What is truth? What is the relationship between this issue and welcoming the Lord? In fact, the Lord Jesus prophesied long ago: “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” (John 16:12–13). Chapters 2 and 3 of the Book of Revelation prophesied multiple times: “He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” These prophecies show that when the Lord returns in the last days, He will utter new words and guide people to understand and enter into all truths. So if we wish to welcome the Lord, we must know what truth is; it will be very difficult for us to welcome the Lord without knowing what truth is.
For example, when the Lord Jesus appeared to do His work, He gave people the way of repentance and expressed the truth to supply and shepherd man and resolve their practical difficulties. However, since the Pharisees, who were familiar with the Bible, didn’t know what truth is, they accused the Lord Jesus of speaking blasphemy, and even crucified the Lord Jesus who expressed the truth, thus incurring God’s punishment and imprecation. Clearly, it’s so important for us to know what truth is, for it relates directly to our final destiny. So then, what is truth after all? How can we recognize the truth and welcome the Lord? Let us fellowship and explore them below.
If we want to know what truth is, we need to know the source of truth. First let’s look at what it says about what truth is in the Bible: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1). The Lord Jesus said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). From this we can see that the Word is God, is God’s words, and is the truth, the way and the life. The Word becoming flesh refers to God’s Spirit materialized in the flesh, that is, the truth, the way, and the life have all come in the flesh. It’s precisely because Christ is God incarnate and possesses a divine essence, God’s disposition and what God has and is that Christ is the truth, the way and the life. Only Christ can express the truth and bring man the way and the life.
Let’s then read two more passages of God’s words, and we’ll better understand what truth is. God’s words say: “The truth comes from the world of man, yet the truth among man is passed on by Christ. It originates from Christ, that is, from God Himself, and this is not something man is capable of.”
“The truth is the most real of life’s aphorisms, and the highest of such aphorisms among all mankind. Because it is the requirement that God makes of man, and is the work personally done by God, thus it is called ‘life’s aphorism.’ It is not an aphorism summed up from something, nor is it a famous quote from a great figure. Instead, it is the utterance to mankind from the Master of the heavens and earth and all things; it is not some words summed up by man, but the inherent life of God. And so it is called ‘the highest of all life’s aphorisms.’”
As can be seen, truth comes from God and is expressed through Christ, and everything Christ says is the truth. The word of God that Christ expresses is truly the expression of God’s disposition, what God has and is, the mystery of God’s management plan and God’s demands and intention for mankind. All of His words are the truth. They are indispensable principles and directions for our lives, conduct and worship of God; they are the way of life given us by God. The truth is what God’s life is and it carries authority and power, so only the truth can save and change man, and be man’s eternal life. By relying on the truth to live, we can live out the likeness of a true man, and thereby can come to know God, submit to God, worship God, be compatible with God, and finally be led into God’s kingdom. These are all results achieved by the truth expressed by God. These truths could never be expressed by any human being. Even if the word of those famous spiritual figures is constructive for people, it isn’t the truth, but some limited experience and understanding of the truth. It can only represent human perspective, ideas, and understanding, as well as their personal stature and knowledge of God and the truth. However high their knowledge and however much their word conforms to the truth, it can only temporarily help and support us, and can never achieve the result of saving and changing man or becoming man’s life.
At the end of the Age of Law, for example, people were committing more and more sins, were unable to keep the laws and faced the danger of being put to death by the laws. Against this backdrop, which famous spiritual figure or religious leader could give man new paths of practice and provide them with what they needed in life? No one. Only when the Lord Jesus Christ came, gave man the way of repentance and did the work of redemption to absolve mankind of sin, were people no longer condemned or punished by the laws. The truth expressed by the Lord Jesus not only made man know God’s mercy and love and observe God’s immense love for mankind, but it also showed man new paths to follow—to confess and repent, to love their enemies, to be humble, patient and forgiving, to love God with all their hearts, souls, strength and minds, to bear their cross, to be the light and the salt, etc. These truths were new paths of practice for the people of that time and were indispensable principles and directions for their lives, conduct and worship of God; they could save and change man, and be man’s eternal life. People who practiced according to the Lord Jesus’ words changed to varying degrees—they could tolerate and forgive others, and live out normal humanity. These are the outcomes achieved by the truth expressed by the Lord Jesus on humans.
From this we can see that only Christ can express the truth, show man a new path of practice, and save and change man, and be man’s everlasting life. His words could not be spoken by any famous spiritual figure or religious leader, and this is something none of them could achieve. Since we now know what truth is, we now have a way to welcome the Lord. When we hear someone testifying the Lord Jesus has returned, if we want to know whether it’s true, we only have to proactively seek and investigate to see whether this way contains expressions of the truth and whether or not it can provide for our life.
After we know what truth is, we must also know what truths God will bestow upon us to be our life in the last days. Doing so can ensure that we will be able to welcome the Lord. Actually, God expresses the truth to supply man according to the needs of corrupt mankind at different times. For example, late in the Age of Law, people were unable to keep the laws and were in danger of being sentenced to death. Therefore, according to the needs of corrupt mankind, God did a stage of the work of redemption to forgive man’s sins and pointed the people of the Age of Grace onto the path they needed to enter into. By practicing the truth expressed by the Lord Jesus, our behavior changed somewhat, yet it is undeniable that we still often sin and go against the Lord’s teachings. For instance, we lie and cheat for the sake of our own interests; we can be jealous of and hate others; we are arrogant and conceited, show ourselves off, elevate ourselves and belittle others; when we encounter natural and man-made disasters, or trials and tribulations, we still blame and betray God; when God’s work isn’t in line with our notions, we still judge and resist God; … Even though we try our hardest to restrain ourselves, we still cannot help sinning, never able to cast off the bonds and constraints of sin. This is because God’s work in the Age of Grace was not the work of expressing the truth to purify man and this is what God will do when He returns in the last days. Just as the Lord Jesus once prophesied: “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). “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). “Sanctify them through Your truth: Your word is truth” (John 17:17). And 1 Peter 4:17 says, “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God.” Revelation 22:14 prophesies: “Blessed are they that do His commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.”
As can be seen from these prophecies, because the stature of the people of that time was so low, during the Age of Grace the Lord Jesus didn’t express too many truths or give us a way to resolve our satanic nature. Thus did the Lord prophesy that He would return, that He would express more and higher truths, and that He would perform the work of judgment beginning with God’s house—He would judge and purify our corrupt dispositions through His actual work and words. That’s to say, in the last days God will express more truths than all those in the Bible to purify and change man, allowing us to completely escape from sin and finally enter God’s kingdom. Therefore, only by welcoming the Lord and gaining the truth God will bestow on us in the last days can we be purified and saved.
In the world today, only The Church of Almighty God openly testifies that the Lord Jesus has already returned as Almighty God. They testify that Almighty God has expressed many truths and revealed the mysteries in the Bible, and has done the work of judgment beginning from God’s house to save and cleanse man, saving us completely from the shackles of sin. This entirely fulfills the prophecies of the Lord Jesus expressing the truth to perform the work of judgment.
Let’s read a couple more passages of God’s words: “Though Jesus did much work among man, He only completed the redemption of all mankind and became man’s sin offering; He did not rid man of all his corrupt disposition. Fully saving man from the influence of Satan not only required Jesus to become the sin offering and bear the sins of man, but it also required God to do even greater work to rid man completely of his satanically corrupted disposition. And so, now that man has been forgiven of his sins, God has returned to the flesh to lead man into the new age, and begun the work of chastisement and judgment. This work has brought man into a higher realm. All those who submit under His dominion shall enjoy higher truth and receive greater blessings. They shall truly live in the light, and they shall gain the truth, the way, and the life.”
“Christ of the last days uses a variety of truths to teach man, to expose the substance of man, and to dissect the words and deeds of man. 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 normal humanity, as well as the wisdom and the disposition of God, and so on. These words are all directed at the substance of man and his corrupt disposition. In particular, the 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 a few words; He exposes, deals with, and prunes over the long term. All these different methods of exposure, dealing, and pruning cannot be substituted with ordinary words, but with the truth of which man is utterly bereft. Only methods such as these can be called judgment; only through judgment of this kind can man be subdued and thoroughly convinced about 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 essence 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 essence 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.”
God’s words are very clear; the Lord Jesus did the work of redemption in the Age of Grace which forgave people their sins and freed them from the condemnation of the laws. However, the Lord Jesus didn’t absolve us of our sinful nature and satanic disposition, so it’s very difficult for us to escape the cycle of sinning and confessing and we still cannot shake off the shackles and restrictions of sin however hard we try.
Therefore, according to our needs as corrupt humanity, God has performed the work of judgment beginning with God’s house upon the foundation of the Lord Jesus’ work of redemption, and He has fully revealed to us His righteous, majestic, wrathful disposition that tolerates no offense. He expresses all the truths for purifying, saving and perfecting man to utterly uproot the cause of our sins. The truth expressed by God in the last days is all the reality of life that people must come to possess in the Age of Kingdom. God tells us of His intentions in creating mankind, and reveals all the mysteries of His management plan to save mankind: The mystery of the three stages of His work, the substance and inside truth of each stage of His work, the mystery of His incarnation, how God does the work of judgment in the last days, and how people can fear God and shun evil, as well as how Satan corrupts mankind, and Satan’s tactics and tricks to corrupt humanity, and so on. Apart from telling us all these truths, God also exposes and dissects the root cause of man’s resistance to God, allowing us to know the truth and substance of humanity being corrupted by Satan, and He shows us the path to cast off our corruption and attain dispositional change. Besides, God tells us how to live out normal humanity, how to be honest people, how to become people who obey God, love God, and fear God and shun evil, and more. If we accept the truth as life that is expressed by Almighty God in the last days, we can achieve change in our life disposition, and become those who have the truth and humanity. Such people are those who have gained the truth and been perfected by God, are those who have escaped the dark influence of Satan and been gained by God, and are those who obey God, love God, do God’s will, and are compatible with God. Such people are those who will enter God’s kingdom and gain eternal life.
Let’s think about it: Which famous spiritual figure can express these truths? Who can fully explain the mysteries of God’s work? Who can express the truth to cleanse and save people and release them from the shackles of sin? Besides God Himself, no one else is capable of expressing these truths; only God can express the truth to purify and save man—this is an undeniable fact. Now the words expressed by Almighty God have already been published online for all mankind to seek and investigate. Through reading Almighty God’s words, many people who thirst for the truth have recognized them as the truth, as God’s voice, and one by one have turned to Almighty God. They have undergone God’s judgment and chastisement and experienced the cleansing and transformation of their corrupt dispositions; they have born all sorts of testimonies. There are testimonies of achieving true repentance and change in their life disposition through undergoing the judgment and chastisement of God’s words; there are testimonies of practicing the truth and being honest people and faithfully doing their duty; there are testimonies of obeying and loving God in trials and refinements; there are also testimonies of overcomers, and more. These testimonies have been publicly available online for all people to see that what Almighty God expresses is the truth and can cleanse and save man, that God has gained a group of people who are of one mind with Him, and that God’s kingdom has already descended on earth.
Now, the great disasters have come and God’s work of judgment and purification in the last days is nearing its end. At this crucial time, if we still don’t seek and investigate the work of Almighty God, what will be our final outcome? Almighty God exhorts us: “Christ of the last days brings life, and brings the enduring and everlasting way of truth. This truth is the path by which man gains life, and it is the only path by which man shall know God and be approved by God. If you do not seek the way of life provided by Christ of the last days, then you shall never gain the approval of Jesus, and shall never be qualified to enter the gate of the kingdom of heaven, for you are both a puppet and prisoner of history.” Whether we can gain the truth bestowed by God in the last days and whether we can gain the way of eternal life and enter the kingdom of heaven depend on our choices.
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