How the Effects of the Second Step of the Work of Conquest Are Achieved
The work of the service-doers was the first step in the work of conquest. Today is the second step in the work of conquest. Why is there also mention of being made perfect in the work of conquest? It is to create a foundation for the future. Today is the final step of the work of conquest; the time of experiencing great tribulation, which will mark the official start of making mankind perfect, shall come next. The main issue now is conquest, but now is also the time of the first step in the process of perfection. What this first step entails is perfecting people’s knowledge and obedience, which, as a matter of course, create a foundation for the work of conquest. If you are to be made perfect, then you must be able to stand firm amid the tribulation of the future and give your all to spread the next step of work; this is what it means to be made perfect, and such a time is also when people are entirely gained by God. Today we are talking about being conquered, which is the same as talking about being made perfect. But the work that is done today is the foundation for being made perfect in the future; in order to be made perfect, people must experience adversity, and this experience of adversity must have its basis in being conquered. If people are without today’s foundation—if they are not utterly conquered—then it will be hard for them to stand firm during the next step of work. Simply being conquered is not the ultimate aim. It is but one step of testimony for God in the face of Satan. Being made perfect is the ultimate aim, and if you are not made perfect, then you may as well be written off. Only when faced with adversity in the future will your true stature be seen; which is to say, only then will the level of purity of your love for God be evident. What people say today is this: “We must obey God no matter what He does. So we are willing to be a foil who can demonstrate God’s great power and God’s disposition. Whether God is kind to us or curses us, or whether He judges us, we are still thankful to God.” The fact that you say this shows only that you have some small amount of knowledge, but whether such knowledge can be applied in reality depends on whether this knowledge is real or not. That people have such insights and knowledge today is the effect of the work of conquest. Whether or not you can be made perfect can only be seen in the face of adversity, and at that time it will be seen whether you truly love God from your heart. If your love really is pure, then you will say: “We are foils, we are creatures in the hands of God.” When you spread the gospel to the Gentile nations, you will say, “I am merely doing service. Using the corrupt dispositions within us, God has said all these things to show us His righteous disposition; if He had not said such things, we would not be able to see God, nor understand His wisdom, nor receive such great salvation and such great blessings.” If you genuinely have this experiential knowledge, then that is sufficient. However, much of what you say today contains no knowledge, and is all just a bunch of empty slogans: “We are foils and service-doers; we wish to be conquered, and to bear resounding testimony for God….” Simply shouting does not mean you have reality, nor does it prove you possess stature; you must have genuine knowledge, and your knowledge must be put to the test.
You should read more of these utterances that God has expressed during this period of time, and look at your actions by comparison: It is absolutely a fact that you are well and truly a foil! What is the extent of your knowledge today? Your ideas, your thoughts, your behavior, your words and deeds—do all of these expressions not amount to a foil to God’s righteousness and holiness? Are your expressions not manifestations of the corrupt disposition revealed by God’s words? Your thoughts and ideas, your motivations, and the corruption that is revealed in you show the righteous disposition of God, as well as His holiness. God, too, was born in the land of filth, yet He remains unsullied by filth. He lives in the same filthy world as you, but He is possessed of reason and perception, and He despises the filth. You may not even be able to detect anything filthy in your words and deeds, but He can, and He points them out to you. Those old things of yours—your lack of cultivation, insight, and sense, and your backward ways of living—have now been brought into the light by today’s revelations; only by God coming to earth to work thus do people behold His holiness and righteous disposition. He judges and chastises you, causing you to gain understanding; sometimes, your demonic nature is manifested, and He points it out to you. He knows man’s essence like the back of His hand. He lives among you, He eats the same food as you, and He lives in the same environment—but even so, He knows more; He can expose you and see through the corrupt essence of humanity. There is nothing He despises more than man’s philosophies for living and crookedness and deceitfulness. He particularly abhors people’s fleshly interactions. He may not be familiar with man’s philosophies for living, but He can clearly see and expose the corrupt dispositions that people reveal. He works to speak and teach man through these things, He uses these things to judge people, and to make manifest His own righteous and holy disposition. Thus do people become foils to His work. Only God incarnate can make plain the corrupt dispositions of man and all the ugly faces of Satan. Though He does not punish you, and merely uses you as a foil to His righteousness and holiness, you feel ashamed and find no place to hide yourself, for you are too filthy. He speaks using those things which are exposed in man, and only when these things are brought to light do people become aware of how holy God is. He does not overlook even the slightest impurity in people, not even the filthy thoughts in their hearts; if people’s words and deeds are at odds with His will, then He does not excuse them. In His words, there is no room for the filth of humans or of anything else—it all must be brought to light. Only then do you see that He really is unlike man. If there is the slightest filth in people, then He utterly detests them. There are even times when people are unable to understand, and say, “God, why are You so angry? Why are You not mindful of man’s weaknesses? Why can’t You be a little forgiving of people? Why are You so inconsiderate to man? Clearly, You know to what extent people have been corrupted, so why do You still treat them like this?” He despises sin, He is disgusted by it, and He is particularly disgusted if there is any trace of disobedience in you. When you reveal a rebellious disposition, He sees it and is deeply disgusted—extraordinarily disgusted. It is through these things that His disposition and what God is are manifested. When you hold yourself up in comparison, you see that although He eats the same food as man, wears the same clothes, enjoys the same things they do, and lives and dwells with them, He is yet unlike man. Is this not the significance of a foil? It is through these human things that the power of God is shown; it is darkness that sets off the precious existence of the light.
Of course, God does not make you a foil just for the sake of it. Rather, it is only when this work bears fruit that it becomes evident that man’s rebelliousness is a foil to God’s righteous disposition, and it is only because you are foils that you have the chance to know the natural expression of God’s righteous disposition. You are judged and chastised because of your rebelliousness, but it is your rebelliousness also that makes you a foil, and it is because of your rebelliousness that you receive the great grace that God bestows on you. Your rebelliousness is a foil to the omnipotence and wisdom of God, and it is also because of your rebelliousness that you have gained such great salvation and blessings. Though you have been repeatedly judged by Me, you have received tremendous salvation never before received by man. This work is of the utmost significance for you. Being a “foil” is also extremely valuable for you: You are saved and have obtained the grace of salvation because you are a foil, so is such a foil not of the utmost value? Is it not of the utmost significance? It is because you live in the same realm, the same filthy land, as God, that you are a foil and receive the greatest salvation. If God had not become flesh, who would have been merciful toward you, and who would have looked after you, lowly people that you are? Who would have cared for you? If God had not become flesh to work among you, when would you have received this salvation, which those before you never had? If I did not become flesh to care for you, to judge your sins, would you not long since have fallen into Hades? If I had not become flesh and humbled Myself amongst you, how could you be qualified to be a foil to God’s righteous disposition? Are you not a foil because I assumed human form and came among you to enable you to gain the greatest salvation? Do you not receive this salvation because I have become flesh? If God had not become flesh to live with you, would you have still discovered that you are living a life lower than dogs and pigs in a human hell? Have you not been chastised and judged because you are a foil to My work in the flesh? No work is more suitable for you than the work of the foil, for it is because you are foils that you are saved amid judgment. Do you not feel that being qualified to act as a foil is your life’s blessing? You merely do the work of a foil, yet you receive such salvation as you have never before had nor even imagined. Today, your duty is to be a foil, and your due reward is to enjoy everlasting blessings in the future. The salvation you gain is not some ephemeral insight or some passing piece of knowledge for the present day, but a greater blessing: an eternal continuation of life. Though I have used the “foil” to conquer you, you should know that this salvation and blessing is given in order to gain you; it is for the sake of conquest, but it is also so that I might better save you. The “foil” is fact, but the reason that you are foils is because of your rebelliousness, and it is because of this that you have gained blessings that no one has ever gained. Today you are made to see and to hear; tomorrow you will receive, and, more than that, you will be greatly blessed. Thus, are foils not of the utmost value? The effects of today’s work of conquest are achieved through your rebellious dispositions acting as foils. That is, the climax of the second instance of chastisement and judgment is to use your filth and rebelliousness as a foil, allowing you to behold the righteous disposition of God. When you make yourselves obedient once more during the second instance of judgment and chastisement, then the entirety of God’s righteous disposition is openly displayed to you. This is to say that when your acceptance of the work of conquest comes to an end, this is also when you finish performing the duty of a foil. It is not My intention to give you labels. Rather, I am using your role as service-doers to carry out the first instance of the work of conquest, displaying God’s righteous and unoffendable disposition. Through your counterpoint, through your rebelliousness acting as a foil, the effects of the second instance of the work of conquest are achieved, fully revealing to you God’s righteous disposition, which was not entirely revealed in the first instance, and showing you God’s righteous disposition in its entirety, all that He is, which consists of the wisdom, wonder, and pristine holiness of His work. The effect of such work is achieved through conquest during different periods, and through different degrees of judgment. The closer the judgment reaches to its peak, the more it reveals people’s rebellious dispositions, and the more effective the conquest is. The entirety of God’s righteous disposition is made plain during this work of conquest. The work of conquest is separated into two steps, and has different stages and degrees, and so of course, the effects that are achieved are also different. This is to say that the extent of people’s submission becomes ever more profound. Only after this can people be fully brought onto the right track to perfection; only after all of the work of conquest has been completed are people no longer judged but allowed to enter into the right track of experiencing life. For judgment is a representation of conquest, and conquest takes the form of judgment and chastisement.
God became flesh in the most backward and filthy place of all, and it is only in this way that God is able to clearly show the entirety of His holy and righteous disposition. And through what is His righteous disposition shown? It is shown when He judges man’s sins, when He judges Satan, when He abhors sin, and when He despises the enemies that oppose and rebel against Him. The words I speak today are to judge man’s sins, to judge man’s unrighteousness, to curse man’s disobedience. Man’s crookedness and deceitfulness, man’s words and deeds—all that is at odds with God’s will must be subjected to judgment, and man’s disobedience denounced as sin. His words revolve around the principles of judgment; He uses judgment of man’s unrighteousness, the curse of man’s rebelliousness, and exposure of man’s ugly faces to make manifest His own righteous disposition. Holiness is a representation of His righteous disposition, and in fact God’s holiness actually is His righteous disposition. Your corrupt dispositions are the context of today’s words—I use them to speak and to judge, and to carry out the work of conquest. This alone is the real work, and this alone fully makes God’s holiness shine. If there is no trace of a corrupt disposition in you, then God will not judge you, nor will He show you His righteous disposition. Since you have a corrupt disposition, God will not let you off, and it is through this that His holiness is shown. If God were to see that man’s filthiness and rebelliousness were too great but He did not speak or judge you, nor chastise you for your unrighteousness, then this would prove that He is not God, for He would have no hatred of sin; He would be just as filthy as man. Today, it is because of your filth that I judge you, and it is because of your corruption and rebelliousness that I chastise you. I am not flaunting My power to you or deliberately oppressing you; I do these things because you, who have been born in this land of filth, have been so severely contaminated by filth. You have simply lost your integrity and humanity and you have become like pigs born in the dirtiest corners of the world, and so it is because of this that you are judged and that I unleash My wrath upon you. It is precisely because of this judgment that you have been able to see that God is the righteous God, and that God is the holy God; it is precisely because of His holiness and His righteousness that He judges you and unleashes His wrath upon you. Because He can reveal His righteous disposition when He sees the rebelliousness of man, and because He can reveal His holiness when He sees the filth of man, this is enough to show that He is God Himself, who is holy and pristine, and yet lives in the land of filth. If a person wallows in the mire with others, and there is nothing holy about him, and he has no righteous disposition, then he is not qualified to judge man’s iniquity, nor is he fit to carry out the judgment of man. If a person were to judge another, would it not be as if they were slapping themselves in the face? How could people who are equally filthy as one another be qualified to judge those who are alike to them? Only the holy God Himself is able to judge the whole of filthy mankind. How could man judge man’s sins? How could man see the sins of man, and how could man be qualified to condemn these sins? If God were not qualified to judge the sins of man, then how could He be the righteous God Himself? When people’s corrupt dispositions are revealed, God speaks in order to judge people, and only then do people see that He is holy. As He judges and chastises man for his sins, all the while exposing the sins of man, no person or thing can escape this judgment; all that is filthy is judged by Him, and it is only thus that His disposition can be said to be righteous. If it were otherwise, how could it be said that you are foils in both name and fact?
There is a great difference between the work done in Israel and the work of today. Jehovah guided the Israelites’ lives, and there was not so much chastisement and judgment, because at the time, people understood too little of the world and had few corrupt dispositions. Back then, the Israelites obeyed Jehovah implicitly. When He told them to build altars, they quickly built altars; when He told them to wear the robes of priests, they obeyed. In those days, Jehovah was like a shepherd tending a flock of sheep, with the sheep following the shepherd’s guidance and eating grass in the pasture; Jehovah guided their lives, leading them in how they ate, dressed, dwelled, and traveled. That was not the time of making plain God’s disposition, for the mankind of that time was newborn; there were few who were rebellious and antagonistic, there was not much filth among mankind, and so people could not act as a foil to God’s disposition. It is through people who come from the land of filth that God’s holiness is shown; today, He uses the filth displayed in these people of the land of filth, and He judges, and thus is what He is revealed amidst judgment. Why does He judge? He is able to speak the words of judgment because He despises sin; how could He be so angry if He did not abhor the rebelliousness of mankind? If there were no disgust within Him, no revulsion, if He paid no heed to people’s rebelliousness, then that would prove Him as filthy as man. That He can judge and chastise man is because He abhors filth, and what He abhors is absent in Him. If there were also opposition and rebelliousness in Him, He would not despise those who are antagonistic and rebellious. If the work of the last days were being carried out in Israel, there would be no meaning in it. Why is the work of the last days being done in China, the darkest and most backward place of all? It is in order to display His holiness and righteousness. In short, the darker the place, the more clearly the holiness of God can be shown. In fact, all of this is for the sake of God’s work. Only today do you realize that God has descended from heaven to stand among you, shown forth by your filth and rebelliousness, and only now do you know God. Is this not the greatest exaltation? In fact, you are a group of people in China who were chosen. And because you were chosen and have enjoyed God’s grace, and because you are not fit to enjoy such great grace, this proves that all of this is the supreme exaltation of you. God has appeared to you, and shown you His holy disposition in its entirety, and He has given all of that unto you, and caused you to enjoy all of the blessings that you could possibly enjoy. Not only have you tasted the righteous disposition of God, but, moreover, you have tasted the salvation of God, the redemption of God and the limitless, infinite love of God. You, the filthiest of all, have enjoyed such great grace—are you not blessed? Is this not God lifting you up? You people have the lowest statuses of all; you are inherently unworthy of enjoying such a great blessing, yet God has made an exception by uplifting you. Do you not feel ashamed? If you are incapable of performing your duty, then you will ultimately be ashamed of yourself, and you will punish yourself. Today, you are not disciplined, nor are you punished; your flesh is safe and sound—but ultimately, these words will bring you to shame. To date, I have yet to openly chastise anyone; My words may be severe, but how do I act toward people? I comfort them, and exhort them, and remind them. I do this for no other reason than to save you. Do you really not understand My will? You should understand what I say, and be inspired by it. Only now are there many people who understand. Is this not the blessing of being a foil? Is being a foil not the most blessed thing? Ultimately, when you go to spread the gospel, you will say this: “We are typical foils.” They will ask you, “What does it mean that you are a typical foil?” And you will say: “We are a foil to God’s work, and to His great power. The entirety of God’s righteous disposition is brought to light by our rebelliousness; we are the serving objects of God’s work of the last days, we are His work’s appendages, and also its tools.” When they hear that, they will be intrigued. Next, you will say: “We are the specimens and the models for God’s completion of the work of the entire universe, and for His conquest of all mankind. Whether we are holy or filthy, in sum, we are still more blessed than you, for we have seen God, and through the chance of His conquering of us, God’s great power is shown; it is only because we are filthy and corrupt that His righteous disposition has been set off. Are you capable of testifying thus to God’s work of the last days? You are not qualified! This is nothing but God’s exaltation of us! Though we may not be arrogant, we can proudly praise God, for no one can inherit such a great promise, and no one can enjoy such a great blessing. We feel so grateful that we, who are so filthy, can work as foils during God’s management.” And when they ask, “What are specimens and models?” you say, “We are the most rebellious and filthiest of humankind; we have been most profoundly corrupted by Satan, and we are the most backward and lowly of the flesh. We are classic examples of those who have been used by Satan. Today, we have been chosen by God as the first among mankind to be conquered, and we have beheld the righteous disposition of God and inherited His promise; we are being used to conquer more people, thus we are the specimens and models of those who are conquered among mankind.” There is no better testimony than these words, and this is your best experience.