Main reference: Mt 6:33 (Mt 23:23, Jn 17:17-19, Mal 2)
What are righteousness, justice, and truth? Righteousness refers to virtuous actions, justice to the correct way or the correct teaching, and truth to the Holy Word of God. These are the teachings that the Holy God has given from heaven.
Jesus, who was with God, said in Matthew 6:33, “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness.” He also said, “So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’”(Mt 6:31). He explained, “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” (Mt 6:26-30), and he continued, “…your heavenly Father knows that you need them” (Mt 6:32). This teaching can be repeated a thousand, ten thousand times and it will always remain true. Let us throw away the petty thoughts of small-hearted people and let us step into the great will of God and follow His will.
There is a difference between the thoughts of the man whom God is not with, versus the thoughts of the man God is with. Let us listen to the words that the Lord said to the teachers of the law and the Pharisees, the hypocrites.
“23…You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former. 24You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel”.
“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2For in the same way you judged others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. 3Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. 6Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear you to pieces.”
It is recorded in the Bible that those who pay no attention to their own faults but are quick to point out other people’s faults are hypocrites, like dogs and pigs. Even if they receive this great and precious Word of truth, they do not understand its value, like dogs and pigs.
Jesus taught us many commandments. However, there are people who think they are right, that they are great, righteous, and holy, and who regard others as sinners. Those who habitually wander around, carelessly blurting out their feelings and scoffing at others, are those who have become the messengers of Satan. They do not realize how wrong, very wrong, their actions are.
If they were to take a test on the Word, their scores would be appalling. The scores would be the evidence that the Word is not in them. The Word from the beginning is God, the life, the light, and the path leading to the kingdom of heaven. This Word is the light, the truth, and the life. Taking the promised words lightly shows that one does not believe. Having motives for fame, power, and authority is to follow the will of Satan, not the righteousness of God.
The time of Moses was the era of the Law. The time of Jesus’s first coming was the era of the parables of the gospel of heaven. And the time of the New Testament—the time of the Spirit of truth, the Counselor—is the greatest era of truth in the 6,000 years of creation. This truth is the most joyous path that has been made known since the creation (초락도,初樂道). It is the era when the parables that Jesus spoke are being told plainly (Jn 16:25). Those who disregard this era, who ridicule the Word, who fix their eyes only on honor and power and obtain them with money, must repent. It is better to repent and correct one’s corrupt actions than to go to hell, the lake of burning sulfur and eternal punishment. There must not be a single person who cries out, “Lord, Lord” with his lips but walks away from the correct path to pursue his own greed and cause trouble.
The congregation members pray, evangelize, serve, tithe, and edify the church in fervency. But what should the pastor give to his congregation? He must give the Word of truth to his congregation so that they may walk on the correct path and be qualified to enter the kingdom of heaven. One cannot be a pastor if he cannot teach about God and the Word, which is life. In Malachi 2, it is written that God made a covenant with a priest. A pastor is a priest. He must walk with God and have truth on his lips, so that his congregation members can seek truth from him. If neither God nor the truth is in him, he will eventually walk away from the correct path and not become a priest.
“9You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ. 10But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, yet your spirit is alive because of righteousness. 11And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you.”
It is written that anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to Christ, but if the Spirit of God lives in us, He will also give life to our mortal bodies. Our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us, so we must also endure our sufferings like Jesus (Rom 8:17-18). Who will allow people without faith and the Word to enter heaven? We must throw away superficial lives of faith and carry out a proper life of faith. It is written that one can be sanctified by the truth (Jn 17:17-19). Is the one who does not have the truth a righteous man or a sinner? Why is the truth neglected? Why do you not look at yourself but only look at others and talk about others? I have told the truth. Why do people not receive the truth nor believe it? If one hears words of deception, he must come with the one who spoke those words and compare which words are true. If one receives those words and eat them without confirming if they are true or not, just as Eve failed to do so, he will only be found naked without righteousness.
What would the church be like if a person, who hasn’t been taught properly nor perceived the Word properly, comes to that church? It doesn’t make sense for someone to come to church from the world, only to end up falling. New Heaven and Earth is not a place that becomes destroyed from lack of knowledge. One who does not have the Word, one who cannot even tell the difference between his right and left, should not be brought to the church. Only those who have been born again of imperishable seed, through the living and enduring word of truth as it is written in 1 Pt 1:23, should be brought. Don’t you understand that God will cast away a fruit that is not ripened?
Do not consider heaven lightly. Winnowed and winnowed again, only the true wheat will enter heaven. Heaven is a place to live eternally. It is not a place for the idle and lazy. Many will try to enter but will not be able to, those who are first will be last. It is a narrow and difficult road that only those who make every effort can enter (Lk 13:22-30).
Demons find people with frivolous thoughts. Those with frivolous thoughts do not even realize that a demon has entered into them, and will go on speaking foolish things. As written in Lk 13:23-27, there will be those who learn the Word from New Heaven and Earth, who eat there and become one with New Heaven and Earth, but end up leaving. They will try to come back to be in it, missing the old days, but they will not be accepted. As Jesus followed God’s command, I do as Jesus commands me, and I know his command is correct.
All pastors must teach the written Word of the Lord thoroughly so that the congregation members will perceive and grow strength in their faith to overcome. One who does not know the Word himself should not teach—such a person will be hated by God, because he only raises up people who flatter him. The reason that the congregation members become deceived by those who speak ridiculous, incredulous words is that they were not educated enough.
In New Heaven and Earth, only those who are perfect, those who keep the recorded Word, are freed from their sins to become God’s kingdom and priests. Keep this in mind. Let us press on hard. Let us not become like the corrupted Protestantism. Let us make every effort to enter into our hope. We are the people of heaven (천민, 天民).