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How to Get Eternal Life: Does the Bible Contain Eternal Life?

By Tongtong When we speak of the Bible, everyone knows it as the canon of Christianity. All Christians have a Bible, during our devotionals and at meetings we read the Bible, and we rely on it even more in missionary work and preaching. The Bible could be said to be an inseparable part of every Christian’s life. Through reading the Bible, we learn that God created the heavens, the earth, and all things in them, that God once used a flood to destroy the world, that God led Moses out of Egypt, and that He proclaimed the laws and commandments and guided the Israelites in their lives, and taught them to worship God. We also learn from the Bible that, in the Age of Grace, the Lord Jesus performed many divine miracles, cured many sick people, made Himself a sin offering to redeem all mankind, that His mercy and love were genuine, etc. Through reading the Bible, we come to know God’s authority, we increase our confidence in following God, and we do more good deeds in our lives and work. These are all things we gain from reading the Bible. No one can deny the value of the Bible’s existence to us, or the benefit and help it brings us. Therefore, many Christians believe the Bible is our path to gaining life in our belief in God, and that only by persisting in reading the Bible can we get eternal life. But some people read that the Lord Jesus said, “Search the scriptures; for in them you think you have eternal life: and they are they which testify of Me. And you will not come to Me, that you might have life” (John 5:39–40), and they feel confused: Since the Bible contains the words of God and the testimony of man, reading it should be able to give us eternal life. Why, then, does the Lord Jesus say the Bible doesn’t contain eternal life? In fact, this is an easy question to answer. We only have to look at the inside story behind God’s work recorded in the Bible during the Age of Law and the Age of Grace, as well as the results this work achieved, to understand why the Lord Jesus said that. In the Age of Law, Jehovah God primarily proclaimed the laws and commandments, and led the lives of the then newly-created mankind on earth. Although God also expressed some truths, He spoke those words primarily to make people obey His laws and commandments, worship God, learn to build altars, and learn that if they violated His laws and commandments, they were to make offerings to God upon those altars and repent. He didn’t do anything to change people’s life disposition, He simply did these things to lead people’s lives. In the Age of Grace, the Lord Jesus did the work of redemption, and during this time He performed many divine miracles; He healed the sick, cast out demons, raised the dead, calmed the waves and wind with a word, and used five loaves of bread and two fish to feed 5,000 people; and He spoke many words, primarily to teach people to confess their sins and repent, love others as themselves, be tolerant and patient, not to judge others, to forgive seventy times seven times, etc. The Lord Jesus preached the way of repentance, and when people accepted the way of repentance, the result was that they confessed, repented, and their sins were forgiven, outwardly they performed more good deeds, they didn’t steal, rob, strike or scold others, or drink, and some people were able to work diligently, expend for the Lord, forsake everything to follow the Lord, and spread the gospel of the Lord Jesus. But merely being gaining the Lord’s redemption for our sins does not represent that the root cause of our sin is resolved, nor that we are on a clear path to gaining eternal life. Even from the moment we believe in the Lord, we are controlled by our arrogant, conceited, selfish, despicable, twisted, and deceitful dispositions, and so we often engage in conflict, or belittle and exclude others; for the sake of our interests and reputations, we often scheme, deceive, and lie; in our belief in God, we often are unable to worship God even as we worship and follow men; at meetings and when we preach, we often exalt ourselves, and can’t honor God above all or testify God; and especially in times of disaster, we always run the risk of misunderstanding, blaming, or even betraying God. These expressions prove that the work done by God in the Age of Law and the Age of Grace was not to change our life disposition, but was instead to teach people to know their own sin, and to be able to confess their sins and repent. The Lord Jesus said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, Whoever commits sin is the servant of sin. And the servant stays not in the house for ever: but the son stays ever” (John 8:34–35). “Holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14). Today, we often sin, the corrupt dispositions within us have not been purified, and we are still slaves to sin, so how could we say we have gained the way of eternal life and are ready to see the face of God? God is holy, and will never allow people full of sin to enter His kingdom. So, if we only accept God’s work in the Age of Law and the Age of Grace, no matter how we pursue, what price we pay, or how we suffer, we will never achieve change in our life disposition, we cannot achieve the effect of escaping sin, and even less can we gain the way of eternal life. So what is the way of eternal life then? We all know that mankind dies because of sin. If mankind gains the truth as life and resolves the problem of sin,…

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What Is Salvation in the Bible: How to Get Salvation

By Junying God’s salvation is different from man saving each other; it’s not the financial relief given to the poor by the rich, it’s not the saving of the dying and the treating of the wounded performed on patients by doctors, and it’s not the deeds of charitable organizations or philanthropists. God’s salvation is prepared for the sake of saving man’s degenerate souls, and the entirety of His salvation contains the truth, the way and the life. After we attain salvation, there is no longer any more pain, tears or sorrow, nor any more feelings of helplessness in our families, our studies, our work and our lives, and our lives become filled with light and happiness; we live with more purpose and meaning, and we live within the promises and blessings of God. In one lifetime, God will give us many opportunities to be saved, but if we want to attain God’s salvation, we must first know God’s salvation, or else we will miss our chance to attain it. Some people say, “So what if we miss it? It’s no big deal.” But we should understand that missing our chance to attain God’s salvation is not like missing a good meal, or missing your subway train, and it’s not like missing an opportunity for study or employment. Missing our chance to attain God’s salvation is like being trapped in a burning building and missing your chance to be rescued in time by the fire brigade. Therefore, missing one’s chance to attain God’s salvation is something incredibly regretful and lamentable. Knowing God’s salvation and attaining God’s salvation are so important. And since they are important, from God’s work we will now gradually learn what God’s salvation is. The Salvation God Prepared for Man in the Age of Law In the beginning, Adam and Eve were thrust out of the Garden of Eden, and they didn’t understand how to live or how to revere God or follow God’s way. Thereafter, the earth became filled with killing, violence and adultery, etc. until, several hundred years after the world was destroyed by flood, people still didn’t know how to live or how they should worship God. And so, God used Moses to proclaim His commandments and laws to man, such as to keep the Sabbath, respect one’s parents, and that there should be no idolatry, adultery or stealing. There were also rules about the offering of sacrifices, the eating of food, compensation for stealing, and rules about killing cattle and sheep, etc. In this way, whatever people did, they had principles to guide their actions. When people offended God’s laws and decrees, they were punished. But if they made offerings to God and repented and avoided committing their sins again, God would excuse them from their sinful actions. Jehovah used His commandments and the rules of His laws to place limits on man, and because man listened to Jehovah’s words and kept His commandments and laws, they were protected by God, and they attained God’s salvation of the Age of Law. The Salvation God Prepared for Man in the Age of Grace Toward the end of the Age of Law, man was becoming more and more degenerate and they were no longer keeping the laws and commandments. They did many things which offended God, such as engaging in idolatry and adultery, devising evil schemes, deceiving and cheating, stealing and robbing, embezzling money, etc., and even sacrificing to God lame and blind doves, cows and sheep, and so God abhorred them. As Jeremiah 14:10 says, “Thus said Jehovah to this people, Thus have they loved to wander, they have not refrained their feet, therefore Jehovah does not accept them; he will now remember their iniquity, and visit their sins.” And yet God didn’t have the heart to have all of mankind sentenced to death by His laws, and so He incarnated as the Son of man—the Lord Jesus—once again opening a way for mankind, bringing the Age of Law to an end and ushering in the work of redemption in the Age of Grace. The Lord Jesus preached His gospel everywhere He went, healing the sick and casting out demons, bestowing an abundance of grace on man and forgiving them their sins. So that man’s sins could be utterly absolved, the Lord Jesus was crucified upon the cross, thus becoming man’s eternal sin offering and completing the work of redemption in the Age of Grace. If we accepted the Lord Jesus’ salvation, prayed to His name and confessed and repented our sins to Him, our sins could then be absolved, and we were no longer to be condemned or sentenced to death for having offended the laws. This was the salvation God prepared for man in the Age of Grace. The Salvation God Prepares for Man in the Last Days It is recorded in the Bible, “Who are kept by the power of God through faith to salvation ready to be revealed in the last time” (1Pe 1:5). “So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and to them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin to salvation” (Heb 9:28). “Why gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (1Pe 1:13). It also says in a book that “The sins of man were forgiven, and this is because of the work of God’s crucifixion, but man continued to live within the corrupt satanic disposition of old. This being so, man must be completely saved from his corrupt satanic disposition, so that his sinful nature may be completely extirpated, never to develop again, thus enabling the disposition of man to be transformed. This would require man to grasp the path of growth in life, to grasp the way of life, and to grasp the way to change his disposition. Furthermore, it would require man to…

Where Is the Kingdom of God According to the Bible?

Where Is the Kingdom of God According to the Bible?

The kingdom of God is a place where there are no tears or sorrow, much less pain or death, so all Christians pursue and yearn for it. Then, where is it? Maybe some brothers and sisters will answer without any hesitation, “Of course it’s in heaven. The Lord Jesus said, ‘In My Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also’ (John 14:2-3). Since the Lord Jesus promised us that wherever He is He will ask for us to come there and He ascended to heaven after His resurrection, the place that God has prepared for us must be in heaven. So we have been longing for the Lord to return to receive us into God’s kingdom soon.” However, is God’s kingdom really in heaven as we believe it to be? As for this question, let’s see what the Lord Jesus said in the Bible, “Our Father which are in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come, Your will be done in earth, as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:9-10). The Lord Jesus clearly told us that God’s kingdom will descend upon earth and that His will shall be done on earth, not merely in heaven. As such, God will obtain His glory on earth. Now let’s turn to Revelation 11:15, “The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ; and He shall reign for ever and ever.” And Revelation 21:2–3, “And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven…. Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be with them, and be their God.” These passages of scripture mention “The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ,” “new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven,” “the tabernacle of God is with men.” According to these verses, we can clearly know that God’s kingdom will be built on earth and that the kingdoms of the world will all become Christ’s kingdoms. Thus we will be able to obey and worship God and follow His will on earth. From this we can see that God’s kingdom will be realized on earth and so God won’t take us up into heaven. John 3:13 says, “And no man has ascended up to heaven, but He that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.” The Lord Jesus clearly told us that no one can ascend up to heaven except for the Son of man, for heaven is God’s dwelling place. So how can we mankind deserve to ascend up to heaven? And let’s give it some more thought. If we are really raised up into the air, well, there’s no food and no place to live there, how will we survive? Thus, it is clear that the view that God’s kingdom is in heaven is indeed our conceptions and imagination. As we all know, when God first created man, He made them live on earth, and allowed them to obey, worship and honor Him on earth. And Satan corrupts mankind, also on earth. Moreover, after man sinned, God carries out His work of the salvation of man also on earth. For example: In the Age of Law, Jehovah God used Moses to proclaim His laws and commandments to guide man to live a normal life on earth. Thus mankind could know what kind of people God blesses and what kind of people God curses, and at the same time they could know what is righteous and what is sinful. However, during the later period of the Age of Law, since the human race had become more and more deeply corrupted by Satan, man all lived in sin. They were unable to abide by the laws and faced the danger of being convicted and cursed by these laws. That is why the Lord Jesus became flesh and came to earth to do the work of redemption in the Age of Grace. He served as a sin offering for man, exempting man from the conviction and the curse of the law, so we could be qualified to come before God and pray to Him, and enjoy His abundant grace and truth. The Lord Jesus taught us to be tolerant and patient and to confess our sins and repent, so that we can have the chance to gain God’s salvation and survive on earth. From this we can see that God first created man on earth and that His work in the Age of Law and the Age of Grace was also carried out on earth. Revelation 21:2-3 say, “And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven…. Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be with them, and be their God.” Revelation prophesied that the new Jerusalem shall come down out of heaven. So when the Lord Jesus comes back again, the kingdom of Christ will be realized among man. In other words, the kingdom of God will be established on earth and will last forever. Thus it can be seen that God does the work of the salvation of man on earth all along. About mankind’s future destination that is on earth, God’s words say, “God will return to His original position, and each person will return to his or her respective place. These are the destinations that God and man will respectively reside in after the end of God’s entire management. God has God’s destination, and man has man’s destination. While…

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Do You Know the Meaning of Different Names of God?

By Zhou Yinuo God’s name is Jehovah, just as the Old Testament records, “I, even I, am Jehovah; and beside me there is no savior” (Isaiah 43:11). “This is my name for ever, and this is my memorial to all generations” (Exodus 3:15). However, the New Testament records, “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever” (Hebrews 13:8). “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). From these verses, it can be seen that both Jehovah and Jesus are God’s names. God is called Jehovah in the Old Testament, but is called Jesus in the New Testament. Why does God’s name change? What’s the meaning of His names? Let’s explore this aspect of the truth together. I once read a passage in a book, which gave me some understanding of the meaning of the name Jehovah. The passage says, “‘Jehovah’ is the name that I took during My work in Israel, and it means the God of the Israelites (God’s chosen people) who can take pity on man, curse man, and guide the life of man. It means the God who possesses great power and is full of wisdom. … That is to say, only Jehovah is the God of the chosen people of Israel, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob, the God of Moses, and the God of all the people of Israel. And so in the current age, all the Israelites apart from the tribe of Judah worship Jehovah. They make sacrifices to Him on the altar, and serve Him wearing priests’ robes in the temple. What they hope for is the reappearance of Jehovah. … The name Jehovah is a particular name for the people of Israel who lived under the law. In each age and each stage of work, My name is not baseless, but holds representative significance: Each name represents one age. ‘Jehovah’ represents the Age of Law, and is the honorific for the God worshiped by the people of Israel” (“The Savior Has Already Returned Upon a ‘White Cloud’”). In the Age of Law, God took the name Jehovah based on His work of proclaiming the laws and on the disposition He expressed. God began the work of the Age of Law with the name Jehovah. He proclaimed the laws and commandments through Moses and officially led the lives of nascent mankind on earth. He required people to strictly abide by the laws and learn to worship Him, and to honor Him as great. Blessings and grace would follow anyone who upheld the law; anyone who violated the law would be stoned to death or burned by heavenly fire. The name Jehovah represents what God expressed to mankind in that age: A disposition of majesty, wrath, curse and mercy. That is why the Israelites who lived under the law strictly upheld it and held the name of Jehovah as holy. They all worshiped Jehovah God, prayed to Him, praised Him, and offered sacrifices to Him on the altar. They lived under the guidance of Jehovah for a few thousand years, until the work of the Age of Law ended. Then why did God’s name become Jesus in the Age of Grace? What’s the meaning of the name Jesus? With regard to these questions, a passage in the book clearly says, “‘Jesus’ is Emmanuel, and it means the sin offering that is full of love, full of compassion, and redeems man. He did the work of the Age of Grace, and represents the Age of Grace, and can only represent one part of the management plan. … Only Jesus is the Redeemer of mankind. He is the sin offering that redeemed mankind from sin. Which is to say, the name of Jesus came from the Age of Grace, and existed because of the work of redemption in the Age of Grace. The name of Jesus existed to allow the people of the Age of Grace to be reborn and saved, and is a particular name for the redemption of the whole of mankind. And so the name Jesus represents the work of redemption, and denotes the Age of Grace” (“The Savior Has Already Returned Upon a ‘White Cloud’”). At the end of the Age of Law, because mankind were becoming more and more corrupt and sinful, it was impossible for them to continue upholding the law. As a result, they were in constant danger of being punished for violating the law. Therefore, to save mankind, God personally incarnated on earth to do the work of redemption. He began the Age of Grace with the name of Jesus and ended the Age of Law, bringing mankind rich and abundant grace, expressing a disposition of mercy and love, and redeeming mankind from sin. The meaning of the name Jesus is: full of love, full of mercy, and a sin offering that can redeem mankind. So, in the Age of Grace, so long as we prayed, confessed and repented in the name of the Lord, then our illnesses would be cured and our sins forgiven, and after we accepted the Lord Jesus’ name, we could feel the Lord’s presence, feel peace and joy in our spirits, and enjoy God’s abundant grace and blessings. The name Jesus is specific to the Age of Grace. It represents God’s work and the disposition He expressed in the Age of Grace. Only by looking back at the two previous stages of God’s work do we realize that God does different work in different ages according to the needs of mankind, and that the name He adopts in each age has its own representative significance—representing both His work and the disposition He expresses during that age. God begins a new age and changes the age by His name. That is to say, every time the age changes and when His work changes, God will change His…

Are There Any Words of God Outside the Bible?

Heated Debate: Are There Any Words of God Outside the Bible?

By Zhongxin In the study, Muxun, Fu Rong and Si’en were studying the Bible together … Muxun said, “Sisters, I have a question that I’d like to ask. Ever since I started to believe in the Lord, I’ve always believed that all of God’s words are recorded in the Bible and that there are none outside the Bible. But recently, there are some people preaching that the Lord Jesus has already returned, and that the Lord is speaking new words beyond those that are recorded in the Bible. I feel very confused about this. Are there words of God outside the Bible? I want to hear your views on this matter.” Fu Rong said in earnest: “I used to think this way just like you, believing that the words of God are all within the Bible, and that there can never be God’s word beyond the Bible. But recently when I was talking about this issue with a brother who has preached for many years, he told me with certainty that there are God’s words outside the Bible. It clearly states in the Gospel of John: ‘And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written’ (John 21:25). There are not many words of the Lord Jesus recorded in the New Testament. Actually, the Lord Jesus had preached and worked for at least three years, and the words He uttered exceed what is recorded in the Bible many times over. That is a fact no one can deny. This verifies that the work and words of the Lord Jesus are not completely recorded in the Bible. Besides, it says in Revelation 2:17: ‘He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches; To him that overcomes will I give to eat of the hidden manna.’ Revelation 10:4 says: ‘And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not.’ From these prophecies in the Book of Revelation we can understand that ‘the hidden manna’ refers to the hidden words of God. It does not refer to the words of Jehovah God and those of the Lord Jesus recorded in the Bible, but to God’s new words in the last days, which are not recorded in the Bible. Moreover, the voices of the seven thunders were not written by John, which is adequate proof that they are extraneous to the Bible. So, based on these two biblical prophecies, we can be certain that there are actually God’s words outside the Bible.” Muxun and Si’en were surprised to hear this, but after careful contemplation, they all nodded their heads. “Hmm,” Muxun said thoughtfully, “based on these verses, there should be God’s words beyond those which are recorded in the Bible. Clearly, the view that ‘God’s words are all recorded in the Bible and there are none outside the Bible’ does not accord with the biblical prophecies. I’ve read countless times the verses you’ve just read, so why haven’t I ever understood them to this level of meaning? It seems that it was because I didn’t make effort to contemplate while reading the Bible that I had no understanding of God’s work and words.” Si’en went on to say, “In the light of the prophecies you’ve just read, there should be God’s words outside the Bible. But there is one question I still don’t understand—if there are God’s words beyond those which are in the Bible, then why does it say in Revelation 22:18: ‘For I testify to every man that hears the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add to these things, God shall add to him the plagues that are written in this book’? According to this prophecy, if there are people saying that there are God’s new words outside the Bible, wouldn’t that be adding something to the Bible and resisting God?” After some contemplation, Fu Rong replied in earnest, “This is how I understand this verse. Anyone who has a knowledge of the background of the Bible knows that the Book of Revelation was written about 90 years after the Lord. It is a record of the vision John saw at Patmos Island, which contains the prophecies about the Lord’s work when He returns. The New Testament, however, was formed around 300 AD, about 200 years after the Book of Revelation. So, when John said no one shall add anything to the prophecy of this book, ‘this book’ he mentioned referred to the Book of Revelation, not the New Testament or the entire Bible, much less did he mean that there wouldn’t be any new words from God in the future.” Hearing this, Si’en nodded her head. “Hmm, this makes sense,” said Muxun. “Determining that there can be no further words from God outside of the Bible based on this prophecy is not at all tenable. Our understanding of this verse has been really off the mark!” “It’s true,” Fu Rong continued. “We all know that what John recorded in the Book of Revelation was only the vision he beheld, the prophecies about the Lord’s work in the last days, not the reality of it. The new words God shall express outside of the Bible are not additions to the prophecies in the Book of Revelation, but the fulfillment of them. If we go by these prophecies and draw the conclusion that all of God’s words and work are within the Bible, then how can we know ‘the hidden manna,’ the voices of the seven thunders, and ‘what the Spirit says to the churches’? Let’s look at Revelation 5:1–5: ‘And I saw in the right hand of Him that sat on the throne a book written within…

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Can Believers Absolved of Sins Enter the Kingdom of Heaven?

By Han Song Han Song opened the Bible and read: “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14). After reading this, he could not help but think back on his belief in the Lord over many years: Though he had been preaching and working everywhere, he was still living a sinful life. In leading the church, he always wanted his brothers and sisters to think highly of him and look up to him after doing a little work; in interacting with his family, he would get hot-blooded and have no tolerance or patience for them when they didn’t listen to his viewpoints which he thought were correct; … He often lived in a sin-and-confess state, unable to put the Lord’s words into practice. Just as Paul said, ‘For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwells no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not’ (Romans 7:18). After realizing his own real state, Han Song wondered: “I’ve been redeemed from my sins by believing in the Lord. Why is it that I can’t break free from the bondage of sin but commit sins constantly? The Lord is holy. Can a person such as I who frequently sins enter the kingdom of heaven?” Later, Han Song told Brother Li about his confusions and sought out him for fellowship. Brother Li replied, “The questions you’re bringing up are what most brothers and sisters desire to figure out. After accepting the Lord Jesus’ redemption, we are no longer sinful, but why do we often commit sins and fail to rid ourselves of the bonds of sins? It’s true that the Lord Jesus has forgiven our sins through His crucifixion, but what does ‘sin’ really refer to here? It refers to anything that violates God’s laws, commandments, or words. As we all know, the Lord Jesus made Himself the sin offering for mankind. As long as we pray, confess and repent to the Lord, He will then forgive our sins and no longer treat us as sinners, and thus we will be able to enjoy His grace. This is the true meaning of ‘Sins are forgiven.’ However, this means only that we will no longer be condemned or put to death by the law, that is to say, the Lord Jesus no longer remembers our sins of violating the law. Nevertheless, our sinful natures have not been resolved, so we are still in the cycle of sinning and repentance and are capable of resisting and rebelling against God. In this way, how could we be saved and enter the heavenly kingdom? The Lord Jesus said, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, Whoever commits sin is the servant of sin. And the servant stays not in the house for ever: but the Son stays ever’ (John 8:34-35). ‘Be you holy; for I am holy’ (1 Peter 1:16). God is holy and righteous, so He won’t allow the impure or corrupt into His kingdom. This is decided by His righteous disposition. As is clear, if our sinful nature is not resolved and we cannot cast off sin and be cleansed, then we cannot enter the kingdom of heaven.” Listening to Brother Li’s fellowshiping, Han Song nodded thoughtfully. Brother Li turned on his computer and said: “I saw a passage on a gospel website. It’s very beneficial to us. Let’s read it: ‘Before man was redeemed, many of Satan’s poisons had already been planted within him and, after thousands of years of being corrupted by Satan, he has within him an established nature that resists God. Therefore, when man has been redeemed, it is nothing more than a case of redemption in which man is bought at a high price, but the poisonous nature within him has not been eliminated. Man that is so defiled must undergo a change before becoming worthy to serve God. By means of this work of judgment and chastisement, man will fully come to know the filthy and corrupt substance within his own self, and he will be able to change completely and become clean. Only in this way can man become worthy to return before the throne of God.’” Then Brother Li continued fellowshiping: “From these words, we can see that the Lord Jesus’ redemptive work was just to pardon our sins, but our corrupt satanic dispositions remain deeply rooted within us, such as being arrogant and conceited, selfish and greedy, crooked and deceitful, jealous and disputatious, and so on. These corrupt natures are deeper and much more tenacious than sin and are also the source that leads us to sin and to resist God. Because they have yet to be disposed of, we still often sin and oppose God. For example, while we are working hard for the Lord, we frequently do things according to our own will and preferences, but do not focus on carrying out the Lord’s words or keeping His commandments; since we sacrifice, expend and labor for the Lord, we believe ourselves to love and satisfy God, and we thus begin to rely on our arrogant disposition to capitalize on our seniority and trot out our old achievements; some even lust for fame and status, exalt and bear witness to themselves; when encountering persecution and tribulation, we can even deny and betray God; when God’s work does not fit our notions, we carelessly judge and condemn God; at the same time we follow God, we worship and follow men; etc. It can therefore be seen that, if our satanic dispositions within remain unresolved, we will be capable of doing defiant and rebellious things against God at any time and in any place. How could we, who are full of corrupt satanic disposition, enter God’s kingdom?” Hearing this, Han Song came to a sudden realization and said: “Now I finally understand the reason why I still resist God in spite of myself…

Why Does God’s Name Change

Why Does God’s Name Change?

By Qingxin It is recorded in the Old Testament, “I, even I, am Jehovah; and beside Me there is no savior” (Isaiah 43:11). “Jehovah … is My name for ever, and this is My memorial to all generations” (Exodus 3:15). It clearly states in the Scriptures that the name of Jehovah is for ever, and yet it says in the New Testament that God’s name changed to Jesus, as it says, “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever” (Hebrews 13:8). Why does God’s name change? What is the mystery behind this? I found the answer to this question in a book. The book says: “‘Jehovah’ is the name that I took during My work in Israel, and it means the God of the Israelites (God’s chosen people) who can take pity on man, curse man, and guide the life of man. It means the God who possesses great power and is full of wisdom. ‘Jesus’ is Emmanuel, and it means the sin offering that is full of love, full of compassion, and redeems man. He did the work of the Age of Grace, and represents the Age of Grace, and can only represent one part of the management plan. That is to say, only Jehovah is the God of the chosen people of Israel, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob, the God of Moses, and the God of all the people of Israel. And so in the current age, all the Israelites apart from the tribe of Judah worship Jehovah. They make sacrifices to Him on the altar, and serve Him wearing priests’ robes in the temple. What they hope for is the reappearance of Jehovah. Only Jesus is the Redeemer of mankind. He is the sin offering that redeemed mankind from sin. Which is to say, the name of Jesus came from the Age of Grace, and existed because of the work of redemption in the Age of Grace. The name of Jesus existed to allow the people of the Age of Grace to be reborn and saved, and is a particular name for the redemption of the whole of mankind. And so the name Jesus represents the work of redemption, and denotes the Age of Grace. The name Jehovah is a particular name for the people of Israel who lived under the law. In each age and each stage of work, My name is not baseless, but holds representative significance: Each name represents one age. ‘Jehovah’ represents the Age of Law, and is the honorific for the God worshiped by the people of Israel. ‘Jesus’ represents the Age of Grace, and is the name of the God of all those who were redeemed during the Age of Grace” (“The Savior Has Already Returned Upon a ‘White Cloud’”). By reading this passage, we can realize that God has no set name, but rather He takes different names in different ages according to both the work He performs and the disposition He expresses in that age. One name only represents one age, one stage of work and one facet of God’s disposition, and God’s name does not change for as long as the age lasts. In the Age of Law, for example, the name of God was Jehovah, and with this name He formally began the work of the Age of Law; He proclaimed His law, led man in their lives on earth, required that they worship Him on earth, and those who adhered strictly to the law received God’s blessing and guidance. If anyone violated the law, then they were struck by heavenly fire or stoned to death. The disposition God expressed in that age was the disposition of righteousness and majesty, and the name Jehovah was taken in accordance with the work of proclaiming the law and the disposition God expressed. At the end of the Age of Law, because man was becoming more and more corrupted and was no longer able to keep the law, they all faced being punished and condemned for violating the law. In order to save mankind, God personally incarnated into the world and, with the name Jesus, He began the Age of Grace, performed the work of redemption, brought a rich abundance of grace to mankind and expressed His disposition of mercy and lovingkindness. He redeemed us from sin, and as long as we pray in the name of the Lord Jesus, then we can obtain bountiful grace from God. To say it another way, the name Jesus was God’s name in the Age of Grace, and it represented God’s work in the Age of Grace as well as the disposition God expressed during that age. We can therefore know from the two past stages of God’s work that God’s name changes along with His work, and that the name God takes in each age has representative significance in that it represents His work as well as the disposition He expresses in each age. God uses His name to begin ages and to change the age from one to another. That is, every time the age changes and God’s work changes, God must then take a new name—this is a principle of God’s work. Although, during the course of God’s salvation of mankind, He was once called Jehovah and was also once called Jesus, God’s essence never changes; God is eternally God, and it is always one God who performs these works. For example, when someone goes to work as a teacher in a school, people will call him teacher. Then, that same person may change careers and become a doctor, and then people will call him doctor. If that person then becomes a manager of a company, then people will call him manager. But the person himself remains the same, it’s just his job that changes, and therefore people will call him by different titles. Actually, from God’s work, we are able to see that God’s name is not forever…

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