The Kingdom of Heaven Is Like
a Dragnet That Was
Cast into the Sea And Gathered Every Kind of Fish
< Matthew 13:47-52 >
“‘Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet
that was cast into the sea and gathered some of every kind,which, when it was
full, they drew to shore; and they sat down and gathered the good into vessels,
but threw the bad away. So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will
come forth, separate the wicked from among the just,and cast them into the furnace
of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.’ Jesus said to them, ‘Have
you understood all these things?’ They said to Him, ‘Yes, Lord.’ Then He said
to them, ‘Therefore every scribe instructed concerning the kingdom of heaven
is like a householder who brings out of his treasure things new and old.’”
In today’s Scripture passage, our Lord continued
to speak about the Kingdom of Heaven. The Lord said, “Again, the kingdom
of heaven is like a dragnet that was cast into the sea and gathered some of
every kind” (Matthew 13:7). Our Lord said here that the Kingdom of Heaven
is like a dragnet. The dragnet refers to God’s Church.
Why did God say that His Church is like a dragnet
that is cast into the sea? He said this because it is through God’s Church that
the gospel of the water and the Spirit is sown throughout the whole world, and
souls are thereby saved from their sins. God has sown the seed of the gospel
of the water and the Spirit in this world through His Church, so that all mankind
may enter His Kingdom. This is why He spoke of Heaven by drawing an analogy
to casting a net.
Our Lord said that it is God’s Church that sorts
out the fish caught in the net of the gospel of the water and the Spirit, gathering
the good into vessels but throwing away the bad. He also said that He would
send His angels at the end of the age, and separate the wicked from among the
just and judge them. This is why He said that the bad fish would be thrown away.
The souls forsaken by God will wail and gnash their teeth in the furnace of
God’s Kingdom is built by the gospel of the water
and the Spirit that is being proclaimed throughout the whole world. Our Lord
has cast the net for the sake of souls’ salvation throughout the entire world
by giving them the gospel of the water and the Spirit, and is waiting, and it
is those who are caught in this net that He saves. In short, souls can be saved
from their sins by hearing the gospel Word of the water and the Spirit through
God’s Church. Our Lord is also telling us that He will sort out the wheat from
the tares among those who are inside the Church, and that He will send the good
to the Kingdom of God and cast out the bad into hell.
The Gospel of the Water and the Spirit Sown in the Four Fields
of the Heart of Man
Today’s Scripture passage comes from the parables
in Matthew 13. Our Lord finished up a series of His parables with this passage.
Since all the parables in Matthew 13 are interrelated with each other, I would
like to once again review them from the parable of the sower.
Our Lord said in Matthew 13:18-23, “Therefore
hear the parable of the sower:When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and
does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was
sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside.But he who received
the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives
it with joy;yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For
when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles.Now
he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares
of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes
unfruitful. But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the
word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold,
some sixty, some thirty.”
Our Lord told us of four fields: The first field
is the wayside field, the second field is the stony field, the third field is
the thorny field, and the fourth field is the good field.
The first, wayside field refers to those who are
living only religious lives. For those who believe in whatever religion of their
choice, or those who believe in Christianity only as one of the many religions
of the world like this, even if the gospel seed of the water and the Spirit
that enables them to enter the Kingdom of God is sown, hearing this they do
not understand, and therefore Satan comes and snatches away the seed.
The second field is the stony field, and Jesus
says that this is he who hears the Word and immediately receives it with joy,
and yet because he has no root in himself, he endures only for a while; when
tribulation or persecution arises because of the Word, he stumbles immediately.He
stumbles because there is no earth into which he can root. Before God, whoever
hears His Word on the gospel power of the water and the Spirit must realize
that this Word is the essential Truth of the remission of sin, and he must accept
it into his heart. However, even if one accepts this true gospel, it is still
possible for him to have no root and end up dead as a result. This means that
his heart did not fully agree with the Word of God.
What is the root here? It is none other than the
Word of God. To tell us about the gospel of the water and the Spirit, God was
first telling us about our sins. And He also spoke about the condemnation of
sin. Yet some people did not believe in all this Word, when in fact they had
to believe in it with all their hearts.
We must realize that all the God-spoken Word was
spoken to us, and whenever we hear this Word and listen to what it says to us,
we must hold onto by faith and believe in it. Only then can we receive the remission
of sin into our hearts. Even after receiving the remission of sin, our insufficiencies
are still revealed, and in times like this, we must realize, “Though I am this
insufficient, the Lord has saved me from all my weaknesses and all my sins,”
and we must have faith in the Word of God—only then will our faith not perish.
The second field in the Scripture passage actually
refers to those whose hearts stand against God, and into whom the Word of God
cannot enter as a result. They only heard the gospel Word of the water and the
Spirit, and failed to accept other lessons in the Word of God. In other words,
they believed in the gospel of the water and the Spirit only religiously. Therefore,
they were reluctant to believe in the Word of God, and as they failed to believe
wholly in the gospel Word of the water and the Spirit, they reached their spiritual
death. Because there was no depth of earth, they had no root, so that they came
to face the consequences of sin. In the end, while they did know the gospel
of the water and the Spirit, they nonetheless perished, for they neither knew
nor admitted their wicked hearts.
Therefore, it is crucial for us to acknowledge
all the Word of God even after coming to know the gospel of the water and the
Spirit. All the Word of God is like the root of a plant, and only when we hold
onto God’s Word and place our faith in it can we live and not die. This kind
of faith is the faith that enables you to attain life.
Unless we have such Word of God and such faith
in our hearts, we are to carry on with our lives of faith only halfheartedly,
and in the end, we will turn into mere religionists and perish away. Such faithless
people believe in Jesus only as a matter of Christian doctrine, and they attend
church only formally, not having genuine faith in God. The result, therefore,
is that they go to church carrying their own righteousness, only to boast of
their own rightfulness and claim, “This is how wonderful and smart I am!”
We can never hear this gospel of the water and
the Spirit from anywhere else but only from God’s Church. But, we must remember
if we have no real faith even as we attend church that preach the gospel of
the water and the Spirit, we will surly perish in the end. As such, we must
ruminated on and believe in the Word that we hear through God’s Church.
The gospel Truth of the water and the Spirit is
completely different from the elusive doctrines of today’s Christianity. Those
who attend the worldly churches only call on the Lord’s name loudly, speak in
tongues, and ask for only blessings whenever they pray to God. They also think
and believe that if they fast and are faithful to God, they would be blessed,
but this is no more than elusive faith. They become elders and deacons without
the gospel of the water and the Spirit. Their faith is the exact opposite of
the faith of the gospel believers.
However, our Lord still wants to bring salvation
even to such people. The Lord wanted to blot out our sins from God’s side and
accomplished this mission through the gospel of the water and the Spirit, was
pleased to bring the God-given salvation to us and give us the gift of faith,
and has already bestowed all mercy, blessings, love, and grace on us. When it
comes to believing in Jesus, we should not attend church only as a matter of
religious practice, but we must know the real Truth through our faith in the
Word of God.
As we attend God’s Church, what would happen if
we were to flaunt our own righteousness, fail to hold onto the Word of God with
our hearts, and succumb to laziness in our lives of faith? Even for the righteous,
if they do not keep holding onto the gospel of the water and the Spirit, their
hearts feel empty. Therefore, we must revere God’s Word, engrave it in our hearts,
hold onto it with our faith, ruminate on it and believe in it. We must indeed
run toward God with all our hearts, and all the while follow His righteousness
and live for His gospel.
If any of us fails to wholeheartedly unite with
the servants and God’s Church, his faith is bound to perish. This world is still
a world ruled by Satan. Therefore, no matter how we might know and believe in
the gospel of the water and the Spirit, if the Word of God does not take root
in our hearts, our minds will starve, be bound by sin again and captured by
false doctrines, and die.
Our faith must not become the first wayside field,
nor the second stony field, nor the third field of thorns. The third one is
the thorny field: “Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears
the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke
the word, and he becomes unfruitful.” If one hears the Word of God, but
he is fooled by the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches, it is
only too obvious that he would fail to bear any fruit. If one’s heart is all
placed after the things in this world, such as material possessions, fame, the
opposite sex, or power, then he is bound to turn into a tare. To receive the
remission of sin by believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit, and
to therefore have the faith that enables us to enter the Kingdom of God, is
not something trivial that can be abandoned to temptation. Among the four fields
in the parable of the sower, these three fields cannot bear fruit.
Therefore, we must think about the grace of salvation
that God has bestowed on us and thank him for it, and it is indeed right for
us to serve the Lord because of this, and unite with Him because of this. If,
on the other hand, we are only concerned about material things, just asking
about how we can live well in this world and how we can have fun, then ultimately,
our faith will perish in the end, even if we heard and believed temporarily
in the gospel Word of the water and the Spirit.
We also are, of course, highly interested in the
world and material things, even though we believe in the gospel of the water
and the Spirit. But these are not all to us. While it is in fact true that we
are not entirely free of any interest in the pleasures of the world, and that
we belong here, in our hearts is the One who is more precious than these. He
is our Lord who gives us the gift of all blessings: The gift of everlasting
life; the gift of the remission of sin; and the gift of spiritual faith. He
makes us prosper in both body and spirit with these abundant blessings.
Therefore, it is only proper for us to cherish
this God even more. Though we are insufficient, the gospel of the water and
the Spirit has remitted away all our sins, and so it is only natural for our
hearts to thank God. The Lord says that when we always keep the gospel of the
water and the Spirit in our hearts, hold onto and believe in all the Word of
God as well, and follow the Lord, we will be more than able to enter the Kingdom
of God. He also says that this is how we can become the people of faith like
Abraham, bear many spiritual fruits on this earth also, and become great men
and women who are respected by people on this earth.
The Gospel Word of the Water and the Spirit Will Cover the Whole
Our Lord said, “The kingdom of heaven is like
a dragnet that was cast into the sea and gathered some of every kind.” The
Kingdom of God is like a dragnet. The Kingdom of God belongs to the believers
in the gospel of the water and the Spirit, and this Kingdom of God has cast
a dragnet throughout the whole world. The entire world, in other words, will
be covered with the gospel of the water and the Spirit. And the Lord has enabled
everyone to know all about it. He has made it impossible for anyone to escape
from this dragnet, the gospel of the water and the Spirit.
Many people have heard the gospel of the water
and the Spirit, whether in passing, from friends, parents, or children, through
books, or in whatever way. And the Lord said that He would come and see the
fish caught in this net, and gather the good into vessels and throw away the
And the Lord said, “The angels will come forth,
separate the wicked from among the just,and cast them into the furnace of fire.
There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.” The Lord said here that the
Kingdom of God belongs to the believers in the gospel of the water and the Spirit,
and that it is these believers in this true gospel who would become the disciples
of Jesus Christ and preach the gospel throughout the whole world. Responses
vary among those who hear this gospel; some are caught, while others escape
and refuse to hear.
But in the end, there is the work of sorting those
who are caught in this gospel of the water and the Spirit, where the Lord gathers
the good into vessels and throws away the bad. The Lord said that He would separate
the wicked from among the just. In other words, even among the believers in
the gospel of the water and the Spirit, there are both the righteous and the
How could there be both the just and the wicked
among the people who have accepted the true gospel? When all sins can be blotted
out if people believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit, how could the
Lord say that among them there are both the just and the wicked? We need to
pay careful attention to this and find out the answer.
All of us likewise attend church and live our
lives of faith, but some of us will be classified as the wicked before God.
Who are they? Who are the wicked in the Church? They are those whose hearts
are like the third field in the parable of the sower. They are the ones who,
despite claiming to believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit, are still
greedy and more interested in material things, who are interested only in the
wealthy lives of their flesh, and who show no interest whatsoever in spreading
the gospel of the water and the Spirit throughout the whole world and obeying
the will of God. Although such people heard and believed in the gospel of the
water and the Spirit, they can never bear fruit. In the Lord’s eyes, they are
wicked, for they failed to unite their hearts with His works by faith.
Our Lord said that He does not just look at our
outward appearance, but our hearts. Do we believe in God with our hearts, unite
with the Church with our hearts, and together preach the gospel of the water
and the Spirit throughout the whole world with our hearts? This is what our
Lord looks at. When Jesus said that the fish caught in the net would be separated
into the good and the bad, He meant that the among those who attend God’s Church
that preaches the gospel of the water and the Spirit, the righteous and the
wicked would be separated. These are the wheat and the tares. This is what our
Lord said in the end.
Do you believe in the gospel of the water and
the Spirit with your hearts? Do you really admit that the Lord is never pleased
with these first three fields, and that the seed sown in these fields can never
Essentially, the righteous can never be like such
fields, even though they are still weak in their flesh. What is the first field?
Is it not the wayside field? We, the righteous, cannot believe in Jesus in the
same manner of those who have religious faith. Do we follow Christianity as
if we were following one of the worldly religions such as Buddhism, Confucianism,
Taoism, or Hinduism? We cannot do this.
Our Lord is the Christ and the Son of the living
God. Jesus Christ created the whole universe, made you and me, and to deliver
us from all our sins, He came to this earth, was baptized by John the Baptist,
died on the Cross, and rose from the dead again. Like this, our Lord has saved
us once for all and has become our everlasting Savior.
Therefore, for us to attend God’s Church is not
for our religious practices, but it is to live our lives of faith. It is the
life of faith that the just carry on. Since God is in fact our Savior and Master,
it is only a matter of course for us to recognize the Master as the Master.
It is only proper for us to believe in Him and follow Him. The Lord wants us
to follow Him with this kind of faith.
As we believe in the gospel of the water and the
Spirit and follow the Lord, there are times when we face tribulation or persecution
because of our faith in the Word. It is written, “Yes, and all who desire
to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution” (2 Timothy 3:12).
Therefore, we can follow the Lord only when we deny ourselves. What is meant
by denying ourselves? It is to deny the lusts of our flesh.
Is it right for us to think only of ourselves?
No. We may not be national heroes, but we must lay down our life for righteous
work. Why do people remember and respect national heroes that have long been
dead? It is because they took upon their duties for the sake of their nation
and their people. They did not fight for their countries at the risk of their
lives. They did what they did for their nation and people, even as they knew
very well that they would be caught, tortured, and put to death. This is why
we memorialize them as the courageous ones who did the right thing.
By believing in the gospel of the water and the
Spirit, we have received the remission of our sins. Because the Lord Himself
has blotted out all our sins through the gospel power of the water and the Spirit,
we have now become sinless by faith. Since the Lord has saved us from all our
sins by taking upon the sins of the world, being condemned for them, and rising
from the dead again, if we are to believe in this gospel and come to His Church,
then to serve and follow God’s righteous work is to be the good fish. Of course,
it requires our sacrifices in every field of our private lives. However, if
anyone does not unite his heart with those who serve God and the gospel, but
instead turns his back from them, God will forsake him, no matter how fervently
he professes to believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit. This is because
he is classified as a bad fish, a wicked man.
The Lord became the propitiation for all of us.
By giving us the gospel of the water and the Spirit, the Lord has saved us from
all our sins. Our Lord loved us, gave us all His good gifts, and sacrificed
for us to make us happy. The Lord loved us, still loves us even now, and wants
to continue to love us, and He desires to live with us happily forever. He is
only asking us, “Would you not become my hands, eyes, and feet to spread this
gospel to others while you are on this earth?” How then could we not unite with
However, there are people who reply like this:
“I don’t want to. Do you take me for a fool? I know all about it. Okay, I believe
in the gospel of the water and the Spirit. I am now sinless, am I not? That
should be enough; why do you ask me to give up everything and live only for
the gospel? Do you think I am stupid? Why do you keep bothering me like this?
Stop it. The modern man pursues freedom. So please don’t do this to me. I thank
you for giving me the remission of sin, but don’t expect me anything else from
me. That’s it!”
My fellow believers, to have such hearts and to
do such things is the kind of faith that stands against God. This is the faith
of the wicked who betray God. If we truthfully believe in the gospel of the
water and the Spirit with our hearts, then though we may like such things of
the flesh, and do not want to be disturbed from enjoying our private lives,
we can never do all we want out of our stubbornness. Why? Because the love we
have received is far too great, and the salvation our Lord has given us is far
too magnificent, we can never do so. No matter how wicked and completely worthless
we might be, once we know the grace of God, we can never do this. If a man does
not remember the grace that was bestowed on him, then it is proper to say that
he is worse than a dog.
My fellow believers, in today’s Scripture passage,
Jesus is telling us that He would separate the wicked from among the just. This
is His message of warning that concludes the series of His parables.
He said that the Kingdom of Heaven is like a dragnet
cast into the sea. The Lord is spreading the gospel of the water and the Spirit
throughout the whole world. I am sure that whoever seeks the Truth will be able
to find the gospel of the water and the Spirit without fail, and that countless
souls will come to believe in it. But, among those who profess to believe in
the true gospel, many will be classified as the wicked and be cast into fire
because of their halfhearted lives of faith.
The Lord said that He would gather the good into
vessels. He will bring the authentic believers, who truly obey Him and live
their lives of faith with thanksgiving, to the Kingdom of Heaven. The gospel
of the water and the Spirit that you have heard is the Truth that enables you
to receive the remission of your sins. Your faith in this Truth may be weak
at this point, but if you really attend God’s Church faithfully, do not miss
gatherings, and hear the Word in anyway possible, then you will come to really
live the Spirit-filled lives, truly believing and following it with your hearts.
If you cannot find God’s Church in your vicinity, keep your faith by nourishing
yourselves from the spiritual food provided through our books and web site.
Pray to God to allow you to have a church of God where you can share the gospel
of the water and the Spirit to your hearts’ content.
My fellow believers, it is written in the Bible,
“To be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and
peace” (Romans 8:6). Even at this hour, many of you would like to slack
off in your homes than be in church. How much would you prefer to watch a rented
movie enjoying pizza and cola? There is no one who does not know this kind of
pleasure. So in a sense, the life of faith that requires you to sacrifice these
things and devote yourselves to spiritual affairs may seem rather foolish to
you. If you consider it based on your carnal thoughts, you may very well reach
But the life of faith is to follow the Word of
God like Abraham. It is to follow the Word written in the Bible without fail,
for it is the truth. All things will be fulfilled according to the Word of God
for sure, not according to our own carnal expectation, and therefore it is a
wise choice to follow God’s Word by faith. It is by faith that we can receive
the remission of our sins, follow the Lord, please Him, have our prayers answered
by the Lord by believing in this Word, be blessed, become the workers who do
the spiritual work of Heaven, and receive the blessings of the fertility of
Jesus said that the Kingdom of Heaven is like
a dragnet that was cast into the sea and gathered some of every kind. He said
that when it was full, they drew to shore, and they sat down and gathered the
good into vessels, but threw the bad away.
What are the bad here? As I mentioned before,
they are the ones who follow only their own lusts of the flesh. The bad fish
are those who do not sincerely believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit
with all their hearts, but believe in it only halfheartedly to placate their
consciences, follow only the pleasures of their flesh, seek only carnal things,
and live their lives for such purposes alone.
Throughout the whole world, God has cast the net
called the gospel of the water and the Spirit, and is waiting for fish to be
caught in the net. Put differently, He wants everyone to receive the remission
of sin by hearing and believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit. This
is why God is working, and yet among those who profess to believe in this, there
are those who are outside the real faith. They will surly be judged. Even among
those who profess to believe, in other words, some will be cast out like this.
It is true that we are insufficient, weak, carnal,
and prone to follow the things of the world. This is because we are still in
flesh. Though this is true, there still are those who dedicate themselves to
the righteous work of God. It is true that our God has given this Word of Truth
to this world, to us, and it is also true that we, having received the remission
of sin, are to live our lives of faith by trusting in God’s Word and following
it. It is by faith that we can do the just work. We must live our lives of faith
by looking toward the written Word, engraving it in our hearts, and holding
on it. “Since You said that You would do this, I believe that You would indeed
do it without fail.” To have this faith, to look toward God’s Word with faith,
to follow this Word and obey it by faith like Abraham—this is the life of faith.
It is with this kind of faith that we should live our lives of faith. Only then
would we have proper and great faith springing forth in both our spirits and
minds, and prosper even in the flesh with the help of God.
Our Lord is saying to us in Matthew 6, “Seek
first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be
added to you.” It is the believers in the gospel of the water and the Spirit
who can do the righteous work that God spoke to us. When we accept the gospel
that God has entrusted to us with our hearts, believe that it is right for us
to serve this gospel, and do indeed serve and follow it even though we are insufficient,
then the Lord will add even more blessings to our spirits and bodies for the
rest of our whole lives. When we actually live by faith, we will experience
But if we try to live only our carnal lives, all
the blessings in this world will also end. All that this entails is just our
own efforts, and there is no help from God, either directly or indirectly. However,
if God is pleased by our faith, and thus helps us both directly and indirectly,
then everything we do will go well.
“Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness,
and all these things shall be added to you.” The Lord says, “If you truthfully
believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit with your hearts, then first
think of the expansion of the Kingdom of God throughout the whole world, pray
for it, unite with it and serve it. I will then help you in every step of the
rest of your lives. If you serve Me, I will bless you also.”
Jesus said, “Whatever you want men to do to you,
do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” If you really want to
be loved and blessed by God, then all that you have to do is really believe
with your hearts and follow with your hearts. If you do what pleases the Lord
with your hearts, in other words, the rest will also be taken care of by Him.
This is God’s promise. This is why mankind’s methods and means are all unnecessary
before God. How foolish is it for us to pick our brains and scheme with our
minds, when our IQ does not even reach four digits?
Before God, mankind’s trickery is nothing. Rather
than trying to do everything according to our own shallow thoughts, we should
believe in the Word of God and follow it with faith. If the servants of God
preach His Word as it is, we should follow them by faith. God works in our lives
when we really believe in and follow His Word. We must not think that we can
somehow serve God with the righteousness of mankind.
You and I need faith in all the Word of God, and
we also need God’s abundant blessings on our everyday lives. To meet these needs,
we must first believe in God’s Word and live our lives for the gospel. For anyone
to be blessed without doing so is simply not true. If someone says that he was
blessed even when he did not believe in the Lord, neither served Him, nor followed
Him, then this means that God hasn’t cared for him. If someone in God’s Church
has such a wicked mind and has not served the gospel Truth, he will soon leave
the Church and perish in the end. To be blessed without living by faith is actually
a curse in itself.
God wants to have fellowship with the hearts of
faith that believe in His Word. This is the spiritual fellowship. God knows
everything. Therefore, we must believe, with our hearts, in God’s Word and the
words spoken by His servants, and in anyway possible, our hearts must participate
in His righteous works and unite for the sake of the gospel. Such participating
hearts can have the ears that understand God’s Word immediately. Their spiritual
eyes are opened and their faith grows. The Bible says, “So then faith comes
by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17). When the servants
of God preach His Word, it is only those whose spiritual eyes are open that
see faith, learn it from the servants, and make it theirs. And when such people
have fellowship with one another, they can learn from each other’s faith also.
They can witness themselves how their faith grows by leaps and bounds. That
is indeed the case.
As I have carried on with my life of faith and
walked with the Lord to this day, I am truly thankful for the times that I felt
the presence of the Lord and had fellowship with Him. To speak of it would take
more than this book. Indeed, volumes upon volumes would still not suffice. So
I am first explaining to you what the Bible is saying on a commentarial level.
Now, I want to finish this sermon by concluding on how we should live our lives
of faith, what this Word is ultimately warning us, and what it is telling us
The Kingdom of Heaven is the Kingdom of God. The
dragnet is the gospel of the water and the Spirit that is being spread by God’s
Church. The fish are humans. Those who believe in the true gospel with their
hearts are the good fish, that is, the righteous. But those, who do not believe
with their hearts but only temporarily, abandon the Word of God, and follow
their own carnal lusts and thoughts, are the bad fish. The former will be accepted
and enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but the latter will be thrown away.
Jesus says that this is what will happen when
the end of the world comes. This will indeed come true without fail. When we
arrive at the end of our individual lives, we will also go through this judgment.
Everyone living on this earth will stand before God’s throne of judgment at
least once. God said that He would destroy this world and build the next new
world. Long ago, there was a time when dinosaurs roamed the earth, but one day
that world disappeared all of a sudden, and a new world began. Like this, the
Lord will open another new world in the future. Through His written Word, our
Lord speaks of the Millennial Kingdom and the Kingdom of God to come.
My fellow believers, the Bible does not just speak
of the gospel of the water and the Spirit. There are many other themes that
the Bible addresses. It is only because the gospel Word of the water and the
Spirit is the key that opens the gate of the Kingdom of God that the preachers
must constantly and ceaselessly preach this gospel Word of the water and the
Spirit. There are so many issues in God’s Word to tell you about, but if I talk
about them all at once, would your faith sprout and grow? It will be proper
for me to preach an appropriate amount so that you can all reach a good understanding.
You the saints who believe in the gospel of the
water and the Spirit will be persecuted, mocked, and despised by people because
of this faith. But if you really believe, you should set aside such mockeries
and persecutions as a mongrel dog’s barking, and then the troubles that you
face for the sake of God’s righteousness will turn into your joy. If you do
not think so, then you are not holding onto the Word of God. If anyone does
not dedicate himself to the work of righteousness, if he puts himself before
the work of God, and if he is afraid of what the worldly people might think
about him, then he does not believe in the Word of God. Rather, he believes
in the so-called “Christian” organizations.
It is clear that such people belong to the fish
that are sorted as the bad and thrown out by God for sure. If we believe in
the gospel of the water and the Spirit wholeheartedly and follow it with all
our hearts, and if we first seek the Kingdom of God and His righteousness despite
our insufficiencies, then we will never turn into the bad fish. However, if
we fail to believe in and follow the true gospel with our hearts, and instead
think of the life of faith in His Church as only a way of our carnal lives,
then when the last days come, God will treat us as the bad fish.
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I worry that you might end up like these people.
I want you, in other words, to have faith and to live for God’s gospel. It is
only true faith that is approved by God. If we truthfully believe with our hearts,
then sooner or later we will grow to be faithful Christians.
Although your flesh may be far too insufficient,
I still admonish you to be born again by believing in the gospel of the water
and the Spirit in the center of your hearts, follow God, and be led by the Shepherd
and follow Him in your lives. When you do so, the Word of God will then fill
your hearts and enable you to grow even without realizing, and you will discover
that you have become the people of faith like Abraham.
It is my hope and prayer that all our servants
of God, saints, and workers would indeed become the good field among the four
fields of the heart. It is my desire for you to believe in and follow the Word
of God with your hearts. And I yearn that God would bless you who are seeking
to live such a spiritual life, and add more faith upon your faith.