The Water above the Firmament and the Water below
< Genesis 1:6-8 >
ďThen God said, ĎLet there be a firmament in the
midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.í
Thus God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under
the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament; and
it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven. So the evening and
the morning were the second day.Ē
On the first day of His creation, God did the work
of saving souls. In other words, on the first day God made sinners
righteous, and He also clearly separated the righteous from the
sinners. And on the second day of the creation of the heavens and
the earth, God divided the water above the firmament from the water
below it. Put differently, this means that God divided His Word
from the words of Satan.
The Water above the Firmament
and the Water below the Firmament
In the Bible, the spiritual meaning of ďwaterĒ refers
to the ďWord of God,Ē and it also refers to the ďbaptismĒ that Jesus
received from John, through which He accepted the sins of mankind.
On this earth, there are those who spread the Word of God, and then
there also are those who spread Satanís words. That is why God divided
all the waters on this earth into the water above the firmament
and the water below it. Through the things that God did on the second
day of creation, He is saying, ďIn this world there are those who
live by feeding on My Word by faith, and others who live by feeding
on the words of Satan and spreading it.Ē As such, it is imperative
for us to know how to discern whether those claiming to preach the
Word of God are indeed Godís servants or Satanís servants.
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above,
coming down from the Father of lights (James 1:17). In contrast,
every sort of wickedness comes out of the human heart. Therefore,
when the light of the Word of God is shone, the true colors of the
sinful are unveiled. The water below the firmament—that is,
the words of the earth—refers to the teachings that came out
of the human heart. That is why the water above the firmament is
separated from the water below it.
The water of this earth is fundamentally different
from the water above the firmament. In other words, God is saying
that every word that comes out of the human heart is the water below
the firmament, while the Word of Truth that He spoke to us is the
water above the firmament.
There are false prophets on this earth, but at the
same time, there also are Godís servants, the true prophets. False
prophets are those who say whatever comes out of their own hearts,
without even looking at the Word of God. In the Old Testamentís
time also, false prophets had prophesied according to whatever came
out of their minds. So spiritually speaking, their teachings are
the words of the earth, that is, the words of Satan.
However, it is still possible for Satanís words to
work in peopleís hearts. So when we look at those who are used by
the Devil, we see them telling sinners to receive the Holy Spirit
irrespective of the Word of God, or speaking in tongues, which are
really nothing more than just gibberish that comes out of their
own minds. When we listen carefully to what they say, we can easily
find out that itís just a voice of the flesh coming out of their
own thoughts and emotion. So itís a complete mess. Itís so filthy
that we can hardly continue to listen.
When we listen to what is said at a revival meeting
in a prayer retreat, we the born-again can realize in no time whether
the preacher with the Bible open is speaking the Word of God now,
or just saying whatever is on his own mind. Many such preachers
speak in complete irrelevance to the Bible. For instance, while
telling the congregation to receive the Holy Spirit, they manipulate
the mike to come up with some sort of sound effect, and shout out,
ďReceive the fire!Ē Using a vocal band, they stir up the crowdís
emotion and put them in a mass hypnosis. Would the crowd really
receive the Holy Spirit in this way?
God says in the Bible, ďReceive the remission of your
sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy SpiritĒ (Acts 2:38).
However, when we listen to the words of the servants of Satan, they
claim that one is to receive the remission of his sins separately
from receiving the Holy Spirit. They say, ďAll of you who believe
in Jesus are saints. But, from now on, you have to receive the Holy
Spirit separately to become whole.Ē
But must one receive the Holy Spirit yet again after
being born again? It is none other than liarsí words to say so.
Their teachings are not of the Word that is above the firmament,
but they are the words that are below the firmament—that is,
words that spring forth from the earth. Put differently, they say
what God never said, making it up all on their own.
Satanís words are always like that. When people say
anything that is different from the Bible, itís all Satanís words.
This is the nature of Satanís words: What Satan says is clearly
not the Word of God, but he claims that his words are Godís Word.
None other than this is the very nature of the words of Satan. It
is about pretending to preach the Word of God, only to deceive people
in the end.
Those who preach the Word of God must preach it based
on the written Word of the Scriptures. Godís servants are those
who preach what the Bible says exactly as it is. In contrast, Satanís
servants say whatever comes out of their own hearts irrespective
the Bible, thus leading countless people to destruction. Satanís
words work through those who are not born again. And the words of
Satan can work through those whose faith is still immature, even
though they believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit.
How, then, do Satanís words descend on people? First,
Iíve already mentioned that Satanís words work in those who are
not born again. It is those who are not born again that are the
best suited to be used by Satan. So Satan stirs up devotion in them,
changes their hearts, and makes them work hard, as if they were
really laboring for the Truth, when in fact they are serving only
lies. Satan makes people believe in the lies of the false teachers
as the truth. It is through these people who are not born again
that Satan works. He works through them so that rather than following
the Truth, they would follow untruth.
That is why when someone leads his life of faith under
a pastor who is not born again, he ends up turning into a servant
of Satan himself. If this pastor does not believe in the gospel
of the water and the Spirit, and has therefore not been born again,
then regardless of how he might believe that he is doing well in
his own way, ultimately all his ministry is nothing more than Satanís
work. As such, the pastor must first be born again by believing
in the gospel of the water and the Spirit
Satanís Work Is Manifested
Not as Faith in the Truth, But as the Devotion of Man
As a matter of fact, there are many pastors in this
world who are doing Satanís work without even realizing. They are
doing so much false work as Satanís servants. Although their work
of Satan can heal illnesses and cast out demons, they bear sinners,
for their followers still have sin in their hearts. Their next work
of Satan is to turn their congregation into legalistic believers,
changing them to strive hard to keep the Law.
Before the Apostle Paul met the Lord on the road to
Damascus, he had been utterly devoted to the Law. As the Pharisee
among the Pharisees, he was extremely pious. His devotion even extended
to persecuting and murdering Christian saints. Before the Apostle
Paul was born again, when he was a young man, he even guarded the
clothes of the people who stoned Godís servant Stephan to death.
He was someone who said, ďIíll watch over your clothes; go ahead
and stone him all you want!Ē In this age also, such devotion is
found in the churches and homes where Satan is working. God makes
His servants do His work quietly. In contrast, the Devil does His
work with all kinds of clamor through his servants, by inciting
their lust for glory.
Making people zealous is characteristic of the work
of Satan. When we look at people used by Satan, we see how they
all labor with only their own zeal. From attending morning prayer
meetings for 70 straight days and overnight prayer meetings for
40 days to campaigning to read the entire Bible in a week, there
are so many exceptional requirements to their work that itís a constant
struggle keep up with them. Their lives of faith are a continuation
of one slogan after another, of striving to do something on their
own. But all that we really have to do is just pray to God placing
our faith in His righteousness, with our hearts entirely relying
on Him and trusting Him. Must we fast for 40 days for God to be
pleased? Of course not!
However, because they are not the people who believe
in the Truth and follow it, and because they therefore cannot trust
in Godís Word, they seek after something special so much. They think
that if they are carnally zealous, God would somehow bless them.
They try to be so zealous that we the believers in the gospel of
the water and the Spirit cannot follow the zeal of such people who
are not born again.
Before I knew the gospel of the water and the Spirit,
and before I believed in it, I, too, had been zealous beyond description.
I used to gather the youths to clean the church inside and out,
lead them out to the streets to bear witness, and then gather again
in the evening for choir practice. This is how zealous I was before
I was born again. Those who are yet to be born again before God
are so zealous that it is imperative that we consider their misplaced
Just because a Christian is devout, this does not
necessarily mean that he is following the will of God. In other
words, when we lead our lives of faith, we must first have the proper
knowledge of what the gospel Truth of the water and the Spirit is,
and what the God-pleasing life is. For us to rely on the Word of
God, seek its counsel, and come out to God is to fulfill the will
of God. Following the Truth is to march forth trusting in the righteousness
of God; it is not something that can achieved by mankindís devotion.
Genesis 1:2 says, ďThe Spirit of God was hovering
over the face of the waters.Ē This means that the Spirit of
God works with the Word of God. All that there is for us to do is
to understand what the Word of God is saying and follow it. God
works in our lives when we seek His counsel, trust in Him, and follow
Him, but in contrast to this, the devotion is mankind is like a
marathon race without the finish line. There is no end to this,
no matter how long one might continue with his devotion. It entails
a constant exhortation to try just a little bit more and just a
little bit harder, but all that results from this is a never-ending
struggle to be a devoted believer.
The purpose for mankindís devotion is also to satisfy
oneís own lust. One would fall off a bicycle unless he pedals ceaselessly;
just like this, so does the piety of mankind requires one to run
endlessly. This zeal tires and torments people so much. Yet Satan
still stirs them to be zealous, and ultimately drags them into hell.
That is because far too man people follow Satanís words more zealously
than Godís Word.
Oneís zeal does not set the person free, but it makes
the person weary. God said to us, ďYou shall know the truth, and
the truth shall make you free.Ē In contrast, Satan says to people,
ďYou just need some rough understanding of Godís Word; what you
really need is piety.Ē Satanís logic is that if we are utterly pious
to God, God would also be moved, just as ďsincerity moves Heaven.Ē
As a result, people think, ďThough I am a sinner, if I pray to God
diligently, God will overlook it.Ē This very thought is completely
What can really be achieved just because we pray to
God zealously? We must not emphasize only our own devotion. That
is Satanic. Rather than living according to our own zeal, we must
realize Godís will and live according to this will of God.
However, the servants of Satan try to incite us to
be zealous for the work of the earth. Next to extolling us to devotion,
they try to turn us completely ignorant, leading us to hell as know-nothings.
That is why God said in 2 Timothy 3:6-7, ďFor of this
sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible
women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, always learning
and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.Ē
In other words, Satan tries to trip people into ignorance.
He tries to confuse them. God says that Satan brings ignorance to
people so that they may remain completely oblivious, making them
learn constantly and yet never be able to come to the knowledge
of the Truth. Satan makes them fall into ignorance and stubbornness,
and these ignorance and stubbornness prevent them from reaching
the knowledge of the Truth. Itís Satanís strategy to make people
Many Christians are also very zealous when it comes
to bearing witness, preaching to others to believe in Jesus. Satanís
servants are quite diligent with their proselytizing efforts, for
their zeal is great, and they lure those who seem weak. In other
words, Satan claims that people would prosper if they believe in
Jesus, be healed from their illnesses, or succeed in their businesses,
and by making such claims, Satan stirs up their desires and lures
them according to his strategy. This is nothing more than a result
of ignorance. That is why the Word of God says that the zeal of
the ignorant can never reach the Truth. It says that even though
those who stand against Godís righteousness are always learning,
they cannot reach the knowledge of the Truth. Put differently, the
ignorant who have not been born again can never reach the Truth,
no matter how much they might learn from the servants of Satan.
They may teach others everyday, but their followers still remain
as sinners even after their teachings are over, just as they had
been sinners when they first began to be taught.
The Lord said in John 8:32, ďYou shall know the
truth, and the truth shall make you free.Ē So God is telling
us to know the Truth. Like this, while the Lord tells us to know
the Truth, in contrast, Satan tells us to be zealous.
What is Godís righteousness? Itís the Truth. What
is the real Truth? The real Truth is the gospel Truth of the water
and the Spirit that saves peopleís lives. As such, when one knows
the gospel of the water and the Spirit, he can receive everlasting
life. Satan, in contrast, prevents people from reaching everlasting
life by making them fall into ignorance. He tries to lock them in
as sinners until the very end, so that they may be punished forever.
That is why Satanís servants continue to spread the words of ignorance,
to prevent people from reaching the knowledge of the righteousness
Satanic faith is this: ďHaving a form of godliness
but denying its powerĒ (2 Timothy 3:5). The power of godliness
refers to the gospel of power through which one is made righteous
by believing in the righteousness of God. So, Satan makes people
believe not in the righteousness of God but in their own righteousness,
all the while pretending to believe in Godís righteousness. While
Satanís people may mimic as if they believe in the righteousness
of God, they cannot receive the real power of godliness by faith.
The Devil tries to prevent us from knowing the Truth that God has
blotted out our sins. He tries to thwart us from realizing that
we have now become completely sinless. All that Satan does is just
make people put on only the outside appearance of godliness, of
believing in Jesus. That is what Satan does, making people believe
in Jesus without a clear purpose and preventing them from receiving
the remission of their sins.
In other words, Satan stirs up people to be zealous,
making it impossible for them to reach the Truth, and by doing so,
he leads countless Christians into ignorance to die in their own
weaknesses in the end. This is Satanís work, making sure that people
would still retain all their sins in their hearts even though they
believe in Jesus. What is so tragic is that such teachings of Satan
are so rampant in todayís Christianity.
We Must Separate the Truth
from Falsehood according to the Word of God
What God did on the second day of creation was to
divide according to His Word. God commanded the water above the
firmament to be divided from the water below the firmament; whatever
God says is fulfilled accordingly. Here then, let us think about
what it is to divide according to the Word of God.
God separates His Word from Satanís words. With what
criterion does God divide the Truth from falsehood? As God said
in Genesis 1:2, ďThe Spirit of God was hovering over the face
of the waters,Ē He is always working with His Word. Therefore,
He is able to divide the born-again from those who are not born
again with His Word.
When we reflect a certain teaching on the Word of
God, and we see that it is not right according to the Word, then
we can conclude that it is Satanís words. In other words, because
it is Godís Word of righteousness that we hear, believe, and keep
in our hearts, when we reflect what people say to us upon the God-given
Word, if itís not right, then we can judge it to be Satanís words.
On the other hand, if itís right as reflected on the Word of God,
then it is the Word of Truth manifesting Godís righteousness.
Put differently, whatever teachings the righteous
may come across, they can divide them into the Word above the firmament
and the word below it. The teachings that come out preachersí lips
are either Godís Word or Satanís words. If these teachings are not
congruent to Godís Word of righteousness, then we must ignore such
teachings, no matter how systematic and finesse they might be, and
no matter how famous and authoritative the one giving these teachings
might be. Words that do not contain the righteousness of God must
be defined as Satanís words, not Godís Word, and we must move away
from them, even if they are preached as Godís Word by a respectable
When we divide a certain teaching into the Word above
the firmament and the word below it, the standard for this is Godís
Word of righteousness. When the people of this world hears someone
speaking, they do not listen based on the measuring rod of the Word
of God, but they judge looking only at his background, such as his
power, wealth, fame, or education. However, based on this kind of
standard, it is not possible to separate the Word above the firmament
from the word below it—that is, the Word of God from the words
of Satan. When we hear someoneís words, if we open the Bible, which
is the Word of God, and listen based on this Word, we can surely
distinguish Satanís words from Godís Word.
As such, we should cast aside the standard of the
world, and based on the Word of God—that is, the Bible—we
should separate the Word above the firmament from the word below
it. You, too, should free yourselves from confusion through the
Word of Truth.
Fallacious Doctrines Made
Some people claim that one is wholly saved only if
he reaches sanctification after believing in Jesus. In Christianity,
such a claim is known as the Doctrine of Incremental Sanctification.
In fact, along with the Doctrine of Justification, this teaching
is one of the orthodox teachings officially sanctioned by the so-called
mainstream Christianity. However, this teaching did not come out
of the biblically sound Word of Truth.
The arguments put forth by those who assert such a
groundless doctrine is as the following. First of all, they, too,
invoke the Word: ďAnd we know that all things work together for
good to those who love God, to those who are the called according
to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be
conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn
among many brethren. Moreover whom He predestined, these He also
called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified,
these He also glorifiedĒ (Romans 8:28-30). Based on this passage,
people make up and speak of the Doctrine of Sanctification as the
ďseven steps to spiritual maturity.Ē Referring to verse 29 in the
above passage— ďFor whom He foreknew, He also predestined
to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn
among many brethrenĒ—they argue that as Christians get older,
they are sanctified in the flesh as they gradually become more and
more like Jesus.
However, that is not what this passage means. When
the Bible says that God made us be conformed to the image of His
Son, this does not mean that we must conform to the Lordís outside
appearance. God predestined us beforehand and called us in order
to give the gospel Word of the water and the Spirit into our hearts
and make us believe in it, so that we may conform to the image of
the Son of God by faith all at once.
Right now, the Holy Spirit of God dwells in the hearts
of all those who have received the remission of their sins by believing
in the gospel of the water and the Spirit. It is in the hearts of
the righteous where the Holy Spirit abides. Therefore, it is those
whose hearts are dwelt by the Holy Spirit that conform to the image
of the Son of God. God predestined us like this and called us to
Jesus Christ, so that we may receive the remission of our sins once
As such, those who have received the remission of
their sins by believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit,
and who are dwelt by the Holy Spirit, are Godís children, and those
who do not have the Holy Spirit are not Godís children. Yet despite
this, many people have misinterpreted the passage from Romans 9:28-30,
and as a consequence, they came to believe and argue that one must
be sanctified to holiness after believing in Jesus in order to be
saved completely. The doctrine of sanctification leads people by
focusing on their carnal attributes, claiming that we must be as
humble and meek as Jesus. So citing the passage from Romans, those
who are not born again propound on the seven steps of sanctification.
Romans 8:30 says, ďMoreover whom He predestined, these
He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom
He justified, these He also glorified.Ē Based on this passage, some
people also assert the doctrine of predestination. However, the
real meaning of this passage is completely different from the doctrine
of predestination, which is no more than a man-made claim. That
God called those whom He predestined means that God elected the
entire mankind in Jesus Christ. When Adam sinned, God clothed him
with the skin of a sacrificial animal; likewise, God decided to
enable us to be completely remitted from all our sins through Jesus
Christ, the descendant of the woman and our sacrificial offering.
Therefore, the phrase ďwhom He predestinedĒ refers to Jesus and
sinners, Adamís descendants—that is, to all who would come
to receive the remission of their sins by believing in Christ.
As such, when the Bible says here, ďWhom He predestined,
these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and
whom He justified, these He also glorified,Ē it means that our God
predestined all the sinners of this world to be called in Christ
and receive the remission of their sins in Jesus. And God calls
those who have received the remission of their sins as the righteous,
and He made them His own children clothed in all the glory of Christ.
All of this is contained in Godís plan to make sinners His children.
This is Godís law.
When the Bible says, ďWhom He predestined, these He
also called; whom He called, these He also justified,Ē it means
that God has called us humans and completely blotted out our sins
through Jesus. He has made us completely righteous. And whom He
called, He has also sanctified. Do you now understand this? All
this happened simultaneously and once for all.
From Godís point of view, this required an elaborate
plan and long-term implementation, but when we apply ourselves to
what Jesus Christ had done for us, we have received all those blessings
instantly: God called us sinners. And as God called us, Jesus Christ
blotted out all our sins. Once we received the remission of our
sins, we were made righteous, and as we were made righteous, we
became Godís children. That is how we became glorified. That we
have been glorified means that as God has given the Holy Spirit,
His image, into our hearts, sinners have now become none other than
Godís children. To become Godís children is the very glory.
All of this happened in an instance. Since it happened
all at once, to claim that oneís salvation is reached through the
seven steps of sanctification is to utter Satanís words. The adherents
of this doctrine insist that if one believes in Jesus and walks
diligently on the path toward sanctification while in this world,
he would all of a sudden be transformed and become holy like God
at his death. This notion is no more than manís own thoughts and
Satanís words. The words of Satan bring nothing more than confusion
and make people ignorant.
God called us with a plan in Jesus Christ, and those
who answered this call of God, He made them righteous once for all
and sanctified them all at once through the gospel of the water
and the Sprit. God has glorified us, so that we may become His children
by believing in His righteousness. None other than this is the work
of salvation and sanctification fulfilled by God once for all. Therefore,
it is not by their own efforts that human beings are made holy.
My fellow believers, after receiving the remission
sin, do people actually become holier if they try? No, they are
not made any holier. While our hearts have already been made holy
by the righteousness of God, our flesh remains insufficient until
we die. That is why the Apostle Peter said that just because we
have obtained the affirmation of salvation by believing in the baptism
of Jesus, this does not mean that the filthiness of our flesh has
disappeared, but that we have come to put on the righteousness of
God by faith and follow His will from now on (1 Peter 3:21).
Therefore, it is only by our faith in the righteousness
of God that we are to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. As we trust in
God and follow Him, it is because we have the Holy Spirit in our
hearts that we can carry on with our lives. It is just by following
the Truth that our hearts are transformed. And we can follow the
Truth only by believing in the salvation completed by God. We cannot
change ourselves through our own carnal efforts.
It is because Jesus Christ, God Himself, has already
sanctified and glorified us that this has happened to us, by believing
in all this. As such, those who are not Godís children, who are
not born again, have been set apart from us the born-again, and
therefore we are now living a life that is different from theirs.
Those who are yet to be born again speak of the seven steps of sanctification
and claim that someday they would be like Jesus. So they put up
with any hardship and endure. They can endure all they want, but
the fact of the matter is that one is not made holy by believing
in Jesus and then being refined for a long, long time to
come. Since there is a limit to mankindís patience, far from being
sanctified, they eventually run out of patience and explode, turning
even more stubborn and selfish in the end. The notion that one is
sanctified in the flesh is nothing more than manís own fallacious
Therefore, when we reflect on the doctrine of incremental
sanctification based on the Word of Truth, it is revealed exactly
as Satanís teaching. The longer one believes in Jesus without being
born again, the more is he hardened by his own stubbornness and
hypocrisy. Such people may seem to be standing upright outwardly,
but their hearts become utterly filthy. Even though their conscience,
having failed to be born again, is always running toward sin, they
still have to pretend otherwise. So how much more wicked is this?
They are like a tomb, whitewashed with hypocrisy to look good only
outwardly, but inside, darkness is on the face of the depth, and
they are drowning in sin and rotting away. Given this, their deeds
of misleading and deceiving so many people are that much filthier
and more wicked. That is why Jesus Himself rebuked such people calling
them as whitewashed tombs.
All That Satan Ever Said
Is a Lie, and the More We Follow Such Words, the More We Realize That
We Have Been Deceived
Those who profess to believe in Jesus as their Savior
with a fallacious faith have only a form of godliness; they have
no power of faith, just as the Bible rebukes them for ďhaving
a form of godliness but denying its powerĒ (2 Timothy 3:5).
Sinners are not capable of being truly godly. All that they have
is an outside appearance of the life of faith. They kneel down when
they worship, and they put their hands together when they pray.
They are good at such things. They also invoke holiness with their
lips time after time, but their hearts are actually filled with
greed and avarice, led by all kinds of lust. Seeing this, the Lord
says of them, ďHaving a form of godliness but denying its power.Ē
For those who have not been born again, their hearts
do not follow God, but the world. They try to be approved by the
world and increase their worldly possession, and as a result, their
hearts have been completely defiled. In other words, their latter
days are filthier than when they first believed in Jesus. Our Lord
makes it clear that for all those who profess to believe in God
and yet have not been born again wholly, their end is filthier than
their beginning. And the Lord says that their end will be even more
wretched. So Satanís words are clearly discerned when reflected
on the Word.
Those who still have sin in their hearts even as they
believe in Jesus have actually believed in the words of Satan. When
a Christian can no longer follow the Word of God sincerely, even
as he professes to believe in Jesus, itís because all this time
he has believed in Satanís words. If one truly believes in the Word
of Jesus Christ, then it is impossible for him not to follow Jesus.
We follow the Lord, knowing that His Word is infallible. Of course,
itís still hard even for us, but we have no choice but to follow,
and when we thus follow the Lordís Word, our hearts are strengthened
In contrast, when one follows Satanís words, the more
he follows, the more confused he becomes and the filthier his conscience
turns. Such people claim to follow the Lord with their words, but
they establish their own doctrines even more zealously, which are
nothing more than Satanís words, and as the doctrines are hardened,
their followersí hearts become even filthier. Even so, they still
pretend to live a virtuous life in deeds. And they deceive even
themselves, claiming that as long as their deeds are virtuous, they
are not filthy, even though there are all kinds of filth in their
The Righteousness of God
Is Revealed through the Believers in the Gospel of the Water and the
In contrast, when the truly born-again Christiansí
hearts are misplaced, the Holy Spirit convicts their hearts long
before. There are times when even our hearts as the born-again go
astray, and if we do not turn our hearts around, the Holy Spirit
in us gets uncomfortable. So our hearts are not at ease. Our hearts
react adversely. Then in no time, our hearts are tormented already.
Itís because our hearts get tormented that we cannot commit evil
deeds so easily. When the born-again embark on a path, they can
continue on this path freely only if their hearts are at peace.
In other words, precisely because the Holy Spirit in us convicts
our hearts, we cannot continue on a mistaken path, for our hearts
feel uncomfortable and unhappy. This is what happens to the born-again.
In contrast, those who have not received the remission
of their sins, and whose hearts are therefore not dwelt by the Holy
Spirit, continue to follow Satanís words. Thatís because those who
go forth by trusting in Satanís words wholeheartedly must move according
to how their hearts are led by greed, and as such, the Word of God
cannot control them. Since the Christians who have not been born
again are now drinking the water below the firmament, which is Satanís
words, in reality, they are not any different from the people of
the world who do not believe in Jesus. That is why itís next to
impossible discern todayís Christians from non-Christians.
Those who believe in Satanís words live according
to the lust of the world. Those who follow Satanís words are not
any different from the people of the world. On the contrary, they
may very well be even filthier than the people of the world. Since
those who believe in Jesus without being born again believe in Satanís
words, they bear no spiritual fruit. They themselves remain as sinners,
and there is no one who has received the remission of sin through
them. The very people to whom they had preached the gospel still
remain as sinners. That is why for those who actually believe in
the words of mankind and follow the words of Satan, even as they
profess to believe in Jesus, there is no fruit that pleases God.
Through the Word, such people must all realize without fail that
they had followed Satanís words all this time.
If you really believe that the Bible is the Word of
God, then you, too, should examine your faith with Godís Word. Are
you following the Word of God? Anyone who does not follow the Bible
is now following Satan. His teacher has been deceived by Satan,
as he himself has also been deceived. Before the Word of God, he
cannot hide this fact.
If one now realizes that he had followed Satanís words,
then this person can now be freed from it. If one realizes that
he had not followed the Truth, then he must first leave the false
gathering that spreads Satanís teachings. Such people, when they
no longer attend false church, can return to the righteousness of
God in no time.
One must know the Word of God without fail and follow
it with a clear understanding. For those who remain oblivious to
the fact that they are feeding on Satanís words and continue to
attend a church that has not been born again, only destruction awaits
them. God has clearly divided the water above the firmament from
the water below it. As such, if those people continue to follow
Satanís words and drink only the water below the firmament, they
will undoubtedly be separately by God. Therefore, when they do not
return to God, and instead continue to drink the water below the
firmament until the end, to be ultimately destroyed, itís not Godís
Considering this, if a Christian has no fruit of the
Holy Spirit to show despite having believed in God for a long time,
then he should realize that he had believed in Satanís words, and
seek after and look for the Word of God. God will meet him when
he looks for Him. However, Satanís church that is not born again
continues to bestow him with a high position in the church, binding
him tightly so that he may not go anywhere else. At some churches,
pastors even hand out deaconship and eldership to those who have
not only failed to be born again, but have not even attended the
church that faithfully. So they over-issue church offices like this
and hand out deaconship and eldership to their congregation, all
in an attempt to satisfy their hearts with honor, since there is
no change, nor happiness, nor any satisfaction to their congregation
despite their guidance. When the pastors who are incapable of spiritually
leading the saints correctly see their unsatisfied congregation,
they invariably bestow their followers with honor, for they cannot
satisfy them spiritually. So, if someone wants to bestow you with
a church office even though your faith has not been properly established,
you should realize that he is a false shepherd.
When the born-again Church establishes its offices,
it does so based on whether the saints have faith in the righteousness
of God and the gift of service, not on any other standards. The
born-again Church does not assign a church office to anyone just
because he has been attending church for a long time, or to please
him. Rather, Godís Church entrusts this person with a church office
only if this person believes in the righteousness of God, and only
when he is able to serve Him.
However, those who are not born again are ruled by
the words of Satan, and therefore they try to satisfy people by
offering them church positions. So, if some pastor wants to post
you to a certain position in his church and give you honor, even
though there is sin in your hearts now, and therefore you are powerless
and there is nothing you can do, then you should realize that Satan
is deceiving you. You must realize clearly that this pastor is not
a servant of God, and you must depart from such people. Only then
can you yourselves be saved. None other than this is to divide the
water above the firmament from the water below it. This must be
What Did God Do on the Second
Day of His Creation?
On the second day, God divided the water above the
firmament from the water below it. Accordingly, we, too, must discern
the words of Satan from the Word of God. How do we divide them?
We divide the water above the firmament from the water below it
based on the Word of God.
We have to realize clearly whether or not we are now
drinking the water below the firmament and our lives are controlled
by the Devil. If you still have not become righteous even as you
sincerely believe in Jesus, then it can only mean that you are living
drinking the water below the firmament, that is, the water of the
earth. You have to realize that those who have become righteous
without sin by believing in Jesus, and are living according to the
Word, are those who live drinking the water above the firmament.
The two must thus be separated clearly.
If one still remains as a sinner even after believing
in Jesus for half a century, then this can only mean that he had
believed in the Devilís words all this time. In contrast, those
who know the gospel of the water and the Spirit properly, and who
have received the complete remission of their sins by accepting
the light of the Word, are the very people led by God. Such people
are Godís children on their way to the Kingdom of Heaven. Christians
must discern clearly whether they are sinners or righteous, whether
they are bound to hell or to Heaven, and whether they are Godís
children or the Devilís children. When we examine ourselves based
on the Word, if we are righteous without sin, then we will enter
Heaven as Godís children, but if we have sin, then we will be cast
into hell as Satanís servants. Like this, God divides us. God has
done so clearly. God did not fail to do this. Yet even though God
has clearly distinguished us and let us know it, some of us are
still deceiving our own conscience.
When one looks at his conscience, he is clearly either
a sinner or a righteous person. Whether we have heard the gospel
and been born again or not, whether we are saints or merely religious
practitioners, whether our hearts have sin or not, and whether we
clearly have the fruits of the Holy Spirit or not—all of us
are either sinners or righteous people. We must determine ourselves
clearly whether or not we are deceiving our own hearts, and we must
discern ourselves whether we belong to Godís Church or to the Devil
and the world. Anyone who hears the Word of God can know himself
clearly, and so those who still deceive themselves with the words
of Satan, abide in the water below the firmament, and drink this
water deserve to be destroyed by God.
A Sinner Must Confess Himself
as a Grave Sinner before the Truth
We must realize that God has clearly divided the light
from darkness, and the water above the firmament from the water
below it. Do you realize that even though God has divided so, people
continue to perish away by deceiving their own conscience? People
cannot blame God for casting them into hell. Thatís because if their
conscience were to honestly recognize their heartsí sins, and they
were to really look for God and search for the Truth earnestly,
then God would indeed enable such people to find the Truth.
The light is there in this world now. We clearly have
the Word of Truth. Anyone who learns this Word correctly, sees it,
listens to it, and is convinced of its truthfulness, can all be
born again. Even the water below the firmament can be transformed
into the water above the firmament. Just as the water in the sea
rises up to the air as vapor and comes down again as water, the
water below can also rise up to the water above. Even though this
is possible, people still deceive themselves, and that is why they
are bound to hell and suffer needlessly. One must turn himself in
to God and find the light. None other than this is confession.
The Lord will surely meet those who come before God,
saying, ďGod, I am a sinner who drinks the water below the firmament.
Lord, please save me.Ē Those who still have sin in their hearts
should come before the servants of God, before His born-again Church,
listen to the Word and receive the remission of their sins.
God has clearly divided the Truth from falsehood in
peopleís hearts. Sinners who drank the water below the firmament
must never forget this, they must come into the born-again gathering
without fail, and they must be thus transformed without fail. Even
though God has made this division, if one still deceives his own
conscience with Satanís teaching that claims, ďIf you believe in
Jesus, God will consider you righteous even if you still have sin,Ē
and is consequently cast into hell, then you have to realize that
this is entirely his own fault.
We have to grasp what it means when the Bible says
that God divided the water above the firmament from the water below
it on the second day. God has divided all teachings into His Word
and Satanís words, and now, depending on whose words we believe
in, our blessings and curses are determined. What one drinks determines
his happiness and unhappiness.
God has divided the water above the firmament from
the water below it. Indeed, we can either drink the water above
the firmament, or the water below it. The right to choose which
water to drink is entirely ours. It depends on peopleís choice.
Those who prefer the water below the firmament would drink this
water, and as a result, they will perish away and be destroyed.
In contrast, those who want to drink the water above the firmament
will drink this water and be born again, thus obtaining everlasting
life. Everything will unfold exactly according to oneís choice.
Whether one would go to Heaven or hell also depends
on his choice. Jesus Christ has already prepared Heaven, as He has
made hell as well. Jesus Christ has done everything so that everyone
would be able to become righteous. All that remains is oneís own
choice: If one likes to remain as a sinner, then he would believe
in Satanís words and remain as a sinner, but if he wants to become
righteous, then he would believe in Godís Word and be made righteous.
In other words, Heaven and hell depend on oneís own judgment and
choice. It is on his own choice that heaven and hell rest.
God has already prepared everything. The only issue
remaining is the question of which choice we would make. If we want
to go to Heaven, then all that we have to do is just choose Godís
Word, drink the water above the firmament, and follow the servants
of Jesus; if, on the other hand, we want to go to hell, then we
should just choose Satanís words, drink the water below the firmament,
and follow the servants of Satan trusting in their words. Without
fail, everything will be fulfilled before God exactly according
to how we believe.
Sitting on the throne of judgment on the last day,
God will say to sinners, ďI told you from the beginning that I had
divided the water above the firmament from the water below it. Yet
by following Satanís words, you chose on your own to believe in
lies and to go to hell, and so it shall be so accordingly. Itís
only fitting that according to your faith, you should go to where
Satan is living.Ē Then those bound to hell will have nothing to
say. They may have tongues, but they canít say a word.
God has clearly given us the gospel of the water and
the Spirit freely, the Word that enables us to be born again, the
Truth, salvation, everlasting life, and all the other heavenly blessings.
After giving us all these things, God gave us the option to take
His blessings or His curses. God has separated His true Word from
false teachings. Just as God divided the day from the night on this
planet, so did God divide all its water into the water above the
firmament and the water below it. By making this division for all
human beings who are to enter into the domain of everlasting life
after living on this earth, God has made them determine their own
God did not divide the day from the night for no reason.
He did so because He wanted to show us the bright domain of light
and the domain of sheer darkness. In other words, God has clearly
divided the domain of the righteous from the domain of sinners.
He has made this division so that those who want to go to hell only
have to believe in darkness, and those who want to go to Heaven
only have to believe in the light. What God has divided, no human
can change. No matter how capable mankind may be, it cannot change
the day into the night, and the night into the day. Likewise, no
one can change what God has done.
One who has an honest conscience believes wholly in
what God has divided as it is. It is by looking at the light and
accepting it, by accepting the water above the firmament, the Word
of God that descends from above, that we have received eternal life.
The water of the earth—that is, the teachings
of Satan—extols us to strive for virtuous human deeds. This
water that is below the firmament teaches us to become righteous
and be saved through our own carnal efforts. None other than this
is Satanís words. If anyone teaches you that one is made righteous
and saved through his own efforts, by living a godly life and being
sanctified, remember that this is the very words of Satan. The Word
of God says that we are made righteous by believing with our hearts
in what God has all fulfilled, and accepting His Word into our hearts.
To be made righteous has nothing do with oneís own deeds, but it
is achieved only by believing in the Word of God that descends from
above. It is by believing in the Word above the firmament, in Godís
Word of Truth, in His perfect Word that needs not be supplemented
by any human deeds whatsoever, that we are to receive the remission
of our sins, become righteous, and obtain everlasting life.
My fellow believers, Godís Word comes down from above,
infallibly bears fruit on this earth, and rises up above again.
If you believe in Godís Word, happiness will come to you, but if
you drink the water below the firmament, you will be accursed. God
does not want you to suffer and be accursed. That is why God has
given us His Word, thus dividing the water above the firmament from
the water below it. One who has tasted the water above the firmament
can never drink the water below the firmament again.
Those who have only drunk the water below the firmament
to this day should now return to the Word of God. Those who have
tasted only the water below the firmament must look for the water
that is above the firmament, and they must now return to the Word
of the righteousness of God, to true faith.