Revelation 21 3 meaning

God’s Kingdom on Earth – Reflection on Revelation 21:3

Today’s Gospel And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, 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 21:3 Reflection Recently, I came across a video on the Internet. It’s about a debate on whether the place that God has prepared for mankind is on earth or in heaven. In this debate, it mentioned that God made mankind out of clay. He tasked them with doing their duty on earth and managing the rest of His creations. He demanded that they obey, worship, and honor Him, and mandated that their place was on the earth, not in heaven. Moreover, many verses in the Bible have clearly told us that God will establish His kingdom upon the earth. The Lord Jesus said, “After this manner therefore pray you: 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). 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.” 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 3:12, “Him that overcomes will I make a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write on him the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, which is new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God: and I will write on him My new name.” From these words, we can see that God will establish His kingdom upon the earth. He will dwell with us humans on earth and the kingdoms of earth must be transformed into kingdoms ruled by Christ forever. Through this video, I not only understand a mystery, but also realize that we should understand the Bible according to the Lord’s words and His will. Our understanding is easy to be mixed with our notions and imaginations if we understand the Bible based on our own will. Let’s share some of God’s words, “When humanity has been restored to their original likeness, when humanity can fulfill their respective duties, keep their own place and obey all of God’s arrangements, God will have obtained a group of people upon the earth who worship Him, and He will also have established a kingdom upon the earth that worships Him. He will have eternal victory upon the earth, and those who are opposed to Him will perish for all eternity. This will restore His original intention in creating man; it will restore His intention in creating all things, and it will also restore His authority upon earth, His authority among all things and His authority among His enemies. These are the symbols of His total victory. Henceforth humanity will enter into rest and enter into a life that follows the right track. God will also enter into eternal rest with man and enter into an eternal life shared by God and man. The filth and disobedience upon the earth shall disappear, as shall the wailing upon the earth. All upon the earth that opposes God will not exist. Only God and those people that He has saved shall remain; only His creation shall remain” (“God and Man Will Enter Into Rest Together”). Want to learn more gospel news about the arrival of God’s kingdom? You’re welcome to connect with us via Live Chat. » You may be interested in reading more on our Gospel Topics page about Kingdom of God, or in the articles below: • Sermon on the Kingdom of God – 3 Standards You Should Know • Can We Enter Heavenly Kingdom After Being Justified by Faith? • Is Baptism a Necessary Condition for Entering the Heavenly Kingdom • Where Is the Kingdom of God According to the Bible?

What Are the Overcomes Like – Reflection on Revelation 14:5

What Are the Overcomes Like – Reflection on Revelation 14:5

Today’s Gospel And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God. – Revelation 14:5 Reflection This verse tells us the behavior of those who follow the footprints of the Lamb. This group of people are honest and beloved by God. No lie or crookedness or deceit is found in their mouth, and in their heart they magnify God. They do not rebel against or resist Him. They can obey and fear God in everything, be of one heart and one mind with Him, and worship Him in spirit and in truth. They are the overcomers who are judged and cleansed by God in the last days. However, we have been deeply corrupted by Satan. In our heart we always consider or plan for our own interests, deceive those above and below us, and tell lies and deceive others. How can God like such deceitful people? How can such people enter the kingdom of God? From this verse, we can know that to be honest people is the goal and direction we should seek. God says, “You ought to know that God likes those who are honest. In substance, God is faithful, and so His words can always be trusted; His actions, furthermore, are faultless and unquestionable, which is why God likes those who are absolutely honest with Him. Honesty means giving your heart to God, being genuine with God in all things, being open with Him in all things, never hiding the facts, not trying to deceive those above and below you, and not doing things only to curry favor with God. In short, to be honest is to be pure in your actions and words, and to deceive neither God nor man” (“Three Admonitions”). Want to learn more gospel news about the arrival of God’s kingdom? You’re welcome to connect with us via Live Chat. » Further reading about Overcomer: • 4 Ways to Become as a Little Child • Bible Study: How to Become an Overcomer • What Is an Overcomer? What Are the Standards for Being an Overcomer? » Recommended for You: “The People of the Heavenly Kingdom” Clip – A Christian Acts Honestly and Receives God’s Blessing

Why Blessed Are the Pure in Heart – Reflection on Matthew 5:8

Why Blessed Are the Pure in Heart – Reflection on Matthew 5:8

ByBy Li Zhong, Italy “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God” (Matthew 5:8). What does it mean to be the pure in heart? Why should we be the pure in heart? What should we do to be counted as people who are pure in heart? These questions are all very important to us, because only by being the pure in heart can we welcome the Lord’s return, see Him and hear His voice in the last days, and thus have the opportunity to be saved by Him. Today, let’s study the Bible together, and see during the period of the Lord Jesus’ work, which people accepted the Lord Jesus with a pure heart and which people lost the salvation of the Lord because they didn’t have a pure heart. At that time, the Lord Jesus preached in all places to spread the gospel of the kingdom of heaven and performed a lot of miracles. However, the Pharisees could not comprehend what the Lord Jesus had done, nor did they think that was God’s deeds. They believed that the Lord Jesus couldn’t possibly be the Messiah because, be it the Lord Jesus’ name, His appearance, His parentage or what He had done, none of them conformed to the record about the Messiah in the Old Testament. They not only didn’t accept the redemptive work of the Lord Jesus, but also deceived the Jewish people into judging and blaspheming the Lord Jesus together with them. However, there were two kinds of people who treated the coming of the Lord Jesus differently when they heard the rumors and slanders. First of all, let’s take a look at the first kind of people. In John 10, it is said that on the Sabbath day the Lord Jesus cured a blind person in the temple and testified that He Himself was the good Shepherd, the Son of God, and that His authority came from God. But because of listening to the rumors from the Pharisees, some Jewish people stoned the Lord Jesus and said: “He has a devil, and is mad; why hear you him?” (John 10:20). “These are not the words of him that has a devil. Can a devil open the eyes of the blind?” (John 10:21). “For a good work we stone you not; but for blasphemy; and because that you, being a man, make yourself God” (John 10:33). Here we can see that the Jewish people did not take the Lord’s words and work seriously. They did not ponder whether there was truth in the Lord Jesus’ preaching, whether His preaching was beneficial and edifying to them, or whether His authority of performing miracles came from God. On the contrary, they followed the Pharisees blindly, condemning, judging, and blaspheming the Lord Jesus, and even stoning Him. Finally, the Jewish people followed the religious leaders in nailing the Messiah, whom they had been bitterly waiting for, to the cross. What they had done gravely offended God’s righteous disposition, which led to Israel being subjected to destruction and losing the opportunity of following the Lord forever. This is the lamentable end of those who did not carefully investigate the work and words of the Lord Jesus with a pure heart. Then let’s see the second kind of people, who possessed a pure heart. Take Peter and John as examples. While the Lord Jesus preached and did His work, they heard the slanders and blasphemies from the religious leaders and Pharisees, and saw their attacks and temptations to the Lord Jesus. Yet they didn’t follow them or condemn the Lord Jesus blindly. Rather, they practically investigated the Lord’s work through listening to His preaching and watching the miracles performed by Him. After following the Lord Jesus for a period of time, they came to have some true knowledge of the Lord Jesus and then firmly believed that what the Lord Jesus had said and done was indeed from God, and couldn’t be achieved by any man. Therefore, even though the religious leaders and Pharisees resisted and condemned the Lord Jesus, they weren’t deceived by the rumors from them, but still persisted in following the Lord with pure hearts, for they only followed and listened to God while believing in God. One of the Lord Jesus’ disciples Simon Peter said: “Lord, to whom shall we go? you have the words of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that you are that Christ, the Son of the living God” (John 6:68-69). From this we can see that Peter had a sober and clear mind, so through the Lord Jesus’ actions and behaviors, he recognized that His identity was God Himself, and that He is the truth, the way and the life, and is the Messiah, whom they had been waiting for a long time. Finally, Peter was praised and blessed by the Lord Jesus. From these two different results caused by different choices, we can see that those without pure hearts will suffer misfortune while those with pure hearts will be blessed. So having a pure heart is really very important for us to welcome the return of God. Having a pure heart means that we can discriminate between right and wrong among different views, and don’t listen to or obey others foolishly; we don’t randomly measure God’s work and words, but can personally investigate God’s work. Only in this way can we avoid making the great fault of forsaking the Messiah while waiting for Him, and have the opportunity to see God and hear God’s voice. It says in the Bible: “Now all these things happened to them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, on whom the ends of the world are come” (1 Corinthians 10:11). It has been already more than two thousand years since the Pharisees deceived the believers into nailing the Lord to the cross. The record of this fact in the Bible gives us an admonishment: In dealing with the return…

Revelation 10:4

The Voice of the Seven Thunders – Reflection on Revelation 10:4

Today’s Gospel 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. – Revelation 10:4 Reflection This verse was written after John the Apostle saw the vision on the island of Patmos. We get to know that “those things which the seven thunders uttered” doesn’t refer to the Bible, because the Bible came into being after 300 years A.D. It is composed of the Old Testament and the New Testament and is well known by the world. The Revelation 5:1–5 say, “And I saw in the right hand of Him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals. And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof? And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon. And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon. And one of the elders said to me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.” The book mentioned in these verses is sealed and written within and on the backside, which means there’s content in the book but the book is not opened. When the Lord Jesus comes again, He will open this sealed book and tell us the content. From these we get to know the words of the second coming of the Lord Jesus aren’t recorded in the Bible and that there are God’s utterances outside of the Bible. It is said in John 16:12–13, “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.” “The Spirit of truth” refers to God Himself. When the Lord comes back, He will show us all the truth and things to come. Hence, we will more clearly understand that there are God’s utterances outside of the Bible.   » You may be interested in reading more on our Second Coming of Jesus Christ page, or in the articles below: • Is All of God’s Word Really in the Bible • The Savior Has Already Returned Upon a “White Cloud” • What Does “the Sound of the Trumpet” in the Biblical Prophecy Refer To

Revelation 3:12, God's New Name

The Mystery of God’s New Name – Reflection on Revelation 3:12

Today’s Gospel Him that overcomes will I make a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write on him the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, which is new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God: and I will write on him My new name. – Revelation 3:12 Reflection A major message can be known from this verse: The returned Lord will have a new name in the last days. This tells us that God has different names in each age. We know that God’s name is Jehovah in the Age of Law, and He issued His law and led the Israelites to live with the name of Jehovah. In the Age of Grace, God did the work of redemption with the name of Jesus. The Revelation prophesied that God will have a new name in the last days. From this, we can understand that God’s name is not unchanged but changes along with God’s different work. Just as God says, “The work of God throughout all of His management is perfectly clear: The Age of Grace is the Age of Grace, and the last days are the last days. There are distinct differences between each age, for in each age God does work which is representative of that age. For the work of the last days to be done, there must be burning, judgment, chastisement, wrath, and destruction to bring the age to an end. The last days refer to the final age. During the final age, will God not bring the age to an end? To end the age, God must bring chastisement and judgment with Him. Only in this way can He end the age. Jesus’ purpose was so that man might continue to survive, to live on, and that he might exist in a better way. He saved man from sin so that he might cease his descent into depravity and no longer live in Hades and hell, and by saving man from Hades and hell He allowed him to go on living. Now, the last days have arrived. He shall annihilate man and completely destroy the human race, that is, He shall transform mankind’s rebellion. For this reason, it would be impossible, with the compassionate and loving disposition of the past, for God to end the age or to bring His six-thousand-year plan of management to fruition. Every age features a special representation of God’s disposition, and every age contains work that should be done by God. So, the work done by God Himself in each age contains the expression of His true disposition, and both His name and the work that He does change along with the age; they are all new. During the Age of Law, the work of guiding mankind was done under the name of Jehovah, and the first stage of work was initiated on earth. At this stage, the work consisted of building the temple and the altar, and using the law to guide the people of Israel and to work in their midst. By guiding the people of Israel, He launched a base for His work on earth. From this base, He expanded His work beyond Israel, which is to say that, starting from Israel, He extended His work outward, so that later generations gradually came to know that Jehovah was God, and that it was Jehovah who created the heavens and earth and all things, and that it was Jehovah who made all creatures. He spread His work through the people of Israel outward beyond them. The land of Israel was the first holy place of Jehovah’s work on earth, and it was in the land of Israel that God first went to work on earth. That was the work of the Age of Law. As for the work of the Age of Grace, Jesus was the God who saved man. What He had and was was grace, love, compassion, forbearance, patience, humility, care, and tolerance, and so much of the work that He did was for the sake of the redemption of man. As for His disposition, it was one of compassion and love, and because He was compassionate and loving, He had to be nailed to the cross for man, in order to show that God loved man as Himself, so much so that He offered up Himself in His entirety. Satan said, ‘Since You love man, You must then love him to the ultimate extreme: You must be nailed to the cross, to deliver man from the cross, from sin, and You shall offer up Yourself in exchange for all of mankind.’ Satan made the following wager: ‘Since You are a loving and compassionate God, You must love man to the ultimate extreme: You should then offer Yourself up to the cross.’ Jesus replied, ‘As long as it is for mankind, I am willing to lay down My all.’ And then He went up onto the cross without the slightest self-regard, and redeemed the whole of mankind. During the Age of Grace, the name of God was Jesus, that is to say, God was a God who saved man, and He was a compassionate and loving God. God was with man. His love, His compassion, and His salvation accompanied each and every person. Only by accepting the name of Jesus and His presence was man able to gain peace and joy, to receive His blessing, His vast and numerous graces, and His salvation. Through the crucifixion of Jesus, all those who followed Him received salvation and were forgiven their sins. During the Age of Grace, Jesus was the name of God. In other words, the work of the Age of Grace was done principally under the name of Jesus. During the Age of Grace, God was called Jesus. He undertook a stage of new work beyond the Old Testament, and His work ended with…

Honesty – Reflection on Luke 18:17

Honesty – Reflection on Luke 18:17

Today’s Gospel Truly I say to you, Whoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein. – Luke 18:17 Reflection After reading this verse, maybe you will ask what the “little child” refers to. In a word, it refers to the likeness of an honest man. Only honest person can love God truly, make no requests or demands of God, and have no rebellion or resistance against Him. Because the essence of God is faithful, He loves the honest. How can we be honest? I will share 4 tips with you: First, give our heart to God, practice the truth in all things and accept His observation and examination; Second, have true communion with God, speak the words within our heart to Him, and keep a normal relationship with Him; Third, ensure that there are no lies in our words, or in our thoughts, be artless and open with wisdom, and have normal interpersonal relationships with others; Fourth, do things in a principled way and in conformity with the truth, be just and honorable, make our words fit the reality and become an upstanding person. Prayer O God! I’m willing to give my heart to You in the following days, accept Your observation in everything and do my best to be a simple, honest person to comfort Your heart. » More about the practice of being honest, please click here: • Being Honest in Recycling Receives God’s Blessings • Applying for Jobs Honestly, I’ve Seen God’s Blessings • The Secret to Improving Interpersonal Relationships—Be an Honest Person » Most people also watch Christian Movie: “The People of the Heavenly Kingdom” – An Inspirational True Story

Luke 18:13–14

He Who Humbles Himself Shall Be Exalted – Reflection on Luke 18:13–14

Today’s Gospel And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes to heaven, but smote on his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalts himself shall be abased; and he that humbles himself shall be exalted.   – Luke 18:13–14 Reflection Prayer is a means by which Christians commune with God. Only if we pray to God with heart and with honesty can we gain His guidance and establish a normal relationship with Him. From the prayer of this tax collector we can see that, though he only prayed with one sentence, he was called righteous by God because he prayed from his heart. In fact, prayer doesn’t depend on how long we pray or how pretty sounding our words are, but depends on whether we can pray honestly. Praying with insincerity is unacceptable to God. I remembered God’s words, “When praying, you must have a heart that is quiet before God, and you must have a sincere heart. You are truly communing and praying with God—you must not deceive God using nice-sounding words. Prayer should center upon that which God wishes to accomplish right now. Ask God to grant you greater enlightenment and illumination, bring your actual states and your troubles into His presence when you pray, including the resolution that you made before God. Prayer is not about following procedure; it is about seeking God with a sincere heart. Ask that God protect your heart, so that your heart may often be quiet before Him; that in the environment in which He has placed you, you would know yourself, despise yourself, and forsake yourself, thus allowing you to have a proper relationship with God and truly become someone who loves God” (“Concerning the Practice of Prayer”). God’s words tell us how to pray. We should first be quiet before God and tell Him what is in our hearts rather than deceive Him with nice-sounding words, falsehoods or empty words. Prayer is centered around the things we meet or actual difficulties in our lives. Prayer is not the following of procedure, but the seeking of the truth and the ways of practice using our true hearts. Thus, we can gain the Holy Spirit’s work and have a deeper understanding of ourselves, and better understand God’s intention in saving man. If we practice and enter according to God’s requirements, God will guide us to go forward every step of the way.   » Read more on our Bible Study Topics page, or click on the related articles below: • 4 Ways to Become as a Little Child • 5 Key Elements of being the Poor in Spirit • How to Humble Yourself and Be Blessed in Welcoming the Lord’s Return

The Days of the Son of Man – Reflection on Luke 17:24 

The Days of the Son of Man – Reflection on Luke 17:24

Today’s Gospel For as the lightning, that lightens out of the one part under heaven, shines to the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in His day. – Luke 17:24  Reflection This verse shows us that the Lord will return in the last days as the Son of man, just like lightning. Here lightning refers to the great light and the true light, and also refers to the words of God. That is to say, the utterances of the returned Lord of the last days come forth just like flashing lightning. That indicates that the work God does when He comes again will be done very quickly. We all know that in the Age of Grace, the Lord Jesus did the work of sowing. In the last days, when He comes again, He will do the work of reaping, that is, the work of ending the age, which can be finished within a short time instead of lasting two thousand years like the work of sowing in the Age of Grace. So it is called flashing lightning. Thus, we should be cautious. In the last days when God is about to end the age, if we want to welcome the second coming of the Lord and be raptured into the heavenly kingdom, the key is to seek the utterances of the returned Jesus, that is, the words of the Holy Spirit to the churches. Only then can we follow God’s footsteps and return to God.   » You may be interested in reading more on our The Gospel of Jesus Christ page, or in the articles below: • How Will Jesus Christ’s Return Happen? • When You Behold the Spiritual Body of Jesus Will Be When God Has Made Anew Heaven and Earth • Where Will Jesus Christ Appear? What Is the Meaning of God’s Choice of Location for His Work of the Last Days?

Luke 16:10

Faithful in the Little Things – Reflection on Luke 16:10

Today’s Gospel He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. – Luke 16:10 Reflection This verse shows us that if we can satisfy God on small matters, we can satisfy God when it comes to large matters. If we can practice the truth in small matters, then even if we cannot overcome some big problems, as long as we truly pray and rely on God, He will protect us so that we can stand firm. Many times, we deal with the small matters according to our own will and are good at forgiving ourselves. We believe that we don’t need to care about these small matters because God doesn’t care, and that it’s enough when we stand witness in serious circumstances, and thus we miss the opportunities to satisfy God again and again. However, when the serious circumstances come upon us and touch upon our interests, it’s impossible for us to stand witness. Let’s share a passage of God’s words, “Everything that happens to people is when God needs them to stand firm in their testimony to Him. Nothing major has happened to you at the moment, and you do not bear great testimony, but every detail of your daily life relates to the testimony to God. If you can win the admiration of your brothers and sisters, your family members, and everyone around you; if, one day, the unbelievers come, and admire all that you do, and see that all that God does is wonderful, then you will have borne testimony. Although you have no insight and your caliber is poor, through God’s perfection of you, you are able to satisfy Him and be mindful of His will. Others will see what great work He has done in people of the poorest caliber. People come to know God, and become overcomers before Satan and loyal to God to an extent. So none will have more backbone than this group of people. This will be the greatest testimony. Although you are incapable of doing great work, you are able to satisfy God. Others can’t put aside their conceptions, but you can; others can’t bear testimony to God during their actual experiences, but you can use your actual stature and actions to repay God’s love and bear resounding testimony to Him. Only this counts as actually loving God. If you are incapable of this, then you do not bear testimony among your family members, among your brothers and sisters, or before the people of the world. If you can’t bear testimony before Satan, Satan will laugh at you, it will treat you as a joke, as a plaything, it will often make a fool of you, and drive you insane. In the future, great trials may befall you—but today, if you love God with a true heart, and if regardless of how great the trials ahead, irrespective of what happens to you, you are able to stand firm in your testimony, and able to satisfy God, then your heart will be comforted, and you will be unafraid no matter how great the trials you encounter in the future. You can’t see what will happen in the future; you can only satisfy God during today’s circumstances. You are incapable of doing any great work, and should focus on satisfying God by experiencing His words in real life, and bearing strong and resounding testimony that brings shame upon Satan. Although your flesh will remain unsatisfied and have suffered, you will have satisfied God and brought shame upon Satan. If you always practice in this way, God will open up a path before you. When, one day, a great trial comes, others will fall down, but you will still be able to stand firm: Because of the price you have paid, God will protect you so you can stand firm and not fall down. If, ordinarily, you are able to put the truth into practice and satisfy God with a heart that truly loves Him, then God will surely protect you during future trials. Though you are foolish and of little stature and poor caliber, God will not discriminate against you. It depends on whether your motivations are right. Today, you are able to satisfy God, in which you are attentive to the smallest detail, you satisfy God in all things, you have a heart that truly loves God, you give your true heart to God, and although there are some things that you can’t understand, you can come before God to rectify your motivations, and seek God’s will, and you do everything needed to satisfy God. Perhaps, your brothers and sisters will abandon you, but your heart will be satisfying God, and you will not covet the pleasures of the flesh. If you always practice in this way, you will be protected when great trials come upon you” (“Only Loving God Is Truly Believing in God”). Prayer O God! May You give me confidence. No matter on great or small things I meet with, I’m willing to practice according to Your will and be a person who can satisfy Your will. Amen!   » Read more on our Faith & Life page, or click on the related articles below: • Putting Her Pride Aside, She Gained … • Christian Experience at Work: I Never Lose Anything by Being an Honest Person • How She Resists Temptation When She Bumps Into Her First Boyfriend Again

Luke 12:7

God Knows Us All Too Well – Reflection on Luke 12:6-7

Today’s Gospel Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? 7But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: you are of more value than many sparrows. – Luke 12:6-7 Reflection From the Lord Jesus’ words, we can see that God knows us like the palm of His hand and rules over everything of us. God created us and knows our needs and inadequacies. He is at our side watching over and protecting us at every moment. Too often, we encounter some persecutions and tribulations, and trials and refinement, such as suppression of the satanic regime, ridicule and slander of the world, and miscomprehension and estrangement of our friends and relatives; as a result, we misunderstand and blame God, and even lose faith in Him. These words of the Lord Jesus have strengthened our faith. God knows us all too well. He has even numbered the hair on our heads, let alone knows these trials and refinement, and persecutions and tribulations. All this is God perfecting our faith. We are not afraid, for God is at our side watching over and protecting us, and leading us the way ahead. Just as God says, “Since the creation of the world I have begun to predestine and select this group of people, namely, you today. Your temperament, caliber, appearance, stature, family in which you were born, your job and your marriage, the entirety of you, even the color of your hair and your skin, and the time of your birth were all arranged by My hands. Even the things you do and the people you meet every single day are arranged by My hands, not to mention the fact that bringing you into My presence today is actually My arrangement. Do not throw yourself into disorder; you should proceed calmly. What I allow you to enjoy today is a share that you deserve, and it was predestined by Me at the creation of the world” (“Chapter 74” of Utterances of Christ in the Beginning) To obey God’s sovereignty and truly know God’s love, we still need to read more of God’s words and understand His will from His words. I’d like to recommend a Christian hymn to you—Only the Creator Takes Pity on This Mankind. Listen to this hymn and feel the Creator’s sincere feelings toward mankind. » Recommended for You: • Receiving Healing From God, I Am Able to See the Light Again • A Testimony of Faith: God Accompanied Me Through Those Dark Days • Know God’s Sovereignty, Worry About Marriage No More

A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth that which is good

Discerning Good From Evil – Reflection on Luke 6:45

Today’s Gospel A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. – Luke 6:45 Reflection This verse points out some principles of discerning good from evil. We can discern whether a person is good or wicked from the intentions and motivations of his words and persistent performance because what he says and does is actually what he thinks. A good man has good will, conscience, and sense. If he who pursues the truth does something that goes against human morality or does something evil, he will feel guilty and accused, and people around him can see that he feels guilty and repentant. However, a wicked person only has evil thoughts in his mind. No matter how great evil a wicked person commits, they think that it’s a skill, an ability. They think it proves that their methods are superior, that they’ve achieved their goal, and that they’re better than others. That’s why they don’t have remorse, and worse still, don’t loathe themselves. They’re even pleased with themselves, think that they are more capable than others, and look down on others. Such people are wicked people. When they do evil, wicked people don’t have remorse or have a guilty conscience. They just like evil. They think that’s the way humans ought to be, that such behavior is normal. So people can’t see their repentance and changes. Just as God says, “People who genuinely believe in God are those who are willing to put God’s word into practice and are willing to practice the truth. People who can genuinely stand witness for God are also those who are willing to put His word into practice and can genuinely stand on the side of the truth. People who resort to trickery and injustice all lack the truth, and they all bring shame to God. Those who engage in disputes in the church are Satan’s lackeys, and are the embodiment of Satan. Such people are so malicious. Those who have no discernment and are incapable of standing on the side of the truth all harbor evil intentions and tarnish the truth. These people are even more quintessential representatives of Satan; they are beyond redemption, and are of course objects for elimination” (“A Warning to Those Who Do Not Practice the Truth”). When we can distinguish between a good person and a wicked person, we should treat different people with corresponding principles. If good people who pursue truth have committed a transgression or exhibited any corruption, we should assist them with love and must not suppress, exclude, or define them as hopeless ones, even though they have prejudices or make some judgment about us. As for wicked people, after we have distinguished them, we must abandon them, draw a line between us and them, and not follow them in doing evil. As believers in God, what path we walk, what kind of people we follow, who we really obey, and whom we stand with—all of these are matters of principles. Only by entering the truth and learning how to discern all kinds of people can we shun evil.   » You may be interested in reading more: • The Pastor’s ‘Good’ Intentions (Church Skit) • Learn the Root of the Pharisees’ Resistance of the Lord Jesus in the Bible from 3 Aspects • Christian Crosstalk “An Antichrist in the Church” – Be Careful! Don’t Be Deceived by Pharisees

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