Three Stages of Work

Know the Purpose of the Three Stages of Work of God’s Management of Mankind

Relevant Words of God: My entire management plan, a plan that spans six thousand years, consists of three stages, or three ages: the Age of Law in the beginning; the Age of Grace (which is also the Age of Redemption); and the Age of Kingdom in the last days. My work in these three ages differs in content according to the nature of each age, but at each stage it accords with man’s needs—or, to be more precise, it is done according to the tricks that Satan employs in the war that I wage against it. The purpose of My work is to defeat Satan, to make manifest My wisdom and omnipotence, to expose all of Satan’s tricks, and thereby to save the entire human race, which lives under its domain. It is to show My wisdom and omnipotence while at the same time revealing the unbearable hideousness of Satan. Even more, it is to teach My creations to discriminate between good and evil, to know that I am the Ruler of all things, to see clearly that Satan is humanity’s foe, the lowest of the low, the evil one, and to tell, with absolute certainty, the difference between good and evil, truth and falsehood, holiness and filth, and what is great and what is ignoble. This way, ignorant humanity will become able to bear witness to Me that it is not I who corrupt humanity, and only I—the Lord of creation—can save humanity, can bestow upon man things for their enjoyment; and they will come to know that I am the Ruler of all things and Satan is merely one of the beings that I created and that later turned against Me. My six-thousand-year management plan is divided into three stages so as to achieve the following effect: to enable My creations to become My witnesses, to comprehend My will, and to know that I am the truth. from “The True Story Behind Work in the Age of Redemption” Such is the management of God: to hand mankind over to Satan—a mankind that doesn’t know what God is, what the Creator is, how to worship God, and why it is necessary to submit to God—and give free rein to the corruption of Satan. Step by step, God then recovers man from the hands of Satan, until man fully worships God and rejects Satan. This is the management of God. All this sounds like a mythical story; and it seems perplexing. People feel that it is like a mythical story, and that is because they have no inkling of how much has happened to man over the last several thousand years, much less do they know how many stories have occurred in the expanse of this universe. And furthermore, that is because they cannot appreciate the more astonishing, more fear-inducing world that exists beyond the material world, but which their mortal eyes prevent them from seeing. It feels incomprehensible to man, and that is because man has no understanding of the significance of God’s salvation of mankind and the significance of the work of God’s management, and does not comprehend how God ultimately wishes mankind to be. Is it a mankind akin to Adam and Eve, uncorrupted by Satan? No! The management of God is in order to gain a group of people who worship God and submit to Him. This mankind has been corrupted by Satan, but no longer sees Satan as his father; he recognizes the ugly face of Satan, and rejects it, and comes before God to accept His judgment and chastisement. He knows what is ugly, and how it contrasts with that which is holy, and he recognizes the greatness of God and the evil of Satan. A mankind such as this will no longer work for Satan, or worship Satan, or enshrine Satan. That’s because they are a group of people that have truly been gained by God. This is the significance of God’s managing mankind. from “Man Can Only Be Saved Amidst the Management of God” God created humanity and placed them upon earth, whom He has led to the present day. He then saved humanity and served as a sin offering for humanity. At the end He still must conquer humanity, save humanity entirely and restore them to their original likeness. This is the work that He has been engaged in from the beginning to the end—restoring man to his original image and to his original likeness. He will establish His kingdom and restore man’s original likeness, meaning that He will restore His authority upon earth and restore His authority among all creation. Man lost his God-fearing heart after being corrupted by Satan and lost the function that one of God’s creatures should have, becoming an enemy disobedient to God. Man lived under Satan’s domain and followed Satan’s orders; thus, God had no way to work among His creatures, and was all the more unable to win fear from His creatures. Man was created by God, and ought to worship God, but man actually turned his back to God and worshiped Satan. Satan became the idol in man’s heart. Thus God lost His standing in man’s heart, which is to say that He lost the meaning of His creation of man, and so to restore the meaning of His creation of man He must restore man’s original likeness and rid man of his corrupt disposition. To reclaim man from Satan, He must save man from sin. Only in this way can He gradually restore man’s original likeness and restore man’s original function, and in the end restore His kingdom. The ultimate destruction of those sons of disobedience will also be carried out in order to allow man to better worship God and better live upon the earth. Since God created man, He shall make man worship Him; since He wishes to restore man’s original function, He shall restore it completely, and without any adulteration. Restoring His authority means making man worship Him and…

On the Steps of God’s Work

On the Steps of God’s Work

From the outside, it appears that the steps of God’s current work have already ended, and man has already experienced the judgment, chastisement, smiting, and refinement of God’s words, and undergone such steps as the trial of the service-doers, the refinement of the time of chastisement, the trial of death, the trial of the foils, and love for God. Yet despite suffering great hardship during each step, people remain ignorant of God’s will. Consider the trial of the service-doers, for example: They are still unclear about what they gained, what they came to know, and the effect that God wished to achieve. Looking at the speed of God’s work, man appears utterly incapable of keeping up with today’s speed. It can be seen that God first reveals these steps of His work to man, and that instead of necessarily achieving a level that is imaginable to man in any of the steps, He is casting light on an issue. For God to perfect someone so that they can truly be gained by Him, He must carry out all of the steps above. The goal of doing this work is to show what steps God must carry out to perfect a group of people. Thus, looking from the outside, the steps of God’s work have been completed—but in essence, He has only just officially begun perfecting mankind. People should be clear about this: It is the steps of His work that have been completed, but the work itself has not come to an end. Yet in their notions, people believe that the steps of God’s work have all been revealed to man, and so there can be no doubt that God’s work has ended. This way of seeing things is totally wrong. God’s work runs contrary to the notions of man and strikes back at such notions in every regard; the steps of God’s work, especially, are at odds with the notions of man. All of this demonstrates the wisdom of God. It can be seen that man’s notions cause disruption at every turn, and God strikes back at everything man imagines, which becomes evident during actual experiences. Everyone thinks that God works too quickly, and that God’s work comes to an end before they know it, before they have gained any understanding and while they still remain in a state of confusion. That is how it is with every step of His work. Most people believe that God is toying with people—but that is not the intention of His work. His method of working is one of rumination: first like quickly glancing at flowers while galloping along on horseback, then going into the details, and after that fully refining these details—which catches people by surprise. People try to fool God, thinking that if they can just get by until they reach a certain point, God will be satisfied. In reality, how could God possibly be satisfied by man’s attempts at getting by? To achieve the optimal effect, God works by taking people by surprise, by striking while they are unaware; this gives them a greater knowledge of His wisdom, and a greater understanding of His righteousness, majesty, and unoffendable disposition. Today, God has officially begun the perfection of man. To be made perfect, people must undergo the revelation, judgment, and chastisement of His words, they must experience the trials and refinement of His words (such as the trial of the service-doers), and they must be able to withstand the trial of death. What this means is that amidst the judgment, chastisement, and trials of God, those who truly abide by God’s will are able to praise God from deep within their hearts, and to utterly obey God and forsake themselves, thus loving God with a heart that is sincere, undivided, and pure; such is a perfect person, and it is precisely the work that God intends to do, and the work that He shall accomplish. People should not jump to conclusions about the method by which God works. They should only pursue entry into life. This is fundamental. Do not constantly scrutinize the method of God’s work; this will only hinder your future prospects. How much have you seen of the method by which God works? How obedient have you been? How much have you gained from each method of His work? Are you willing to be made perfect by God? Do you wish to become perfect? These are all things you should clearly understand and enter into.   » Read more on our Christian Devotionals page about Word of God , or in the recommended articles below:

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