To Be Saved — Who Brings Us the Way of Eternal Life?
The Bible is merely a record of the first two stages of God’s work. So if we only read the Bible, we cannot gain eternal life. The Bible can’t give eternal life. Of this, there is no doubt. But we believe, by following the Lord, we can achieve it. The Lord’s own words back this up. The Lord Jesus said, “I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believes in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whoever lives and believes in me shall never die” (John 11:25–26). “But whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life” (John 4:14). This passage is the Lord Jesus’ promise. The Lord Jesus can grant eternal life. His way is the way of eternal life. However, you testify that Christ of the last days brings us the way of eternal life. We are all followers of the Lord Jesus. Why is this not enough to gain the way of eternal life?
The Lord Jesus is God become flesh, is God’s appearance. The Lord Jesus said, “And whoever lives and believes in me shall never die.” “… the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” The Bible says, “He that believes on the Son has everlasting life.” All these words are truth. They are fact. Lord Jesus is God become flesh. He has God’s substance and identity. He Himself is the way of eternal life. All He says and does is a manifestation of God’s life. All He expresses is truth and what God is. So Lord Jesus Himself is eternal life and can grant the way of eternal life. He can bring the dead back to life. By believing in Lord Jesus, the one true God, we can receive eternal life. This is known fact. There is proof in the resurrection of Lazarus, proof that Lord Jesus can give us eternal life, and He has this authority. Then, why did Lord Jesus not grant way of eternal life in the Age of Grace? Because He had to be nailed to the cross to redeem mankind, not for the work of purification and salvation in the last days. The Lord Jesus’ work of redemption only pardoned man’s sins, but it did not rid man of his satanic nature and disposition. So, with belief man was pardoned for his sins, but his satanic nature was never cleansed. Man still sins in spite of himself and betrays God. Isn’t this undeniable? Having known this, let’s be clear on something. Lord Jesus’ work during the Age of Grace paved the way for the judgment of the last days so that after He completed the work of redemption, He promised He would come again. The Lord Jesus once said, “I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. However, when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come” (John 16:12–13). From the words of Lord Jesus, we can see only when the Lord comes again will He express all truth that saves man. Here, “the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth.” These truths are exactly the truths that Almighty God of the last days expresses in purifying and saving mankind. They are the words the Holy Spirit says to the churches, also the way of eternal life which God in the last days gives to mankind. That is why the Lord’s followers were unable to obtain eternal life in the Age of Grace. The Lord Jesus said, “And whoever lives and believes in me shall never die.” And the Bible also says, “He that believes on the Son has everlasting life.” However, the Lord said this to testify that He is God’s appearance, and only He can grant man eternal life. The Lord Jesus’ promise that those who believe in Him would never die is a testimony to God’s authority. God Himself is the way of eternal life, and He can grant us eternal life. That’s not to say man receives eternal life only upon accepting Lord’s work. But many religious people think that as long as their sins are forgiven, they’ll enter the kingdom of heaven. Is there basis for this found in the word of God? No. Lord Jesus never said anything like that. Why don’t we really think about it. According to our imagination, as long as our sins are forgiven, we can enter the kingdom of heaven. But why did Lord Jesus prophesy that He would come again? And why did He tell His disciples so many prophecies, so many parables? These are things He is going to accomplish when He returns. Can we believe in the Lord for years and still not know this? If man only accepts the Lord but not His return, that’s an issue. Isn’t this betraying the Lord? No wonder Lord Jesus said, “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. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name? and in your name have cast out devils? and in your name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess to them, I never knew you: depart from me, you that work iniquity” (Matthew 7:21–23). And now, the Lord’s words come completely true. If people accept the Lord Jesus but don’t accept His return, do they really believe in the Son? This is betrayal of the Lord. True believers in the Son refer to those who not only believe in the Lord but accept His return, following Christ to the end. Only they can gain eternal life. Those who believe in Lord Jesus but reject Almighty God are people who betray Lord Jesus. They believe in the Lord but because they don’t follow God to the end, their belief is for nothing, and they fail. The Lord Jesus has determined that they are evildoers because they only acknowledge His name, but they don’t accept His return. He had said, “I never knew you: depart from me, you that work iniquity” (Matthew 7:23). Those people who are condemned and cast out by the Lord, those who only keep His name, how can they gain eternal life? It is known they’ll gain nothing. They will descend into hell and suffer. This is proof of God’s righteous, holy disposition.
We all know this fact that even though man accepted Lord’s redemption, and their sins were forgiven and they were given the right to pray to God and enjoy His grace and blessings, it can’t be denied that man is still being controlled by their nature of sinning. And they’re incapable of practicing Lord’s word, obeying and revering God. Man often still lies and deceives God, they seek fame and fortune, lust for wealth and follow worldly trends. Especially when the work of God is not in line with man’s notions, mankind blames, resists God, judges God. These people can’t even really repent. So can they obtain the Lord’s approval? Though many men are able to testify and be martyred for the Lord, and all have even truly repented, in all honesty, have they been cleansed so that they may attain holiness? Definitely not. So have they truly known the Lord? Are they rid of Satan’s influence and gained by God? They are not. This is known fact. This proves the work of Lord Jesus in the Age of Grace was for redemption, not salvation and perfection of the last days. The words of Lord Jesus in the Age of Grace were the way of repentance, not the way of eternal life. That’s why Lord Jesus said that He would come again. The returned Lord Jesus will express the truth and give man the way of eternal life. So then, they can break free from Satan’s influence and gain truth as life, and they become men who know God, obey God, and are compatible with Him. So they can enter the kingdom of heaven. Based on Lord Jesus’ redemption, Almighty God has commenced the work of judgment starting from God’s house and has expressed all truths to purify and save mankind. He has revealed God’s righteous, majestic, unoffendable disposition, judged and exposed man’s corruption by Satan. He has unearthed the root of man’s rebellion and told man all of God’s intentions and requirements. Also, He’s told mankind all truths we need to achieve salvation, including the inside story and essence of three stages of God’s work and the relationship of these stages, the difference between the work of God and the work of man, the truth of the Bible, the mystery of the judgment of the last days, the rapture of the wise virgins, perfecting people into overcomers before the disasters, and God becoming flesh, what is to truly believe in, obey, and love God, how to revere God and shun evil, be compatible with Christ, and how to live a life of meaning and so on. These truths are the way of eternal life and are all bestowed by God to mankind in the last days. So then, if we want to attain truth and life, salvation, and also be perfected, then we must accept and obey the words and work of Almighty God. This is the only way that man may attain truth and life. Let us look at the words of Almighty God.
Almighty God says, “God Himself is life, and the truth, and His life and truth coexist. Those who are incapable of gaining the truth shall never gain life. Without the guidance, support, and provision of the truth, you shall only gain letters, doctrines, and, moreover, death. God’s life is ever-present, and His truth and life coexist. If you cannot find the source of truth, then you will not gain the nourishment of life; if you cannot gain the provision of life, then you will surely have no truth, and so apart from imaginations and conceptions, the entirety of your body shall be nothing but flesh, your stinking flesh. Know that the words of books do not count as life, the records of history cannot be feted as the truth, and the doctrines of the past cannot serve as an account of words presently spoken by God. Only that which is expressed by God when He comes to earth and lives among man is the truth, life, God’s will, and His actual manner of working. If you apply the records of words spoken by God during past ages to today, then you are an archaeologist, and the best way of describing you is as an expert on historical heritage. That is because you always believe in traces of the work that God did in times gone by, only believe in the shadow of God left from when He previously worked among man, and only believe in the way that God gave to His followers in former times. You do not believe in the direction of God’s work today, do not believe in the glorious countenance of God today, and do not believe in the way of truth presently expressed by God. And so you are undeniably a daydreamer who is completely out of touch with reality. If now you still cling to words that are incapable of bringing life to man, then you are a hopeless piece of deadwood, for you are too conservative, too intractable, too impervious to reason!”
“Christ of the last days brings life, and brings the enduring and everlasting way of truth. This truth is the path through which man shall gain life, and the only path by which man shall know God and be approved by God. If you do not seek the way of life provided by Christ of the last days, then you shall never gain the approval of Jesus, and shall never be qualified to enter the gate of the kingdom of heaven, for you are both a puppet and prisoner of history. Those who are controlled by regulations, by letters, and shackled by history will never be able to gain life, and will never be able to gain the perpetual way of life. That is because all they have is turbid water that has lain stagnant for thousands of years, instead of the water of life that flows from the throne. Those who are not supplied with the water of life will forever remain corpses, playthings of Satan, and sons of hell. How, then, can they behold God? If you only try to hold on to the past, only try to keep things as they are by standing still, and do not try to change the status quo and discard history, then will you not always be against God? The steps of God’s work are vast and mighty, like surging waves and rolling thunders — yet you sit and passively await destruction, sticking to your folly and doing nothing. In this way, how can you be considered someone who follows in the footsteps of the Lamb? How can you justify the God that you hold on to as a God who is always new and never old? And how can the words of your yellowed books carry you across into a new age? How can they lead you to seek the steps of God’s work? And how can they take you up to heaven? What you hold in your hands is the letters that can provide but temporary solace, not the truths that are capable of giving life. The scriptures you read are that which can only enrich your tongue, not words of wisdom that can help you know human life, much less the ways that can lead you to perfection. Does this discrepancy not give you cause for reflection? Does it not allow you to understand the mysteries contained within? Are you capable of delivering yourself to heaven to meet God on your own? Without the coming of God, can you take yourself into heaven to enjoy family happiness with God? Are you still dreaming now? I suggest, then, that you stop dreaming, and look at who is working now, at who is now carrying out the work of saving man during the last days. If you do not, you shall never gain the truth, and shall never gain life.”
“Those who wish to gain life without relying on the truth spoken by Christ are the most ridiculous people on earth, and those who do not accept the way of life brought by Christ are lost in fantasy. And so I say that the people who do not accept Christ of the last days shall forever be despised by God. Christ is man’s gateway to the kingdom during the last days, which none may bypass. None may be perfected by God except through Christ. You believe in God, and so you must accept His words and obey His way. You must not just think of gaining blessings without receiving the truth, or accepting the provision of life. Christ comes during the last days so that all those who truly believe in Him may be provided with life. His work is for the sake of concluding the old age and entering the new one, and is the path that must be taken by all those who would enter the new age. If you are incapable of acknowledging Him, and instead condemn, blaspheme or even persecute Him, then you are bound to burn for eternity, and shall never enter the kingdom of God.”
Almighty God has expressed truths which will purify and save mankind in the last days. These words are abundant, comprehensive and give all the sustenance we need. They open our eyes and give us knowledge, letting us see Christ is the truth, the way, and the life. Christ is the way of eternal life. The words that God expresses in the Age of Kingdom reach far beyond anything that was said in the Age of Law and the Age of Grace. Especially, as in “God’s Utterances to the Entire Universe” in The Word Appears in the Flesh, God makes Himself known for the first time. It is also the first time humankind hears the Creator’s utterances to all of man. This has sent shockwaves through the entire universe and opened the eyes of man. This is the work of judgment before the great white throne in the last days. The Age of Kingdom is when God does His work of judgment, and God’s righteous disposition is made manifest to all mankind. So, in the Age of Kingdom, God expresses His word, judging, purifying and perfecting man. He’ll send down disasters. The bad will be punished, the good rewarded. We will see God’s righteousness, majesty, and wrath. Truths from Almighty God aim to purify, save and perfect mankind and are the way of eternal life in the last days. These truths are the water of life which flows from the throne. So then, to attain the way of eternal life and rapture into the kingdom of heaven, man must accept the work of judgment of Almighty God, Christ of the last days, as well as the judgment and chastisement of His words. This way, they can gain the work of the Holy Spirit, understand and gain the truth, and then be purified and be saved. Only those who undergo God’s judgment in the last days are entitled to enter the kingdom of heaven. This is absolutely a fact. Therefore, if some continue to hold onto their religious notions, in the end, they will suffer loss. The wise virgins focus on the truth and hear God’s word, and the foolish virgins keep to the letters of the Bible and their own imaginations. Those men don’t hear God’s voice, they don’t seek the truth. But one day, they’ll fall into disaster, and they will suffer. They won’t be able to escape. Those who do not accept Almighty God will all fall into disasters and suffer. God has ordained this. It cannot be changed. Those who condemn the work of Almighty God in the last days have been revealed by God to be antichrists in the last days. They will be punished for all eternity, and they have lost their chance to ever meet God. It is clear the work of Almighty God is to classify man according to kind and bring the age to an end. Today, we are able to accept Almighty God’s work, and we have received His grace and mercy. We have been raised up by Him. We should give thanks to Almighty God.
from the movie script of Who Is My Lord
Source: Walk in the Light
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