It is written that the Bible is God-breathed. Why do you say that the Bible is not all God’s words?

The answer from God’s word:

“The Bible is not completely a record of God’s personal utterance. It is only an account of the first two stages of God’s work. Part of it is the record of the prophecies of the prophets, and part of it is the experiences and knowledge written by the men used by God throughout the past generations. It is unavoidable that man’s experiences are mixed with human views and knowledge. In these many books, some words are men’s notions, prejudices, and erroneous understandings. Of course, most of the words are from the inspiration and enlightenment of the Holy Spirit and are correct understandings, but still they cannot be said to be completely accurate expression of the truth. Their views on certain things were simply their own experiential knowledge or the inspiration from the Holy Spirit. The prophecies of the prophets were revealed by God personally. For example, the prophecies spoken by Isaiah and by Daniel, Ezra, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel at that time were revealed directly by the Holy Spirit. They were foretellers, men who received the spirit of prophecy. They were all prophets of the Old Testament. In the Age of the Law, these men who received revelation from Jehovah spoke many prophecies, which were directly revealed by Jehovah.

People of today always believe that the Bible is God and God is the Bible, and they believe that God spoke just so many words in the Bible and all the words in the Bible were spoken by God. Even all the believers in God believe this: Although the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments were written by men, they were God-breathed and are a record of the words of the Holy Spirit. This is man’s erroneous understanding and is not completely factual. Actually, apart from the books of prophecy, the books in the Old Testament are mostly records of history. In the epistles of the New Testament, some are of man’s experiences, and some are from the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. For example, the epistles written by Paul were of man’s work, and they were all inspired by the Holy Spirit. They were letters written to the churches and were his exhortations and encouragements to the brothers and sisters of the churches, not words spoken by the Holy Spirit. He could not speak on behalf of the Holy Spirit, and he was not a prophet, much less had he seen visions. Those letters were written to the several churches of that time such as Ephesus, Philadelphia, and Galatia. Therefore, Paul’s epistles in the New Testament were the letters he wrote to those churches, and they were not revelations from the Holy Spirit or words directly from the Holy Spirit, but were only Paul’s exhortations, consolations, and encouragements to the churches during the time he worked and were also a record of the many works he did at that time. They were written to all the brothers and sisters in the Lord and were simply to have the brothers and sisters in all the churches at that time listen to his exhortations and walk in all the ways of the Lord Jesus. He did not say that the churches at that time and in the future must eat and drink what was from him or that his words were completely from God. He only fellowshipped with the brothers and sisters according to the conditions of the churches at that time, exhorting them and stirring up their faith. He only gave preachings or gave admonishments and exhortations; he spoke according to his burden, and by these words he sustained those people. As he worked as an apostle to all the churches at that time and was a worker used by the Lord Jesus, he had to be responsible for the churches and had to take charge of the work of the churches and know the states of the brothers and sisters. So, he wrote letters to all the brothers and sisters in the Lord. All his words that edified others and were positive were right, but his words could not represent the words of the Holy Spirit and could not represent God. If people consider the records of man’s experiences and man’s epistles as the words the Holy Spirit speaks to the churches, it is a greatly wrong view, and it is a great blasphemy! This is especially so with Paul’s epistles to the churches. For he wrote letters to the brothers and sisters according to the situations and the conditions of the churches at that time so as to exhort the brothers and sisters in the Lord, so that they could receive grace from the Lord Jesus; he wrote them to encourage the brothers and sisters of that time. It can be said to be a burden of his own and also a burden given to him by the Holy Spirit. After all, he was an apostle to lead all the churches at that time, and it was his responsibility to write to all the churches to give them exhortations. As his identity was only a working apostle, a sent apostle, not a prophet or a foreteller, to him his own work and the life of the brothers and sisters were most important. Therefore, he could not speak on behalf of the Holy Spirit; his words were not the words of the Holy Spirit, much less could they be said to be the words of God. For he was only a created being, not God incarnate. He was different from Jesus in identity. Jesus’ words were the words of the Holy Spirit, the words of God, because his identity was Christ—the Son of God. How could Paul be equal with him? If people consider epistles or words like Paul’s as the utterance of the Holy Spirit and worship them as God, this only means that they are too lacking in discernment. To put it seriously, aren’t they purely blaspheming God? How could man speak on behalf of God? How could people bow down to the record of man’s words and epistles as a ‘holy book,’ a ‘heavenly book’? Can man speak God’s word at will? How could man speak on behalf of God? So, could his letters to those churches not be mixed with his own thoughts or with things of his own will? It was according to his own experiences and the degree of his life that he wrote letters to the churches. Suppose Paul expressed one view in his letter to the church of Galatia and Peter expressed another view in his letter to it. Which one was from the Holy Spirit? No one can tell. So, it can only be said that they both had a burden for the church. But their letters represented their different statures, represented their supply and sustenance to the brothers and sisters, and represented their burdens for the church. They only represented man’s work but were not absolutely from the Holy Spirit. If you say that their epistles were the words of the Holy Spirit, you are absurd. It is a blasphemy! Paul’s epistles and other epistles in the New Testament are like the writings of the spiritual men of modern times. They can be mentioned in the same breath with the spiritual writings of men such as the books of Watchman Nee or the experiences of Lawrence. Only, the books written by the men of modern times are not compiled into the New Testament; but the substance of these men is the same. They are all men used by the Holy Spirit in a certain period, and they cannot directly represent God.

The Gospel of Matthew in the New Testament records the genealogy of Jesus. At its beginning, it says that Jesus was the son of Abraham, the son of David, and the son of Joseph. Following that, it says that Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin. This means that Jesus was not the son of Joseph, the son of Abraham, or the son of David. But the record in the genealogy forcedly relates Jesus to Joseph. Following the genealogy, it begins to record the course of Jesus’ birth. And then it says that Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin and was not the son of Joseph. But the genealogy clearly says that Jesus was the son of Joseph. Because the genealogy was written for Jesus, it recorded the characters of forty-two generations. When the line reaches the generation of Joseph, it immediately says that Joseph was Mary’s husband. That word was to prove that Jesus was the son of Abraham. Doesn’t this contradict the foregoing record? The genealogy clearly records the characters of Joseph’s family and is clearly Joseph’s genealogy. But Matthew asserted that it was Jesus’ genealogy. Wasn’t this denying the fact that Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit? So, wasn’t the genealogy written by Matthew something of human will? It is even more something ridiculous! So you can know that this book is not completely from the Holy Spirit at all. Maybe some people thought that God had to have a genealogy when he was on earth. So they put Jesus in the forty-second generation of the family of Abraham. It is really too ridiculous! How could God have a genealogy when he came to earth? If you say that God has a genealogy, haven’t you put God among the created beings? God is not of earth, he is the Creator, and he is different from man in essence though he is flesh, so how could you put God and created beings in the same category? Abraham could not represent God. He was an object of Jehovah’s work at that time, and he was only a faithful servant approved by Jehovah and a member of the Israelites. How could he be the ancestor of Jesus?

Who wrote the genealogy of Jesus? Did Jesus himself write it? Did Jesus personally tell them ‘write a genealogy for me’? It was written by Matthew after Jesus was crucified. At that time, Jesus did many works, but his disciples did not understand them and he did not explain them. After he left, his disciples began to preach and work everywhere. For the sake of that stage of work, they began to write letters and write the gospels. The Gospels in the New Testament were written twenty to thirty years after Jesus was crucified. Before that, the Israelites all read the Old Testament. That is, those people in the Age of the Grace all read the Old Testament. The New Testament came into being in the Age of the Grace. When Jesus did his work, there was not the New Testament. After he resurrected and ascended to heaven, men later recorded his works, and thus the four Gospels came into being. Besides, such books as Paul’s letters and Peter’s letters and Revelation appeared. More than three hundred years after Jesus ascended to heaven, men later selected them and put them together. Then the New Testament came into being. The New Testament appeared after the work was done; it did not exist before that. God did so many works, and the apostle Paul did so many works. Later, the letters written by Paul and Peter were collected together, and John’s record of the greatest vision he saw on the island of Patmos was put as the last book because it prophesied the work to be done in the end time. All these were arranged by men later. This is not so with the ‘words’ of today. Today, the records are made according to the steps of the work, and all that people contact is God’s personal works and words. There is no need for man to meddle in it. The words directly from the Spirit are arranged step by step in a proper order, different from that of men’s records. Their records were according to their education and qualities, and what they recorded was their experiences. They each had their own way of recording and had their own knowledge, and their records were all different. So, if you worship the Bible as God, you are too ignorant and too foolish!”

from “A Statement About the Bible (3)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

“Who of you would dare to say today that all the words spoken by the men used by the Holy Spirit are from the Holy Spirit? Who would dare to say so? If you say so, why was Ezra’s book of prophecy discarded? And why were the books of those ancient saints and prophets discarded? Since they were all from the Holy Spirit, why do you dare to select among them as you like? Are you entitled to select among the works of the Holy Spirit? And many stories that happened in Israel were also discarded. If you think that all the books written in former times were from the Holy Spirit, why were some of them discarded? Since they were all from the Holy Spirit, they should all have been kept and given to the brothers and sisters in the churches to read, and should not have been discarded and selected according to man’s own will. This would have been right. When I say that the experiences of men like Paul and John were mixed with their own seeing, I do not mean that their experiences and knowledge were from satan, but that they had things of their own experiences and of their own seeing. They gained their knowledge according to the actual background of their experience at the time. Who would dare to say with certainty that it was completely from the Holy Spirit? If the four Gospels were completely from the Holy Spirit, why is it that what Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John communicated about the works Jesus did at that time were different? If you do not believe, you may read the records of Peter’s denying the Lord three times in the Bible, which are different, each having its own ‘characteristics.’”

from “A Statement About Address and Identity” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

“My dissecting the Bible this way today does not mean that I loathe it or deny its value for reference. I am making clear and explaining to you its original value and its origin, lest you always be kept in the dark. For people have too many views about the Bible and most of them are wrong. Having such views about the Bible, they not only cannot gain what they should gain, but even worse it will hinder the work I want to do, and it will be a great disruption to the future work, bringing only disadvantages and no advantages. So I am only asking you to know the substance and the inside truth of the Bible. I am not asking you to not read the Bible or to preach that the Bible is a worthless book. Rather, I am asking you to have a correct knowledge and view about the Bible. Don’t be too one-sided! Although the Bible is a book of history written by man, it records many principles by which the ancient saints and prophets served God and many experiences of the recent apostles’ serving God, which are men’s true seeing and knowledge, and all these can be a reference for those who pursue the true way in the present age.”

from “A Statement About the Bible (4)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

 

Why does God judge and chastise corrupt mankind when he works in the end time?

Bible Reference

“For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God:” (1Pe 4:17)

“And I saw another angel fly in the middle of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.” (Rev 14:6-7)

The answer from God’s word:

“The end-time work is a work to divide men into their kinds and a work to end God’s management plan, because the time is near and God’s day has come. God brings into his own age all those who enter into his kingdom, that is, all those who are faithful to him to the end. But before God’s own age comes, the work God wants to do is not to inspect men’s conduct or to ask about their life but to judge their disobedience, because God wants to purify all those who come before his throne. All those who have followed God’s footsteps until today are the ones who come before God’s throne. Since this is so, everyone who accepts God’s final work is one God purifies. That is to say, everyone who accepts God’s final work is one God judges.”

from “Christ Does the Work of Judgment with the Truth” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

“The work of chastisement and judgment is essentially for purifying mankind and for the day of the final rest. Otherwise, the whole mankind cannot be after their kinds and cannot enter into rest. This work is the only pathway for mankind to enter into rest. Only the purifying work purifies mankind of all their unrighteousness, and only the work of chastisement and judgment discloses all disobedience in mankind, thereby differentiating those who can be saved from those who cannot and differentiating those who can remain from those who cannot. When the work ends, all those who can remain will have been purified and will enter into a higher state for mankind and enjoy a second and more wonderful life of mankind on earth, that is, will enter into the day of mankind’s rest and live with God. Those who cannot remain will have completely shown their true self after being chastised and judged, and then they all will be destroyed and, like satan, can no longer live on earth. There will no longer be such men among the future mankind. Such men will not be qualified to enter into the final resting place or to enter into the day of rest that God and man will enjoy together, because they are the ones to be punished, the evil ones, and not the righteous ones.”

from “God and Man Will Enter Into Rest Together” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

“In the final work of ending the age, God’s disposition is chastisement and judgment, exposing all unrighteousness, judging all peoples publicly, and perfecting those who love him with a true heart. Only such disposition can end the age. The end time has come, and all things will be after their kinds and be divided into different kinds according to their different nature. This is the very time God reveals men’s outcomes and destinations. If men do not undergo chastisement and judgment, their disobedience and unrighteousness cannot be exposed. Only through chastisement and judgment can the outcomes of all things be revealed. Only in chastisement and judgment will men show their true self. The evil will return to the evil, and the good will return to the good, and all men will be after their kinds. God will reveal the outcomes of all things through chastisement and judgment, so that he can punish the evil and reward the good and all men will become subject under his dominion. All these works can only be accomplished through the righteous chastisement and judgment. Because men have been corrupted to the utmost and their disobedience is too grievous, only God’s righteous disposition revealed in the end time, which is mainly chastisement and judgment, can thoroughly transform men and make them complete and can expose evil so that all the unrighteous men can be severely punished.If in the end time when he reveals men’s outcomes, he still loved men by bestowing endless mercy and lovingkindness to them and still treated them with love, not with righteous judgment but with tolerance, patience, and forgiveness, and he still forgave them and did not do any righteous judgment on them no matter what serious sins they have committed, then when could the entire management be concluded? With such disposition, when could he bring men into mankind’s proper destination? This is like a judge who always loves people. He is a soft-hearted and loving judge. He loves anyone regardless of what crime he has committed and loves and tolerates any kind of person. Then when can he decide a case rightly? In the end time, only righteous judgment can divide mankind into their kinds and can bring men into a newer state. Thus, God ends the entire age with his righteous disposition of judgment and chastisement.”

from “The Vision of the Work (3)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

“Today God judges and chastises you and also condemns you. But you should know that he condemns you for the purpose that you will know yourself, that he condemns, curses, judges, and chastises you all for the purpose that you will know yourself, and that he does all these for the purpose that your disposition can be transformed and even more for the purpose that you will know your standing and see that everything he does is righteous and is done according to his disposition, according to the need of his work, and according to his plan for saving man, and see that he is the righteous God who loves and saves man and who judges and chastises man. If you only know that your status is low and that you are corrupt and disobedient, but do not know that God wants to reveal his salvation through the judgment and chastisement done upon you today, if you do not know these, you will have no way to experience, much less to go on. God has not come to strike down or destroy but to judge, curse, chastise, and save. Before the six-thousand-year management plan ends, that is, before the outcomes of all kinds of people are revealed, God’s coming to earth to work is all for saving people and for fully making complete those who love him and bringing them under his dominion.In people’s eyes, salvation is God’s love, but God’s love cannot be chastisement, judgment, or curse, and salvation must be with mercy, lovingkindness, and even more, words of comfort, and endless blessings bestowed by God. People all think that for God to save man, he is to move man with the blessings and grace God gives to man and make man give his whole heart to God, thereby saving man, that is, moving man is saving man. Such a salvation is a salvation based on terms. Only if God bestows a hundredfold to man will man become subject under God’s name and thus win honor and glory for God. This is not God’s will for all mankind. When God comes to earth to do the work, it is truly for saving corrupt mankind. Otherwise, he would by no means personally come to do the work. Before, he saved man by means of giving man all his mercy and lovingkindness, even to the point of giving his all to satan in exchange for all mankind. Today it is different from before. Today when he saves you, it is the end time to divide people into their kinds, and he does not save you by means of mercy and lovingkindness but saves mankind more thoroughly by chastisement and judgment. So, all that you receive is chastisement and judgment and merciless smiting. But you should know that there is not the slightest punishment in such merciless smiting. No matter how stern my words are, what comes to you is only a few words devoid of human kindness in your eyes. No matter how great my anger is, what comes to you is still words of teaching, and I do not have any intention to hurt you nor have the intention to put you to death. Aren’t all these facts? You should know that now whether it is righteous judgment or merciless refining and chastisement, it is for saving people, and that whether now God will divide people into their kinds or reveal all kinds of people, all his words and works are for saving those who genuinely love him. Righteous judgment is for purifying people, merciless refining is for purifying people, and stern words or chastenings are all for purifying and saving people. So, the means of salvation today are different from before. Today, righteous judgment becomes salvation to you and becomes the best tool to divide you into your kinds, and merciless chastisement becomes a great salvation to you. In the face of such chastisement and judgment, what do you have to say? Isn’t what you have been enjoying from beginning to end salvation? You have seen God’s incarnated flesh and also tasted his almightiness and wisdom, and even more experienced the many times of smitings and disciplines. But haven’t you also received exceedingly great grace? Aren’t your blessings greater than those of anyone else? Your grace is even more abundant than the wealth and honor Solomon enjoyed! You may think about this: If I had come with the intention of condemning and punishing you but not to save you, could your days have lasted for so long? Could you fleshly people of sin have lived until today? If my purpose were just to punish you, why should I be incarnated to carry out such a great project? If I were to punish you nobodies, wouldn’t I just need to speak a word? Would I need to condemn you purposely before destroying you? Do you still not believe this word of mine? Can I save people only by means of mercy and lovingkindness? Or can I save people only by being crucified? Can’t my righteous disposition better cause people to become completely obedient? Can’t it better save people to the utmost?”

from “Drop the Blessing of Status and Understand God’s Will to Save Man” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

Question one: It’s written right there in the Bible: “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.” (Hebrews 13:8) So the name of the Lord doesn’t change! But you say that the name of Jesus will change in the last days. How do you explain it?

Answer as follows:

It’s written in the Bible, “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.” (Hebrews 13:8) “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12) These words are absolutely true! But this doesn’t prove that God’s name can only be Jesus and will never change. As we know, the Old Testament records these words of Jehovah, “I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no savior.” (Isaiah 43:11) “…this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial to all generations.” (Exodus 3:15) But Acts 4:12 in the New Testament records, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (“any other” here refers to any other than Jesus.) Then, which one do you think is the “only” name of God, Jehovah or Jesus? In fact, God’s name is not unchanging. Let’s look at the prophecy in Revelation and we will understand. Revelation 3:12 says, “Him that overcomes will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write on him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from my God: and I will write on him my new name.” Here, it is clearly prophesied that God will have a new name in the end time. Since it is a new name, could it still be “Jesus”? If it were, how could it be a new name? Therefore, we should never conclude that God’s name will remain unchanging forever.

Continue reading “Question one: It’s written right there in the Bible: “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.” (Hebrews 13:8) So the name of the Lord doesn’t change! But you say that the name of Jesus will change in the last days. How do you explain it?”

Are there any prophecies about God’s end-time work in the Bible? Why is it that nobody can unlock the Bible?

The answer from God’s word:

“Let’s not make comparison first. Let’s see how the Holy Spirit works and check according to the truth whether the way we are walking is the work of the Holy Spirit and verify according to the work of the Holy Spirit whether the way we are walking is right. As to which word has not been fulfilled and which has been fulfilled, let us men not interfere. We’d better talk about the work the Holy Spirit does and talk about God’s newest work of today. The Bible is God’s words conveyed by the prophets and the words written by the men used by God at that time. Only God Godself can interpret those words, and only the Holy Spirit can reveal their meaning. Only God Godself can break the seven seals and open the scroll. You see, you are not God and I am not God. Who dares to interpret God’s words lightly? Do you dare to interpret those words? Even if the prophet Jeremiah, John, or Elijah came, they would not dare to interpret those words, because none of them is the Lamb. Only the Lamb himself can break the seven seals and open the scroll, and apart from him no one can interpret his words.

The end time is only the end time and is only the Age of the Kingdom, and it does not represent the Age of the Grace or the Age of the Law. It is only that in the end time all the works in the six-thousand-year management plan are revealed to you, which means that the mystery has been unlocked. Such a mystery cannot be unlocked by any man. No matter how well people know about the Bible, they only know its letters, because they do not understand its substance. Through reading the Bible, people may understand some truths, interpret some letters, or expound some famous verses and words, but they can never unlock the meaning contained in these letters, because what they see is all dead letters, not the picture of Jehovah’s doing the work or that of Jesus’ doing the work, and they cannot unlock the mystery of these works. So, the mystery of the six-thousand-year management plan is the greatest mystery and is most hidden, which man cannot fathom at all. No one can directly understand God’s will unless he personally explains it and discloses it to man. Otherwise, it would forever be a ‘riddle’ and a sealed mystery to man. Not to mention people in the religious world, even you would not understand it if I did not tell you today. The six-thousand-year work is more mysterious than all the prophecies of the prophets. It is the greatest mystery from the creation of the world until today. Even the prophets throughout the ages could not fathom this mystery, because it is unlocked only in the final age and it has never been unlocked before. If you understand this mystery and can fully comprehend it, all the religious people will be subdued by it. Only this is the greatest vision and is what people most wish to understand but also what they are most unclear about.”

from “The Mystery of Incarnation (4)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

“At that time, the Jews all read the Old Testament, and they knew that Isaiah had prophesied that a baby boy would be born in a manger. Why did they still persecute Jesus although they clearly knew there was such a prophecy? Wasn’t it all because of their disobedient nature and because they did not know the work of the Holy Spirit? The Pharisees of that time thought that what Jesus did was different from what they knew about the baby boy in the prophecy. And people of today reject God because the incarnated God does not work according to the Bible. Isn’t their substance of disobeying God the same? Can you accept it as long as it is the work of the Holy Spirit? If it is the work of the Holy Spirit, it means that it is the right ‘stream,’ so you should accept it without any misgiving and should not accept it selectively. Isn’t it unnecessary for you to gain some insight from and exercise some caution against God? You should accept a work without looking for more biblical bases as long as it is the work of the Holy Spirit, because in believing in God, you are to follow God, and you should not investigate God. You should not look for more bases for me to prove that I am your God. You should be able to discern whether I am beneficial to you. This is most crucial. Even if you find more conclusive evidence in the Bible, it cannot bring you completely into my presence, and you are only a person living in the Bible but not a person living in my presence. … Although the Bible prophesied that a baby boy would be born, yet because people did not know God’s work, no one could discern in whom that prophecy would be fulfilled. Consequently, those Pharisees all resisted Jesus. Some people know that everything I do is beneficial to man, but they always think that I and Jesus are very different and are completely alien from each other. At that time, Jesus only delivered a series of sermons of the Age of the Grace, such as what his disciples should practice, how they should have meetings, how they should pray and supplicate, and how they should treat others in the Age of the Grace. What he did was the work of the Age of the Grace. He only spoke about what his disciples should practice at that time and what his followers should practice at that time. At that time he only did the work of the Age of the Grace and did not do the work of the end time. In the Age of the Law, Jehovah made the law of the Old Testament. Why did he not do the work of the Age of the Grace? Why did he not speak clearly about all the work of the Age of the Grace ahead of time? Wouldn’t all this be helpful to people’s accepting it? He only prophesied that a baby boy would be born and shoulder the government, but he did not do the work of the Age of the Grace ahead of time. God does the work of each age within very clear boundaries. He only does the work of that age and does not do the work of the next stage ahead of time. Only in this way can his representative work in each age be highlighted. At that time, Jesus only spoke about what the sign of the end time would be and about how people at that time should be patient, how they could be saved, and how they should repent, confess their sins, bear the cross, and endure sufferings, and he did not speak about what people in the end time should enter into and how they should pursue so that they can satisfy God’s heart’s desire. So, if you look for God’s end-time work in the Bible, aren’t you absurd? What can you find out by only holding the Bible? Could anyone, whether a Bible expositor or a preacher, see the work of today clearly beforehand?”

from “How Could Those Who Circumscribe God Within Their ‘Notions’ Receive God’s ‘Revelation’?”
in The Word Appears in the Flesh

“In each stage of work, God does not come to specially fulfill the prophecies of the prophets of old, and he does not come to keep regulations or purposely accomplish the prophecies of the prophets of old. But what he does does not contradict the prophecies of the prophets of old or disturb his former work. The outstanding characteristic of his working is that he does not keep any regulations but does the work he ought to do. He is not a prophet or a foreteller, but a ‘doer,’ practically doing the work he ought to do, opening his new era, and carrying out his new work. Of course, when Jesus came to do the work, it fulfilled many words of the prophets of old in the Old Testament. And the work I do today also fulfills the prophecies of the prophets of old in the Old Testament, only today I do not talk about the ‘old almanac’ with you. This is because there are many more works I have to do and many more words I have to speak to you, and doing these works and speaking these words are much more important than interpreting those verses in the Bible, for that work is not of much significance or value to you and cannot help you or transform you. I will do the new work not for fulfilling any verse in the Bible. If God came to earth to work only for fulfilling the words of the prophets of old in the Bible, do you think the incarnated God is greater or the prophets of old are greater? Do you think the prophets of old direct God or God directs the prophets of old? How should you explain this?”

from “A Statement About Address and Identity” in The Word Appears in the Flesh