We Can Be Saved from All Our Sin Only When We Know
All Our Wickedness
< 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.”
The massage from today’s Scripture passage is that
everyone should know his wickedness and bear the fruit of salvation.
Everyone was born with sin from the very moment he
was born into this world, and therefore all human beings cannot
avoid but commit countless transgressions throughout their lives.
God therefore wanted us to realize and know our own wickedness,
and to grasp the gospel Truth of the water and the Spirit that He
has given us. Now, for us to reach faith in the gospel of the water
and the Spirit given by Jesus, we must first realize our own wickedness.
The reality is that most people are carrying on with
their lives completely oblivious to their wickedness. It is because
of our own righteousness that we have left God. We cannot recognize
our wicked selves, for we are too self-righteous. If we want to
be saved from all our sins, we have to be able to see our own wickedness
first, and we must also know the righteous of God and believe in
In other words, for human beings to wash away their
evils and sins, they must look toward the gospel Truth of the water
and the Spirit and believe in it. Everyone must grasp his hideous
self and wickedness, bow before God, ask for His help, and believe
in the gospel of the water and the Spirit that the Lord has given
us. Only then can he be saved. To do so, we must first recognize
our evil selves. God’s Word is the Word of Truth that saves us from
sin. It is to those who acknowledge God’s Truth that the Lord brings
salvation and enables them to bear many fruits of faith.
We must realize the Truth that our Lord spoke on the
third day of creation. The Bible twice states that on this third
day of God’s creation, “God saw that it was good” (Genesis 1:10,12).
Once, God said that He was pleased to see the dry landing appearing,
and the second time, He said that it was good see the herb that
yields seed and the tree that yields fruit.
In the Bible, the earth refers to the human heart.
As God gathered together the water covering this earth into one
place, He saw the dry land being exposed, and He said that this
pleased Him. This implies that God’s Word has enabled us to see
the many hypocrisies covering our hearts.
Why Is God Pleased to See
the Appearance of the Dry Land?
It is because one can be saved only if his basic nature,
which is evil, is exposed. Man-made religions are nothing more than
systems of hypocrisy. In other words, as human beings have wrapped
up their fundamental wickedness with a cover of hypocrisy called
religion, they themselves do not realize that they are all evil
beings. So, people cannot see their true selves filled with sin,
and have fallen into a great delusion, considering themselves virtuous.
That is why unlike human beings, who try to prevent
their sins from being exposed, God wants their sins to be revealed.
Mankind’s sins cannot be hidden from God. God wants to expose people’s
sins and heal them. It is only after mankind’s evils are exposed
that God can give the remission of sin to every sinner, and that
is why God is pleased to see our sins fully exposed.
People generally want others to see them as good and
virtuous. So they pretend to be good all too often, and fooled by
their own hypocrisy, most of them are convinced that they really
are virtuous. However, the fact of the matter is that there are
so many evils hidden in their hearts, and they all need to realize
To whom, then, is the God-given salvation fulfilled?
There is no doubt that salvation comes to those who know themselves
to be complete sinners, and believe in the gospel of the water and
the Spirit given by the Lord. In other words, only those who admit
that they are infallibly bound to hell if they continue in their
way can receive the remission of their sins by believing in the
gospel of the water and the Spirit. What about you then? Don’t some
of you also think that your hearts are virtuous? Could such people
be saved from their sins? Or is it only by realizing one’s evil
heart and asking the Lord for His grace that one can be saved from
his sins? It is not the former, but the latter that can be saved
from sin. Unfortunately, however, there aren’t that many people
who know and admit the fundamental wickedness of their hearts.
God said, “The heart is deceitful above all things,
And desperately wicked; Who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9). He
also said 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 carnal thoughts of mankind can only be evil. By
nature, human beings are murderers, adulterers, and debauched beings.
They were all fundamentally born as evil beings. It is on those
who know themselves to be such sinners that God bestows His grace
of salvation. It is precisely through such people that God bears
the fruits of the remission of sin, and the fruits of evangelism
as well. In other words, God was saying that He would give His blessing
of salvation only to those who realize and believe that they are
indeed evil sinners who are harboring such sins in their hearts
and gushing with these sins throughout their entire lifetime.
This is completely opposite to the teachings of the
world. From our parents and through the educational system, we were
taught to consider ourselves as essentially good. There is a prominent
theory called “Labeling Theory” that is widespread in the field
of juvenile education. This theory insists that if a child were
labeled “a liar” by his parents or teachers, the child would become
a liar, and that if a child were labeled as “a good boy,” then he
would likely grow up to be a man of good character. But, this theory
explains only the phenomenon of hypocritical human behaviors, and
cannot deal with the fundamental nature of human beings.
Religion is no different; all religions propound on
the goodness of mankind and its righteousness. The evilest people
in this world are those who hide their evils with false virtues
(hypocrisy). Those who believe in Christianity merely as a religion
are also such people. Because they do not know their fundamental
selves, they do not accept God’s gospel that would save them from
all their sins—indeed, far from accepting this true gospel,
they are actually preaching false gospels that only emphasize mankind’s
own righteous deeds.
As such, God’s worst enemies in this world, who stand
against Him the most, are none other than these Christians who have
not been born again. They argue, “But still, doesn’t mankind have
at least one or two virtues?” The Scripture Word of the Truth, however,
declares that mankind has absolutely nothing virtuous (Romans 3:10-12).
We must therefore first recognize our true selves, realizing how
our hearts are filled with so many carnal thoughts.
The Bible writes that when the third day of the creation
of the heavens and the earth began, this earth had been covered
with water. This water here refers to the water that was below the
firmament. Sometimes, even the water below the firmament may look
clear. However, the ground at its bottom, hidden by the water, is
in fact very filthy. Only when the filthy bottom is exposed can
God cleanse this ground, and that is why He said on the third day,
“Let the dry land appear.” This implies that as mankind’s basic
nature is fundamentally evil, God wants us to recognize and admit
Jesus came to call all sinners and save them from
every sin. Our Lord said, “I have not come to call the righteous,
but sinners, to repentance” (Luke 5:32). God said that evil thoughts,
adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, lewdness,
foolishness, pride, and so on, are all inherent to mankind, that
we humans all have such filthy hearts. God cannot bear any fruit
through someone who doesn’t fully reveal his sinfulness before the
Word of God. But if one knows that he has no merit whatsoever on
his own, and that he is nothing more than a sinful being, then he
can meet Jesus Christ and be born again.
To Whom Has the God-given
The salvation of the God-given remission of sin comes
only to those who believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit.
It is by believing in what Jesus Christ has done for sinners like
us that we are saved through grace (Ephesians 2:8).
The Bible writes that as “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), He decided to judge this earth. And God’s judgment did
in fact come to this earth, whereby all sinners were destroyed,
except for Noah’s family of eight who were saved.
Noah was saved because he found God’s grace, as it
is written, “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” (Genesis 6:8-9). The word “grace” is synonymous
to gift. Noah, too, was a sinner, for he was as weak and insufficient
as anyone else, but he was still spared from the judgment and saved.
How was this possible? It was possible precisely because Noah and
his family found the grace of the remission of sin from God, and
were made righteous. In other words, it was by believing in the
God’s grace of salvation that Noah became a righteous man.
God saved Noah by clothing him in His grace. Just
like Noah, God has also given us the same grace. Even though our
very thoughts and acts are both evil, God has blessed us to become
His own people. After making this earth uncovered and dry, God blessed
it to bring forth the herb that yields seed and the fruit tree that
yields fruit according to its kind. It is when the dry land appears
that the earth begins to bear fruit before God.
In other words, human beings are born again from their
sins by first admitting that they are sinners bound to hell, and
second, by believing in Jesus, who came by the Truth of the water
and the Spirit and has saved sinners from sin. If we realize our
sinful state, and take off the mask of hypocrisy covering our hearts,
we, too, can receive the remission of our sins and bear every good
fruit, all by accepting the Word of God and believing in it.
God Abhors Hypocrites
Those who pretend to be virtuous before God do not
know the Truth of being born again of water and the Spirit. The
religionists who hide their evils behind their good-natured smiles
are typical hypocrites. Why are they so hypocritical constantly?
It’s because they want to hide the fact that they themselves are
sinners bound to hell. Neither hearing the Word of God nor heeding
to the voice of their own conscience, they pretend to be righteous
people, even as they are sinners. Since they don’t admit the fact
that they will be cast into hell for their sins, nor do they have
any desire to receive the remission of their sins. That is why they
snub the gospel of the water and the Spirit.
There are too many people in this world deluded into
believing that they are really good people. Those who are under
this illusion to think of themselves as virtuous before God-that
is, those who do not admit to God that they are evil sinners—are
all hypocrites. Those who boast their hypocrisy and seek after works-oriented
faith are hypocrites who do not follow the Truth of being born again,
which is what really pleases the Lord, but only their own rightfulness.
God abhors the hypocrisy of mankind—that is, He abhors false
So you should realize here that the false goodness
of mankind is a mortal sin that stands against the true goodness
of God and leads one to hell. For evil human beings to try to cover
their whole wickedness with their hypocrisy is like covering their
own eyes to see no evil. When you tip a bottle of soy sauce, what
pours out is soy sauce. Clear water is not poured out of a bottle
filled with soy sauce. Likewise, when mankind itself is filthy and
obscene, how could any goodness come out of it?
Therefore, human beings must first confess their wickedness
to God, believe in the Bible, which is the Word of God, and thereby
be wholly remitted from all their sins as white as snow. And once
they receive the remission of their sins and are made righteous,
they should no longer follow the hypocrisy of mankind, but they
must follow only the Word of God by faith. We can cast aside every
hypocrisy of mankind and come to follow only the gospel of the real
Truth that clothes us with the righteousness of God only when we
admit that we are bound to commit sin until the day we die.
My fellow believers, even those who have been saved
from all their sins by believing in the gospel of the water and
the Spirit must recognize that as far as their flesh is concerned,
they are still evil and filthy. It is through those who admit their
evil selves by believing in God’s Word of Truth that God reveals
His glory and bears the fruit of righteousness. In contrast, the
sinners who do not believe in God’s Word exactly as it is do not
bear any righteous fruit of the true goodness of God. That we are
compelled to recognize ourselves as obscene, filthy, and sordid
beings is not because we have actually committed all such transgressions
with our acts. Rather, it is because we believe in God’s Word that
when we reflect ourselves upon this Word, we are compelled to admit
ourselves as wicked human beings.
The righteousness of God is held in the gospel of
the water and the Spirit. All of us are evil human beings by nature,
but because we accepted the gospel of salvation, the gospel of the
remission of sin, we were saved and are now living our lives as
righteous people. That is how the saved come to cast aside their
hypocrisy and preach the righteousness of Jesus, for only this righteousness
of Jesus Christ now lives in them. Having received the remission
of our sins, it is when we admit that we are still evil that from
then on, we are made into the instruments of righteousness used
for God’s righteous works.
God places no expectations on the hypocrisy of mankind.
Hypocrisy is nothing more than a fraud. So no expectations can ever
be placed. Religion, too, is a pile of hypocrisy, and so God has
no expectations for it.
Hypocrisy leads to self-destruction. Hypocrisy is
a sin. It is the obstacle that blocks God’s blessings. It is a curse.
Hypocrisy is the way to be cursed by God. If anyone wants to receive
God’s blessings, he must steer clear from hypocrisy. Hypocrisy must
be cast aside, for it destroys one’s own soul. True goodness is
to believe in God and acknowledge oneself.
God does not place His expectations on hypocrites.
He place His expectation on those who believe in His Word. God’s
Church also does not place any expectations on the hypocrisy of
mankind. We place no expectations on another human being, no matter
who this might be. That’s because the flesh of mankind is filled
with hypocrisy. Since everyone’s flesh is the same, it is an illusion
to think, “I’m not like that man; I’m different from everyone else.”
Each and every human being is the same pile of sin, but the Lord
revealed the righteousness of God to us by becoming the Savior of
sinners. He has made it fully exposed that before the Word of God,
no one has any righteousness at all.
Do not deceive yourselves. Do not be fooled by your
own hypocrisy. No one should give high marks to himself. God Himself
said that mankind is a brood of evildoers, and that the human heart
is more corrupt than anything else.
However, God’s power is so overwhelming that even
through such wicked human beings, He still bears the fruit of His
righteousness. What has saved us from our sins through the Truth
is the very goodness of God and His righteousness. This is the power
of God. Isn’t it marvelous? The gospel of salvation is the sole
Truth that only God has. For us to bear the fruit of Truth, we must
realize that we had been complete sinners and complete hypocrites,
and we must believe accordingly.
Do You Admit All the Sins
Exposed in You?
Even for those who have been born again by believing
in the gospel of the water and the Spirit, the very first phenomenon
to unfold is that the wickedness of their flesh is exposed more
and more. In other words, their wicked selves are more exposed than
The same thing happened to me as well. I hardly had
any quarrels with my wife before, but once I received the remission
of my sins, I actually became more prone to quarrel with my wife,
and my words became even ruder, as if I had forgotten all about
my proper education. So after receiving the remission of my sins,
I sometimes wondered to myself, “Why am I like this? Does this mean
that perhaps I was not remitted from all my sins? How could I do
God’s Word of Truth makes it clear beyond any doubts
that we are indeed evil beings wrapped up in hypocrisy, but because
we do not acknowledge the Word of God with our hearts, He makes
the dry land appear in our lives. If we do not recognize the written
Word of God—that is, the real Truth of goodness—then
God’s Word must fight and overcome us, and so God exposes all the
evils of mankind through our circumstances. That is why even the
born-again are tormented by their evils.
But once they admit such evil selves and trust in
God’s Word of Truth, they can bear the fruit of the remission of
sin. On our own, we did not know that there were such evils in us,
but the Lord exposed our wickedness so that we could not but see
and recognize these evils. Having done this, the Lord then saved
us through the Word of the water and the Spirit. Therefore, the
more our evils are exposed, the more we should thank the Lord.
As such, everyone should acknowledge God’s Word of
Truth as soon as possible, thus turning themselves in to God as
a brood of evildoers filled with hypocrisy, and be born again by
believing in the gospel of the water and the blood given by Jesus.
If you really want take pride in the gospel and live in the midst
of the light with this gospel and with God, then you must wholly
believe in His Word of Truth.
Those whose lives are deceived by their own hypocrisy
do not know the Truth that the Word of God teaches, and so their
lives turn only more hypocritical. As they find themselves incapable
of really living virtuously no matter how hard they try, they even
end up giving up their lives of faith. Deceived by their hypocrisy,
in other words, they are unable to lead their lives of faith until
the end. Through the Word of Truth, they should have realized what
kind of people they are, and they should have cast aside their hypocrisy.
Human beings can be saved only if they know their wickedness, and
their evils are exposed.
What about you then? Do you admit that you are evil?
Do you recognize that mankind is wholly wicked, for 100%? As for
myself, I admit wholeheartedly that I was indeed a complete sinner,
just as shown in the Word of God. And I believe so. It’s because
I have nothing to boast, and because no human being has any goodness
at all, that Jesus Christ came to this earth, was baptized, and
shed His blood, all to take away the sins of evil mankind, each
and every sin of the world. All of us have been saved by believing
in Jesus Christ our Savior, that is, by believing in the gospel
of the water and the Spirit.
The Holy Spirit bears witness that only the Word of
God is the good Truth indeed. And by believing in this Truth, mankind
has now been remitted from its sins and become an instrument of
righteousness. Had it not been for God, and had it not been for
Jesus Christ’s Word of Truth that is indeed virtuous, mankind could
not have but lived in an unbearable stench, completely corrupted
by its hypocrisy. Now, everyone in this world should believe in
the Word of salvation, that Jesus has saved us through the baptism
He received, the blood He shed on the Cross, and the Holy Spirit,
and reach unto his salvation.
I admonish you all to admit your evils, trust in God’s
Word of Truth, and believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit,
so that you may be saved from all your sins of hypocrisy and live
as righteous people. And once you become righteous, I ask you all
to live the rest of your lives as the instruments of the righteousness
of God, acknowledging His Word of Truth and believing in His righteousness.
The true salvation given by God comes to those who
admit their hypocrisy and cast it aside, and it is to such people
who admit their true selves that God has brought this salvation.
I give all my thanks to our God. Amen!