We Can Overcome Satan Only by True Faith
< Genesis 3:1-7 >
“Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast
of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman,
‘Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?’
And the woman said to the serpent, ‘We may eat the fruit of the
trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the
midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall
you touch it, lest you die.’’ Then the serpent said to the woman,
‘You will not surely die.’ For God knows that in the day you eat
of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing
good and evil.’ So when the woman saw that the tree was good for
food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to
make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her
husband with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them were
opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves
together and made themselves coverings.”
Through today’s Scripture passage, God is telling
us that for us to fight and overcome Satan, we must use the weapon
of our faith in God’s Word.
The serpent, more cunning than any beast, asked the
woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of
the garden?’” The woman then answered the serpent by saying, “We
may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of
the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You
shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’”
We’ve read this passage countless times. Here in this
passage we can see that it was the weak woman whom Satan first tempted.
And we see how the Devil brought down Adam through Eve. However,
when the serpent, symbolizing Satan, came to Eve and tempted her,
Eve could have overcome him had she responded to his attack by placing
her faith in the Word of God. This event, of course, was permitted
in God’s providence. Nonetheless, even though the serpent asked
such a simple question, Eve failed to believe in the most elementary
truth, and as a consequence, she became the fallen forebear of mankind.
We Can Overcome Satan Only
If We Have Faith
We must believe in God’s Word. If you have faith in
the Word of God, you will be strong and at peace. However, those
who have no faith in God’s Word have no rest in their hearts, and
their thoughts are all too cluttered, so much so that even when
they read the Word of God, they cannot take it by faith, but they
keep analyzing it over and over again.
Eve stumbled over such a simple question raised by
Satan. When Satan said, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat
of every tree of the garden’?” what more did she really have to
say? If Eve was someone who really believed in the Word of God,
all that she had to do when tempted by Satan was just say, “No,
God only told us not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good
and evil in the middle of the garden. He said that we would die
for sure if we ate it. Since God said so, that’s the end of the
story. So get away from me, Satan.”
When tempted by Satan, however, the woman uttered
faithless words, saying instead, “We may eat the fruit of the trees
of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst
of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you
touch it, lest you die.’” Faithless people have so much to say.
We see how those without faith say so much nonsense, have all kinds
of excuses for their disbelief, and are so full of their own thoughts,
all because they do not believe in God’s Word.
My fellow believers, it is my sincerest hope and desire
that you and I would really have faith in the Word of God. When
we ask Christians about God’s Word, all too often we find out that
many of them have no faith at all. Even among those who have met
the Lord in the true gospel, there are so many people who stumble
along the way so feebly, for they have no faith in the Word of God.
Satan mocks the faithless in times like this. When
mocked by the Devil, the faithless end up losing their way and wandering
around here and there. However, if we know the Word of God, then
we can attain the victory of faith, and we are also made into the
people of faith before God. By believing in the Word, we can become
the people of faith. What would happen to us, my fellow believers,
if we had no faith in the Word of God? Without faith in God’s Word,
we would not only be unable to please God, but we would also be
defeated by Satan.
My fellow believers, if you feel stifled and suffocating
while living in this world, then you should pray to God. Look for
what the Word says about prayer, confirm it for yourselves, and
believe in it. Faith in God will then spring forth in your hearts,
and peace will then come to your hearts. And the carnal thoughts
that are in your hearts will begin to disappear.
How can faith in the Word of God find its place in
our hearts? This faith is attainable only when you deny your carnal
thoughts. This is extremely important. Do you realize that faith
in God comes from denying your carnal thoughts? You can believe
in God’s Word only if you actually have faith in God; you can receive
the remission of your sins by faith only if you know the gospel
Truth of the water and the Spirit; and it is when only you believe
that you can become God’s children and be blessed for your faith.
In contrast, if you are bound by your carnal thoughts,
then you cannot believe in God’s Word either. It is just like what
happened to Eve, who could not believe in God’s Word because of
her carnal thoughts. So, if you do not lay down your carnal thoughts,
you would not only fall into a great temptation, but you would even
end up leading others to temptation as well. This happens all because
of the lack of any real faith in God and in His Word.
Adam and Eve were driven out of the Garden of Eve
precisely because they could not believe in God’s Word. It was because
of this single deficiency, the lack of faith in God’s Word, that
their fate was thus sealed. If we lose our faith in God’s Word,
then we would also lose the right to live in His Kingdom.
My fellow believers, just how important is faith in
God’s Word? There is nothing but only faith in the Word of God that
enables us to overcome Satan. If one wants to live a spiritual life,
then he must have faith in God’s Word. It is when we believe in
the Word of God that we become the people of faith.
The Truth is simple, isn’t it? What will happen to
us if we believe in God’s Word? We will become the people of faith.
We can then please God, as we are made into the people of faith.
But what will happen if we do not believe in God’s Word? We will
then become faithless people, not even believing in God’s Word,
and consequently, we will live all our lives under the curse only
to reach our own destruction in the end.
As I continue with my ministry, I realize even more
profoundly just how important it is to have faith in the Word of
God. So, I am fully convinced that my life depends on my faith in
God’s Word. Without such faith, I am nothing. But when I have faith
in the God’s Word, I am so much bolder and so much more blessed.
I can only thank God for giving me such faith. Because of my faith
in God’s Word, and only because of this one thing, I am blessed
by God and I live happily, but without this faith, I can only live
a wretched and miserable life.
My fellow believers, even though I have nothing, I
still believe in God and His Word. The more I ruminate on the Word
of God, the more I believe in it. Whenever my heart begins to drift
away from faith, I try to edify my faith in God by praying to Him
earnestly. But even though I pray, this does not mean that I somehow
feel some supernatural phenomena coming from Heaven, nor is my sensation
all tingled with some sort of a mystical presence. What is clear
is that when I pray, God will answer me in my times of need—this
is what I believe. When I pray, I don’t pray out loud, shouting
out on top of my lungs. Since I believe that God hears all my prayers,
I quietly ask for His help step by step for my needs.
When I pray to God, what God looks at is whether or
not I believe in Him. Therefore, the success and failure of God’s
Work is determined depending on our faith. If you really believe
in this Word of God and hold onto it in your prayers, then you can
find peace, and what you asked for will be eventually answered.
In contrast, if you pray without believing in God’s Word, then nothing
is ever done, no matter how you might have lost your voice from
all that shouting and screaming in your prayers. A prayer without
faith will only hurt your throat and tire your lips.
True Faith Is Indispensable
to Our Lives
Faith is so important. When we work for the salvation
of souls, we don’t always know what to do, because our eyes cannot
see everything. Therefore, faith is absolutely essential to
our spiritual lives. The Bible says that like Abraham, all the servants
of God followed the Word even though they did not know where they
were going (Genesis 12:4; Hebrews 11:8). In fact, it’s not because
they saw something in their eyes that they followed the Word. Rather,
they followed the Word trusting that God would reveal His will and
lead them through His Word.
We sometimes go to university campuses to preach the
gospel, for we believe that it is God’s will to preach the gospel
to today’s young generation. Before preaching the gospel, we first
sit down on the lawn and pray: “Dear Father, we are here now. Help
us to meet the lost sheep here on this campus. Have compassion for
them, and save them. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.”
After thus praying, we then go out to bear witness.
With the Bible tucked at our side, we walk around the campus and
do a little sightseeing. And when we see young people gathered around,
there we meet souls. Young people generally tend to react rather
coolly at first. However, because we have the belief that God would
lead these souls to us and save them, we still triumph. When we
have this faith, then God does in fact lead souls to us. Some students
even approach us first and greet us, saying that they are also Christians,
even when we are standing idle. We then say to them, “Oh, is that
so? Nice to meet you! Are you then a good Christian?” With these
words, we begin to engage them in fellowship.
There even was a student who showed a very keen interest
in us, saying, “I’ve heard your sermons on tape before.” So I told
him a little about the gospel of the water and the Spirit, and he
opened his ears to the Truth of the remission of sin. I then invited
him to come to God’s Church sometime. So he came to the Church,
and listened to the gospel of the water and the Spirit. After sharing
God’s Word of Truth, he told me that he had been a Christian for
the past five years, and yet he had no joy in his heart. But now,
because of this gospel of the water and the Spirit, there was joy
in his heart, and he was glad and happy. He was so delighted to
be told that God had already blotted all our sins beyond any doubts
with the gospel of the water and the Spirit. Even now, he still
attends our Church every evening, sharing God’s Word with us.
My fellow believers, none other than this is faith
in God’s Word. It is this very faith in God that is so indispensable
to our lives like water. When we have faith in God, we are completely
at peace, but when we do not have faith in God, it’s nothing but
an endless struggle. If we have no faith, then we would have to
harvest fig leaves and make garments out of them everyday to cover
ourselves, a burden that none of us can bear.
What we truly need, in other words, is faith in God.
It is far more important to have faith in God’s Word than to know
some theory. We must have this faith first of all to know Jesus
Christ, believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit, and receive
the remission of our sins. And after receiving the remission of
our sins, we need to have faith in the blessings that are found
Faith is akin to the heart in our spiritual lives.
Just as it is the heart that circulates blood, what is absolutely
necessary to us is faith in God and in His Word. This faith is so
important to us that if only we have it, our lives will be completed
in a triumph. My fellow believers, if we believe in God, then this
faith will lead us to God’s blessings and victory.
But what would happen if we do not have faith? We
will fall down without faith, just as Eve fell when Satan came to
her and tempted her. In other words, unless we have faith in God,
we will be deceived by a few words of Satan and end up ruining the
rest of our lives. That is why Adam and Eve were disgraced and driven
out of the Garden of Eden. As a consequence, all their descendents
were cursed to be bound under sin.
If Eve had believed in God, she would have never fallen.
It’s because she did not believe that she fell. Had Adam and Eve
really believed in God, there would have been absolutely no reason
for them to fall. From where did sin begin? It’s because Adam and
Eve did not believe in God’s Word that sin was introduced to mankind.
Even before Adam and Eve actually ate from the tree of the knowledge
of good and evil, they had already stopped believing in God. It
was from there that mankind’s sins began.
The sins of mankind began from the moment Adam and
Eve did not believe in God’s Word, not after they ate from the tree
of the knowledge of good and evil. By the time they did not believe
in God’s Word, they had already sinned against God. Likewise, whether
or not we can receive the remission of our sins, and whether we
are blessed or not, all depend firstly on whether or not we have
faith in God and in His Word.
Indeed, mankind’s sins began from the moment human
beings did not believe in God’s Word. In contrast, God’s blessings
on us begin when we believe in His Word. You must take to your hearts
that it is from faith in God’s Word that His blessings begin. You
should realize that your blessings and curses all depend on your
faith that’s in your hearts. The success and failure of our lives
of faith depend on whether we believe in God’s Word or not. We will
be blessed if we believe in God’s Word, but we will be cursed if
we do not believe. Could there be any simpler and more elegant truth
My beloved saints, true faith comes when you deny
your carnal thoughts. Let’s consider mankind’s sins here. Both you
and I have flesh. What does this flesh think about? It thinks about
carnal lusts. Carnal desires arise endlessly in the flesh of man.
Sometimes it reminds us of our mistakes and blemishes. Because everyone
has flesh, it’s inevitable that carnal thoughts would arise in everyone.
However, what does the Word of God say about this
issue? Put differently, how can we be freed from the sins we commit
in this flesh of ours? The way to be freed from sin begins from
confirming the remission of our sins that is revealed in the Word
of God. God says, “He adds, ‘Their sins and their lawless deeds
I will remember no more.’ Now where there is remission of these,
there is no longer an offering for sin” (Hebrews 10:17-18).
Like this, only when we confirm the remission of our sins with the
Word of God can we then be freed from our sins.
It Is Also by Faith That
We Can Be Freed Sin
It is from knowing the Word of God that our lives
are freed from sin. In other words, the faith of the remission of
sin begins from denying one’s carnal thoughts, knowing the Word
of God, and believing in it.
Mankind’s sins do not actually disappear just by giving
many prayers of repentance. The Bible says in Acts 3:19, “Repent
therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out,”
but this passage does not mean that one should give prayers of repentance,
but it means that those who are not born again should turn around
from their wrong ways along which they have left God.
To whom did Jesus say to turn around and repent? It
is to sinners that He said to turn around from the sinful ways of
their carnal thoughts. Where then should they return to? They should
return to Jesus Christ. What is the way to return to Jesus Christ
then? It is to believe in the Word of God, that Jesus Christ came
to this earth in the flesh of man, and blotted out all the sins
of mankind once for all with the gospel of the water and the Spirit.
In this age and time, we must live by faith, confirming
the washing of our sins with the Word of God. If we return to Jesus
Christ, we can be made sinless. By admitting our sins and believing
in the gospel of the water and the Spirit, all of us can be freed
from all the sins of the world.
I said that your sins will never disappear just by
giving prayers of repentance. The Bible speaks about repentance
countless times, but we must first realize what the proper repentance
is all about. Repentance means turning around from the wrong way
and returning to the right path. The proper repentance is for sinners
to turn their hearts to God to be made sinless.
Therefore, to just give prayers of repentance everyday,
without even being made sinless, is something that is done only
by those who do not believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit.
Because these people do not know the Word of God, and instead they
are beholden to what they know by instinct (Jude 1:10), they just
keep giving prayers of repentance time after time, only to be destroyed
in the end.
Through what does Satan work? He works on us humans
through our carnal thoughts. It’s because Satan works through man’s
carnal thoughts that the Bible says that to be carnally minded is
death. It’s none other than Satan who tries time after time to make
us think carnally, and to obstruct us from holding onto the Word
Those of us who have received the remission of our
sins by believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit must
also remember this clearly. After all, don’t we remember the weaknesses
and carnal mistakes that we have had even after receiving the remission
our sins? Of course we do! Anyone who doesn’t remember this can
only be dim-witted. That various carnal thoughts arise in you is
the evidence of the fact that you are alive, and that your brain
is fully functional.
Although we still remember our flaws even after receiving
the remission of our sins, if we confirm once again with the gospel
of the water and the Spirit how the Word of God says our sins were
solved away, then we can easily be freed from this burden. On the
other hand, however, if we are still seized by our own thoughts
even after receiving the remission of our sins, then we will only
turn into Satan’s toys. While carnal thoughts will continue to arise
in your heads and hearts, if you are seized by these thoughts, you
will be destroyed.
You have carnal thoughts, but at the same time, you
also have faith in the Word of God. Which of the two should we believe—our
own thoughts or the Word of God? Complete blessings come not when
we believe in mankind’s thoughts, but when we believe in God’s Word.
For those of us who have been born again through the gospel of the
water and the Spirit, it is when we read the Word of God that we
are led by the Holy Spirit. Thus, the Bible says, “For if you
live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you
put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For as many as
are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God” (Romans 8:13-14).
The wise believe in God’s Word. When we read the Word
of God, we can believe beyond any doubts that all our sins have
indeed been blotted out, but in spite of this, we still see carnal
thoughts continuing to arise. Even after receiving the remission
of our sins, we still lust after sin time after time. My fellow
believers, although you have received the remission of your sins,
your flesh is still alive, and that is why your minds still continue
to be beset by carnal lusts.
It’s precisely because such thoughts come to your
minds that you can actually realize who you really are, and that
you cannot live even a moment without believing in the gospel of
the water and the Spirit. In other words, it is because our flesh
is so insufficient that we need the Savior Jesus Christ, who came
by the gospel of the water and the Spirit, and the Word of salvation
is so indispensable to us. How, then, did Jesus Christ blot out
our sins? This is all written in the very Word of the Scriptures.
When Jesus was tempted by Satan, He said to him, “Away
with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the LORD
your God, and Him only you shall serve’” (Matthew 4:10). Why
did Jesus say this to defeat Satan? It’s because Jesus also did
the Father’s work by believing in the Word, not according to His
own thoughts. Since Jesus also had flesh, after fasting for 40 years,
carnal thoughts yearning for food might come to His mind as well.
Knowing this, the Devil appealed to the weak flesh of Jesus, saying,
“If you are the Son of God, turn these stones into bread and eat
them.” But Jesus Christ invoked the Word of God and said to Satan,
“It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every
word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’” Like this, when
it comes to our lives of faith also, it is the Word of God that
protects our faith and leads us to faith.
My fellow believers, even as we carry on with our
lives of faith, we are still inundated with so many man-made thoughts.
However, when we read the Word of God, spiritual thoughts come to
our minds also. The key issue here is where our hearts lean toward
when these two thoughts arise, whether it is toward carnal thoughts
or spiritual thoughts.
I have told you already that faith comes from denying
your carnal thoughts. The Bible says that those who live according
to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those
who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of
the Spirit; and that to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually
minded is life and peace. To be spiritually minded is to contemplate
on the Word of God, who is Spirit, and to know the meaning of this
Word and believe accordingly. Denying your own thoughts is the first
step to faith. It is from then on that your faith takes its first
Countless people now ministering in Christian communities
do not even understand the Word of God, yet they all still claim
to believe in it. Church leaders would stand on the pulpit and shout
out, “Receive the fire!” and the congregation would go all crazy,
screaming, “Come, the Holy Spirit, come, come!” But do we go to
church just to satisfy our emotional needs? No, we go to church
to hear the Word of God. If you happen to be at a church where the
Word of God is nowhere to be heard but only rituals abound, then
this church is not God’s Church.
Now in this age, countless people purport to preach
the Word. Yet despite this, the water of life is drying out. Shouldn’t
God’s Church be a place where God’s Word is preached? And shouldn’t
God’s servants want to preach God’s Word, and spread the gospel
of the water and the Spirit, the real Word of God? If a preacher
has the Word of God open, shouldn’t he talk about this Word of God,
rather than boasting himself? God’s servants must preach God’s Word,
and believers in God must at least yearn to hear His Word and know
what God is saying.
Did you come to your church to learn about literature?
To learn about philosophy? Or to learn about ethics? Do philosophers
come to church to listen to philosophical discussions, as if they
knew less about the subject than pastors? If it’s such secular matters
that we would like to learn, it would be far more accurate and sounder
to learn from the experts. As far as preachers are concerned, however,
we need to examine carefully whether they are spreading the righteousness
of God or their own righteousness.
My fellow believers, why do you attend church? Do
you not go to church to learn about God’s Word? People look for
church because they want to listen to what God is saying, as opposed
to what our philosophy is and what our values and ethics are. It
is by hearing the Word of God in His Church that people receive
the remission of their sins. And when the Holy Spirit comes into
their hearts after receiving the remission of their sins, they believe
in God and follow Him.
When I preach the Word, I don’t think about whether
people would attend our church or go elsewhere after hearing my
sermons. This has no bearing whatsoever on how I give my sermons.
However, I do know that certain souls would believe when they hear
the gospel of the water and the Spirit, while others, if not taken
care of, would invariably go elsewhere even after hearing this true
gospel. It is indeed a sheer evil to accept anyone as a member of
the Church just to increase the number of the congregation. The
saints might be few and far between, but this is not what is important.
What matters is that they have faith; without faith, they are completely
useless. That is why, regardless of whom I come across, I always
preach the gospel of the water and the Spirit. And as the gospel
is preached, all who believe in it do receive the remission of their
To those who have received the remission of their
sins, I ask them to attend church faithfully. I admonish all the
born-again to come to God’s Church, for those who have been born
again by hearing and believing in the gospel of the water and the
Spirit must be with their fellow born-again saints. To those who
do not believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit, on the
other hand, there is no need to insist that they should attend only
our church. Instead of just telling them to come to our church,
I first tell them that they must be born again through the gospel
of the water and the Spirit. And then I tell them about what the
Word of God says is God’s Church, and what kind of faith is the
Since God’s servants are entrusted to preach His Word,
we cannot, as God’s servants, fail to spread His Word. Only when
we faithfully preach the Word of God can we turn those who do not
know God and the gospel of the water and the Spirit back to God,
and make it possible for them to receive the remission of sin into
When we think about the sins of our flesh, we see
that all human beings, regardless of whether some of them have received
the remission of sin or not, are the same brood of evildoers alike.
So all human beings commit sin just like everyone else, but why
is it that only those who have not received the remission of sin
suffer because of sin? It’s because their sins are written in the
tablets of their hearts, and they keep thinking about these sins
all the time, that they are tormented by their sins. Where there
are such sins, there are suffering, judgment, and curses. As they
continue on with their lives, they are constantly reminded of their
sins, and their hearts then get worried so sick that their bones
are dried up.
Life is not worth living if one has sin. He may eat,
but there is no taste; he may play, but there is no fun; he may
work, but there is no reward. Life is completely devoid of any joy
at all. For those who truly fear God, if they have sin, what is
beautiful does not seem beautiful in their eyes. Sin kills the sinner.
Sin is the poison of death.
That is why Satan bounds human beings all tangled
up in sin. He keeps inciting them to commit sin, and once they fall
into sin, he then accuses them of sin. The Devil charges them, saying,
“You’ve sinned, right? Sure you have!” This is what the Devil does.
Haven’t you experienced this before?
According to the Word of God, it is by denying our
thoughts, and by affirming and believing in God’s Word, that our
spirits are freed from our sins. This is the first step to enter
into faith, and the secret to a life that walks with the Lord. The
Bible says Abraham followed the Word of God. Although those who
have received the remission of their sins still make mistakes, there
is a way for them to be freed from their faults. When they deny
their carnal thoughts, and when they once again contemplate on what
the Word of God actually says, they can be freed from their carnal
minds and their sufferings.
The Bible declares, “Who shall bring a charge against
God’s elect? It is God who justifies” (Romans 8:33). When the
Word of God says that all our sins have been blotted out with the
gospel of the water and the Spirit, who can ever condemn us? Isn’t
this so patently true? None other than this was the very faith of
the Apostle Paul. And this faith is absolutely indispensable to
all of us as well.
Now that we have received the remission of our sins,
does this then mean that we no longer need the Word? No! On the
contrary, we need this Word all the time, precisely because it is
through the Word of God that we have received the remission of our
sins, and it is indeed according to this Word of God that we walk.
God’s Word is the Word of life and the bread of life.
Even though our carnal minds keep uncovering our flaws,
God told us that He does not remember our sins and our faults. My
fellow believers, do you believe in this Word, that God does not
remember our sins and our faults? If you believe in this, then do
you still have your sins, or have they all disappeared? They have
all disappeared! This, my fellow believers, is something truly amazing.
When a certain truth comes into the realm of the mind, this truth
becomes light in no time and our hearts are instantly illuminated.
The realm of the mind is so amazing.
The heart is not seen by our eyes, but it is far more
intricate than this body that is actually seen by the eye. It is
something truly marvelous. Our hearts are so delicate that if we
embrace something wrong in our hearts, we feel excruciating pain.
Heartache is far more painful than a bodily wound. Nonetheless,
our hearts are restored when we hold onto the Word of God, saying,
“Satan is trying to deceive me again. He fooled Adam and Eve before,
and now he is trying to fool me also. You, Devil! What nerve you’ve
got! Go away, Satan!”
What is the gospel of Truth? It’s ‘euaggelion’
or the good news. The Greek word for “gospel” is “euaggelion,”
and it was said to have the “dunamis” of God—the Greek
word “dunamis” here means strength, power or ability, from
which we get the word “dynamite” (Romans 1:16). Indeed, the gospel
of the water and the Spirit can eradicate all our sins from the
tablets of our hearts in a single swoop. No sin can ever exist before
the gospel of the water and the Spirit, no matter how deeply it
may be hidden in our hearts. If you believe in the gospel of the
water and the Spirit, then all your sins will be demolished away
once for all, whether they are hidden behind rocks, under the ground,
or in the forest of your hearts.
Do you know just how powerful the gospel of the water
and the Spirit is? Have you seen the true gospel power of the water
and the Spirit? My fellow believers, it is the gospel of the water
and the Spirit that has the real power. With this gospel of power,
then, let us defeat all those who deceive and defraud countless
souls with their lies just to gather more people into their fold.
How Amazing the Gospel of
the Water and the Spirit Is!
I cannot help but talk about just how blessed the
gospel of the water and the Spirit is. From time to time, we are
reminded of our sins and our hearts suffer as a result, but Jesus
Christ said, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember
no more.” Whenever we are reminded of our flaws and our carnal faults,
we should ruminate on what our Lord said here, that He would never
again raise the issue of our sins and our lawless deeds. Do you
believe in this, my fellow believers?
God is saying, “Didn’t I pass all the sins of your
flesh onto My Son, and didn’t My Son die on the Cross for you? Weren’t
all your sins passed onto the body of My sinless Son? Must My Son
die again? Isn’t it enough that He already died once like this?
Never again should you say that you have sin. I will strike down
anyone who challenges Me again on this issue.” What is most abominable
before God is to pray to once again blot out the sins that Jesus
has already blotted out.
Yet despite this, countless Christians still kneel
before the Cross and pray like this: “Lord, I’ve sinned again today.
I sinned yesterday too. Lord, please forgive my sins and wash them
away.” None other than this is the fallacy of prayers of repentance.
But sitting on His throne, God would only say to them, “Are you
suggesting that I failed to blot out all your sins with the gospel
of the water and the Spirit by sending My Son? It’s because you
do not believe in this gospel of the water and the Spirit that your
sins remain still intact.”
Even so, when Christians come to church, they still
pray, “Lord, please forgive me. I’ve sinned this much. I’ll never
sin again.” Does our Lord then say, “Sure, I’ll wait and see, since
I am so full of mercy and grace. I’ll wait for you just a bit more”?
Surely not! Yet in spite of this, they still come the next day only
to give the same prayers of repentance again, begging, “Lord, please
forgive my sins!” These people do not know the gospel power of the
water and the Spirit. Without the gospel of the water and the Spirit,
there is absolutely no way for them to receive the remission of
My fellow believers, the greatest heartache for God
is when He sees human beings praying to Him to blot out their sins,
for they do not believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit
given by Jesus Christ, and therefore their sins still remain intact.
To affirm from the Word of God that Jesus Christ blotted out all
the sins of mankind once and for all by being baptized and shedding
His blood when He came to this earth over 2,000 years ago, to believe
in this with the heart, and to thereby receive the remission of
sin—this is the way to the Kingdom of Heaven. Yet despite
this, countless Christians still continue to ignore this true way
of salvation, and even now, they still keep saying, “Father, this
wicked sinner is praying in the name of Jesus Christ, and I ask
You and beg You, please forgive my sins.”
To this, the Book of Isaiah says,
“When you come to appear before Me,
Who has required this from your hand,
To trample My courts?
Bring no more futile sacrifices;
Incense is an abomination to Me.
The New Moons, the Sabbaths, and the calling of assemblies—
I cannot endure iniquity and the sacred meeting” (Isaiah 1:12-13).
In other words, it is intolerable to God to watch
people who have not even received the remission of their sins to
gather together and say to Him, “Our God, who is holy, merciful,
omnipotent and omnipresent, please save these wicked sinners.”
If I were God, I would have just slapped their faces.
If I had saved my creatures by sacrificing my son, and yet these
creatures came to me and said, “I am a sinner,” I would at first
say to them, “You don’t know any better, and so I understand why
you’re saying this. So go to church today, meet the brothers and
sisters who have heard the gospel, and listen to the gospel of the
water and the Spirit.” But if they still insisted, “I declare myself
a sinner before God and before man,” then I would have just trampled
on them mercilessly. God, however, still endures and patiently waits
for even such people.
When God says that He has blotted out all sins, then
He has indeed eradicated all sins. Where is the need to insist on
our own thoughts, saying, “How could I be sinless, when I am constantly
reminded of my sins? How could I have no sin, when I keep committing
one sin after another?”? What is most abominable before God is to
ignore what He has already finished and keep asking Him everyday
to forgive our sins. Knowing beforehand that you would commit sin,
Jesus remitted away all the sins of the world with the gospel of
the water and the Spirit. So all that you need to do now is just
know so and believe accordingly with thanksgiving. It is completely
impertinent for you to instead say that this is not plausible, or
that you find it hard to believe.
My fellow believers, you may be able to recite the
Word of God verse by verse, but this does not mean that your faith
is sound. What you must know is the real meaning hidden in the Word
of God. In other words, you have to understand what this Word of
We humans are troubled by the memory of our sins.
What delivers us from this suffering is none other than the Word
God, and what saves us from all our sins is faith in the gospel
of the water and the Spirit, which is God’s Word. We should remember
that it is faith that makes us triumph.
The same principle also applies when it comes to getting
our prayers answered. It is by faith that we get our prayers answered
by the Lord. God is your Father, right? And Jesus Christ is our
Head, and we are members of His body, right? Wouldn’t the parents
provide for their children’s needs, and wouldn’t the head provide
for what its body needs?
We should think about faith in connection to God the
Father and learn about it properly; and to learn about faith, we
must listen to the Word of God. And what is in the leaders’ minds
must be transmitted and received into our hearts through faith.
It is then that we learn about faith. It’s all in vain to say just
by oneself, “I believe; yes, I believe!”
My fellow believers, what is it that detracts you
from your conviction that you have received the remission of sin?
It is your own thoughts that obstruct your faith. Do you believe
in the written Word of God? Do you believe in what the Word says,
that Jesus has saved you from the sins of the world through the
gospel of the water and the Spirit?
Some people, even when they hear the Word saying,
“Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (John
1:29), still think, “Jesus only took away original sin, not my personal
sins.” None other than this is to be carnally minded. They say,
“Think about it. How could Jesus have taken away all my sins, when
I still continue to sin now. Isn’t this a bit too strange? I just
can’t understand it with my head. Oh, so Jesus took away my original
sin, but I have to repent from my personal sins everyday. So this
is how I receive the remission of my sins. I see it now.”
Like this, people try to interpret the everlasting
Word of God by fitting it into their own carnal thoughts, and that
is precisely why they keep making one mistake after another. My
fellow believers, did Jesus really take away only original sin,
but not personal sins? So do people receive the remission of their
sins by giving prayers of repentance everyday?
The Bible says, “To be carnally minded is death,
but to be spiritually minded is life and peace” (Romans 8:6).
We must believe in God’s Word exactly according to how it is written,
not by mixing it up with our own thoughts. If the Bible says that
Jesus took away all the sins of the world, then Jesus did indeed
take them all away. If the Bible says that all our sins were passed
onto Jesus, then they were all passed onto Jesus. And if the Bible
says that Jesus Christ rose from the dead again, then He did really
rise from the dead again. The average I.Q. of mankind is barely
three-digit. When human beings make a fuss and raise objections
to God’s Word with this limited level of intelligence, He who is
in Heaven can only laugh.
Jesus is the Lamb of God who took away the sins of
the world. Jesus Himself said that it was fitting for Him to fulfill
all righteousness through the gospel of the water and the Spirit,
and He actually fulfilled it all. The Bible says, “For the wages
of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus
our Lord” (Romans 6:23). We shouldn’t guess about the meaning
of the Word of God, nor should we understand this Word by adding
to it or subtracting from it, but we should look at its biblical
meaning, seeking to find out what God intended when He said His
We can truly comprehend and believe in God’s Word
only if we understand the Bible through the gospel of the water
and the Spirit. The Bible is believed only if we understand it according
to God’s Word. We are now looking at chapter three of Genesis, and
this chapter is also understood only if we know the whole picture
of the Bible. Anyone who preaches about today’s Scripture passage
without knowing the whole Bible is completely mistaken. Such preachers
would no doubt tell their congregation to receive the remission
of their sins by giving prayers of repentance everyday, claming
that incremental sanctification is the only way to salvation, and
that there are different levels of faith according to their sanctification.
But such teachings have come out of their carnal minds.
Satan continued to whisper deceptive words to Eve.
As a result, Eve fell into the Devil’s trap. That’s because Eve
did not have faith in God’s Word. Eve had no conviction precisely
because she did not know the Word of God exactly; what’s more, she
even added her own thoughts to the Word. That is why she was hooked
Showing the tree of the knowledge of good and evil
to Eve, Satan said to her, “If you eat from this tree, your eyes
will be opened, and you will become like God.” So tempted by Satan,
Eve took and ate the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good
and evil, but what happened next? Did she really become like God?
No, of course not. Did the deeds of Adam and Eve then make them
holier? No, they did not become any holier. On the contrary, they
became far worse off after eating the forbidden fruit. When human
beings’ own efforts are added to what God has done, it only ruins
God’s work completely.
God said that He made man on the sixth day and rested
on the seventh day. God also said that He blessed the seventh day
and sanctified it. By blotting all our sins and blessing us, God
has given us rest.
Why did God make man on the last day after making
everything else, instead of making man first and then everything
else? Since man is so full of his own thoughts and his intelligence
is so low, had God made him on the first day, he might have interfered
with God’s work from the second day and on. If God were to listen
to every meddlesome word of man, He would not have been able to
create the heavens and the earth. This is why God made man on the
very last day of creation.
So is our salvation like this. The Bible says, “Just
as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we
should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined
us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to
the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His
grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved” (Ephesians 1:4-5).
Before the foundation of the world, before God even made us, He
knew that we would fall and be born as sinners, and so in His plan,
Jesus Christ blotted out all our sins once for all, thus making
us holy and turning us into God’s own people.
It’s after God completely fulfilled our salvation
that He told us to believe; He did not just leave the problem of
our sins unsolved, and then say, “I should probably consult with
you over this problem. What do you think about this?” Had God asked
such a question to human beings, and had God taken all their words
into consideration, then our planet would have turned into a garbage
dump. The realm of faith is not of a democracy. It may seem as if
a church would prosper if it were to take everyone’s words into
account, but true faith would disappear from the church sooner or
I love the Truth of Jesus Christ so much. Why? Because
it is the only Truth of salvation in this world. God said of Himself,
“I am Jehovah.” The name Jehovah means “He who exists by Himself.”
Before Him, we have nothing more to say. He is the Creator who exists
by Himself, and we are all His creatures. Absolutely no one can
say anything to God. The name Jesus means the Savior. Jesus is God
Himself, but He came to this earth incarnated in the flesh of man
to save us humans. It’s because He is God Himself that this salvation
has been made possible, and whoever believes in it will receive
the true remission of his sins and become God’s own child.
Nonetheless, Satan still continues to try to deceive
us. He whispers to us, as he had whispered to Eve before, “In the
day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like
God, knowing good and evil.” Yet it is not by doing something on
our own with our deeds of the flesh that our eyes are opened, but
it is by believing in God’s Word that our eyes are opened, we receive
the remission of our sins, and we know the Truth. It is by believing
in His Word that we can reach unshakable faith.
My fellow believers, to believe in God’s Word is what
faith is all about. It is this faith in the Word of God that makes
us stand upright before God. It is by knowing the Word of God, affirming
it, and believing in it that we are freed from Satan’s deceptions.
Someone said that knowledge is power. The knowledge of the Word
of God is the greatest power.
How does Satan deceive us? He tempts us to go astray
from our faith in the Word of God, and then he encourages us to
feel as if we must do something on our own. Telling us to do something,
Satan lied to us, claiming that our eyes would then be opened more,
we would become like God, and we would be better off than now. Like
this, Satan made us fall and be accursed. This is what the passage
from Genesis 3:1-7 describes.
My fellow believers, there is absolutely nothing that
human beings can do on their own to receive God’s blessings and
keep them. Before God, there is nothing to do but only believe.
Once one believes in the Word, he will have the strength to walk
by this Word. We must have the proper knowledge of how faith finds
its place in our hearts. Once we know and believe in the Word of
God, this Word comes into our hearts, transforms our minds, and
finds its place in us. Our deeds then also proceed from the living
Word of God that dwells in us.
You should never be ahead of God, planning on your
own and saying to yourselves, “Let’s live like this.” Instead, read
the Bible first from the beginning to the end. And if you still
can’t understand, then learn. If anyone insists to us that we should
do something spiritual with our own strength, then he is speaking
the Devil’s words.
We are holding a revival meeting now. My fellow believers,
let us pray for this meeting. Let us ask God to oversee this meeting.
Let us pray to God to send us souls that would receive the remission
of their sins. Since this is the work that God Himself does, we
pray to Him to pity these souls and to have mercy on them.
When God sends souls to us, we have fellowship with
them in His Word with the brotherly love. Rather than just speaking
to them one-sidedly, we preach God’s Word to them with all due respect.
We ask them if they would like to hear what this Word means, and
if they say they would like to hear, then we explain God’s Word
to them step by step. When you preach the gospel Word of the water
and the Spirit with faith, the souls who listen to it will receive
the remission of their sins. When you believe in God, His work will
arise. It’s so simple.
My fellow believers, no matter how we might try every
carnal means in our disposal to achieve something spiritual, as
human beings, there is nothing spiritual we can accomplish by our
own strength. Satan’s strategy is to deceive us into busying ourselves.
It’s the Devil’s strategy to make us all disoriented and confused,
so that we would find ourselves in a great predicament. What we
should do is keep our guards up, read and believe in the Word, and
unite with God’s Church.
Even now, so many people are still walking on the
broad way of destruction. Although many claim to believe in Jesus
as their Savior, they do not know the gospel of the water and the
Spirit. Do Christians really know all about the gospel Truth of
the water and the Spirit? Have they truly been made sinless? The
answer is no. Only the born-again who believe in the gospel of the
water and the Spirit have no sin.
Everyone in this world must come to God’s Church and
hear the Word to become sinless. When we hold revival meetings like
this one, where people can receive the remission of their sins,
they should come to us and listen to the Word, but, regrettably,
so many souls are instead walking on the broad way of destruction
now. I pray to God to have mercy on such souls.