We must always live according to the word of God. Father Ahnsahnghong told us not to add or take away from the words of the Bible because He put all the means for salvation together in the Bible.
If we walk the way God has showed us, we will find eternal life, salvation and heaven at the end of the way, where God will gladly meet us. Keeping this deeply in mind, let's think about the blessings that those who obey God's word will receive.
A seed given to people by a kingAfter one year, the king gave the people an order to bring back the flowers they had cultivated. The people came out on the street with the pots of flowers in various colors such as red and yellow, and boasted in front of the king that they took good care of their flowers so that they might bloom gorgeously. The king complimented them on their efforts. While passing through the crowd, he found a boy crying, without anything in his hands. When the king asked the boy why he was crying, the boy said that he took good care of the seed, but strangely it didn't sprout, so he came to think that he was the most worthless person in his country.
There was a wise king in an ancient country. He wanted to see how honest his people were and how obedient they were to his commands. So, he distributed flower seeds to every house, and declared that he would give a great prize to the person who cultivated the seed to grow into the most beautiful flower by this time next year.
After hearing what the boy said, the king stroked the boy's head and declared that he was the person whom he was looking for. In fact, the seeds that the king distributed to the people were all boiled and lifeless. They apparently seemed to be intact and viable. However, the seeds the king gave to the people were the ones that would never be able to bloom when they sowed them as the king had told. The king wanted to find the people who would obey and follow him with sincerity of heart even in secret places. He was pleased to find an honest person and offered a generous prize to the boy.
Like the boy in the story, we too should obey and follow God with sincerity, by doing just what He says. When the people received the seeds from the king, they made all efforts to cultivate them but they didn't sprout, so they came to think of replacing the original seeds with other ones. Thoughts like that result in changing the truth and shutting the door to eternal life. Christians are required to do as God says, with a sincere attitude of faith. In order to find the people who were completely obedient, the king intentionally distributed the boiled seeds to each house.
When the people made the flowers bloom by using expedient means to show off, the king recognized that they were not the people who would sincerely obey his command. The boy could choose the way other people thought and acted. How worried would he be when the seed he sowed didn't sprout and bloom while other people's seeds were all blooming? Nevertheless, he didn't look for another seed as they did, but put effort only into looking after the seed that the king gave to him according to his command. What the king wanted was that sincerity of heart.
The reason we must do what the Bible teaches is that it is the way God has provided for us. What God wants is not our ability or wisdom. God possesses all power and wisdom. He does not need anything we have; He only looks for those who obey His will sincerely and honestly. Such people are worthy of the kingdom of heaven.
Christ obeyed completely according to the word of God
Jesus learned obedience from what He suffered and was made perfect. Obedience is a virtue that we have to learn to become complete beings of heaven.
Heb 5:8-10 『Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him and was designated by God to be high priest in the order of Melchizedek.』
No one can be perfect without obedience. Jesus was made perfect by becoming obedient to God, even to the point of death. His perfect obedience led those who obey Him to follow the will of God. If we fully obey God's will and deliver it to others, the person who hears from us will also fully obey the will of God and be saved. So, the Bible says that Christ became the source of eternal salvation. Salvation is based on obedience.
Phil 2:5-12 『Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death?even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, … and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed … continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling,』
If we rely on our own strength and ability rather than obey God's word, we will have no reward from God even though we do our worldly affairs magnificently, just as the people received no reward from the king although they made the seeds?not the ones given by the king?bloom beautifully. God is looking for the people who are obedient to His word, like the owner of the pot containing the original boiled seed. He highly exalts those who obey Him completely like Christ.
"I have lack faith, and easily fall into temptation. I am lazy to do the work of God." If you feel that, think about whether or not you are following the will of God obediently. The person who is fully obedient to God's will has a burning faith and does not fall into temptation. A heart of disobedience causes us to have worldly desires and fail to have hope for the eternal kingdom of God. We should always obey and work out our salvation with fear and trembling.
Salvation is impossible apart from obedience. The Most High God came in the flesh and set an example of obedience. He showed us the way to complete salvation by being obedient even to the point of death, as the prime example for us to follow. In our life of faith, our obedience must always be based on the obedience of Christ.
"Because you say so, I will let down the nets"
Now, let's think about what we should do in this age, by looking at some records of what Jesus did while living on this earth 2,000 years ago.
Luke 5:1-11 『... He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, … When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, "Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch." Simon answered, "Master, we've worked hard all night and haven't caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets." When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. … and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink. When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus' knees and said, "Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!" For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon's partners. Then Jesus said to Simon, "Don't be afraid; from now on you will catch men." So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.』
Peter respected the word of God who came in the flesh and obeyed Him. As a result, he was blessed with a good outcome. God Himself said, "Let down the nets for a catch." These words of God were not recorded in the Old Testament, which was the only scripture at that time. However, Peter relied upon the words of Jesus, so he was able to gain much.
Suppose Peter relied on his own knowledge and experience and disobeyed the God who came in the flesh, when He told him to let down the nets. From a man's point of view, Peter, who was a fisherman, was more skilled at fishing than Jesus, who was a carpenter. When Peter, an expert fisherman, didn't catch anything all night long, Jesus said to him, "Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch." Then he obeyed His word and put out his net into the deep water, and caught a large number of fish.
We need to think about what this past incident teaches us today. As God came in the flesh 2,000 years ago, so Elohim Gods have come in the flesh and are with us in these days. Nevertheless, we often tend to neglect the words coming directly from God in flesh, while depending solely on the words described in the Bible.
Most people are dubious because God has a physical body like ours. If God told people to let down the nets with a majestic voice in an invisible spiritual form, not in the flesh, everyone would be filled with a mysterious feeling and obey His word without question or complaint, thinking of it as the work of God. Whether God has a human form or a spiritual form, His voice remains the same?the same word of God.
Without obedience to God's word, nothing can be gained. One's disobedience results in abandoning his faith. By obeying a single command of God, Peter, James and John were able to catch a lot more fish than they had caught in years with their lifelong learning skills and experiences, and the single act of obedience enabled them all to decide to follow the path of Christ.
Obedience is precious and beautiful. Faith without obedience is futile. Nevertheless, we sometimes find it so hard to obey. It is because we rely on our own thoughts rather on God's. Let's find out why we should obey God's word, forsaking our own thoughts, in the book of Isaiah.
Isa 55:6-11 『Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near. Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will freely pardon. "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD. "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. … so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it."』
God is there right beside us. We must not lose the opportunities given to us by disobeying God's word. The reason we fail to obey is because we rely on our own thoughts, wisdom and experience.
When God tells us something, we should forsake our own thoughts and do what God says to do without hesitation like Peter. Would Peter have been able to catch such a large number of fish if he had put out into the deep water and let down the nets after a few days, not right away? When Jesus told him to let down the nets, it was the time to catch lots of fish. If we hesitate when God commands us to do something, it is no different than disobedience.
We ought to do what God says, without delay. If one hesitates to obey His word, saying that he has understood the truth about God who has come in the flesh, it is proof that he doesn't have complete faith in God.