"The Essential Difference Between the Incarnate God and the People Used by God" | Excerpt 139
343 |March 28, 2021
The incarnate God cannot stay with man forever because God has a lot more other work to do. He cannot be bound to flesh; He has to shed the flesh to do the work He needs to do, though He does that work in the image of the flesh. When God comes to the earth, He does not wait until He has reached the form that a normal person reaches over a lifetime before dying and leaving. No matter how old His flesh is, when His work is finished, He goes and leaves man. He has no age, He does not count His days according to the age of man. Instead He ends His life in the flesh according to the step of His work. Some people may feel that God, who comes into the flesh, must develop to a certain stage, become an adult, reach old age, and leave only when that body fails. This is man’s imagination; God does not work like that. He comes into the flesh only to do the work He is supposed to do, not to live man’s life of being born to parents, growing up, forming a family and starting a career, having children, or experiencing life’s ups and downs—all the activities of normal life. God coming to earth is God’s Spirit being brought to the flesh, coming into the flesh, but God does not live a normal human life. He only comes to accomplish one part in His management plan. After that He will leave mankind. When He comes into the flesh, God’s Spirit does not perfect the normal humanity of the flesh. Rather, at a God-predetermined time, the divinity does direct work. Then, after doing all that He needs to do and fully completing His ministry, the work of God’s Spirit in this stage is done, at which time the incarnate God’s life ends, regardless of whether His flesh has reached death age. That is, what stage of life the flesh reaches, how long it lives on earth, all depend on the work of the Spirit. It has nothing to do with what man considers to be normal humanity. Take Jesus as an example. He lived in the flesh for thirty-three and a half years. In terms of the life span of a human body, He should not have died at that age and should not have left. But God’s Spirit did not care about all that. When His work was finished, the body was taken away, disappearing with the Spirit. This is the principle how God works in the flesh. So, strictly speaking, God incarnate is without normal humanity. Again, He comes to the earth not to live a normal human life. He does not first establish a normal human life and then begin working. Rather, as long as He is born into a normal human family, He is able to do divine work. He does not pull in even a bit of man’s ideas; He is not fleshly, and He certainly does not adopt the ways of society or get involved in man’s thoughts or notions, much less connect with man’s philosophies of human conduct. This is the work that God incarnate wants to do and the practical significance of His incarnation. God comes into the flesh primarily to do a stage of the work that needs to be done in the flesh. He undertakes no other trivial processes, and He does not experience normal man’s experiences. The work that God’s incarnate flesh needs to do does not include normal human experiences. So, God comes into the flesh just to accomplish the work He needs to accomplish in the flesh. The rest has nothing to do with Him. He does not go through those trivial processes. Once His work is done, the significance of His incarnation ends. Finishing this stage means the work that He needs to do in the flesh has concluded, the ministry of His flesh has completed. But He cannot keep working in the flesh indefinitely. He has to go to another place to work, a place outside of the flesh. Only in this way can He fully accomplish and better expand His work. God works according to His original plan. He knows what He needs to do and what He has concluded like the palm of His hand. God leads every individual on a path that He has already predetermined. No one can escape this. Only those who follow the guidance of God’s Spirit will be able to enter into rest. It may be that in later work, it is not God leading man by speaking in the flesh, but a tangible Spirit leading man’s life. Only then would man be able to concretely touch God, see God, and more fully enter into the reality God requires, so as to be perfected by the practical God. This is the work that God wants to accomplish, what He has long planned. From this, you should all see the path you should take!
Excerpted from The Word Appears in the Flesh