I Have Found the Way to Be Cleansed of Sin

I prayed to the Lord Jesus after going back home: “O Lord, today a sister testified that You have already returned and done the work of judgment beginning with the house of God. What the sister fellowshiped is in line with the Bible, but I dare not confirm it now. And I don’t want to miss Your coming. O Lord, if You really have returned and done a new work, may You guide me so that I can follow Your work. Amen.” After praying, I remembered the words in the Bible: “And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. He that rejects me, and receives not my words, has one that judges him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day” (John 12:47-48). “I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. However, when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come” (John 16:12-13). I pondered these words carefully and came to know that what the Lord Jesus did was just the work of redemption, that He didn’t do the work of judgment with words, and that there will be One to come in the future expressing words to judge the people. Thinking of what the sister fellowshiped with me, I felt that Almighty God whom the sister testified to was probably the return of the Lord Jesus. So I was eager to see the sister earlier, hoping to confirm whether the Lord had really returned.

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The next day, after seeing the sister, I said: “Sister, I remembered some verses in the Bible after praying the Lord, from which I confirmed that the Lord will express words to judge people when He returns in the last days. But I am still not sure whether Almighty God is the return of the Lord Jesus, so I want to take this opportunity to make an investigation today. You know that I believe in the Lord but live in the misery of sinning and confessing. I want to break free from the shackles of sin, but no one around me can help to solve this problem. Yesterday you said that Almighty God’s work of judgment with words could cleanse man’s corruptions and remove the sins within man. I’d really like to know how Almighty God does the work of judgment. Could you fellowship some more?”

The sister answered with a smile: “Okay. I’ll give you an example first: Why do you lose your temper when something unpleasant happens to you? This is out of the corrupt nature within you, and is because you suffer losses to your personal interest or your face. Your intention in losing temper is to safeguard your own interest. Actually, we all have our own purposes for whatever we do, which are all directed by our corrupt nature. God’s work of judgment today is to make us recognize our nature and substance, so that we can be freed of the corrupt dispositions and truly return before Him.” While talking, she took out the book of Almighty God’s word and asked me to read: “In the last days, Christ uses a variety of truths to teach man, expose the essence of man, and dissect his words and deeds. These words comprise various truths, such as man’s duty, how man should obey God, how man should be loyal to God, how man ought to live out the normal humanity, as well as the wisdom and the disposition of God, and so on. These words are all directed at the essence of man and his corrupt disposition. In particular, those words that expose how man spurns God are spoken in regard to how man is an embodiment of Satan and an enemy force against God. In undertaking His work of judgment, God does not simply make clear the nature of man with just a few words; He exposes, deals with, and prunes it over the long term. These methods of exposure, dealing, and pruning cannot be substituted with ordinary words, but with the truth that man does not possess at all. Only methods of this kind are deemed judgment; only through judgment of this kind can man be subdued and thoroughly convinced into submission to God, and moreover gain true knowledge of God. What the work of judgment brings about is man’s understanding of the true face of God and the truth about his own rebelliousness. The work of judgment allows man to gain much understanding of the will of God, of the purpose of God’s work, and of the mysteries that are incomprehensible to him. It also allows man to recognize and know his corrupt substance and the roots of his corruption, as well as to discover the ugliness of man. These effects are all brought about by the work of judgment, for the substance of this work is actually the work of opening up the truth, the way, and the life of God to all those who have faith in Him. This work is the work of judgment done by God.” “The work of judgment is God’s own work, so it should naturally be done by God Himself; it cannot be done by man in His stead. Because judgment is the conquering of the human race through the truth, it is unquestionable that God still appears as the incarnate image to do this work among men. That is to say, in the last days, Christ shall use the truth to teach men around the earth and make all truths known to them. This is God’s work of judgment” (“Christ Does the Work of Judgment With the Truth” in The Word Appears in the Flesh).

Then she fellowshiped: “Almighty God, Christ of the last days, is now expressing words to do the work of judging and cleansing man. Through the revelations of the words, He judges man’s satanic nature of sinning and resisting God, so that man can recognize his own ugly face, come to know God’s substance of righteousness and holiness, as well as understand the purpose and significance of God’s work of judgment today. The work of judgment is to transform man’s corrupt nature, so God needs to do the work of dealing, pruning, and refining over the long term, and man is required to accept more of the words of judgment and practice according to God’s words, so as to achieve dispositional change and be gained by God. However, many people do not understand the work of judgment that God does. While seeing the harsh words of judgment, they think that God hates, condemns and curses man, and that God has no love toward man. God’s words are severe, but He doesn’t have any ill intention toward man. He knows deeply the corruption of man, and also knows how to save us who are deeply corrupted by Satan. Today, God’s chastising and judging man is all for dealing with the corrupt disposition within man. Man’s suffering within is entirely because of man’s disobedience to God. It is according to the need of the corrupt man that God saves us by the way of judgment, and it is not that God intentionally makes things difficult for man. The purpose of God’s work of judgment is to make man free from corruptions and no longer be fooled or afflicted by Satan, so that man can worship God, obey God, and love God on earth, and become one who fears God and shuns evil. God understands the corrupt mankind like parents understand their own children. Can’t parents be strict with their children while loving them? Isn’t there love in being strict with them? Obviously, such viewpoints are groundless, and people who think this way have not the slightest understanding of God’s will of saving mankind! All the work God does today is, without exception, for saving mankind. Without experiencing God’s work, man will never appreciate God’s thoughtful kind intention.”

Hearing that, I nodded slightly. After a pause, the sister continued to fellowship: “Almighty God, Christ of the last days, has expressed millions of words of the truth. All brothers and sisters who have followed Almighty God’s work in the last days have experienced the judgment and chastisement of God’s words. In God’s words of judgment and revelation, I come to know my filthy and corrupt substance of nature, seeing that I am full of satanic dispositions like crookedness and craftiness, selfishness and baseness, arrogance and self-rightness, etc. Before accepting the work of Almighty God, I thought I was an honest man, for I didn’t tell lies to cheat others or profit at others’ expense, and I was trustworthy and would rather suffer losses than fuss over minor matters. I didn’t think I was selfish or crafty, but felt I was a good person. Every time when I read God’s words of revealing man’s nature of selfishness and craftiness, I never accepted it in my heart. Later, when I saw God’s words: ‘How many believe in Me only so I would heal them? How many believe in Me only so I would use My powers to drive unclean spirits out of their bodies? And how many believe in Me simply to receive peace and joy from Me? How many believe in Me only to demand from Me more material wealth, and how many believe in Me just to spend this life in safety and to be safe and sound in the world to come? How many believe in Me only to avoid the suffering of hell and to receive the blessings of heaven? … Therefore, I say that man has faith in Me because I give too much grace, and there is far too much to gain’ (‘What Do You Know of Faith?’ in The Word Appears in the Flesh), I felt that every word of God’s judgment struck my heart, making me feel ashamed and humiliated and see my ugly face of making a deal with God. It turned out that my suffering and sacrificing was just for gaining grace and blessings from God, not for loving God or satisfying God. However, I had actually boasted that I was someone who pursued the truth and loved God, and didn’t admit that I possessed the nature of selfishness and craftiness. I was really shameless and didn’t know myself. While reflecting on myself, I found that I had never truly cared for God’s heart. In order to save the deeply corrupted mankind, God has endured the hunting, persecution, and condemnation of the atheistic CCP government, and suffered the rejection, slander and blasphemy of the world, yet He doesn’t have the slightest complaint. However, in my belief in God, neither did I pursue the truth nor perform my duty properly to repay God’s love. Instead, I took advantage of God to achieve my purpose of gaining blessings. I really had no conscience and sense. I was really too crafty, too selfish, and too base! I have seen clearly the fact of my being corrupted by Satan, and that my soul should be so dirty and ugly. Based on God’s righteousness and holiness, a brood of Satan like me should have been struck down by God long ago, but God did not treat me according to my corrupt substance. He still sympathized with my disobedience and weakness, continuing to do the work of judgment and purification on me. I deeply felt that I was unworthy of that and was full of gratitude toward God in my heart. After truly experiencing God’s love, I was more willing to accept God’s salvation. Later, I saw God’s words: ‘It is the belief in God so that you may obey God, love God, and perform the duty that should be performed by a creature of God. This is the aim of believing in God. You must achieve a knowledge of the loveliness of God, of how worthy God is of reverence, of how, in His creatures, God does the work of salvation and making them perfect—this is the minimum that you should possess in your belief in God. Belief in God is principally the switch from a life in the flesh to a life of loving God, from a life within naturalness to a life within the being of God, it is coming out from under the domain of Satan and living under the care and protection of God, it is being able to achieve obedience to God and not obedience to the flesh, it is allowing God to gain your entire heart, allowing God to make you perfect, and freeing yourself from the corrupt satanic disposition. Belief in God is principally so that the power and glory of God may be manifested in you, so that you may carry out God’s will, and accomplish God’s plan, and be able to bear testimony to God before Satan’ (‘All Is Achieved by the Word of God’ in The Word Appears in the Flesh). Almighty God’s words gave me the accurate way to practice, making me understand what man should pursue in believing in God. Truly believing in God is pursuing to know God and love God, performing the duty that should be performed by a creature of God, seeking God’s will and acting according to God’s words in everything, and achieving obedience to all orchestrations and arrangements of God. Under the judgment and chastisement of God’s words, I not only have come to know the substance of my nature, but also gained some knowledge of God’s righteous disposition. It is God that cleanses my corruption little by little, so that I can live out the likeness of a man. Through experiencing the work and word of Almighty God, I have found the direction of life, come to know how to live a valuable life as a created being, and understood the truth that I didn’t understand before. What I have enjoyed and gained is really too much! This is the result achieved by Almighty God’s work of judgment on me!”

Hearing the sister’s fellowship, I couldn’t help saying: “Sister, I feel your fellowships are very practical. Almighty God’s work of judgment in the last days really can transform man’s corrupt disposition, and now I have some knowledge of it. The work of judgment is the work of words, which is to cleanse man’s corrupt disposition within by the judgment of words, to lead man to break away from the shackles of sin, and meanwhile to enable man to have true knowledge of God. In the past when I believed in the Lord, I often lived in the state of sinning and confessing. I wanted to break free from the binds of sin but had no way to practice, and often felt dark and painful in my heart. Now I have found the way of breaking free from evils. Only by accepting and experiencing Almighty God’s work of judgment in the last days can man root out the problem of sinning and confessing.”

After that, I accepted Almighty God’s work of the last days. The sister gave me a book of The Scroll Opened by the Lamb. Through reading the words of Almighty God, I felt that these words were full of authority and power, and I was more certain that Almighty God was the return of the Lord Jesus. At the moment, I felt exhilarated in my heart. It was really a great blessing that a filthy and corrupt person like me could be chosen by God, behold the return of the Lord Jesus in my life, enjoy the words of life expressed by God, and have the chance to break away from sins and be saved by God!

 

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