Question 4: If we accept Almighty God’s work in the last days, how should we then seek to receive the way of everlasting life?
Answer: Almighty God, in the last days, expresses the entirety of the truth that can thoroughly purify and save mankind, these truths are expressed according to our corrupt substance and what we lack, which means they are the reality of truth that we humans should have. God wants us to receive these truths as our everlasting life. This truth is the way of everlasting life bestowed to us by God. So, how are we to seek and gain the way of eternal life? Almighty God has already laid out a practical path for us. Let’s read a few more passages from Almighty God:
“The work of the last days is to separate all according to their kind, and to conclude the management plan of God, for the time is near and the day of God has come. God brings all who enter His kingdom—all who are loyal to Him to the very end—into the age of God Himself. Yet prior to the arrival of the age of God Himself, God’s work is not to observe the deeds of man, or to inquire into the life of man, but to judge man’s disobedience, for God shall purify all those who come before His throne. All who have followed the footsteps of God to this day are those who come before the throne of God, and this being so, every single person who accepts God’s work in its final phase is the object of God’s purification. In other words, everyone who accepts God’s work in its final phase is the object of God’s judgment” (“Christ Does the Work of Judgment With the Truth” in The Word Appears in the Flesh).
“Today’s work of conquest is to recover all the testimony and all the glory, and to have all men worship God, so that there is testimony among the created; this is the work to be done during this stage. How, exactly, is mankind to be conquered? By using the work of words of this stage to fully convince man; by using disclosure, judgment, chastisement, and merciless imprecation to bring him into utter submission; by disclosing man’s rebelliousness and judging his resistance so he may know the unrighteousness and filth of mankind, and thus use these things as a foil to God’s righteous disposition. It is chiefly through these words that man is conquered and fully convinced. Words are the means to the ultimate conquering of mankind, and all who accept God’s conquest must accept the smiting and judgment of His words. The process of speaking today is precisely the process of conquering. And just how should people cooperate? By knowing how to eat and drink these words, and achieving an understanding of them. As to how people are conquered, this is not something they can do by themselves. All you can do is, through eating and drinking these words, to come to know your corruption and filth, your rebelliousness and your unrighteousness, and fall down before God. If, after grasping God’s will, you are able to put it into practice, and if you have visions and are able to completely submit to these words, and not make any choices by yourself, then you will have been conquered—and it will have been as a result of these words” (“The Inside Truth of the Work of Conquest (1)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh).
“In this age, God chiefly uses words to govern all. Through the words of God, man is judged and perfected, then finally taken into the kingdom. Only the words of God can supply the life of man, and only the words of God can give man light and a path for practice, particularly in the Age of Kingdom. As long as you do not stray from the reality of God’s words, eating and drinking His words each day, God will be able to make you perfect” (“The Age of Kingdom Is the Age of Word” in The Word Appears in the Flesh).
“The key now is to focus on life, to eat and drink more of My words, experience My words, know My words, make My words genuinely become your life—this is the main thing. Can the life of someone who cannot live by God’s words mature? No, it cannot. You must live by My words at all times. In life, My words must be your code of conduct. They will cause you to feel that doing things in a certain way is what God takes joy in, and doing things in another way is what God hates; slowly, you will come to walk the right track” (“Chapter 22” of Utterances of Christ in the Beginning in The Word Appears in the Flesh)
“If one can satisfy God while fulfilling one’s duty, is principled in one’s words and actions, and can enter the reality of all aspects of the truth, then one is a person who becomes perfected by God. It can be said that the work and the words of God have been completely effective for such people, that God’s words have become their life, they have obtained the truth, and they are able to live in accordance with God’s words. After this, the nature of their flesh—that is, the very foundation of their original existence—will shake apart and collapse. After people possess God’s words as their life, they will become new people. If the words of God become their life, if the vision of God’s work, His requirements of humanity, His revelations to humans, and the standards for a true life that God requires them to meet become their life, if they live according to these words and truths, then they are perfected by the words of God. Such people are reborn, and have become new people through God’s words” (“How to Take the Path of Peter” in Records of Christ’s Talks).
From Almighty God’s word we can see that God’s work in the last days is the work of the word. God uses the word to judge, purify, and perfect man. If we want to gain the way of everlasting life, we must accept and obey the last days’ judgment and chastisement before Christ’s seat. Eating and drinking the word of God, and accepting the judgment and chastisement of God’s word, thereby understanding the truth, coming to know God’s righteous disposition, and finding true fear of God in our hearts, and then experiencing God’s word to understand the truth and live the reality of God’s word is the only way to receive the way of everlasting life. Now we all know that only the word expressed by Almighty God in the last days can purify, save, and perfect man. If we want to gain the way of everlasting life, we need to eat and drink the words of Almighty God, and experience the words of Almighty God, because the satanic corruption in us is too deep. We live in sin, scrambling blindly to secure our own futures and fates. We don’t know the difference between good and evil, and don’t know the substance of our nature and the truth about our corruption. We don’t understand God’s desire, and have no knowledge of God, nor do we understand what God likes and dislikes. nor can we see through to Satan’s evil substance. We live by our satanic natures, we seek fame and fortune, we engage in intrigue, we admire power and evil, we confuse black and white, we indulge our greed and desires, etc. We live out demonic images of Satan, without any likeness of real humans. Only God is the truth, the way, and the life. The truths expressed by God are the revelation of God’s disposition and all that He has and is. To man, the truth is judgment, chastisement, examination, and purification. Before God’s words, we can feel the arrival of God’s righteous disposition. Just like when we see the appearance of God, our hearts feel fear of God. We feel that we are low, dirty, and small. We see the truth of our corruption by Satan, and how far we are from meeting God’s requirements. And when, through practice, we come to understand more truth, we feel shame and admonishment for actions not after God’s heart. The truth serves as an examination, and in the actions we take and the paths we walk, the truth serves as a guide, becoming the principle by which we speak and act. When this happens, the truth becomes our life. We can see that the truth can change people. It changes their disposition, and perfects them. The truth has profound value and significance for man’s existence. So, if we accept the truth as life that is expressed by Almighty God in the last days, we can achieve change in our life disposition, and become those who have the truth and humanity. As such, we are those who have been perfected by God and who have gained the truth, are those who have escaped the dark influence of Satan and been gained by God, and are those who obey God, love God, follow God’s will, and are compatible with God. And we are the people who gain the way of everlasting life.
Excerpted from the movie screenplay of From the Throne Flows the Water of Life