176 God Became Flesh to Work Because of Man’s Need

I

The only reason that the incarnate God has come into the flesh

is because of the needs of corrupt man.

It is because of the needs of man, not of God,

the needs of man, not of God.

All His sacrifices and sufferings

are for the sake of mankind,

and not for the benefit of God Himself.

There are no pros and cons or rewards for God;

He shall not reap some future harvest,

but that which was originally owed to Him.

All that He does and sacrifices for mankind

is not so that He might gain great rewards,

but purely for the sake of mankind, the sake of mankind.

Though God’s work in the flesh

involves many unimaginable difficulties,

the effects that it ultimately achieves far exceed

those of the work done directly by the Spirit.


II

The work of the flesh entails much hardship,

and the flesh cannot possess

the same great identity as the Spirit,

He cannot carry out the same supernatural deeds as the Spirit,

much less can He possess

the same authority as the Spirit.

Yet the essence of the work of this unremarkable flesh

is far superior to that of the work

done directly by the Spirit,

and this flesh Himself is the answer to the needs of all mankind.

For everyone who seeks the truth and longs for God’s appearance,

the Spirit’s work can only provide moving or inspiration,

and a sense of wondrousness

that it’s inexplicable and unimaginable,

and a sense that it’s great,

transcendent, and admirable,

yet also unattainable and unobtainable to all.


III

The work of the flesh

offers man practical objectives to pursue, clear words,

and a sense that He is practical and normal,

that He is humble and ordinary.

Although man may be afraid of Him,

for most people He is easy to relate to:

Man can behold His face, and hear His voice,

and he does not need to look at Him from afar.

This flesh feels approachable to man,

not distant, or unfathomable, but visible and touchable,

for this flesh is in the same world as man.

Though the work of God in the flesh

involves many difficulties that are unimaginable,

the effects that it ultimately achieves far exceed

those of the work done directly by the Spirit.


from The Word, Vol. 1. The Appearance and Work of God. Corrupt Mankind Is More in Need of the Salvation of the Incarnate God

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