A hymn, full of gratitude and praise, expresses the voice of every Christian’s heart. Since we were lured and corrupted by Satan, we have lived in sin and lost eternal life. The Lord Jesus redeemed us and all those who believe in Him can be forgiven their sins and no longer of sin. The Lord Jesus is the incarnate God and is Christ. He brings us the life, the truth, and the way. Redeemed by Him, we no longer face the risk of being condemned and put to death by the law, and we are qualified to live before God, accept God’s salvation, enjoy God’s rich grace and blessings, and have hopes of gaining eternal life. When I hear the words “‘til we are changed to be more like You”, I remember God once said, “Be you holy; for I am holy” (1 Peter 1:16). Obviously, only by being holy can we enter the kingdom of heaven. Although we are redeemed by the Lord Jesus and forgiven our sins, it can’t be denied that our satanic corrupt dispositions still exist. We often tell lies, and cheat and sin against the Lord. When hardships and trials befall us, we will even misunderstand God and complain against God. We live in a cycle of sinning and confessing, and cannot free ourselves from the bonds of sin, crying out to God bitterly, “I’m in pain! How exactly can I rid myself of the bonds of sin?” This is the shared feeling and experience of all the believers in the Lord. However, we cannot resolve our sinful nature and no one can do the work of saving mankind. Only God the Creator can save us from sin, and completely save us from the influence of Satan.
God is faithful. Since God saves man, He will save him completely. God will definitely not give up halfway. The Lord Jesus predicted, “I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. However, when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth” (John 16:12-13). And the Bible prophesied, “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God” (1 Peter 4:17). So, in order to completely save mankind, the Lord expresses all the truth of cleansing and saving mankind in the last days. He does the work of judgment beginning with God’s house in order to thoroughly resolve the problem of mankind’s satanic nature and satanic disposition. He does this so that mankind can break free from sin, obtain purification, attain salvation, and be gained by God. The work of judgment that the Lord does in the last days is precisely what corrupt mankind needs. It is also the key stage of work that needs to be performed by God to save mankind. All we need to do is accept and obey God’s judgment work of the last days, and be cleansed and perfected by God’s word, so that we can completely cast off our corrupt dispositions, be cleansed and saved into the kingdom of heaven, and gain eternal life. Just as God says, “Though Jesus did much work among man, He only completed the redemption of all mankind and became man’s sin offering, and did not rid man of all his corrupt disposition. Fully saving man from the influence of Satan not only required Jesus to take on the sins of man as the sin offering, but also required God to do greater work to completely rid man of his disposition, which has been corrupted by Satan. And so, after man was forgiven his sins, God has returned to flesh to lead man into the new age, and begun the work of chastisement and judgment, and this work has brought man into a higher realm. All those who submit under His dominion shall enjoy higher truth and receive greater blessings. They shall truly live in the light, and shall gain the truth, the way, and the life.”
God is the God of all creatures and He is worthy of worship and praise of all nations and all peoples. Thank God for His salvation for us. All the praise be to God!