What God’s Servants Who Believe in the Gospel of
the Water and the Spirit Must Do
< Genesis 1:14-19 >
“Then God said, ‘Let there be lights in the firmament
of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be
for signs and seasons, and for days and years; and let them be for
lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth’;
and it was so. Then God made two great lights: the greater light
to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He made
the stars also. God set them in the firmament of the heavens to
give light on the earth, and to rule over the day and over the night,
and to divide the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was
good. So the evening and the morning were the fourth day.”
and Sorting out People’s Souls Are the Beginning of God’s Work
What did God do through His servants on the fourth
day of the creation of the heavens and the earth? He made them divide
His people from the rest. God the Father sent Jesus Christ to this
earth in order to save everyone from all sins. God raises His servants
to use them as His instrument to blot out people’s sins. It is to
save souls that God gives the gospel of the water and the Spirit
and raises His servants who would preach this gospel. To this end,
God nurtures His servants and molds them properly, and then uses
God’s servants must minister with the calling that
obligates them to discern the children of light from the children
of darkness on this earth, and to preach the gospel of the water
and the Spirit to them. When God’s servants labor for His work,
they must examine and discern whether or not people have received
the remission of sin.
If the calling of the gospel preachers in this world
is to preach the gospel of the water and the Spirit, then they should
know how to fulfill this work. Therefore, an evangelist’s ministry
must first begin from discerning whether the souls before his eyes
have been saved from sin or not. If he is incapable of discerning
souls, then all his labor would be in vain, and so he must first
determine whether or not a certain soul has been saved, and then
preach the gospel Word of the water and the Spirit to sinners. After
this, he should then nurture these souls and grow their faith. An
evangelist also has the responsibility to preach God’s Word of Truth
step by step to those who believe in the gospel of the water and
the Spirit. Only those who heard the gospel of the water and the
Spirit from the properly nurtured evangelists can spread this gospel
to other souls also.
The first thing that an evangelist should do when
he meets people is to determine and let them know whether they are
God’s people or not. Although many in this world call themselves
evangelists, few really know the gospel of the water and the Spirit.
This is why the gospel of the water and the Spirit must be first
preached to Christians who profess to believe in Jesus.
We see that some preachers are incapable of discerning
whether a soul has been saved or not, for they do not know the gospel
of the water and the Spirit. Every preacher must therefore first
know the gospel of the water and the Spirit himself. And he himself
must become a believer in the gospel of the water and the Spirit.
No evangelist should be ambiguous when it comes to discerning the
saved from the unsaved.
The spiritually blind cannot discern whether one has
been saved or not. A real witness, in other words, should be able
to discern whether this soul believes in the gospel of the water
and the Spirit or not. When God’s servants fail to spread the gospel,
it is because of their lack of the ability to discern people’s souls
that they fail at this ministry. A true witness of the gospel should
first examine whether people believe in the gospel of the water
and the Spirit, and then sow the gospel seeds of the water and the
Spirit. Yet despite this, too many witnesses preach the gospel of
the water and the Spirit without first examining the condition of
soul properly, and this is what explains so many failures.
As such, the very first thing that an evangelist must
do is to spiritually discern whether a soul is a righteous soul
or a sinner. And if this soul still does not know that he is a sinner,
then the evangelist must teach him that he will be condemned by
God for his sins. The witnesses who are upright before God must
know how to determine whether people’s souls belong to the light
or darkness, and then testify the gospel of the water and the Spirit.
Sometimes, when we bear witness, some people do claim to be sinless
even though they do not realize the reason why Jesus was baptized.
Representative of such people are those who describe
themselves as the so-called Evangelicals. These people blindly claim
to have no sin, even though they do not properly know the mystery
of the baptism that Jesus received from John—that is, the gospel
of Truth of the water and the Spirit. My fellow believers, although
they claim, without knowing the gospel of the water and the Spirit,
“I am sinless since I believe in Jesus,” this does not mean that
there really is no sin in their hearts. When people assert blindly
that they have no sin as long as they believe in Jesus as their
Savior, even though they do not know the gospel Truth of the water
and the Spirit, they are just deceiving themselves. One may profess
to believe in Jesus as his Savior, but if there is sin in his heart,
then he is still sinful, and so under such a condition, to claim
to have no sin is to deceive God and people. Isn’t this the case?
Does every Christian know the gospel of the water
and the Spirit? No, not every Christian knows this gospel. There
still are far too many Christians who profess to believe in Jesus
even as they do not know the gospel of the water and the Spirit.
If this is the case, then we should first determine that spiritually
speaking, such Christians are still sinners. The so-called Evangelicals
are also this type of people. That is why the Evangelicals must
also be awakened spiritually.
A witness who believes in the gospel of the water
and the Spirit before God knows how to live by faith. If a preacher
does not lead the congregation properly through the gospel of the
water and the Spirit, then his entire ministry is bound to fail.
It is through the witnesses who believe in the gospel of the water
and the Spirit that God divides the light from darkness. It is because
we minister believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit
that we are able to minister properly. The kind of ministry that
is upright before God is one that separates the righteous from sinners,
and preaches the gospel of the water and the Spirit, the Truth of
You should now be able to understand that only the
believers in the gospel of the water and the Spirit can fulfill
their ministry as true witnesses. That’s because those who have
been made righteous before God are those who believe in the gospel
of the water and the Spirit before Him, and because sinners are
those who do not believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit.
Ultimately, a preacher must never neglect to divide the righteous
from sinners and preach the gospel of the water and the Spirit.
Like this, when a preacher meets someone, the very
first step of his ministry is to discern properly whether or not
this person has clearly been born again by believing in the gospel
of the water and the Spirit. If we were to go into a battleground
and wage war, how could we fight this war if we cannot even distinguish
whether someone right before our eyes is our own solider or an enemy?
To be able to attack with the Word of Truth and save him, must we
not first know clearly that this man before our eyes is a spiritual
enemy who still has not received the remission of his sins?
A preacher should know the Truth of salvation when
he wages his spiritual battle. When he thus frees all sinners and
delivers them from the trap of sin, it is only then that he is a
true servant of God. In other words, the real witnesses before God
must bring true salvation to sinners through the gospel of the water
and the Spirit.
God shows us His plan through the Word of His creation.
He specially did the work of dividing some things at the beginning
of His creation: He divided the heavens from the earth; the light
from darkness; the water above the firmament from the water on the
earth; and the dry land from the sea. Again, on the fourth day of
His creation, God placed two lights in the firmament and divided
the day from the night.
So when a preacher deals with souls, it is God’s will
for him to discern whether these souls have been saved or not. When
an evangelist divides souls, he should not divide based on his own
carnal standard, but based on the gospel Truth of the water and
the Spirit given by Jesus Christ.
It’s a blessing for us to divide the born-again from
those who are not born again based on the gospel of the water and
the Spirit, the God-given Truth of salvation. God’s Church must
fulfill this task of dividing the saved from the unsaved properly.
God’s work should begin with this task of division. The Kingdom
of God can be built only if the preachers who believe in the gospel
of the water and the Spirit are able to make the spiritual discernment
that divides the light from darkness. Such preachers can fulfill
God’s ministry as Jesus Christ’s workers. As such, when a preacher
is unable to divide the light from darkness, he cannot minister
Among those who have received the remission of their
sins, there are many who are so kind-hearted. They say, “When so
many people believe in Jesus as their Savior, how can I bring myself
to say that they have not been born again?” In particular, the gospel
believed by the Evangelicals closely approximates the gospel of
the water and the Spirit, but ultimately it is not the perfect gospel,
and so they feel rather uneasy to call themselves righteous, for
there is still sin in their hearts. In other words, the gospel of
the water and the Spirit that we believe is biblically different
from their faith.
It’s clearly impossible for the witnesses who believe
in the gospel of the water and the Spirit to understand and tolerate
those who are not born again, even if they try to do so. In the
end, the righteous are separated from sinners. No matter how hard
the real witnesses might try to reach an understanding and collaborate
with those working in world-renowned missionary organizations, since
these people do not believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit,
they cannot be approved. Because they do not acknowledge the gospel
of the water and the Spirit, they are divided from us eventually.
Ultimately, light and darkness cannot coexist. When
you turn on the light at home, darkness recedes away without fail,
and when you turn off the light, darkness returns infallibly. It’s
impossible for both light and darkness to coexist in a room. When
the light is turned on at home, darkness is gone all at once. So
even if we, the believers in the gospel of the water and the Spirit,
were to try to work together with today’s Evangelicals for a while
for some purpose, we cannot but declare our separation from them
in the end.
Some People Also Say, “I
Have Received the Remission of My Sins, Am Receiving It Now, and Will
Receive It in the Future”
A while ago, I once met a missionary belonging to
a certain international mission organization and had fellowship
with him, but the gospel that he believed was completely different
from the gospel of the water and the Spirit that I believed.
I told him that the remission of sin came by all at
once by believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit. But
he said that this was not the case. This missionary said, “I have
received the remission of my sins, am receiving it now, and will
receive it in the future as well.” Most Christians understand and
believe so. However, if we think about it just a bit more deeply,
we can see that it’s contradictory. Such a faith is a product of
today’s Christian doctrine of incremental sanctification. Nowadays,
Christian leaders throughout the whole world believe in this way,
and so what would such leaders preach?
I myself have met many Evangelicals claiming to have
no sin. But they said that our sins did not pass onto Jesus through
the baptism He received from John the Baptist. So I said to them,
“Then show me the proof that it’s not true, that the sins of the
world did not pass onto Jesus through the baptism He received from
John. I will prove to you with the Word of God that our sins were
indeed passed onto Jesus through His baptism.” They all went away
without saying a word. In the end, unless those who cross paths
with us submit themselves to the gospel of the water and the Spirit,
they will all be separated from us without exception.
So the Evangelicals only believed themselves to be
sinless, and they did not believe in the Truth of the baptism Jesus
received from John. Clearly, then, they were sinners before God.
For a while I tried to be graceful and amicable to them, but I saw
how they refused to believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit
to the end, and not only this, but they even stood against us. They
disliked us because we shined the light of Truth believing in the
gospel of the water and the Spirit.
My fellow believers, you must grasp that the laying
of hands on the head of the sacrificial animal in the Old Testament
is the same as the baptism that Jesus received in the age of the
New Testament, and you must believe in this. In short, you must
understand the gospel of the water and the Spirit and believe in
it with your hearts. It is not just through the blood of Jesus alone
that you can receive the remission of your sins. The remission of
your sins is obtained through the baptism of Jesus and His blood
on the Cross, through these two spiritual truths.
In the Old Testament’s time also, there were circumcision
and the blood of the Passover lamb (Exodus 12:3-7, 43-49). Likewise,
in the New Testament, there were the baptism of Jesus Christ and
His blood on the Cross. 1 John 5:6-8 say that Jesus did not come
just by the water, but by the water, the blood, and the Spirit.
The Holy Spirit testifies that Jesus is God, and the water and the
blood testify the baptism of Jesus and His Cross. The Bible bears
witness that it is through the gospel of the water and the Spirit
that our salvation has been achieved. As Jesus Christ came to this
earth incarnated in the flesh, He took upon our sins through His
baptism just as He had promised with His Word. In the New Testament,
the washing of sin bears witness of the baptism that Jesus received.
The precious blood that Jesus shed tells us that Jesus Christ bore
the condemnation of sin when He came to this earth incarnated in
Jesus’ baptism had been promised in the sacrificial
system of the Old Testament. This baptism that Jesus received was
not a sudden, accidental event, but it was fulfilled according to
the promise of God that had been revealed from the days of the Old
Testament. No one can provide any evidence showing that the baptism
Jesus received from John is not the proof of salvation. So it’s
only a matter of course for us to be divided from them. It’s because
our faith is different from theirs that we are distinguished from
them. In other words, we have been separated from them because we
have now become light, as God has given us the gospel of the water
and the Spirit.
How does the night fall on this planet? Night falls
when the sun is located on the other side of the planet, does it
not? When the day breaks, it’s also because of the sun. So what
determines day and night? It is totally up to the light of the sun.
My fellow believers, although we believe in Jesus, it is not by
our own will that we seek to be divided from those who are not born
again, but it is Jesus Christ who has divided us from them. It’s
obviously very hard to bear when good human relationships are broken
apart because of the Truth. However, before the Word of God, what
must be divided must be divided clearly.
When children play hopscotch, they draw lines on the
ground. After playing for a while, the lines tend to get smudged.
Then the children would draw the lines again to make them clearer.
They repeat this throughout the game, drawing the lines again as
Likewise, after we believe in the gospel, we must
also draw the dividing line again and again. Even after receiving
the remission of our sins by believing in the gospel of the water
and the Spirit, we still have to draw the dividing line time after
time. Otherwise we are bound to get all confused. For quite a few
people, it takes several years to just draw the line of salvation
ascertaining that they have received the remission of their sins
by believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit.
What about you? After receiving the remission of your
sins, how many years did it take you to draw the line just once?
It is those who have drawn this line of salvation clearly that are
really able to do God’s work. It is these people who can do this
work that spreads the gospel of the water and the Spirit.
We Must Draw the Line of
Salvation Time after Time by Believing in the Gospel of the Water
and the Spirit
When we have Jesus Christ dwelling in us and we shine
His light, the day is divided from the night through Jesus Christ.
In other words, those who have accepted the gospel of the water
and the Spirit into their hearts are distinguished as the righteous
from those who have refused to accept it, who still remain as sinners.
God and His servants make this division. That is why we, who are
God’s servants, must be able to make the division clearly. Do you
now understand this? We cannot take on a charitable attitude of
tolerance, as if we were good-hearted neighbors next door, not caring
how one believes. We must draw the line of demarcation between the
saved and the unsaved, no matter what the other people say about
us. This boundary of salvation must not be moved. God said, “Do
not remove the ancient landmark Which your fathers have set” (Proverbs
22:28), but when we look at the history of Christianity, the
landmark has already been removed and the boundary has disappeared.
By what do we confirm the boundary of salvation? It
is determined by whether or not one believes in the gospel of the
water and the Spirit. However, since the Edict of Milan issued in
313 AD, the nationalized and secularized Christianity set a statute,
“Whoever sets a foot inside the church to believe in Jesus shall
be baptized,” and removed the landmark that God had established
for the forefathers of faith. Because of this, the history of Christianity
from then on moved in a direction that had nothing to do with God’s
will and Truth, and today’s Christianity has ended up standing against
God in His name.
Had the people of those days set the boundary of salvation
clearly with the gospel of Truth and kept it, today’s Christians
would all be found inside the perfect Truth. How wonderful would
this have been then? However, Emperor Constantine sought to use
Christianity to grab power and stabilize his rule, and so he abolished
the dividing authority of the church and made it accept anyone no
matter what he believed.
My fellow believers, if we do not make the division,
we are bound to get corrupted. As the Truth gets diluted gradually,
in the end, nothing can be done to prevent its corruption. That
is why you must draw a clear line in your hearts, and you must also
draw this line for others as well. Having received the remission
of our sins by believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit,
we the servants of God have drawn this line of salvation everyday.
As I went through my past sermons to organize and
edit them into a book, I found out that there was not a sermon that
did not discuss the baptism of Jesus and His blood. One element
common to all my sermons is that they all discuss Jesus’ baptism
and blood. Yet despite this, even though I drew the line of salvation
repeatedly with the baptism of Jesus, some people still did not
draw the line of salvation clearly, and so occasionally, there were
some who left God’s Church. Even though I drew the line of salvation
so many times in God’s Church, some people still did not believe
in the baptism of Jesus with their hearts.
Such people, in their own thoughts, do not believe
that the baptism Jesus received from John is a necessary component
to their salvation, despite the fact that their leaders have clearly
drawn the line of salvation with the gospel of the water and the
Spirit, and despite the fact that this line has been drawn based
on the Word of God. These people say, “How can such a tiny mission
organization be right in everything? Even churches with a long history
do not teach such doctrines. And there are so many great Christians
in mainstream churches; how can all these people not be saved?”
Not only this, but I have seen them actually stand against the gospel.
They cannot distinguish what is the real Truth. It’s because they
do not believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit that they
cannot discern the spirit from the flesh.
After hearing the gospel of Truth, many people say,
“I don’t think that one is saved only if he believes in the water
and the blood. I believe that one is saved even if he believes in
just the blood of Jesus.” This is because many Christian denominations
have misunderstood and misbelieved all this time that salvation
can be reached just by believing in the blood of the Cross. That
is why we must keep the line of salvation that God has drawn in
our hearts through His servants, and whenever it begins to fade
away, we must draw it again and again.
However, whenever your flesh is too weak or your hearts
are misplaced by any chance, and you commit sin as a result, you
must realize that your sins were passed onto Jesus, placing your
faith in the baptism that He received. When were all these sins
passed onto Jesus Christ? Weren’t they passed on when Jesus was
baptized by John the Baptist in the Jordan River? Were it not for
the baptism Jesus received from John, the sins of this world could
not have been blotted out. It is through this baptism Jesus received
from John that all our sins are blotted out and all God’s righteousness
is fulfilled. If there were no baptism of Jesus, there would be
no other way for Jesus to take away the sins of the world, no matter
how ardently He might desire this. We must draw this line of salvation
clearly with the gospel of the water and the Spirit.
My fellow believers, the name ‘Christ’ means “the
anointed One” (John 1:14, Daniel 9:25). In the Old Testament, it
was kings, priests, and prophets who were anointed. Jesus Christ
is our Savior, the High Priest who has blotted out our sins, and
the Prophet who teaches us the real Truth. To take out even one
of these three is to defy God.
When we preach, “Jesus Christ is our Savior. He has
saved us through His baptism and blood,” some people say, “That’s
just the basics of faith, nothing so profound. Instead of such elementary
knowledge, teach us something more spiritual.”
However, such people must realize that they are actually
standing against God and undermining the Church, the Body of Jesus
Christ. Of course, it’s important to know God more deeply. However,
this is possible only when we are growing in the gospel of the water
and the Spirit. It is only in the gospel of the water and the Spirit
that we can fulfill our role as prophets and learn more about God’s
Truth. Because God has met us through this gospel of the water and
the Spirit, and because God has now become our God, through this
gospel, He will also teach us about the things that will come to
What Must We Do First to
Win Our Spiritual Battle?
In today’s Scripture passage, God said, “Let there
be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from
the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and
years.” Put differently, God is saying that He would clearly
divide the righteous from sinners through Jesus. This point is indispensable.
Let’s assume here that war broke out. When the enemy
troops are far away, we shoot them with rifles, but once they get
too close for our rifles to be of much use, we get into hand-to-hand
combat. We put on the bayonet and charge into the enemy troops,
stabbing them with the bayonet and knocking them out with the rifle,
singularly focused to win the battle no matter what.
But what if the enemy troops wore uniforms that were
similar to ours? How would we then be able to distinguish them from
our own troops? How can we stab anyone, when we are not even sure
if he is an enemy or our own man? We can’t do this. That is why
our uniforms must be clearly distinguishable from the enemy troops.
In a battleground, soldiers look at the uniform, and if it’s different,
then they lunge with the bayonet, no questions asked. They don’t
even bother to look at the rank, and they just stab if the uniform
is different. At this time, if our own soldier is wearing the enemy’s
uniform, then we would end up stabbing our own man. In other words,
our spiritual war must be waged under the clear condition where
God has divided people into the saved and the unsaved.
The Word of Jesus Christ is the only Truth. His Word
is the light and Truth for this earth. Human thoughts or words are
not the Truth. What does the Truth say to us? It said to let there
be light in the firmament to divide the day from the night. It commanded
the day to be divided from the night; it is only proper for those
who have received the remission of their sins to be divided from
those who have not. Just as there are day and night in this world,
God commanded us to clearly divide all these people into those who
have received the remission of their sins and those who have not.
If we really are Jesus Christ’s disciples, in other words, God is
commanding us to do this work of God that divides. Do you now understand
One more thing that we should realize is that Jesus
Christ is the Master of history; the history of this world will
be brought to its conclusion by Him. God said, “Let there be lights
in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night;
and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years.”
No matter how far this world’s scientific progress might advance
and how the conceited human race might challenge God, this world
will clearly be brought to its end by Jesus who created the heavens
and the earth. This is the God-spoken Truth.
By whom are the beginning and the end of everything,
signs and seasons, days and years, and everything of this world
fulfilled? It is by Jesus Christ that everything begins, unfolds,
and ends. When Jesus Christ comes back to this earth as the returning
Lord, this world will end.
When the Lord first came to this earth, He blotted
all our sins and then ascended to Heaven. But He will come back
again in the near future. When He returns, it will mark the end
of the first world and the beginning of the second world. Do you
understand this? At that time, the Millennial Kingdom will be established.
Who rules over the beginning and the end of all history? Who has
the authority to rule over all this? Jesus has this authority. That
is what the Word of God is clearly saying.
This world may change, but the Word of Jesus Christ
is unchanging. No Word that Jesus Christ spoke to us has ever disappeared,
but it is all being fulfilled. God is saying, “Till heaven and
earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from
the law till all is fulfilled” (Matthew 5:18). Put differently,
God fulfills everything with His spoken Word. He accomplishes its
every jot and every tittle.
My fellow believers, everyone must believe in the
gospel of the water and the Spirit before he returns back to dust.
As we were all made from a handful of dust, so shall we all return
to dust. That’s because when God made us, He made us with a handful
of dust and His Word. The forever-unchanging Truth never disappears.
No matter how far science might progress, no matter how carefully
we might watch over our diet, and no matter how science might produce
new, path-breaking medicines, when we die, we are still no more
than a handful of dust.
We cannot change what God has done, from its beginning
to the end. We must believe in the fact that the Lord has saved
us through the gospel of the water and the Spirit. And His witnesses
must know what they are supposed to do on this earth, and they must
fulfill this task by faith. Amen!