To Fulfill the Will of God
< Genesis 1:9-13 >
“Then God said, ‘Let the waters under the heavens
be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear’;
and it was so. And God called the dry land Earth, and the gathering
together of the waters He called Seas. And God saw that it was good.
Then God said, ‘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, on the earth’; and it was so. And the earth
brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its
kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according
to its kind. And God saw that it was good. So the evening and the
morning were the third day.”
Today, I would like to share with you what our Lord
did on the third day of creation. On the second day, God had divided
the water above the firmament from the water below it, but even
after this, the surface of the earth was still covered with water.
When the third day came, God said, “Let the waters under the
heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land
appear,” and it was so. He also said, “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, on
the earth,” and this, too, came about as God commanded.
On the third day also, God worked with His Word, and
the Bible mentions twice that seeing what was fulfilled, “God saw
that it was good.” God was pleased to see the dry land appearing,
and He was again pleased to see the earth bringing forth the plants
and trees that yield fruits.
When the surface of the earth was covered with water,
the ground was not revealed. Without the dry land appearing, the
earth looks beautiful no matter how filthy and dirty it may be,
since it is covered by water. But, God made the dry land that had
been covered under water appear, and called it “earth.” Seeing the
appearance of the earth that had been covered with water, God said
that it was good. Why, then, was God pleased to see the dry land
God also said, “Let the earth bring forth grass,
the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit
according to its kind.” The earth here refers to the human heart,
to the sinful nature of mankind. The human heart is extremely deceitful
and corrupt. It is filthy and wicked beyond description. However,
among all these countless people, there aren’t that many people
who know that their dry land (heart) is fundamentally evil.
By what kind of people, then, are the fruits of righteousness
born in abundance? The Bible says that the fruits of righteousness
are born by those who know that their basic nature is evil.
This principle runs contrary to the worldly principle.
In the world, it is said that one’s heart must be good and clean
to receive the blessings of Heaven and bear many fruits. Many people
understand so, believe so, and are practicing so. However, the Word
of Truth says that to bear many fruits of Truth, we must know that
our hearts are full of wickedness.
Our Lord said, “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” (Mark 7:21-23). It is those who know their
sinful fundamental selves like this, the Bible says, that are saved.
The implication of this passage underscores the need
to know properly what is present in the basic human heart. One may
have received the remission of his sins, but he may or may not bear
good fruits, depending on whether he admits that the sinful attributes
listed in Mark 7:21-23 are in his heart, or whether he admits just
one or two and denies the rest-in other words, whether or not he
wholly believes in this Word that reveals our basic nature.
Through His work achieved on this third day of creation,
God is showing clearly that the gospel bears abundant fruits through
those who know that their fundamental selves are filthy and foul.
Mankind’s carnal thoughts are always evil. “I have a murderous carnal
nature, I am adulterous, and I am perverted. This is who I am by
nature”-it is through such people who thus admit themselves honestly
that God bears spiritual fruits.
As today’s Scripture passage describes, when God said,
“Let the dry land appear,” it was so. Why, then, did God command
the dry land to appear? The earth had been covered with water, and
regardless of how this water was the polluted water that was under
the firmament, water is still water; and so when all impurities
sink to the bottom, it looks clear in the eye. However, by making
the dry land appear, God wanted mankind to realize their fundamental
selves. The implication here is that we should know just how filthy
and foul beings we all are and be saved by believing in Jesus Christ,
and that it is through such people that the fruits of faith are
Where do fruit trees grow best? They grow best on
a field with plenty of manure. The fruit tree here refers to someone
who has received the remission of his sins. Through whom are the
fruits of the gospel born? God says that the spiritual fruits are
born through those who really know their true selves as they are,
who acknowledge the Word of God as it is, and who admit themselves
to God exactly according to His Word, saying, “In my flesh I have
lustful desires, I am a thief, an adulterer, a pervert, someone
whose thoughts are evil, proud and foolish.” It’s the complete opposite
of the teachings of the world.
Jesus Christ is saying, “Know just how filthy your
hearts are.” He is saying, “In your hearts, there are evil thoughts,
murders, adulteries, thefts, covetousness, lewdness, foolishness,
pride, and so on.” Through those who, despite this, do not acknowledge
the Lord’s Word and do not expose their sinful selves fully, it
is impossibly to grow fruit trees, nor to yield any fruit. For such
people who do not reveal themselves completely, even after they
receive the remission of their sins, no fruit is produced as others
cannot be saved through them—on the contrary, only their hypocrisy
Spiritually speaking, it is never a good thing for
you to hear others saying how good or virtuous you are. Your basic
selves are what were listed above, and so your virtues are nothing
more than outward hypocrisy. God is saying to us, “You are evil
human beings, you are adulterous, covetous, and thieves, you are
filthy and foul, nothing more than a garbage dump and sewage”; yet
despite this, when we look at ourselves, this is not how we see.
While we may admit one or two wrongdoings, we would like to insist
that we still have clear water. Even sewage can be made look clear,
if it is left still, as the dirty grime sinks to the bottom and
its top layer is cleared. But does this mean that the top water
that looks clear is really clean? It only looks clear in the eye,
and it is still dirty water filled with all kinds of germs. So is
human hypocrisy like this.
More Wicked Than Anything
Else Is the Human Heart
God speaks the Truth, which runs completely opposite
to mankind’s thoughts. That “the dry land appeared” means that one’s
true self is exposed. God is saying that He will yield the fruits
of the gospel through those who, by believing in the Word of God,
come to realize and admit their true selves honestly, saying, “In
my flesh I have murderous desires, a heart of adultery, theft, fornication,
pride, foolishness, and false witness.” We have to admit what God
declares about human nature: “The heart is deceitful above all
things, And desperately wicked” (Jeremiah 17:9). Once again,
it’s completely opposite to the teachings of the world.
My fellow believers, you can take pride in the gospel
and exalt Jesus Christ only if you know your evil selves. When you
have nothing on your own to boast of or are good at, you come to
preach only Jesus Christ and take pride in Jesus Christ alone. Apart
from what Jesus Christ has done, everything else is all filthy and
foul, and those who know this properly can testify anytime and anywhere,
“Jesus Christ has saved even someone like me in this way. You, too,
are the kind of people revealed in Mark 7, and you must be saved
My fellow believers, do you believe that you really
are evil beings as God said? Do you believe that every human being
is so? God has turned such people like us into those who bear the
fruits of the Holy Spirit. Who, then, are the ones that do not admit
their wickedness? These are the ones who, hiding all kinds of filth
in their hearts, pretend to be virtuous, go to church on the Lord’s
day with the Bible tucked at their side and smiling pretentiously,
worship in fake holiness inside the church, and pretend to live
a holy life. They are the religionists of the world, those who crave
the fruits of hypocrisy.
My fellow believers, are human beings capable of living
a holy and virtuous life? No, of course not! God says to us, “You
are decadent beings.” When people love and serve the world more
than God, how can they ever live in holiness? Yet many religionists
teach that it is possible to live like this, and so they are like
completely whitewashed tombs. This is how Jesus rebuked Pharisees.
Christian religionists are godly only when they go to church, but
once they are back at home, all their wickedness is fully exposed.
What is exposed when human beings commit transgression is their
fundamental selves, but these religionist are completely oblivious
God Works Only through Those
Who Acknowledge His Word
In Noah’s time, “the LORD saw that the wickedness
of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts
of his heart was only evil continually” (Genesis 6:5); and so
God wiped out the people of those days with His judgment, but Noah
found the grace of God. Thus the Bible writes, “But Noah found
grace in the eyes of the LORD. This is the genealogy of Noah. Noah
was a just man, perfect in his generations. Noah walked with God”
God bestowed His grace on Noah and saved him. To the
evil human beings whose very thoughts are evil, God commands them
to produce the plants that yield seed and the fruit trees that yield
fruit according to their kinds. God does not work in the water,
that is, this world. He works on the exposed dry land. That God
made the earth yield fruit means that God brings the remission of
sin to those whose fundamental selves-the dry land, in other words—are
exposed, and it is these people whom He makes them do the good work
that serves the gospel.
Among us Christians, there are so many people who
are virtuous in the flesh. Someone who is carnally virtuous does
not manifest Jesus Christ, but he manifests only his own goodness
and virtues. God is never pleased by this but abhors it. We all
have to realize that the goodness of mankind stands against God.
Some people say that when I am gentle, I am really
gentle, but when I am harsh, I am too harsh. But what virtue do
I have that I would pretend to be virtuous? My fellow believers,
even among those who have been saved from sin, it is through those
who admit their wickedness—that is, those who believe in the
Word of God exactly as it is-that the glory of God is revealed.
In contrast, those who do not believe in God’s Word cannot bear
any good fruit. The righteousness of God is manifested through those
who know that they themselves are the filthiest and foulest beings.
We know we are such wicked beings not because we have all committed
such sins with our acts, but because when we were illuminated by
the Word, we came to admit, “It’s all true! I am such a filthy and
wicked being,” and believed so with our hearts. Such people, as
their own righteousness is vanished, come to preach only the righteousness
of Jesus Christ, and it is from then on that they become instruments
I admonish all of you, from students at our mission
school to our ministers, gospel preachers, and brothers and sisters
throughout the world, to place no expectation either on yourselves
or on other fellow believers. Even though no one can place any expectations
on his flesh, many of us are still prone to think, “I am different
from the rest.”
But all human beings are the same. God says, “Human
beings are piles of sin, brood of evildoer, more corrupt than anything
else.” Yet even through such human beings, fruits can be born, and
this is the very testament to God’s power. Isn’t this amazing? This
is the simple Truth, that for us to bear fruit, we must first realize
who we are. As God has exposed us in all our nakedness and is illuminating
us with the Word, saying to us, “You are filled with iniquities,”
we must all believe in it and admit it exactly as it is.
Do you admit this fact? We must always admit ourselves
as such. Indeed, all that can be squeezed out of mankind is nothing
more than filth. We can think hard all we want, but out of our carnal
thoughts, nothing else can come out but only evil thoughts, larcenous
desires, murderous mind, and adulterous lust. This is the true portrait
of mankind as described by God. Yet despite this, many people have
absolutely no desire to admit such sins, as long as they have not
committed them with their acts. Even though the One who created
us is telling us that this is who we are, for He knows all about
us, we don’t want to admit it.
So, we try hard to cover our shame with fig leaves.
But how long would a skirt made out of fig leaves last? How effective
is it to cover ourselves with our acts of hypocrisy? It is all too
human for our shame to be exposed in less than a day, or even half
God said no less than twice that it was good to see
the dry land exposed and the earth that bore seed. It is through
those who really know their true selves that God yields the fruits
of righteousness that preach Jesus Christ, the fruits that are beautiful
in God’s eyes.
We Must Acknowledge God’s
Word with Our Hearts
Do you now admit that your hearts are deceitful and
desperately wicked above all things?
Incidentally, however, there are those who intentionally
reveal their wickedness in action, just because God was pleased
to see the dry land appearing. Having received the remission of
their sins, some people deliberately reveal their wickedness freely,
as they have misunderstood this passage. We shouldn’t do this. This
passage does not tell us to show our sinful selves through our action,
but to admit ourselves before the Word. It is meant to tell us that
we should accept the Word of God, admit and acknowledge with our
hearts before God first that we are such sinful beings, and find
His grace and reach righteousness. It is such people who are wise.
The first phenomenon that appears to those who have
received the remission of their sins is that their wickedness is
revealed more than their goodness. I even heard that couples that
rarely quarreled before being born again ended up quarreling more
often after receiving the remission of sin. So having receiving
the remission of sin, they think, “Why am I like this? Maybe did
I not receive the remission of my sins? Why is it that this is all
that I can amount?”
But, don’t worry about your salvation if you surely
believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit. This is God exposing
the dry land in your everyday life, because you have not fully acknowledged
His Word on your fundamental nature. When we acknowledge the Word,
the fruits of righteousness are born. When we do not acknowledge
the Word with our hearts, God has to struggle with us and overcome
us, and so He exposes us all through our circumstances. That is
why those who have been born again just recently agonize over their
Given this, my fellow believers, we have to acknowledge
the Word of God as soon as possible and believe in it, especially
about our fundamental nature. We then really can live in the light
of the Word of God, take pride in the gospel, and live together
with the gospel and with God.
We must realize the real substance of mankind. Yet
some people do not know the real substance of mankind, and so even
as they heard the gospel, they still try to live virtuously, and
when this is proven impossible, they eventually end up giving up
their faith in the righteousness of God. No life of faith can be
lived like this. Through the Word, we must first realize who we
Can you now understand this? Do you now clearly admit
your true selves, just as revealed in the Word? As we carry on with
our lives of faith, I admonish you all to admit yourselves. As for
me, I myself am exactly as revealed in the Word of God. It is because
we have nothing to boast of, and because no human being has any
goodness at all, that Jesus took away the sins of people like me,
all the sins of everyone in this world. It is because Jesus Christ
was preached and I believed in the Word of God that I have become
a righteous man. The Holy Spirit in me is testifying that only the
Word of God is true. That is how I have become an instrument of
righteousness that spreads God’s righteousness. If I did not have
the Word of Jesus Christ, I would have had no choice but to live
as a man rotten to the core and reeking foul smells.
Nonetheless, those who stand before God try not to
expose their filthy aspects as much as possible, and they attempt
to cover them up, even if it makes them hypocrites. In other words,
everyone wants to hide his blemishes and insufficiencies from God.
However, when we seek to admit and expose the wickedness that is
in our hearts, the whole purpose is to realize and know the gift
of the true remission of our sins. That is why our wickedness must
be exposed even more, so that we may receive the real remission
of our sins.
Actually, the wickedness that everyone has was something
that even oneself could not realize on his own. However, those whose
wickedness is not exposed before God cannot receive the remission
of sin that the Lord offers to us as His gift.
In chapter 8 of John, there is an account of a woman
who was caught in adultery in the very act, and whose sins were
forgiven by Jesus. Of this woman and the many people who were accusing
her, who was blessed to receive the remission of sin? To those who
had picked up stones and were ready to cast them at the woman, Jesus
said, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at
her first.” In effect, Jesus was saying to them, “You, too, are
all sinners, just like that woman.”
However, because the crowd did not wholly admit that
they were sinners before the Word of the Lord, they all left, and
only the woman could receive the remission of her sins. This means
that those whose wickedness are not exposed before God cannot be
blessed to receive the remission of sin that He offers. Everyone
must pull out their wickedness and stand bare before the presence
of God. When Peter first met the Lord, he, too, confessed, “Depart
from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord” (Luke 5:8).
Yet there are so many people who are so completely
oblivious to their real entity. Representative of such people were
the Pharisees discussed in the Bible, who failed to realize their
wickedness, and who sought to hide it whenever it was threatened
to be exposed even slightly. Before God, their hearts had no faith
in His righteousness, and so they boasted their own righteousness
The Bible says that such people try hard to cover
the righteousness of God that constitutes the Truth of salvation,
as they seek to manifest their own righteousness (Romans 10:3).
They claim that they are different from everyone else. Approaching
God only with their own human righteousness, they ultimately fail
to believe in the righteousness of God and end up standing against
it. In other words, such people have too much of their own righteousness
that they actually end up suffering great losses, as they are incapable
of holding onto God’s righteousness, fail at their lives of faith,
and are unable to be saved.
Even today, the religionists of the world are boasting
their own righteousness and exalting themselves, rather than exalting
the righteousness of God. It is indeed an unbearable sight to see
such people coming before God and seeking to manifest only their
own righteousness, completely ignorant of their true selves.
However, God is saying to such people just how filthy
and foul they all are. As such, all of us must come before God,
humbly lower our heads and hearts, and accept His righteousness
and believe in it with thanksgiving. Fundamentally speaking, those
who fear God lower their hearts, exalt His righteousness, and believe
in it. Those who know their true selves and have humble faith before
God will receive great blessings, for they are rejoiced to believe
in God’s righteousness. Today’s Pharisees, the religionists of this
age, must also look into their own hearts and admit their own wickedness.
When they admit, “God, I am so evil. Please have mercy on me,” the
Lord will then meet them through the Word of Truth.
Many of you probably grew up dotted with many compliments,
hearing people saying, “You are such a good kid! You are so well-mannered
and so pretty.” So to this day, you probably thought that this was
who you were. Such people do not know themselves even as they are
standing before God, and so in the end, they are ultimately unable
to attain true faith. Because they have to pretend to be clean even
though there are all kinds of filth inside them, they end up turning
into religionists, skilled at whitewashing themselves in hypocrisy
as days go by.
However, what we must realize is the fact that by
nature, we are not so good and righteous as to be commended so.
God declares that there is absolutely nothing that is good or right
in us (Romans 3:10-12).
A brother at my church recently told me the following
story. To attend college, this brother had left his home and was
living in the city where my church is located. Whenever he went
back home during a break, he always heard his parents saying, “Our
son is here! Where on this earth could we ever find a better son
But as he spent some time away from home and saw himself,
he realized that he was not that good or virtuous, but he was actually
filthy beyond description. So he thought about this, and he realized
that he had to be careful not to misbehave while in his hometown
as there were many relatives living close by, and this explained
why he seemed so well-mannered to his parents. But as he spent time
away in a city where no one knew him, all his true self was exposed
as he really was. So this brother confessed that he could not avoid
but admit all his fundamentally wicked self, just as described in
chapter 7 of Mark.
When we are under ideal circumstances, we all think
that we are virtuous, but once our circumstances change—for
instance, were we to move to a new city—and we are completely
on our own without anyone interfering, then our true selves are
all exposed, and we come to realize just how evil and filthy we
However, what is amazing is that once God exposes
someone’s wickedness, He begins to work in his heart. When a farmer
plants seeds in the field, he doesn’t just plant them without any
preparation. He first plows the field, sorts out the stones, furrows
the field, and then sows the seeds.
God also works like this. In other words, it is when
the wickedness of our hearts is exposed that God also begins to
work. So we have to realize that when the water covering the earth
is drained, filthy trash is exposed there. All kinds of waste come
out of there, from discarded tires to plastic bags, dusters, shoes,
torn umbrellas, and rags. We can also see liquor bottles, beer cans,
whiskey bottles, and even electric home appliances rusting away.
God first strips the human heart and exposes its wickedness
to bare, and from there He begins to do His work of salvation through
the gospel of the water and the Spirit. We must now understand what
it means when God said, “Let the dry land appear,” and why He was
pleased to see this.
We can never be approved by God for our human goodness.
Yet despite this, even to this day, countless people still think
of themselves to be virtuous. Not knowing their true selves, they
think themselves to be clean. They think they are at least better
than some people. They are just like the crowd who accused the woman
caught in the very act of adultery, and who thought themselves to
be better than this woman. The religionists refrain from drinking
and smoking, and so they treat anyone who drinks and smokes as a
But, what about you? Do you think you are better than
someone who goes to a burlesque? No, you have nothing better. If
you are any better, it’s only because you now dwell in God’s Church,
and you believe in the Word of God and follow it in your lives;
if you had not been born again, and only led religious lives in
this world, then you would have been the same as any nonbeliever.
That is why God first exposes the dry land, the earth, and then
works on this exposed land.
Of all the works that God does to us, the very first
thing that He does is to break our mindset that holds ourselves
to be good and virtuous. He strips us of our confused thoughts and
misconceptions. Given the fact that the basic human nature itself
is filthy and evil, how would it be possible to lead an upright
life of faith without even realizing this?
When I had been living my life of faith before I was
born again, I, too, was praised by many of my congregation for my
goodness and recognized as an exemplary believer. So I myself naturally
came to think so. However, I was still tormented constantly by the
sins that I committed secretly. It was only later on, after I was
born again through the gospel of the water and the Spirit, and after
my false self-portrait that had covered my heart and thoughts came
off, that I was finally able to lead a proper life of faith.
When water is withdrawn from the earth, it is from
then on that your wickedness is revealed. All the hypocrisy encouraged
and sought after by the religions of the world is also exposed.
So when we throw out our false righteousness and our false goodness,
from then on, God will work in our lives with His Word and make
us bear the fruits of salvation. If we really want to bear fruits
through the righteousness of God, then we must first rely on the
Word of the Lord, rather than relying on ourselves, for our true
selves are filthy and foul. In other words, instead of preaching
our own righteousness, when we preach the righteousness of Jesus
Christ and live by believing in the righteousness of God, the fruits
of salvation will then be born in our hearts.
My fellow believers, as we compare our own righteousness
to the righteousness of God, we must realize that we are that much
more wicked and filthier. And because there is nothing right in
ourselves, because we are filled with all kinds of filth, it is
absolutely indispensable to have this gospel of the water and the
Spirit that gives us God’s perfect righteousness. We must cherish
and believe in the righteousness of God. Are you now persuaded?
If we are clean by nature, then there would be no need for Jesus
to help us with the gospel of the water and the Spirit.
The more we realize that our true selves are evil
and filthy, the more we cannot help but boast about the righteousness
of Jesus Christ before God. That is why God commanded to let the
dry land appear. The dry land must be exposed. Many of you still
do not have your dry land exposed. The dry land must appear completely.
This does not mean that you should deliberately commit many wicked
deeds. Rather, it means that you should cast aside your humanistic
thought that holds yourselves to be virtuous, and instead believe
in the righteous of God that He has manifested through the gospel
of the water and the Spirit.
All the mistaken knowledge that is in our flesh and
our thoughts must be removed, as our pretentious posturing to goodness
must also be removed. Only then does the Word of God work in the
tablets of our hearts. People must follow Jesus by faith, but many
fail to do so. If you look around, you can probably see some people
who are very quick-minded world-wise. I am referring to those who
are very cunning and calculating in the ways of the world. Strangely,
such people cannot become disciples following Jesus Christ. That’s
because rather than trusting in God, they rely more on their own
plans and calculations.
Such people must cast aside their shrewdness. You
probably also have some people around you with human virtues. Neither
can these people become Jesus’ disciples. No one can follow Jesus
with his own goodness. Why? Because they think they are more virtuous
than Jesus. When they think they are better than Jesus, how could
they ever follow Him? For such people also, they can become Jesus
Christ’s disciples only if they cast aside their own goodness and
pride. Only those who have forsaken their everything can answer,
“Yes, You are right, Lord. Only Your Word alone is true,” and become
disciples following Jesus. For all those who have an abundance of
only human emotions, human pride and human feelings, their pride
and attachments must be removed by their faith in Jesus Christ.
That is why the Lord said, “Whoever desires to
come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and
follow Me” (Mark 8:34). Perhaps you are now thinking, “How can
I live like that? It would be so desolate.” Do not worry, however.
Thanks to our God, new joy will come into your lives. After all,
didn’t the guests at the wedding feast in Cana taste the better
wine that the Lord gave them only after they ran out of the wine
prepared by the host?
You must cast aside everything that is human. This
seems so bleak though, doesn’t it? But it is not. On the contrary,
spiritual and pure joy will fill your lives. You will sing truly
spiritual praises, and you will indeed pray by faith; the Word will
also work forcefully in your hearts; and through the gospel preached
by us, many people will begin to live their true lives of faith
where they are actually saved. So because of all this, our hearts
will be filled with joy in the Lord and the Holy Spirit. When those
who had taken pride in their own goodness and humanity are told
to cast such things aside, they get all worried and don’t know what
to do, as they had relied on them so much to this day. However,
once they boldly do away with these things, they will experience
for themselves new joy and new happiness springing forth from God.
They will no longer be filled with their own human emotions, but
with the Spirit of God.
My fellow believers, we must cast aside our old things.
God said to Abraham, “Get out of your country, from your family
and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you” (Genesis
12:1). Likewise, God wants us to throw out our old things.
Returning to today’s Scripture passage again, let
us look at what God did to us on the third day: “Then God said,
‘Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one
place, and let the dry land appear’; and it was so. And God called
the dry land Earth, and the gathering together of the waters He
called Seas. And God saw that it was good” (Genesis 1:9-12).
The Dividing Ministry of
On the third day also, God continued to divide. On
this day, He divided the dry land from water, as He made the land
appear by having all the water under the heavens gather into one
place. He separated the dry land from the water. In other words,
God wanted something in our thoughts and hearts to be divided.
Before the third day came, the whole earth was entirely
covered by water. The land and the water were all mixed. This implies
that in the hearts of those who still do not have spiritual order
established, despite having been born again, the desire to serve
God and the desire to serve themselves are all mixed together. So
if one leads his life of faith in this condition, he ends up wavering
back and forth, sometimes living for himself, other times for God;
and there are many people who live their entire lifetime like this.
However, in such people’s hearts, God divides the
dry land from the water, the earth from the seas. “Is your life
for Me, or is it for yourself and the world?” God wants us to answer
this question clearly. In other words, He wants to separate our
two mixed motives. And God does not want us to love our own flesh
and love the world.
Even among those of us who have received the remission
of sin, there are a lot of people living like this, with their purpose
for life all mixed up in their hearts. So, many people, even though
they have received the remission of their sins, pretend to live
for God even as they live to enjoy this world, trying to satisfy
Some workers who had lived entirely to serve the gospel
have packed up and gone out to the world. One common thing that
they all said when they left us was this: “I, too, want to live
freely.” But, is there no freedom if we live serving the gospel?
Far from it, there is even greater freedom. In their hearts, their
love for the self was mixed with their love for God, and as it seized
them, they ended up reaching spiritual death.
Even among the born-again, there are many people who
live wavering back and forth between the spirit and the flesh, and
yet comfort themselves by saying that they are still living for
God. God does not approve such people, and He wants to clearly separate
what is spiritual from what is carnal in us, just as the earth was
divided from the seas. God wants to make a clear division in our
confused hearts and thoughts. God has clearly divided the flesh
as the flesh, the spirit as the spirit, the work of God as the work
of God, and the work of man as the work of man.
Our God wanted to make a clear division in such aspects,
and He did so on the third day. You are now being nourished with
the Word in the mission school. Why are we attending this mission
school? What is the difference between those who are trained in
our mission school and those who are not? The goal of the mission
school’s training is to divide the spirit from the flesh in your
hearts. It is to thus make you live entirely for God. Those to whom
God’s work has not been fulfilled in this aspect are those who are
going back and forth like this, living for both God and themselves.
They are the ones to whom the work of the third day is yet to be
As you are now trained living with me, you must realize
that to learn and understand the Word only intellectually is not
the end of all. First of all, you must set a signpost in your hearts,
“For what should I live?” You have to attend the class and the other
training courses of our mission school with a determined heart,
saying, “I will live for God. I will freely offer my body, time,
or anything else if it would help to spread the gospel of God.”
God wants us to make up our minds to live our lives
only for God and His gospel. So, He asks us to clarify for what
we live at this point. This dividing work must arise clearly in
us. We must discern what is spiritual from the things of flesh in
us. Such a work must arise in the hearts of the born-again without
Only when this work arises can the work of bearing
fruits then begin. Without such a work, no fruit is ever born. If
one has one foot in the world and another foot in God, and lives
his life of faith like this saddling the fence, then God cannot
work in such people’s hearts. Once we receive the remission of our
sins, we must decide whether we would live for God or for ourselves,
for the world and for God-we must choose either one of them. While
the choice must be made clearly, the righteous cannot live for the
Remove Impurities from Your
Faith in the Grace of God
The Bible says, “Old things have passed away; behold,
all things have become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17). From now on,
we who have been made new must live for God, for what is righteous.
Living only for God is spiritual, while trying to fulfill only the
carnal desires is of the flesh. And we have to believe in God’s
Word that says, “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. Because
the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to
the law of God, nor indeed can be” (Romans 8:5-7).
This is something that must be set unambiguously in
both our hearts and minds. Even the things that you enjoyed in the
past, if they were for you, then you must be able to boldly cut
them off for God and for the gospel, and if they really do not please
God, then you must be able to boldly and clearly cut them off from
your hearts also.
Just as impurities must be removed from silver to
obtain pure silver, so must we remove from our hearts the remaining
carnal impurities that are mixed in them. You must clearly discern
and separate what really is right in your hearts, and you must make
up your minds, deciding, “Lord, I will really live for You. For
the sake of the gospel and for You, I will dedicate all my life.
I will offer my life only for You. I will not offer myself for the
world and for its vanities.”
My fellow believers, it’s more than possible for us
to live the rest of our lives enjoying the world. But would God
be pleased if we were to live like this, or would He be pleased
if we were to live entirely for Him alone? For what should we live
to please God? In other words, what is good in God’s eyes? In God’s
eyes, the right life is to live for Him, for the gospel, and for
all the lost souls to receive the remission of their sins, fearing
Him and following Him. In each of you also, God began to work on
the third day. What kind of work did He begin on the third day?
He said, “Let the land that had been submerged in water appear.”
Then, the dry land appeared, and God separated it clearly from the
water. He separated the love for the world from the love for God,
and what is spiritual from what is carnal.
We have to do many different things to spread the
gospel. If the gospel needs it, then we don’t care what happens
to us. We are willing to do anything if it would please God. We
are willing to pay any price. If we really cherish this gospel and
God, then we must pay any price that this entails. Before God, in
other words, we must be willing to give up anything, no matter how
precious it might be.
My fellow believers, you are not attending this mission
school for no reason. Maybe some of you might have enrolled here
without a clear sense of purpose. However, my fellow believers,
God is working in your hearts without fail. He is dividing what
is spiritual from your carnal desires, making you set the spiritual
goal of your lives. During the training period of the mission school,
the spirit and the flesh must indeed be clearly divided in your
hearts, and the work of removing all those worldly desires must
be achieved. So we all need to pray ardently for this to come about.
We Must Fear God in Our Lives
We the born-again may not know all the Bible, but
we must live the rest of our lives entirely for God and for the
gospel. One of the hymns that we sing has the following lyrics:
“♫Offering all our bodies and all our wealth, ♪let us
spread this gospel.” If we really cherish God and cherish the gospel,
then it is only proper to offer not only ours bodies, but also our
wealth. For this gospel, for Him, and for the expansion of the Kingdom
of God, we must offer all our existence. Unless we set our minds
wholly like this, we cannot serve the Lord, nor can there arise
the work that clearly divides the earth from the water.
Should we really live for the world and for ourselves,
or should we live our lives for God? Is it right or wrong to live
for God? Which is right? To live entirely for God, or to live enjoying
the world? For the born-again, to live entirely for God is what
Even when a lion chases after a rabbit, it cannot
catch its prey unless it puts all its energy. Even when we hammer
a nail on the wall, we cannot get it right unless we concentrate
on hammering. Like this, even a small task requires all our attention
and effort to achieve it, and so when it comes to doing God’s work,
it is far more so that we should really dedicate all our hearts,
effort, will and devotion here to this work to achieve it. If the
Word of God says this is right, then we must fear this Word and
follow it accordingly.
My fellow believers, God does not say to us to live
any way we want once we receive the remission of our sins, since
we are now made sinless. On the contrary, God tells us that from
this moment on, we must really press toward the goal (Philippians
3:14). Did we cast aside the Law of God? No, we did not forsake
it. Through this Law God taught us about our sins, and He led us
to Christ to receive the remission of our sins. The Bible says that
now that we have received the remission of our sins, it is right
for us to fear the Word of God, and according to how this Word leads
us, love God and live full lives. We must not receive the Word of
God only with our heads as a matter of intellectual exercise. The
Word of God must be believed with the heart. And in our sincere
hearts we need to decide to live for God and for His gospel.
It Is Right for All of Us
to Now Live for the Spreading of the Gospel
All of us must set our minds, saying, “From now on
I will live for the righteousness of God.” This heart is truly indispensable.
My fellow believers, as we carry on with our lives that are as short
as a midnight dream, for what should we live to be right? It is
right to live for the gospel and for God. It is absolutely right
to live for the Lord, for the other souls to receive the remission
of their sins. The righteous cannot just live in whatever way they
want. The right life to live is to live for God.
Although we are insufficient, it is right for us to
live for the gospel while on this earth. It is proper for us to
live our lives for the expansion of His Kingdom, and for the countless
souls that are perishing away. While we dwell in our flesh, we can
end up doing many futile things, but it is proper for us the righteous
to offer all our hands, feet, lips, and heads for the souls of sinners,
for the expansion of the Kingdom of God, and to serve Him; and it
is also proper for all our belongings to be used for the Lord. Those
who live such a life are those who, like Daniel, have set their
minds to serve God.
You are God’s workers. The people of God must clearly
live only for God, no matter what circumstances or conditions they
might be facing. Many people think offering tithes is just too much.
Even though they are only giving only a tenth of their income, they
still begrudge it, thinking it’s too much.
For the servants of God, it’s not just a tenth, but
the entirety. It is proper for His servants to offer everything.
In other words, the life that is for the Lord is their lives, the
will of the Lord is none other than their will, and His purpose
is none other their purpose. This is who God’s people are. Just
because we give tithes, serve a little in church, and take part
in the hour of worship, this does not constitute a life of faith,
but we must offer our entire lives to the gospel, and whatever we
do, we must do for the gospel. This is what a life of faith is all
about; it is not to say, “This hour is for me, this hour is for
my work, this hour is for my family, and the rest is for the Lord.”
Family life, work life, school life, all these are lived for the
You may then say, “How do I make a living then? If
I just serve the Lord alone, who is going to take care of my family?”
Do not worry, my fellow believers. If we serve only the Lord, He
will take the full responsibility for us and take care of us.
Our Lord said, “No one can serve two masters; for
either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will
be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God
and mammon” (Matthew 6:24), and He went on to say, “Therefore
do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’
or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles
seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all
these things shall be added to you” (Matthew 6:31-33). We believe
in this Word, and do not worry about all our necessities, for we
are far more precious than the sparrows of the air.
This is what God achieved on the third day. The earth
and the seas must be divided. The spirit and the flesh must be clearly
separated in our hearts. If there still are carnal attachments sticking
to and lingering in our hearts, the work of separating them must
arise. Trainees at the mission school must be clear on this issue.
Your hearts must not yearn after this world, nor should you seek
after only the happiness of your own flesh. You need to have the
disposition to walk with the Lord, to suffer with Him and to be
happy with Him. Do you now understand this?
We Are Soldiers of the Kingdom
Our hearts must be set properly before God.
Even if an army has hundreds of thousands of soldiers,
if this army does not really fight for its nation and its king,
then all these countless soldiers are completely useless. They only
waste military supplies and drain the nation’s treasury.
In contrast, even if an army only has 300 soldiers,
if all these soldiers are filled with a faithful dedication to their
nation and their king, then these 300 soldiers form an elite force.
Even if they fight against an army with hundreds of thousands of
soldiers, these 300-strong soldiers will prevail. What kind of army
must we become then? Before God, we must become like the elite force,
living for only the gospel and Him.
To illustrate, let me tell you a short story here.
Long ago, there were two nations. One was a nation of simpletons,
and the other was a clever nation. In the nation of simpletons,
everyone was slow-witted, from its king to its people. In the nation
of the clever, in contrast, the king was very smart, as were its
people very cunning.
One day, the two nations went to war against each
other. When the king of the clever nation ordered, “Charge!” his
soldiers did not charge, saying, “Your majesty, we should not charge
in right now. It would be wiser to wait a bit longer and then charge
forward.” The king of the dim nation also commanded, “Charge!” Hearing
this order, his soldiers stormed the battleground, not caring whether
they died or not. The nation of simpletons won this war. How did
it win? It won because its soldiers did as commanded by the king,
without insisting on their own right way.
In other words, even though the soldiers were inadequate,
they threw down their lives for their king and their nation. The
nation of the clever could have easily vanquished the dim nation
and won the war, since everyone there was so smart, but far from
this, its king was seized and its army was annihilated. Even though
the soldiers of the dim nation lacked wisdom, they had set their
minds for their king. The king could win the war through these completely
We are soldiers in a spiritual war. In waging this
war, if we only set our hearts clearly, saying, “Lord, I will live
for You alone,” then we can win the war. In contrast, those who
have not set their minds on the Lord will lose every war they fight,
even if they were to wage a hundred wars. How should our hearts
be then? Our hearts must be clearly set to live for God.
Why did we come to the mission school? Did we come
to be good preachers? Did we come to learn the secrets to be successful
ministers? We didn’t come to the mission school for this. We did
not come to the mission school here to receive some special gift—that
is, such things as the gift of tongues or the gift of prophecy.
For what, then, did we come to the mission school? Did we not come
to live for the Lord? Indeed, we came because we wanted to live
for the Lord. Once we set our hearts to live for God, He will permit
and give all that we need.
It is not to become someone like Cain, an expert at
carnal affairs, that we came to this mission school. For what, then,
should we now live? Although we are worthless like Abel, we must
live the kind of life that is lived for God, setting our hearts,
obeying Him when He speaks, and uniting our hearts with Him with
yes. Our hearts must be set toward God, and our hearts must be at
His side. God needs those whose hearts are at His side. It is to
live for Him that we came to the mission school. That is why we
are now being trained here.
My fellow believers, now that you heard the Word,
how do you think about your purpose for coming to the mission school?
Has it not changed a bit? You received the remission of your sins
and came to the mission school for God, to spread the gospel to
souls, and to serve the work that expands the Kingdom of God. It
is for this purpose that you are now learning the Word, praying,
and being trained in various aspects.
As such, those who came into the mission school should
not have too many of their own thoughts. It is here at this mission
school where our own thoughts are made to disappear. Those who think
too much on their own, or seek after some personal and individual
affairs, are not qualified as God’s soldiers. Even though we are
insufficient in our flesh, as we have joined the ranks of the army,
when our Lord, who has become our true King, commands us, “Charge!”
we must be prepared to charge forward without question, and wholeheartedly
obey whatever the Lord commands us.
Our God has called all of us to make us His workers.