Surely This Is Our God
When most people hear for the first time about the Church of God and that we believe that Ahnsahnghong, a man from South Korea, is God, they say to themselves (very perplexed), "how can Ahnsahnghong be the Christ?" In this post from thetruewmscog.com, the author makes a great point:
"Today, 2 billion people in the world easily believe that a 33 year old Jewish carpenter, who was single His whole life, who hung around prostitutes and tax collectors, who rode around on donkeys, who told people to eat his flesh and drink his blood for salvation…is the Christ. However was that the case 2,000 years ago? Not really!
John 10:31-33 – Again the Jews picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus said to them, “I have shown you many great miracles from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?” “We are not stoning you for any of these,” replied the Jews, “but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God.”
The situation 2,000 years ago was a lot different than what it is today. Looking at the above: Jewish carpenter, single his whole life, etc., it seems very difficult (almost impossible) to believe that Jesus Christ was God Who came in the flesh. But the fact of the matter is that, whether people believed it or not, Jesus was indeed God, Who came as a man, to bring salvation to mankind.
Then what about Christ Ahnsahnghong? Because He was a born as a man, in the country of South Korea, and was not a scholar at some big theological seminary school; does that mean He isn't the Christ? Because religious leaders don't believe in Him and think He is a blasphemer, does that mean He isn't God? Absolutely not!
There's a saying that goes, "do not judge a book by it's cover." 2,000 years ago, the people of Israel, with the exception of only a few, made the greatest mistake of rejecting Christ when He came to them. They rejected the God they claimed to believe in because of various reasons. Among those, they didn't believe in the scriptures and prophecies concerning Jesus (John 5:45-47), and ultimately because He came as a man, contrary to their own expectations and fixed concepts, with no majesty or visible glory to attract them to Him.
There's another saying that goes, "history is bound to repeat itself." The same reasons why people rejected Jesus 2,000 years ago, are the very same ones for why people reject Christ Ahnsahnghong nowadays. Because they don't believe in the Bible and have no knowledge of God, and because of Christ Ahnsahnghong's appearance, coming as a man, being made lower than the angels, people commit the greatest mistake of rejecting Christ Ahnsahnghong, and ultimately, the eternal inheritance of the Kingdom of Heaven.
Then, as the people who believe in God and want to be saved, how can we know and have firm faith in Christ Ahnsahnghong as the Savior in these last days?
The Reason Why I Believe in Christ Ahnsahnghong
Why do I believe in Christ Ahnsahnghong? Just as people reject Him for the same reasons they rejected Jesus, we can believe in and receive Christ Ahnsahnghong as the Savior for the same reasons the disciples of the Early Church believed in Jesus. Let's find out how the disciples were able to receive Jesus Christ as their Savior, so that we can come to understand the Ahnsahnghong, truly is the Christ!
1. The Scriptures Testify About Christ
John 5:39 - "You diligently study the scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me..."
Jesus let's us know in the New Testament that the scriptures (in other words, the Bible) testify about Him. At His First Coming, the only scriptures that existed were the books of the Old Testament. Through the Old Testament, the disciples, who firmly believe in the prophecies that were written about Jesus, were able to establish their faith in Christ (Luke 24:25-27).
2. The Words of Christ, His Teachings
John 4:39-42 - Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman's testimony, "He told me everything I ever did." So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days. And because of his words many more became believers. They said to the woman, "We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world."
Because of the teachings of Jesus Christ, people came to believe in Him. Even through the disciple Peter, we can see that the disciples didn't receive Jesus because of miracles or healing the blind. "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life." (John 6:68).
Christ Ahnsahnghong Fulfilled All the Prophecies and Brought the Words of Eternal Life
Just as Jesus fulfilled the prophecies in the Old Testament concerning the 1st Coming Christ, Christ Ahnsahnghong fulfilled all the prophecies in the Old and New Testament that were to be fulfilled by the Second Coming of Christ. From the Prophecy of King David, to the Lesson of the Fig Tree, and every other prophecy written in the Bible.
So what are the words of eternal life that Christ Ahnsahnghong taught? It was already prophesied in the Bible:
Isaiah 25:6-8 - On this mountain (Mt. Zion) the LORD Almighty will prepare a feast of rich food for all peoples, a banquet of aged wine-the best of meats and the finest of wines. On this mountain, he will destroy the shroud that enfolds all peoples, the sheet that covers all nations; he will swallow up death forever..."
In the Bible, it was already prophesied that God will come and prepare a feast, containing aged wine, and with it, will swallow up death forever! There is only one feast in the Bible that has the power to destroy death. That is the Passover of the New Covenant. Why does the Bible say it's aged? Because it was abolished in the year 325 A.D. at the Council of Nicea, long after Jesus' had established it at His First Coming. But it was reestablished once again in 1948 by Christ Ahnsahnghong, more than 1,600 years later; in other words, aged wine! But the Bible states that God Himself will do this, but Christ Ahnsahnghong did it! Then Who is He? Who do the people of the World Mission Society Church of God, that celebrate the Passover that Christ Ahnsahnghong established, say He is?
Isaiah 25:9 - On that day they will say, "Surely this is our God; we trusted in him, and he saved us. This is the LORD, we trusted in him. Let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation."