Daily Words of God | "Only by Experiencing Painful Trials Can You Know the Loveliness of God" | Excerpt 87

Through what is God’s perfection of man accomplished? Through His righteous disposition. God’s disposition primarily consists of righteousness, wrath, majesty, judgment, and imprecation, and His perfection of man is primarily through judgment. Some people don’t understand, and ask why it is that God is only able to make man perfect through judgment and imprecation. They say that if God were to curse man, wouldn’t man die? If God were to judge man, wouldn’t man be condemned? Then how can he still be made perfect? Such are the words of people who do not know the work of God. What God curses is the disobedience of man, and what He judges are the sins of man. Although He speaks harshly, and without the slightest sensitivity, He reveals all that is within man, and through these stern words He reveals that which is essential within man, yet through such judgment, He gives man a profound knowledge of the essence of the flesh, and thus man submits to obedience before God. The flesh of man is of sin, and of Satan, it is disobedient, and the object of God’s chastisement—and so, to allow man to know himself, the words of God’s judgment must befall him and there must be employed every kind of refinement; only then can God’s work be effective.

From the words spoken by God it can be seen that He has already condemned the flesh of man. Are these words, then, the words of imprecation? The words spoken by God reveal man’s true colors, and through such revelation you are judged, and when you see that you are unable to satisfy God’s will, inside you feel grief and remorse, you feel that you are so indebted to God, and insufficient for God’s will. There are times when the Holy Spirit disciplines you from within, and this discipline comes from God’s judgment; there are times when God reproaches you and hides His face from you, when He pays you no heed, and does not work within you, soundlessly chastising you in order to refine you. God’s work in man is primarily in order to make plain His righteous disposition. What testimony does man ultimately bear to God? He testifies that God is the righteous God, that His disposition is righteousness, wrath, chastisement, and judgment; man testifies to the righteous disposition of God. God uses His judgment to make man perfect, He has been loving man, and saving man—but how much is contained within His love? There is judgment, majesty, wrath, and imprecation. Though God cursed man in the past, He did not completely cast man into the bottomless pit, but used that means to refine man’s faith; He did not put man to death, but acted in order to make man perfect. The essence of the flesh is that which is of Satan—God said it exactly right—but the facts carried out by God are not completed according to His words. He curses you so that you might love Him, and so that you might know the essence of the flesh; He chastises you in order that you might be awakened, to allow you to know the deficiencies within you, and to know man’s utter unworthiness. Thus, God’s curses, His judgment, and His majesty and wrath—they are all in order to make man perfect. All that God does today, and the righteous disposition that He makes plain within you—it is all in order to make man perfect, and such is the love of God.

Excerpted from The Word Appears in the Flesh

Judgment Is God’s Primary Way to Perfect Man

I

How does God perfect man? It’s through His righteous disposition! Righteousness and majesty, wrath, curses and judgment, God’s disposition mainly includes these. And with judgment He perfects man. Some people don’t understand and then they ask why, why it is that God can only make man perfect, make man perfect through judgment and through curse? If man is cursed by God, then wouldn’t he die? They ask, “If God judges man, isn’t he condemned?” How can man still be made perfect then? These are questions spoken by those who simply do not know the work of God. How does God perfect man? It’s through His righteous disposition! Righteousness and majesty, wrath, curses and judgment, God’s disposition mainly includes these. And with judgment He perfects man.

II

What God curses is the disobedience of man, and what He judges are all of man’s sins. Though He speaks harshly, with great vehemence, with these stern words, He reveals man’s inner essence. Such judgment makes man see the essence of his flesh, and so he submits in obedience to God. How does God perfect man? It’s through His righteous disposition! Righteousness and majesty, wrath, curses and judgment, God’s disposition mainly includes these. And with judgment He perfects man.

III

Man’s flesh is sinful, it is of Satan, disobedient, for God to chastise. And so, to allow man to know himself, the words of God’s judgment must befall him. Every kind of refinement must be used. And only then can God’s work reap its fruit. Judgment is God’s primary way of making man perfect. How does God perfect man? It’s through His righteous disposition! Righteousness and majesty, wrath, curses and judgment, God’s disposition mainly includes these. And with judgment He perfects man.

from Follow the Lamb and Sing New Songs

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