We Have Met Jesus Christ Our Bridegroom
< Genesis 2:21-25 >
“And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall on
Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the
flesh in its place. Then the rib which the LORD God had taken from
man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man. And Adam
‘This is now bone of my bones
And flesh of my flesh;
She shall be called Woman,
Because she was taken out of Man.’
Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother
and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. And
they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.”
Let us first turn to Ephesians 5:31-32 here: “‘For
this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined
to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’ This is a great
mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church.” That
a man should leave his parents and become one flesh joined with
his wife is the Word that reveals the mystery about the relationship
between Christ and His Church.
Marriage is the union of a man and a woman into one
body. The Bible says that for someone to leave his parents and become
one with Jesus Christ, he must believe in the gospel of the water
and the Spirit. We believe that we are made God’s children and the
people of His Kingdom by believing in the gospel of the water. God’s
Church is “Ekklesia” in Greek, meaning the gathering of those
whom God called from the world.
Today, I would like to speak to you about God’s Church,
but let me first express here just how profoundly grateful I am
that I myself have become part of God’s Church by believing in the
gospel of the water and the Spirit. I am truly happy that I’ve become
a member of God’s Church to receive His everlasting grace. Trapped
in the middle of the sins of the world, I was about to be destroyed,
but through the gospel of the water and the Spirit, I was saved
and become one body with the Lord by believing in the gospel of
the water and the Spirit. Now, those who are married to the Lord
are happy because they have become members of God’s Church and are
now living with the Lord.
If I had not believed in the gospel of the water and
the Spirit, and if I had not become God’s child, where would I be
now? As I reflect on this again, I cannot help but thank God again
and again that I am now living in the Lord. I can’t possibly thank
God enough, for I have been saved from all my sins. However, whenever
I come across those who still have not met the Lord, I am reminded
of the debt that I owe to all those who are still yearning for salvation.
I ponder, “If I had no choice but to live only for my own flesh
in this world, would my life be worth living at all?” One can live
in joy only if his life has a meaning.
I can appreciate what the Apostle Paul meant when
he said, “For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; or if
we are of sound mind, it is for you” (2 Corinthians 5:13). Paul
also said, “Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever
you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31). With
this passage, the Apostle Paul taught us clearly what it is that
we must live for. So, I could not wish for anything more if I could
also live for the spreading of God’s gospel for the rest of my life,
however long it might be, and then stand before the presence of
When I think about how I’ve now become part of God’s
Church, I am simply overwhelmed by gratefulness. Before, my heart
had always been sinful, and I remember that my life back then was
not upright before God. At that time, it was just a routine to shake
hands with the members of my church and greet them after the worship
service was over, but sometimes I was so ashamed of myself that
I could hardly bring myself to shake hands with them. When I reflected
myself upon the Word of God, every passage seemed to point out my
insufficiencies, and so I felt all the more ashamed.
I was attending seminary in those days, about to be
ordained as a pastor in a little while. But I still had not been
washed from all my sins. So I anguished over this, feeling guilty
for daring to become a pastor in such a sinful state. My soul was
tormented by my sins, and it troubled my conscience that such a
man like myself was about to become a pastor, a servant of God.
As it is written in the Old Testament, “Unless the LORD builds
the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the LORD guards
the city, The watchman stays awake in vain” (Psalms 127:1).
This passage convicted my conscience.
So I thought, “If a pastor ministers just to make
a living, he will only become a businessman looking after himself,
not a true shepherd.” I really did not want to become such a pastor,
preaching the Word of God just to make a living, and pretending
to be holy before the congregation. In those days, while attending
seminary, my soul was deeply troubled by my sins. So I even thought,
“Do I really have to continue ministering like this, even when my
own heart is sinful? Shouldn’t I now give up this kind of ministry?
Wouldn’t it be more proper if I just quit ministering, and become
a fruit vendor in the market trying to make an honest living?” It
seemed to me that if my ministry were going to be only about feeding
my own flesh, it would be far better off to quit and live as a layman.
At any rate, I was deeply distressed by my sins. I
thought, “I myself have still not been washed from all my sins before
God, and so how can such a man teach and lead anyone else to Jesus
Christ?” Such thoughts left me hopeless.
At that time, I turned to the Word of God and began
to reflect on the sins that were on my heart. That’s because this
is what God was saying about my sins: “The wages of sin is death.”
If so, then I was to be condemned for my sins and cast into hell,
and so I realized that I had to be washed from my sins.
Tormented by my sins, I often used to pray, “God,
before You, I am not a clergyman, but only a sinner.” If there was
one thing that was fortunate, it was that my heart at least acknowledged
the written Word of God. After a while, thanks to the grace of God,
I was able to realize the gospel Truth of the water and the Spirit.
Through the passage from Matthew 3:13-17 in the New Testament, I
came to realize the real Truth of the washing of sin, and I could
be freed from all my sins. In all those years until that time, I
had lived covering my heart with fig leaves tying to hide my sins,
but now this was no longer necessary.
Through both the New and Old Testaments, I was able
to realize that the problem of all my sins was completed solved
away as Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist, and I experienced
for myself how all the sins in my heart were blotted out. “Oh! It
was for me that the Lord was baptized by John the Baptist. This
is what it means! It was to take upon the sins of mankind that the
Lord was baptized by John the Baptist!” I realized the gospel of
the water and the Spirit, and the Truth that would enable me to
enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
While reading the written Word of God, I was able
to grasp that all the sins in my heart were washed away once for
all. I saw for myself how I no longer had any sin. After comprehending
the meaning of the passage from Matthew 3:13-17, I was so shocked
initially that I was even worried for a while. I wondered, “What
would then happen to all these countless Christians? Don’t they
also have to believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit to
be washed from their sins and be born again?”
I realized that my faith was made truly whole through
the baptism Jesus received from John the Baptist and the blood the
Lord shed on the Cross, and that all other gospels other than this
gospel of Truth were false gospels and lies.
It is written, “Then Jesus came from Galilee to
John at the Jordan to be baptized by him. And John tried to prevent
Him, saying, ‘I need to be baptized by You, and are You coming to
me?’ But Jesus answered and said to him, ‘Permit it to be so now,
for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.’ Then
he allowed Him. When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately
from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and
He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon
Him. And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, ‘This is My
beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased’” (Matthew 3:13-17).
This Word of Truth accomplished and completed all
the Word of promises in the Old Testament, and it was the link connecting
the Old Testament with the New Testament. In short, it was the Truth
of salvation and the key to Heaven.
I then turned to John 1:29. “Behold! The Lamb of
God who takes away the sin of the world!” The Bible said that
the Lord was the Lamb of God who accepted and took away the sins
of the world through the baptism He received from John. In both
the New Testament and the Old Testament alike, it is testified that
all the sins of mankind were passed onto Jesus Christ through the
baptism He received from John the Baptist. I discovered that all
the Word of God, from both the Old Testament and the New Testament,
was testifying that the Lord took upon mankind’s sins through this
baptism and bore the condemnation of sin on the Cross.
I now realized that all my sins were finished. Yet
as I did not know this Truth until then, I had lived my life of
faith in vain for all those years. And I realized that it wasn’t
just I who was ignorant of this Truth, but countless Christians
also did not know it, and therefore they, too, were still bound
under sin. So their plight saddened my heart deeply, for I now knew
what they did not know, the real Truth: “Jesus Christ came to this
earth incarnated in the flesh, shouldered all the sins of everyone
in the world by being baptized by John, carried them to the Cross,
was crucified and shed His blood to bear the punishment of sin,
died in our place, rose from the dead again, and has thereby become
our Savior.” All that they now needed to do was just hear this Truth
and believe in it.
“Ah! Jesus is indeed my Savior!” It was after I believed
in the gospel Truth of the water and the Spirit with my heart that
I realized that my heart was now truly sinless. Only then did I
come to believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit with all
The problem of our sins was already solved long ago,
as Jesus came to this world 2,000 years ago, took upon all the sins
of mankind by being baptized by John the Baptist at the age of 30,
and died on the Cross at the age of 33 and rose from the dead again.
In other words, everyone who now believes in the gospel of the water
and the Spirit can be freed from all his sins by faith. Jesus has
become the Savior of all those who believe in the gospel of the
water and the Spirit. By being condemned on the Cross, our Lord
solved away the problem of all our sins in the past perfect tense,
and therefore it is now impossible for our sins to exist any longer.
By being baptized by John and shedding His blood on the Cross, the
Lord solved away once for all not only the problem of my sins alone,
but also the sins of everyone else in this world.
Just as the Lord said, “You shall know the truth,
and the truth shall make you free” (John 3:32), when we know
the gospel of the water and the Spirit, all our sins are finished.
It is because we did not know the gospel Truth of the water and
the Spirit that we had lived as sinners until now. What a needless
tragedy is this? However, it is now in the gospel of the water and
the Spirit that we abide, and as such, we are no longer sinners.
Our Lord has blotted out our sins with the gospel of the water and
the Spirit. Because we did not know this gospel, we had lived our
lives of faith in vain as sinners for all those years despite believing
in Jesus. But now we are no longer sinners, but we are righteous
people. We are God’s people. We are God’s own children.
Since not only my sins but also everyone’s sins were
all passed onto Jesus when He was baptized, there can be no more
sin—not mine, not yours, not anyone else’s sin at all. Because
Jesus shouldered the sins of this world by being baptized and was
condemned for them on the Cross, there can no longer be any condemnation
of sin. If today’s people in this age properly know and believe
in the truly faithful Savior Jesus Christ, then they will all be
saved from all their sins. I thank my God for making me realize
the gospel of the water and the Spirit. I am so rejoiced that all
my sins were blotted out by this gospel.
We the born-again realize that we have the responsibility
to preach the gospel of the water and the Spirit to all the Christians
throughout the whole world. My fellow coworkers and I constantly
pray to God as the following: “God, make us preach the gospel of
the water and the Spirit all over the world.”
I can tell how everyone in this world can receive
the remission of his sins. God has given us the gospel Word of Truth.
If only we know that we have been saved through the gospel of the
water and the Spirit; if we really know this, and if we really believe
in the Word of salvation that Jesus has blotted out all our sins
by coming to this earth, being baptized, dying on the Cross, and
rising from the dead again; and if we know and believe that Jesus
is indeed the Son of God, the Creator who made the world, our God
and our Savior—then all our sins will be finished.
That is why the Lord said to us, “You shall know
the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 3:32). All
of us can now realize that Jesus’ Word of promise has been fulfilled
to us, who believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit, exactly
as it is.
What is important is not how the so-called eminent
Christian leaders interpret God’s Word, but what the Word of God
actually says about the remission of our sins. The Word of God records
the Truth of salvation exactly as it is. If only people know the
Word of God itself and accept His will as it is, then anyone can
be saved from sin, for the works of salvation that our Lord did
long ago when He came to this earth are all written in the Bible.
Jesus said, “If you abide in Me, and My words abide
in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you
(John 15:7). If you and I accept our Lord’s Word, this Word
can solve away all our sins, for it has all power and authority.
Indeed, we believe in the Word of our Lord exactly as it is written.
All those who believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit
will receive the remission of their sins and become part of the
My fellow believers, to become part of God’s Church,
you must believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit. God
put Adam to sleep, took one of his ribs, and then made a woman out
of the rib and brought her to Adam. It is written, “And the LORD
God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took
one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place. Then the
rib which the LORD God had taken from man He made into a woman,
and He brought her to the man. And Adam said: ‘This is now bone
of my bones And flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman, Because
she was taken out of Man.’ Therefore a man shall leave his father
and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one
flesh” (Genesis 2:21-24). God made the woman to help the man
(Genesis 2:18). This means that God’s Church is used as His instrument
to fulfill His will.
Why Did Jesus Christ Have
to Die on the Cross?
Jesus Christ could be crucified to death because He
had taken upon all our sins by being baptized by John the Baptist.
There is nothing difficult about this Truth. That a man should leave
his parents and become one body with his wife joined together implies
that human beings should receive the remission of their sins and
become one with the Lord by believing in the gospel of the water
and the Spirit. If a man does not leave the place of his birth—that
is, his parents of the flesh—and still clings to his mother
like a mama’s boy even after getting married, then it’s all but
guaranteed that his marriage would fail. Spiritually speaking, such
people refer to those who are still bound by this world even after
being born again by believing in the gospel of the water and the
Those who believe in the gospel of the water and the
Spirit must cast aside their carnal thoughts. Before we were born
again, you and I had thought that just believing in Jesus and living
virtuously were all that there was to God’s will, and we had walked
according to what our own thoughts deemed to be right. However,
now that we have been born again, we must throw away our carnal
From the very moment you and I were born into this
world, we were all born as sinners. Since we were all born as the
descendants of the fallen Adam, we were all born with every sin
by nature. We inherited the sin of Adam and Eve intact through our
parents of the flesh. So regardless of whether or not we practice
virtue before God, we are already sinners, destined from our birth
to be cast into hell for this sin.
We can never shed the label of a sinner with our good
deeds. No matter how virtuously we might live, no matter how we
might lay down our lives for the Lord, and no matter how hard we
might labor for Jesus, we simply cannot blot out our sins by ourselves.
Therefore, we must understand how God has blotted out our sins all
on His own, and we must believe in the gospel Truth of the water
and the Spirit. You and I must realize just how much God loves us.
We must examine in detail what specific method God used to blot
out our sins out of His love for us, and we must believe in the
gospel Truth of the water and the Spirit.
For us to be washed from our sins, we must cast aside
all the thoughts that stem from our flesh, and we must believe according
to the Word of God. Only when we cast aside our own thoughts and
accept the gospel of the water and the Spirit, the God-given Word
of Truth, can we then attain our salvation. “Who is God? God decided
to save us through His Son, but exactly by what method has He saved
us?”—we must discover the answer to these questions from the
Word of God.
Incarnated in the flesh of man, Jesus Christ came
to this as the One who would save His people from their sins. It
is written, “She will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His
name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins” (Matthew
1:21). The name Jesus means the Savior.
How did this Jesus Christ take upon our sins when
He came to this earth? He bore all our sins by being baptized by
John the Baptist at the age of 30. It was because Jesus had to take
upon our sins by being baptized by John the Baptist that He came
to John to be baptized, and the Bible writes that Jesus did in fact
receive baptism from John the Baptist (Matthew 3:13-15).
If this is what the Bible says, then we must believe
so accordingly. If our Lord says to us, “The gospel of the water
and the Spirit is the Truth of salvation,” then you and I must understand
and believe accordingly. Regardless of how you and I might think
and feel, only when we cast aside our carnal thoughts can we comprehend
the gospel of the water and the Spirit that our Lord has given to
us and believe in this gospel, and only then can we receive the
true remission of our sins. This is how we can become God’s own
people and part of His Church. That we have become part of God’s
Church means that by believing in the gospel of the water and the
Spirit, we have become the people of the Kingdom of God, His own
If we insist on keeping own emotions, our own stubbornness,
or our own thoughts, then we can never become God’s children, nor
can we ever comprehend the gospel of the water and the Spirit, far
less can we become part of God’s Church. As long as we are bound
by our own thoughts, none of us can ever know the righteousness
of God, nor the gospel of the remission of sin. We have to believe
in the Word of God exactly as it is written: Jesus took upon the
sins of this world by being baptized by John the Baptist; He was
crucified and died on the Cross, saying, “It is finished!”; He rose
from the dead again; and He has thereby saved us from our sins.
Since this is what God is saying to us and this is
what He is telling us to believe, we must believe in God’s work,
in His power, in His love, and in the salvation that God has given
us, with an innocent heart like that of a child—this is how
we are saved. We have to realize that as far as our salvation from
sin is concerned, there is absolutely no need for our own carnal
Many people have interpreted God’s Word all on their
own, saying, “This is probably what the Word means,” all based on
their knowledge of Christian doctrines. Now, however, you should
realize that such interpretations are absolutely useless to your
souls’ salvation. Sometimes, even you and I also err by judging
God’s Word based on doctrinal beliefs made of man’s own thoughts,
without looking at the written Word of God.
However, when we turn to the Bible, it says, “‘For
My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,’ says
the LORD” (Isaiah 55:8). The Bible is full of passages showing
that God’s thoughts are completely different from our thoughts.
So it is when we read the Word of God that we can realize just how
flawed our thoughts are. By turning to the Word of God, we came
to know the gospel of the water and the Spirit; as we came to know
this gospel, our thoughts were changed, our faith and our hearts
were transformed, and our souls were saved from sin; and as we were
thus saved, we became God’s children and part of His Church.
My fellow believers, it is by believing in the gospel
of the water and the Spirit that we have become part of God’s Church.
It’s no small blessing that we have become members of God’s Church.
Far from it, the power of the God-given gospel of the water and
the Spirit is a tremendous blessing. That we have become God’s people,
that we have left our parents and become one body with the Lord
joined together, that we have become part of the Church—all
these are the exact fulfillment of what God said in Genesis: “They
were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed” (Genesis
2:25). That’s because we have become God’s own people by believing
in the gospel of the water and the Spirit. It’s because we have
now become one family with God. None other than this is God’s blessing
and the right that God has given us.
You and I have received amazing blessings from God.
We should therefore know God’s Church well. We should grasp that
we have become God’s people, we should know what kind of rights
we have received, and with this realization, we should have a high
self-esteem and truly follow the Lord out of our thankfulness.
What we need to do now is to leave our own thoughts
behind and unite with God by believing in His Word. Have you ever
united with God’s Church, leaving your thoughts behind? Have you
ever become one with Jesus Christ? Have you ever believed in the
Word that God spoke to us, uniting your hearts with this Word? We
must now leave our thoughts behind and believe that Jesus Christ
indeed loves us, that He was baptized to take upon our sins, that
He carried the sins of the world to the Cross, that He shed His
blood and died on the Cross, that He rose from the dead again, and
that He has thereby saved us all.
It is faith that makes us blessed by God. Our Lord
is saying to us that because He truly loved you, because He loved
me, and because He loved the entire human race, He came to this
earth incarnated in the flesh of man, took upon our sins by being
baptized, died on the Cross, rose from the dead again—all
for us—and has thereby saved us all. So God is telling us
that we are now sinless, but do we really believe in this? Is this
how we really believe?
It is only when we believe in the gospel of the water
and the Spirit that we can receive the remission of our sins and
become God’s people by His grace. Only when we believe in the gospel
of the water and the Spirit, we can answer God’s love and believe
in it. Unless we believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit
with our hearts, we would be betraying God.
At the beginning of the Book of Matthew, the genealogy
of Jesus Christ is listed. All those who were included in this genealogy
of Jesus Christ could be listed by their faith. You, too, can be
added to this genealogy by giving birth to Jesus Christ in the hearts
of those who are yearning to be saved. You can do that because you
have become His bride, who can give birth to the born-again saints
I give all my thanks to God.