The Lord Jesus performed a lot of miracles during His work, yet He always told people not to tell others. What’s God’s will in it?
Can You Discern the True Christ from False Ones? (II)
On that morning, Sister Bai stood up from her seat, smiled and said, “Brothers and sisters, peace to you in the Lord! Thanks the Lord for preparing an opportunity for us. Today, we will continue to fellowship about the truth concerning ‘how to discern the true Christ from false Christs.’ If you have any questions, please feel free to ask, and then we seek together. The Lord said, ‘Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you: For every one that asks receives; and he that seeks finds; and to him that knocks it shall be opened.’ (Matthew 7:7-8) I believe God will enlighten and guide us to understand this aspect of truth.” After hearing her words, I felt Sister Bai was kind, and then asked her, “Sister, I’d like to ask you a question first. Now that the is God Himself, why did He call the God in heaven Father? Yet in John 10:30, He said, ‘I and my Father are one.’ What is all this about?” Sister Bai replied, “Let me read a passage of words to you.” Then, she took out a book from her bag, and opened it and read, “‘When Jesus called the God in heaven Father in His prayer at that time, He did it just in the position of a created man. That was only because God’s Spirit had put on an ordinary and normal man and had the outer shell of a created being. Although in Him was God’s Spirit, outwardly He was still a normal man, that is, He became what all people, as well as Jesus Himself, call the “Son of man.” When a son of man is mentioned, it refers to a man (who, a male or female, had a human outer shell) born into a family of an ordinary and normal man. So, when Jesus called the God in heaven Father, it was the same as you called the God in heaven Father at that time, and He called in the position of a created man. Do you still remember the Lord’s Prayer Jesus taught you, “Our Father in heaven….”? He asked all people to call the God in heaven Father like that. Since He also called the God in heaven Father, He called him that way in a position equal to yours. Since you called the God in heaven Father like that, Jesus regarded Himself as a man (God’s son) selected by God on earth who had a position equal to yours. If you call God Father, isn’t it also because you are created beings? No matter how great was Jesus’ authority on earth, before He was crucified, He was still a Son of man directed by the (God) and was one of the created beings on earth, for He had not completed the work. So He called the God in heaven Father, which is His humbleness and obedience.’ (from The Word Appears in the Flesh) With regard to the question raised by Sister Liang, the following is my understanding according to this passage of words: When Jesus called the God in heaven Father, He did it just in the position of a created man. That was because God’s Spirit assumed an ordinary and normal flesh. Although in Him was God’s Spirit, outwardly He was still a normal man, that is, He became the ‘Son of man.’ So, He called the God in heaven Father in a position equal to ours. Christ’s humbleness, hiddenness, and submission are the natural expressions of His divine substance. Meanwhile, Christ personally taught us how to to God. Just like we, as parents, taught children to call us dad and mom when they were young and understood nothing. But as a matter of fact, we are their dad and mom. We said that way just in order to teach them to speak, so did Jesus say that in order to teach us.” Brothers and sisters were suddenly enlightened, “Ah! That’s how it is!”
At that moment, Sister Qiu eagerly asked Bai Jie, “Sister, last time, you fellowshipped with us that the characteristic of false Christs is to show great signs and wonders in the name of God to deceive man, so the Lord won’t perform miracles when He returns. But why? Is it just for us to discern the true Christ from false Christs? Tell us quickly, please!” Sister Bai went on, “Surely it’s not merely because of this. We have mentioned before that God has a principle in His working, that is, He does not repeat His work. This can be seen from the previous works done by God: God destroyed the world by flood, yet destroyed Sodom by fire; God issued the laws in the Old Testament Age of Law, and He no longer did this in the Age of Grace. Likewise, since the Lord that He would surely return, when He returns He will no longer do the work of healing the sick and casting out demons, and performing miracles. So, if we come to know the principle—God does not duplicate His work, we’ll recognize the ones who show great signs and wonders as false Christs. This is unquestionable. Besides, God does a different work in every stage; behind it there lies a deeper meaning. Let’s read another passage of words, ‘In each age God manifests His different deeds, and in one age He manifests part of His deeds. The work in each age represents part of God’s disposition and represents part of God’s deeds. As the ages in which God works are different, the deeds He manifests are different. In any case, His purpose is to cause people to know Him more deeply and believe in Him more solidly and truly. People believe in God because of all His deeds. God is so wonderful, so great and almighty, and unfathomable, so people believe in Him. If you believe in God because He can perform signs and wonders and can heal the sick and drive out demons, then your viewpoint is not right. In that case, some will say, “Can’t evil spirits also do such things?” Then won’t God’s image be confused with Satan’s image? Today people believe in God because of His many deeds and because of His many works and many ways of speaking. By speaking, God conquers and perfects people. People believe in God because of His many deeds, not because He can perform signs and wonders, and they know about Him because they see His deeds. Only through knowing God’s practical deeds, how He works, what wise ways He uses, how He speaks, and how He perfects man, only through knowing these aspects, can you understand His practicalness and have some knowledge about His disposition.’ (from The Word Appears in the Flesh) From these words we can see that God’s being is so bountiful. In each stage, God does a different work to manifest His deeds and His disposition so that we can have a more real and practical faith in Him. The Lord will do a greater work when He returns, which will surely be a work beyond the capability of any false Christs.” I asked, “Ah, I get a little understanding now. But how can we recognize the Lord when He returns? What work will He do?”
Sister Bai responded calmly, “Sister, we can investigate further from the about how to discern the substances of the true Christ and false Christs. If we are clear about this vision, we’ll easily recognize the Lord when He comes back. Let’s first read Luke 9:18-20, ‘And it came to pass, as he was alone praying, his disciples were with him: and he asked them, saying, Whom say the people that I am? They answering said, John the Baptist; but some say, Elias; and others say, that one of the old prophets is risen again. He said to them, But whom say you that I am? Peter answering said, The Christ of God.’ These verses show that we can discern it from Christ’s being. The Lord Jesus performed so many miracles and healed so many sick people, but He never showed His identity. From this we can see that Christ’s substance is humbleness and hiddenness. In Christ, there is no arrogance and conceit, and He never shows off Himself. He did such great work, but except Peter who got the enlightenment from God, no one recognized that the Lord Jesus is Christ. Let’s read another two passages of words, and we’ll be clearer, ‘There are some who are possessed by evil spirits and persistently cry out, “I am God!” Yet in the end, they cannot remain standing, for they act on behalf of the wrong being. They represent Satan and the Holy Spirit pays them no attention. However emphatically you speak or strongly you cry out, you are still a created being and one that belongs to Satan. I never cry out that I am God, I am the beloved Son of God! But the work I do is God’s work. Need I shout? There is no need for exaltation. God does His work Himself and does not need for man to accord Him a status or honorific title, and His work is sufficient to represent His identity and status.’ ‘Those other than Christ who claim to be Christ do not have Christ’s attributes at all. By making a comparison with the arrogant and self-exalting disposition of the false Christs, you will know what kind of flesh is Christ. The more a person is a false Christ, the more he will exhibit himself, and the more he will perform signs and wonders to deceive people. He who is a false Christ does not have God’s attributes, and He who is Christ does not have any element of a false Christ. God is incarnated only for the purpose of completing His work in the flesh and not just for people to see Him. He lets His work prove His identity and lets His manifestation prove His substance. His substance is not spoken about without a basis, and His identity is not usurped by Himself but is determined by His work and His substance.’” (from The Word Appears in the Flesh)
After hearing that, I was a little confused, “Christ is so humble and hidden; then, isn’t it more difficult for us to recognize Him when He comes?” Sister Qiu was more eager to ask her, “Sister, Christ never exhibits Himself or proclaims that He is God Himself; then, isn’t it more difficult for us to recognize Him?” “Yeah, how can we recognize Him?” Brothers and sisters talked in confusion.
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