Some people have believed in the Lord Jesus for many years, worked hard for Him and suffered a lot. Can’t they be saved and enter into the kingdom of heaven if they do not accept Almighty God’s work in the last days?


Bible Reference

Not every one that said to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name? and in your name have cast out devils? and in your name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess to them, I never knew you: depart from me, you that work iniquity.” (Mat 7:21-23)

The answer from God’s word:

God wants those who keep up with His pace. No matter how good or how pure were the things you received before, God does not want them. If you cannot drop them, they will be a great hindrance to your future entry. All those who can keep up with the Holy Spirit’s light of today are the blessed ones. People in the past ages and generations also followed God’s footsteps, but they could not follow up to now. This is a blessing for the people of the last days. Those who can keep up with the Holy Spirit’s present work, walk in God’s footsteps, and follow wherever God leads will have God’s blessing. Those who fail to keep up with the Holy Spirit’s present work have not entered into the work of God’s word. No matter how much work they do, how greatly they suffer, or how much they run, it will not count, and God will not approve of them. Today, all those who follow God’s present word are the ones in the stream of the Holy Spirit. All those who remain outside God’s present word are the ones outside the stream of the Holy Spirit. Such people are not approved by God. All service outside the present word of the Holy Spirit is service of flesh and of notion and cannot be after God’s heart. If one lives in religious notions, he cannot do things that are after God’s heart. Even if he serves God, he is serving in his imaginations and notions and cannot serve to God’s will at all. Those who cannot keep up with the work of the Holy Spirit cannot understand God’s will. Those who do not understand God’s will cannot serve God. God wants the service that is after His heart but not the service that is of notion and flesh. If one cannot keep up with the pace of the work of the Holy Spirit, he is living in his notions. Then his service is a disruption and disturbance, and such service runs counter to God. So, those who cannot keep up with God’s footsteps cannot serve God, and they are surely ones who resist God and surely cannot be compatible with God. Keeping up with the work of the Holy Spirit means that one understands God’s present will and can act according to God’s present requirements, he can obey and follow the God of today, and enter in according to the latest words of God. This is a person who keeps up with the work of the Holy Spirit and who is in the stream of the Holy Spirit. He not only can be approved by God and see God, but also can know God’s disposition from God’s newest work, know man’s notions, man’s disobedience, and man’s nature and substance from God’s newest work, and gradually gain the transformation of his disposition in his service. Only such a person is one who can gain God and who has truly found the true way. Those eliminated by the work of the Holy Spirit are all ones who cannot keep up with God’s newest work and who rebel against God’s newest work. They resist God openly because God has done a new work and because God’s image is not the image of the God in their notions. As such, they resist and judge God openly, with the result that they are detested and rejected by God. It is not an easy thing to know God’s newest work. If one can have a mind to obey God’s work and seek God’s work, he will have the opportunity to see God and to receive the newest guidance of the Holy Spirit. None of those who intentionally resist God’s work can receive the Holy Spirit’s enlightenment or God’s guidance. So, whether one can receive God’s newest work depends on God’s grace, and it also depends on his pursuit and intent.”

from “Know God’s Newest Work and Keep Up With God’s Pace” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

If you cannot accept the new light that comes from God, do not understand or seek what God does today, and you suspect, judge, or research and analyze it, then such people do not have a submissive heart. When the present light comes forth, yet you still treasure yesterday’s and resist the new work, then you are a purely absurd person, someone who deliberately resists God. The key to submission to God is the capacity to receive the newest light, accept it and put into practice; that is true submission. If one does not have such will to thirst for God, one cannot attain submission to God in his heart; instead one will resist God due to his satisfaction with his current status. One cannot submit to God because one is preoccupied by what one originally has, which has molded various conceptions within, leading to different imaginations of God. These have become images of God in human mind. Therefore, one believes in one’s own conceptions, one’s own imagined standard. If you measure the God who performs actual work today with your own imaginary God, then your faith comes from Satan; such faith is colored by your personal preference, and God does not want such faith. One who believes in God in this manner will not receive commendation from God, no matter how senior he is, how much he has spent, even if he has exerted his entire life to do God’s work, to the point of martyrdom. God only gives him a little grace for his temporary enjoyment. Such people simply cannot practice the truth and the Holy Spirit will not work in them; God will eliminate such people one by one. No matter whether one is old or young, if one believes in and yet will not submit to God, or has a wrong motive, then he is a person who resists and causes disruption. Doubtlessly such people are targets of elimination. For those who do not submit to God at all, but only acknowledge the name of God and feel a bit the kindness and loveliness of God, yet who cannot follow the footsteps of the Holy Spirit nor submit to the present work and word of the Holy Spirit, they live in God’s grace but cannot be gained and perfected by God. God’s perfection of man is through man’s submission, through man’s eating and drinking and enjoying the word of God, and through painful refinements in his life. Only through such faith can one be transformed in his disposition, and gain true knowledge of God. One is not satisfied with just living in the grace of God, but takes the initiative to thirst after and seek the truth, working toward being gained by God; this is conscious submission, which is the faith God truly wants. Perfection and transformation will not come from merely enjoying the grace of God; such will only bring about superficial submission, superficial devoutness, and superficial love and patience. Merely enjoying God’s grace will not attain true knowledge of God, and even if a little knowledge is realized, it is only skin-deep, saying that God loves man or that God has compassion. But none of this represents one’s life, and it does not indicate one has true knowledge of God. When one is refined by God’s word, or when one is tried by God, if one cannot submit but doubts and even falls, then there is not an element of submission in such a person. There are in him only the many frameworks about believing in God, the old experience from many years of believing, or the various rules based on the Bible; can such a person submit to God? He is filled with human stuff; how can submission to God fit in! It is a submission based on one’s own liking. Does God want such kind of submission? Such action is compliance with regulations and not submission to God; it only provides satisfaction and comfort to oneself. If you say that this is submission to God, is it not blasphemy? You are the pharaoh of Egypt, one who commits evil, one who specializes in resisting God. Would God want such service? My advice to you is to be sensible and repent early, or even better, retreat and go back to where you came from. This is more advantageous to you than your ‘service to God.’ Keep your place, live a good life, and do not disrupt or disturb; isn’t this better? Just so that you will not be punished for your resistance to God!”

from “Those Who Believe in God Should Submit to Him” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

The work of the Holy Spirit is always moving forward, and all those who are in the stream of the Holy Spirit should also be progressing deeper and changing, step-by-step. They should not stop at a single stage. Only those who do not know the work of the Holy Spirit would remain amongst His original work, and not accept the new work of the Holy Spirit. Only those who are disobedient would be incapable of gaining the Holy Spirit’s work. If the practice of man does not keep pace with the new work of the Holy Spirit, then the practice of man is surely dissevered from the work of today, and is surely incompatible with the work of today. Such outdated people as these are simply incapable of accomplishing God’s will, much less could they become those final people that will stand testimony to God. The entire management work, furthermore, could not be concluded amongst such a group of people. For those who once held to the law of Jehovah, and those who once suffered for the cross, if they cannot accept the stage of work of the last days, then all that they did will have been in vain, and useless. The clearest expression of the Holy Spirit’s work is in embracing the here and now, not clinging to the past. Those who have not kept up with the work of today, and who have become separated from the practice of today, are those who oppose and do not accept the work of the Holy Spirit. Such people defy the present work of God. Though they hold onto the light of the past, this does not mean it is possible to deny that they do not know the work of the Holy Spirit. Why has there been all this talk of the changes in the practice of man, of the differences in the practice between the past and today, of how the practice was carried out during the previous age, and of how it is done today? Such divisions in the practice of man are always spoken of because the work of the Holy Spirit is constantly moving forward, and thus the practice of man is required to constantly change. If man remains stuck in one stage, then this proves that he is incapable of keeping up with God’s work and the new light; it does not prove that God’s plan of management has not changed. Those who are outside the stream of the Holy Spirit always think they are right, but in fact, God’s work in them ceased long ago, and the work of the Holy Spirit is absent from them. The work of God was long since transferred to another group of people, a group on whom He intends to complete His new work. Because those in religion are incapable of accepting God’s new work, and only hold to the old work of the past, thus God has forsaken these people, and does His new work on the people who accept this new work. These are people who cooperate in His new work, and only in this way can His management be accomplished.”

from “God’s Work and Man’s Practice” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

From the creation of the world until today, God has done much work that is incomprehensible to man and which man has found hard to accept, and God has said much that makes the conceptions of man difficult to heal. Yet He has never ceased His work because man has too many difficulties; He has carried on working and speaking, and even though great numbers of ‘warriors’ have fallen by the wayside, He is still doing His work, and continues to choose group after group of people who are willing to obey His new work. He does not pity those fallen ‘heroes,’ but instead treasures those who accept His new work and words. But to what end does He work in this way, step-by-step? Why is He always eliminating and choosing people? Why does He always employ such method? The aim of His work is for man to know Him, and thus be gained by Him. The principle of His work is to work on those who are able to obey the work He does today, and not to work on those who obey His past work, but oppose His work of today. This is the very reason why He has eliminated so many people.”

from “Only Those Who Know God Can Bear Testimony to God” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

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