What Kind of Book Is the Bible?

The Bible is famous for its classic and authority. It has played an important role in the process of human civilization. In history, the Bible has benefited many great men. It also has a profound influence on mankind’s science, education, literature, law, economy, and so on. There are many words of wisdom about human life in the Bible, which tells what the meaningful life is like and shows people the direction of life. The Bible records the work God has done, which covers the Bible with a mysterious veil. Countless Christians are attracted to study the Bible hard, hoping to know the Holy One through this book. As a result, people all regard the Bible as “God.” Many people can’t help but ask, “Can the Bible be equivalent to God? What kind of book is the Bible on earth?” God says, “The Bible is a historical record of God’s work in Israel, including many of the words of the ancient prophets and some of the words that Jehovah spoke when He performed His work. So everyone sees it as a ‘holy’ book (because God is great and holy). Of course, this arises from man’s reverence for Jehovah and his adoration of God. Man calls the Bible a holy book, simply because he, a created being, is filled with reverence and adoration for the Creator, and some even call it a ‘heavenly book.’ In truth, the Bible is only a record written by man, was not named by Jehovah Himself or produced under His direction; that is to say, the Bible’s author is not ‘God,’ but ‘man.’ It is called the ‘Holy’ Bible, which is only a respectful title man gives to it. Jesus and Jehovah did not confer with each other and then decide to call it that; the idea came just from man. For it was not written by Jehovah, much less by Jesus, but rather by many prophets of old, apostles, and foretellers, whose writings were assembled by later generations into a book that was ancient and was seen as very holy, and as containing many unfathomable and profound mysteries to be unraveled by generations to come. So people came to further regard the Bible as a ‘heavenly book,’ and with the Four Gospels and the Revelation of the New Testament added in, people began to see it, to an even greater degree, as a book different from any other. Thus no one dared dissect this ‘heavenly book’ because it was too ‘holy.’ “Although the Bible is a history book written by human beings, it records the principles by which many of the ancient saints and prophets served God, as well as the apostles’ experiences of serving Him in more recent times, which are real seeing and knowledge that can serve as a reference for people seeking the true way in the present age. So, one can find many ways of life in the Bible that cannot be found in other books. Because they are all the ways of life given to generations of prophets and apostles through their experience of the Holy Spirit’s work, and because much of this language is of great value to people and gives them necessary sustenance, it is a book that everyone is eager to read. And because there are so many secrets hidden in the Bible, people regard it differently than they do any other writing by great spiritual men. By recording the experiences and knowledge of those who served Jehovah and Jesus in the old and new ages, the Bible has given much inspiration, illumination, and many ways of practice to later generations. The reason that the Bible surpasses the writings of other great spiritual men is that their writings all draw their material from the Bible, and their experiences all stem from the Bible and are directed toward interpreting it. So even though people could draw sustenance from the books of any great spiritual man, they still worship the Bible, for they regard it as ever so lofty and profound. Some books of the Bible, like the letters of Peter and Paul, carry the word of life and can be a source of help and sustenance. But nevertheless they are out of date; they are writings of a past age. No matter how good they are, they are applicable only to one period of time, and will not last forever. For God’s work is always moving forward, it is not frozen in time at the age of Paul and Peter, will not remain forever fixed at the Age of Grace in which Jesus was crucified. So, these books are applicable only to the Age of Grace, not to the final Age of Kingdom; they were able to provide sustenance only to believers in the Age of Grace, and cannot do the same for the saints of the Age of Kingdom. No matter how good these books may be, they are obsolete now. It is the same with Jehovah’s creation of the world and His work in Israel; no matter how good the work was, there would come a time when it was no longer applicable, when it became a thing of the past. It is also the same with God’s work; no matter how good it is, it will eventually come to an end, and cannot remain frozen forever at His creation or His crucifixion. No matter how persuasive His crucifixion was, no matter how effective it was at defeating Satan, work is work, and the times are the times; the work must progress past its foundation, and times must change. For just as surely as the world was created, it will come to an end—this is inevitable. So taken in the context of today, the ‘word of life’ contained in the New Testament, the Four Gospels and the Letters of the Apostles, is just a history book, a stack of yellowed pages. How can a stack of yellowed pages lead mankind into a new era? No matter how able…

Is God’s Work Done According to the Bible?

Since Almighty God’s work of the last days was carried out in Mainland China, His utterances have shaken all denominations and sects. When those who pursue the truth and long for God’s appearance hear God’s voice, they all seek and investigate Almighty God’s work of the last days after being moved by the Holy Spirit. They have seen the appearance of God in God’s words, been taken before God’s throne, and attended the wedding feast of the Lamb. However, some people, because of their notions and imaginations, refuse to accept Almighty God’s work of the last days, thinking that Almighty God’s work of the last days exceeds the Bible. And then follow various voices of judging and slandering God’s work. Some people say: “All God’s word and work is in the Bible. What you preach is beyond the Bible, so we cannot accept.” Some say: “Our belief in God must be in accordance with the Bible. Belief in God is belief in the Bible, and belief in the Bible is belief in God.” And some others say: “The Bible is the canon of the Christianity. For thousands of years, people have believed in the Lord based upon the Bible. If we depart from the Bible, then that’s not belief in the Lord and we cannot gain life.” As one of the members who are fortunate enough to accept Almighty God’s work of the last days, I’d like to seek and fellowship about the relationship between God’s work and the Bible with brothers and sisters. May we hold a humble and seeking heart toward Almighty God’s work of the last days. Because the Lord Jesus has told us long ago: “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled” (Matthew 5:6). “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God” (Mat 5:8). Let’s look back: Before God created the heavens and earth and all things, there was no mankind or all things, let alone the Bible. At that time, on what basis did God do the work of creating the world? At the beginning of the Age of Law, mankind even didn’t know how to live. Not until Jehovah God guided them did they just come to know about it. Who could record the work God did in the Age of Law ahead of time? Wasn’t it recorded after God did the work? In the Age of Grace, there was only the Old Testament when the Lord came to work. Then what did God base His work of the Age of Grace upon? All those who are familiar with the Bible know that the New Testament wasn’t compiled until 300 years later after the Lord Jesus resurrected and ascended to heaven. So, before the New Testament existed, didn’t the Lord Jesus carry out His redemption work in the Age of Grace all the same? Let’s see Almighty God’s work and word in the last days. It is only referred to in the prophecy of Revelation. Referring to the prophecy, it means the work that has yet to be done by God and the word that has yet to be spoken. Can Almighty God’s work and word travel back and forth in time and be recorded in the Bible ahead of time? In our fellowship up to here, brothers and sisters, should we still believe that all of God’s word and work is recorded in the Bible? Still believe that betraying the Bible is fraudulent? And still believe all God’s work and word is in line with the Bible? In fact, the reason for this is because we worship the Bible or blindly trust it, and thus we have no place for God in our heart. In fact, much of Jehovah God’s and the Lord Jesus’ work is not recorded in the Bible. Just as apostle John said: “And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written” (John 21:25). And the Lord Jesus has said: “Search the scriptures; for in them you think you have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. And you will not come to me, that you might have life” (Jhn 5:39–40). From the Lord Jesus’ words, we can see: The Bible is only a testimony for God, and there are also some words teaching people to live and worship God in it, so it cannot give us eternal life. Only Christ is the One who bestows life. We think the Bible can save man and give us eternal life, therefore we worship it and put blind faith in it. However, from the Lord Jesus’ words, we can see that it is from our notion and imagination and is not in accordance with God’s intention. The Lord Jesus’ work has explained all this. It is because the Lord Jesus’ work was not recorded in the Old Testament that the religious leaders, scribes, and Pharisees, in those days, who only admitted the records in the Old Testament, didn’t think the Lord Jesus was the coming Messiah foretold in the Old Testament. When they saw the Lord Jesus heal the sick on the Sabbath, they thought His work and word was beyond the Old Testament, so they resisted and condemned the Lord Jesus’ work and word and nailed Him to the cross. Because they offended God’s disposition, they were punished by God. As a result, the nation of Israel was destroyed. However, nowadays the religious leaders and pastors still hold on to the Bible, thinking God’s work and word cannot go beyond the Bible, so they reject the work and word of the returned Lord Jesus—the Christ of the last days. What difference is there between them and the Jews at that time who crucified the Lord Jesus? Aren’t we afraid of the destruction of the Jew? One day, I saw God’s words say: “Does doctrine need to be applied to the work of God? And must it be according to the foretellings…

God’s Word “Concerning the Bible (1)”

How should you believers regard the Bible? This is a question of principle. Why do we fellowship about this question? Because in order to spread the gospel and broaden the work of the Age of Kingdom in future, it is not enough simply to share your knowledge of God’s work in the present day. What is even more important[a] is to be able to solve people’s antiquated religious notions and beliefs and convince them completely, and in order to do so, you must address the Bible. For centuries, conventional religious belief (belief of Christianity among the world’s three major religions) has emphasized reading the Bible. Departing from the Bibleamounts to not believing in the Lord; to do so is cult, heresy. Any other book that one reads must be one that explicates the Bible. That is to say, if you claim to believe in the Lord, you must read the Bible, must eat and drink it, and not venerate any other books that do not pertain to it; otherwise, you are betraying God. For as long as the Bible has existed, belief in the Lord has been synonymous with belief in the Bible. Rather than believing in the Lord, people believe in the Bible. Rather than starting to read the Bible, people have started to believe in the Bible. Instead of returning to the Lord, people have returned to the Bible. And so people have come to worship the Bible as if it were God, to see it as their own lifeblood; without it, they seem to have no life. People put the Bible on an equal footing with God—or even higher. They can live without the work of the Holy Spirit, without a sense of God’s presence; but if they were to losethe Bible, be deprived of its well-known passages and phrases, it would be tantamount to losing their life. So as soon as people believe in the Lord, they begin to read and memorize the Bible. The more of the Bible one has committed to memory, the more it proves that one loves the Lord and has great faith; those brothers and sisters who have read the Bible and can preach to others are seen as the best ones. For centuries people have judged the depth of others’ faith and their loyalty to the Lord by how well they understand the Bible. The majority of people do not in the least grasp why, or how, they should believe in God, so focused are they on collecting clues that will allow them to decipher Bible verses. They do not seek the direction of the Holy Spirit’s work; instead, they keep poring painstakingly over the Bible and researching the Bible. As yet, no one has found outside the Bible the new work of the Holy Spirit. No one can depart from the Bible; nobody dares. People have studied the Bible for years upon years, making many explanations, expending vast amounts of effort, arguing endlessly over their differences of opinion, and these many disagreements have given rise to the two-thousand-odd sects in existence today. Everyone plumbs the Bible for extraordinary interpretations or deeper mysteries, and everyone probes the Bible trying to uncover the backgrounds of Jehovah’s work in Israel or of Jesus’ work in Judea, or many other mysteries unknown to others. People’s attitude toward the Bible is one of obsession and “faith”; no one is completely clear on its true story and substance. And so the atmosphere of unspeakable mysticism surrounding the Bible has persisted until this day, and people’s obsession and “faith” grow ever more fervent. Now people look to the Bible for predictions of the work of the last days, wanting to discover what work God will perform in the last days and what signs of the last days will be. And so people’s veneration of the Bible grows ever more intense, and as the last days draw nearer, people give more credence to the biblical predictions, particularly those concerning the last days. Because they put so much blind faith and trust in the Bible, people have no heart to seek out the work of the Holy Spirit. People have the notion that only the Bible can bring forth the work of the Holy Spirit, that only in the Bible can one find the footprints of God, that only the Bible hides the mysteries of God’s work. They believe that only the Bible can lay bare everything of God and the entirety of His work, and that no other books, no other men, can do so. They think that the Bible can bring the work of heaven onto earth, can begin and end eras. Having settled upon these notions, people have no interest in seeking out the work of the Holy Spirit. And so, thoughthe Bible was of great help to people in the past, for God’s latest work it has become an obstacle. If it were not for the Bible, people could look elsewhere for God’s footprints. But today, the Bible has “control” over God’s footprints, and the broadening of God’s latest work has come to an extremely difficult pass and can proceed no further, thanks to its well-known chapters and verses and many of its prophecies. The Bible has become an idol in people’s hearts, an enigma in their minds. They simply cannot bring themselves to believe that God can work outside of the Bible, that it is possible to find God apart from it, much less that God, in His final work, would depart from the Bible and make a new start. People cannot contemplate these things; they find them unbelievable, unimaginable. The Bible is now a great stumbling block, keeping people from accepting God’s new work, and makes it hard for Him to spread it. So if you do not know the truth about the Bible, you will not be able to spread the gospel effectively and bear witness to God’s new work. Though you do not read the Bible any longer, you are still amicably disposed toward it; that is to say, though you are not holding a Bible in your hands right now, the Bible is still the source of many of your notions. You do not know the Bible’s origins and the true story of the first two stages of God’s work. Though you no longer eat and drink the Bible, you still need to learn about it, to gain an accurate knowledge of it, in order to understand what God’s six-thousand-year management plan is…

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