Only the Honest Can Enter the Kingdom of Heaven – Gospel Reflection on Matthew 18:3

Only the Honest Can Enter the Kingdom of Heaven – Reflection on Matthew 18:3

Today’s Gospel And said, Truly I say to you, Except you be converted, and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. – Matthew 18:3 Reflection We must become as little children based on the Lord Jesus’ demands, then we can enter the kingdom of heaven. So what does becoming as little children refer to? Do not lie or deceive God, put aside our attempts and desires while believing in God, be simple and open as little children, and be honest but wise, which is the likeness that a person loved by God should have. Only this kind of people can enter the kingdom of heaven. Just as God’s words say, “My kingdom requires those who are honest, not hypocritical, and not deceitful. Aren’t the sincere and honest people in the world unpopular? I am completely opposite as it. It is acceptable for the honest people to come to Me; I delight in this kind of person, I also need this kind of person. This is precisely My righteousness.” From God’s words we can see that God loves innocent and open people who have no pretensions, and speak whatever in their heart with God, and with brothers and sisters, and do not package themselves; while those deceitful people, nobody can know what they think and what they want to do, they are living by Satan’s life philosophy and cannot enter the kingdom of heaven.   » You may be interested in reading more: • What Kinds of People Can Enter Heavenly Kingdom? • Can Man Enter Kingdom of Heaven by Laboring for the Lord? • Sermon on the Kingdom of God – 3 Standards You Should Know

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Righteousness of God – Reflection on Matthew 16:27

Today’s Gospel For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works. – Matthew 16:27 Reflection When the Lord comes the second time, He will establish the outcome of every man according to his actions in his life. This is decided by God’s righteous disposition. So, we should have a cautious and prudent heart toward everything that comes upon us, and pay attention to practicing according to the Lord’s words in all things and all of the time, so that we’ll live before God. Let’s share a passage of God’s words: “Therefore, I still want to emphasize this once more, and inform everyone present to be cautious and prudent toward everything that comes from God. Don’t speak carelessly, and don’t be careless in your actions. Before you say anything, you should think: Would doing this anger God? Is doing this fearing God? Even for simple matters, you should still really try to figure these questions out, really consider them. If you can truly practice according to these principles everywhere, in all things, and all of the time, especially with regard to the matters you don’t understand, then God will always guide you, and will always give you a path to follow. No matter what people are displaying, God sees it all clearly, plainly, and He will provide you with an accurate and suitable evaluation of these displays. After you’ve experienced the final trial, God will take all of your behavior and sum it up completely to establish your outcome. This result will convince everyone beyond the shadow of a doubt. What I’d like to tell you is that your every deed, your every action, and your every thought will decide your fate.” God is righteous, and He observes the depths of man’s heart. God’s arrangement for every man is fair and reasonable, and is totally according to man’s nature and deeds. This is God’s rewarding every man according to his works.”   » You may be interested in reading more:  • God’s Wrath Is a Safeguard for All Just Forces and All Positive Things • God’s Mercy and Tolerance Are Not Rare—Man’s True Repentance Is • The Creator’s Righteous Disposition Is Real and Vivid

Gospel for Today, Matthew 16:23

Gospel for Today – Reflection on Matthew 16:23

Today’s Gospel But He turned, and said to Peter, Get you behind Me, Satan: you are an offense to Me: for you mind not the things that be of God, but those that be of men. – Matthew 16:23 Reflection Peter relied on his own will and good intention to dissuade the Lord Jesus from going to the cross. We can see God’s righteous and holy disposition from the Lord Jesus’ words to Peter. We humans have life philosophies, so we always spare others’ feelings or give ourselves some leeway in our words and actions. If we are faced with the similar case, we may say, “There is no need to quibble over every detail since you do this out of good intention.” or “You do this in order to protect me, but do not say that next time.” However, God has neither human will nor man’s moderation nor ambiguous words. God is principled in His actions: He is straight and to the point. This is the manifestation of God’s disposition.   » You may be interested in reading more: • God Is Almighty, but Why Did Jesus Redeem Us by Crucifixion • Incapable of Getting Rid of Sin, How Can We Be Called Righteous? • After Sodom’s Repeated Resistance and Hostility Toward Him, God Utterly Eradicates It

Reflection on Matthew 16-2

Gospel for Today – Reflection on Matthew 16:22

Today’s Gospel But he turned, and said to Peter, Get you behind me, Satan: you are an offense to me: for you mind not the things that be of God, but those that be of men. – Matthew 16:22 Reflection When the Lord Jesus predicted to His disciples His own death and resurrection, Peter relied upon his kindness and dissuaded Him from going to the cross. In our view, Peter didn’t want the Lord Jesus to be crucified out of kindness. But how did Lord Jesus view this? God’s words say, “When the Lord Jesus was about to be crucified, what did Peter say? (‘Be it far from you, Lord: this shall not be to you’ (Mat 16: 22).) Did Peter have the true belief when he said these things? (No.) What is this called? This is man’s good intention, and this is called interrupting. Where did his good intention come from? (His own will.) Why was he able to manifest this kind of self-will? He had a point of view. What point of view? He didn’t understand God’s will, didn’t understand what ministry the Lord Jesus had come to do. His understanding of the Lord Jesus was limited to a kind of good intention and protection. It was ‘a little bit of affection’ and ‘a little bit of protection’ that people would say, which was, ‘This absolutely cannot befall You! You must not go to suffer that pain! If someone has to suffer it then let me suffer it. I will suffer it in Your place.’ He didn’t know God’s will, and he came up with some good intention from his own will, wishing to prevent this event from happening. So how can we describe his way of doing things? What brought it about? Firstly, it was brought about by his hot blood, his will and his not understanding. Secondly, did he have a true belief in God? (No.) If he didn’t have the true belief in God, how could he have this good intention? Did his good intention come from the truth? Was it a kind of good deed? (No.) Then at the very least he was good-willed, and he was well-intentioned and he showed his sincerity, right? (Yes.) So what was the nature of his way of doing things? Was it a kind of behavior, a way of doing things that arose from the true belief? (No.) You see it clearly now; it absolutely wasn’t. Was it a kind of conviction? What is a conviction? Discuss about it using this matter—what is meant by ‘conviction’? (It means ideas that come from man himself.) (Conceptual things.) It is one’s own concepts, imagination and will. It is having a kind of good yearning, good desires; it is the things that people think of as good, positive and active, it is something that is to people’s taste, that conforms to people’s concepts and to people’s sentiments; it is a kind of good will, a kind of good thinking, a good way of doing things, a kind of good motivation—this is what is meant by ‘conviction.’ It is not the true belief; this is 100 percent certain.” From God’s words we can see those who don’t have true faith in God rely on their own will and good intentions to do things. And thus they can easily be Satan’s outlet interrupting and disturbing the work of God. God’s work is done by Himself and is unfathomable to man. Whether crucifixion comes upon the Lord Jesus is determined by the Lord: The Lord allows it to happen then it happens; the Lord doesn’t allow it to happen then it shall not happen. The occurrence, development and outcome of all the people, things and events are determined by God, not by man.   » Read more on our Knowing Jesus Christ page, or click on the related articles below: • Good Friday Message: God Is Almighty, but Why Did Jesus Redeem Us by Crucifixion? • True Meaning of the Sixth of 7 Last Words of Jesus on the Cross “It Is Finished” • The Lord Jesus Is Standing at the Door and How Can We Welcome Him?

The Lord Jesus is the Christ, Matthew 16:16

The Lord Jesus is the Christ – Reflection on Matthew 16:16

Today’s Gospel And Simon Peter answered and said, You are the Christ, the Son of the living God. – Matthew 16:16 Reflection When Peter followed Jesus, he found Jesus’ words were the truth and His work was beyond the reach of man. In addition, he was enlightened by the Holy Spirit, so he could recognize the Lord Jesus is the Christ. But why is Jesus called Christ, and what is Christ? One day, I read two passages of words, “The incarnate God is called Christ, and Christ is the flesh donned by the Spirit of God. This flesh is unlike any man that is of the flesh. This difference is because Christ is not of flesh and blood but is the incarnation of the Spirit. He has both a normal humanity and a complete divinity. His divinity is not possessed by any man. His normal humanity sustains all His normal activities in the flesh, while His divinity carries out the work of God Himself.” “God become flesh is called Christ, and so the Christ that can give people the truth is called God. There is nothing excessive about this, for He possesses the substance of God, and possesses God’s disposition, and wisdom in His work, that are unattainable by man. Those who call themselves Christ, yet cannot do the work of God, are frauds. Christ is not merely the manifestation of God on earth, but instead, the particular flesh assumed by God as He carries out and completes His work among man. This flesh is not one that can be replaced by just any man, but one that can adequately bear God’s work on earth, and express the disposition of God, and well represent God, and provide man with life.” Only the incarnate God can be called Christ. Christ not only has a normal humanity, but has a complete divinity. Because of His substance of divinity, He can express the truth and do the work of God Himself. Although outwardly Christ appears to be ordinary, His substance is God. Therefore, He can be called Christ. Those fake Christs claim to be Christ, but they do not have the divine substance of God and cannot express the truth or do the work of saving mankind. They are the counterfeit of evil spirits. From these, we can understand that Jesus could express the truth, and do the work of mankind’s redemption, and bestow upon man the way of repentance. In a word, the Lord Jesus is the Christ, and the incarnate God on earth.   » You may be interested in reading more: • 3 Aspects to Unravel Mystery of Incarnation of Jesus • Why Must God Incarnate Himself to Work and Save Man? • Easily Explain the Meaning of the Trinity

Let them alone they be blind leaders of the blind.

They be Blind Leaders of the Blind – Reflection on Matthew 15:14

Today’s Gospel Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.—Matthew 15:14 Reflection When Lord Jesus did His work, many people without discernment followed the Pharisees to commit an unforgivable crime—nailed the Lord Jesus to the cross. Finally, they were cursed and punished by God. Obviously, it’s very important to have discernment regarding people. Following those who are right can help us walk the right path, otherwise we may walk the wrong path. Then how should we discern whether leaders are qualified? God’s words say, “The work of an unqualified worker falls far short; his work is foolish. He can only bring people into rules; what he demands of people does not vary from individual to individual; he does not work according to the actual needs of the people. In this type of work, there are too many rules and too many doctrines, and it cannot bring people into reality or into normal practice of growth in life. It can only enable people to stand by a few worthless rules. This kind of guidance can only lead people astray. He leads you to become what he is like; he can bring you into what he has and is. For followers to discern whether leaders are qualified, the key is to look at the path they lead and the results of their work, and look at whether followers receive the principles in accordance with the truth, and whether they receive ways of practice suitable for them to be transformed. You should differentiate between the different work of different types of people; you should not be a foolish follower. This impinges on the matter of your entry. If you are unable to distinguish which person’s leadership has a path and which does not, you will easily be deceived. All these have a direct bearing on your own life.” From God’s words we can understand that for us to discern whether a leader is qualified, the key is to look at the path he walks. If he is a person who pursues the truth and focuses on putting the truth into practice, then he will bring people before God so that people can seek God’s will when something happens and do things according to His requirements. But an unqualified leader can only bring people into rules and rituals, letters and doctrines, so that many people worship and look up to him and have no place for God in their heart. In the end, they will be further from God’s intentions and His demands. It is now the last days, we are waiting for the second coming of the Lord. If someone preaches gospel to us, a qualified leader should be responsible for the lives of his brothers and sisters, and seek and investigate whether or not it is the true way. But instead, an unqualified leader doesn’t seek or investigate but only abides by rules for fear of being deceived by false Christs. Just like the Pharisees, they blindly held onto the name of the Messiah, and finally missed the coming of the Lord and became someone who opposed God. May we use history as a mirror and learn how to discern people, so that we can avoid walking the wrong path. Amen!   » You may be interested in reading more: • I Developed Discernment After Two Particular Conversations With My Pastor • Beware of the Pharisees’ Leaven on the Path to the Heavenly Kingdom • Christian Testimony: The Path to the Kingdom of Heaven Is Narrow

God’s love, Matthew 14:19–21

God’s love is for man – Reflection on Matthew 14:19–21

Today’s Gospel And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and broke, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude. And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full. And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children.  – Matthew 14:19-21 Reflection When I read this verse in the past, I only received that God is almighty. He could feed five thousand people with five loaves and two fish. Nothing is impossible for God. Later, I saw a passage in a spiritual book and understood God’s will behind this miracle. It says in the book: “First, let’s try to understand what type of people these five thousand were. Were they followers of the Lord Jesus? From the Scripture, we know that they were not His followers. Did they know who the Lord Jesus was? Definitely not! At the very least, they didn’t know that the person standing in front of them was Christ, or maybe some people only knew what His name was, and knew something or had heard something about things He had done. They were merely curious about the Lord Jesus from the stories, but you certainly couldn’t say they followed Him, much less understood Him. … but in God’s heart, all creatures were under His rule, and He would allow all creatures in His sight to enjoy the grace of God when it was necessary. Even though these people did not know who He was or understand Him, or have any particular impression of Him or gratitude toward Him even after they had eaten the loaves and fish, this wasn’t something that God took issue with—He gave these people a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the grace of God. Some people say that God is principled in what He does, and He does not watch over or protect non-believers, and He especially does not allow them to enjoy His grace. Is that actually the case? In God’s eyes, as long as they are living creatures that He Himself created, He will manage and care for them; He will treat them, plan for them, and rule them in different ways. These are the thoughts and attitude of God toward all things.” God’s word changed my point of view. In the past, I thought God would protect me and my family, for I believed in Him. As to those who didn’t believe in Him, He would certainly not protect them. But I realized from this passage that how real and vast God’s love is for man! Those five thousand were not the Lord’s disciples nor His followers. Many of them even didn’t know who the Lord Jesus was. However, in the heart of God, these five thousand were people created by Him and under His sovereignty. Thus, instead of ignoring them, God gave them the chance to enjoy His grace, as well as take care of them and manage them. From this, we can see how profound and extensive the Creator’s love is for us!   » You may be interested in reading more: • Rainbow Covenant: Know God’s Love and Selflessness • I Felt God’s Love and Built Faith in God in Illness

The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous

Gospel for Today – Reflection on Matthew 13:49

Today’s Gospel So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just. –Matthew 13:49 Reflection We understand from this verse that God will sever the wicked from among the just in the last days. The Bible says, “And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be” (Rev 22:12). We can’t help but ask: How will the Lord do such work when He comes again? It is recorded in the Bible, “And I will come near to you to judgment; …, said the LORD of hosts” (Mal 3:5). “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God” (1Pe 4:17). “Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come” (Rev 14:7). “For he comes, for he comes to judge the earth: he shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with his truth” (Psm 96:13). From these scriptures, we can see that God will do the work of judgment starting from the house of God. Through judgment, God wants to reveal those true believers in God and those evil servants in the church. Evil shall return to evil, good shall return to good. God says, “His final work of concluding the age, God’s disposition is one of chastisement and judgment, in which He reveals all that is unrighteous, in order to publicly judge all peoples, and to perfect those who love Him with a sincere heart. Only a disposition such as this can bring the age to an end. … During the last days, only righteous judgment can classify man according to their kind and bring man into a new realm. In this way, the entire age is brought to an end through God’s righteous disposition of judgment and chastisement.” God’s work is wonderful and hard to fathom, and full of wisdom and almightiness. Let’s pray: “Your kingdom come, Your will be done in earth, as it is in heaven” (Mat 6:10).   » You may be interested in reading more: • A New Understanding of “God Wants All Men to Be Saved” • Knowing Meaning of God’s Work in His Incarnation From Parables

Matthew 13:29 "But he said, No; lest while you gather up the tares, you root up also the wheat with them."

The Parable of the Wheat and the Tares – Reflection on Matthew 13:29

Today’s Gospel But he said, No; lest while you gather up the tares, you root up also the wheat with them.  – Matthew 13:29 Reflection This parable speaks of that God will separate all according to their own kind during the last days: pick out the tares and “gather the wheat into my barn.” When I read this verse, I think of the parable of the net that the Lord Jesus said, “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like to a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind: Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away. So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth” (Mat 13:47-50). It is said that when the net was full, they cast the bad away and “gathered the good into vessels”; From these verses we can see that God is righteous, and when His work is done, He will bring people to an appropriate destination according to what each person does. As God’s words say, “Those who truly follow God are able to withstand the test of their work, whereas those who do not truly follow God are incapable of withstanding any of God’s trials. Sooner or later they will be expelled, while the overcomers will remain in the kingdom. Whether or not man truly seeks God is determined by the test of his work, that is, by God’s trials, and has nothing to do with the decision by man himself. God does not reject any person at whim; all that He does is so that man may be utterly convinced. He does not do anything that is invisible to man, or any work that cannot convince man. Whether man’s belief is true or not is proved by the facts, and cannot be decided by man. That “wheat cannot be made into tares, and tares cannot be made into wheat” is without doubt. All those who truly love God will ultimately remain in the kingdom, and God will not mistreat anyone who truly loves Him.” From this we can see that God chooses or eliminates a person according to one’s substance. If we are true believers in God, we will surely stay in the kingdom of God!   » You may be interested in reading more: • A New Understanding of “God Wants All Men to Be Saved” • Inspiration From the Parable of the Sower in the Bible • Knowing Meaning of God’s Work in His Incarnation From Parables

Gospel for Today Matthew 13:20–21

Gospel for Today – Reflection on Matthew 13:20–21

Today’s Gospel But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that hears the word, and immediately with joy receives it; Yet has he not root in himself, but endures for a while: for when tribulation or persecution rises because of the word, by and by he is offended.  –Matthew 13:20-21 Reflection If we don’t have a foundation in our belief in God, we will achieve nothing like a seed lands on a rock and doesn’t grow roots and sprouts. For the one who believes in God but does not take root in his hearts, he will abandon his belief because of the families’ obstruction, betray God under the worldly temptations, and even more he will stray from God on account of Satan’s rumors and fallacies.… It proves that it is crucially important for us believers to lay the foundation. Then how should we have a foundation on the path of believing in God? God’s word says, “All men use the word of God as a foundation and their reality and have hearts of reverence for God; and that, through the practice of the word of God, man can then rule together with God. It is this work that God will achieve.” From these words we can see that we must read God’s word in our belief in God, because God’s word is the truth, and can show us the path of practice and bring life to us. Through pondering over God’s word and putting it into practice, we will strengthen our faith in God and have a foundation in our belief.   » You may be interested in reading more: • As Christians, How Can We Face Trials From God Audaciously and Calmly? • What to Do When You Lose Faith in God in Setbacks • What Should We Do When We Face Trials? » Most people also watch: Christian Movie “Baptism by Fire” – The True Story of a Christian

Matthew 13:12 "Whoever has, to him more shall be given, and he will have an abundance, ..."

To Whoever Has More Will Be Given – Reflection on Matthew 13:12

Today’s Gospel For whoever has, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whoever has not, from him shall be taken away even that he has.  – Matthew 13:12 Reflection God’s attitude toward man depends on man’s attitude toward God. If you put more efforts into the truth, God will give you more so that you can gain more; if you don’t pursue the truth, then God won’t work within you, gradually, you won’t even understand the truth you knew before. Just as God’s word says: “The Holy Spirit works by this principle: Through people’s cooperation, through them actively praying, searching and coming closer to God, results can be achieved and they can be enlightened and illuminated by the Holy Spirit. It is not the case that the Holy Spirit acts unilaterally, or that man acts unilaterally. Both are indispensable, and the more that people cooperate, and the more they pursue the attainment of the standards of God’s requirements, the greater the work of the Holy Spirit.” God is a practical God, and the effects of the Holy Spirit’s work come from man’s cooperation. The more you pray to God, the more God will guide and enlighten you; the closer you come to God, the more God will move you; the more you seek to understand God’s will, the more grace God will bestow you to allow you to grasp God’s will.   » You may be interested in reading more: • 4 Keys to Help Our Prayers Be Accepted by God • How to Make Effective Prayers

A Tree Is Known By Its Fruit, Matthew 12:33

A Tree Is Known By Its Fruit – Reflection on Matthew 12:33

Today’s Gospel Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit. — Matthew12:33 Reflection A good tree bears good fruits, and a bad tree bears bad fruits, so we can know the tree by its fruits. Similarly, we can also know a person by his words, behaviors and outward deeds. Some people believe in God and believe in His word. They revere God in their hearts. When they encounter something, they are able to seek God’s will and practice according to His word. They don’t speak or do anything carelessly. Some people believe in God but pursue Satan’s philosophy and rules. They speak and do things completely according to their natural personality. For example, some people are arrogant, and always look down upon others. They are unable to treat others with patience or forbearance, but hurt others. So we Christians should accept God’s observation, and follow God’s words and requirements in all things to live out the likeness of a true person, so that we can use our practical actions to manifest and glorify God. Amen!   » You may be interested in reading more: • What Is Truly Doing God’s Will? • What Is Following God’s Will? • How to Welcome the Lord’s Return to Be After God’s Will

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