By Liangyuan, Hong Kong
The Church Became Desolate
When I was in the second year of middle school, our substitute teacher preached the gospel of the to us. The teacher said that just to redeem man from sin, the Lord Jesus was crucified and shed His precious blood. After I heard that, the great love of the Lord Jesus moved me to tears. I remembered when I was together with my classmates, they always bullied me and then I treated them in violence for my own protection. Thus, we all couldn’t feel the love between people. All I felt wasn’t sincerity but deception. In school, I lived in pain because I even had no one to speak of the words in my heart to. When seeing the Lord Jesus’ sincere and selfless love and His teaching people to love their neighbor as themselves and love one another, I accepted the Lord Jesus under the guidance of our teacher’s firm oath—sacrificing for God faithfully and I resolved to follow the Lord Jesus all my life.
After that, I frequently attended the fellowship of our school. When thinking I should testify for the Lord, I made up my mind to change the bad habit of treating my classmates in violence. Later, when being bullied again by them, I would show them my forbearance and patience according to the Lord Jesus’ teachings instead of fighting with them. Besides, I would learn to help my classmates around me and show love to people by my side. Gradually, the relationship between my classmates and me became more and more harmonious. They all said I seemed to be a changed man. I appreciated that it was the Lord Jesus’ love that changed me and His words that taught me how to be a man. Afterward, the pastor invited me to attend meetings at the church for seeing I positively believed in the Lord in school, and I accepted.
In the church, the pastor often said at meetings: “Herein is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit; so shall you be my disciples” (John 15:8). He taught us preaching the gospel was bearing fruit and the more we preached, the more fruit we would bear. Then we would lay up good deeds in heaven and surely receive the Lord’s blessing. Thinking of the love of the Lord and many blessings and benefits I got after believing in the Lord, I felt I should preach the gospel to more people. Thus, I preached actively and some of my classmates also received the Lord Jesus’ grace.
Several years later, I discovered that congregation numbers started to fall and that the sermons the pastor gave were outdated and repetitious without new light and unable to resolve problems and provide for the spiritual life needs of us. Also, I often lived in sin, failing to get along well with my classmates. After this, I felt guilty in my heart and knew I didn’t practice the Lord’s requirements. However, I could not control myself nor could I free myself from sin. All I did was just longing to be brought into the kingdom of heaven early by the Lord Jesus in my heart. And in this way, I could free from sin instantly to enter God’s kingdom, no longer living in anxiety.
Seeking Humbly, I Opened Up My Heart
Just when I longed for the Lord Jesus’ return eagerly, I got acquainted with a sister online, and some other brothers and sisters afterward. We got together to share and discussed how the Lord would return. One of the sisters read me some passages from the Bible: “But of that day and that hour knows no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father” (Mark 13:32). “For as the lightning comes out of the east, and shines even to the west; so shall also the coming of be” (Matthew 24:27). “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me” (Revelation 3:20). She fellowshiped: “From the Bible we can see the return of the Lord will be ‘the coming of the Son of man.’ In others words, He will come through incarnation instead of descending with the clouds. If He comes with clouds and appears in His spiritual body, all of us will see His power and bow to the ground to welcome Him, and so, there’s no need for the Lord to knock. It’s only as the Son of man who will knock.” When listening, I felt it was different from what our pastor said. I thought: Will the Lord not come with clouds? Why did they say the Lord will incarnate? What’s going on? The sister’s fellowship is very enlightening. If the Lord descends upon a white cloud, He needn’t knock; if He knocks, He should incarnate as the Son of man. What they communicated conforms with Bible. Then I go on listening a little more. However, when dimly hearing “The Word Appears in the Flesh”, “Almighty God” from their fellowship, I felt some resistance in my heart. The pastor once said some words of condemnation and blasphemy against Almighty God. Additionally, he asked us not to believe in Almighty God, and said whom they believe in was merely a man and that it contravened the prophecy of the Lord coming on a cloud. When thinking of these, I was unwilling to listen to them any longer for fear of being deceived. Then I told them, “I can’t understand very well. I won’t gather for now. I need to seek first.” They tried to persuade me to stay and said that if I had any questions, we could seek fellowship together. But I still refused them. After that, I didn’t gather together with them.
Afterward, I went on the internet to search for the information of The Church of Almighty God. I found many negative rumors about The Church of Almighty God. Again I asked the pastor and elder about Almighty God. Also, they said many words of condemnation and slanders against The Church of Almighty God, and said the brothers and sisters from The Church of Almighty God were no good. I was very confused in my heart and didn’t know who I should listen to. As a result, I quieted down and prayed to the Lord: “Lord, I’m consumed by difficulties: Both of the sisters from the Church of Almighty God and the pastor seem to be correct. I don’t know whose words I should take. I am afraid of being deceived and even more afraid of losing Your salvation for a wrong choice. Lord, it’s almost seven years since I believed in You and I deeply believe that You are real. I am willing to let go of and deny my own conceptions first and entrust myself to Your hands. May you lead and guide me.” After I prayed, I thought about my interactions with the brothers and sisters of the Church of Almighty God. I felt that all they fellowshiped was very enlightening and that they treated people with sincerity and love as well. Being with them, I felt as if we were family. They simply are not the way that the rumors on the internet and the pastor purported them to be. Do the pastor and elder truly know The Church of Almighty God? They condemn and slander The Church of Almighty God as well as distorting the facts in order to smear the brothers and sisters of The Church of Almighty God. What they do doesn’t conform with the fact. I thought: I can’t simply believe the rumors from the internet and the pastor’s words. As for what The Church of Almighty God is like, I will figure it out instead of acting recklessly. What if it happens Almighty God is the appearance of the Lord Jesus, won’t I become the one that refuses God? I must ask the brothers and sisters from The Church of Almighty God for the sake of knowing the truth.
One day later, I took the initiative to gather together with the brothers and sisters from The Church of Almighty God. I sought fellowship with the sisters: “You testify that Almighty God is the appearance of the Lord Jesus and that the Lord won’t come on a cloud but by becoming flesh. Is there any evidence in the Bible?” Patiently, a sister read me some verses from the Bible: “Be you therefore ready also: for the Son of man comes at an hour when you think not” (Luke 12:40). “For as the lightning, that lightens out of the one part under heaven, shines to the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day. But first must he suffer many things, and be rejected of this generation” (Luke 17:24-25). The sister fellowshiped: “From these verses we can see that the day and hour of the Lord’s coming aren’t known by anyone, not even by the incarnate Son of man. Only after the incarnate God’s beginning His ministry formally will He publicly stand as testament to His identity and His work that He will do. It’s just like the Lord Jesus. He didn’t know He was God when being young. Not until He began His ministry at the age of 29 did He know that He was . Similarly, today we all don’t know the Lord Jesus has returned in flesh coming among people. We can only know it when the Holy Spirit sends forth His voice to testify that God has become flesh again and done the work of the new age. In addition, these verses mention ‘suffer many things’ and ‘the Son of man.’ So, that’s further proof that the Lord Jesus will come again through incarnation. If He comes in a spiritual body, it can in no way be considered as ‘suffer many things, and be rejected of this generation.’ Besides, the spiritual body can’t be called the Son of man. Only the incarnate God can be called the Son of man or Christ.”
After hearing the sister’s fellowship, I thought she was right: It’s only God incarnate as the Son of man who will suffer many hardships and be rejected by this generation. If He were to come in His spiritual body, who would dare to reject and resist Him? Then He wouldn’t have to suffer many hardships. In the past I have seen “the Son of man” in the Bible many times, yet I still can’t understand mysteries within it. If God didn’t reveal the mystery, then who would know it? In the past I didn’t understand the Bible or know God, and consequently, I confined the return of the Lord within the limits of my own conceptions and imagination. I would really be in the dark because of the rumors from the internet and the pastor, but that I sought immediately. Apparently, I’d better know more about God’s work of .
The Mystery of the Incarnation
Then, the sister asked me, “Brother, do you know what the incarnation is?” Hearing this question, I didn’t know how to answer for no one had ever asked me this question and I also had never thought about it. Then I sought fellowship with the sister and she read me two passages from God: “The meaning of incarnation is that God appears in the flesh, and He comes to work among man of His creation in the image of a flesh. So, for God to be incarnated, He must first be flesh, flesh with normal humanity; this, at the very least, must be true. In fact, the implication of God’s incarnation is that God lives and works in the flesh, God in His very essence becomes flesh, becomes a man” “The Christ with normal humanity is a flesh in which the Spirit is realized, possessing normal humanity, normal sense, and human thought. ‘Being realized’ means God becoming man, the Spirit becoming flesh; to put it plainly, it is when God Himself inhabits a flesh with normal humanity, and through it expresses His divine work—this is what it means to be realized, or incarnated.” She said: “The incarnation is God’s spirit clothed in flesh, that is, God becomes a person working and speaking among man. This flesh possesses normal humanity, but also possesses complete divinity. Though the incarnate God seems ordinary and normal on the outside, He is able to do the work of God Himself, express the voice of God and guide and save mankind. Because He has a complete divinity, the incarnate God is unlike any one of created men, and He is the flesh in which God’s spirit materialized and Christ as well.” After hearing God’s words and the sister’s fellowship, I understood that the meaning of incarnation is that God becomes a person and comes to earth to do the work of saving mankind. The incarnation has normal humanity and complete divinity. And He is the incarnate God, or Christ.
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