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How can we ascertain that Almighty God is the returned Jesus?

The answer from God’s word:

First, he could start an age; second, he could supply people’s life and point out to people the way they should walk. Thus you can be certain that he was God Godself. At least, the work he did could fully represent God’s Spirit, and from the work he did you can see that he had God’s Spirit in him. Because the work the incarnated God does is mainly to open a new age, lead a new work, and open up a new state, you can by these several things make certain that he was God Godself.”

from “The Difference Between the Ministry of the Incarnated God and the Duty of Man”
in The Word Appears in the Flesh

It is not difficult to investigate such a thing. But it requires every one of us to first know such a truth: Since a flesh is God’s incarnated flesh, he has God’s substance; since a flesh is God’s incarnated flesh, he has God’s expression. Since God is incarnated, he will bring the work he wants to do; since a flesh is God’s incarnated flesh, he will express what God is; since a flesh is God’s incarnated flesh, he can bring man the truth, bestow to man the life, and show man the way. If a flesh does not have God’s substance, he is certainly not the incarnated God. This is beyond doubt. If people want to investigate whether a flesh is God’s incarnated flesh, they have to ascertain that from the disposition and the word he expresses. That is to say, to ascertain whether a flesh is God’s incarnated flesh or whether a way is the true way, people must discern that from his substance. So, whether a flesh is God’s incarnated flesh mainly depends on his substance (his work, word, disposition, and more other aspects), not on his appearance. If people overlook his substance because of investigating his appearance, that is their foolishness and ignorance. Appearance cannot determine substance. Besides, no work God does can fit man’s notion. Wasn’t Jesus’ appearance an appearance that did not fit man’s notion? Weren’t his appearance and dressing unable to show his true identity? Wasn’t the reason why the Pharisees of that time resisted Jesus that they only looked at Jesus’ appearance but did not carefully receive the words of Jesus’ mouth? I hope that each brother or sister who seeks God’s appearing will not repeat the historical tragedy and will not be a Pharisee of the present age and crucify God again. You should consider carefully how you should welcome God’s return and sober your mind as to how you should be one who obeys the truth. This is the responsibility of everyone who is waiting for Jesus’ returning on the white cloud.”

from “Preface” to The Word Appears in the Flesh

The work done now has advanced the work of the Age of the Grace, and it also means that the work in the entire six-thousand-year management plan has progressed forward. Although the Age of the Grace has ended, God’s work has advanced deeper. Why do I say again and again that this stage of work is done on the basis of the Age of the Grace and the Age of the Law? That is to say, the work of today is a continuation of the work of the Age of the Grace and is an uplifting of the work of the Age of the Law. The three stages of works are closely connected, with one stage closely linked to the previous one. Why do I also say that this stage of work is done on the basis of the stage of Jesus’ work? If it were not done on its basis, in this stage God would have to be crucified again, still doing the redemptive work of the previous stage. That would be meaningless. So, it is not that the work has completely ended, but that the age has progressed forward and the work has become higher than before. It can be said that this stage of work is a work built on the basis of the Age of the Law and also on the rock of the work of Jesus. They are built one stage upon another, and it is not that this stage of work is another start. Only the three stages of works together can be called the six-thousand-year management plan. This stage of work is done on the basis of the work of the Age of the Grace. If these two stages of works were not related, why would God not be crucified again in this stage? Why would he not bear man’s sins? He was not conceived by the Holy Spirit and is not crucified to bear man’s sins but directly chastises man. If he did not do the work of chastising man after the crucifixion, and now he comes not through the conception of the Holy Spirit, he would not be qualified to chastise man. It is precisely because he and Jesus are one that he directly chastises and judges man. This stage of work is done on the basis of the previous one. Therefore, only such work can save man stage by stage. Jesus and I are from one Spirit. Although our fleshes have no relationship, our Spirits are one; although the contents of our works are different and the works we undertake are different, our substances are the same; the images taken by our fleshes are different because the ages are different and because the needs of our works are different; our ministries are different, so the works we bring are different and the dispositions we reveal to people are different. Therefore, what people see and what they receive today are different from former times. This is all because the ages are different. Although the genders and the images of their fleshes are different, and they were not born into the same family, much less in the same age, their Spirits are one. Although their fleshes do not have any blood relationship or any fleshly relationship, it cannot be denied that they are God’s incarnated fleshes in two different ages. They are God’s incarnated fleshes, and this is an undeniable fact. But they are not of the same blood, and they do not have a common human language (one was a male who could speak Hebrew, and the other is a female who only speaks Chinese). Because of these, they do the work they each ought to do in different countries and at different ages. Although they are one Spirit, that is, they have the same substance, the outer shells of their fleshes do not have any part completely alike. They only have the same humanity, but the appearances and births of their fleshes are not the same. These do not affect their respective working or affect people’s knowledge of them, because they are one Spirit after all and no one can separate them. Although they do not have a blood relationship, their Spirit directs their whole being so that they undertake different works at different ages, with their fleshes not being of the same blood. This is just as Jehovah’s Spirit is not the father of Jesus’ Spirit and Jesus’ Spirit is not at all the son of Jehovah’s Spirit, and they are one Spirit. This is like the incarnated God today and Jesus; they do not have a blood connection, but they are one; this is because their Spirits are one.”

from “The Two Incarnations Complete the Significance of Incarnation” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

 

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