The New Life Mission

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Subject 18 : GENESIS

[Chapter 6-6] (Genesis 6:5-22) Become Preachers of the Gospel Who Can Save Mankind from Its Destruction

(Genesis 6:5-22)
“Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. So the LORD said, ‘I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.’ But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. This is the genealogy of Noah. Noah was a just man, perfect in his generations. Noah walked with God. And Noah begot three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth. The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. So God looked upon the earth, and indeed it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth. And God said to Noah, “The end of all flesh has come before Me, for the earth is filled with violence through them; and behold, I will destroy them with the earth. Make yourself an ark of gopherwood; make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and outside with pitch. And this is how you shall make it: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, its width fifty cubits, and its height thirty cubits. You shall make a window for the ark, and you shall finish it to a cubit from above; and set the door of the ark in its side. You shall make it with lower, second, and third decks. And behold, I Myself am bringing floodwaters on the earth, to destroy from under heaven all flesh in which is the breath of life; everything that is on the earth shall die. But I will establish my covenant with you; and you shall go into the ark—you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you. And of every living thing of all flesh you shall bring two of every sort into the ark, to keep them alive with you; they shall be male and female. Of the birds after their kind, of animals after their kind, and of every creeping thing of the earth after its kind, two of every kind will come to you to keep them alive. And you shall take for yourself of all food that is eaten, and you shall gather it to yourself; and it shall be food for you and for them.” Thus Noah did; according to all that God commanded him, so he did.”
 
 
For What Reason Does God Pass Judgment on the World?
 
Just as God judged the world with water during the days of Noah, God will surely judge this world with fire. And if there is just one reason for God to destroy this world, it would be for its spiritual chaos and apostasy. During the days of Noah, the sons of God saw the beauty of the daughters of man and took them as their wives. Because they had thrown away the spiritual truth in the process, the Spirit of God could no longer be with them. Thus, destruction came to those living in this world. The same tragedy will again occur in this age: God the Holy Spirit cannot work together with believers of the gospel of the water and the Spirit if they were to unite and work together with the Evangelicals who have as yet not received the remission of their sins.
To unite our hearts with people who have as yet not been born again by believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit is considered the greatest spiritual apostasy. If a born-again saint does the work of God with someone who does not believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit, they will be committing a great sin before God. Strictly speaking, it is like sleeping with the enemy. If there is per chance people who do not believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit amongst us, they will not be able to work with us with united hearts. Of course, all they have to do is to believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit, but what will happen if they refuse to believe in this genuine gospel? If you were to live together with someone whose life’s purpose is different from that of yours, then your life would be like hell.
The purpose of marriage for the righteous is to live for the glory of God. Therefore, it is imperative for any born-again saint who wants to ‘marry in the Lord’ is to meet a partner whose life’s purpose and faith is exactly the same. Despite the fact that a young man has been born again by having faith in the gospel of the water and the Spirit, if he were to marry a woman who has as yet not received salvation from all her sins, then the Spirit of God will not be able to work amongst them, he cannot thus return glory to God from that moment on. Should this happen, many troubles will fall upon them. In this day and age, if a person who has been born again by believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit were to follow a sinner, it would be considered by God to have voluntary left His side. Because married couples influence each other greatly, if a born-again person were to marry someone who has as yet not been born again, that born-again saint would suffer severe spiritual loss. Destruction does not just fall on this world arbitrarily, but rather it falls when the righteous become corrupt.
I know very well that I am always lacking whenever I think of myself before God. I had no desire to perform my pastoral duties following the desires of the flesh. But God led me who was someone so insufficient to the way of righteousness and made me someone who can spread the gospel of the righteousness of God, that is, the gospel of the water and the Spirit. There was a time in the past when I tried to share fellowship with these Evangelicals, but they did not have the gospel of the water and the Spirit within them. Therefore it was impossible for me to continue working together with those who did not have this true gospel. It was much later that God led me to a group of Christian truth seekers and made me share the gospel of the water and the Spirit with them so that they could recognize the genuine gospel and become my co-workers. This is how God made us preach the gospel of Truth together in these early times.
Many people doing ministry within Christianity today do not believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit, even though this gospel is plain to see and the only true gospel in this world. The gospel which Christians believe in today is not the gospel of the water and the Spirit, but rather a pseudo-gospel. I also had believed in such a fake gospel for ten years. I was a grave sinner during the period no matter how fervently I offered my prayers of repentance whilst clinging onto a pseudo-gospel for all that it was worth. But despite this, God bestowed His tremendous grace upon me: I realized the gospel Truth of the water and the Spirit whilst I was reading the Scripture passages in the Gospel of Matthew chapter 3 with the Old Testament. As I was reading the passages in Matthew 3:13-17, I experienced the Light of Truth shining upon my spirit.
I believe that it was God who was teaching me the gospel of the water and the Spirit. At that moment, I could not utter a word for at least 30 minutes because I was captivated by such a great shock after having discovered the Light of this Truth. At that time, circles of waves were surging around in my heart just as if one were to throw a stone into a pond, making so many wild ripples. At that very moment when the gospel of the water and the Spirit entered into my heart, all my sins and all the sins of the world went away ‘once and for all’. And the Truth that had shined on me was the Truth that had allowed the Holy Spirit to abide in my heart forever.
After having met the Lord who had come by the gospel of the water and the Spirit, I then started spreading the gospel of the water and the Spirit. It was after this experience that I earnestly prayed to God to help me spread His gospel of the water and the Spirit all over the world. And God actually answered my prayer. It is only now that I am able to do this precious work of God together with my fellow workers in Korea and all over the world. I am very thankful for being able to spread the gospel of the water and the Spirit all over the world with my coworkers of faith. We have all decided to serve the gospel with our united hearts. We are doing our best in this precious task. We receive a constant stream of messages from these truly born again people everyday who have received the remission of sin in their hearts after having heard the gospel of the water and the Spirit which we preach through our literature ministry.
I have become so busy doing the work of God along with my fellow missionary workers here in Korea. At the beginning of my ministry, I used to speak to literally anyone who would pass by me on the streets in order to spread the gospel of the water and the Spirit. Even though they were strangers to me, I asked them nevertheless, “Do you have sin in your heart?” and if they did and wished to hear the Word of God, I then told them about the gospel of the water and the Spirit in detail. Not a few people received the remission of sin at that very spot by believing in that gospel Word. People who were shocked at first but afterwards thanked God and also me the street preacher as I witnessed their faces brightened after hearing the gospel of the water and the Spirit and believing it with their hearts. Of course, there were also some who challenged the gospel of the water and the Spirit with ill wishes. In these cases, I rebuked them by telling them, “Whoever tries to spread any other gospel besides the gospel of the water and the Spirit is under the curse of God.”
Despite this you would not imagine how many people brought the curse of God upon themselves, but even to these stubborn people, I preached the gospel of the water and the Spirit. Is there any other gospel that can enable people to receive the remission of their sins besides the gospel of the water and the Spirit? There is none to be found. That was why even though many people challenged me, I was able to defeat them by faith of believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit.
A certain pastor amongst the Evangelicals had been deceiving people with the following words. He said, “In the beginning, the gospel of the water and the Spirit was introduced to Korea, but people of Korea have changed the essence of this gospel.” But the fact is that the gospel that the western missionaries brought into Korea at the beginning of the Korean mission was not the gospel of the water and the Spirit. If he was right, all the people should now believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit, but the reality is not so. Are the theological schools in Korea teaching the gospel of the water and the Spirit by having faith in it? No, they do not do this. Then how do we experience this reality? The Lord told us, “A tree is known by its fruit,” the Evangelicals have not given birth to even one single righteous person to date as their fruit so far. Then, do the Evangelicals in this world have the gospel of the water and the Spirit? They certainly do not. If the gospel of the water and the Spirit was spread all over the world, many people in this world would have received the remission of their sin by believing in it, but in reality this is not the case. Isn’t this true?
What would be the greatest reason why God destroyed the first world? The fact that wickedness was great in the earth could be a reason, but the main reason is the fact that the sons of God found beauty in the daughters of men and took them as their wives; and this provoked God’s great wrath. For that great sin, God wiped out the face of the earth with the great flood. No matter what happens, a person who has faith in the gospel of the water and the Spirit must never do the work of God together with those who do not believe in this gospel. God will never find joy in such a union.
After receiving the remission of sin by believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit, we must spread this gospel and live in the grace of God by uniting our hearts with saints who believe in this same gospel. Do you think I am serving this precious gospel of the water and the Spirit because I have a special ability? I don’t have any ability. We are serving the gospel because God has bestowed the grace of salvation upon me and my fellow workers, we who all believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit. You and I are able to receive salvation from all our sins because of the gospel of the water and the Spirit. Having received the remission of sins once and for all by believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit, we have been blessed to live before God forever.
These current times are exactly the same as the days of Noah. It is said in Noah’s days that the sons of God took the daughters of men as their wives, and they had children that became mighty men. Even in this day and age, don’t we have a large number of famous pastors? Just in Korea, there are many pastors who are taking care of their respective churches that have some tens of thousands of members. In a church where a certain pastor preaches, the number of members is said to be around 500 thousand. For a single church, it is considered to be the largest in the world. Thus, even politicians cannot ignore that pastor but instead they show respect to him. They are indeed the mighty men of these times. However, as they teach students attending their theological seminaries, instead of teaching them the genuine gospel of the water and the Spirit, they teach only man-made theology to them. Seeing them spiritually before God, they are a truly pitiful lot.
As it is said, The Lord saw that, "the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Genesis 6:5), people who have as yet not been born again cannot but do only evil continually for they cannot serve the gospel of the water and the Spirit. Also, it may appear that these people who do not believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit are doing many good deeds amongst the community, but these are in reality not virtuous deeds. For they do not know the true righteousness of God, they try to realize their human virtues instead, but God told us that there is not a single aspect of true virtue in human beings.
During the days of Noah the world suffered total destruction, but Noah found grace in the eyes of God. Because Noah found grace in the eyes of God and followed the Word of God, God said that Noah was perfect and blameless in his generation. In the eyes of God, we who believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit are perfect like Noah was. When we believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit and follow the Lord, God says that we are perfect. We are the just who believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit. We have indeed put on the grace of God.
The purpose for which the Lord came into this world was to save people from their sin, and the method of salvation is through the gospel of the water and the Spirit. Therefore, if people do not believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit, they most certainly have sin, and so they get to suffer the judgment for these sins. Long ago, God passed judgment on people when He saw their wickedness, but now He passes judgment on people’s sin for not believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit. Also, those who do not work for God despite having believed in the gospel of the water and the Spirit but instead go out into the world and live in union with these worldly people are subject to the same judgment.
We have also found the grace of salvation in the eyes of God, and therefore we have come to know about and believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit. Now we are spreading the gospel of the water and the Spirit throughout the world. And God is with us. The fact that we have been called and saved from this world’s pending destruction is an amazing gift from God. Up to this point we have spread the gospel of the water and the Spirit to a great extent. But we are just a few in number, nevertheless I am thankful for the fact that we are spreading the gospel to all the countries throughout the world namely, about 200 countries. This is how God is working with us. In order to spread the gospel all over the world through the internet, we have set up web pages in every language on our homepage. If a Chinese man desires to see our Christian literature in Chinese, all he has to do is click on the Chinese web page on our homepage. People who speak Spanish can order our books in Spanish from our Spanish website. Like this, we have opened up an easy way for people of other languages and tongues to get in touch with the gospel of the water and the Spirit. People all over the world are truly applauding this work, but the fact remains that this and all the other works could not have been done if it were not for the grace of God.
Who is the perfect one before God? Those who walk with God are the ones who are perfect before Him. Though our acts may be lacking, we who do the work of God by having received the grace of salvation from Him and live out our faith of believing in the righteousness of God - are the ones who have become perfect before God. I give thanks to God for His righteousness. For God has allowed us to lead a life worthy of walking with Him, I offer thanks to God even more so.
 
 
These Times Are Truly Evil
 
I am thankful that we have received the remission of sin by believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit in this day and age, and I have the heart to put all my efforts into the spreading of this gospel because the end of this world is drawing near. As I speak a great number of people are falling into destruction due to their sins. Just today, many people are dying in body and spirit all over the world. All we want now is for at least one more soul to become a worker of God by being saved through the gospel of the water and the Spirit. As this world becomes more and more perilous, we can see the time for the Lord’s return is very near. In times like these, we must believe in the righteousness of God and exert more of our efforts into the spreading of the gospel of the water and the Spirit.
The spiritual state of the righteous during the days of Noah was a depraved one. They took the daughters of men as their wives and had children who were called the mighty men of ancient times. It means that they became the renowned people of their era. At that time the world was in a spiritual chaos, and God told them that He would pass His judgment on them for their sins.
Even in this day and age, ministers of Christianity are living in spiritual chaos. They believe in the Word of God which is mixed in with many false teachings. Spiritually corrupt faith is to believe in the written Word of God which is mixed in with man-made doctrines. It is proper for the righteous to only marry the children of God. Yet, during the days of Noah, men of God, that is, the righteous, took the daughters of men, that is, (those who are not born-again), as their wives. This situation refers to believing in a mixture of the pure Word of God with man-made Christian doctrines. The righteous who believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit would also be marrying these doctrinal faiths if they become corrupt spiritually. If the genuine faith becomes mixed in with false doctrines of Christianity, the righteous would then become nothing special before God. But despite this, these people become famous pastors in this world. They neither know nor believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit, but they become very famous in this world and get acknowledged by a large number of people. But these are those who do not know the righteousness of God nor do they believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit. We can find many such people inside Christianity today.
As the end of this world approaches, spiritual corruption will reach its pinnacle. When that happens and if God decides that there is no more hope left in this world, He will then deliver the judgment. If the righteous do not believe in the pure written Word of God just as it is, their faith will start to deteriorate. Such phenomenon actually did occur during the days of Noah, and it is also like that now in this age. If we do not believe according to the Word of God, deterioration will speedily come to our genuine faith. Our faith will also deteriorate if we were to try to believe in the Christian doctrine without honoring the glory of God. The deterioration of our faith occurs when we believe by mixing up spiritual thoughts with those of the flesh.
Therefore, after having received the remission of sins by believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit, it is imperative for us to know how we should defend our faith. We must accept the fact that our fleshly thoughts are fundamentally evil, and we must know that spiritual faith will not deteriorate if we reside by faith in the Word of Jesus Christ who came by the gospel of the water and the Spirit and to live for the righteousness of God. Despite having received the remission of our sins by believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit, if we were to live only for our own flesh and for the world, chaos will invade in an instant. There was indeed judgment due to the corruption of the faith of the just during Noah’s time. The word Deluge has the same meaning as those who believed in the gospel of the water and the Spirit and are to pay the price for their sins having pursued the things of this world. Therefore it is not that difficult for spiritual corruption to invade even the righteous.
For us to avoid that, we must remove the dregs of fleshly thoughts that are inside our hearts. We must throw away these fleshly desires that stimulate our fleshly thoughts so that it becomes active. In order to remove these fleshly desires, we must continue to run forward by faith by spreading of the gospel of the water and the Spirit. In order to reside inside the righteousness of God, we must keep our faith together with the faith of believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit.
Before the Deluge in Noah’s time, the Bible tells us that wickedness was great on the face of this earth. It is written that God was sorry for having made man on this earth. How do we experience the world right now? Wickedness has abounded. Exchange of knowledge and information is quick, and transportation is rapid. And the wave of electronic industry is rising up like a deluge. Everything is so very fast. When a survey was conducted on the new generation of today, they asked, “How long does it take to kiss the opposite sex from the moment you meet?” Many people answered that they could kiss in less than a day. One young man said he could kiss in less than three hours. Someone said in twenty minutes, while someone else said even in five minutes. This generation replied to this question without any hesitation. By just looking at this, we are able to see how great wickedness has increased in this world. The fact that people don’t recognize sins as sin and the fact that people are lenient on committing sin clearly shows us that wickedness is great in this time and age.
This so-called new generation, are those who will be playing a leading part in the generation ahead. But we need to know that their ways of thinking are lenient towards the instincts of the flesh. They do not realize what sin is and are not afraid of committing it. They ignore adults of course, and on top of this do not fear God. People in this so-called new generation are an instant society and enjoy pleasure in the same way. For them love is merely an instant throw-away ‘thing,’ and things are all instant items. They throw everything away even after having used it only once.
When Noah was alive in the world, his grandfather lived also. If we were to calculate this time, we will see that the Deluge happened only after Noah’s grandfather had passed away. Noah’s grandfather Methuselah and Noah’s father Lamech knew that God was going to pass judgment on this world with water. God said then that He would destroy all the animals in the air and on the earth. These times we are living in is similar to those days. Therefore, we who are living in such times must know for sure how we should go on living.
Right now, the world is speedily running towards its destruction. We are experiencing abnormal weather patterns everywhere and every week. But there are those who have the audacity to say, “Abnormal weather has become normal for us now.” It is snowing in tropical regions now, and both Arctic areas have become so warm that huge glaciers have started to melt. People are dying due to heat waves, and in Indonesia 230,000 people lost their lives because of an earthquake under the sea which caused a huge tidal wave or tsunami. Right now in the United States, one side of the country is dying of cold while the other side is dying of heat. The fact that these unnatural disasters have started to occur so frequently is a warning from God prior to His judgment which will be executed on this world. God warns us like this, and when these things reach its peak, He executes His plan of action. And all will finally come to an end. Right now is the time when God is about to destroy this world. Whether you believe it or not, this is the time of unnatural disasters. You must nevertheless go on living with a proper understanding of these current times.
God laments over the sins of human beings living on this earth. There are many instances from lamentation when a person sees another person. Yet, when God sees this world, don’t you think there would be much more things that make Him lament? However, more than the sins of people, God laments over the fact that the spirits of Christians today are rotting away and are in absolute chaos.
Therefore, as we go on living before God in these last days, we must put all our efforts together into spreading the gospel of the water and the Spirit throughout the world, whether it is in season or out of season. God has become the Lord of salvation to those of us who believe the gospel Truth of the water and the Spirit. By believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit, we most certainly have received our salvation and have become the children of God. We are the servants of God who are running the last leg of the race for the gospel in this last of the days.
What we who have become servants of the righteousness of God must know is that no matter how great the wickedness of man may be these days, we must go on living spreading the gospel of the water and the Spirit by having faith in the righteousness of God. Christians these days are in spiritual chaos, and from the perspective of the flesh, they are living in an age when wickedness is very great. However, for each generation God has raised up His servants and saved people living in each of these generations from sin. Just as Noah built the ark having found grace in Jehovah’s eyes during his days, those of us today must do the work of God as those who have found the grace of God. Even Noah lived in a world full of wickedness but he did not commit any sins. Because of this he received the gift of salvation from God. Noah was just like any other person at the time, but he received the sure gift of salvation from God.
It is written in the Bible that Noah was a just man who was perfect in his generation and that he walked with God. This is a sign of a person who has become a servant of God. When people saw Noah, they considered him not to be a perfect man. How can anyone consider Noah to be a perfect man if they saw him drunk with wine sleeping on the floor naked and snoring? Also seeing Noah building an ark for one hundred years when not even a speck of cloud was in the sky, people must have viewed him as an abnormal person. But Noah was clearly the perfect one in his generation. Noah was truly one of the just before God, and God was with him, guiding him and walking with him.
Like him, when people of the world see us who are the righteous, we would also seem rather amusing and imperfect to them for they cannot see our spiritual aspects. But we are indeed the righteous and the perfect ones who have received the salvation from sins by believing in the God-given gospel of the water and the Spirit, and the fact is that we are those who are walking with God. In God’s eyes, the perfect ones are those who believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit. People who believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit and who follow the pure Word of God are indeed the perfect ones before God. However, because sinners recognize only the things that they can see with their eyes of the flesh and pursue these fleshly things, they do not believe in things that they cannot see with their fleshly eyes.
 
 
Are You Walking with God by the Faith of Believing in His Righteousness?
 
Did you become perfect by believing in the righteousness of God? We the righteous are the ones walking with God because we are the ones spreading His gospel in which God finds joy even though we are living in flesh. People who serve the gospel of the water and the Spirit and live for the spreading of the gospel are the perfect people who are living by faith. But all those who believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit and have received salvation walk with God. One can walk with God only when he receives salvation from his sins for certain by knowing the lacking and weaknesses of his own flesh and then follows the will of God. Even the righteous are able to flatter the peoples of this world and as a result do not follow the will of God. If they do this then they are not walking with God.
It is said that people’s deeds were very corrupt during the days of Noah. At that time the earth was filled with violence. So much so that people thought nothing of killing each other. Even today there are many cold-blooded criminals walking around, therefore we who have been born again must pray and be extra careful. If we look at the Book of Nehemiah it tells us that when the people of Israel were rebuilding the wall, half of them stood on guard wearing armor, holding spears and shields, and others with bow and arrow, and only the other half worked at the construction site. Even the workers had swords by their sides and worked with one hand while the other hand held onto a weapon. Like this they protected the work of God from enemy attacks by placing watchmen even at night. (Nehemiah 4:15-22). Those of us who have become the righteous by believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit must always be on guard for our lives. It is time for us the righteous to go on living by faith by believing in the righteousness of God and to also go on living wisely with our thoughts in order. We must believe in and remember the righteousness of God. And we must be wide awake, unite with God, be always on guard against the plots of other Christian sinners around us who have as yet not been born-again, and also to pray so that we may not fall into the evils of the world.
God said to Noah, “Make yourself an ark of gopherwood.” Making an ark here tells us to establish the Church in these last days, and this true Church will be for the benefit of the world as well as for ourselves. We have become members of God’s Church only after receiving our salvation by believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit. For us to form God’s Church and do the work of God inside His Church is all for our benefit.
God told Noah to build an ark which was to be made of gopherwood. Gopher trees have the characteristics of growing straight up towards the sky. It just grows straight up naturally. Gopherwood ‘spiritually’ refers to the Word of God. We have to build our faith with the Word of God. If we are to believe in the Word of the righteousness of God, that is, the gospel of the water and the Spirit even in the midst of tribulations, we will in the end go to Heaven. During the days of Noah’s Deluge, Noah’s family members those who had faith in the Word of God, received the perfect salvation. But God took away the life of all those who did not believe in His Word by judging their sins.
We had much rain in Korea this year. When I experienced this, the Deluge in Noah’s time seems to have occurred here. But rain like this would have been nothing compared to the Great Deluge which occurred in Noah’s days. It was written that back then the windows of heaven were opened. When God in the beginning created the heavens and the earth, He purposely kept the waters above the firmament, and He had suddenly poured this water onto the earth by opening up the windows of heaven. It was certainly not just any shower. It was simply God pouring rain water from above all at once. People suffered and drowned as they watched this unusual rain coming down because they had no place to hide. God is telling us that His judgment comes to those who do not believe in the righteousness of God like this.
God saved Noah, his family and animals from the judgment by water. And this tells us that people are ‘spiritually’ receiving salvation from their sins. We must spread the gospel of the water and the Spirit so that people in these last days can receive true salvation. God commanded Noah by telling him, “For the end will come to the world, make an ark and be saved from the judgment by going into that ark along with your family. Also have all the animals I chose to come in and be saved by guiding them into the ark.”
God did not speak these Words only to Noah; He speaks the same thing to you and me who have received salvation from our sins. He tells us, “If you have received salvation from your sin, spread the gospel to the peoples of this world and have them receive the remission of their sins so that they may enter the ark spiritually.” But sadly, people do not come inside God’s Church despite having heard the gospel of the water and the Spirit because they wish to live on their own accord without uniting with God. When faced with hardship, these people will suffer the ordeal all alone. But after having been born again by believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit, if they were to lead a life of faith by uniting with the Church, and even if difficulties should become a reality, the Church will solve those problems together with the saint. I hope that you don’t fall into any difficult situations in this world for the reason of not having united with the Church despite having received the remission of sins.
These current times are truly evil. We must have our wits about us and not become charmed by this world; we don’t know what will happen to us tomorrow. Right now is the time for us to be spiritually awake. And simultaneously we must spread the gospel of the water and the Spirit to all the peoples of this world and tell them that they must also come into the Church. Noah built an ark, and the reason for building it was to avoid the judgment and to receive salvation. When God told Noah to cover that ark inside and outside with pitch, He was referring to our salvation. Here God speaks of sure and complete salvation.
When the people of Israel were escaping from slavery in Egypt, they ate the meat of the Passover lamb after having covered the lintel and the two doorposts with its blood. But what we must also realize is that the “uncircumcised” could not eat this Passover lamb (Exodus 12:48). This tells us about the sure salvation that is comprised of two things; spiritual circumcision and the blood of the Passover lamb. Circumcision refers to the baptism that Jesus received. Through Jesus’ baptism, all the sins of our hearts were severed away from us and passed onto Jesus. That is why when we believe in Jesus’ baptism, it becomes “circumcision is that of the heart” (Romans 2:29). Therefore, the “uncircumcised” could never eat this Passover lamb. Only when you believe in Jesus’ baptism does Jesus’ blood truly become the sacred and powerful blood to atone all your sins, and you can believe in all the work that He accomplished by coming to this world in the flesh of man. The baptism Jesus Christ received by John the Baptist is what brings us this sure salvation; but despite this if you are still confident in your salvation by believing only in the sacred blood of the Cross as the only atoning sacrifice for your sins, you believe wrongfully.
We must grow up with faith of believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit. There must be people who think, “Isn’t it sufficient that we have already received salvation from our sins, but despite this must we still live for the gospel of the water and the Spirit?” Noah made the ark and did everything just as God had told him to do in order to save not only himself and his family but also all the animals. We must not loose focus about the fact that we are strengthening our faith inside God’s Church and bringing up workers in order to save the souls of all people. We must listen to the Word of admonishment which God speaks inside His Church so that we may grow with faith of believing in the righteousness of God inside God’s Church, and that we may unite with God’s Church, that we may become spiritual beings firmly strengthened by having faith in the Word of God, and that we may become those who live for the Lord. We must do so in order for everyone to receive salvation. And we must prepare a place for those people if we are to follow the righteousness of God. From now on we must be those who labor ‘spiritually’ for people who are in need of salvation from their sins. Do you understand this?
Noah had built the ark for one hundred years. He built it for himself and his family as well as for all the people living at the time. Noah became a righteous person by receiving God’s grace of salvation, and after having become the righteous, he built the ark. After having received salvation from sin, we must also build God’s Church. We must spread the gospel of ‘the circumcision and the blood of the Lamb of the Passover’, that is, the gospel of the water and the Spirit, so that all souls can enter the ark and escape from the judgment of sin. Also, we must teach them what a proper life of faith is. The preferred life of a born-again saint is to unite with God and to follow Him by living spiritually and having faith in the gospel of the water and the Spirit. Also, we must tell them why we must live for God.
God is your God as well as my God. Therefore, people of God must frequently listen to His spiritual Word. It is easy to receive the remission of sins, but it is not easy to follow the righteousness of God. Only when we have faith that follows the righteousness of God can it be considered the proper way of life, and then only do we get to do many works of God. The conviction that you have received salvation by the gospel of the water and the Spirit and the conviction that God is your God allows you to do the work of God and make God’s Church prosper. If the conviction that you have received salvation by believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit is vague, you will not be able to do the work of God. When you are spiritually hazy, how can you save others from sin?
Noah built the ark for one hundred years as he walked with God. And he also worked on his vineyards. And he also passed down the true faith to his son, Shem. At the last few days of the first world, Noah lived a life of the righteous by having found grace in the eyes of God; like this we are also living in the grace of God because of the gift of the gospel of the water and the Spirit.
We should meditate on the work that Noah did, and we must lead a spiritual life just like him. God tells us that we who are living in these last days must also become someone like Noah. We must go on living in these last days by faithfully preparing for the end by following the Word of God just as Noah did, by spreading the pure Word of God, and by guiding those who have been born again by believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit to God’s Church, and also by having faith of believing in the Word of God.