The Bible Is the Word of Salvation, Not a Book of Science
< Genesis 1:1-2 >
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the
earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on
the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the
face of the waters.”
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the
earth.” This passage from Genesis 1:1 is the very first verse
that we come across when we open the Bible. God said, “In the beginning
God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form,
and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit
of God was hovering over the face of the waters.” When it says here,
“The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the
face of the deep,” this describes the condition of the hearts
of those who are not born again.
The Bible is not a science book. The Bible is the
Word of Truth that saves everyone from sin. It is the Word that
brings the remission of sin to mankind. The Word of the Scriptures
is the blessed Word of salvation that God spoke and fulfilled to
mankind. As it is written, “You search the Scriptures, for in
them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify
of Me” (John 5:39). The Bible is the Word that enables mankind
to be saved from sin and receive eternal life. Therefore, for one
to be saved from his sins, he must first of all realize the condition
of his heart through the Word of the Scriptures.
When God said here, “The earth was without form,”
He was describing the condition of everyone’s heart. The Word of
God is saying that everyone’s heart is without form like this, and
that by its very nature it is fundamentally sinful. In everyone’s
heart, all these three conditions of formlessness, void, and darkness
are present. Put differently, formlessness, void, and sin are lodged
deep in the hearts of people, in their minds and thoughts. That
the thoughts of mankind are “without form” applies to those who
do not know God’s Word of Truth, and consequently have not met Jesus
Christ. The word “void” refers to the unsatisfied condition of the
hearts of sinners. That the darkness is lodged in the depth of the
human heart, on the other hand, means that the sins of mankind are
hidden deep in their hearts.
For those who have not truly encountered the gospel
of the water and the Spirit given to us by the Lord, their hearts
are defined by formlessness itself. In other words, they do not
know what the Truth of God is-that is, they do not know what the
gospel of the water and the Spirit is-and so they are wandering
around, trapped in their own thoughts. The reason for this, why
the people of this world are lost, is because their thoughts are
fundamentally confused. Their confused thoughts make it impossible
to solve all their problems on their own.
The cause as to why everyone’s heart is void and formless
is the absence the Word of Jesus in his heart. Put differently,
it is because people failed to keep God’s Word of Truth in their
hearts that their minds became void and confused. Emptiness prevails
in their hearts precisely because their hearts cannot be dwelt by
the Lord, who has given them the remission of their sins.
In today’s Scripture passage, “darkness” refers to
mankind’s sin. It refers to the condition where one remains unwashed
from his sins, from his failure to properly grasp the gospel Truth
of the water and the Spirit. For everyone whose sins remain intact,
it is precisely because he does not believe in the gospel of the
water and the Spirit. Therefore, everyone must realize and believe
according to the will of God that the gospel Word of the water and
the Spirit is the Truth. However, as many people still do not believe
in the gospel of the water and the Spirit, sin continues to exist
in their hearts even to this day. This is because they do not realize
the fact that God is the Lord who created the heavens and the earth,
the entire universe and all things in it, and that Jesus has blotted
out all their sins. Yet even now, most people only assert their
own good deeds and do not recognize the gospel of the water and
the Spirit. The Bible says that such people, seeking to establish
their own righteousness, do not submit to the righteousness of God
What happens to the hearts of such sinners then? As
their hearts remain sinful, they are plagued by confusion, not knowing
what God’s Truth of salvation is. For all those who have not accepted
the Word of God exactly as it is, they must study and realize properly
what the Truth of the water and the Spirit is. Anyone who does not
know the gospel of the water and the Spirit revealed in the Word
of God is filled with his or her own thoughts of confusion. It is
such people who are sinners before God.
As mentioned, the “earth” in today’s Scripture passage
refers to the human heart. That the earth (one’s heart) was without
form and void implies that our sins before God prevent us from meeting
the Lord, and as a result, our hearts are beset by confusion and
emptiness. In other words, confusion came to people’s minds when
they drifted away from God and slipped away from the Truth of the
water, the blood, and the Spirit, not believing in God’s true Word
of salvation. My fellow believers, unless one believes in God as
His Savior, who created the heavens and the earth, he cannot know
the real Truth. And it is when one has no knowledge of the Truth
of God that he is plagued by confusion. He can’t realize who created
everything in this world, and who God is. Countless people have
fallen into such confusion, not knowing whether a rock, the sun,
the moon, a big tree, or an elephant is God. That is why God, referring
to the condition of the hearts of the sinful, is saying, “The earth
was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the
When people do not acknowledge the Word of God in
their hearts, they are beset by confusion. When people do not truly
realize that the God who created all things is none other than Jesus
Christ; that Jesus came to this earth incarnated in the flesh of
man; that He took upon all the sins of mankind once for all through
the baptism He received from John the Baptism; that He shed His
precious blood on the Cross; and that He rose from the dead again
and ascended to Heaven, they are all bound to live their entire
lifetime imprisoned in confusion, void, and darkness. That is why
so many people are unable to be saved from their sins, forever wandering
in confusion, void, and darkness.
My fellow believers, Jesus Christ created the universe
together with God the Father and the Holy Spirit. Is this true or
not? Of course it’s true. This means that Jesus Christ is the Master
of the universe. Mankind’s sin is none other than drifting away
from the God of Truth, neither believing in Jesus Christ as the
Savior (John 16:9), nor believing in this Jesus who came by the
gospel of the water and the Spirit with the heart. Isn’t it a sin
for human beings not to believe in the Lord who created them as
their Master, and not to recognize their original Master? Of course
it is. In other words, it constitutes a sin when one does not believe
in Jesus Christ as his Savior, and fails to believe that He has
blotted out our sins with the gospel of the water and the Spirit.
For one to drift away from Jesus Christ is the very sin that leads
him to fall into destruction. This is the path that leads mankind
to confusion. Those who drift away from God not believing in Him
are lost, for they do not believe in the Word of Truth.
The Void and Sin in People’s
There is no one else but only Jesus who can give true
satisfaction to us human beings. However, because people do not
accept what Jesus our Savior achieved when He came to this earth,
Christ cannot enter and dwell in their hearts, and that is why there
is only emptiness in their hearts.
To fill their empty hearts, people must accept into
their hearts the Word of Jesus, who is full of all truths. To do
so, we must believe with our hearts in everything that Jesus did
when He came to this earth. We must accept into our hearts that
Jesus was baptized to take upon all our sins, that He shed His blood
and died on the Cross, and that He rose from the dead again. If
you really recognize with your hearts and accept what Jesus did
for you, then the void in your hearts will surely disappear.
The human heart is also characterized by darkness.
When the Bible says, “Darkness was on the face of the deep,” it
means that everyone’s sins are lodged so deep in his heart that
he himself does not realize this. It also means that human beings
try to hide their sins in their lives. My fellow believers, if one
hides his sins and refuses to recognize his sinfulness, then he
will continue to live imprisoned in darkness. And he will not be
born again into someone who can please God. If one does not realize
and admit just how weak and evil he is, then he won’t be able to
recognize the God of mercy in the end, and fail to meet the God
of salvation through the Word.
Unless one acknowledges the Word of God, he can never
realize his true self, and if one does not realize his true self,
then he will be forsaking God. It is because people cannot acknowledge
God that they try to hide their sins, attempting to establish themselves
as virtuous people and protect themselves all on their own. This
is what happens when one does not acknowledge God’s Word of Truth.
This, my fellow believers, is a sin. All who have
drifted away from God, and who do not believe in His Word, are sinners.
From the very beginning, God was speaking to such sinners, telling
them that their hearts are without form and void, and that darkness
is in the face of the deep.
God Works in Us Only through
The Bible says that the Spirit of God was hovering
over the face of the water. Through what does God remit away sinners’
transgressions? It is through His Word that God remits away all
the sins of all the people.
In the Bible, this “water” refers to God’s Word of
Truth. The “earth” refers to the human heart. And the “sea” refers
to the world.
When it says here, “The Spirit of God was hovering
over the face of the waters,” it indicates where the Spirit of God
works, implying that the Holy Spirit works within the bounds of
His Spoken Word. When people hold onto the Word of God and believe
in this Word, God will work in their hearts with His Word, completely
blot out all the sins of their hearts, and save them all. God created
the universe with His Word, and it is also with the Word that He
has remitted away all the sins of every sinner.
What, then, does it mean when the Bible says that
the Holy Spirit, who is God Himself, was hovering above the water?
It means that the Holy Spirit could not enter into the hearts of
the sinful. This passage tells us that although God wants to dwell
in people’s hearts and be with them, He cannot do this as long as
there is sin in their hearts.
God the Holy Spirit wants to come into everyone’s
hearts, but He can only come into the hearts of those who have received
the remission of their sins. That is why one must believe in the
Word spoken by Jesus, and accept into his heart the remission of
sin that came by the water and the Spirit. It is then that the Lord
can come into us.
Who created the universe? It’s Jesus, God Himself.
Fundamentally speaking, Jesus is God Himself, the One who made us
and created the universe. And Jesus is the Savior God who came to
this earth to save us mankind from all our sins. Jesus is the God
who made all nature. How, then, can we meet this Jesus? It is through
God’s Word of Truth that we can meet Jesus. When we believe in the
gospel Word of the Truth of the remission of sin, we can indeed
be forgiven from all our sins and meet God. We can then realize
who God is; what kind of relationship we have with God; what the
sin that God speaks of is; what the salvation-that is, the remission
of sin-that God speaks of is; what the God-given eternal life is;
and what kind of blessings God has given us. It is by believing
in Jesus that we can believe in God with our hearts.
God works in those who believe in this true Word of
salvation. And it is the believers in this Word whom God saves,
granting them the remission of all their sins. The Lord has given
the remission of sin to those who believe in God’s Word of salvation.
However, if someone neither hears nor believes in God’s Word of
Truth, and therefore his heart’s sins remain intact, then God cannot
come into his heart. That is why God is hovering around us, telling
us to first receive the remission of sin that He is offering to
everyone so freely. And that is why the Bible says, “The Spirit
of God was hovering over the face of the waters.”
What, then, is mankind’s sin? First, it is the rejection
of God’s Word of salvation, which brings the true remission of sin,
and the refusal to believe in it with the heart. For mankind to
disbelieve in God’s Truth of salvation is to commit a great sin
against God. People often consider it a sin only when they commit
a particularly grave transgression, but that is not the only sin.
Not to believe in Jesus Christ, who is the Word itself, is a sin.
The real, most fundamental sin is the failure to acknowledge and
believe in the Word of God.
Yet despite this, those who have fallen into confusion
think on their own irrespective of God, believing that it is only
when they commit a certain wrongdoing that this insufficiency of
their acts constitutes a sin. In contrast, when God created the
heavens and the earth, He spoke to mankind that sin is not to believe
in His existence and His Word, making it clear that this is the
beginning of sin, its origin and its essence.
What kind of sinners, then, have human beings become
by not believing in God and His Word? God said to Adam and Eve,
“Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree
of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the
day that you eat of it you shall surely die” (Genesis 2:16-17).
Even though Adam did believe in God, he did not believe in His spoken
Word in its entirety, and so he ended up eating the fruit of the
tree of the knowledge of good and evil. It is from here that sin
As Adam and Eve did not believe in God’s Word, what
were the consequences that followed from this? Human beings, deceived
by the temptation of Satan, ended up becoming sinners, leaving God
behind, committing sin before Him, rejecting His Word, and, even
worse, siding with the Devil. By not believing in God’s Word, human
beings found themselves as sinners to be accursed. All those who
have drifted away from God disbelieving His Word have become sinners
before God. And mankind was accursed, destined to be condemned by
For a sinner to be saved from God’s curse, he must
believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit that has become
the righteousness of God. Only when mankind believes in this Word
of Truth can it return to God. All of us human beings must return
to the true Word of God, accept it and believe in it. For a sinner
to return to God, he must turn around from his disbelief, from his
refusal to believe in God’s Word of Truth.
From the Book of Genesis, all of us can find out what
the God-spoken sin is, how God comes to sinners, and how His work
of salvation and blessings were prepared. When we humans fell into
sin, our Lord Jesus, who is God Himself, came to us as the Savior
of sinners, and remitted away all the sins of every sinner. It is
with His Word that God created the heavens and the earth. Likewise,
it is also with His Word that God has given us the remission of
our sins, and the Kingdom of Heaven as well.
When God Created the Heavens
and the Earth, He Made Them with His Word
When God made everything under the heavens and on
the earth, He commanded with His Word. He said: “Let there be light”;
“Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it
divide the waters from the waters”; “Let the earth bring forth grass,
the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit
according to its kind, whose seed is in itself”; “Let the waters
abound with an abundance of living creatures, and let birds fly
above the earth across the face of the firmament of the heavens”;
and, “Let the earth bring forth the living creature according to
God created everything with the Word that came out
of His lips. Just as the whole universe and everything in it came
into existence all because of the Lord’s Word, so has mankind’s
remission of sin come to us by the Word of the Lord. To save us,
who fell into sin not believing in God’s true Word of salvation,
our Lord comes looking for us once again by God’s Word of righteousness.
We must realize that it is neither by our dreams nor by our visions
that our God comes to us, but He comes to us by the Word of righteousness.
The Lord does not meet us through some sort of mystical experiences.
It is written, “In the beginning God created the
heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and
darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was
hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said, ‘Let there
be light’; and there was light” (Genesis 1:1-3).
This passage means that just as God created this whole
universe with the Word, so has God come to sinners by His Word of
righteousness when all mankind fell into sin. And it means that
the Lord has saved sinners from their iniquities and completed their
remission of sin exactly as God spoke.
To save all the human beings that fell into sin, Jesus
came looking for them with the Lord’s Word of Truth. As Adam and
Eve fell into sin, everyone else became a sinner as well. How did
our Lord come looking for such people? He came by the Word of Truth
and grace. Let us turn to Isaiah 55:1-3 here:
“Ho! Everyone who thirsts,
Come to the waters;
And you who have no money,
Come, buy and eat.
Yes, come, buy wine and milk
Without money and without price.
Why do you spend money for what is not bread,
And your wages for what does not satisfy?
Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good,
And let your soul delight itself in abundance.
Incline your ear, and come to Me.
Hear, and your soul shall live;
And I will make an everlasting covenant with you--
The sure mercies of David.”
When everyone’s thoughts were trapped in confusion,
and the heart was void with darkness on the face of the deep, our
Lord came by the true Word of salvation to all the sinners who had
left God and His Word. As written, “Incline your ear, and come
to Me. Hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting
covenant with you-The sure mercies of David.” It is by the Word
of His righteousness that God came to us again.
You Must Return to the Word
None other than the very Bible that you and I have
is the Word of God. The Bible itself is God’s Word. We must know
the Word of God and accept it by faith. Of the three Persons of
God-the Father, the Son, and the Spirit-the Son is the very Word
of God. This Word itself that we are now reading is God Himself
(John 1:1). As this is true, when those who believe in the Lord
read the written Word of the Scriptures, they do so believing that
it is the very Word of God. In contrast, sinners who do not believe
in the Lord do not believe that the Bible is the Word of God, nor
do they believe that the Word is God Himself.
God is Spirit, but He is also Logos-that is, the Word
itself. The true Word of the Bible is God’s Word. And the Word is
God Himself. The Lord Jesus came into the hearts of sinners by the
Word of salvation, for He is the God of the Word. Coming to sinners
by His Word, God said,
“Seek the LORD while He may be found,
Call upon Him while He is near.
Let the wicked forsake his way,
And the unrighteous man his thoughts;
Let him return to the LORD,
And He will have mercy on him;
And to our God,
For He will abundantly pardon” (Isaiah 55:6-7).
Were it not for the Word that God spoke to us, how
else could we believe in the Lord as our Savior? How else could
we meet the Lord? If the Lord were to call our names and appear
in our vision in all His glory, and say to us, “I am taking away
all your sins,” we would all faint and die. Unlike us, God does
not have a body. He came to us and spoke to us as the Word of Truth
itself. He said to us, “Seek the LORD while He may be found, call
upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, and the
unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the LORD, and He
will have mercy on him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.”
God is near us through His Word. While the Lord is
in the hearts of the saved, for unbelievers, He is very near them,
as the Word of God. The Lord is always near sinners, together with
them as the Word. If sinners call upon God while still alive, if
they really look for Him, God will surely meet them through His
To find God, the wicked must first forsake their way,
and the unrighteous their thoughts. The word wicked here refers
to those who do not acknowledge God’s Word of righteousness. The
wicked must turn around from their way of not recognizing God’s
righteousness. Those who are unrighteous before God are those who
do not acknowledge God’s Word of Truth and commit sin, and along
with the wicked, they must also forsake their unbelieving thoughts
and return to the God of Truth. The wicked and the unrighteous are
all sinners alike, and for such sinners to return to God, they must
come into the gospel by believing in the righteousness of God, regardless
of what kind of sin they may have fallen into.
To do so, they must first realize just how abjectly
they had failed to recognize God’s Word of righteousness. All sinners
can meet God and believe in Him only when they admit their wicked
selves, recognize their failure, acknowledge God’s existence, and
admit that God is their Lord and their Savior. Every sinner can
return to God, but only if he acknowledges and believes in the God-spoken
Word of Truth.
It is when we acknowledge the Word of God by believing
in it with our hearts that we can return to God. Do you understand
this? This is the only way for mankind who had left God to return
to Him. A sinner can be restored and return to God only if he acknowledges
Him and recognizes the His spoken Word.
To Return to God, Cast aside
Your Own Thoughts First
One cannot return to God just by calling on the name
of the Lord, shouting out, “Lord!” Some pastors make such a claim,
citing a passage from Romans, which says, “Whoever calls on the
name of the LORD shall be saved” (Romans 10:13). However, it
is absolutely not the case that one can return to God just by saying,
“God, I believe.” This is all nothing more than one’s own thought.
For everyone, it is only when one recognizes the Word of God that
he can return to God and meet Him. The wicked can return to God
only when they forsake their thoughts.
We the righteous people who have been saved, and the
unsaved sinners alike, have all committed so many wrongdoings before
God. Yet despite this, God took away all these iniquities through
His righteousness. He took upon all the sins that we commit out
of our mistaken thoughts, misunderstanding, and weaknesses. Our
Lord took away all these sins that people commit out of their weaknesses
and ignorance. Do you realize just how ignorant we humans are before
God? Just how often have we thought wrong, misconceived, and misunderstood,
and failed to see straight, all because we have no perception whatsoever?
That is why we end up committing sin in this world. Yet despite
all this, didn’t Jesus take away all these sins? Indeed, Jesus shouldered
all our sins and took them all away. Jesus is our Savior.
In the passage from Isaiah quoted above, it was said,
“Let the wicked forsake his way,
And the unrighteous man his thoughts;
Let him return to the LORD,
And He will have mercy on him;
And to our God,
For He will abundantly pardon.”
God is telling us to abandon our own thoughts and
return to Jehovah. My fellow believers, do you realize just how
evil our thoughts are before God? Our thoughts are wickedness itself.
Of course, our Lord took away all these mistaken thoughts
as well, but there still are so many erudite philosophers and scientists
who deny the existence of God. They are the ones whose hearts have
been all hardened by their thoughts. They say, “Where is God? How
could Jesus be God, and how could God be the God of the Word? How
could He make the whole universe and mankind? Everything came into
existence through evolution.” So many people in this world think
However, God is saying to the wicked to forsake their
thoughts and to return to Jehovah. God is saying that for sinners
to be remitted from their sins, they must first cast aside their
evil thoughts and believe in the righteousness of God. We must realize
just how evil our thoughts are. And we must realize that before
God, the arrogance of not believing in God’s Word is a great sin.
Even so, our Lord took upon all the sins of mankind
by being baptized, from the sins committed out of weaknesses to
the wickedness of our thoughts and acts alike. That is why we can
return to Jehovah God by faith. God is saying, “Let the wicked forsake
their thoughts and return to Me.” Are our thoughts flawed or flawless
before God? Are your thoughts upright or immoral? We have to realize
all the thoughts that we have apart from the Word of God and from
the faith in this Word are evil. Man-made thoughts are fundamentally
fallacious. Between our own thoughts and the Word of God, which
is right? It is of course God’s Word that is right.
Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), a German existential
philosopher, concluded on his own that God was dead. He thought,
“It’s because God is dead that the wicked are so powerful in this
world even though they practice evil so much! That’s why God is
dead!” While Nietzsche was on a voyage, he was shipwrecked and got
on a lifeboat. But the waves were so high that he was about to drown,
and it’s said that he ended up praying to God, begging, “God, please
save me!” Nietzsche, who had declared God to be dead, asked God
to save him.
So God saved him, and he set his foot on land again.
After a few days, when Nietzsche gave a lecture, he once again claimed,
“There is no God. God is dead.” At the lecture, there were some
passengers who had been shipwrecked with Nietzsche, and they were
heard saying, “That fellow Nietzsche is a strange guy. When he was
in the sea, he said that God was alive, but now that he is on land,
he says that God is dead. So his ideas must be false.”
This is how all humans think. When they face some
dire emergency, they look for God, but once they are comfortable,
they say that God is dead. Why do they do this? It is because such
people do not want to surrender to God. None other than this is
the sin of not believing in God, and such people are the evilest
sinners who have left God.
God’s Word of Truth Is Different
from the Thoughts of Mankind
If you want your souls to be saved from sin, then
cast aside your own human thoughts. And think about the baptism
and the Cross of Jesus Christ, who came by the Word of God. Our
fallacious thoughts make us reject Jesus’ Word. The Lord is saying,
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will
give you rest (Matthew 11:28).
The Lord took upon all our sins through His baptism.
Therefore, for sinners to meet God, they must cast aside their own
thoughts and return to Jesus Christ. The Bible says that God will
then “have mercy on” them. Out of His compassion for sinners, Jesus
took all their transgressions upon His own body through the baptism
given by John over 2,000 years ago.
It is written:
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways," says the LORD.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8-9).
God’s righteous thoughts and our human thoughts are
fundamentally different. They are on a completely different level.
In our own thoughts we humans complain, “Why did God make me in
the first place, to suffer like this in this world? I don’t understand
why He made me like this, why He had me be born like this.” And
those who blame God also blame their parents. They think, “I just
can’t figure out why my parents didn’t’ leave me any inheritance,
why they had me in the first place when they were so poor, and why
they let me live like this, suffering so much and despised by so
many.” Not only is this just confined to their thoughts alone, but
they actually say so bluntly to their parents.
However, our Lord says that He permitted suffering
so that He may save from sin all the sinners who had left God and
clothe them in His glory, so that He may make them look for God.
Mankind would not look for God if there was no suffering on this
earth and everything was just fine. And if human beings had no insufficiencies
or weaknesses, then they could not become God’s children by believing
in Jesus. That is why God has permitted mankind to suffer on this
earth, but just for a while. It’s because mankind’s thoughts and
God’s thoughts are completely different.
People say, “ God probably made us out of boredom,
as His toys to entertain Himself.” Many are prone to think like
this. That’s why some people curse God and point their fingers at
Him. However, God’s thoughts are different from our thoughts.
God made us human beings to turn us into His people
and His children, so that we may live happily in the paradise on
earth and the Kingdom of Heaven. God created mankind so that we
may enjoy eternal, never-ending life just like God Himself. It is
with such a plan that God made us, and to fulfill all these purposes,
Jesus was baptized, died on the Cross, and rose from the dead again,
thus achieving them all. None other than this is God’s providence.
God made mankind in order to bring true happiness
and blessings to us human beings. However, this is not how we think
in our man-made thoughts, and instead we often blame God, uttering
blasphemous words, “If God made mankind, He shouldn’t have made
the wicked or the Devil.”
Did God make the Devil? No. Satan the Devil was an
angel originally. This angel fell because he tried to exalt himself
higher than God. That is why the angel became Satan. And you should
also realize the fact that it is to enable us to be saved from sin
by believing in the His righteousness that God permitted the people
of Israel not to accept Him.
To explain the will of God more easily, let me draw
a parallel here to the relationship between a five-year-old child
and his parents. When adults are about to carry out some task, they
carefully make all the necessary preparations before they actually
begin. But a child cannot understand this no matter how hard one
might try to explain it.
Let’s assume here that we are making some noodle soup.
When we make noodle soup, we first pour flour into a bowl. The child
in our example, only five-year old, sees this and asks, “Why are
you pouring the flour?” We then pour some water into the bowl. The
child asks again, “Why do you pour water in there?” He just can’t
understand why water is poured, as it makes no sense to him at all.
We then begin to knead the dough. The child asks, “Why are you kneading?”
We then roll the dough with a roller. The child then again asks,
“Why are you rolling?”
For the child, everything is curious and questionable.
When we cut the flattened dough, the child asks again, “Why do you
cut it?”; when we boil the water, he asks, “Why do you boil the
water?”; and when we put the noodle soup into the boiling water,
he asks again, “Why do you put the noodle soup there? Why do you
None of the child’s questions may be answered to the
end, but once we let him try the noodle soup and taste it, he would
then realize, “Ah, so this is what noodle soup is.” Meanwhile, all
the steps that were taken to make the noodle soup are lost to him.
He only looks at their result, which is the noodle soup that he
gets to taste, and all that he can grasp is, “Oh, so this is noodle
soup. Wow! It’s so delicious!”
Like this, the child cannot comprehend all the steps
that his parents took to make the noodle soup. Likewise, no matter
how we are told of the purpose for which God created us, and how
this goal and the process by which God makes us His children to
live happily are explained to us, it’s still very hard for us to
understand it all, for we are just like this child.
We Must Acknowledge the Infallibility
of the Word of God
To do so is to recognize God’s goodness. God made
everyone to bless him. Put differently, it is to bless us that God
made us be born on this earth. God says that He has made His vineyard
and planted it with the choicest vine, and that He expects it to
bring forth good grapes (Isaiah 5:2). If God had a certain plan
to make the highest-quality grapes, and He made them somehow, then
we must accept all the steps.
Yet despite this, people still do not believe in God.
It’s because of this disbelief that they are to be cast into hell
fire. If one does not acknowledge God as God, then as the wage of
this sin, it is only fitting for him to be cast into the never-ending
pit of fire to suffer forever. It is only a matter of course that
unbelievers should be cast into hell.
Some people may then ask, “God shouldn’t have made
hell. Why did He make it?” My fellow believers, it is not proper
for a creature not to recognize its Maker. The Bible illustrates
this point by drawing an analogy to a potter. If we were making
a vessel, and for some reason we were not happy with it, and so
we shattered it and threw it away, have we done anything wrong here?
No, as its maker, we have done nothing wrong. When we consider this,
we can grasp that all that we can do, as mere creatures before God
our Creator, is just believe in Him and accept what He has given
us, and that there is nothing for which we can blame God.
Are we the Creator? No, we are no more than creatures.
Whatever might be done to creatures, it is the Maker’s right. When
God made us with a good plan for a good purpose, for us to not to
surrender to this is itself wrong and evil. None other than this
is wickedness from the Devil. It is to challenge God. God walks
according to the Word of Truth, and we have to realize that for
us not to believe in this God, and not to believe in the Word He
spoke, is a sin. And we must realize that the Spirit of God is hovering
over the face of the waters. God works according to His own Word.
When we acknowledge this Word, believe in it and follow it, then
we can find God for sure.
The Word of God Works in
the Human Heart
If we were to believe in and seek after only mystical
experiences or natural revelations, rather than believing in the
Word of God, then we will not be able to find God. Do you grasp
this? It is written, “The Spirit of God was hovering over the
face of the waters.” The Bible does not write that the Spirit
of God was hovering over the face of the waters just because He
was bored. Is God somehow unable to hover over the earth? Why wouldn’t
God be able to walk on the earth? Far from it, Jesus Christ came
to this earth and walked on it. This passage means that the Holy
Spirit cannot dwell in the hearts of the sinful.
The special message that God is conveying to us here
is that sinners must return to the Word to find God. So only those
who returned to the Word have found God and were born again. That
is why the Bible makes the following two points: “For you to be
saved from sin, first, you must realize that you are nothing more
than piles of sin, and second, you must be born again through the
gospel Word of the water and the Spirit.” In other words, one is
born again by the Word of God and the Holy Spirit that seals him
with the seal of God.
We must know what is sin before God, and who God is.
We must realize that the hearts of those who have left God are confused
and void, and that darkness is on the face of the deep. Not to believe
in God’s Word, none other than this is sin. For us to return to
God, we must return to the Word, and only then can we find God.
The Word is God Himself, and God works through His Word. Realizing
this, we must all return to the Word.
We the righteous should also cast aside our own thoughts.
Even for us the righteous, to be blessed, we must throw away our
own thoughts. It is when we know the Word of God that we can believe
in Him. And when we acknowledge the Word, we can believe in God,
return to Him, and receive all His blessings. In particular, those
who have just recently received the remission of sin, and those
who still remain doubtful and confused, should turn to the Word
of God. And they should listen to the Word and meditate deeply on
what the Word actually says.
The same admonishment applies to sinners as well.
If sinners were not to return to this Word, and if they were not
to know the Word of God and return to its way, how else could they
find God, and how else could they receive the remission of their
sins from Jesus? For these sinners too, it is only when they return
to the Word that they can find Jesus, find God, find their Creator,
and be saved from their sins.
That is why we say that the Word of the Scriptures
is the Canon, which means “the measuring rod of salvation, the barometer
that enables us to meet God, and the standard for all judgment.”
The Bible is not something written by a man. God Himself wrote this
Bible, and even at this very moment, it continues to transform countless
lives. When we read the Bible, we can realize that there indeed
is God and find Him. And when we believe in the Word, this Word
comes into our hearts and works in our lives.
The Word comes into our minds to work in our lives,
and it also breaks down our mistaken thoughts. And the Word enables
us to receive the remission of our sins and to follow the will of
God. As the Word is alive and dynamic, it works in the believers’
hearts with power.
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the
earth.” How does God meet us human beings, who fell into sin?
From today’s Scripture passage, we have now seen the answer to this
question, on how God comes to us and works in our lives. It is through
His Word that God comes looking for us and works in this world.
Do you now realize this?
I give all my thanks to our Lord. We had indeed fallen
into confusion and void, and yet our Lord came looking for us and
met us through the Word. Those who are young in faith and those
who just heard the Word and received the remission of their sins
only recently, should take particular heed to listen to the Word
as often as possible.
I admonish you to never miss the hours of worship
and gatherings, but to take part in all. That’s because “faith comes
by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17). It is
when we hear the true gospel Word of the water and the Spirit that
we can know God and all our questions are answered.
The Word of God is not a science book, but it is the
Word of salvation.