The Truths About Being Redeemed and Saved in the Age of the Grace (Part One)

Lord Jesus

1. “The work Jesus did at that time was to redeem the whole mankind. Whoever believed in him would be forgiven of his sins. As long as you believed in him, he would redeem you; as long as you believed in him, you were no longer of sin and came out of sin. This means that you were saved and were justified by faith. But in the believers there were still disobedience and resistance, which had to be cast off gradually. Being saved does not mean that one was completely gained by Jesus, but means that he was no longer of sin and was forgiven of his sins; it means that as long as you believed in him, you would never be of sin.”

from “The Vision of the Work (2)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

2. “Although people have been redeemed and forgiven of their sins, this only means that God does not remember their transgressions and does not treat them according to their transgressions. But as they live in the flesh and have not broken away from sins, they cannot but continue to commit sins and continually manifest their corrupt satanic disposition. This is their life of committing sins continually and being forgiven continually. Most people commit sins in the day and confess them at night. Thus, even if the sin offering is forever effective to them, it cannot save them from sins. This means that the work of salvation has only been half completed, because people still have corrupt disposition.”

from “The Mystery of Incarnation (4)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

3. “Such a sinner as you who has just been redeemed, could you be after God’s heart without being transformed or perfected by God? It is true that Jesus has saved you, who are an old man now. You are not of sin, and this is because of God’s salvation, but it does not prove that you have no sin or filthiness. You have not been transformed, so how could you be holy? You are still filled with filthiness within, selfish and contemptible, and yet you want to descend with Jesus. Could there be such a good thing? You lack a process in your believing in God. You have only been redeemed but have not been transformed. To be after God’s heart, you need God to personally work to transform and purify you. Otherwise, you, who have only been redeemed, cannot possibly be holy. Then you will not be qualified to enjoy the good blessings with God, because you miss one stage in God’s work of managing man, that is, the crucial stage of transforming and perfecting man. So, you, a sinner who has just been redeemed, cannot directly inherit God’s inheritance.”

from “A Statement About Address and Identity” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

4. “When Jesus came among men, he did many works. But he only accomplished the work of redeeming all mankind and was only man’s sin offering, and he did not rid men of all their corrupt disposition. To completely save men from satan’s influence, it not only requires Jesus to be the sin offering to bear men’s sins, but also requires God to do a greater work to completely rid men of their disposition corrupted by satan. So, after men’s sins were forgiven, God has again returned in the flesh to lead men into the new age and begin the work of chastisement and judgment. This work has brought mankind into a higher state. All those who submit under his dominion will enjoy higher truth, receive greater blessings, truly live in the light, and receive the truth, the way, and the life.”

from “Preface” to The Word Appears in the Flesh

5. “In man’s eyes, when God was crucified, he had ended the work of his incarnation, having redeemed all mankind and held the keys of Hades. Men all thought that God’s work had been completely accomplished. Actually, in God’s eyes, only a small part of his work had been accomplished, and he had only redeemed mankind but had not conquered mankind, much less changed man’s ugly satanic image. So God said, ‘Although my incarnated flesh has passed through the suffering of death, it is not the whole purpose of my incarnation. Jesus is my beloved Son and was crucified for me, yet he had not completely ended my work but had only done part of it.’”

from “Work and Entering In (6)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

6. “When Jesus did his work, people’s knowledge of him was still vague and obscure, and they always believed that he was the Son of David and said that he was a great prophet and he was the merciful Lord who atoned for man’s sins. Some were healed of their sicknesses by touching the edge of his garment by faith, the blind could receive sight, and the dead could be raised. But people could not discover the deep-rooted corrupt satanic disposition within them and did not know how to cast it off. People received a lot of grace, such as, fleshly peace and joy, the whole household being blessed through one member believing in the Lord, the healing of sicknesses, and so on. Besides that, they had good deeds and godly appearance. Those who could live by these would be qualified believers. Only such believers could go to heaven after their death, that is, be saved. But when these people were alive, they did not understand the way of life at all but just kept committing sins and confessing them, and they did not have the way to be transformed in their disposition. In the Age of the Grace people were just in such a situation. Have they been saved completely? No! So, after that stage of work has been accomplished, there is still a stage of work of judgment and chastisement. In this stage, it is to purify people through the word so that they can have ways to go on. If God still drove out demons in this stage, it would produce no results and would be meaningless, because people’s sinful nature could not be cast off and they could only remain at the basis of being forgiven of their sins. People have been forgiven of their sins through the sin offering, because the work of the cross has ended and God has triumphed over satan. But people’s corrupt disposition still remains within them and they still can commit sins and resist God, and God has not gained mankind. So in this stage, God discloses people’s corrupt disposition by his word and lets them practice according to proper ways. The work done in this stage is more significant and produces greater results than the work done in the former stage, because now the word directly supplies people’s life so that their disposition can be thoroughly renewed, and it is a more thorough work. So, the final incarnation has completed the significance of God’s incarnation and has completely accomplished God’s management plan of saving man.”

from “The Mystery of Incarnation (4)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

7. “So, it is not healing the sick and driving out demons that can completely save men from sins, nor is it performing signs and wonders that can fully make men complete. The authority of healing the sick and driving out demons only gives men grace, but their flesh is still of satan, and they still have corrupt satanic disposition within. In other words, that which has not been purified is still of sin and of filthiness. Only after they have been purified through the word can men be gained by God and become holy ones. Only driving demons out of men and redeeming them means that they have only been regained from satan’s hand and returned to God. But they have not been purified or transformed by God and are still corrupt men. They still have filthiness, resistance, and disobedience within. They have only returned before God after having been redeemed by God, but they do not know God at all and still can resist and rebel against God. Before men were redeemed, there had been a lot of satanic poisons planted in them. Having been corrupted by satan for thousands of years, they have already had the nature of resisting God within. So after they have been redeemed, they have only been ransomed, that is, have been bought back at a high price, but the poisonous nature in them has not been removed. Such filthy ones have to be transformed before they are qualified to serve God. Through this stage of work of judgment and chastisement, men will fully know their filthy and corrupt substance within and be completely transformed and become purified ones. Only then will they be qualified to return before God’s throne. All the works God does today are for the purpose that people can be purified and transformed, and that they can be rid of their corruptions and purified through the judgment and chastisement of the word and through refining. This stage of work is more a purifying work than a saving work.”

from “The Mystery of Incarnation (4)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

8. “The Holy Spirit works according to the age, not randomly or according to regulations. When the age turns, he will surely bring a new work in the new age. This is so with every stage of work. So, his work is never repeated. In the Age of the Grace, Jesus did many such works as healing the sick and driving out demons, laying hands and praying, and blessing people. If today such works were done again, it would be meaningless. The Holy Spirit worked that way at that time, because it was the Age of the Grace, in which people had sufficient grace to enjoy, they were not required to pay any price but could receive grace as long as they believed, and everyone was treated very graciously. Now the age has changed, and God’s work has advanced further, which, however, is to rid people of their disobedience and the unclean things within them through chastisement and judgment. That stage was redemption, so he had to work that way, giving people sufficient grace to enjoy. Only thus could they be redeemed from sins, and through grace their sins could be forgiven. This stage is to reveal the unrighteous things within people through chastisement and judgment and through the smiting, disciplining, and exposing of the word, so that they can be saved. This is a work deeper than redemption. The grace in the Age of the Grace has been sufficient for people to enjoy, and they have experienced it. They will be given no more to enjoy. That work has become outdated and will no longer be done. Today it is to save people through the judgment of the word. Isn’t it because of these words I speak that people are judged, chastised, and refined and thus transformed in their disposition? What is done in each stage of work is done according to the development of the whole mankind and according to the age. And all the work done is significant and is for the sake of ultimate salvation, for the purpose that mankind can have a pleasant destination in the future, and for the purpose that people will be divided into their kinds in the end.”

from “The Mystery of Incarnation (4)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

 

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