The Process of a Preacher Welcoming the Lord’s Coming(Part-2)

On the sixth morning, when I came out of the room, the host aunty leaned over and whispered in my ear, “Sister Liu and Sister Sun barely slept the whole night. They prayed a great deal for you and wept bitterly for you.” Just as she had finished her words, the two sisters walked up to me from the room.

I noticed that Sister Liu’s eyes were swollen and bloodshot. Sister Sun’s mouth was blistered and her eyes were full of tears; she carried a book named The word Appears in the Flesh, and said to me sincerely in a hoarse voice, “Sister Wang, through these days’ association with you, we know you are a true believer in God. But the truths we understand are too limited. Only Christ is the truth, the way, and the life, and God incarnate this time has bestowed every aspect of the truth. We truly hope that you can have an investigation on the words of Almighty God.” Seeing their sincere attitude, I felt awful sorry: I was a stranger, and deliberately made things difficult for them, but they never cared about it, and they even worried about me and paid so much for me. If it were not for the work of the Holy Spirit, who could attain this? If I were them, I could never attain this, neither could the brothers and sisters in my church. Their humanity and love really convinced me. Seeing their red and swollen eyes, and hearing their hoarse voice, I felt somewhat remorseful within and my hardened heart began to soften. Seeing the book in Sister Sun’s hands, I thought, “Is their energy from that book? Is it because of this book that they have such great love? Does the Lord really express words? How about reading the book? If I don’t ever read, how could I know whether it is true or not?” At that moment, Sister Sun said, “Sister, these are God’s personal utterances. Please have a look.” I said, “All right.” As soon as they heard me say this, the two sisters were all moved to tears. Sister Sun took my hands and said sincerely, “Sister, we find a passage of God’s words for you, ‘How Peter Came to Know Jesus.’ Read this passage first, and if you have something that you don’t understand in it, we can fellowship about it.” I nodded as I took the book.

I came back to my room and opened the book The Word Appears in the Flesh. Then I saw the title “How Peter Came to Know Jesus.” I thought to myself: There is no God’s word outside the Bible, isn’t it? Then how does this book mention about Peter? Regarding Peter, the Bible only records that how Jesus called out Peter, but has no record about how Peter came to know Jesus. Thinking of this, I turned to this passage out of curiosity. The book says, “During the time that Peter spent with Jesus, he saw many lovable characteristics in Jesus, many aspects worthy of emulation, and many which supplied him. Although Peter saw the being of God in Jesus in many ways, and saw many lovable qualities, at first he did not know Jesus. Peter began following Jesus when he was 20 years old, and continued so for six years. During that time, he never came to know Jesus, but was willing to follow Him purely out of admiration for Him.” When I saw this, I was shocked and puzzled: I have read the Bible many times during these years. It was almost two thousand years ago that Peter followed Jesus; but this book says that Peter still didn’t know Jesus after he followed Him for six years; how does its author know? This is obviously a mystery happened two thousand years ago. No one could have known what happened at that time, and there is also no record in the Bible. What is this all about? I thought the answer might be in the following words. So I continued my reading, “When Jesus first called to him on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, He asked: ‘Simon, son of Jonah, will you follow Me?’ Peter said: ‘I must follow he who is sent by the heavenly Father. I must acknowledge he who is chosen by the Holy Spirit. I will follow You.’ At the time, Peter had heard tell of a man named Jesus, the greatest of the prophets, God’s beloved Son, and Peter was constantly hoping to find Him, hoping for a chance to see Him (because that is how he was then led by the Holy Spirit). Although he had never seen Him and had only heard rumors about Him, gradually a yearning and adoration for Jesus grew in his heart, and he often yearned to one day look upon Jesus.” Trying over and over to figure out these words, “gradually a yearning and adoration for Jesus grew in his heart, and he often yearned to one day look upon Jesus.” Ah! Only the Lord observes the depths of man’s heart. Except from God, who could have known Peter’s thought at that time? In the past Jesus spoke the mysteries hidden in Samaritan woman, and today these words speak the thoughts deep in Peter’s heart which are not mentioned in the Bible. Are words in this book, as they said, really God’s words? Otherwise, how could it describe the conversation of Jesus and Peter exhaustively? What Jesus said and what Peter said and thought are all clearly and thoroughly told by this book.

This book attracted me and I continued my reading anxiously, “One evening, several of the disciples, including Peter, were on the fishing boat. They were all together with Jesus, and Peter asked Jesus a very naive question: ‘Lord! There is a question I have had for a very long time that I would like to ask You.’ Jesus replied: ‘Then please ask!’ Peter then asked: ‘Was the work done during the Age of Law Your doing?’ Jesus smiled, as if saying: ‘This child, how naive he is!’ He then continued with purpose: ‘It was not Mine, it was Jehovah and Moses’ doing.’ Peter heard this and exclaimed: ‘Oh! So it was not Your doing.’ Once Peter had said this, Jesus spoke no more. Peter thought to himself: ‘It was not You that did it, so no wonder You have come to destroy the law, as it was not Your doing.’ His heart was also eased.” I could not help laughing when I saw this. I thought: Isn’t Jehovah and Jesus the same one God? Is there any need to ask such a simple question? On second thought: Peter, as Jesus’ disciple, didn’t know the Lord and even measured the work of Jesus with his own notions. Then will I not know God’s work just like Peter? While I was seeking, I suddenly recalled: The two sisters have fellowshiped a lot with me that God does the work of the Age of Kingdom upon the foundation of the Bible and expressed new words, and that Almighty God and Jesus are the same one God. But I rejected them all. Today, will I too, as naive as Peter, separate the work of God? If I really oppose God for I don’t know God, my belief in God will be in vain.

When I thought about this, I squared my shoulders and continued my reading, “Jesus said: ‘The One that will come from everlasting to everlasting will do the work of redemption during the Age of Grace, to redeem all of mankind from sin, but He will not be constrained by any regulation in leading man out of sin. He will walk out of the law and enter into the Age of Grace. He will redeem all of mankind. He will stride forward from the Age of Law into that of Grace, yet none know Him, He who came from Jehovah. The work Moses did was granted by Jehovah; Moses drafted the law because of the work Jehovah had done.’ Once this was said, He continued: ‘Those who abolish the commandments of the Age of Grace during the Age of Grace will meet with calamity. They must stand in the temple and receive God’s destruction, and fire shall come upon them.’” When I read here, I stared at the words “Those who abolish the commandments of the Age of Grace during the Age of Grace will meet with calamity. They must stand in the temple and receive God’s destruction, and fire shall come upon them.” I became somewhat afraid. I thought of the scribes, the elders and the Pharisees, who served God in the temple from generation to generation: They were all familiar with the laws and could recite the whole Old Testament by heart, and even more, they sewed the scriptures to the hems of their garments; but when the Lord Jesus came to work, they still clung to them, and used them to reject the work of the Lord Jesus. During these years, I regarded the Bible as my life, and capitalized the biblical knowledge I acquired standing in the high position and not obeying anyone. The two sister fellowshiped with me so much but I clung to my own notions that there was no word of God outside the Bible. No matter how they fellowshiped with me, I didn’t listen to them. Then wouldn’t I walk on the same path as the Pharisees? In thinking about this, I began to feel unsettled and my heart thumped. If I use the Bible to reject the new work of God like the Pharisees, then will I not get into trouble? And the seven woes that the Lord Jesus condemned the Pharisees with will come to me, won’t it? If it were so, I wouldn’t have a good outcome and would get punishment from God. I became more afraid when I thought about this. So I kneeled to the ground and prayed to the Lord, “Lord! All these years, I have held on to my notions that there is no God’s word outside the Bible. But the words I read now are stirring my heart and only You can speak the mysteries of the two thousand years, and only You can reveal the real thoughts deep in Peter’s mind, for you know all things from everlasting to everlasting. Oh! Lord! Do you really express words outside the Bible? The words I read today make me feel that they contain authority and power, and cannot be spoken by man. No other words except from God’s words can explain what happened two thousand years ago and God’s work so clearly. Oh! Lord! I don’t want to be the Pharisees of modern times, using the Bible to reject You! Lord! I am willing to seek and investigate these words. May You enlighten and guide me.”

To be continue…

Source from: find the shepherd

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