Put Aside Our Views of “Impossible”

I’ve heard a story of a beggar who paid one dollar for a luxurious car. It goes like this: In a slum of America there lived a group of beggars. Among them was a beggar who hadn’t got any food to eat for several days and had only one dollar left. But he endured hunger and was unwilling to spend his last dollar. Just when he was at the end of his tether, it happened that wind swept a newspaper toward his face. He took it, and an eye-catching advertisement came into his view—One Dollar for One Luxurious Car. He was stunned and thought, “Can it be possible? I can hardly believe such a good thing. It must be a joke.” But he had a second thought, “Well, I am a dying man. Why not try my luck with the last dollar? Maybe it’s an opportunity to get rich.” Then he went to the address on the ad, a magnificent villa, in front of which many luxurious cars were parked. He found the car owner, signed the transfer, and paid one dollar. And then the owner gave him the car key and let him drive the car away. He was delighted with his unexpected good fortune, and asked the owner before leaving, “May I venture to ask a question? Why do you sell your car for one dollar?” She answered, “Before my husband died last year, he willed that the money for selling this car should be given to his mistress. I got mad after knowing it. I had never imagined that he would dare to betray me. In a burst of anger, I decided to sell the car for one dollar and then transfer it to his mistress in accordance with the legal procedures. Actually, this advertisement has been put for more than one year, but it’s a pity that not until today do I meet the buyer.” Then the beggar drove the luxurious car to the slum. When he was elatedly telling his experience, another beggar suddenly fainted. A year ago, he saw the same advertisement but considered it impossible, yet now it turned out that the advertisement was true.

This story reminds me of the believers of God in the last days who are looking forward to the Redeemer’s second coming and taking them to heaven. When someone preaches that the Lord Jesus we have been longing for and awaiting day and night has come back in the flesh to do a stage of work of chastising, judging and purifying man by expressing words, some of them shake their heads, cower, and ignore it, some judge, condemn, and even slander it, and some are confused, doubtful, and adopted a wait-and-see attitude. All these behaviors show this: Lots of people among us hold on too many “disbeliefs” and “impossibles” toward God’s arrival. Some people said, “It’s impossible! For God shall come upon a cloud. If He has really come, why haven’t we seen Him?” Some said, “It’s impossible! For God shall first give revelation to our leaders when He arrives!” Some said, “It’s impossible! How could God’s name change to ‘Almighty God’?” Some people said, “It’s impossible! How could God work outside the Bible?” Still, some said, “It’s impossible! How could God become flesh in China when He comes? God is the God of the Israelites!” And so on. Many people just believe in God according to their own thoughts and conceptions, as if God were a clay statue. Therefore, they don’t seek or investigate God’s work, but simply disregard it. Due to their all kinds of “impossibles,” they have closed their hearts to God. Could such “impossibles” actually hold water? Let us see some examples.

In Noah’s time, Noah followed God’s instructions to construct the ark and preached to people that God would destroy the world with a flood. During more than one hundred years, no one at that time believed that it would happen, so they denied and judged what Noah had preached. Their “impossible” kept them from God’s salvation, and led them into the disaster. Only Noah’s family of eight obtained God’s protection, and they went into the ark and survived. When the Lord Jesus came to save mankind, the chief priests, scribes and Pharisees of Judaism obstinately held onto the Bible, considering that God could only be called Messiah instead of Jesus, that what the Lord Jesus did broke the law, and that God couldn’t do His new work outside the Bible, so they nailed the Lord Jesus upon the cross. Their “impossible” made themselves lose the Lord Jesus’ redemption and become the opponents of God, and eventually suffer the curse and punishment from God. We believers in God shouldn’t define what God should do according to our own notions and imaginations. We all know that nothing is impossible for God and what God intends to achieve will be completed. There are many other examples. We may remember this story: God promised Abraham a son, but Abraham thought it impossible and secretly laughed at what God said. However, Abraham felt ashamed when facing the fact that God gave him a son when he was one hundred years old. Take for another example, Moses leading the Israelites out of Egypt. When they reached the Red Sea, they had no way to follow, so they complained bitterly. But God made a path for them by dividing the waters and making the sea dry land, and the waters formed a wall on their right hand, and on their left. How inconceivable it is! Yet it is these impossible things that reveal God’s almightiness and wisdom. As we all know, God can lay out the heavens and earth, create the universe, manage and rule over the laws of all things. When God incarnated into flesh for the first time as the Lord Jesus, He performed great miracles, like walking on the sea, resurrecting a dead man, feeding five thousand people with five loaves and two fish, and so on. Nothing is impossible for God, as God is almighty and omnipotent. So we humans shouldn’t use our own notions to define God, or the ones who stand to lose are only ourselves. Especially when it comes to the great matter of God’s coming again, we even more should put aside our “impossibles,” so that we can welcome the Lord’s appearance.

Almighty God says, “The objective of God’s appearance free from the constraints of any form or country is for Him to be able to complete the work of His plan. For example, when God became flesh in Judea, His aim was to complete the work of crucifixion to redeem all mankind. Yet the Jews believed that it was impossible for God to do this, and they thought it impossible that God could become flesh and assume the form of the Lord Jesus. Their ‘impossible’ became the basis by which they condemned and opposed God, and ultimately led to the destruction of Israel. Today, many people have committed a similar error. They wantonly proclaim the imminent appearance of God, yet also condemn His appearance; their ‘impossible’ once more confines the appearance of God within the limits of their imagination. …Only those who can accept the truth can hear the voice of God, and only such people are qualified to witness the appearance of God. Put your conceptions to one side! Stop and carefully read these words. If you yearn for the truth, God will enlighten you to understand His will and His words. Put aside your view of ‘impossible’! The more that people believe something is impossible, the more likely it is to occur, for the wisdom of God soars higher than the heavens, God’s thoughts are higher than man’s thoughts, and the work of God transcends the limits of man’s thinking and conception. The more that something is impossible, the more there is the truth to be sought; the more that something is beyond the conception and imagination of man, the more it contains the will of God” (“The Appearance of God Has Brought a New Age” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). God’s words reveal that all kinds of views of “impossible” concerning the Lord Jesus’ return and God’s appearance that people hold onto are all wrong. God hopes that we can relinquish ourselves and modestly seek God’s appearance and His work, or we will do that which opposes God because of our arrogant nature. Just like when God became flesh for the first time and worked in Judea, the Jews conceived it impossible that God was in the image of the Lord Jesus and did His work in that way. As a result, they nailed the Lord Jesus upon the cross and committed a heinous crime, which led to the destruction of Israel. However, today there are many people who are recommitting the same error. They refuse and oppose God’s judgment work of the last days when He returns to flesh, and harbor numerous conceptions against it like the Jews at that time, thinking it impossible for God to do this or that. They repeatedly deny and condemn God and alienate themselves from the returned Redeemer—Almighty God. Eventually they have missed the extremely rare opportunity to be saved by God.

Then why do some people always think themselves right and refuse God’s new work? We can find the answer in the revelations of Almighty God’s word. Almighty God says, “The reason that man opposes God stems, on the one hand, from the corrupt disposition of man, and on the other hand, from ignorance of God and lack of understanding of the principles of God’s work and His will toward man. These two aspects merge into a history of man’s resistance to God” (“All Who Do Not Know God Are Those Who Oppose God” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). From God’s words, we can see that the reason why we humans oppose God and are unwilling to accept God’s new work mainly lies in our arrogant nature, which causes us always to define God by our own notions and imaginations. Another reason is that we believe in God but do not know Him, nor understand the principles of His work. God’s work is always new and never old. Only when we put aside our old notions can we keep up with God’s footsteps. Wouldn’t it be short-sighted and courting humiliation if we define God’s work within our own notions and imaginations? Who among us can really take one glance and see through God’s work? God is the Master of all things! Only if we can listen to God’s voice, read the truth God expresses, seek and investigate God’s work, will we be wise virgins and can we welcome the Lord’s return!

Xu Ke

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