There are so many churches in the world today, but most of them do not follow the gospel of the new covenant, which Jesus taught and put into practice as an example for us. Most so-called Christians insist that they can be saved if they just believe in Jesus. They claim to read the Bible, but actually they overlook Christ’s teaching described in the Bible that we must have faith with deeds. This is the reality of Christianity.
Even though they know the words of God, if they do not put them into practice, they cannot correctly understand God’s will contained in the commands and laws of God, nor can they participate in God’s work of salvation, either. Knowing can be referred to as theory, and doing as practice. Through the principles of this world as well, we can see that nothing can be accomplished unless theory and practice are harmonized.
It is the same with our faith. Knowing is important, but doing is more important. God teaches us that our faith should not only be based on knowledge but be accompanied by action. Now let’s confirm this will of God through the Bible.
What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead … You foolish man, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless? Was not our ancestor Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did … As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead. Jas 2:14-26
Just knowing the words of God cannot lead us to salvation. God has said that we must keep the new covenant to receive eternal life. If we just know these words of God and do not put them into practice, can our mere knowledge save our souls? Faith alone cannot save us; it can save us completely only when accompanied by action.
It is “faith with deeds” that God wants us to have. The way of the new covenant brings blessings only to those who follow it.
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it—he will be blessed in what he does. Jas 1:22-25
When we practice the way of the new covenant—its regulations and teachings on prayer, preaching, love for brothers and sisters and so on, we can understand its meaning correctly. So, there is a big difference in faith between those who just hear the truth of the covenant and those who put it into practice.
Even though a man is well acquainted with tens of thousands of theories and able to find Bible verses very quickly, if he does not put the Word into practice, all the theories he has are of no use to his soul. If he knows what God has commanded and does not put it into practice, it might be better for him not to know it (Lk 12:47-48).
We must not only hear the word of God, but we should put into practice whatever God says—even if it is something small. When we have this attitude of faith and obey God’s word joyfully, we are worthy of being called the people of God.
Who is wise? He will realize these things. Who is discerning? He will understand them. The ways of the LORD are right; the righteous walk in them, but the rebellious stumble in them. Hos 14:9
Walking in the ways of God becomes a heavy burden for sinners, and they finally stumble in them. But the righteous, who have received the blessing of the forgiveness of sins, take pleasure in following the ways of God. As we continue to keep the Sabbath, we come to realize the blessings God gives us through the Sabbath, so we are able to keep it with joy. It is the same with preaching. Through preaching, we can taste an indescribable joy while watching each individual soul grow to be a child of God, and we become more willing to participate in preaching. Without preaching, we can never have such a joyful and rewarding experience.
All the laws of the new covenant God has commanded us to keep are not beyond human capabilities; everyone can put them into practice. What is important is whether or not we have the will to do so; we can be blessed or not, according to whether or not we have the will to put God’s word into practice. If we hesitate to practice the word of God, using our age, gender or circumstance as an excuse, we cannot understand the true will of God who has given us the way of the new covenant, nor can we realize its value. Meanwhile, we will waste our life pursuing empty and meaningless things.
If you want to eat fruit from a persimmon tree, you need to make a positive effort to prepare a long pole or a ladder for picking the persimmon. It will never fall down for you if you just wait under the tree.
In the whole process of walking the path of the gospel, no matter how difficult your situation is, if you have the will to do the will of God, the way will surely be opened. Pray and ask God. Prayer is the way to overcome all the hindrances of Satan and to be clothed with the power of the Holy Spirit to carry out the will of God (Mk 9:28-29). If you continually devote yourself to prayer, your faith gradually grows stronger, so you can overcome any hardship and receive much blessing in the end.
If we are true Christians, we should not only know the path of sacrifice God walked on this earth to save mankind but also follow the sacrificial path of God. Jesus Himself set us an example that we should do as He had done for us, and Elohim who have come as the Spirit and the Bride Themselves are also setting examples for us to follow.
Now we are living in the age of prophecy when we should save the whole world. As the prophetic protagonists, we know what prophecies are awaiting their fulfillment. Nevertheless, if we do not move or act according to God’s commands, how can the work of world evangelism be accomplished?
We, who are living in this age, have a certain mission from God.
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Mt 28:18-20
This is also a command of God, which we must carry out. We must not just wait for the coming of God without having any will or plan or effort to put the will of God into practice. Instead, we should actively participate in the fulfillment of the prophecies, so that the day of salvation will come as soon as possible.
God does not command us to do what is impossible for us or beyond our ability. God has already prepared the way for the gospel to be preached to Samaria and to the ends of the earth, and then commanded us to “go.”
In the 1950s and 60s, Korea was one of the world’s poorest countries, but its economy grew fast enough to surprise the world, and Korea has now emerged as an economic power. It has occurred in accordance with God’s providence to accomplish world evangelism. God is opening all the doors for us to go to Samaria and to the ends of the earth to preach the gospel of the new covenant. Therefore, when God commands us to “go,” we just have to go, relying on God’s power. Then everything will go smoothly.
“And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” Mt 24:14
2,000 years ago, Jesus prophesied that the gospel of the kingdom would be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations. Just as there is a season for farming, so there is a time for a prophecy to be fulfilled. Now is the time when the prophecies are being fulfilled. Let us not miss this opportunity, and take action without hesitation.
If we believe that everything Jesus said will surely be fulfilled and will bring us blessings, we should go forward with faith, without complaining about our circumstances. Look at the cases of the members who went abroad by depending on God’s power. God went ahead of them and made smooth the way for them, so that they could concentrate fully on preaching the gospel of the new covenant. As a result, the light of life has shone on the spiritually dark continents, spreading rapidly even into unknown lands, and the people living in the land of the shadow of death are now seeing the light and receiving God, who is the true light, with joy. If they had only heard God’s words, “Go into the whole world and preach the message of the gospel to all people,” and none of them had taken action, those gracious results would not have been brought forth.
We know that all of us must participate in the gospel work of saving the world. From now on, let us put it into action instead of only knowing it. For this, we should continually devote ourselves to prayer, so that we can store up our spiritual power to fully carry out the will of God.
And he said to me, “Son of man, listen carefully and take to heart all the words I speak to you. Go now to your countrymen in exile and speak to them. Say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says,’ whether they listen or fail to listen.” … “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me … when I speak to you, I will open your mouth and you shall say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says.’ Whoever will listen let him listen, and whoever will refuse let him refuse; for they are a rebellious house.” Eze 3:10-27
We have been entrusted with the mission to give the world warning from God. We do not need to worry that people may not listen to the Word because of their rebellious hearts. In regard to salvation, there is nothing we can judge or conclude.
We should just preach the message of the gospel to all people, whether they listen or fail to listen. Among them there are surely God’s children. So if we continue to preach, they will listen to God’s word and return to God. Let me give you an example. When we preach the gospel, sometimes the person who is likely to hear God’s word refuses to listen, and instead the person who is least likely to listen gives ear to the Word and comes to God. And through that one person, many souls are led to God.
When God gave us the mission to preach the gospel, He did not mean that we should deliver the Word only to those who are willing to listen and also did not mean that we should judge people in advance, thinking, ‘Is this person a child of God? Or is that person a child of God?’ We just have to preach the Word to all people, entrusting the results to God. If we continue to do as God has told us, many souls will listen to the gospel, understand it and come to God, through which God will be glorified and we ourselves will also be blessed.
“I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh. Then they will follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. They will be my people, and I will be their God.” Eze 11:19-20
God has said that when the time of prophecy comes, He will give all His children an undivided heart, so that the gospel can be accelerated. Having an undivided heart means following God wherever He goes, that is, acting with the same mind as God.
Now is the time for the prophecy to be fulfilled. Since the Bible says that there is a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven, we should all participate together in the work of world evangelism, before all the prophecies are fulfilled—before it is too late. With an undivided heart—with the same heart as that of God who desires to save the whole world, let us preach the gospel of the kingdom of heaven to all people, so that we can receive many rewards and blessings from God who repays us according to what we have done.