proves that those old things in your heart have already taken over and that they have become notions and regulations. In fact, these things all come from man, they are all the verdicts and imaginings of man, and they do not accord with the truth. If someone tried to impose these things on the God of today, not only would they be unable to do this, but they would also be liable to resist Him. The work that God does in different ages is different, so the disposition that He expresses is different, and what God has and is which He reveals is different too. You cannot apply regulations to this; when you do, you will be likely to develop notions about God, and you will be capable of resisting God. If you do not reflect on yourself and absolutely refuse to repent, you will be condemned by God and He will punish you. This is how God’s work is in each age—there will always be some people that accept and submit to God, who are blessed by Him, and those that resist and condemn God, who are destroyed by Him. God speaks so many words and expresses so many truths in His work of the last days. He is not afraid of people harboring notions, He is afraid that people will not read His words, or accept the truths that He expresses—this is the most terrifying thing. If your notions and views do not accord with the truths that God expresses, then they are contrary to the truth, they oppose God, and they are untenable. People have corrupt dispositions, they are rebellious and resistant, and they have thoughts—what is it that dominates their thoughts? They are dominated by people’s intents, and the angle and perspective from which people view things, so your thoughts do not come from the Holy Spirit, nor do they arise upon the foundation of the truth. Why do I say that your notions and views are the things of man and of the flesh? It is because your thoughts are not dominated by the truth, nor do they arise through contemplation that is based on the truth. Some people’s thoughts come from contemplation that is based on the Bible, and that is even more wrong. We are not saying that the Bible itself is wrong, only that it is inappropriate to compare the work that God performed in the past with His new work—you must not compare His work in this way. For example, would it have been appropriate in the Age of Grace for people to compare the work of Jehovah to the work of the Lord Jesus? Is it appropriate for you to compare the work of the Lord Jesus to God’s work today, in the Age of Kingdom? Of course not, they are not comparable. This is because each stage of God’s work is more elevated than the last, and He does not repeat His work. Why is it that, every time God performs a new stage of work and begins a new age, there is always a group or a majority of people who rise up to oppose God’s work and set themselves up against Him? Why does this happen in every age? It is because, no matter whether people accept God’s new work or not, their past interpretations of the Bible, as well as their views about God’s name and image, and about belief in God, and the ways that they believe in God have already taken shape in their hearts. Moreover, they treasure these things, and, believing themselves to have made some gains, they become boundlessly arrogant, and think themselves to be amazing and so grand, and when they see how different the work that God does today is to the work that He did in the past, they judge it. They always take things from the Age of Grace and compare them to the God of today, with the work that God does now, and with the truths of today—are they comparable? Do not apply regulations to things, instead you must have this awareness: “I have now accepted God’s new work but there are some things that I’m not able to comprehend. I will experience and get to know them gradually, I will pursue them little by little, working my way through them bit by bit like an ant gnawing at a bone, and over time I will come to understand them.” God’s work is endlessly mysterious, and it is unfathomable; man can never get to the bottom of it. After experiencing it for a year or two, people may gain some understanding; after three or four years, people may gain a little more understanding, and bit by bit they will grow and change. Their views on those old things will shift bit by bit, and little by little they will cast them off; only when people have cast off those old things will they understand the new things. Those old things are still deeply ingrained in you, and you have not even begun to unearth them, and yet you dare to willfully spread your notions and to express your own opinions, and you speak however you want—there is no sense to this. Why do I say that people become extremely arrogant? This is the reason. Those rotten things within people are worthless, and yet they still dare to willfully express and spread them. Is this not entirely lacking in sense? Therefore, some people have accepted this stage of work and have read God’s words, but they have not really let go of those old things that they carry inside them. Why are the leaders and workers in some places able to carry out and implement work that accords with their notions, but when the work does not accord with their notions and they do not wish to do it, they do not implement it? How does this situation come about? It is because people are unable to let go of those old things that they carry inside of them. The more that those old things within you take form, the more intensely you resist. Is that not the case? Why is it that there are some leaders in the religious world now, who become more arrogant and less able to accept God’s work of the last days the higher the position that they occupy, and the more people that they lead? It is because people always cling to the things of the past, they do not take God’s words as the truth and as the life, and they are not capable of honoring God as supreme and great. Instead, they take their own religious notions and their own thoughts and views as the truth and as the true way—is this not a terrible mistake? In this way, will you be able to find the truth anywhere? If you believe those things of yours to be the truth, will you still be capable of gaining the truth from God? Will you still be able to seek the truth and yearn for it?

Some people say, “I’ve read many of God’s words, I’ve heard the voice of God, I accept the true way and I know how to read God’s words. I resolve my own problems, I don’t need others’ help, and this ensures that my life can grow.” You overstate things when you talk like that. If you read God’s words in reliance on yourself alone and the Holy Spirit does not enlighten you, are you then able to understand them? If God’s words did not expose you and dissect the corruption within you, you would be incapable of change and incapable of understanding—you would find it difficult to reach any understanding. When people read novels, they understand them well and are able to remember many scenes, and when they have finished reading one, they can immediately tell others about it. But the matters of life are unlike anything else. The matters of life are extremely profound, and you must believe for many years before you can understand even a little. You can experience one utterance of God’s for a lifetime and still never experience it enough. No matter what utterance God makes, you will never experience it enough for as long as you live; no matter how good your caliber is, you must still rely on experiencing and practicing God’s words before you can understand the truth. Take being an honest person, for example. How many years must you experience before you can resolve the problem of telling lies? It is not the case that you need only one or two years’ experience and then you are done, you tell no more lies, you are deceitful no longer, and you are now an honest person. This is not possible. You must have several decades of experience before you will see this result. This is because people are very complicated, their corrupt dispositions are deeply rooted within them, their notions prevent them from entering into the truth, from knowing God, their intents prevent their dispositions from changing, prevent them from practicing the truth, and the views and positions they take on their actions and speech prevent them from understanding the truth. If you are able to speak and act on the side of the truth, on the side of the truth which God demands man to attain in the Age of Kingdom, then you will easily be able to submit to His work and can enter onto the right track of belief in God. If you do not stand on the side of the truth, then you will have strayed far from God, or else you will be standing in opposition to God. Do not think that just because you have listened to so many sermons and believed in God for such a long time that your stature is not still greatly lacking! Pursuing the truth is a matter of gaining life, it is to gain eternal life. The truth is forever immutable, applicable always, never to be discarded, irrefutable, undeniable—this is the value and the significance of the truth. The truth is the highest, the most profound, and the most valuable thing. It is precious, and there is a limit to what a person can understand and gain after a lifetime of experience.

Someone says, “I believe in Almighty God and I conduct my faith by myself at home, and likewise I sing hymns and pray to God. I follow the work no matter what stage it’s at, and by keeping this faith until the end, God will not abandon me.” What do you think of this? How can you pursue the truth by conducting your faith at home? How can you experience God’s work without performing your duty? If you do not perform your duty, there are some corrupt dispositions that will not be revealed, and how then will you reflect on yourself? How will you experience the judgment and chastisement of God’s words? How will God’s words expose you and prune you? People are unable to experience these things at home. Can you truly come to know yourself without practical experience? Can you truly change? Change would be impossible. To experience God’s work, you must live the church life, and only by performing your duty can you experience things properly. If you conduct your faith at home for ten years or so, twenty years or so, and the great red dragon is toppled and the great disasters have finished, will you be able to speak of real experiential testimony? Will you have suffered as God has suffered? The people of God, who will have borne such beautiful witness, will have truly changed, will truly submit to God and be truly loyal to Him—would you be able to bear such witness? I am afraid that, at that time, you would be utterly shamed. Why is it that God has said many are called, but few are chosen? It is because, among corrupt humankind, those who love the truth are very few. The majority of people do not love the truth, much less are they capable of accepting the truth. Why do I say this? Some people come to believe in God, and while everything is fine at home, they make no complaint. When something goes wrong, however, when a family member is taken sick and admitted to the hospital, or their child does not get into college, or some disaster occurs, they beat their fists on the table and complain about God, saying, “Humph! What has believing in God got me? God has not blessed me! You ought to bless me, bless everything about me, including my whole family, my children, my husband (or my wife), as well as my mom and dad, everybody. If this hadn’t happened to my family, wouldn’t I be earnestly pursuing the truth?” They make such excuses for not having gained the truth! Can their excuses take the place of the truth? They believe their excuses are entirely sufficient and tenable, and that it is right to complain. People do not complain about God when they are not undergoing trials and tribulations. They shout about how great and wonderful God is. But the moment trials and tribulations arrive, their desire to complain about God can burst forth at any minute. They do not ponder things and they spare no thought; they just naturally give vent to their feelings. For some people, it is not something that happens to their family but to their livestock and they complain about God. Is this not so senseless? If a person can reach the stage whereby no matter what happens to their family or whatever disaster befalls them, they do not complain about God or take the matter to heart, when they do not cause delays to their duty or their expending themselves for God no matter what happens, when their submission to God is unaffected, and when the thing that has happened does not prevent them from praising God, this proves that their heart that believes in God is a pure one. The view “When a person believes in God, their whole family is blessed” is wrong. If you always cling to this view in your belief in God, you will never gain the truth. Look at your nonbelieving family members and relatives, busy living their lives every day; when the disasters arrive, will they be able to escape them? No, they will not. If you do not pursue the truth in your belief in God and you remain just like your relatives, unable to escape the punishment of the disasters, you will perish together with them. If you do pursue the truth, however, and you are able to see through to their essence, you will be able to reject Satans, and will think, “They do not believe in God. They are demons and should be destroyed in the disasters. They used to try to stop me from believing in God, and they said things in defiance of God, that were blasphemous to God. They got their just deserts when they died in the disasters. In this, God’s words have truly been fulfilled.” You did not have this faith before and did not dare to curse the demons. Now, you see the demons’ true faces and your heart grows to hate these God-defying demons, and if they die, all you will need to do is bury them. Being able to approach them in this way shows that your heart has truly turned toward God. If you still hold within your heart notions and imaginings, believing always that “when a person believes in God, their whole family is blessed, that even the animals raised by the family are blessed, that the house is blessed, and that the crops in the ground are blessed,” then these things will prevent you from pursuing the truth and from following God and performing your duty. If a person’s heart turns purely to God, only to God, then their heart becomes so pure and simple, and when that time comes they suffer very little. Why is it that you now suffer so much? It is because you spend all day rushing and busying around for your family, for your children, expending so much effort for them. If you expended yourself purely for the church, then I daresay you would be much more relaxed, is that not so? It is precisely because you now busy yourself with family matters too much and with church matters too little, and because your home affairs become so onerous that you cannot stand it, that you begin to complain about God. But how much have you, in fact, offered up to God? You have offered nothing worth mentioning at all! You still rush and busy around so much for matters of the home and for your own flesh, so how can you complain about God? You must not complain about God anymore. Whosoever believes in God is capable of gaining the truth and has a chance to know God—this is crucial, more important than anything else, and it is directly related to the issue of whether or not you will attain salvation. Firstly, however, you have to take your incorrect intents, views and understanding from the past, as well as those things you pursue inside yourself, and dissect and come to know them according to God’s words. When you become able to see these things clearly, then you can practice reducing them and giving them up. The more clearly and penetratingly you can see these things, the more things you will let go, until you are able to give up all these old, wrong things. You will then feel so much more relaxed, and when you put the truths you understand into practice and are able to bear witness to them, you will begin to change little by little. You should now begin practicing and training in this direction, and gradually you will no longer be constrained and disturbed by those things—you will then have entered onto the right track of belief in God.

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