I was once an ordinary employee in a private enterprise. Though I wasn’t worried about food and clothes, the fast-paced life, shuttling back and forth between home and company every day, made me feel extremely empty and tedious. Besides, the present society is too dark. I was dismissed just because I couldn’t fawn over our leaders and was too guileless while working. In the face of these unfair treatment, I felt frustrated and lost the courage to live on. However, when I fell to the lowest point in my life, fortunately, I welcomed the dawn, which illuminated the direction of my life.
By chance, a friend preached Almighty God’s work of the last days to me, making me, the one who had never known God before, feel especially surprised. Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, I began reading God’s words, living the church life, singing and dancing to praise God together with brothers and sisters. I saw each of them was so simple and plain, and they were equal without the distinction of high and low when getting along with each other. Feeling so relaxed and released, and being at peace and enjoyable in my heart, I was deeply affected by such a new world. However, because I had believed in God for only a short time, and didn’t have the ability to discern Satan’s trickery, when facing people, matters, things and environment God orchestrated, I showed a pathetic look without truth …
One night, after performing my duty, I arrived home happily. Seeing that I came back, my mother-in-law passed me her phone and said coldly: “Read it!” Watching her expression, I murmured within: What is it that makes her so serious? Then, I took her phone curiously. When I scrolled down the screen, suddenly, I saw a negative public report against The Church of Almighty God. I knew China, an atheistic country, only advocated atheism and had been cracking down us believers in God severely all the time. I had listened to the fellowships of brothers and sisters: The CCP government has spread numerous words to attack and blaspheme Almighty God on the Internet. The negative propaganda is not in accordance with the truth, nor is it on the basis of the facts. Then I thought: If I don’t read them, how can I know what they talk about? We always say the CCP government has fabricated a lot of rumors about The Church of Almighty God, but what on earth do the rumors say? I’d better read them and then I can gain some discernment! So, driven by curiosity, I tapped that link. I sat on the sofa, and read that report word for word, in which there were many fallacies and heresies. At first, I could discern what they said was false the moment I read several of them. But when I read one line of the last page, all of a sudden, I was confused and my mood plummeted to an all-time low, I collapsed on the sofa without moving for a long time. It read clearly on the webpage: “The people in The Church of Almighty God worships a man as God, all believers obey His words and treat Him as God and believe in Him.” I was confused by these words. I asked myself over and over again: Was my belief really wrong? Do I believe in a man, not God? How could it be possible? … But I couldn’t make it clear whether I believed in a man or in God. So I stood up, gave the phone to my mother-in-law without saying a word and went back to my bedroom. On that night, I couldn’t fall asleep for a long time, and my mind was filled with the words about believing in a man. No matter how I forsook my flesh and forced myself not to think about it, it was useless. How should I determine that Almighty God I believe in is the incarnate God Himself? The more I thought about it, the more irritated I became. Is my faith wrong? And I thought: How could it be possible? When attending meetings with the brothers and sisters of The Church of Almighty God, I see they live out godly. For the sake of satisfying God, they can suffer bitterness and pay costs, and they perform their duties with the utmost confidence. If it weren’t the work of the true God, how could they run about willingly? How could they have such great love for man? I could not figure it out anyway and was in a great quandary. I felt as if time went especially slowly, and I only longed for daybreak, so that I could find the brothers and sisters who understood the truth and let them have a fellowship with me.
The next day, I went for sister Shi at the break of dawn. Another two sisters were just there. Sister Shi saw my face looked extremely bad and concernedly asked my condition. Then I told her my experience of last night and said: “My previous visions all disappeared just because of seeing those words, and I don’t know how to distinguish them. We often fellowship: In the Age of Kingdom, God carries out His work by becoming flesh. Since He is a normal man, how can we ascertain that Almighty God is the true incarnate God?” Then she answered me with a smile: “No wonder you look so bad, you are poisoned by the negative propaganda on the internet. So how can we determine that Almighty God we believe in is the incarnate God Himself? Let’s look at the work of the Lord Jesus first. When the Lord Jesus became flesh and came to do the work of redemption, none of us could tell that He was God Himself from His external appearance. We only saw that He was the son of a poor carpenter and was from Nazareth. Then why could nobody recognize that the Lord Jesus was the coming Messiah? This was because people of that time only saw the humanity of the incarnate God, but didn’t see His divinity. However, when the Lord Jesus began to do the redemptive work formally, His divinity was fully revealed. He preached the way of repentance everywhere, healed and cast out demons, and performed lots of signs and wonders, resurrected and appeared to people who followed Him three days after the crucifixion, which couldn’t be done by anyone, and is a true revelation of His divine substance. Almighty God says: ‘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’ (‘The Substance of Christ Is Obedience to the Will of the Heavenly Father’). God’s words are so clear. The flesh that God wears on earth is a normal man from His external appearance, but the substance of the flesh is the embodiment of the Spirit, and is the combination of both complete divinity and normal humanity. His normal humanity only sustains His work in the flesh. With this normal humanity, Christ is able to have a normal humanity life on earth. If He did not have normal humanity but only had divinity, then He couldn’t be said the incarnation. However, we humans only have normal humanity but no divinity. So, the substance of Christ and us humans cannot be spoken of as equals. Today, God becomes flesh again and carries out the work in the last days. In the same way, He also wears a normal flesh. There is no difference in external appearance, but this normal flesh is the embodiment of the Spirit and that is God Himself.”
On hearing these words, I became calm and said: “Yes, Christ has not only normal humanity but also divine substance, so Christ is the incarnate God Himself. I can understand this now. Then How should I determine that Almighty God is the incarnate God Himself?”
Sister Shi answered: “Let’s see how God’s words say about that. Almighty God says: ‘To study such a thing is not difficult, but requires each of us to know this truth: He who is God’s incarnation shall hold the substance of God, and He who is God’s incarnation shall hold the expression of God. Since God becomes flesh, He shall bring forth the work He must do, and since God becomes flesh, He shall express what He is, and shall be able to bring the truth to man, bestow life upon man, and show man the way. Flesh that does not contain the substance of God is surely not the incarnate God; of this there is no doubt. To investigate whether it is God’s incarnate flesh, man must determine this from the disposition He expresses and the words He speaks. Which is to say, whether or not it is God’s incarnate flesh, and whether or not it is the true way, must be judged from His substance. And so, in determining whether it is the flesh of God incarnate, the key is to pay attention to His substance (His work, His words, His disposition, and many more), rather than external appearance. If man sees only His external appearance, and overlooks His substance, then that shows the ignorance and naivety of man.’ God’s words tell us that only through the words and work of the incarnate God can we know that He is God Himself. No matter how normal and ordinary God’s normal humanity is, all the truths He expresses and His divinity entirely represent God. For example, when the Lord Jesus came to the earth and carried out the work, His disciple, Simon Peter, said: ‘Lord, to whom shall we go? you have the words of eternal life’ (John 6:68). From this we can see that Peter followed the Lord Jesus was not because of His external appearance, but because of knowing that the Lord Jesus is the truth, the way, and the life from His words and work. And then he recognized that the Lord Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God. For another example, when the Samaritan woman met the Lord Jesus, she only thought Him an ordinary Jew. Just because the words the Lord said later, ‘For you have had five husbands; and he whom you now have is not your husband: in that said you truly’ (John 4:18), the Samaritan woman began to know that the Lord Jesus is the coming Messiah, for she knew God observes the depths of man’s heart and only He knows man’s innermost secrets. We saw the Samaritan woman knew that the Lord Jesus is God also by His words. God’s words are the truth, the way, and the life; God’s words are the direct utterances from God’s divinity and represent God Himself. Therefore, the utterances of God are the only way of knowing God for us. Today, in the last days, what Almighty God carries out is the work of expressing words to supply our life. If we want to determine whether Almighty God is the incarnate God Himself, we should put in a lot of efforts on God’s words to see whether God’s words are the utterances of the truth, or whether they can be our life. This is the imperative thing!”
Listening to God’s words and the sister’s fellowship, I nodded involuntarily and thought: Yes, the truth can only come from God, and none of us possesses the truth. If He is God’s incarnate flesh, He surely could express truths and show us the way. Judging by appearances isn’t in accordance with the truth. God’s flesh only sustains His work, and if we always judge whether He is God’s incarnate flesh by His appearance, we will be too silly! I should still center more efforts on God’s words to determine whether the utterances of Almighty God are the truths, whether He is the incarnate God Himself! So I said to sister: “Your fellowship sounds reasonable. We should measure whether He is God’s incarnate flesh from His words, not from His appearance. The work that the Lord Jesus came to do in His age was an obvious example! But I still have another question: How can I determine that Almighty God’s words are the truths expressed by the incarnate God? Please share more in detail!”
To Be Continued …