From the Power of Darkness into the Kingdom of the Son
< Genesis 1:2-5 >
“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. And God saw the light, that it was good; and
God divided the light from the darkness. God called the light Day,
and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning
were the first day.”
Believe in the Gospel Truth of the Water and the Spirit, Your Confusion
of Mind Will Disappear
If you and I have committed even the smallest of all
sins, we must be condemned for this sin and die before God. That
is the Law of God. However, to avoid condemning us like this, God
sent His only begotten Son Jesus Christ to this earth, and had Him
receive baptism from John. So, by passing all the sins of mankind
to His Son, and by crucifying Him to the Cross, God had His Son
die vicariously for everyone. And God resurrected Him from the dead.
All these things were done so that everyone would be saved by believing
in the gospel of the water and the Spirit.
Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life”
(John 14:6). If this is the case, then the gospel of the water and
the Spirit that our Lord spoke must be true.
Do you think that whenever you and I commit sin against
God, this sin would be forgiven if we just confess it? Where is
it written in the Bible that we are washed from our sins whenever
we offer the prayers of confession?
Many people point out 1 John 1:9 as the basis for
the doctrine of repentance. Since 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess
our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to
cleanse us from all unrighteousness,” almost all Christians
believe that they are washed from their sins whenever they confess
them. Such an interpretation, however, is a great fallacy.
The actual meaning of this passage is that although
we are constantly sinning at the present, our Lord already blotted
out all the sins of this world through the gospel of the water and
the Spirit. Why is it that they only know the first clause of 1
John 1:9, and ignore the remaining clauses that follow in the same
passage? What does it mean when it says here that God is “faithful
and just”? When it says here that God is “faithful and just,” it
means that over 2,000 years ago, by being baptized by John, Jesus
already took away all our sins of the past, the future, and the
present, and washed them all away truthfully and faithfully, for
He knew that you and I would sin. That is why the Bible says that
if we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive us.
In other words, while we continue to sin and confess our sins at
the present, our Lord already took care of everything in the past,
as He took away all our sins and blotted them all out long ago.
Therefore, as we carry on with our lives on this earth
as someone who has already been born again by believing in the gospel
of the water and the Spirit, whenever we commit sin, we must make
the right confession as the following, placing our faith in the
gospel of the water and the Spirit: “Father, I have committed this
sin. I really cannot help but sin. But I believe that You have already
blotted out even this sin by being baptized by John the Baptist.
All my sins that are committed now, these sins were also blotted
out long ago when You were baptized and crucified. You have cleansed
away and blotted out all my sins of the world, not just my past
sins, but my present and future sins as well, all with the gospel
of the water and the Spirit. I can only give You all my thanks,
for You have saved me wholly like this, when I had been bound to
hell. Lord, please keep the heart of this righteous man, so that
I may live as a servant of righteousness, and lead me so that I
may not fall into evil.”
For Us to Be Freed from all
Our Sins and Confusion, We Must Know the Truth of the Water and the
Spirit and Believe in It
For us, Jesus Christ is the true light of salvation.
Jesus Christ is the faithful Savior to us, and He has actually blotted
out all our sins through His water and blood. When did He blot out
our sins? He blotted them out long ago. Some of you, whenever you
commit sin now, may still be saying, “I am so sorry, Lord; please
forgive this sin of mine.” But you are making such a confession
only because you still have not received the perfect remission of
your sins. While you are crying out to God with this confession
of conscience, the truth of the matter is that the Lord has already
blotted out all your sins once for all with the gospel of the water
and the Spirit.
If the Lord were to forgive our sins everyday in the
present tense, as we give our prayers of repentance, then the Lord
would still not be able to sit on the right hand of God. He would
have to be baptized everyday and be crucified to death everyday,
even as we speak now. If you still believe that your sins are forgiven
everyday, then your faith is still mired in spiritual confusion.
Jesus came to this earth as the light of salvation
to save us from the quagmire of sin, and He has indeed become our
true Savior by coming to us by the gospel of the water and the Spirit.
That is why Jesus was baptized by John, carried the sins of the
world to the Cross, and was crucified. And He died on the Cross,
saying, “It is finished,” and rose from the dead again. Just as
Hebrews 10:18 says, by sacrificing His own body as an eternal offering,
He has saved us perfectly once for all, so that there would be no
more offering for sin. Therefore, I ask all of you to believe in
this gospel of the water and the Spirit, and to be freed from all
your confusion. It is by knowing and believing in the gospel Truth
of the water and the Spirit that we can receive the remission of
our sins, become righteous people, and be born again. I admonish
you all to now be freed from confusion, and to also deliver countless
people from confusion.
The Old Testament Also Declares
Mankind to Be Piles of Sin
In Isaiah 59:1-8, God speaks about mankind’s sin,
saying that everyone commits sin with his hands, feet, lips and
body, and is also constantly planning to commit sin. As it is written:
“Behold, the LORD’s hand is not shortened,
That it cannot save;
Nor His ear heavy,
That it cannot hear.
But your iniquities have separated you from your God;
And your sins have hidden His face from you,
So that He will not hear.
For your hands are defiled with blood,
And your fingers with iniquity;
Your lips have spoken lies,
Your tongue has muttered perversity.
No one calls for justice,
Nor does any plead for truth.
They trust in empty words and speak lies;
They conceive evil and bring forth iniquity.
They hatch vipers' eggs and weave the spider’s web;
He who eats of their eggs dies,
And from that which is crushed a viper breaks out.
Their webs will not become garments,
Nor will they cover themselves with their works;
Their works are works of iniquity,
And the act of violence is in their hands.
Their feet run to evil,
And they make haste to shed innocent blood;
Their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity;
Wasting and destruction are in their paths.
The way of peace they have not known,
And there is no justice in their ways;
They have made themselves crooked paths;
Whoever takes that way shall not know peace.”
Isaiah 59:1-2 state, “Behold, the LORD’s hand is
not shortened, That it cannot save; Nor His ear heavy, That it cannot
hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And
your sins have hidden His face from you, So that He will not hear.”
It says here that the only reason why people cannot
commune with God is because of their sins. It is because of our
sins that our prayers cannot reach God, and God can neither bless
us nor allow us to enter the eternal Kingdom of Heaven. In other
words, because our sins are blocking us from God, God cannot help
us even as He wants to help us.
God wants to answer the prayers of those who suffer
and are oppressed in this world and help them, but because people
are sinful, He cannot help them. If there is still sin in your hearts,
then no matter how devotedly you might pray, God cannot hear your
prayers. That is why God is telling us to receive the remission
of our sins by believing in Jesus Christ, who came by the gospel
of the water and the Spirit.
Let us now see from the Word what kind of sin you
commit throughout your entire lifetime. When it says here in Isaiah
59:3, “For your hands are defiled with blood, And your fingers with
iniquity,” it means that we commit sin with our hands. And when
it says, “For your hands are defiled with blood, And your fingers
with iniquity; Your lips have spoken lies, Your tongue has muttered
perversity. No one calls for justice, Nor does any plead for truth,”
(Isaiah 59:3-4), it means that we commit all kinds of sin with
Isaiah 59:4-5 continue to say, “They trust in empty
words and speak lies; They conceive evil and bring forth iniquity.
They hatch vipers' eggs and weave the spider's web.” This passage
shows how we commit idolatry, bowing before objects carved out of
rock and wood in complete futility. It also shows just how wicked
our hearts are, having murderous desires at the slightest hint of
any harm, injury, or insult, which are precisely the kind of heart
that hatches vipers’ eggs.
Is human nature fundamentally good or evil? Countless
philosophers and thinkers in both the East and the West have propounded
on their own arguments, some claiming that human nature is good,
while others asserting that it is evil.
However, Jesus, the Lord of Truth, described the sinful
hearts of human beings as the following in Mark 7:21-23: “For
from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries,
fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit,
lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. All these
evil things come from within and defile a man.” The Word of
the Scriptures is the truth.
Everyone is born with sin, and everyone lives his
entire lifetime committing sin. There is no other species in this
world that is as nefarious as mankind. A while ago, a movie titled
‘Maruta’ was shown in Korea. This movie tells the story of
Japanese atrocities committed in China during World War II, when
a Japanese military unit conducted numerous experiments on living
bodies for chemical and biological weapons. In this movie, the Japanese
military performed various experiments on Chinese and Korean people,
testing to see how long human life would last under different freezing
temperatures, putting living human bodies into a centrifuge to see
how long it would take for them to be drained of bodily fluids and
die, and injecting them with bubonic plague bacteria to test how
long it would take for them to die. Like this, the human heart is
nefarious beyond description. We can see just how cruel and atrocious
human beings can be under certain circumstances, so evil that they
are capable of turning their fellow, living human beings into objects
of experiment. All this is the evidence of the fact that everyone
has a wicked heart that is completely selfish.
Competition and conflict are two features that we
can frequently witness in our human society. There are many cruel
people who, after using each other to their own ends, do not flinch
to kill the others once the plan is completed. The extremely selfish
heart that puts one’s own survival above all, and that is willing
to sacrifice others for this end, is a result that ultimately stems
from the wickedness of the human heart.
Just how many sins do human beings commit? We commit
countless sins with our hands, lips, and acts. This is our reality
from which we cannot escape, having been born with sin. In the movie
Schindler’s List, Schindler said, “Whenever circumstances
allow, the wickedness that is in people’s hearts pour out.” Like
this, because human beings were born into this world with such wicked
iniquities by nature, they all commit sin as soon as circumstances
are ripe to pour out their iniquities.
However, some people try to hide all the sins they
commit throughout their entire lifetime with their religious lives.
They try to temporarily cover up their exposed sins with such things
as sacrifice, volunteer work, ascetic lifestyle, prayers, and evangelizing
efforts. In Korea also, there are many people who have dedicated
their entire lifetime in sacrifice, so much so that they are called
as living saints. They may heal the sick, share their material possessions
with others, provide hospice, and through all these things bring
benefits to the carnal lives of the marginalized, but they cannot
deliver these people from sin and make them righteous. That is because
God does not look at one’s outside appearance, but he looks at the
center of his heart. In other words, when God looks at the center
of people’s hearts, He sees they are filled with poisonous sins
and practice wickedness. God doesn’t need a microscope to see this,
for He is the One who made us, and so He knows all about us.
My fellow believers, do you realize just how hardened
everyone’s heart is? It is human nature for everyone to despise
all those who are weaker than him. When we look at those who are
universally recognized by all for their virtues, or when we look
at the advanced, highly democratic countries, we can see that their
behaviors are actually more violent. In the old days, the great
powers used to invade and plunder weak and small countries without
For example, when Britain turned Hong Kong into its
colony, did it not undermine China with opium? Everyone acts extremely
callously for his own benefit. This is the true picture of all human
Human beings are so violent that they are willing
to invade another country and take the land as theirs, even if it
requires them to kill other human beings. This is who human beings
are by nature. The very human race itself is such an evil species.
That is why the Bible describes human beings as “a brood of evildoers”
(Isaiah 1:4), declaring to be sinners. Isaiah 59:7 also declares,
“Their feet run to evil, And they make haste to shed innocent blood;
Their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; Wasting and destruction
are in their paths,” and glaringly points out the sinful nature
of mankind. Everyone is like this.
Just as Jesus said, what proceeds “from within, out
of the heart of men,” is only “evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications,
murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an
evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness.” My fellow believers, count
each of these sins with your hands, and ask yourselves whether such
wicked things are indeed in your hearts or not. If you are honest
to God, then you will admit that your hearts do harbor all these
Yet despite this, even though all human beings have
such sins in their hearts, they do not know their own sins. To these
people, God said, “Darkness was on the face of the deep.” In other
words, even though there are all kinds of sin in their hearts, people
do not realize who they really are. And countless people are deluded
to think that they are not so wicked. For us to receive the remission
of our sins, we must first realize our true selves, but the problem
is that we do not realize this. If one has no awareness of himself,
that he is bound to hell because he is too evil, then such people
cannot avoid but turn into mere hypocritical religionists. Many
Pharisees failed to receive the grace of salvation precisely because
they did not realize their true selves and refused to acknowledge
That is why God had to illuminate our hearts with
the light of Truth. In other words, we can realize the need to receive
the remission of our sins only if God teaches us what kind of sin
we have, and what kind of sin we commit. It is for this reason that
God wrote about the sins of mankind in the Bible. In fact, while
the Bible is the book of salvation that enables us to be saved from
sin by believing in this Word, it is, on the other hand, also a
mirror that enables us to see ourselves.
In this Word of the Scriptures, Jesus said that from
within, out of the human heart, proceed evil thoughts above all.
There are evil thoughts in our hearts, in other words. Do you have
wicked thoughts or not? Of course you do. Do you have perverted
desires or not? Of course you do. Do you have greedy desires to
steal or not? Of course you do. Do you have murderous desires or
not? Of course you do. Do you have adulterous desire or not? Of
course you do. Aren’t your hearts greedy? Of course they are. Aren’t
your hearts wicked, deceitful, and lewd? Of course they are. Do
you have an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, and foolishness in your
hearts? Of course you do. All these sinful desires are firmly lodged
in your hearts and in my heart, in the heart of everyone living
on this earth, men and women, young and old, and rich and poor alike.
However, not everyone knows that there are such sins
in his heart. Before God shines salvation to people with the light
of Truth, there is no way for them to even realize themselves. Before
we come to know the Word of the Scriptures, we think that we are
just slightly flawed. We say, “I’ve never committed any great sin.
I’ve never stolen anything from anyone. I really haven’t committed
any major transgressions, and I’ve lived quite virtuously.”
However, God says to us, “You are murderers, thieves,
adulterous people, of those who have committed such sins as covetousness,
wickedness, lewdness, jealousy, discord, pride, and foolishness.”
People then say, “When did I commit murder? Whom did I kill? I’ve
never actually killed anyone. And how am I so lewd? Those who visit
brothels who are lewd, not me. I’ve never been to any such place,
and so how can You say that I am lewd? How can You offend me like
People not only fail to realize their actual sins,
but they are also completely oblivious to who they really are. They
do not know where they came from and where they are heading; what
they are living for and where they are going; and what the final
destination is for those who have received the remission of sin,
and for the sinners who have not received it.
It is when one knows the God who has come by the gospel
love of the water and the Spirit that he can finally realize his
sins clearly. The Bible says that the fear of Jehovah is the foundation
of wisdom. In other words, it is someone who truly fears God that
can come to know himself, realize where he is heading, know his
sins, and even grasp all God’s plans for the entire universe. This
actually applies to you and me alike. Even though God said to us
humans that we all have evil thoughts, we are deluded to think,
“What evil thoughts do I have? I’ve never had any evil thoughts!”
We cannot but admit our sinfulness because the Word
of God says so. It is because the Word of God is true that we are
forced to admit ourselves as sinful beings before the Word. If one
does not admit the authenticity of the Bible, he would not admit
that he has such evil things pointed out in Mark 7:21-23. For a
closer example, if you meet convicted criminals on death row or
imprisoned for life, they will most likely claim that they only
made a small mistake forced upon by their circumstances, and that
they are not really guilty. So most criminals protest their innocence,
claming that they were imprisoned out of sheer bad luck.
Like this, human beings are so utterly ignorant of
their own sins. Before we received the remission of our sins, you
and I alike were completely oblivious to the fact that we were such
an evil seed. As for myself, I had done many crazy things in the
past, but I did not realize that there was an insane mind in me.
In other words, deep in my heart there were such sins, but my outside
appearance did not reflect them. Once in a while, I would make some
crazy decision and do something insane, but afterwards I would blame
the circumstances, torture myself and agonize over what I did.
And then in my heart I would try to comfort myself.
I committed such evil deeds whenever my fundamentally sinful desires
sprang up. Yet despite this, even though I actually behaved like
this, and even though I beat someone almost to death, I never really
thought of myself as a murderer. I thought, “When did I ever stab
anyone to death?” So since I never literally killed anyone, I constantly
justified myself, and I considered myself a decent person.
Before I knew the Word of the Scriptures, I thought
of myself to be a decent man, someone who was far removed from “sin.”
I, too, was completely ignorant of myself. You probably were like
me as well. When I was young, I thought all the teenage girls were
angels. And whenever I saw nuns or nurses in white gowns, I thought
they were all angels also. However, once I reached puberty, I began
to have lewd thoughts whenever I saw attractive women, burning with
immoral desires. So I fell into despair, convinced that someone
so filthy like me should disappear from the face of the earth. When
I passed through puberty and became more mature, I finally realized
that people are all hypocrites, and that everyone is pretty much
the same. Everyone, in other words, is completely ignorant of himself,
wasting away his life in vain.
It is because God saw our hearts’ desire to steal
that He told us, “You are thieves,” even before we actually stole
anything. He is saying, “You are murders, you are arrogant, and
you are insane.” As a matter of fact, is there anyone who does not
covet another person’s belongings? No, there is none. At issue here
is not whether one actually steals something or not, but the fact
that because everyone fundamentally has a sinful heart, he would
put his desires into action whenever circumstances allow.
When we plant flowers, we don’t plant them right away
on the ground, but we first plant the seeds, water them, and have
them sprout and then blossom. Likewise, it is because we have seeds
of sin in our hearts that we commit sinful deeds. Put differently,
in our hearts there are twelve seeds of sin, and so one seed would
sprout today and another would sprout tomorrow. Whenever circumstances
allow, these twelve seeds continue to sprout, grow, and blossom
in our hearts. We put them in action, in other words. That darkness
was on the face of the deep means that there are sins hidden deep
inside people’s hearts that they themselves are not aware of.
Darkness implies sin. It means there are sins in people’s
hearts. That is what God is saying. Can you admit this, my fellow
believers? We may not have actually committed such sins with our
action, but God still tells us that we have these sins. Do you acknowledge
this fact? The reality is that everyone is like this. For example,
do you think that Mother Teresa, someone who was counted as a famous
saint of this age, was not like this? Although she sought to help
others, would her heart have been completely free of any immoral,
murderous, adulterous, and covetous desires? If she really was completely
free of such sinful desires, then either Jesus must have lied, or
Mother Teresa was not a “human being.” However, since even Mother
Teresa was all too human, and since the Word of Jesus is the absolute
Truth that has not one jot or one tittle that is false, she could
never have been so perfect.
Just how many massacres were committed in the history
of Christianity, with countless people murdered just for opposing
the proclaimed religious orthodoxy of the day? Christians slaughtered
innumerable people during the Medieval Age. Why did this happen?
It is because they had murderous desires in their hearts that they
killed so many people so recklessly for resisting their religious
In fact, the domain of all religions is unclean. The
legalistic life of every religionist, which is not of a born-again
saint, is like foul and rotting fish. Like this, even within Christianity,
if someone is not born again of water and the Spirit, then God will
say clearly, even if this person has shown true devotion to others,
“You are a pile of sin and a sinner. So unless you believe in Jesus
Christ, accept the light, and receive the remission of your sins,
you will be cast into hell. Regardless of whether you are a pastor,
an elder, or a deacon, unless you are born again of water and the
Spirit, you will be thrown into hell.”
One must therefore surrender to the Word of God. Yet
despite this, those who are ignorant of the gospel Truth of the
water and the Spirit are walking on a wrong path. In other words,
they are trying to be washed from their sins and reach Heaven through
their own religious lives, by trying to reach transcendence with
their own acts and discipline their bodies. However, to those who
do not know their sinful selves, the Lord is saying, “The way
of peace they have not known, And there is no justice in their ways;
They have made themselves crooked paths; Whoever takes that way
shall not know peace” (Isaiah 59:8).
The Bible makes it clear, saying, “There is a way
that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death” (Proverbs
16:25). Many people believe, “If I live virtuously, then I should
be able to enter Heaven,” and so they live their religious lives
according to their own vague thoughts. However, God says that such
people will all perish without exception. No matter how convinced
these people might be by their own thoughts, believing that they
would all go to Heaven some day if they are good to others and diligent
with their acts, their end will be nothing else but their own destruction.
Yet they think like this precisely because they do not know the
way of peace. Their fallacy stems from their ignorance of this God-given
blessing that enables them to be born again of water and the Spirit.
As the Legalists Do Not Know
the Way of Peace, They Are Leading People to Confusion
Many Christians today have paintings of Jesus and
the Cross put up in their living rooms, but they think that they
would all go to Heaven if they just believe in Jesus in whatever
way they see fit. However, such people believe in Jesus without
knowing the way of peace. To go to Heaven, anyone whose heart has
sin before God must first receive the remission of sin without fail.
When our Lord said, “The earth was without form, and
void; and darkness was on the face of the deep,” He was saying that
people do not realize their own sins, even though they have so many.
However, through the passage in Mark 7:21 and on, we came to realize
that we harbor twelve sins in our hearts, and that we are all bound
to put these sins into action and continue to commit them throughout
our entire lifetime.
Each and every one of us cannot help but sin with
our flesh. We really have no choice in this matter. No matter how
good and virtuous one might be, this person still commits sin, for
there is sin in his heart indeed.
We all commit sin before God. Even if you have not
committed sin with your acts, or according to your own standard,
you are still sinning with your hearts constantly. I am not saying
here that you have committed a particular sin with a certain act
or deed, but what I am saying is that by nature, you and I alike
have such sins harbored in our hearts, and whenever circumstances
are right, we all commit them with our thoughts, words, and acts.
Through the written Word of God, we have now come to realize just
how great sinners we all are. When the Bible says, “Darkness was
on the face of the deep,” this implies that from the day we were
born to the day we die, we have committed and will continue to commit
such sins until we stand before God. My fellow believers, do you
acknowledge this Word with your hearts?
Let us now turn to John 8:1-11.
“But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. Now early
in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people
came to Him; and He sat down and taught them. Then the scribes and
Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. And when they
had set her in the midst, they said to Him, ‘Teacher, this woman
was caught in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses, in the law,
commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?’ This
they said, testing Him, that they might have something of which
to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with
His finger, as though He did not hear. So when they continued asking
Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, ‘He who is without sin
among you, let him throw a stone at her first.’ And again He stooped
down and wrote on the ground. Then those who heard it, being convicted
by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest
even to the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing
in the midst. When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but
the woman, He said to her, ‘Woman, where are those accusers of yours?
Has no one condemned you?’ She said, ‘No one, Lord.’ And Jesus said
to her, ‘Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.’”
Here in John 8:11, Jesus said to the woman who was
caught in adultery right on the spot, “Neither do I condemn you;
go and sin no more.” This woman here was caught for committing
adultery with a man. This transgression broke one of the Ten Commandments,
and the Law required that such a person should be stoned to death
if there were just witnesses. Then, how could the Lord say to the
woman, caught in the very act of her sin, “Neither do I condemn
This woman had been caught by the Pharisees and scribes.
The scribes were officials of the court. In other words, they were
government officials. The Pharisees, on the other hand, were the
religious leaders of the time, and they were teachers of the Law.
Since the woman broke the Law, believed by both these two groups
of people, there was no way for her to escape from her condemnation
but die. Having caught the woman in adultery in the very act, they
dragged her like a dog and dumped her at the feet of Jesus. At that
time, the scribes and Pharisees were trying to provoke Jesus, who
was a thorn in their eyes, so that they could kill Him along with
They pressed Jesus, saying, “Moses’ Law commands us
to stone to death such a woman who is caught in adultery, but what
will You do with this woman?” They were trying to test Jesus with
the Law, since He had constantly propounded on love. At that time,
Jesus first began to write on the ground with His finger, and then
said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a
stone at her first.”
Now, the woman was someone who could not avoid but
be executed according to the Law at the time. However, the Bible
writes that when Jesus told them that those who are without sin
should stone her, hearing this, the crowd, “being convicted by their
conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even
to the last.” So, many people who had condemned the woman fled at
a single utterance of Jesus. Everyone is like this before God.
Now the Righteousness of
God Apart from the Law Is Revealed
My fellow believers, who in this world can ever keep
the Law to perfection? The Law refers to the entirety of the 613
commandments that God gave to the people of Israel, setting out
what they should and should not do. Broadly speaking, the Law has
ten major commandments, as well as other commandments that must
be kept in everyday life. What we must realize here clearly, however,
is that there cannot be anyone on this earth who can keep all the
Law of God. According to the statutes of the Law of God, Jesus had
to kill both the adulterous woman and her accusers alike, but when
viewed from the law of love, He had to save the woman. Of course,
Jesus spoke like the true Savior that He was, and with His Word
saved the woman and drove away her accusers. When they heard Jesus
saying to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw
a stone at her first,” they were all convicted of their conscience,
from the old to the young, and they all departed from there.
When we stand before the Law of God, who among us
can really stand with our heads high without any shame? God knows
perfectly well that we are incapable of keeping all the Law. That
is precisely why He made His Law and gave it to us, so that He may
save us. Jesus said to the woman, “Neither do I condemn you.” By
this, He meant, “Neither can I say that you have sin.” He said,
“I do not judge you, either. Stand up, woman; go and do not commit
such a sin again.”
How could our Lord say this? Given the fact that the
woman was clearly caught in adultery right on the spot, and she
actually sinned, does this then mean that her sin was covered up
unconditionally out of love? As we know, God is not such an unjust
God. How, then, could Jesus say that?
That is because Jesus had already accepted all the
sins of mankind once for all, including this woman’s sin, through
the baptism that He received in the Jordan River from John the Baptist,
the representative of mankind. Because our Lord, by being baptized
by John in the Jordan River, had taken upon not only this woman’s
sin, but also all our sins and all the sins that people committed
in the past and will ever commit in the future, He could say to
the woman that she was without sin. In other words, it is because
Jesus had already taken upon the sins of the world by being baptized
that the Lord could say to the woman that He did not “condemn” her.
Exactly how, then, did Jesus take upon this woman’s
sin? To answer, let us turn to Matthew 3:13-17.
“Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan
to be baptized by him. And John tried to prevent Him, saying, ‘I
need to be baptized by You, and are You coming to me?’ But Jesus
answered and said to him, ‘Permit it to be so now, for thus it is
fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.’ Then he allowed Him.
When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water;
and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit
of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. And suddenly
a voice came from heaven, saying, ‘This is My beloved Son, in whom
I am well pleased.’”
Here, we see Jesus being baptized by a man named John.
But at first, John the Baptist refused to baptize Jesus. He was
saying, “No way! How can I baptize You, the Son of God, when I should
be baptized by You?”
However, we can see Jesus commanding John, saying,
“Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill
all righteousness.” By this, Jesus was saying that to blot out
everyone’s sins, it was fitting for Him to be baptized. So Jesus
was baptized by John. John the Baptist baptized Jesus, putting his
hands on His head, submerging Him in the water, and then raising
Him up out of the water. And once Jesus received this baptism, the
gates of Heaven were opened up, and God the Father said, “This is
My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
The phrase “all righteousness” means that Jesus would
take upon all the sins of the world, so that He may make everyone
sinless and take all to Heaven. What, then, did Jesus have to do
to fulfill this righteous work that would make us sinless? He had
to be baptized by John. The baptism that Jesus received from John
means “to be washed, to be buried, to be passed on, or to be transferred.”
So because Jesus took upon all the sins of this world once for all
through the baptism He received from John, He could carry them to
the Cross, be crucified to death, and rise from the dead again.
Jesus is the Son of God. He is the Creator who made
the whole universe and everything in it. He is the Savior who has
saved you and me from our sins. This Jesus met a woman who was caught
in adultery on the spot. However, Jesus had already taken upon this
woman’s sin beforehand like this, for He already knew that she would
commit sin while living in the world, that she would commit adultery.
Jesus’ Everlasting Sacrifice
Revealed in Leviticus
Chapter 16 in Leviticus spells out regulations on
the “Day of Atonement” when Aaron helped the people of Israel to
be remitted from their yearly sins.
It is written n Leviticus 16:21-22, “Aaron shall
lay both his hands on the head of the live goat, confess over it
all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions,
concerning all their sins, putting them on the head of the goat,
and shall send it away into the wilderness by the hand of a suitable
man. The goat shall bear on itself all their iniquities to an uninhabited
land; and he shall release the goat in the wilderness.”
Aaron the High Priest is mentioned here in the passage.
Of all the priests offering sacrifices to God in the Tabernacle
on behalf of the people of Israel, he was the most senior priest.
On the 10th day of the seventh month, this representative
priest brought two goats for the people of Israel, cast the lots,
took the goat that was first selected into the Tabernacle, and passed
all the sins of the Israelites by laying his hands on its head.
Then, he listed all the sins of Israelites, saying,
“God! The people of Israel have committed every sin. They have murdered,
committed adultery, stolen, worshiped idols, bore false testimony,
coveted, and blasphemed.” And when he took off his hands that he
had put on the goat in his prayer, these sins were all passed onto
the goat. The laying on of hands means, spiritually speaking, “to
be passed on.” And it also means “to bury.”
Aaron cut this goat’s throat, drew its blood, and
sprinkled this blood, thereby performing the ritual that cleansed
the mercy seat, the Tabernacle, and the altar of burnt offering.
As Aaron gave such a sacrifice in the Tabernacle, the House of God,
God washed away His people’s sins, seeing the sacrificial animal,
the passing of sins through the laying of hands on this animal,
and its blood of vicarious condemnation. In short, this was God’s
just method of salvation.
Jesus Fulfilled All the Righteousness
God cannot just tolerate anyone’s sins. Just as the
Bible says, “The wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23), sin must
be condemned to death without fail. That is God’s justice. However,
God is also the God of love, and so to meet the two conditions of
His love and His justice, He made the people of Israel pass all
their sins to an unblemished sacrificial animal, such as a goat
or a sheep, by laying their hands on its head. When the people of
Israel killed this animal in their place, put its blood on the horns
of the altar of burnt offering, and sprinkled it on the mercy seat,
redemption was achieved justly as God saw the blood of this animal-that
is, it was proper before God’s just law of salvation-and that is
why God bestowed the remission of sin to them. It was because God
loved mankind that He gave it such a just sacrificial system of
Aaron then took the remaining goat before his people
and laid his hands on its head. As Leviticus 16:21 says, “Aaron
shall lay both his hands on the head of the live goat, confess over
it all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions,
concerning all their sins,” Aaron put his hands on the goat’s head
and confessed all the sins that the people of Israel had committed
over a year. And after taking his hands off, Aaron entrusted the
live goat to another man, who then led it far, far into the Palestine
wilderness and released it there. Then this goat, shouldering all
the sins of the people of Israel, wandered around in the waterless
and grassless desert, and ultimately died of thirst under the scorching
This was the sacrifice that was given on the “Day
of Atonement,” which blotted out a year’s worth of sins of the people
of Israel. Through this sacrificial animal and offering, God was
planning to save the entire mankind from all its sins in the future,
who is in the likeness of the image of God. That is why He had this
The people of Israel offered the same sacrifice every
year according to this Word. When the High Priest died, his son
succeeded him once reaching 30, and this sacrifice was offered repeatedly.
However, such a sacrifice was only a shadow of the good thing to
come. The very fact that the people of Israel had to repeatedly
offer the same sacrifice every year is the evidence of the fact
that through such a sacrifice, they could not receive the complete
remission of their sins once for all (Hebrews 10:1-4).
That is why God had prophesied 700 years ago that
His only begotten Son Jesus would be conceived in the body of a
virgin and be incarnated in the flesh of man. And exactly according
to this prophesied promise, God sent Jesus Christ and John the Baptist
to this earth and made them fulfill all righteousness. Now, as revealed
in the Old Testament, to give “one sacrifice for sins forever,”
the Son of God Himself was born unto this earth incarnated in the
Like this, Jesus came as the One who will save His
people from their sins, and when He turned 30, He accepted all sins
by being baptized by John, the representative of mankind. It was
“to fulfill all righteousness” (Matthew 3:15) that Jesus was baptized
by John. It is I who should die, be condemned by God and cast into
hell, but because God loved me, He sent His Son to this earth; passed
all my sins to Him through John, the representative of mankind,
through this laying on of hands, baptism; condemned His Son by crucifying
Him; and has thereby saved you and me.
So our Lord thus fulfilled all the righteousness of
God, that is, by the method of receiving the laying on of hands.
It was to make everyone sinless that Jesus was baptized and crucified.
The word baptism also means “to be washed, to be passed on, to be
buried,” and it tells us that God has saved us from the sins of
the world in this way, through the most appropriate and fitting
way. So according to what God had promised to us mankind here in
the Old Testament, and according to the rule established by God
that sin would be passed on with the laying on of hands, our Lord
accepted all our sins by being baptized.
Therefore, it is by believing in this fact that we
have received the remission of our sins. As Jesus the Lamb of God
came to this earth, as He accepted all our sins, all the sins of
the world of the past, present and future, and as He was crucified
to death, through all these things He has saved us. And now, whoever
believes in the gospel Word of the water and the Spirit, men or
women, servants or the free, Jews or Gentiles alike, can receive
the remission of sin without discrimination.
My fellow believers, it is because our Lord had done
this work on this earth that He said to the adulterous woman caught
in the very act, “Woman, neither do I condemn you.” In other words,
He was saying, “Neither can I say that you have sin, nor can I judge
you. Because I accepted all your sins through My baptism, I must
die in your place, I must be put to shame in your place, and I must
bear all punishments in your place. I must suffer like this because
your sins committed in this world were already all passed onto Me
and it is I who now have them.”
That is why our Lord said in John 8:12, “I am the
light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness,
but have the light of life.” Those who believe in and follow
the gospel Word of the water and the Spirit will become the light
of life. It is written in Genesis 1:2, “The earth was without
form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep.” This
means that there is sin deep in us. Nonetheless, the Lord has given
us salvation by being baptized, shedding His blood on the Cross,
and thereby bearing all the condemnation of sin and paying off all
My fellow believers, because of profound iniquities
of darkness, we could not realize our own sins, we were all bound
to die, we had no choice but to be cast into hell, and even if we
knew our sins, we were incapable of getting these sins solved. However,
thanks to Jesus Christ, such people like us have now become light,
transformed from darkness. Someone who could not avoid but die for
his sins has now become a righteous man. This was impossible through
our own efforts, no matter how hard we tried, but by believing in
our Lord, we could become righteous people. We were indeed all sinners,
but the Lord came to this earth and has saved you and me. Therefore,
Jesus also said to this adulterous woman in John 8, “Neither
do I condemn you; go and sin no more.” And He also said, “He
who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of
life.” My fellow believers, sinners have now become righteous,
and the condemned have now received everlasting life.
Do you want to believe in this Jesus? Do you believe
in this Jesus as your Savior? It is because Jesus took care of our
sins concretely and saved us all that our Lord said, “Come to
Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest”
Apart from Jesus, is there any other god on this earth
that promises salvation to those who believe in him? Buddha basically
left everyone to his own device. So did Confucius and Mencius, only
extolling us to live virtuously and ethically. Where can you find
anyone who had so much compassion for you and me, who were all bound
to hell, that he laid down his own life for us? However, Jesus forsook
His throne of Heaven for you and me, came down to this earth, accepted
and took upon all our sins by being baptized, and paid off the wages
of our sins with His own life. There is no one else but only Jesus
who has saved us. So this Jesus is our Savior. That is why the Lord
said what He said to the adulterous woman.
We Must Take the Faith That
Enables Us to Receive the Remission of All Our Sins from God
It is written in Romans 8:1-2, “There is therefore
now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not
walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the
law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from
the law of sin and death.”
Here, the Apostle Paul is saying that as Jesus took
away all the sins of the world by being baptized and dying on the
Cross, the Lord has made us sinless. My fellow believers, don’t
we all commit sin in this world? Of course we do. However, in John
1:29, when John the Baptist saw the Lord the day after baptizing
Him, John declared Him to be “the Lamb of God who takes away the
sin of the world.” This means that Jesus shouldered all the sins
that we ever committed, that we are committing now, and that will
ever be committed. He accepted them all when He was baptized, took
them to the Cross, and was already condemned for them.
That is why the Apostle Paul proclaimed that there
is no condemnation to those who are in Jesus. In other words, those
who truly believe in the baptism of Jesus and His blood on the Cross,
those who really believe in Jesus as their Savior, cannot have any
sin. This means it is impossible for them to be sinners. Because
of the sins we commit, we cannot avoid but become sinners and be
cast into hell, but if you believe in this Jesus as your Savior,
who has blotted out all the sins of the world by coming to this
earth, being baptized, and dying on the Cross, if you really believe
with all your hearts, then the Bible says that there is no longer
any condemnation to you. This passage is a blessed declaration,
proclaiming, “You can never say that you have sin.”
Yet despite this, my fellow believers, there are many
people who say that they are sinful even as they believe in Jesus.
When praying on behalf of the congregation, many Christians say,
“Thank You, our holy Father. We have committed many sins in the
past week. Please wash away our sins.” And how do they end their
prayer? They say, “This unworthy sinner prays in the name of the
How can a sinner pray to God? If a sinner proceeds
to God, he will die immediately. It is written in the Bible that
God does not hear the prayers of a sinner. Sinners are to be condemned
by God. When Jesus came to this earth to blot out our sins, and
when He shouldered and took away all the sins of the world by being
baptized and condemned on the Cross, how can there be any sin left
in this world? No matter how insufficient we might be, Jesus has
blotted out our sins sufficiently, amply, and abundantly, and so
what sin could you possibly have?
For example, let’s say here that you have a tab running
in a store. If your father already paid off your tab by an amount
that is millions and billions of times greater than the actual amount
you owe, then no matter how large a tab you might run afterwards,
you still wouldn’t owe any money. None other than this is salvation.
“There is therefore now no condemnation to those
who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1). Among those who believe
in Jesus properly, there is absolutely no sinner. Everyone is righteous.
Why? Because “the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has
made me free from the law of sin and death” (Romans 8:2). According
to the Law, we have no choice but to be cast into hell, but what
about the law of the Spirit of life, this law of love that saves
us? To save sinners, the Lord came to this earth, accepted our sins,
the sins of the world, by being baptized, was crucified and died
in our place, rose from the dead again to bring us back to life,
and has thereby become our true Savior.
“The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus
has made me free from the law of sin and death” (Romans 8:2).
God, Jesus, has set you and me, His believers, free from the law
of sin and death. The people of Korea were under the Japanese rule
during World War II, but once the day of liberation came on August
15, 1945, Korea was no longer a Japanese colony. Just like this,
we are no longer sinners. If you really believe in Jesus as your
Savior, then you are not sinners. If there are those who describe
themselves as sinners even though they believe in Jesus, it is because
they have been deceived by liars and believe in a false gospel.
Romans 8:3 states, “For what the law could not
do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His
own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned
sin in the flesh” (Romans 8:3). Our flesh is too weak for us
to keep the Law. Can we obey the Law? The Law commands us not to
have any other gods, not to murder, not to commit adultery, not
to steal, and not to bear false witness, but are you confident that
you will not murder? Are you confident that you will not steal?
Are you confident that you will not bear false witness? At the slightest
hint of loss, you will lie and commit perjury.
Are you capable of not committing adultery? Jesus
said, “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall
not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman
to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart”
(Matthew 5:27-28). Given this, can you really keep the statute of
the Law commanding you not to commit adultery? Can you keep all
the Law? Of course not. We violate every statute of the Law. How
do we violate it?
Setting the Law aside, can we keep even social norms?
Do we keep all the traffic laws? When we are so busy, how can we
use a crosswalk or an overpass? We jaywalk when others are not watching
us. Anyone who thus breaks the law even just once is someone who
has failed to keep the laws and rules of a society.
My fellow believers, when human beings are incapable
of keeping their own man-made law on this earth, how could they
keep the Law of God? If we break even just a single statute of the
Law of God, then we are guilty of all, and God will invalidate our
whole endeavor. As the Bible says, “For whoever shall keep the
whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all. For
He who said, ‘Do not commit adultery,’ also said, ‘Do not murder.’
Now if you do not commit adultery, but you do murder, you have become
a transgressor of the law” (James 2:10-11). So there is no one
among us who has kept the Law to perfection before God. Therefore,
all of us are bound to hell.
My fellow believers, as our flesh is weak, it is impossible
for us to keep the Law. Though our hearts desire to keep the Law,
our flesh is too weak to do so. So what did God do? He said in Romans
8:3-4, “For what the law could not do in that it was weak through
the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful
flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, that the
righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do
not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.”
Our flesh is too weak for us to keep the Law, but
God fulfilled this requirement of the Law. According to the Law,
anyone with sin had to die, but as the Son of God came to this earth,
accepted all our sins by being baptized, and was condemned and died
in our place, He met the requirement demanded by the Law. He fulfilled
all the requirements of the Law and completed salvation.
Jesus satisfied the Law. By fulfilling the requirement
of the Law declaring the wages of sin to be death with His baptism
and bloodshed, Jesus has saved those who believe in Him as their
Savior. When it says here that God the Father sent “His own Son
in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned
sin in the flesh,” it means that to save us bound to hell, God passed
our sins to Jesus and placed on them on His body. Do you understand
this? None other than this is the mystery of the baptism of Jesus.
It is written, “That the righteous requirement
of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to
the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who live according
to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those
who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For
to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is
life and peace” (Romans 8:4-6).
My fellow believers, when considered only in carnal
terms, how could we say that we have no sin, when in fact we continue
to sin everyday in this world? Though we believe in Jesus, how could
we say that we are sinless? However, those who live according to
the Spirit refer to those who believe that God has saved us perfectly
through the water and the blood.
If we believe in the Word of God with our hearts,
if we really believe in the written Word, how could we then say
that we have sin? There is no question that Jesus has blotted out
all our sins; the Bible clearly records that He has done so; and
God wrote the Scriptures as its proof in such a thick volume, preserved
the Bible for thousands of years without change, and gave it to
us just as it has always been. So given all this, how could we say,
if we really believe in this Word, that we still have sin? At issue
here is this: Should we believe in our own carnal thoughts, or should
we believe in the Spirit, that is, in the Word of God? We must decide
whether we would believe according to the written Word of God, or
according to our own thoughts and emotions.
For those who believe in their own emotions, rather
than believing in the written Word of God, their faith is all in
vain. We must believe in God according to His Word. We must know
and believe in Jesus as our Savior according to the written Word.
Our Lord is the God of covenant who promised us and fulfilled His
promises. Our Lord is a God who keeps all His promises exactly according
to His Word. To reiterate, in the Old Testament, God passed the
sins of the people of Israel to their sacrificial animal through
the High Priest as he laid his hands its head, made them cut the
animal’s throat, draw its blood and put in on the horns of the altar
of burnt offering, and in doing so He enabled those who believed
in this sacrifice of atonement to be saved.
In the New Testament, on the other hand, our Lord
came to this earth over 2,000 years ago just as God had promised
in the Old Testament, was baptized by John the Baptist, the representative
of mankind, as a method of the laying on of hands, accepted all
the sins of mankind, carried them to the Cross, died in our place,
rose from the dead again, and has thereby saved us all. It is through
this written Word that you and I know how our Lord has saved us,
and it is by believing in this that we are saved. Those who believe
so are “those who live according to the Spirit.” Only when we know
the gospel Truth of the water and the Spirit can we believe with
our hearts, and only when we believe can we confess with our lips
that we believe.
Let us turn to Leviticus 17:15-16.
“And every person who eats what died naturally
or what was torn by beasts, whether he is a native of your own country
or a stranger, he shall both wash his clothes and bathe in water,
and be unclean until evening. Then he shall be clean. But if he
does not wash them or bathe his body, then he shall bear his guilt.”
In the Old Testament, the people of Israel received the remission
of their sins on the Day of Atonement when they saw and believed
in what the High Priest was doing-that is, the High Priest enabled
the Israelites to be washed from their sins by laying his hands
on the sacrifice and passing their sins to it, thus offering the
sacrifice on their behalf. However, if any Israelite touched something
unclean, like a carcass, then he had to wash his clothes and bathe
his body with water. The Bible said that if he did not wash or bathe
his body with water, he would bear guilt. This “water” is extremely
important. Even after one receives the remission of his sins, it
is still indispensable to continue to maintain his faith in the
baptism of Jesus.
Water’s Function to Wash
One of water’s functions is that it washes away uncleanness.
And water also gives life to mankind. Although we believe in the
remission of our sins, do we not still commit sin again on this
earth? Of course we do. However, even these sins are included in
the sins of the world. The Lord has blotted them out also. Nonetheless,
whenever we commit sin, our conscience is hurt and tormented. What,
then, should we do with these sins? Should we believe in Jesus again?
No, what we must do is to instead confirm in our hearts once again
that these sins were also passed onto Jesus when He was baptized,
and believe with our hearts that our Lord took all our sins away
like this precisely because He already knew that we would commit
sin again. In other words, we need to ruminate on the gospel of
salvation once again in our minds. It is then that we can be freed
from all the sins that we commit out of our weaknesses. It is then
that we are washed completely. And it is then that we are wholly
saved and made perfectly righteous.
The Apostle Paul says that through the law of the
Spirit of life-that is, through the gospel of the water and the
Spirit-Christ Jesus has saved us, who had been moaning under the
law of sin and death, and made us dwell in Him. The Apostle John
also states clearly in 1 John 5:3-8 that Jesus has perfectly freed
us from sin by coming by the water and the blood. He furthermore
says that “the water, the blood, and the Spirit” bear witness of
the fact that Jesus has wholly saved us from sin. What does the
Holy Spirit testify? He testifies that Jesus is God. It bears witness
of the fact that Jesus is the God who created this universe, and
that to save us human beings from our sins, He was born unto this
earth through the body of a virgin in the image of man. What do
the water and the blood testify? They testify that our Lord, the
God of salvation, came in this way as a man, took upon all the sins
of the world, all the sins of mankind, and all our sins by being
baptized at the age of 30, carried these sins to the Cross and died
Therefore, anyone who says that he believes only in
Jesus’ blood on the Cross has a completely useless faith, regardless
of how long he might have believed in Jesus. Those who believe in
this way also describe themselves as sinners, since they end up
committing sin again tomorrow. But why do they think like this?
It is because they do not realize that Jesus accepted all their
sins when He was baptized, and this is why they continue to live
as sinners all the time even though they believe in Jesus. Their
conscience does not allow them to say that they are sinless.
But for you and me, when Jesus was baptized, all our
sins were passed onto Him. Throughout our entire lifetime, we cannot
help but commit sin, whose darkness is on the face of the deep,
and our hearts are indeed filthy beyond description, but Jesus took
upon all our sins through His baptism, went to the Cross, was crucified
and condemned, shed His blood to death, rose from the dead again,
and has thereby saved us perfectly from all our sins. The Lord is
alive even now, and He is the God who bestows salvation freely on
whoever believes in this Word of salvation. What about you then?
Do you also believe? If you believe with your hearts, God the Holy
Spirit will know your hearts and seal you as the saved.
Jesus is the God who brings salvation to us. It is
by believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit that we become
God’s children. Do you have sin or not? You no longer have any sin.
That’s because all your sins were passed onto the Lord. Does this
then mean that we should commit sin freely? Of course not! We commit
sin when we do not do what is right; it is not something that is
committed just because we are told by someone to commit it, nor
is it something that we can avoid just because someone extols us
not to. All human beings are bound to commit sin until the day they
die, for they are all insufficient. It is to save us from these
sins that our Lord came to this earth, and has indeed saved us wholly.
All that we have to do is just believe in this. It is with the heart
that one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession
is made unto salvation.
Let us once again turn to Genesis 1:2-5. “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. And God
saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from
the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness He called
Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day.”
God commanded to let there be light in a pitch-dark
world filled with darkness. This implies that the Son of God was
sent to this earth. And it implies that God made His Son take upon
all our sins by being baptized, and by making His Son die on the
Cross, God has saved us all from our sins.
What is it that God did on the first day? He shed
light on people’s hearts, which were without form and void, and
where darkness was on the face of the deep, and in doing so He made
all darkness and emptiness disappear and brought true satisfaction,
true order, true light, and true life. Jesus is the light of salvation
for this world. Jesus is the Savior of sinners. Jesus is the Lord
of life to us. To all those who believe in this gospel of the water
and the Spirit, to all those who believe that Jesus is our Savior
and has saved us through His water and blood, Jesus has become the
light of salvation. My fellow believers, the only true light in
this world is the Lord Jesus Christ. It is this light that God saw
and said it was good.
The Bible says that God divided the light from the
darkness. He separated the two and called the light day, and the
darkness was called night. There are two sorts of people in this
world: The sons of the light and the children of the darkness (1
Thessalonians 5:5). The sons of the light are those who profess
their faith, saying, “Before I knew Jesus Christ, I was indeed a
pile of sin, where darkness was on the face of the deep, and my
mind was confused. I was empty. I had no satisfaction. I had no
choice but to be cast into hell. However, You have taught this Word
to me through Your servants and Your Church. You have saved me perfectly.
I believe in You, Lord!” To those who believed like this and received
Him as their true Savior, God has named them ‘the sons of day’ and
given the right to become His children.
“You were once the Devil’s children, but you are no
longer the children of the darkness, but you are the children of
the light. You are My children.” This is what is implied when God
divided the light from the darkness. That is why the Apostle Paul
declared to those who were born again by believing in the gospel
of the water and the Spirit, “You were once darkness, but now
you are light in the Lord” (Ephesians 5:8).
All those who believe in this Word of the water and
the Spirit, in the blessed Word of salvation, are God’s children
and His people. However, those who do not believe according to this
Word are the children of the darkness, of night, and of the Devil.
Although there are countless people in this world, depending on
whether they believe in this or not, some become God’s people while
others become the Devil’s people, and some go to Heaven while others
are cast into hell. Like this, God has established the law of faith.
He has made salvation reached only by faith. It is by believing
with the heart that one is made righteous. It is by faith that we
become God’s true people.
God has divided the light from the darkness clearly,
separating those who are His people from those who are not. And
He has prevented sinners from standing in the congregation of the
righteous (Psalms 1:5). If someone became a pastor after studying
very hard in a postgraduate course of a famous theological seminary
but does not know the Truth and therefore still has sin in his heart,
then he cannot preach this Word of Truth. He can only tell you,
“Let us live virtuously.” If a blind man leads another blind man,
both are bound to fall off a cliff and die (Matthew 15:14).
If someone who still remains a sinner were to teach
you, you would never be freed from sin either. If you have sin,
you will all be cast into hell, even if you believe in Jesus. Why
is it that Christians and non-Christians alike are all bound to
hell then? It is because today’s churches have all turned into businesses.
Too many pastors behave exactly like canvassing peddlers. To the
souls that are gathered in order to go to Heaven, these liars claim
that they are asking for their blessings, but they are actually
only exploiting them for money.
Who in this world would not want live virtuously?
Yet because human beings cannot avoid but live their lives committing
sin, they are bound to go to hell for their sins. They cannot but
live miserable lives. That is why we must preach this gospel of
salvation to such people, proclaiming that Jesus Christ has saved
us through His water and blood. This is the true calling given to
God’s Church. We are the ones who believe in Jesus Christ as our
What Is the Biblical Repentance?
Acts 3:19 says, “Repent therefore and be converted,
that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may
come from the presence of the Lord.” This passage means, “Whoever
repents properly and believes in the gospel of the water and the
Spirit, the Lord will make him sinless.” In other words, it is telling
us to receive our salvation by faith, for our Lord has blotted out
When we admit our fundamental weaknesses, saying,
“We are only human; we cannot avoid but commit sin before God until
the day we die,” and when we believe in the gospel of the water
and the Spirit given by the Lord and return to God-none other than
this is true repentance. If we come into the gospel of the water
and the Spirit, the gospel with which the Lord has blotted out all
our sins, and if we receive the remission of our sins by faith,
then the Lord will give us times of refreshing. The true repentance
that is made before God is to turn around from one’s evil way and
say, “Lord, what You said is right.”
However, what is the dominant understanding for most
people when they consider true repentance made to God? Instead of
repenting, turning around, and receiving the remission of their
sins once for all, most people regard prayers of repentance to be
synonymous with repentance itself. So they offer prayers of repentance
whenever they commit sin again, saying, “Lord, I’ve done wrong.
Please forgive me.”
What a nonsense this is! As we have already seen in
Mark 7:21-23, God said that out of people’s hearts proceed twelve
sins, such as evil thoughts, murder, adultery, thefts, jealousy,
quarreling, fornication, and so forth. Therefore, true repentance
is to admit ourselves, saying, “I am someone who can’t help but
sin until the day I die, until my flesh lasts. And I do indeed commit
sin to my very end. So I am bound to hell”; turn around from the
fallacious beliefs held so far; and believe in the gospel of the
water and the Spirit, the gospel with which the Lord has blotted
out, once for all, each and every sin that is committed in our entire
lifetime. The true repentance that the Bible speaks of is to turn
around from our fallacious beliefs to the faith in the gospel of
the water and the Spirit in order to return to God.
However, virtually all Christians do not really dwell
in the Truth, but far from it, they are actually dying in confusion.
Their usual understanding of repentance is such that once they sin,
they think they should realize their sin, and just resolve themselves,
“I’ve done wrong. I will never sin again.” This is what they think
repentance is all about. That is because they have been taught like
this by their pastors who still do not know the gospel of the water
and the Spirit. When pastors say, “Wash away your personal sins
that you commit everyday by giving prayers of repentance everyday,”
this sounds quite plausible to our ears.
However, what does the Bible say? It says, “Without
shedding of blood there is no remission” (Hebrews 9:22). It
also states, “The wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). Three
years before our Lord died on the Cross, He was baptized by John
the Baptist, and by being crucified, He blotted out all the sins
of this world.
If you consider this personally, assuming that you
would live for 70 years, this means that our Lord, through His baptism,
took upon each and every sin that you have ever committed and will
ever commit into your old age, from the sins committed with the
flesh to the sins committed with the heart, from the sins you commit
in your thoughts to the sins you commit out of your weaknesses,
and from the sins you commit knowingly to the sins you commit unknowingly.
Our Lord carried all these sins of the world to the Cross, shed
His blood and was condemned for them in your place, rose from the
dead again, and has thereby become the Savior of all who believe.
The Lord is commanding all of us to believe in this Truth that has
come by the gospel of the water and the Spirit.
The Notion That One Can Be
Sanctified by Offering Prayers of Repentance Everyday Is a Groundless
The Lord said, “You shall know the truth, and the
truth shall make you free” (John 8:32). Our Lord told us to
believe in the Truth. Jesus bore the sins of this world through
the baptism He received from John, died on the Cross, rose from
the dead again, and ascended to the Kingdom of Heaven. If you believe
in this Jesus Christ as your Savior, then you will be saved from
all your sins and destruction. Since the Lord bore all the sins
of this world and took them all away through His baptism, if we
believe in this Truth, then we can all stand in the light.
However, some people came up with a wicked doctrine
out of their confusion, claiming, “Our original sin was forgiven,
but our personal sins are sanctified by giving prayers of repentance
everyday.” So some pastors define and teach repentance based on
human morals, not according to what the Bible actually says, and
while this may sound good to the ears of those who are not born
again, anyone who says so is a servant of the Devil.
In short, the notion that we must reach sanctification
is a complete non-sense. When it is in our human nature to become
weaker, more obstinate, and more hardened as we get older, how could
we ever be sanctified? Pastors who do not believe in the gospel
of the water and the Spirit are lying to their congregation, not
teaching the gospel Truth of the water and the Spirit. And they
encourage the congregation to practice a work-based faith, and demand
their followers to serve them. Far from setting their congregation
free, they seek to bind them with the work of the Law.
What we must grasp is the Truth that Jesus, God Himself,
came to this earth incarnated in the flesh, and has washed away
all our sins of mankind by being baptized and shedding His blood
on the Cross. It is this baptism of Jesus, and His bloodshed and
death on the Cross, that have washed away our sins and the condemnation
of sin that awaited us. It is because this Jesus has saved us from
our sins and judgment for us that we could be saved by placing our
faith in this Truth. And through those who have accepted this Truth
as the light of salvation, God has made it possible for other souls
to attain their true salvation and to preach it throughout the whole
That all of us can now become God’s children, that
everyone can now become God’s child, is because God has completed
the gospel of the water and the Spirit for us. Just as God made
this universe, the domain that we see with our eyes, and the heavens
and the earth, God Himself has also accomplished the salvation given
to sinners through the gospel of the water and the Spirit. What
a wonderful news is this? How could we ever thank God enough, that
we were able to become the light of the world? When we really think
about how we were born on this earth and yet could become Heaven’s
people, it is so amazing and so thankful.
Our salvation from sin did not spring forth naturally,
but it was made possible because God made us be born again and turned
us into His own people. This Truth of salvation, the gospel of the
water and the Spirit, is such a great and marvelous truth. Nothing
in this world can be more marvelous than this gospel.
How could you have become the people of Heaven? God
planned mankind’s future and made them become His people. We are
only amazed and thankful for this. If human beings were to plan
the creation of the universe, could they have achieved it? It is
simply impossible for us humans to achieve this, but from the very
moment that God created the universe, even before any human being
was born on this earth, He made everything for the purpose of making
mankind be born again from sin.
What a wonderful plan is this? As for myself, I can
only thank the Lord for allowing me to spread this gospel and to
serve Him. There really is nothing new on this earth, and to live
for anything else but this gospel is only tiring itself. However,
when we think about what is truly good on this earth, it is the
fact that our God has made us His people. This is the most refreshing
news that we are happy to hear everyday, that blesses us every time
we think about it, and that remains perfect even as we think about
What Is the Most Precious
Gift That God Has Given Us?
There is no other news better than the gospel of the
water and the Spirit that God has given us. Just this afternoon,
I went out to evangelize with our brothers. What better news is
there for sinners than to spread the gospel of the water and the
Spirit to them? What greater and better gift is there for sinners
than this gift, that God has saved them from sin? Would giving a
box of fruit juice to the patients in a hospital compare to the
gospel Word of the water and the Spirit that we are preaching? Is
there anything that is greater than the fact that God has saved
us from the sins of the world? There is nothing on this earth that
is greater for us mankind than the gospel of the water and the Spirit.
In the very beginning, God created us as well as the
heavens and the earth. God made us be born again on this earth to
turn us into His own people of Heaven, and Jesus Christ gave us
the gospel of the water and the Spirit, made us believe in it and
be born again, and indeed turned us into God’s people. What greater
blessing is there in the world than this? Every time we think about
this Truth, it is refreshing and joyful.
There is nothing that is more blessed or more comforting
than the gospel of the water and the Spirit. When we think about
the salvation of mankind and the grace of God, there really isn’t
anything that we humans can do, but all that we have to do is just
give thanks and glory to God. All that we human beings have to do
is just enjoy the blessed grace that God has given us by believing
in the gospel of the water and the Spirit.
The salvation given by God is so blessed, so wonderful,
so great, and so majestic. So there is nothing else that we can
do but only thank God by believing in this Truth, give glory to
Him and praise Him, for this Truth can never be denied or challenged.
The more time goes by since our salvation, the more we realize just
how precious this God-given gospel is. The more we preach the gospel,
the more we experience firsthand just how wonderful and precious
this salvation is. We come to believe that there is no greater blessing
from God than this. The fact that people are freed from confusion,
void, and darkness has been made possible through the shining gospel
of salvation that God has given us.
The Emptiness of the Heart
That Could Never Be Filled with the Things of This World
Were it not for the light of salvation, we could never
escape from our sins. How could sinners, whose thoughts are completely
confused, ever untangle the knot of their tangled sins? How could
the fallen mankind ever turn around by itself? It’s simply impossible.
How could human beings, who were born as sinners from the very moment
they were born on this earth, ever be born again by themselves as
the righteous? This task is humanly impossible. Only by believing
in the true light of salvation that the Lord has given us is this
When human beings are fundamentally insatiable, how
could they find satisfaction through their own efforts? Where could
sinners attain satisfaction? Would wealth satisfy them? No amount
of wealth can bring satisfaction. Would you really be happy if you
were rich? Would your empty hearts be filled with all that money?
I’ve never had been a rich man, but even if I were, it would not
fill my empty heart. No money can fill a heart that is completely
void. There can be no satisfaction.
How can we fill our hearts with satisfaction? It’s
impossible. With what can we be filled? What can fill us to feel
satisfied? With money? Or sex and pleasure? Computer games? Exciting
This sport soccer is a great game, of course. The
pleasure of winning in a game is a great sensation. When our workers
get together, we often play soccer ourselves. It’s a thrilling sensation
to dribble around your opponents and shoot to score, and see the
ball flying into the net even though your opponents tried everything
possible to stop you. This pleasure that comes from winning a soccer
game is sensational. One of the greatest pleasures that people feel
is the pleasure of winning in sports. Just watching a game is thrilling
enough for us, and if our team scores a point, we get all excited
and go insane in joy. Some baseball fans love their game so much
that they spend half their lifetime in a ballpark.
However, even all these things cannot really fill
people’s empty hearts. If a man makes the woman he loves happy,
would she be satisfied? No, there is no real satisfaction in this.
If he thinks, “I will do everything that the woman I love wants,
even if it takes my life,” and if he indeed does everything for
her, would she then be satisfied? If he devotes his whole life to
his partner, would his partner really be satisfied, would the emptiness
in her heart disappear, and would she live filled with happiness
and joy for the rest of her life? No, no matter how much he might
cherish her, she cannot live always happy. Human beings constantly
demand greater satisfaction.
In the history of Israel, King Solomon lived the most
opulent and extravagant life. He had countless queens and concubines,
and his place and wealth were magnificent. However, nothing on this
earth could fill his empty heart. That is why he lamented in Ecclesiastes,
“Vanity of vanities, all is vanity. All is vanity and grasping for
the wind.” In other words, even if one is respected and revered
by everyone else, there still is no satisfaction. That is why God
described such a heart as “broken cisterns that can hold no water”
Why do some people do drugs? They turn to drugs because
they cannot fill their empty hearts. No matter how they might have
everything there is to have in this world, they still cannot find
satisfaction. Their hearts are hollow. There is nothing in their
hearts. Human beings cannot fill their void hearts with anything
in this world. No one else can find satisfaction apart from those
who have accepted the Truth that God has saved us, that He has made
us be born again, that He has turned us into His people, and that
He has made us righteous. Until one is born again and receives Jesus
Christ into his heart, he can never fill the emptiness of his heart.
A void heart can be satisfied only when it is filled
with this Jesus given by God. God has driven away our sins that
had made our hearts formless and void, and that had darkness on
the face of the deep, and in their place He has given us the gift
of Truth to fill our hearts abundantly. He has saved us by bestowing
this gift on us in abundance. The born-again have satisfaction and
true joy in their hearts. Only the satisfaction of the soul is the
real satisfaction of the heart. In contrast, however, there can
never be any satisfaction in the hearts of those who are not born
The Satisfied Faith of Those
Who Have Been Born Again by Believing in the Gospel of the Water and
We can find true satisfaction only if we are born
again by believing in the Truth of the water and the Spirit given
by Jesus Christ, the true light. We must believe in this salvation,
that Jesus Christ has made us be born again of water and the Spirit.
Without this Jesus Christ, we can never solve all the problems of
the sins of our souls, the emptiness of our hearts, and our thoughts
of confusion. It is Jesus who can solve all these things. There
is no one else who can make us happy apart from Jesus. It is Jesus
who gives us true satisfaction.
We may do this and that, and we may also become rich,
but there is still no satisfaction. True satisfaction is nowhere
to be found. It is when we serve the Lord that we can finally find
satisfaction, it is when we do God’s work that there is satisfaction,
and it is when we believe in Jesus and are born again that we are
satisfied. In short, it is when we walk with Him that there is satisfaction.
God said, “Darkness was on the face of the deep,”
implying that there is sin deep in the hearts of people. Do people
know all their sins? No, they don’t realize their sins. Even though
they are born with sin, they are oblivious to their own sins. What
about you then? When did you realize your sins? Did you realize
who you really were when you heard the gospel? When the light was
shone? Or did you know this before then? Before you believed in
Jesus, you probably considered yourselves to have committed few
sins. When the Bible says that darkness was on the face of the deep,
this means that there is no one who has a clear understanding of
However, even if one does not know Jesus, once he
repeatedly commits appalling sins in this world, he then comes to
be at least slightly aware of himself, realizing, “Oh, so this is
who I am.” Nonetheless, no sooner does he reach this self-awareness
when he reverts back to his confusion, thinking, “No, I can actually
live virtuously. It’s because of what others have done to me that
I’ve done so.” It’s because people’s thoughts and hearts are fundamentally
confused that they think like this. Unless one meets Jesus, he cannot
exactly realize that there is sin in him. Unless he is born again,
he cannot know this for sure. Until he encounters the true light,
there is no way to know.
That darkness was on the face of the deep means that
human beings do not know what kind of a sinner they are. They do
not realize that none other than they themselves are sinners and
that they are bound to hell. Human beings are incapable of knowing
their own sins. They can never know until the light of Truth is
shone. Everyone thinks that he is virtuous. People think they are
practically equivalent to angels. Before I received the remission
of sin, I, too, considered myself good.
When I was a child, I was known in the neighborhood
as a good kid. My neighbors used to comment how I was so courteous
and friendly, never getting into trouble and always behaving nicely.
Just a polite greeting to the elderly can go a long way to earn
favorable points. If a kid greets the elderly courteously, he earns
90 points; if he picks up garbage, carries some luggage for them,
and helps out in the neighborhood, then he is a perfect kid, scoring
100. I used to be such a child back then. I never heard anyone saying
that I was a bad kid.
However, as I grew older, I did so many bad things
that I can’t even remember them all. I used to bully other kids,
and I constantly got into a fight in school. If I wasn’t fighting,
then I made sure that the other kids were fighting. I did this just
because I was bored. So having started a fight, I would gather around
spectators and watch. I would say to my friends, “You should each
bring something to munch. There is a good show going on today. You
should come. So and so are going to fight each other.” My friends
would then all gather together, leaving everything aside, homework
At any rate, I did many bad things, including provoking
a gang fight like this. When I think about it now, I was constantly
doing many mischievous things. However, even though there was nothing
in me that was commendable, my neighbors all commended me as a good
person. I myself thought that I was a good person. I always had
a high self-esteem, thinking, “Is there anyone who is as good as
me?” I really thought that I was the most virtuous person.
I thought, “Sure, I sometimes fight with my friends,
but so what? This is just a routine for every adolescent. It’s what
kids do. How is this a sin? Bleeding noses and foreheads are just
part of growing up.” Although none other than this is murder, jealousy,
theft, foolishness, and evil thoughts that constitute sin, I thought
it was all okay back then. Since I didn’t know the Law, I didn’t
know sin, nor did I realize it.
In other words, before one receives the light of Truth,
he is incapable of knowing sin. How can people know sin then?
There was a famous Buddhist monk named Seongcheol
in Korea. This monk confessed that he realized he was a sinner only
when he was nearing his death. To reach a spiritual awakening, he
had cut himself off from the outside world and disciplined his mind
for ten years, not even lying down once but always seated and constantly
staring at the wall. The result of all this effort was the realization
that he had deceived countless people.
When people outside saw how the monk had isolated
himself from the rest of the world in a tiny temple and lived like
this for ten years, they all exclaimed in admiration, saying, “Wow!
He is a living Buddha! There is no one else like him in this world.
He is the living Buddha of this age.” Seongcheol heard this for
ten long years. However, the monk himself admitted, “I am not a
living Buddha. I’ve lusted after so many women, and I’ve committed
all kinds of filthy acts in my thoughts. While I may seem to have
not lied down, I actually did lie down, and while I may not seemed
to have eaten, I actually did eat.” He was like this in his heart.
So nearing his death, he left a poem of his last words, which states,
“I would fall into the bottomless pit of hell, for I have deceived
so many people for my whole life.” However, when his followers heard
this, they praised him even more, saying, “What a great monk he
is! He is so humble that he lowered himself like this.”
It is written, “Darkness was on the face of the
deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters”
(Genesis 1:2). No one knows his sins before he hears the Word.
However, the Bible also says, “God said, ‘Let there
be light’; and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was
good.” In other words, it is by knowing Jesus Christ, by hearing
the Word of the water and the Spirit, and through the God-given
light that we were able to know our true selves correctly, and came
to realize that we had great sins in our hearts, and that we were
terrible sinners bound to hell before God. That is how we could
become light and God’s people. Truly, this is the grace of God.
What greater gift is there than this?
What greater event is there than this event? What
is more significant than this event when God made human beings His
own people and His own children? God sent His own Son to this earth
incarnated in the flesh of man, and made Him receive baptism, atone
for all our sins, wash them all away, shoulder the sins of the world
and carry them to the Cross, and bear the condemnation of our sins
in our place. There is no greater creation than this creation that
made us righteous.
I give all my thanks to God for giving us such a great