Daily Words of God | "Corrupt Mankind Is More in Need of the Salvation of the Incarnate God" | Excerpt 118

God became flesh because the object of His work is not the spirit of Satan, or any incorporeal thing, but man, who is of the flesh and has been corrupted by Satan. It is precisely because the flesh of man has been corrupted that God has made fleshly man the object of His work; moreover, because man is the object of corruption, He has made man the only object of His work throughout all the stages of His salvation work. Man is a mortal being, is of flesh and blood, and God is the only One who can save man. In this way, God must become a flesh that possesses the same attributes as man in order to do His work, so that His work might achieve better effects. God must become flesh to do His work precisely because man is of the flesh, and incapable of overcoming sin or divesting himself of the flesh. Though the substance and identity of God incarnate differ greatly from the substance and identity of man, yet His appearance is identical to that of man, He has the appearance of a normal person, and leads the life of a normal person, and those who see Him can discern no difference to a normal person. This normal appearance and normal humanity are sufficient for Him to do His divine work in normal humanity. His flesh allows Him to do His work in normal humanity, and helps Him do His work among man, and His normal humanity, moreover, helps Him carry out the work of salvation among man. Although His normal humanity has caused much tumult among man, such tumult has not impacted the normal effects of His work. In short, the work of His normal flesh is of supreme benefit to man. Though most people do not accept His normal humanity, His work can still be effective, and these effects are achieved thanks to His normal humanity. Of this there is no doubt. From His work in the flesh, man gains ten times or dozens of times more things than the conceptions that exist among man about His normal humanity, and such conceptions shall all ultimately be swallowed by His work. And the effect that His work has achieved, which is to say, the knowledge that man has toward Him, far outnumbers man’s conceptions about Him. There is no way to imagine or measure the work He does in the flesh, for His flesh is unlike that of any fleshly man; although the outer shell is identical, the substance is not the same. His flesh produces many conceptions among man about God, yet His flesh can also allow man to acquire much knowledge, and can even conquer any man possessed of a similar outer shell. For He is not merely a man, but is God with the outer shell of a man, and none can completely fathom or understand Him. An invisible and intangible God is loved and welcomed by all. If God is just a Spirit that is invisible to man, it is so easy for man to believe in God. Man can give free rein to his imagination, can choose whatever image he likes as God’s image to please himself and make himself feel happy. In this way, man may do whatever is most pleasing to his own God, and that which this God is most willing to do, without any scruples. What’s more, man believes that no one is more loyal and devout than he toward God, and that all others are Gentile dogs, and disloyal to God. It can be said that this is what is sought by those whose belief in God is vague and based on doctrine; what they seek is all much the same, with little variation. It is merely that the images of God in their imaginations are different, yet their substance is actually the same.

Excerpted from The Word Appears in the Flesh

Corrupt Mankind Needs the Salvation of God Incarnate

I

God became flesh ’cause the object of His work is not the spirit of Satan, nor anything not, not of flesh, but man. Man’s flesh was corrupted by Satan and so became the object of God’s work. The place of God’s salvation is man, is man. Man is a mortal being, only flesh and blood, and God alone can save him. God must take on man’s flesh, and all that man is, in order to do His work, to achieve the best result. God must take on flesh, because man is flesh, who cannot overcome sin. God must take on flesh, because man is flesh, who cannot free himself from the bondage of the flesh.

II

Satan has corrupted the flesh of man, who is deeply harmed and who’s blinded. And the reason God comes, the reason He comes in flesh is because man’s the object of His salvation, and Satan disturbs God’s work by using the flesh, the flesh of man, of man. God battles Satan by conquering man, yet saves man at the same time. In this way God Himself must become incarnate, in order to do His work, in order to do His work. Satan has corrupted flesh, it’s indwelt man’s flesh and God has to defeat him. To battle with Satan and save man, God must come to earth and become flesh. It’s a real work.

III

When God works in flesh, He’s really fighting Satan. His work in the realm of the spirit becomes practical, it’s real on earth, in man. The one that God conquers is disobedient man, while in mankind Satan’s defeated, and ultimately the one who is saved is man, is man. It was necessary for God to become a man and take on a creature’s shell, to do battle with Satan and conquer mankind, rebellious in his creature’s shell. It was necessary for God to become a man and take on a creature’s shell, to save mankind who wears the same outer shell, but who has been harmed by Satan, who has been harmed by Satan. Man is God’s enemy, God must conquer him. Man is God’s object of salvation; God must take on flesh, and become a man. In this way His work is made easier. God can defeat Satan, God can conquer mankind, God can save mankind.

from Follow the Lamb and Sing New Songs

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