On the day when God tells us to cease all our efforts, each of us will look back at our past years of laboring. All the traces of the gospel which we have left will be recorded in heaven and we will be judged to see if we have walked the path of faith deserving the blessings of heaven.
Before that day sweeps on like chaff, we have to reflect upon whether or not we are fully prepared to enter into the kingdom of heaven. As we look into the parable of the ten virgins in the Bible, the five were ready and met the bridegroom, while the other five were not fully prepared and missed their chance to get into the wedding banquet (Matt 25:1-13).
There are lots of things we have to prepare. First and foremost, we must have God in us to the fullest. It is important whether or not we fully rely on God. We should avoid all kinds of worldly thoughts and desires that lead to eternal death and always dwell in God rather than waste our God-given time doing meaningless things. Believing firmly that all the prophecies written in the Bible will surely be fulfilled, we are to put more effort into saving souls, without wasting a minute-not even a second.
Every saint of God is a place where God dwells-the temple of God. We, God’s people, are to always put God in the center of our life and be holy, as God is holy.
Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him; for God’s temple is sacred, and you are that temple. 1 Cor 3:16-17
The above verse says that if anyone defiles God’s temple, God will destroy him. The temple of God is defiled by idolatry. When we look at the Old Testament history, we can see that when the temple of God was filled with all sorts of idols, it provoked God to anger and brought disaster. On the contrary, Kings Hezekiah and Josiah purified the temple by destroying all the idols through the Passover, so that they were blessed by God.
Unless we correctly understand God who lives in us, we come to commit foolish acts of worshiping idols instead of God. It is just like the Israelites claimed to serve God but worshiped all sorts of idols such as Baal and Asherah in the temple, not realizing that fact.
Keeping in mind that we are God’s temple, we are to perform our function as the temple of God-as the temple of the LORD in the age of the Father, as the temple of Jesus Christ in the age of the Son and as the temple of the Spirit and the Bride-Elohim Gods-in the age of the Holy Spirit. The Apostle Paul always had God within him.
“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Gal 2:20
May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. …Finally, let no one cause me trouble, for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus. Gal 6:14-17
“I have been crucified with Christ.” By these words Paul meant that he had died spiritually to himself. When I myself am crucified and dead to sin and only when Christ lives in me, I can be a true Christian.
Paul made lots of efforts to help God’s people fill their hearts with Christ, not with worldly things, teaching them God’s word, giving them hope for heaven and confessing his faith in public. By doing so, he began to imitate Christ in His suffering.
If we have God within us, God’s will and work will be revealed through our actions. If anyone wears perfume, the scent will be emitted from him or her. Likewise, if we have God within us, we will emit the aroma of God.
Those who embrace Elohim Gods have a burning fervor to save all mankind just as They do. They have the aroma of heavenly Father and Mother, who do not break a bruised reed and do not snuff out a smoldering wick, who love Their children and patiently wait for them to turn to the way of repentance and salvation.
Through all ages, many people have made every effort to cultivate their minds and hearts, but none of them have attained a perfect personality by their own efforts. Our personality naturally changes if we have God within us. Only when Christ lives in us, we are able to participate in the “divine nature” (2 Pet 1:4). Since the Apostle Paul realized it fully, he spared no efforts until Christ lived in him and until Christ was formed in the saints.
… My dear children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you, Gal 4:17-19
The saints of the Early Church went through a lot of trial and error until God was formed in them. As they did not fully receive God into their hearts, some members of the Churches in Corinth, Galatia, etc., went astray; some of them loved this world and deserted the truth like Demas. Paul’s heart ached for them, and he willingly went through the pains of childbirth for the saints until Christ was completely formed in their mind.
Unless God is formed in us, we cannot become partakers of the divine nature described in the Bible. As Jesus said, “If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit” (John 15:5), we can bear the fruit of the Holy Spirit if we become one with God. So God said through the Apostle Paul as follows:
So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. … The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other. Gal 5:16-26
If we live by the Spirit, worldly desires find no place in our mind. When we let the Spirit direct our lives, all the desires of the sinful nature will be removed. However, if we live according to the sinful nature, our hearts will not be filled with the desires of the Spirit.
Those who live after the flesh cannot inherit the kingdom of God. The Bible repeatedly says that no one can enter the kingdom of heaven if he participates in the fruitless works of darkness.
Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us …But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person-such a man is an idolater-has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. … Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. … Eph 5:1-14
The above verse tells us how we should live our lives. I believe most of you have already understood it and live a gracious life. If anyone claims to live by faith but often forgets the great task of saving souls, being absorbed in the vain desires of the flesh, he must take them all away without hesitation.
When God looks down from heaven, the earth is nothing but a speck of dust and a drop of water in a bucket. To save us, who live in this small world, God left all His glory in heaven and chose a lowly path, taking on human form. If the God of love lives in us, what shall be our primary concern? ‘What should I do to lead his soul closer to salvation?’ ‘How can I help him come to God rightly?’ If Elohim God lives and works in a person, saving souls will be his greatest concern.
What about the person whose heart is full of idolatry? He is more concerned about showing off and exalting himself rather than thinking how he can help brothers and sisters come together to salvation. The devil assails such a person by various temptations. How much will God’s heart ache when He sees His children still yielding to such vain and empty things?
We can be reborn as perfect beings when we have the spirit of self-giving for the salvation of souls like Christ. A potter continually works to mold and shape clay into a vessel until it is complete. However, if it is made into the vessel he wants it to be, no longer does he need to shape the clay on the wheel, put it in the kiln and enamel it, does he?
God’s saints, who keep the commandments of God, should put what He taught them into practice. If Father and Mother live in us, we should put our whole heart and soul into saving mankind just like our Father and Mother who left Their splendid glory and came to this earth to save us.
… You, however, did not come to know Christ that way. Surely you heard of him and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. … “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold. … Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. … Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Eph 4:17-32
God told us to live a righteous and holy life, loving each other. He never taught us to indulge in dissipation, jealousy and complaint. We need to carefully examine ourselves and see if we are living the way Christ taught us. Without going through this process, no one can enter the kingdom of heaven.
Let us be kind and compassionate to one another. If Father and Mother live in our hearts, we will be indifferent to anger or jealousy and try our hardest to lead our brothers and sisters along the right path to salvation by putting God into their hearts, although we suffer the pain of childbirth, as did the Apostle Paul. When our hearts are moved by such meaningful work, each of us can be called a true Christian with the heart of Christ.
Father and Mother have sealed us with the promised Holy Spirit and made us children of promise, so that we may inherit the kingdom of heaven. As Isaac received Abraham’s inheritance, so we are given the promise of God, being called “children of promise like Isaac” (Gal 4:28). What if we neglect God’s word, easily become hot-tempered and greedy, thinking that we are going to heaven because we have received the promise of God? Can we enter heaven? Certainly not. God says that even a blessed person will be deprived of the blessing given to him if he becomes unworthy of it and will be judged according to His words.
Now we must hurry up and prepare ourselves so that Christ may be formed in us. Even though our personality does not change overnight, we need to try harder, giving up negative thinking: ‘I can’t do.’ If we only have Father and Mother in us, all our problems will be solved.
Through the Bible, let’s see Father and Mother cleansing us from sin and impurity.
“On that day a fountain will be opened to the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and impurity.” Zech 13:1
On that day living water will flow out from Jerusalem, half to the eastern sea and half to the western sea, in summer and in winter. Zech 14:8
“‘For I will take you out of the nations; I will gather you from all the countries and bring you back into your own land. I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols.’” Ezek 36:24-26
It is God our Father, the Holy Spirit, who has come in the name of David in this age. And the Jerusalem above represents our Mother (Gal 4:26). The Bible says that a fountain will be opened to the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and impurity. According to this prophecy, our heavenly Father and Mother are cleansing Their children, who abide in Them, from sin and impurity, with the water of life.
God cleanses us with the living water and puts a new spirit in us. He removes from us our heart of stone, which makes us get offended or angry over words that hurt us even in the smallest way and makes us turn away from the truth, and gives us a heart of flesh. This is possible when we have our heavenly Father and Mother-the spring of living water-in us. When we always think of Father and Mother and consider carefully Their will, we can be changed into the image of Christ, as the people who are taught by Him.
The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life. Rev 22:17
Father and Mother call us to take the water of life freely. We, who are invited to this banquet, should always have Father and Mother within us. Let us view everything that has nothing to do with our salvation, such as quarrelling, anger and impatience, in the light of the will of Father and Mother. ‘If Father and Mother were in this situation, would They get angry and speak harshly? Would They neglect Their ministry of preaching the gospel because of things like this?’ Let us always ask our Father and Mother in us.
I see my brothers and sisters in Zion becoming perfect in faith day after day by putting their faith into action. I hear many say that they would get angry easily towards brothers and sisters over trifle things before but now all the Church members look so beautiful to them and their only hope is that all the members will keep the faith till the end and go to heaven together. Those who do not have the heart of God may consider them foolish and scoff at them. However, we are to have God at our center and try to live in accordance with the teachings of God.
It is not easy to have Christ formed in us. However, God gives generously to us if we ask Him. Let us earnestly ask Father and Mother, so that They will always live in us. Then we will be able to spread the aroma of Christ throughout the whole world. By having Christ be fully formed in us, let’s lead many souls to salvation.