Summary: By faith Enoch pleased God, walked with God, and preached for God.
The example of ABEL shows us WHERE THE LIFE OF FAITH BEGINS.
The example of ENOCH shows us OF WHAT THE LIFE OF FAITH CONSISTS.
Here is what the life of faith consists of:
1. PLEASING GOD,
2. WALKING WITH GOD,
3. WITNESSING FOR GOD.
I. BY FAITH ENOCH PLEASED GOD (Hebrews 11:5-6).
“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. . . .”
Enoch was one of only two people who were take from earth to heaven without dying.
“. . . before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.”
WITHOUT FAITH IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO PLEASE GOD.
Absolutely nothing can please God apart from faith.
John 3:17-18—“God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but HE THAT BELIEVETH NOT IS CONDEMNED ALREADY, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”
John 8:24—Jesus warned the Pharisees, “. . . ye shall die in your sins: for IF YE BELIEVE NOT that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.”
Revelation 21:8—“But the fearful, the UNBELIEVING, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone. . . .”
Not even good works in themselves please God.
Romans 3:20—“By the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight. . . .”
Enoch pleased God by believing two things about God.
A. He believed that God exists.
“. . . for he that cometh to God must believe that he is. . . .”
Science gives us much evidence of God’s existence:
1. The law of cause and effect;
2. The law of entropy;
3. The law of design.
However, science cannot prove the existence of God. It is a matter of faith.
1 John 5:10—“He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself. . . .”
B. He believed that God rewards those who earnestly seek Him.
“. . . and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”
Psalm 58:11—“Verily there is a reward for the righteous. . . .”
1. GOD HIMSELF is the reward of them that seek Him.
Genesis 15:1—“Fear not, Abram; I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great REWARD.”
Einstein said, “Certainly there is a God. Any man who doesn’t believe in a cosmic force is a fool, but we could never know Him.” Brilliant as he was, Einstein was wrong. We can know God.
1 Chronicles 28:9—David said to his son Solomon, “. . . if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever.”
Psalm 9:10—“They that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.”
Proverbs 8:17—“I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall fin me.”
Jeremiah 29:13—“And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.”
2. GOD’S SALVATION is the reward of them that seek Him.
Psalm 149:4—“The Lord taketh PLEASURE in his people: he will beautify the meek with SALVATION.”
Matthew 6:33—“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
II. BY FAITH ENOCH WALKED WITH GOD (Genesis 5:21-24).
“And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah: and Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters: and all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years: and Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.”
The term “WALK” is used many times in the New Testament to represent FAITHFUL LIVING.
Romans 6:4—“Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death . . . even so we also should WALK in newness of life.”
2 Corinthians 5:7—“For we WALK by faith, not by sight.”
Galatians 5:16—“WALK in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.”
Ephesians 5:2—“WALK in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us. . . .”
To “walk with God” signifies a life SURRENDERED TO GOD, a life CONTROLLED BY GOD, a life LIVED FOR GOD.
Amos3:3—“Can two walk together, except they be agreed?”
YOU CANNOT WALK WITH GOD WHEN YOU ARE WALKING IN SIN.