New Understanding on “the Only Son”: It Doesn’t Imply That God Is Male

Clinging to my notions, I rejected the work of the returned Lord.

After I graduated from the seminary, I began to preach and serve in the church. Later when I learned that several brothers and sisters in our church went to investigate the way of Eastern Lightning, fearing that they would take the wrong path, I hurriedly went to advise them to keep the Lord Jesus’ way, and tried to persuade them by saying that there was no prophecy in the Bible that the Lord Jesus would return as a female. A sister then explained to me, “The Bible says, ‘O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are His judgments, and His ways past finding out! For who has known the mind of the Lord? or who has been His counselor?’ (Romans 11:33–34). God’s work is wonderful and unforeseen, so we mustn’t rely on our notions and imaginings to delimit the gender of the returned Lord! As believers in the Lord, aren’t we all looking forward to His coming? Right now, there are some people preaching that the Lord has already returned. We should seek and investigate it with a humble heart….” Hearing the sister’s fellowship, I wasn’t convinced and thought: “Usually, I am the one who gives sermons to you, and it was through my fellowship that you learned that the Lord Jesus is God incarnate. What’s more, you haven’t read through the Bible once! How are you qualified to discuss the Bible with me?” Thinking of this, I interrupted the sister and said, “Any preaching that says God has come in the form of a female is false. I advise you to repent quickly.” But no matter how I tried to persuade them or interpreted the Bible, they still firmly believed that Almighty God is the returned Lord Jesus, the appearance of Christ of the last days. Seeing them with such a resolute attitude, I felt the way of Eastern Lightning was not that simple, and I was worried that other brothers and sisters would also accept Eastern Lightning. I thought: “I am someone who works for the Lord, so I must protect His flock; otherwise, I can’t be considered as a loyal servant of God.” So in order to “defend the Lord’s way,” I, “with a great burden,” repeatedly went to advise the brothers and sisters who had accepted God’s work of the last days to repent to the Lord, but there still continued to be brothers and sisters who accepted the work of Almighty God.

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When I heard the news of the Lord’s return again, I still clung to my notions.

One year later, I received a call from Sister Ma, who told me that her cousin (Brother Zhao) knew the Bible well, and she invited me to go and communicate with them. Because my spirit felt quite parched, I also wanted to communicate more with the brothers and sisters, and so I gladly went there. After I arrived at the sister’s house, I noticed that there were two other sisters there. As we chatted, I told Brother Zhao about my problems, such as the desolate situation in my church and how my sermons had become dull, and I asked him what was going on. After hearing this, Brother Zhao said that this kind of situation wasn’t just at certain churches anymore, but was a widespread phenomenon throughout the religious world. Afterward he integrated some biblical prophecies and fellowshiped, “The churches in the last days are generally desolate because the religious leaders have deviated from God’s teaching, causing the Holy Spirit to cease His work. The other reason is that God has begun a new work in another place and the work of the Holy Spirit has transferred. If we fail to follow God’s new work, we won’t be able to obtain God’s leadership, and accordingly our spirits will grow withered.” Brother Zhao then read a passage of God’s new words to me, and my heart felt very brightened as I listened. He also fellowshiped with me the inside story of God’s work in the Age of Law and the Age of Grace, and used the prophecies of the Lord’s second coming to testify that the Lord Jesus had already returned. When I saw that the prophecies in the Bible had basically been fulfilled, I felt it was possible that the Lord had returned. Therefore, I continued listening to Brother Zhao’s fellowship.

So, “The only Son” doesn’t indicate that God is male.

Brother Zhao seemed to see the struggle in my heart and he offered to read a passage of God’s words to me. Too embarrassed to refuse him, I agreed. Then he opened up the word of God and read: “If only the work of Jesus was done, and was not complemented by work in this stage of the last days, man would forever cling to the notion that Jesus alone is the only Son of God, that is, that God has only one son, and that anyone who comes thereafter by another name would not be the only Son of God, much less God Himself. Man has the notion that anyone who serves as a sin offering or who assumes power on God’s behalf and redeems all humankind, is the only Son of God. There are some who believe that as long as the One who comes is a male, He may be deemed the only Son of God and God’s representative. There are even those who say that Jesus is the Son of Jehovah, His only Son. Are such notions not overblown?”After finishing reading, Brother Zhao looked at me and said with a smile, “God’s words make it clear that it is simply our notion about God that only the One who comes as a male can be deemed the only Son of God and God’s representative, and it actually doesn’t accord with the truth. Genesis 1:27 says, ‘So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them.’ From this verse we can see that God created both man and woman in His own image and that man and woman are equal before God. If, as we imagine, God can only incarnate as a male, then what about women? They are also made in God’s image. So we mustn’t define that the incarnation of God can only be male.” God’s words and Brother Zhao’s fellowship countered the long-standing conceptions in my heart. It turned out that it was not appropriate to delimit the gender of God’s incarnation on the basis that the Lord Jesus incarnated as a man. But at that moment it was still hard for me to accept the fact that God had incarnated as a woman this time.

Recalling the past, I deeply felt God’s loveliness.

Then I recalled how I heard the news that God has incarnated as a woman to do new work, how I didn’t seek or investigate it at all because of my definition of the gender of God’s incarnation, and how I even spread notions to disrupt the brothers and sisters, obstructing them from investigating God’s work of the last days. I actually became a stumbling block that prevented them from entering the kingdom of heaven. I thought of what the Lord Jesus said, “But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for you neither go in yourselves, neither suffer you them that are entering to go in” (Matthew 23:13). God comes to save man but I actually obstructed and resisted His work, fighting against Him. Wasn’t I just a modern Pharisee who deserved to be cursed? The more I thought of this, the more I felt afraid. I thought: “I am someone who has condemned and blasphemed God and who has obstructed many brothers and sisters from accepting God’s gospel. Given those evil deeds I have done, will God still save me? I bet Almighty God won’t forgive a grievous sinner like me.” At this thought, I was filled with remorse and self-reproach, and couldn’t help bursting out crying.

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