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“And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.”
How did Enoch walk with God? Walking implies both communion and fellowship. “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” (Amos 3:3). Enoch walked with God in perfect agreement and delight, without quarrel. God had no dispute against Enoch, and Enoch had no fight with God. God walked with Enoch in the perfect nature of His absolute holiness, and Enoch walked with God in the very teeth of a corrupt, fallen nature. How then did a Holy God commune and have fellowship with a sinful son of Adam? The writer of Hebrews tells us, “By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” (Heb 11:5-6).
Here are three things we should learn from Enoch:
1.) It is faith alone that pleases God. Enoch did not please God by good conduct or an upright character. He had neither. He was a fallible sinner just like us, and God only accepts absolute perfection. It was the Object of Enoch’s faith, the Lord Jesus Christ, Who alone pleased a holy God. Enoch walked with God in perfect communion by faith in perfect Substitute. Being justified by God-given faith, Enoch had peace with God through Christ alone (Rom 5:1). The only way a sinner can ever be accepted with God is in Christ. We must be in Christ by faith, or we cannot please God. But if we’re in Christ, we’ve always pleased God, even from everlasting (Matt 3:17; Prov 8:23-31). Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and God has and always will be well pleased with you for Christ’s sake.
2.) That which God did for Enoch, He does for all who walk with Him by faith in Christ. Believers in Christ never die! They sleep when their bodies expire, but they never die. “Whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die” (Jn 11:26). And one day soon the LORD will raise the dead in Christ with a shout, and translate these corruptible bodies into the glorious image of our incorruptible Savior (1 Cor 15:51-58)
3.) Only those who walk by faith with God in this world, shall live with Christ forever in eternal bliss. We must be delivered from darkness now, and translated into the kingdom of God’s dear Son by faith, or we cannot be translated in that great day when Christ appears. We must have part in the first resurrection now, or else the second death will overtake us (Rev 20:6). We must pass from death unto life by the power of God’s grace. We must be born again by the Spirit of God through the gospel. We must believe on the Lord Jesus Christ! This is the work of God alone through the preaching of the gospel. God promises, “Hear, and your soul shall live” (Isa 55:3).