Answer: To answer this question, let’s read two passages of Almighty God’s words and see how Almighty God phrased it. Almighty God says, “What is the most basic principle in seeking the true way? You have to look at whether or not there is the work of the Holy Spirit, whether or not these words are the expression of the truth, who is testified, and what it can bring you.” (from “Only Those Who Know God and His Work Can Satisfy God” in The Word Appears in the Flesh)
“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 God incarnate, the key is to pay attention to His substance (His work, His words, His disposition, and many more), rather than external appearance.” (from “Preface” to The Word Appears in the Flesh)
Brothers and sisters, the true way is the work done by God Himself. Since that’s God’s own work, there will be the expression of the truth and the Holy Spirit’s work. We testify the “Eastern Lighting” as the true way and Almighty God as the incarnate God. This is because Almighty God has come to express various truths, and He judges and purifies mankind, and accomplishes His work plan of purifying and saving man in the last days.
Almighty God says, “… when God becomes flesh this time, His work is to express His disposition, primarily through chastisement and judgment. Using this as the foundation, He brings more truth to man, shows more ways of practice, and so achieves His objective of conquering man and saving man from his corrupt disposition. This is what lies behind the work of God in the Age of Kingdom.” (from “Preface” to The Word Appears in the Flesh)
“Through this work of judgment and chastisement, man will fully come to know the filthy and corrupt substance within him, and he will be able to completely change and become clean. Only in this way can man be worthy to return before the throne of God. All the work done this day is so that man can be made clean and be changed; through judgment and chastisement by the word, as well as refinement, man can cast away his corruption and be made pure. Rather than deeming this stage of work to be that of salvation, it would be more apt to say it is the work of purification.” (from “The Mystery of the Incarnation (4)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh)
Almighty God has expressed all the truths for mankind to know God and to find salvation, disclosing each and every mystery of His management plan, like the purpose of His six-thousand-year management, His working principles, the inside truth of His three stages of work, the mystery and significance of His incarnation, how man has developed up till today, the future destination of mankind, the truth of the Bible, and the significance of His names, and so on. All these are mysteries that man can’t fathom. In Almighty God’s words, mankind’s corrupt substance and roots are both thoroughly revealed. In the severe judgment of God’s words, we have true knowledge of our own corruption and ugliness, like our arrogance, conceit, selfishness and baseness. Meanwhile, we understand the truth, have true knowledge of God’s righteous disposition, and feel reverence for God, which changes our life disposition to different degrees, and gradually delivers us from the fallen cycle of sin and confession. And this fully proves that Almighty God’s work is the true way. Almighty God’s word is the truth, the way, and the life, full of authority and power. It can purify man and save them. Besides God, who else can help man break away from the bondage of sin? Besides God, who else can reveal the mysteries that were hidden for thousands of years?
Only God is the truth, the way, and the life; only God can bestow the way of eternal life upon man; only by accepting the truth expressed by Christ of the last days can we find eternal salvation. Now let’s read more of Almighty God’s words.
Almighty God says, “God Himself is life, and the truth, and His life and truth coexist. Those who are incapable of gaining the truth shall never gain life. Without the guidance, support, and provision of the truth, you shall only gain letters, doctrines, and, moreover, death. God’s life is ever-present, and His truth and life coexist. If you cannot find the source of truth, then you will not gain the nourishment of life; if you cannot gain the provision of life, then you will surely have no truth, and so apart from imaginations and conceptions, the entirety of your body shall be nothing but flesh, your stinking flesh. Know that the words of books do not count as life, the records of history cannot be feted as the truth, and the doctrines of the past cannot serve as an account of words presently spoken by God. Only that which is expressed by God when He comes to earth and lives among man is the truth, life, God’s will, and His actual manner of working.” (from “Only Christ of the Last Days Can Give Man the Way of Eternal Life” in The Word Appears in the Flesh)
“Christ of the last days brings life, and brings the enduring and everlasting way of truth. This truth is the path through which man shall gain life, and the only path by which man shall know God and be approved by God. If you do not seek the way of life provided by Christ of the last days, then you shall never gain the approval of Jesus, and shall never be qualified to enter the gate of the kingdom of heaven, for you are both a puppet and prisoner of history. Those who are controlled by regulations, by letters, and shackled by history will never be able to gain life, and will never be able to gain the perpetual way of life. That is because all they have is turbid water that has lain stagnant for thousands of years, instead of the water of life that flows from the throne. Those who are not supplied with the water of life will forever remain corpses, playthings of Satan, and sons of hell….” (from “Only Christ of the Last Days Can Give Man the Way of Eternal Life” in The Word Appears in the Flesh)
Almighty God’s word and work is the salvation that God grants to mankind in the last days, and the only path for us to be saved in the last days. The Bible says what’s of God will increase and what’s of man will decrease. Today, only about twenty years after Almighty God began His work on earth, God’s kingdom gospel, despite the resistance and persecution from the CCP and the religious world, is still as irresistible as the mighty tide. Right now, it’s spreading throughout Mainland China as well as many other countries in the world. Nowadays, it’s spreading further to all nations, all places. More and more who thirst for God’s appearance have made their way back to Almighty God’s family. Almighty God’s kingdom gospel, despite all the oppression, has spread rapidly to all corners of the earth. It’s the very proof of the Holy Spirit’s work. This fulfills the word “What is of God will increase” and testifies to the world that Almighty God is the Lord Jesus’ return and that the “Eastern Lightning” is the true way.
from the movie script of Break Through the Snare