You Ought to Know That the Practical God Is God Himself
What should you know about the practical God? The Spirit, the Person and the Word make up the practical God Himself; this is the true meaning of the practical God Himself. If you only know of the Person, knowing of His living habits, and of His character, yet you know nothing of the work of the Spirit or the work of the Spirit in the flesh, and if you focus only on the Spirit and the Word, and simply pray before the Spirit, yet you know nothing of the work of God’s Spirit in the practical God, then this proves, all the same, that you have no knowledge of the practical God. Having knowledge of the practical God includes knowing and experiencing His words and grasping the rules and principles by which the Holy Spirit works, as well as how the Spirit of God works in the flesh. In addition, you are able to know that each and every move of God in the flesh is directed by the Spirit, and His word is a direct expression of the Spirit. Therefore, coming to know the practical God is mainly coming to know how God works in His humanity and also His divinity; this then involves the expression of the Spirit, which all men come into contact with.
Which aspects does the expression of the Spirit involve? At times, He works in His humanity and in His divinity at others. On the whole, however, both are directed by the Spirit. Whatever the spirit within a person, it is then expressed externally. The Spirit works in a normal way, but there are two parts to His being directed by the Spirit. One part is to work in His humanity, while the other is to work in His divinity. You must understand this thoroughly: the work of the Spirit differs based on the situation. When the work requires His humanity, the Spirit directs His humanity to do it; when His divinity is required for the work, His divinity then directly comes forth to carry out such work. Because God works in the flesh and appears in the flesh, He is capable of working in His humanity, as well as His divinity. When He works in His humanity, it is, as governed by the Spirit, to satisfy the needs of man’s flesh, to allow man to engage more easily with Him, and to allow man to see the reality and normality of God. In addition, it allows man to see that the Spirit of God has come in the flesh and come among men, living alongside them and engaging with them. When He works in His divinity, it is to supply the life of man, to guide man in everything from the positive side, and to change the disposition of man, allowing man to truly see that the Spirit has appeared in the flesh. Growth in the life of man is mainly achieved directly through the words and work of the divinity; only through acceptance of the work of the divinity can a change in his disposition be accomplished and his spirit be satisfied. Then only with the addition of the work of His humanity, that is, God’s shepherding, support, and supply in His humanity, can man fulfill the will of God. To properly keep the commandments, you must at the very least have knowledge of the practical God appearing in the flesh, and have a clear understanding of Him, which means you must grasp the principle of properly keeping the commandments. Keeping the commandments is no aimless, arbitrary task; rather, they are to be kept based on reason, purpose, and principles. And the first of all is to be clear about the vision. The practical God Himself we speak of today works in both His humanity and His divinity. Through the appearance of the practical God is achieved the work and life of a normal humanity, as well as the work of a complete divinity. The humanity and the divinity join in one entity. The work of both the humanity and the divinity is fulfilled by the word. Whether in His humanity or in His divinity, He speaks utterances. When He works in His humanity, He speaks in the language of humanity so it is easy for man to contact and understand His words. They are commonly heard and easily understood, so they are able to supply all men; both the well-educated and uncultured are able to receive His words. When He works in His divinity, the work is still carried out through speaking, but His words are full of supply and life. His words are unadulterated by human meaning and do not involve the preferences of His humanity; they are unfettered by His humanity and completely ungoverned by His normal humanity. Though this work is carried out in the flesh all the same, it is a direct expression of the Spirit. If man is only able to accept God’s work in His humanity, they confine themselves within a boundary. They need long years of dealing, pruning and disciplining before even a slight change is possible. However, if a man does not have the work or the presence of the Holy Spirit, he continues to make the same mistakes. Such disadvantages and deficiencies can be compensated through the work of the divinity, allowing man to be made complete. There is no need to deal with and prune man over a long period of time; rather, it is to supply man from the positive, using words to make up for all deficiencies, to reveal all the conditions of man, to govern the lives of man, to govern his every word and action, as well as to clearly point out his motives and intentions. This is the practical work carried out by the practical God. And so, your attitude toward the practical God should be one of obedience before His humanity, which you should also clearly recognize and ascertain. Moreover, you must accept and obey the work and words of His divinity. The appearance of God in the flesh means that all of the work and words of the Spirit of God are carried out through His normal humanity and through His incarnate flesh. That is, the Spirit of God directs the work of His humanity while also carrying out in the flesh the work of His divinity. In the incarnate God, you can see God’s work in His humanity, as well as the work of His complete divinity. This is the real significance of the practical God’s appearance in the flesh. If you can truly comprehend this, then you will be able to join the parts of God into one; you will not overly value the work of His divinity, or think too little of the work in His humanity, and you will not go to extremes or veer off onto the wrong path. On the whole, the meaning of the practical God is that the work of His humanity and that of His divinity as directed by the Spirit are expressed by His flesh, allowing man to see that He is real and alive and practical.
There is a transitional stage before the Spirit of God works in His humanity. Perfection of His humanity allows it to be governed by the Spirit, so that He can then supply and shepherd the churches. This is one manifestation of the normal work of God. So, if you thoroughly grasp the principles of God’s work in His humanity, then you will not easily develop notions about the work of such. In no case does the Spirit of God err; He is infallible and does no wrong. The work of the divinity is a direct expression of the will of God. It bears no interference from the humanity and does not undergo perfection, but rather comes directly from the Spirit. However, the work in His divinity is only possible because of His normal humanity. Not supernatural in the least, such work appears to be carried out by an ordinary man. The reason God has come to earth from the heavens is primarily to express the words of God and complete the work of God’s Spirit through His flesh.
Man today continues to have too fragmented a knowledge of the practical God, and too little understanding of the significance of the incarnation. In terms of the flesh of God, man sees through His work and His words that the Spirit of God encompasses too much and is in too much abundance. But anyway, the testimony of God comes from the Spirit of God after all, as in exactly how God works in the flesh, which principles He works by, how He works in His humanity and divinity. Today, you worship this person, but in essence, you are worshiping the Spirit. This is the very least that man should achieve when they come to know God become flesh. Through the flesh, come to know the substance of the Spirit, the work of the divinity and the humanity carried out in the flesh by the Spirit; through the flesh, accept all the words and utterances of the flesh, and see how the Spirit of God directs the flesh, and how He shows His great power in the flesh. That is, through this flesh, man comes to know the Spirit in heaven; through the appearance of the practical God Himself among mankind, the vague God himself held in the notions of man is eliminated; through man’s worship of the practical God Himself, the element of obedience to God is increased within man; through the work of the divinity and the humanity carried out in the flesh by the Spirit of God, man gains revelation and is shepherded, and achieves changes to his life disposition. This is the real significance of the Spirit coming into the flesh, mainly to allow man to engage with and rely on God, thereby coming to know God.
What is the principal attitude that man should hold within regarding the practical God? Exactly what do you know of the incarnation, of the Word appearing in the flesh, of God appearing in the flesh, and of the deeds of the practical God? What do we mainly speak of now? The incarnation, the Word coming into the flesh, and God appearing in the flesh, these are what you must thoroughly understand. In accordance with your stature and with the ages, gradually gain a thorough insight into these matters. As you experience life, slowly gain a thorough insight into and clear knowledge of these matters. The process of man experiencing the word of God is actually the process of coming to know the word of God appearing in the flesh. The more that man experiences , the more man comes to know the Spirit of God. Through his experience of God’s word, man comes to know the practical God Himself by grasping the principles of the work of the Spirit. In actuality, for God to perfect man and gain man is to enable man to come to know the deeds of the practical God, and through the work of the practical God, enable man to see the practical significance of the incarnation and witness the Spirit of God appearing practically before man. When man is gained by God and made perfect by Him, that is when man is conquered by the expression of the practical God, and through His words, man is changed; His life is wrought into man, so that man is filled with His being (whether the being of His humanity or that of His divinity) and with the essence of His words, so that His words are lived out in man. God gains man mainly by the words and utterances of the practical God dealing with the inadequacies of man, as well as judging and disclosing the rebellious disposition of man, thereby allowing man to receive what is needed and to see that God has come among man. Most importantly, the work that the practical God intends to carry out is to save each and every man from under the influence of Satan, taking man away from the filthy place and ridding man of his corrupt disposition. The deepest significance of being gained by the practical God is to be able to regard Him as an exemplar, a model, such that you live out a normal humanity, and to be able to put into action the words and demands of the practical God without any discrepancy or deviation, such that you put into practice whatever He says, and you are able to achieve whatever He asks for. Then you will have been gained by God. When you are gained by God, it is not solely that you have ; what is most important is that you are able to live out what the practical God has asked you to achieve. Having only the work of the Spirit does not mean that you have life; the key is whether or not you have done as the practical God has asked you to do, which concerns whether or not you can be gained by God. These are the greatest significance for the work to be carried out by the practical God in the flesh. That is to say, He appears practically in the flesh, living and real, for man to witness; in the flesh, He practically carries out the work of the Spirit, and serves as an exemplar to man, thereby gaining a group of people. God comes into the flesh mainly to allow man to see the practical deeds of God, to realize the formless Spirit into the flesh so that He can be touched and seen by man. It is only in this way that those He makes complete are those who live out Him, are gained by Him, and are after His heart. If God only spoke utterances from the heavens and did not practically come to earth, man would still be unable to know God; there would only be hollow theories to convey the deeds of God, but it would not be possible for man to have the words of God as reality. God comes to earth mainly to set an exemplar and serve as a model for those He will gain. Only in this way can man practically come to know God, touch God, and see God; only in this way can man truly be gained by God.
from The Word Appears in the Flesh
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