Are You Aware of the Biggest Deviation From Investigating the True Way?


The Biggest Deviation One Can Make When Investigating the True Way

It is imperative for us to know that investigating the true way and welcoming the Lord is a major event that relates directly to our final destiny. If when investigating the true way we do not seek the Lord’s will, but rather get pastors and elders to check if it is okay first, thinking that the pastors and elders serve the Lord, that they often study the Bible and expound the Bible, and that if we listen to them we will be able to welcome the Lord, would this be the right view? Did the Lord Jesus say that we must listen to pastors and elders when we investigate the true way? Can those who listen to the pastors and elders really welcome the Lord? Recall that 2000 years ago, the leaders of Judaism were familiar with the Scripture and often expounded on it for people, but when the Lord Jesus appeared and did His work, did they recognize that the Lord Jesus was Christ, that He was God Himself? Did they lead the believers to welcome the Lord Jesus? Not only did they not accept the Lord Jesus, they also frantically condemned and blasphemed the Lord Jesus, and even colluded with the Roman government in nailing the Lord Jesus to the cross. This is enough to show that even if people are well-versed in the Bible and often expound on it, that does not mean that they understand the truth, let alone know God! Even if leaders in religious circles have respectable identities and high positions, no matter how much knowledge about the Bible they possess, that does not mean that they can know God and obey God. Because the Jewish people worshiped their religious leaders too much and listened to their words blindly, and did not pay attention to seeking and investigating the words and work of the Lord Jesus, they thus refused to accept the Lord Jesus’ salvation. They even followed the Pharisees in nailing the Lord to the cross. In the end, they offended God’s disposition and were punished by God. Was this not all because they only paid attention to listening to the words of man when they were investigating the true way and did not have their own ideas, and so, as a result, they lost the salvation of the Lord Jesus, and finally suffered God’s punishment alongside the Pharisees? This is also exactly what the Bible says: “Cursed be the man that trusts in man, and makes flesh his arm, and whose heart departs from Jehovah” (Jeremiah 17:5). Therefore, investigating the true way without applying one’s discernment and blindly believing the words of religious leaders is the biggest deviation one can make, and one becomes very likely to lose God’s salvation.

The Correct Practice of Welcoming the Lord on His Return

Since we now know that listening to pastors and elders is the biggest deviation one can make when investigating the true way, we may ask what is the correct way? How can we welcome the Lord? In Revelation it is mentioned seven times: “He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” The Lord Jesus also clearly told us, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me” (John 10:27). And Revelation 3:20 says, “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me.” Almighty God says, “Since we are searching for the footprints of God, it behooves us to search for God’s will, for the words of God, for His utterances — because wherever there are new words spoken by God, the voice of God is there, and wherever there are the footsteps of God, God’s deeds are there. Wherever there is the expression of God, there God appears, and wherever God appears, there the truth, the way, and the life exist. In seeking God’s footprints, you have ignored the words ‘God is the truth, the way, and the life.’ And so, many people, even when they receive the truth, do not believe that they have found God’s footprints, and still less do they acknowledge the appearance of God. What a grave mistake!” From this it can be seen that when God returns in the last days, He will express what the Holy Spirit says to the churches and knock at our doors with His utterances. When we recognize the voice of God, we see God’s appearance and His work, and we go to feast with the Lord and greet the Lord’s return. Therefore, when we investigate the true way, listening to the voice of God is the key. It is just like Peter, John, Nathanael and the others at that time, who all paid attention to listening to the utterances of the Lord Jesus when investigating the true way. They did not ask any religious leaders for their opinions, and when the Pharisees were spreading rumors about the Lord Jesus and condemning and slandering His work, they did not blindly believe them. When they recognized the voice of God from the Lord’s word and determined that it was the expression of truth, they resolved to follow the Lord unwaveringly and received the salvation of the Lord. Therefore, to investigate the true way, it is sufficient to simply focus on listening to God’s voice and determining whether or not it is the truth expressed by God. We should also follow the example of Peter and the others. When investigating the true way, we should not blindly believe the pastors and leaders of the religious world, but focus on being wise virgins who listen to the voice of God and seek the words that the Holy Spirit says to the churches. As long as we can determine that there are expressions of truth, and that there is the presence of the truth, the way and the life, we should seek this way and accept it in order to welcome the Lord.

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