By Yang Laidi I’m Yang Laidi, sixty-two years old this year. In 1985, because my husband had health problems, our […]
Can You Discern the True Christ from the False Ones? (III)
At that time, Sister Bai said with assurance, “Brothers and sisters, we don’t need to worry about it. As the words I read just now, ‘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) So, as long as we investigate and seek with an open mind when Christ returns, we’ll recognize His substance and identity from His new work and manifestation. As the Lord ‘ said, My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:’ (John 10:27) Brothers and sisters, how do we hear the voice of God?” Sister Wang replied, “Doesn’t it mean listening to His words?” Sister Bai continued, “Yes, from the , we can figure out that the will utter His voice when He returns. Let’s continue to read several verses in the Bible, ‘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) The word, ‘He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit said to the churches,’ is also mentioned many times in Revelation. From these verses we can conclude: When the Lord returns, He will do the work of the word, which is to express the truth, and use the truth to judge all nations and all peoples and end the old age. It’s known to us that only the Lord , ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life….’ The work Christ returns to do is to supply the truth to man, show the way to man, and bestow the way of eternal life unto man. This is beyond the ability of any man. No matter how strongly false Christs cry out, can they express the truth?” Brothers and sisters replied in chorus, “No!”
Sister Bai went on fellowshipping, “It is recorded in Isaiah 41:21-24, ‘Produce your cause, said the LORD; bring forth your strong reasons, said the King of Jacob. Let them bring them forth, and show us what shall happen: let them show the former things, what they be, that we may consider them, and know the latter end of them; or declare us things for to come. Show the things that are to come hereafter, that we may know that you are gods: yes, do good, or do evil, that we may be dismayed, and behold it together. Behold, you are of nothing, and your work of nothing: an abomination is he that chooses you.’ Besides, I’ll read another passage of words to you, ‘God become flesh is called Christ, and so the Christ that can give people the truth is called God. There is nothing excessive about this, for He possesses the substance of God, and possesses God’s disposition, and wisdom in His work, that are unattainable by man. Those who call themselves Christ, yet cannot do the work of God, are frauds. Christ is not merely the manifestation of God on earth, but instead, the particular flesh assumed by God as He carries out and completes His work among man. This flesh is not one that can be replaced by just any man, but one that can adequately bear God’s work on earth, and express the disposition of God, and well represent God, and provide man with life. Sooner or later, those fake Christs will all fall, for although they claim to be Christ, they possess none of the substance of Christ. And so I say that the authenticity of Christ cannot be defined by man, but is answered and decided by God Himself.’ (from The Word Appears in the Flesh) From these words we can see: No matter whether the ones are false gods or false Christs, they are incapable of doing the work of God, for they don’t possess God’s substance. Therefore, they’ll be stunned if you ask them to talk about God’s work of the past, present, and future. Yet, Christ knows the things of the past, present, and future like the palm of His hand, because these works are exactly what He did, does and will do. When we know these, we can distinguish the true Christ from false ones according to the substance of Christ, the works He does, and the disposition He expresses, and then we’ll no longer fear the deceit of false Christs. When one claims himself as Christ, we can take a notebook and a pen, listen to him and make notes of what he says to see whether he can express the truth. The false can’t express even a single word of truth, and nor can he do the work of God. If we are serious with him, he’ll flee in panic.” Brothers and sisters laughed with ease. Sister Bai Jie continued to fellowship, “So, brothers and sisters, there shall arise false Christs in the last days, but it’s not fearful. If we grasp the principles of discernment, we’ll not shut the door on the true Christ for fear of false Christs.” On hearing Sister’s fellowship, I felt brightened in my heart and felt unprecedentedly relaxed. I thought to myself, “Yeah, we have been always guarding against false Christs for these many years, and adopting the method of no listening, no reading, and no receiving. How foolish is this method! If we blindly guard against the false with such practices, we’ll bolt the returned Lord Jesus out; then aren’t we resisting God while believing in Him? Besides, we’ll lose the salvation of the Lord because of our foolish practices.” At that moment, my long-slumbering heart began to awaken. I eagerly wanted to hear more, so I invited Sister Bai to my home to have lunch.
After lunch, my husband said, “Sister Bai, please make a prayer for us, and fellowship more with us.” Sister Bai said humbly, “All right. My knowledge is also limited; let’s fellowship together to complement each other.” Then, Sister Bai began to , “The only true God who created the heavens and earth and all things. Thank You for carrying us through the morning. By Your enlightenment and illumination, we have a little knowledge of the truth about ‘how to discern the true Christ from false Christs.’ Because of understanding a little truth, we felt released and relaxed in spirit. May all the glory be to You! And again, You prepared such a fairly good afternoon for us. May You keep leading and guiding us, and supply us with the truth we should understand. May all the glory be to You….” On hearing her prayer, I felt it fresh. She didn’t say much in the prayer, yet without a single empty word. Her prayer was devout and practical, and was true reliance on the Lord and true praise to the Lord. After the prayer, I couldn’t help asking her, “Sister, your fellowship today broadened my horizon, and your prayer is new and fresh to me as well. We believed in God almost the same time. How could you attain these knowledge? Where does the book you read in the morning come from? Have you heard sermons of some spiritual persons? Could you take me to listen? Our church does need such persons to shepherd us.” Sister Bai hastened to say, “We are the same. If it were not for God’s enlightenment, I would speak out nothing. All the glory be to God. In actuality, all my understanding of the truth is from this book.” Then, Sister Bai took out a book titled “The Word Appears in the Flesh” from her bag. My husband and I looked at it with curiosity. At that moment, Sister Bai said, “This morning, we fellowshipped that the Lord Jesus will come to do the work of the word and to express the truth when He returns. In fact, the Lord Jesus has become flesh again amongst man. He is , Christ of the last days. Almighty God expresses millions of words of truth to supply and lead mankind, and tells us all the truth that man needs to know and enter into, such as the inside stories and mysteries of the works done by God since the creation, His present work and the work to do, and so on. The words I read these days concerning ‘how to discern the true Christ from false Christs’ are the truth expressed by Almighty God—Christ of the last days.” My husband and I said in stunned surprise, “Ah?! The Lord Jesus really comes back? Then, how can we better recognize that Almighty God is the returned Christ in the last days?” Sister Bai opened the book “The Word Appears in the Flesh” and said, “Sister Liang, let’s read a passage of Almighty , ‘To study such a thing is not difficult, but requires each of us to know this truth: He who is God’s incarnation shall hold the substance of God, and He who is God’s incarnation shall hold the expression of God. Since God becomes flesh, He shall bring forth the work He must do, and since God becomes flesh, He shall express what He is, and shall be able to bring the truth to man, bestow life upon man, and show man the way. Flesh that does not contain the substance of God is surely not the incarnate God; of this there is no doubt. To investigate whether it is God’s incarnate flesh, man must determine this from the disposition He expresses and the words He speaks. Which is to say, whether or not it is God’s incarnate flesh, and whether or not it is the true way, must be judged from His substance. And so, in determining whether it is the flesh of , the key is to pay attention to His substance (His works, His words, His disposition, and many more), rather than external appearance.’ (from The Word Appears in the Flesh) Almighty God’s words make it quite plain: As long as we investigate carefully with our hearts, we’ll recognize that He is the Christ returning to flesh in the last days from many aspects such as His words, works, disposition, and so on.” My husband and I said happily, “These words are great! We’re no longer afraid that we can’t discern the true Christ from false Christs. We should investigate carefully….”
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