By Faith in the Son of God, Have We Died and Been
Resurrected with Him?
< Galatians 2:20 >
“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer
I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live
in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and
gave Himself for me.”
Is Your Faith
One That Was Crucified and Brought to Life Again with Jesus Christ?
Today’s Scripture passage comes from Galatians 2:20,
a passages that we have already heard it many times and are quite
familiar. It says, “I have been crucified with Christ; it is
no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which
I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved
me and gave Himself for me.”
The Bible says that it is appointed for men to die
once, and after this, the judgment awaits them. Therefore, those
who neither know nor believe in the gospel of the water and the
Spirit are born in this world once, and they die twice, for they
die physically once and spiritually once as well. However, we receive
the remission of our sins by believing in the gospel of the water
and the Spirit before God, at the same time we die once and are
brought to life again by believing in this gospel. This is how we
are born again. The believers in the gospel of the water and the
Spirit have been crucified with Christ, and then they have been
brought to life again receiving new life. Therefore, for those who
have been remitted from all their sins by believing in the gospel
of the water and the Spirit, their old selves died with Christ and
their new selves were brought back to life with Christ.
As such, our souls, as we believe in the gospel of
the water and the Spirit, are living not as our old selves, but
as new creatures. To have true faith before God, we must believe
that Jesus took upon the sins of the world by being baptized by
John the Baptist, shed His blood on the Cross, and rose again from
the dead. Only when we place our faith in Jesus Christ and believe
in the gospel of the water and the Spirit can we become the truly
born-again people who are living with Christ. Thanks to our Lord,
the believers in the gospel of the water and the Spirit had died
with Jesus Christ and were raised back to life with Him, and they
are now to live with Christ forever. This is the mystery of being
Given this, then, whom do the born-again serve? Of
course, they must serve the Lord by preaching His gospel! But how
are their lives actually? Aren’t they serving their own flesh, even
as they had died with Jesus Christ? There are times when we the
born-again serve our flesh, and there are times when we serve God
and His gospel in obedience to the Holy Spirit.
While we the born-again carry on with our lives in
this world, sometimes we are also tormented by the choice between
serving ourselves and serving God. That is because we do not fully
recognize the fact that with Jesus Christ, we had already died to
this world. When we know clearly that our old selves had already
died in Jesus Christ, we are no longer to wander around in this
world. The reason why we waver between the Kingdom of God and ourselves,
why we are more troubled and worried over ourselves than over the
spreading of the gospel, and why we agonize over the world, is because
we have not fully united with Christ. Therefore, Christians who
have already united with Christ in His baptism, his death, and His
resurrection, have nothing to vacillate between this world and the
Kingdom of God.
We, the believers in the gospel of the water and the
Spirit, cannot serve two masters well at the same time, just as
our Lord told us. Therefore, between serving our selves and serving
the gospel of the Lord, we must give up one of the two. Only then
can we faithfully serve the remaining one master whom we are to
serve. But it’s not so easy to give up one of the two masters. You
need to realize it is your greed to want to serve both masters at
the same time. And when we Christians become greedy wanting to serve
two masters at the same time, we end up falling into confusion.
The reality is that because we Christians try to fulfill every duty
as human beings, we find it hard to carry on with our lives of faith.
The Master of the Believers
in the Gospel of the Water and the Spirit Is Jesus Christ
Few Christians have the proper knowledge of the Truth
that we ourselves had been crucified to death with Christ and were
brought to life again with Him. If we knew this, we would not even
come close to thinking that we ought to be faithful to our carnal
duties as human beings. And we would realize profoundly that we
have nothing to do with this world, but everything to do with the
Lord. If we ourselves believe in the gospel Word of the water and
the Spirit, we had already died in Jesus Christ. If we really believe
that we were crucified with Jesus Christ when He was baptized and
crucified, what more could we possibly do for this world? If we
believe in this fact, then our old selves no longer exist in this
world, and only Jesus Christ lives in us. For us Christians, it
is only in Jesus Christ that our existence is found.
For our sins, Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist,
died on the Cross in our place, and rose from the dead again. Since
those who believe in this Truth of salvation already died with Jesus
Christ, they know that in them there is no longer their own existence,
but only Christ lives in them. Jesus Christ has come into our hearts
through the gospel of the water and the Spirit, He is with us, He
has led us, He has become our Master, and He has enabled us to serve
the Lord for the rest of our lives. By making us His servants, our
Lord has allowed us to serve Him as our Master. By believing in
the gospel of the water and the Spirit, in other words, it is no
longer sin that we serve, but we have come to serve the love of
God. In the gospel of the water and the Spirit, you, too, will come
to realize this by faith. To us Christians, our old selves are no
longer there, but only our new selves exist. That’s because it is
not we but the Lord who now lives in us.
Do you believe that you were crucified with Christ?
Do you know and believe in the Truth that Jesus has saved us perfectly
from the sins of the world? Through Jesus, we have come to know
the gospel Truth of the water and the Spirit and believe in it,
and thus, we have received the remission of our sins. For us to
be delivered from the sins of this world, we must believe in the
gospel of the water and the Spirit. From now on, we are not the
masters of ourselves. To all those who have received the remission
of their sins by believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit,
only the Lord is their Master. All of us are to live righteously
as the servants of Jesus Christ. Since we ourselves have died and
Christ now lives in us, we have come to realize that we are to live
our blessed lives as the servants of Jesus Christ. It is only proper
for us to actually live our lives serving Christ. As we have come
to realize that He is our King, we are of those who please Him by
living our lives as His servants. We must acknowledge this in our
When we asking ourselves, “Are we our own kings, or
is Jesus Christ our King?” the answer is that Jesus Christ is our
Master and our King. The name Christ itself means “the King, the
Priest, and the Prophet,” and if someone believes in this, he invariably
believes that the Lord is indeed our King. How, then, do we identify
ourselves before Him? We are Jesus Christ’ disciples who have received
the remission of sins by believing in the gospel of the water and
We have something to be proud of in Jesus Christ through
faith. This is the gospel of the water and the Spirit. Were it not
for Jesus Christ, we would have nothing to be proud of in ourselves.
We are just His disciples who belong to Jesus Christ, the Son of
God. I am saying this to you here because the Bible says, “I
have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but
Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I
live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for
me” (Galatians 2:20). It’s because this passage contains all
the Word about our dying in Jesus Christ and resurrecting in Jesus
Christ. Because we had already been crucified to death with Jesus
Christ when our old selves had died by believing in the gospel of
the water and the Spirit, it is not our own lives that are now within
us, it is the life of Jesus Christ who lives in us.
Do you believe in the gospel of the water and the
Spirit? If so, then the answer to the question of for whom we should
live, would become very clear. We must live serving our Lord, our
King, and we must keep our stewardships by faith. This is because
as today’s Scripture passage says, the lives which we now live in
the flesh we live by faith in the Son of God, who loved us and gave
Himself for us. We need to realize that to live the rest of our
lives by faith in our Lord regarding ourselves as the servants of
righteousness—none other than this is to live the proper Christian
In Your Lives, Are You Aware
of the Fact That You Are the Servants of Jesus Christ?
It is a joy for us that we have become the servants
of Jesus Christ who lives in us. We are joyous to belong to Jesus
Christ who has delivered us from destruction, and we are happy that
we can obey God rather than this World. Those who have been born
again by believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit are
now to live forever as the servants serving the Lord their Master.
For those who have received the remission of their
sins, the Master of their inner beings is the Lord. So we need to
realize clearly who the Lord exactly is. My fellow believers, who
is in our hearts? The Holy Spirit is in our hearts. Who is the Master
of those who have received the remission of sins? It is Jesus Christ.
As such, we must live our lives according to who we are and fitting
for our duties. Truly, our Master is Jesus Christ, and this Master
is leading us as our King, for He lives in each of our Christian
hearts. You and I must know Jesus Christ, the Lord of our hearts,
and we must lead our lives of faith realizing that we are the servants
who are living for this Master. This is not just some doctrine,
but it is the actual faith in the gospel of the water and the Spirit.
When the Apostle Paul said, “I have been crucified
with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me”
(Galatians 2:20), here he was making his true confession of
faith saying that he himself was crucified. What about you? Did
you die with Jesus Christ or not? Of course you did. But you yourselves
know very well that this death does not mean the end of our existence.
This means that we came to live a new life in His Truth. Our Lord
took upon our sins by being baptized, died on the Cross in our place,
and rose from the dead again. Therefore, we had been crucified with
Jesus Christ, and we were also raised from the dead with Christ.
Because we are in the Lord, and the Lord is in us, the lives we
live now are lived by faith in Jesus Christ.
You and I now belong to Jesus Christ. He is our Master,
and we are His servants. The very moment we were born again by believing
in the gospel of the water and the Spirit, we were commanded to
live the rest of our lives serving our Master as His servants. Because
none other this is the life that is predestined for us as Christians,
it is so determined that we should live the rest of lives as Christ’s
My fellow believers, once we believe in the gospel
of the water and the Spirit and receive the remission of our sins,
we ourselves can no longer remain as our own masters. If anyone
still remains his own master even after being born again, this can
only mean he has not yet acceded the throne of his heart to Jesus
Christ. Such people are not Christ’s servants yet, even though they
have received their remission of sins. And they still do not realize
that they had died in Jesus Christ. We are never our own masters.
You and I are not our own masters. Before, we ourselves had been
our own masters. But once we received the remission of our sins
by believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit, we have
become the servants of Jesus Christ.
While we were walking according to the course of this
world, according to the prince of the power of the air (Ephesians
2:2), we ourselves had been our own masters. At that time, it was
clear that we were bound to be accursed for our sins. To save such
beings, however, our Lord took upon our sins once for all by being
baptized in the Jordan River, and died on the Cross in our place
for all our sins. By saving us and making us His servants, Jesus
Christ has allowed us to live our lives as the true workers and
true people of the Kingdom of God.
Before we were born again, we had been our own masters,
but once we were born again, we can never be our own masters, for
we had died with Jesus Christ. Far from it, our Master now is Jesus
Christ. Our old masters, ourselves, died with Jesus Christ. Because
we have now been brought back to life by believing in Jesus Christ,
our new Master who has saved us from all our sins, we have come
to live our lives for the gospel of God’s righteousness. From now
on, those who live their lives faithfully as the servants of Jesus
Christ are precisely the ones who are leading the proper life of
faith before God.
Because I have truly received the remission of my
sins through my faith in the gospel of the water and the Spirit,
I can speak of this truth of uniting with Christ by faith. If we
had not believed in the gospel of the water and the Spirit, we would
not have died with Jesus Christ, nor would we have been brought
back to life with Him. However, because of the Truth that Jesus
Christ has saved us through the water and the Spirit, it was made
possible for us to die and revive with Christ by faith.
We can see now that to live the kind of life that
pleases the Lord, it is right for us to serve the gospel of the
water and the Spirit. We come to accept into our hearts that we
had been fated to believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit
and live the rest of our lives as the servants of God, following
and obeying the Lord’s command. From the moment you and I were saved,
it was already determined for us to live the life of serving God’s
righteousness. Now, we Christians should live the glorious and blessed
lives serving the gospel of the water and the Spirit. We should
feel free to congratulate ourselves for the fact that you and I
are destined to live this kind of life.
My fellow believers, has Jesus Christ really become
your Master? And do you really want to become His servants? To put
Christian life simply, it is a life of Christ’s servant. What the
Apostle Paul is saying here is also that Jesus Christ is our Master.
This is what God the Father is teaching us. And the Holy Spirit
in our hearts is also saying this to you and me. Jesus is the Master
of our hearts: “You are the Lord’s servants. You yourselves had
already died with Jesus Christ, and you are now living as His servants.
Because your Master is glorious, if you serve this glorious Lord,
you, too, will be glorified. You are no longer the servants of this
world. You are the servants of the Lord.” This is what the Holy
Spirit in our hearts is telling us. You must listen to it and understand
it as you carry on with your lives of faith.
Do you hear what God is telling you? You and I must
grasp the meaning of the Word of God and follow His will. We can
never be masters to ourselves. Already we are no longer our own
masters. We had already died with Jesus Christ over 2,000 years
ago. We who had died with Jesus Christ and have been brought to
life again with Him are not our own masters, but we are Christ’s
servants. We are not the servants of the world, but we have become
the servants of Christ, our glorified God.
God has set blessed lives for us. When we live our
lives serving the Master as His Servants, then, the Lord clothes
us with His glory, and also reveals His glory through us. The Lord
is pleased with our faithful service, and He allows us to see even
more glory of God and be clothed in even more blessings. Our Lord
has set such a life for us Christians.
We must lead the life of true faith in union with
Jesus Christ. We need to know the life that God has set for us.
Dead or alive, we are of those who serve Christ. Those who have
been saved through the gospel of the water and the Spirit are those
who serve Jesus Christ, our Master. We have come to spread His gospel
throughout the whole world as His servants. Whether we are eating
or drinking, whatever we do, we serve the Lord. And we are to live
for the glory of God. Knowing very well that this is how our destiny
has already been set, we accept it by faith. Do you accept this?
Have you set your hearts to serve the Master for the rest of your
lives, and do you believe that this is your destiny set by God?
It is what God told us through today’s Scripture passage.
You and I are the servants who serve the Master, Jesus
Christ our Lord. We must remember this always as we carry on with
Our Old Faith Was Completely
Opposite to the Truth
What we had thought, felt, and learnt before we were
born again were completely opposite to the Word of Truth revealed
in the gospel of the water and the Spirit. In other words, we had
carnal beliefs before, disobeying the gospel Truth of the water
and the Spirit and misbehaving. How we had thought of the God of
Truth and reached our decision, and what we had determined to be
right before we came to know the gospel of the water and the Spirit,
were all opposite to the Truth.
For a while, the so-called “inner healing seminar”
was very popular among Christians. This program claimed that it
could heal people’s inner injuries. But it had very little to do
with the Word of God, and was more of a psychiatric treatment to
heal people’s hurt feelings through the means of empathy. This program
sought to heal people in terms of human dimensions rather than from
God’s perspective, and it brought about many mistakes.
The following is an example of this program purporting
to heal a wounded heart. The leader of the meeting urged the wounded
to speak as follows: “I’ve lived my life with a heart that was wounded
by my parents. To this day, I could not tell anyone what I had suffered
in my childhood. I just couldn’t forgive my parents. So this remained
as a wound in my heart. I hated my parents and I rebelled against
them. So my heart was wounded all over, and it still has not been
healed. But when Jesus Christ shed His blood and died for our sins
in our place, if I can’t forgive my parents, then this is my fault.”
The notion of inner healing is to consider such wounds
of the heart in light of what Jesus Christ suffered for us, to think
of our necessity, as the forgiven, to have mercy for others and
forgive them as well, and to heal our souls on our own side. The
key point of the inner healing seminar is to release our past wounds
suffered from others and to say, “Through Jesus Christ, I forgive
those who hurt me. I forgive them in the name of Jesus Christ.”
However, this only heals the carnal self, and it is not of the work
of salvation that enables everyone to really wash away all his sins
by believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit.
You may think that it’s all the same. But that is
not the case. The question here is what motivates a man to heal
his heart’s wounds, and to heal other people’s wounds and forgive
them as well. Was this motivation begun from one’s own heart, or
did this come from one’s faith in God’s Truth? To know this is very
important to heal everyone’s soul properly.
In today’s Scripture passage, Paul was saying that
He had been crucified with Christ. He testified that our fundamental
selves were such that we were all bound to die for our sins, and
that we had indeed died by believing in Jesus Christ. Yet the inner
healing seminar here tries to raise back the carnal self to life,
which had already died. The inner healing seminar is profitable,
in other words, only for bringing the inner self to life. This is
a faith that is different from one that dies and lives with Jesus
Christ. Yet despite this, people still desire to have their inner
selves healed, even as they do not have this faith that enables
them to die with Jesus Christ and to live with Him.
Even after receiving the remission of sins, many people
still desire to spare their old selves. Even when we are told that
we had also died when Jesus Christ died, we still yearn to save
ourselves. Don’t you have this wish? But if you do, then it’s very
difficult for you to follow the Lord. Our thoughts must be compatible
with the Lord; if our thoughts depart from Him, our spiritual faith
is not congruent with Him, and therefore we cannot follow the Lord
properly. If, in the hearts of these people who have received the
remission of their sins, there is no faith that is united with Christ,
it’s only natural for their lives of faith to be a constant struggle.
As such, you must have the belief that you had died with Jesus Christ.
We ought to listen carefully to what the Lord said
to us, “He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates
his life in this world will keep it for eternal life” (John 12:25).
Since we were fundamentally sinful, it was only proper for us to
go to hell. Yet for such people like us, through His baptism Jesus
Christ took upon the sins of the world in the Jordan River, shed
His blood and died on the Cross in our place, and rose from the
dead again. By doing so He blotted out all our sins and our condemnation.
And He has enabled us to die and be brought back to life again by
believing in the Lord, and now to live as the servants of Jesus
Christ, the King of righteousness. Therefore, we ourselves had died
and were brought to life with Christ our Lord.
As the ones who had died with Jesus Christ by faith,
what is there for us to do for ourselves? There is nothing. Yet
in spite of this, if we try to revive our old selves rather than
dying by faith, we do not become God’s servants, but instead we
become our own masters trying to use the Lord. We ourselves then
become our own masters. Just how hard would it be for us to follow
the Lord? How could we do this?
Human beings think completely opposite to Jesus, for
from the day there were born into this world, they have only learned
how to ensure their own survival. Their selfishness is not learnt
from anyone else, but yet their hearts are filled with the desire
to live for only themselves. Basically, all human beings live only
instinctively unless they believe in the gospel of the water and
the Spirit, and therefore if left alone to live their own carnal
lives, they are all bound to continue to live in this way.
Therefore, we must die and live again with the Lord
by believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit. You and
I must believe that we had died and have been brought back to life
with Jesus Christ. When you and I perceive ourselves by shedding
the light of the gospel of the water and the Spirit over us, we
are the ones who had already died with Jesus Christ and have been
raised to life with Him. Our old selves have ceased to exist in
Jesus Christ. Now, we exist in Jesus Christ only by faith and through
the Holy Spirit. As it is written, “Therefore, if anyone is in
Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold,
all things have become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17). Since our
egos had died with Jesus Christ, we are indeed the dead who have
been brought back to life with Christ.
What about you then? Is this thing called ego still
alive in you? If you actually believe in the gospel of the water
and the Spirit given by Jesus Christ, then it is impossible for
your old selves to exist any longer. In fact, if you really know
yourselves in the Truth, then you would realize that you had already
died with Jesus Christ and have now been brought back to life with
Him. Before, you had lived according to what your egos desired,
but now, it is not with your old selves that you live, but by placing
your faith in Christ as your Savior, you had died with Christ and
are now brought to life with the resurrected Christ.
If we had not died with Jesus Christ, then there is
a potential for our egos to turn into fatal poison for our spiritual
lives. Therefore, trying to heal your old selves and raise them
back to life again is the same as rejecting Jesus Christ. That’s
because you would be going against Jesus Christ rather than going
with Jesus Christ.
You might have experienced many hardships until now.
You might be still stung by such memories. But, you have to recognize
that the reason why God brings various hardships to us is so that
we would come before Jesus Christ and be washed from our sins by
believing in Him. By giving us the gospel of the water and the Spirit,
the Lord has made us live by faith. The Lord has saved us by putting
our sinful selves to death with Jesus Christ and bringing us back
to life. Our Lord sought to give us new life again after putting
us to death once. This is why God has permitted trials and every
situation to us, so that He may lead us to His salvation. Yet people,
oblivious to the will of God, are trying to overcome their difficulties
through human means. Such thoughts and beliefs are fundamentally
Because our lives are now in union with Jesus Christ,
our old selves have ended. God made us die and live again with Jesus
Christ in order to give us new life and enable us to live righteous
lives. Yet despite this, we see that people are still trying everything
they can to preserve their old selves and to survive, rather than
looking for the gospel of the water and the Spirit, the Truth of
new life. None other than such man-made thoughts are the very satanic
thoughts and sins that depart from God’s thoughts. Whoever does
not believe in and live with the gospel of the water and the Spirit
is one who is standing against God.
For us to follow the Lord, it is our own thoughts
that present critical obstacles. Our own thoughts, our own wickedness,
and our own egos exalt only us human beings, and when our man-made
thoughts are exalted, we are bound to stand against the righteousness
of God. Therefore, you must realize that once you received the remission
of your sins, you yourselves had died in Jesus Christ and have received
eternal life. Now we must realize that we had died and have been
brought to life with Christ. Now that we died with Jesus Christ
in the gospel of the water and the Spirit by faith, the dead can’t
do anything. Therefore, since we can’t do anything on our own, it
is by asking the Lord for help and by placing our faith in the Truth
that we live. Moreover, since we had died with Him, there is no
need for us to try to fulfill our wishes, but on the contrary, we
live by faith yearning for only the will of God to be fulfilled.
The Bible says, “It is appointed for men to die
once, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). Whereas our
bodies are not dead, by our faith in the gospel of the water and
the Spirit, our souls had already died with Jesus Christ and have
been raised back to life. Everything of our own, from our thoughts
to our egos, our stubbornness, and our greed, all these things have
already been crucified on the Cross with Jesus Christ. How about
your egos? Are they gone in the Truth? They all ended when we crucified
them on the Cross. All that remains for you to do now is to live
for God by faith. It’s not because someone is telling you not to
do anything else, but it is because you yourselves had died. When
one is dead, there is nothing he yearns to do for his old self.
My fellow believers, can you now understand what it
means when I say to you that you yourselves are dead? What could
you achieve by demanding something from the dead or cursing at a
corpse? Since we had already died, it makes no difference how we
are, and we have nothing to do with those who still have not died
in Christ. All that we have to do is just know what the will of
God is, and live our new lives in Jesus Christ by faith. When we
live for the purpose of exalting Jesus Christ, our Lord will glorify
us also. In other words, God is pleased to have us living our righteous
lives with the gospel of the water and the Spirit.
We Must Now Live by the Faith
That Enables Us to Die and Resurrect with Jesus Christ
As some of you might know, even the religions of the
world teach that one must reach emancipation. Religions of the world
are also trying to awaken people to the realization that they are
nothing, but the Bible has already been answering this question
in Jesus Christ with the unchanging gospel Truth of the water and
the Spirit. The Bible says that for those of us who believe in the
gospel of the water and the Spirit, while our flesh is still alive,
our old selves had already died. We must grasp that we had already
died in Jesus Christ and have now been brought back to life. In
the religions of this world, there is no mediator like Jesus Christ,
and therefore their followers can never die by faith and be brought
back to life again. In contrast, we, who believe in the gospel of
the water and the Spirit, can die with Jesus Christ and live with
Him by faith. The Truth found in this gospel of the water and the
Spirit is truly marvelous indeed.
As you and I carry on with our lives, we must ruminate
as often as possible on the fact that we had died with Jesus Christ.
I know very well and I believe firmly that I myself had died in
Christ. As such, I have no desire to succeed in this world. I know
that God does not like for me to exalt my own flesh. When my old
self is already dead, what use is there to raise myself high in
this world? As I follow the Lord, I want only my Lord to be exalted,
and I believe that this is what I ought to do as one of God’s servants.
What difference does it make whether I am raised high or lowered
in Christ? My own exaltation does not lead anyone to be saved from
sin, but if people can be saved from their sins by lowering myself,
then I can lower myself gladly for hundreds of times.
The very fact that I am admonishing you like this
is also because of Jesus. To the saints who are not following the
will of God properly, I am admonishing them to seek after spiritual
lives, so that they may live as God’s servants. On the other hand,
for those who are truly following the will of the Lord faithfully,
it is not rebuke but encouragement that is needed. Above all else,
we need faith in the gospel of the water and the Spirit given by
Jesus Christ. We must live to spread the gospel of the water and
The reason why, despite this, our old selves surface
from our hearts as we live on in this world, is because we still
do not fully appreciate that our old selves had died, and because
we ourselves have not rejected such evil thoughts. So as our selves
have not died yet, and the Lord is alive in us, we find it hard
to work with Him. Since we continue to spare our old selves, our
egos continue to surface, and this is why we end up standing against
the will of the Lord. We must realize that we had died in Jesus
Christ, and we must also believe that we have been brought back
to life with Jesus Christ and received everlasting life.
Some of you may still think, “I’ve had this carnal
dream of mine from long ago, and I’ll do everything to fulfill this
dream no matter what.” To think like this means that you are still
dreaming of your own carnal success, for you don’t realize that
you are already dead. Think about it. Are you who you were before?
Clearly not! And yet you are still deceived by yourselves. For you
have neither the knowledge nor the clear self-awareness that your
old selves had died in Jesus Christ with Him, you must realize that
you are being deceived, and even now, you must return to faith.
My fellow believers, do you know what kind of a man
I was before? I used to think that I’d never minister in a small
church. I thought that my church had to be at least as big as a
school building. Why? Because I considered it only proper that my
church should have a place of worship, education facilities, and
office space for each of church organs such as a library, youth
ministry, Sunday school, adults ministry, women’s ministry, social
service ministry, and so forth. So my church had to be the size
of a school. And I believed that I could never go without educating
the congregation. Since I considered it an absolute requirement
for the congregation to be educated, I firmly believed that the
church had to be at least as large as a school.
But now, I am no longer like this. Now I am happy
as long as there is a place to worship God, even if it were a basement
or a house with a leaking roof. The place where we worship can turn
into a dining hall, and the same place can turn into a Bible study
room. Before, I used to think that there had to be different spaces
for the place of worship and the dining hall. Now my thoughts have
changed completely. This is because my goals and purpose for life
have now changed. I pursued my own desires before, but now I am
seeking God’s will rather than my own. I now think, “If I do this,
is this beneficial to fulfilling the will of God?” I no longer think,
“If I do this, would I be famous?” If I had thought of my own desires,
I would not have been able to do the Lord’s work to this day.
I do not think of myself, nor do I think of my own
carnal desires. I am sure that you, too, are like me, for if you
had followed your own carnal desires, you would not be leading your
lives of faith now. I believe that if we indeed have a spiritual
purpose, we must then pursue it by faith. Our carnal dreams and
ambitions are completely opposite to our spiritual lives. It is
for the Lord that we have our spiritual ideals and ambitions.
Your carnal egos want to keep building something upon
yourselves, as if you were building the Babel Tower. However, when
you come into Christ, receive the remission of your sins and become
saints by faith, God brings down each of your desires one by one.
As your own desires have crumbled down, there then remains only
the base, your self-esteem. So you say to God, “At least let me
keep this,” but He still brings it down, hacks it with a pickaxe
and takes it out. Then your desires say, “No, not this! Without
it, my very existence would disappear completely.” But God says
to you, “No, actually you’ve disappeared long ago. In you, it is
Christ who lives, and you had already died.”
God brings down all our carnal egos. We still want
to hang onto our last drop of self-respect, but we shouldn’t do
this. In Jesus Christ, you must die and be brought back to life
again by faith. Now, rather than asking God to stop crushing what
was yours, you should completely bring down your old selves and
live again by your faith in the gospel of the water and the Spirit.
Some people say, “God, isn’t it enough for You to
break down my flesh this much? Please, leave my self-esteem alone!
I would like to build on it again from now on.” By your faith in
Christ, you must pull out the root of your carnal lust and even
your self-esteem, and you must be brought back to life again with
Jesus Christ. We must yank out the root of evil from our lives of
faith; if this root remains alive, in time new branches will spring
forth from it vigorously. So we shouldn’t ask God to spare our desires
that continue to surface.
The Lord is telling us that we can never serve Him
as long as we remain like this. He is saying, “As long as you hold
onto what your flesh wants and you are following it, you cannot
serve Me as your Master.” In other words, it is not we ourselves
who live, but we must be in the Lord and the Lord must be in us,
so that we may become one with Him. We must be born again by faith
as new creatures.
You Should Now Live by Faith
Uniting with Jesus Christ
It is wrong for us to keep trying to separate ourselves
from Christ, because we have been born again as new creatures in
Jesus Christ. In Jesus Christ, there should be no ego separated
from Him. We have pulled out even the stump of the flesh called
our egos and burnt them all away. You should realize that we have
yanked out our old selves to the very root and crucified them on
“I have been crucified with Christ.” My fellow believers,
we have been crucified. You and I have been crucified on the Cross
with Jesus Christ, just as the Apostle Paul declared, “And those
who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and
desires” (Galatians 5:24). Is there then such an existence as
our own selves in the flesh? No. Did you or didn’t you die in Jesus
Christ with Him? You died. And have you now been brought back to
life? Yes, you have now been raised to life.
Because Jesus Christ came to this earth, accepted
all the sins of this world by being baptized by John, and died on
the Cross, all our sins have been washed away, all the condemnation
of sin has disappeared, and our egos also died at that moment. Yet
despite this, there still are those who tremble in fear when their
weaknesses or evilness are disclosed. But all our weaknesses and
insufficiencies died with Jesus Christ. Being born again is no longer
our aim to be achieved. Those of us who believe in the gospel of
the water and the Spirit have already been born again, and so we
have nothing to do with any of our sins, nor with our weaknesses
How are we? Are we not stricken by fear, still not
having faith in the gospel of the water and the Spirit? You may
lament, “I’ll die in this way. I’ll perish away.” Aren’t you fearful
because you think that you will die if you give up all your carnal
desires? All our worries are because of death.
Like this, people fear their death. Although people
are fearful of their death and their destruction as well, our old
selves must die with Christ. When we died with Christ completely,
from our Lord we will receive new life, never to perish again. And
we are to enjoy glory in Jesus Christ. Only when our first selves
perish can our second selves prosper. The Lord said, “Whoever wants
to follow me must deny himself, pick up his cross and follow Me.”
As the principles of the Kingdom of God are different from the ways
of the world, amazingly, only when one perishes once can he triumph
the second time. Just as the Cross means to be condemned for sin
and die, if you and I die with Christ and live with Him, we will
receive the blessing of becoming God’s children. When we become
God’s children, we will receive all the spiritual blessings, as
well as the blessings of the fertility of this earth.
Even the great men of the world must realize that
they are no more than mere creatures that need to be saved. And
if one believes in the gospel of the water and the Spirit and has
received the remission of all his sins, he must realize that he
had already died, and is now to live with Christ. Even so, do you
still have no wish to be saved from all your sins and death by believing
in the gospel of the water and the Spirit? When one dies in Christ
and his old self vanishes completely away, he has no choice but
to live only through the Lord, and therefore this constitutes the
greatest blessing. But, if one does not die spiritually in Jesus
Christ now, he will try to protect himself and do everything possible
to rebuild himself.
Just as many war-ravaged countries are trying to reconstruct
their nations, people are trying to raise themselves that had died
in Jesus Christ. However, once one is crucified together in Jesus
Christ, he can no longer live on his own, and therefore he comes
to rely on the Lord and live by faith. Because we had died once
in Jesus Christ and have been brought back to life once again, we
do not rely on ourselves but we are capable of doing everything
by relying on our Lord.
When I was first delivered from all my sins by believing
in the gospel of the water and the Spirit, my friends saw me as
a failure, my in-laws saw me as a failure, and I myself saw me as
a failure. Since I believed in the Word of the Lord, I was no longer
with them, and since they, too, rejected me, this could only mean
that I failed, at least in this world. My friends are still not
dead toward this world, and therefore, they are still striving to
achieve their own desires even now. But now that I failed once,
in Jesus Christ I now speak boldly, preaching the gospel of the
water and the Spirit and living righteously for God and for everyone
Everyone, no matter who he is, must die with Christ
once and be brought back to life again. If one fails all by himself,
it’s difficult to recover, but if he dies with Christ and is brought
back to life again to live forever, the victory belongs to him.
“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live,
but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh
I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself
for me.” Now, our old selves are no longer there, and our new
selves are found in the Holy Spirit. We must now realize that we
ourselves had died with Christ and have been brought back to life
with Him. The desires of our old selves have now ended, and the
desires of our born-again selves have begun.
We Christians are happy when we die in Jesus Christ.
All our worries and troubles arise because of the fact we still
have not died. When we are worried over ourselves, we should think,
“I have been crucified with Christ,” and from the moment we realize,
“I have been crucified to death with Christ. Since I am dead, what
can a dead man do? There is nothing,” true peace will come to us.
From this moment when we ourselves realize that we can do nothing
without the Lord, we come to learn what true faith is. It is from
this moment that we come to realize how to rely on the Lord, and
how to use our faith in the Lord.
Through the Word of Jesus Christ, we had clearly died
with Him and have now been clearly brought back to life again. However,
in the hearts of the people of God, there still remain the sediments
of the flesh, and they are of our carnal thoughts. But when time
goes by, we come to realize that they have no power whatsoever.
In Jesus Christ, we ourselves had already died with Him and have
been brought back to life with Him. When we live our lives of faith
without realizing that we had died, then we see that confusion is
yet to disappear from our hearts. This is so detrimental to our
faith. Do you believe that you had died in the Truth?
John 5:24 says, “Most assuredly, I say to you,
he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting
life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death
into life.” Here, the Word of Christ means that when Jesus Christ
was baptized and died on the Cross, all our sins were passed onto
Him through His baptism, and that we died with Jesus Christ and
were brought back to life with Jesus Christ. Therefore, it is a
very wrong idea to try to resuscitate and revive our old lives,
not realizing that our old selves had died. To try to build a house
of faith on one’s old self is like building a house on sand. We
have to build our houses on the solid basis of the Truth, that we
had died with Jesus Christ and are now living a new life in Him.
There is a huge difference of faith between one who built his house
on sand and one who built his house on the rock.
The Lord Says That a House
Built on Sand Will Fall
Spiritually speaking, sand implies man’s own thoughts.
That’s because our man-made thoughts all crumble down once a single
mistake is made. We must build our houses on our solid faith believing
wholly that the Lord is our Savior and Shepherd. The Lord said that
this is to build a house on the rock. It means, in other words,
that we should build our house of faith by believing entirely in
the Word of God.
The very fact that we are still living our old lives,
even though we believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit,
indicates that we still have not acknowledged fully that we had
died in Jesus Christ. For example, some young workers may think
they’d better quit serving the gospel and find some other job even
though they just graduated from the mission school to become His
servants. This means that they themselves still have not died in
Jesus Christ. That’s because their old selves have not died in Jesus
Christ but are still alive. It is because they are alive that they
keep having this kind of thought. We cannot but have such a misconception
until we come to understand that we had already died in Jesus Christ.
I beseech you all to avoid this. If we admit that we had died in
Christ, then we come to realize, “I’m doing this without realizing
that I had already died,” and return to God and live in obedience
to His will.
If one knows that he had died in Jesus Christ, then
why would he worry about his future? It’s because his ego has not
died in Jesus Christ and is still alive. There is no other reason
why anyone would be unable to carry on with his life of faith well.
Since I had died with the Lord and have been brought to life with
Christ, God makes me do His works and gives me abilities to do whatever
Why are you worried about yourselves? Even as we believe
in the gospel of the water and the Spirit, why do we continue to
worry about ourselves and struggle? That’s because we are trying
to lead ourselves. You should realize clearly here that it’s because
you are still alive that you are trying to lead yourselves, and
it is because of this that you find it so hard, difficult, and tiresome
to lead your lives of faith.
My fellow believers, who among our brothers and sisters
are particularly struggling? Is it someone who has too many thoughts
of his own? Why does one have so many thoughts of his own? It’s
because he does not know and believe that he had died in Jesus Christ.
Such people are struggling precisely because they cannot deny their
carnal thoughts and cannot live by faith. Is it clear, then, that
we had died in Jesus Christ? We ought to know at least this much:
Those who died in Jesus Christ cannot do anything on their own.
If you hit a dead body, does it say, “Stop it”? You
can punch a dead man and beat him up all you want until he bleeds,
but he will remain still. You can twist his nose and jab him with
a needle, but there will still be no reaction whatsoever. This is
what a dead body is. When we are surrounded by the worries of the
world, when troubles befall us and we agonize over how to live,
what to eat, what to drink, and what would happen to us, we are
set to say, “I can’t do anything, Lord, for I am dead. I have no
power to solve any of my problems. I ask You to solve them all for
me.” It is when such beliefs and faith come to us that from then
on we can follow the Lord. It is from this moment that we begin
to appreciate our predecessors and their faith, realizing, “Ah,
so their ability to work is not found anywhere else, but they do
the Lord’s work by denying themselves and trusting in God, believing
that they had died.” We come to realize that what they say to us
is all for our benefit.
Once we realize that we had died in Jesus Christ,
our eyes of faith are opened and we come to follow the will of God’s
Church. When the Apostle Paul was just born again, his eyes were
covered with something like scales. A certain disciple named Ananias
then came to the Apostle Paul and laid his hands on him, and at
that moment the scales fell from his eyes, and he regained his sight
at once. That these scales covering Paul’s eyes fell out means that
Paul realized that he had died and was brought back to life again
with Jesus Christ. Saul, Paul’s old name, meant a great one, but
the now renamed Paul meant the least.
Now, if you are struggling with your lives of faith,
and if you can’t follow the will of God’s Church, even as you have
received the remission of sins, it is because you have not put your
old selves to death in Jesus Christ by faith. If your hearts have
no desire to live entirely for the Lord, even though you have been
born again by believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit,
then this means that your hearts do not believe in this principle.
This is a phenomenon resulting from your failure to realize what
your spiritual entity is.
If you had died in Jesus Christ by faith, would you
have anything to worry? Would you have anything to be troubled by?
There is nothing. You may say, “I can become like that person if
I try hard enough.” But the faithful life of faith is not made possible
just by trying, but it is made possible by believing in all the
Word of God. It begins from dying in Jesus Christ. On our own, we
cannot have this faith, but it comes by believing in the gospel
of the water and the Spirit. In other words, when we cannot do anything
at all, when we are dead in Christ, and when we have faith that
God works through us, it is then that we are able to do God’s work.
If our old selves are still alive, God cannot do His work through
us. If your thoughts are still firmly lodged in you, then God cannot
lead you. It’s the same as what happens when church leaders try
to lead certain brothers and sisters, and yet the leaders are unable
to speak to them when they are filled with their own thoughts.
Let’s think about this for a moment. Why do you think
your leaders cannot quite come to eye to eye with you no matter
how hard they try? It’s because your own thoughts have seized you.
Therefore, it is necessary for you to say yes to whatever your predecessors
of faith say to you, denying your own thoughts. Those of us who
have determined to serve the Lord after being born again say yes
to what the Lord and our predecessors tell us to do and follow them.
When we had been alive to ourselves, we couldn’t do anything, but
what happens when we believe that we died? We realize that we are
nothing, since we ourselves are dead, and we can then rise up by
our faith in the Lord.
For some people, even as they have received the remission
of their sins and are apparently doing God’s work, if their old
selves are still alive, then they are not actually doing God’s work
but their own work. When we look into some people’s hearts, we see
that inside their hearts there are still more desires for this world.
Even if they are doing the Lord’s work, it’s still different. However,
if one knows that he had died in Christ, then he can do the Lord’s
work full of energy, by faith, and in obedience to His will.
We may appear to be the same workers of God, but some
people serve the Lord while others actually serve themselves. There
are those who do God’s work, but then there are those who do their
own work. Even in God’s Church, you’ve probably seen conceited souls
believing themselves to be high and mighty just because they are
rich. When such people are given some positions in the Church, they
are all over the place, thinking that no one else but they can fulfill
the positions. God’s Church does not entrust His work to such people
who have not died and who are not living in Jesus Christ by faith.
When you have already died in Jesus Christ, what is
there for you to do? The only thing that we can do before the Lord
This is what happened when I first planted a church
and began ministering. “Lord, there is no money to pay the church
rent. Give us the rent.” There was nothing else that I could do
but give such prayers. What would I do? Should I return to my old
self and go out there to make money, just because of financial needs?
Of course, if it were the Lord’s will for me to make money, then
I would go out to make money. I would work for money during the
daytime, and I would preach during the evening. I was more than
willing to do so. But when I have to teach at the mission school
during the daytime, how could I go out to make money? Should I have
said to the students, “Wait for me a bit. I’ll go out and make some
money, and then I’ll return and teach you”? This made no sense.
So I had no choice but to pray. When we prayed, “God, please give
us some money,” God then filled all our needs through someone else.
It is because we ourselves had died that we can work
like this; we couldn’t do this had we not died. If the Lord tells
me to go out and work as a manual laborer, then I will gladly do
so. If this is what God told me, manual labor is what I should do.
Regardless of whether it is difficult or easy, if the Lord has commanded
me to do something, then none other than this is His work. When
others see this, they may say, “How can construction labor be the
Lord’s work? It’s merely a physical labor,” but I believe that since
I only did what the Lord told me to do, this is His work. From this
we make some money, give offerings, pay the rent, record the gospel
sermons, buy a printing press, publish Christian literature—all
these activities are God’s works on their own. Can you understand
When the Lord tells us to toil, then we do toil away
as much as we can. We don’t care what others might think. For those
of us who believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit, who
had died and now live a new life in Jesus Christ, there is no individual
greed in our hearts. If we dedicate ourselves to the Lord realizing
that we are dead, and say, “God, I would be thankful wherever You
use me. And I ask you to use me for Your work in anyway possible,”
then in this age and time when there are few workers, God will use
us as His precious instruments.
We have all these various worries because we think
that we are alive, but we must know that all our worries and our
thoughts had also died in Jesus Christ. Now, in Christ, we must
have spiritual thoughts of faith. In Jesus Christ, we must have
faith, and we must have dreams of faith. Isn’t this true? Do we
have anything to be ashamed of once we receive the remission of
our sins? Every human being, of course, has flaws and weaknesses.
But because we had died in Jesus Christ, these are not problematic.
On the contrary, more problematic is for those who
had died in Jesus Christ to keep measuring this and that with the
measuring rod of the flesh and think in its terms. After believing
in the gospel of the water and the Spirit, at first we have our
own thoughts, and so we are tempted to rise higher than our fellow
saints. And we commit certain acts and say certain things that are
simply incomprehensive in a spiritual perspective. But what does
it matter whether it makes sense or no sense, since it’s only a
dead body that is speaking? It’s not a problem. On the contrary,
not living for the gospel of the water and the Spirit is the problem.
My fellow believers, someone who has not died in Jesus
Christ is anxious of everything he encounters. When he is constantly
worried over what others might say to him, how can he live peacefully
with such worries? He can hardly get any sleep. By any chance, have
you lost sleep over some words that were said of you? That’s because
your ego was still alive and your self-esteem was still way up there.
In contrast, if you egos had died in Jesus Christ by faith, you
wouldn’t care at all even if someone throws curses at you. We think
about what the Lord’s will is, and we may hesitate if it seems His
will would be hindered, but the Lord’s work cannot be stopped because
of our weaknesses. Because we had died with Christ and have received
new life in Him, we can do all things, so long as the Lord’s will
It is by faith that we die with Christ and live with
Christ. “It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.”
We had died in Jesus Christ and it is our Lord who lives in
us. Our lives of faith are well lived only if we are wholly dead.
Though our pride may be hurt, since we are God’s people and His
own children, it does not matter what happens to us, as long as
we do not disobey the will of the Lord in our lives.
Toward God’s work, we are alive, and our old selves
are dead. Though we may not be polite in our conversation, we should
do God’s work according to His will. As far as God’s work is concerned,
we want to obey Him, deny ourselves and follow Him by faith. In
Jesus Christ, our human egos are dead.
I am admonishing you, all the readers of this book:
First of all, the fact that you are reading this book is only by
the grace of God, not because of your own desires. So it is useless
to add your own thoughts and think, “This is the true gospel that
the Bible clearly testifies. What then should I do after believing
in this gospel? Should I quit my job to live for this gospel from
now on?” All that you have to do is believe that you had died in
Christ and have been brought back to life in Jesus Christ and follow
the Lord as He leads you.
Now, we have nothing to worry about ourselves. God
has called you to make you His workers and use you as His instruments
of righteousness, not to build your character and make you successful
in this world. Has God called you so that you would become rich
and famous, as in some other churches? Has God called you to build
you up, to edify you?
My fellow believers, do not worry about yourselves.
It is when our faith is weak and young that we think we should take
care of ourselves, develop ourselves, and think of our own future,
but all these things must be cast away in Jesus Christ. We should
reject all our worries by faith in Jesus Christ.
My fellow believers, it is when you are dead that
you can follow the Lord wherever He leads you. You can’t follow
Him if your egos are not dead. I am speaking to you the born-again
Christians, who believe that your sins were passed on when Jesus
Christ was baptized, that you had also died when Jesus Christ died
on the Cross, and that you have now escaped from your condemnation.
It’s not your old selves whom God has called and loves now. If you
believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit, you have already
passed your sins to Jesus, died with Him, and been brought back
to life again.
My fellow believers, Paul confesses with the heart,
“Christ lives in me.” We have praised God and danced with this Word.
And I believe that if we give this praise by faith to the Lord,
He would be pleased. God is pleased when you praise Him by faith
with your heart, not just with your lips. When you remember this
passage so well and sing the praise so well, why don’t you realized
that you had died and have been brought back to life in Christ?
Why do you get angry so easily, even as you claim that you had died?
What difference does it make whether a dead body is
respected or insulted? To that dead person, it makes no difference
whatsoever, precisely because he is dead. If someone encounters
the gospel of the water and the Spirit, and he trivializes and despises
the name of Jesus Christ, there is then some justification for us
to get angry, but any insults thrown at us in personal matters are
We must realize that we had died in Christ. And we
must realize that we ourselves are now living with Christ. If we
are indeed believers in the gospel of the water and the Spirit,
then setting everything else aside, we must know at least these
two things without fail. The reason why the Apostle Paul could work
most forcefully is because of his belief that he died in Christ
and now lived in Christ. “I have been crucified with Christ.” Believing
in this Word, he knew that he had died, and believing that he was
brought back to life with Christ, he could work with power. “The
life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of
God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” It is by faith in
Jesus Christ that we die and live with Him. This is the faith of
Christians. Do you believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit?
You must then also believe that you had died and have been resurrected
with Christ in this gospel Truth.
It is written, “The just shall live by faith”(Romans
1:17). Since we had died in Jesus Christ by faith, there is
nothing that we can do, and therefore we can only live by our faith.
For all of us, for our sisters and brothers, and myself, what do
we live by? By what faith do we carry on with our lives? Could we
lead ourselves properly? Could we protect ourselves perfectly? No
human being is capable of this. But our Lord is more than able.
“I will love You, O Lord, my strength. The Lord
is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength,
in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my
stronghold” (Psalms 18:1-2). The writers of Psalms praised the
Lord and took Him as their strength, for their egos, too, were dead.
We, too, are qualified to take Him as our strength. Because Christ
now lives in us, you and I are qualified to do so. Do you believe
My fellow believers, the very moment when we believed
in the gospel of the water and the Spirit and received the remission
of our sins, we died with Christ. How can a dead person think of
what happened in the past? The dead in Christ cannot do anything.
“Old things have passed away; behold, all things
have become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17). Once I received the remission
of all my sins, I’ve changed my life. All my old relationships were
nullified, and I had to build up new human relationships. Friendships
also had to be built all over again. In other words, I had to rebuild
my friendships in light of the gospel of the water and the Spirit
because my friends just thought of me as the one they knew before.
“Hey, you should receive the remission of your sins.”
“What are you talking about?”
“Don’t you have sin in your heart? That’s why you
have to receive the remission of your sins.”
So I rebuilt my friendships, renewed and learned everything
all over again by faith. All things have become new to me in the
gospel of the water and the Spirit. The same goes for you also.
It’s not just me, but you have all changed as soon as you received
the remission of your sins. Isn’t this true? You have changed so
Just how different are your present selves from your
old selves? Just how much have your old selves been brought down?
If we know that we had died by faith, then Christ will build you
again in your hearts according to your faith. If, on the other hand,
you do not believe that you had died, then even now God is bringing
you down. He will continue to knock you down thoroughly. However,
if you believe in the Word and obey His guide from the beginning,
God will rebuild you as a new creature.
I used to weigh just 53 kg (117 lbs) before. Day or
night, I couldn’t get much sleep in those days, and so there was
no time for me to gain weight. I was so busy studying, researching,
praying, and doing a million other things that there wasn’t much
time left for sleep. In the wee hours of the morning, while everyone
else was still asleep, I would get up and read in my study. Most
people put their books in a bookshelf, but I put the books that
I read in a box, and new books were put in the bookcase. I’ve read
them over and over, and I prayed alone in the study.
How different am I now from then? Of course, I still
read the Bible and I still pray, but I am very different from who
I was back then. First of all, I have gained weight and become healthy.
Now, I weigh over 70 Kg (154 Lbs). Before, since I had sin and I
myself was still alive, I couldn’t sleep much as I was too busy
giving prayers of repentance and researching the way to overcome
the problem of sin all the time, but now I have plenty of time to
sleep, for I now have peace of mind since receiving the perfect
remission of sins by believing in the gospel of the water and the
Spirit. Now, I no longer have to pray for my own flesh, but only
for the Lord’s work.
After I believed in the gospel of the water and the
Spirit, many changes have come to me. Back then, I had many sins,
even though I believed in Jesus as my personal Savior. But now that
I know and believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit, I
have no sin. Before, I could read but couldn’t understand the Word
of God. So I bought and read many Christian books. After going through
sermon collections, exegesis, and Bible commentaries, I then collected
more resources for my next sermon. I used to prepare a sermon all
night long because I had to look at all kinds of reference materials.
How much have I changed now? Everything has changed.
Our old selves are now dead, and you and I are now living with Christ
by our faith in the Lord. And we now live by faith in the Lord because
we ourselves had already died with Jesus Christ.
Do you believe in the Word of God? While believing
in God’s Word, if you encounter any problems, would you go out in
search of something else to do? Even after I received the remission
of my sins, there was a time when I used to worry for a while over
how I would make a living. I worried before God, “What would I eat,
what would I drink, how would I live from now on, and how would
I serve the Lord?” My worries of the flesh did not end with this.
When I worried for myself over how I would live, I couldn’t get
any solution for those worries. It was rather pathetic, since I
myself had to think about how to make a living. The most that my
thoughts could come up with was to go into some kind of business
to make a living. I came up with this idea because I figured that
I could do business for a while, and then spend the rest time of
the day for the Lord. But thinking like this made me feel wretched
I couldn’t find any answer through my way of thinking.
But the Lord opened my eyes through His Word. When I read the Bible,
I found the truth that I had already died with Jesus Christ. Through
the Word of God, I came to see whether I was alive or dead. At that
time God inside me said, “I have been crucified with Christ;
it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.” I reflected
on this passage from Galatians 2:20. Then I realized, “Since I have
been crucified with Christ, then I must have also died with Jesus
Christ on the Cross. If I am dead, what is there to worry over myself?
Ah, my ego is still alive in me.” I found then that all these worries
were no more than of my own carnal thoughts.
My fellow believers, we all know that a dead body
can do nothing, but it takes a lot of time for us to realize this.
But once I realized, “In the Lord, there is nothing that I can do
now. For me to think about myself and for myself is all useless,”
I stopped worrying about how I would make a living. Instead of thinking
about myself, I had to think only about how the Lord’s gospel could
be preached. All of us now also need this faith.
From then on, I have done the Lord’s work relying
on my faith in the gospel of the water and the Spirit, praying,
“I believe in You, Lord. Give me all my necessities. I will serve
you entirely.” That’s because if I kept worrying about how I would
making a living, my soul would end up dead for my disbelief. It’s
because our old selves are not dead in Jesus Christ that disbeliefs
surface. Do you not have such disbeliefs surfacing now? Such disbeliefs
surface in your hearts because you haven’t confirmed that you are
dead. Once your hearts believe that you are dead, and once your
minds realize that you are dead, you will no longer worry about
yourselves from then on. As if the wind ceased, and there was a
great calm over the Sea of Galilee when Jesus rebuke the wind saying,
“Quiet! Be still!” a great calm reigns over our hearts when we grasp
this passage that says, “I have been crucified with Christ; it
is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.” You need not
worry about yourselves from now on.
Human beings must be rational and they must seek the
Truth and believe in it rationally. Since we are not mere animals,
we must think about ourselves rationally. We know very well that
because we are dead in Jesus Christ, there is nothing that we can
do on our own. Then we come to pray wholeheartedly, “Lord, please
help me. Help me do Your work. I am so insufficient and so weak.
But allow me to do Your work.” Such sincere prayers are coming out
of our hearts. “God, I am insufficient. If it pleases You to use
me, then though I may be insufficient, please use me as Your instrument.”
We would inevitably give this kind of earnest prayer.
“And let it be not according to my will, but according
to Your will, so lead me God.” We come to entrust our everything
to God. From then on, we are only grateful if God makes us do even
the smallest work, and we are bound to do His work diligently. Because
we have been crucified with Christ, it is not by our own strength
that we live, but it is by the strength of the Lord that we live
the rest of our lives, for Christ now lives in us. And it is for
the Lord that we live the rest of our lives in the flesh. We live
by faith in the Son of God who, out of His love for us, was crucified
to death in our place and has saved us.
We must open our spiritual eyes. We must see clearly
whether our old selves are dead or alive in Christ. We can go forth
with the Word only if we confirm with the Word that our old selves
had died in Christ. We go when the Word says, “Go,” we stop when
the Word says, “Stop,” and we live by faith believing in what the
Word is telling us. Many people say that they can’t believe in the
Word of God, but I believe in it. Everyone else in this entire world
may not believe in what the Word of God is teaching us, but I still
believe in it. It’s not myself that I believe, nor my own thoughts,
but it is Word of God that I believe. I believe in it because the
Word of God is all true.
If I were to tell you only about myself, would you
trust me entirely? Of course not. And I can’t even speak boldly.
Yet the reason why I can now preach the gospel throughout the world
so boldly is because I believe in the Lord and His Word. Countless
people wonder whether the gospel of the water and the Spirit is
true, but when I open the Word of God and preach to them exactly
according to this Word, these people also come to admit themselves
before God and receive the remission of their sins. They receive
the remission of sins because the gospel of the water and the Spirit
is not of my own teachings but of the Word of God.
When the people of Israel crossed the Red Sea, the
Egyptians who had challenged God out of their disbelief all drowned.
But the people of Israel, who marched forth by believing in the
Word of God, crossed the Red Sea safely. We must live our lives
of faith realizing that we had already died in Christ. This is not
just a mere hypothesis.
My fellow believers, many of you probably attend morning
prayer meetings and read the Bible regularly, but there may be some
who still have many worries and regrets about themselves. My fellow
believers, do not worry about anything. This present age does not
have enough workers. So if you really believe in the gospel of the
water and the Spirit and have indeed received the remission of your
sins, then admit concretely by faith that you had already died.
Only such people are used by God as His workers. Do you understand
this? Anyone whose ego is not dead cannot be used as a worker of
God. No matter how gifted someone might be, the undead cannot be
used. God uses only the dead as His instruments.
My fellow believers! What is the status of God’s servants?
They are servants who serve their Master. Could anyone else but
the selfless become servants? A servant is someone who always says
yes to the Lord, even if He says, “Go and empty out the outhouse,”
“Sweep the front yard today,” or “Go and escort the guests.” These
things can be done only if the servant does not have his own thoughts;
how could he do God’s works if he has his own thoughts? The same
principle applies to us also. Only those whose egos are dead in
Jesus Christ can become the servants who follow the Lord with yes
every time He speaks to them. Anyone who is still not dead in Christ
cannot be a servant of God.
My fellow believers, how long would we continue to
worry about ourselves and struggle against ourselves? When we had
already died in Jesus Christ, what still causes you to struggle
against ourselves? Stop struggling against yourselves now. End it
now by placing your faith in the Word of God. “I have been crucified
with Christ” (Galatians 2:20). All strives are over with this
one passage alone. When we die in Christ, we are at peace. This
is why we are called as new creatures.
Our sisters are particularly prone to become jealous
of someone else’s spiritual progress and to fret about the things
right before their eyes. But I admonish you to have eyes that can
see far ahead. You should have the eyes that can see far by faith
in the Lord. Stop squabbling over what is immediately before you,
and look far ahead, so that you may make spiritually right decisions
throughout your lives. You will then come to know the spiritual
order in God’s Church, discern the spiritual things from carnal
ones, and grow up spiritually day by day as good servants of God.
Do not worry about whether the Lord would use you
or not. Do not be anxious over how your future will unfold. Do not
be concerned about whether you will be held in respect or not. Stop
worrying about those kinds of carnal anxieties. Just be the people
of faith who look far ahead.
Our characters are at their best when we believe in
the Word of God and abide by it. Countless people need to realize
just how much they are being deceived. They think they would be
respected when they try to edify themselves according to the doctrine
of sanctification. The same goes for you also, if you do not believe
in the Word of God. Then you cannot but live a foolish life. If
you are still not dead before the Word of God, you can’t see God’s
domain clearly, as if a piece of paper is blocking your view. If
there is a paper before our eyes, no matter how thin it might be,
the Truth is blurred.
My fellow believers, you must realize that by believing
in the Word of God, you were crucified to death with Christ. It
is only when you realize this that you can lead your lives of faith
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Galatians 2:20 says, “I have been crucified with
Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and
the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son
of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” All the Apostle
Paul’s faith is contained in this single passage. This one passage,
in other words, also contains all about how we should believe, how
we should live for the Lord, and what kind of faith we should have.
My fellow believers, do you believe in God’s Word?
If so, then you are all remarkable people. You are all qualified
to become God’s servants. Faith in the gospel of the water and the
Spirit defeats all hypotheses. With all hypotheses now removed,
we are to live by our faith in the Lord.
As Paul said, “The life which I now live in the
flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself
for me.” You and I now live by faith—by our faith in the
Lord, by our faith in our remission of sin, by our faith that the
Lord would help us and work in our lives. It is by faith in the
Lord that we can truly triumph.
I give all my thanks to the Lord for giving us the
gospel of the water and the Spirit.