Bright and shining lights in the Bible #11

Scripture: “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,” Hebrews 11:5-6.

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As we were saying at the end of our study last week, true faith is always accompanied by a life of holiness that is pleasing to God. Notice that it is emphasised here: “Without faith it is impossible to please him.” How important it is to understand this! Those that believe God are termed ‘friends’. “Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God,” James 2:23.
We seek to conclude our study of Enoch today.
1. One of the good works of Enoch was his testifying of the second coming. Such witnessing pleases God for it showed his faith in God’s word. Jude 14-15. The dates of Enoch’s translation — Adam died at 930 years of age, just 57 years before Enoch’s translation in 987. So from the earliest days there was a preaching against the devil’s ‘infiltrators’, verse 4, and their judgment.
The word ‘ordained’ in Jude, verse 4, means ‘written about’! The wicked rebellion of men against God has ever been a subject of faithful preaching and indeed, writings!
2. Those that please God will experience Heaven. Indeed, what Enoch enjoyed and is presently enjoying, all Christians will enjoy one day! 1 Corinthians 15:50-57.
3. We have ‘true faith’ explained to us here. “He that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”
1. Believe that He exists.
2. Believe that He is Who He claims to be. (Creator, Redeemer, Defender, Friend)
3. Above all. He is a rewarder of those who seek Him. This is the only place ‘rewarder’ this word appears! It means ‘One who pays wages’.