We have believed in the Lord and after being baptized, we have been reborn, saved and become new men. We are qualified to enter the kingdom of heaven and receive eternal life. We basically do not need God to do His work of judgment of the last days in order to cleanse us. Is it correct to receive in this way?
Relevant Bible Verses:
“Truly, truly, I say to you, Whoever commits sin is the servant of sin. And the servant stays not in the house for ever: but the son stays ever” (Jhn 8:34-35).
“Not every one that said to Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of My Father which is in heaven” (Mat 7:21).
“Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord” (Heb 12:14).
“You shall therefore be holy, for I am holy” (Lev 11:45).
Relevant Words of God:
Though Jesus did much work among man, He only completed the redemption of all mankind and became man’s sin offering, and did not rid man of all his corrupt disposition. Fully saving man from the influence of Satan not only required Jesus to take on the sins of man as the sin offering, but also required God to do greater work to completely rid man of his disposition, which has been corrupted by Satan. And so, after man was forgiven his sins, God has returned to flesh to lead man into the new age, and begun the work of chastisement and judgment, and this work has brought man into a higher realm. All those who submit under His dominion shall enjoy higher truth and receive greater blessings. They shall truly live in the light, and shall gain the truth, the way, and the life.
Excerpted from Preface to The Word Appears in the Flesh
At the time Jesus’ work was the redemption of all mankind. The sins of all who believed in Him were forgiven; as long as you believed in Him, He would redeem you; if you believed in Him, you were no longer a sinner, you were relieved of your sins. This is what it meant to be saved, and to be justified by faith. Yet in those who believed, there remained that which was rebellious and opposed God, and which still had to be slowly removed. Salvation did not mean man had been completely gained by Jesus, but that man was no longer of sin, that he had been forgiven his sins: Provided you believed, you would never more be of sin.
Excerpted from “The Vision of God’s Work (2)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
A sinner such as you, who has just been redeemed, and has not been changed, or been perfected by God, can you be after God’s heart? For you, you who are still of your old self, it is true that you were saved by Jesus, and that you are not counted as a sinner because of the salvation of God, but this does not prove that you are not sinful, and are not impure. How can you be saintly if you have not been changed? Within, you are beset by impurity, selfish and mean, yet you still wish to descend with Jesus—you should be so lucky! You have missed a step in your belief in God: You have merely been redeemed, but have not been changed. For you to be after God’s heart, God must personally do the work of changing and cleansing you; if you are only redeemed, you will be incapable of attaining sanctity. In this way you will be unqualified to share in the good blessings of God, for you have missed out a step in God’s work of managing man, which is the key step of changing and perfecting. And so you, a sinner who has just been redeemed, are incapable of directly inheriting God’s inheritance.
Excerpted from “Concerning Appellations and Identity” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
At the time that Jesus was doing His work, man’s knowledge of Him was still vague and unclear. Man always believed Him to be the son of David, and proclaimed Him to be a great prophet, the benevolent Lord who redeemed man’s sins. Some, on the strength of their faith, were healed just from touching the edge of His garment; the blind could see and even the dead could be restored to life. However, man was unable to discover the corrupt satanic disposition deeply rooted within himself, neither did he know how to cast it away. Man received much grace, such as the peace and happiness of the flesh, the faith of one member bringing blessing on an entire family, the healing of sickness, and so on. The rest were the good deeds of man and his godly appearance; if man could live on the basis of these, he was considered an acceptable believer. Only believers of this kind could enter heaven after death, which means that they were saved. But, in their lifetime, these people did not understand at all the way of life. All they did was to commit sins and then confess their sins in a constant cycle without making any path toward changing their disposition: Such was the condition of man in the Age of Grace. Has man received complete salvation? No! Therefore, after that stage of work was finished, there still remained the work of judgment and chastisement. This stage is to make man pure by means of the word and thereby give him a path to follow. This stage would not be fruitful or meaningful if it continued with the casting out of demons, for it would fail to extirpate man’s sinful nature, and man would come to a standstill at the forgiveness of his sins. Through the sin offering, man has been forgiven his sins, for the work of the crucifixion has already come to an end and God has prevailed over Satan. But the corrupt disposition of man still remaining within him, man can still sin and resist God, and God has not gained mankind. That is why in this stage of work God uses the word to expose the corrupt disposition of man, causing him to practice in accordance with the right path. This stage is more meaningful than the previous one, as well as more fruitful, for now it is the word that directly supplies man’s life and enables the disposition of man to be completely renewed; it is a much more thorough stage of work. Therefore, the incarnation in the last days has completed the significance of God’s incarnation and completely finished God’s plan of management for man’s salvation.
Excerpted from “The Mystery of the Incarnation (4)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
The work of the last days is to speak words. Great changes can be effected in man by means of words. The changes now effected in these people upon their accepting these words are much greater than those effected in people upon their accepting the signs and wonders of the Age of Grace. For, in the Age of Grace, the demons were cast out from man with the laying on of hands and prayer, but the corrupt dispositions within man still remained. Man was healed of his sickness and forgiven his sins, but as for just how man was to be purged of the corrupt satanic dispositions within him, this work had yet to be done. Man was only saved and forgiven his sins for his faith, but the sinful nature of man was not extirpated and still remained within him. The sins of man were forgiven through the agency of the incarnate God, but this does not mean that man no longer has sin within him. The sins of man could be forgiven through the sin offering, but as for just how man can be made to sin no more, and how his sinful nature may be extirpated completely and transformed, he has no way of solving this problem. The sins of man were forgiven, and this is because of the work of God’s crucifixion, but man continued to live within the corrupt satanic disposition of old. This being so, man must be completely saved from his corrupt satanic disposition, so that his sinful nature may be completely extirpated, never to develop again, thus enabling the disposition of man to be transformed. This would require man to grasp the path of growth in life, to grasp the way of life, and to grasp the way to change his disposition. Furthermore, it would require man to act in accordance with this path, so that his disposition may gradually be changed and he may live under the shining of the light, so that all that he does may be in accord with the will of God, so that he may cast away his corrupt satanic disposition, and so that he may break free from Satan’s influence of darkness, thereby emerging fully from sin. Only then will man receive complete salvation.
Excerpted from “The Mystery of the Incarnation (4)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
Sermon and Fellowship Excerpts for Reference:
Someone mentioned the following question: Can we rely on Jesus’ precious blood and bearing the cross for our salvation? What would you say is the use of Jesus’ precious blood? Jesus’ precious blood is a sacrifice that can atone for man’s sins. It does not help someone become holy or allow someone to enter the kingdom of heaven. The only thing that man can rely on the precious blood that Jesus bled when He was nailed to the cross is that it will absolve him of his sins. He is now entitled and has the privilege to pray to God and God will listen to these sinners’ prayers. When God absolves you of your sins, it does not mean you are guilty. It just resolves the issue of atonement. Jesus’ work was one of redemption. He came to redeem man. The work of God in the last days is to save and change mankind. God will save you by helping you break away from the power of Satan, the corruption of your flesh, your corrupt disposition and the original nature of your sins. He will cause your life disposition to change so that you will become a person that belongs to God. The first step is redemption and atonement. The second step is salvation and changing man so that he can be completely obtained by God. This is how these two stages of work differ from one another. So, what issue can you rely on Jesus’ precious blood to resolve? Haven’t you already come before God? If Jesus’ precious blood could resolve every issue, God would not be doing His final stage of work. … Jesus’ precious blood and the cross can only absolve man’s sins. However, man’s sinful nature, man’s nature and man’s satanic essence are far from being resolved through Jesus’ precious blood. Only God’s work of the last days can resolve these problems. It can resolve man’s issue of sin, it can resolve the issue of who man belongs to, it can resolve the problem of the origin of man’s sins and it can resolve the problem of truly obtaining man. These are the results that God’s work of the last days intends to attain. Understood? Due to Jesus’ precious blood, atonement and forgiveness, man is able to come before God, pray to God, eat and drink God’s word and experience God’s work. This is the result of Jesus’ work of redemption. However, even though Jesus’ work of redemption has absolved man’s sins, the origin of man’s sins has not been resolved. In other words, man’s nature, that has been corrupted by Satan, has not been resolved. This is an undeniable fact. Look at all those who believe in Jesus. Don’t they sin all day long? Which one of them is pure and holy? They sin during the day and they admit to their sins at night. They have admitted for decades, even two thousand years, yet they still sin. What is the origin of this? It is because their nature of betraying God has not been resolved. That is why they sin persistently. However, God has forgiveness work. The redemption work is to attain the result of forgiveness. That is why no matter how many sins you commit, God will forgive them all. He will continuously forgive them. However, God did not mention the fact that you have a nature that betrays God and that there is no need to resolve this issue. You can freely commit sins. As long as I forgive you, you can enter into the kingdom of heaven. Did God say this? This is what Jesus said: Not everyone that calls Me Lord will be able to enter the kingdom of heaven. Only those that obey My heavenly Father’s will will be able to enter the kingdom of heaven. He also said that only those who diligently pay the price can enter the kingdom of heaven. What is the meaning of this? It means that man must be diligent, must pursue the truth and must obey the heavenly Father’s will. What does obeying the heavenly Father’s will mean? It means to obey all the work of the Holy Spirit. If you do not obey the Holy Spirit’s work, you will not be able to enter the kingdom of heaven. That is why Jesus said that only those who obey My heavenly Father’s will can enter into the kingdom of heaven. If you just call the Lord, only your sins will be forgiven but you will not be able to enter the kingdom of heaven. You must obey the heavenly Father’s will in order to enter. What obeying the heavenly Father’s will refers to is experiencing the work of the last days or experiencing the work of the second coming of God. Since God’s work of the last days is the conclusion of God’s management plan, the final step of God’s management plan is the judgement and chastisement in the last days and the conquering work of the last days. Once the conquering work of the last days is finished, the management plan of God saving mankind will be completely finished. Jesus’ redemption work was just a prelude to the work that would occur in the last days. It paved the way for the work of the last days. The work of the last days is built upon the foundation of Jesus’ work. That is why this stage of work is the work that will truly save man. Its aim is to change man’s disposition so that man will truly return to God and belong to God. Only if these results are attained will corrupt humanity be truly saved. Therefore, in brief, salvation involves man being able to truly break away from Satan’s power and thoroughly cleansing himself of all of Satan’s poison, philosophy and life perspectives within. Once man is able to receive many of God’s truth, accept God’s work, obtain a new life, have his heart completely return to God, obey God completely, never rebel against God, never resist God and never betray God, only then will he have true salvation. Man has a notion that as long as man only relies on Jesus’ precious blood and bearing the cross to the very end, he will be fine. But the fact is that he will still be able to commit sins, resist God, betray God and frequently judge God. If this sort of person enters the kingdom of heaven, he may be irreconcilably different from God, resist God, betray God and disagree with God. Is this salvation? Is God’s heavenly kingdom like this? Will God’s disposition permit this kind of person to exist in the kingdom of heaven? If God forgives all your sins, yet you are still confrontational to God, what is the use of God forgiving your sins? If He lets you enter into the kingdom of heaven even though you continue to be confrontational with Him, betray Him and resist Him, isn’t His forgiveness quite foolish? That is why God’s forgiveness is just a prelude for the current stage of His work. His forgiveness is a foundation, a prerequisite to His salvation work, the sin offering. If this was the final result of His work, then it means that God is deceiving Himself. God would not do such a foolish thing. That is man’s imagination. It is Satan’s delusion. That is why you must see clearly what salvation is. To be truly saved by God, one must be completely obtained by God. One must absolutely not rebel against God and resist God. One must become a person that is compatible with God. This is what it means to be someone who has truly broken away from Satan and has been saved. Only this kind of person can enter into the kingdom of heaven. Only this kind of person can enter into God’s kingdom. God does not allow anybody to enter into the kingdom of heaven who still resists Him and rebels against Him. If someone who can still resist and rebel against God is allowed entry into His kingdom, God’s disposition would not be righteousness, majesty and wrath. You should understand this. Once we know what true salvation is, we should enter into God’s work, be entranced by God’s work and completely obey God’s work. Once we know what it means to be saved by God, we should seek to understand God’s words and seek to understand the many truths that can be found within God’s words. Only then can we attain the result of salvation. Attaining salvation completely depends on pursuing the truth. If you do not pursue the truth, you will never attain it. … If you just bear the cross and rely on Jesus’ precious blood, you will only attain one result: “atonement.” That doesn’t resolve the origin of human corruption nor can it resolve the corrupt nature of man. Resolving man’s corrupt nature and the origin of sin depends on God’s word, God’s new work and receiving God’s judgment and chastisement. That is why we should be able to discern all the various notions and teachings of religious people. Actually, people have all seen this fact. Hasn’t the entire religious world only talked about “precious blood” and “the cross” for two thousand years? In the past, I was a part of that world as well. When I believed in Jesus, I was also a preacher. At that time, my sermons were particularly enlightened by the Holy Spirit. My sermons were much more practical than others’. Yet, they were useless. They could not resolve the issues of man’s nature, man’s rebellion, man’s resistance, man’s filth and corruption, and man’s nature of betraying God. Those with experience can see this clearly. It is obvious to all. The results we have attained through accepting God’s work in the last days are clear. We have indeed seen that God’s disposition is not just love and mercy. We have indeed seen that God’s disposition is righteousness, and wrath. He does not allow man to offend His disposition. We have indeed seen that God’s work is very practical. It is much different from how man imagines that all one needs to do is rely on “precious blood” and “the cross” to enter into the God’s kingdom. This is certainly not the case. God’s work is extremely practical and He is focused on practical results. Man can fool himself but he cannot fool God. Those who experience God’s work can indeed see that if the corrupt human race does not accept all the words of God’s work of the last days, they will definitely not be saved and they will definitely not be perfected. …
Excerpted from “How to Pursue in order to Attain Salvation” in Sermons and Fellowship on Entry Into Life I