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#1.       The Representative Principle (Rom 5:14-19, Gen 5:1, Matt 1:1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

#2.       Enoch Walked With God (Gen 5:18-27, Rom 3:10, 10:17)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#3.       By Faith (Heb 11:5-6)

 

 

 

 

Please open your Bibles to the Prophecy of Genesis, Gen 4:25 (2X). This is installment #3 in the new series on Genesis that I started two weeks ago. Last week we finished the story of Cain and Abel. Last week we saw two types of descendants of Adam. One type of descendants was typified by Abel, who worshipped God in faith, and bringing a blood-sacrifice to God, for this he understood was pleasing to God. The other type of descendants was typified by Cain, who wanted to worship God in his own innovative way, ignoring that he was a stupid creature who does not dictate to God what God must accept as an offering that is pleasing to man. It is true that we must come to God as little children, but we must not come as rebellious children who insist on worshipping God in our own way, rather than in the way God has instructed us. God is not pleased with rebellious children. And Cain ignored the fact that he was depraved by nature, because he descended from fallen parents, and that he was a sinner from birth. Therefore his mind was clouded by sin, and therefore he should not trust his own mind what might be acceptable or pleasing to God. Last week we also saw the godless line of descendants from Cain, who in spite of their nice sounding names were even more wicked than Cain. And today we will see another group of descendants from Adam, a group that was typified by Abel; a group that was called the line of Seth. We read here in Gen 4:25-26,

Ge 4:25 ¶  And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew.

Ge 4:26  And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the LORD.

And so, we see from verse 25 that Seth was a child of God, like Abel. Seth was a replacement for Abel. We can see from verse 26 that the descendants of Seth were God fearing people, for “then began men to call upon the name of the LORD”. Adam instructed Seth, and Seth instructed his children, and they believed, and they began to call upon the name of the Lord. And from the rest of the Bible we understand that the children of Seth believed because it pleased God to give them faith. Faith is a gift from God. Let us now continue in chapter 5. There we read in Gen 5:1,

Ge 5:1 ¶  This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him;

God says here, “This book is: the book of the generations of Adam” .Now I want you to know that nowhere else in the OT do we find these words, “The book of the generations of”. The marvels of computer technology are being put to use in glorifying God in this place. We find 10 times in Genesis the phrase, “These are the generations of”, but we do not find the expression, “The book of the generations of”. But is it not remarkable that when we open the NT we find there in Matt 1:1,

Mt 1:1  The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.

This remarkable coincidence leads us straight to “The Representative Principle”.

#1.       The Representative Principle (Rom 5:14-19, Gen 5:1, Matt 1:1)

Put a sticker here in Gen 5:1, for we shall return to this place many times, but please turn in your NT to the Epistle to the Romans, Rom 5:15 (2X). Who wrote the Bible? God dictated the words of the Bible to His servants the prophets and what they wrote was literally what God dictated to them. And so, why would God use only these two places in the Bible, Gen 5:1 and Matt 1:1, as the only two places where He uses the expression “The book of the generation of”? Is it not to teach us, and to emphasize to us, “The Representative Principle”? What is the Representative Principle? God teaches us in the Bible that mankind is an organism. Yes, we are not a bunch of individuals, for only angels can be considered as a bunch of individuals, but mankind is an organism, and the federal head of this organism is Adam. An example of an organism is a termite colony. The federal head of the termite colony is the queen. Whatever the queen does, or has done, is affecting the lives of all the termites in that colony. And when you attack one termite you have inherited the wrath of all the termites in that colony. Likewise we read here in Rom 5 that what Adam has done affects everyone in the human race, for Adam is our representative in the flesh. We all descend from Adam. We read in Rom 5:14,

Ro 5:14  Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.

Ro 5:15-16  But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.                       And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification.

Ro 5:17  For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.

Ro 5:18  Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.

Ro 5:19  For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.

You see, verse 14 already gives us a hint that Adam was a figure, or a type, of Christ who was to come. How was Adam a type of Christ? Verses 15 through 19 state this typology five times. Five times does God state the same Representative Principle: Adam is the representative in the flesh of all mankind, and Christ is the representative in the spirit of many. But look now at the wonderful provision for salvation God has made. Since mankind is an organism it is possible for one individual to represent many. If it is possible for Adam to represent many in the flesh, then it is also possible for Christ to represent many in the spirit. Likewise, if someone refuses Adam as his representative, then that individual cannot have Christ as his representative; for Christ can only be your representative if you are part of the human organism. And so we see that the disobedience of Adam is counted as the sin of all mankind, putting all mankind under condemnation, whereas the obedience of Christ is counted as the gift of righteousness for many. And by the obedience of Christ is meant His obedience to endure the payment of the equivalent of an eternity in Hell on our behalf to the bitter end, for only through this act of obedience the payment for our sins was completed. Let us now turn back to Gen 5:1 (2X). And so, we discover the reason why God stated in Gen 5:1, “The book of the generations of Adam” and in Matt 1:1, “The book of the generation of Jesus Christ”. These are the two books of Federal Headship. In the first book, “the book of the generations of Adam”, are written the names of all the fallen descendants of the first man. In the second book, “the book of the generation of Jesus Christ”, are written the names of all the saints who have been redeemed by sovereign grace, both the OT saints as well as the NT saints. The first book states the condemnation of all men through Adam’s sin. The second book is “the Lamb’s Book of Life”, which was written before the foundation of the W.

Therefore if someone tells you that we are all free moral agents, and we all have our own free will to accept or reject Jesus as our Savior, you can tell this person that it is a physical impossibility. For we are not a bunch of individuals; we are not like the angels; we are an organism. And our federal head Adam has cast us into the bottomless pit of total depravity, from which we cannot escape unless God shall give us another federal head, which is Jesus Christ. Therefore salvation is all by grace.

But let us now consider what is meant by the word “generations”. We find this word very often in the Bible, in the singular as well as in the plural form, in 206 verses to be exact. Gen 5:1 gives us a clear explanation of the meaning of the word “generations”. It does not mean a looking back to the origin of this person, but a looking forward to the history and development of his descendants. When we read in the Bible about “The generations of Noah” it is not to give us the ancestry of Noah, but to tell us who were his descendants. Likewise here in Gen 5:1, when we read about the generations of Adam from this point forward we have the history and the development of the descendants of Adam. Likewise when we read in Matt 1:1 about the generation of Jesus Christ, from this point forward we have the history and the development of Jesus Christ and all those who are considered of the family of Christ. And let us now consider these descendants of Adam and how they came into the world.

We have seen in Gen 5:1 that Adam was made in the likeness of God. Adam was created good, not perfect but good. Adam was created righteous. But Adam lost his righteousness by sinning against God. And since Adam believed the words of the Devil rather than the words of God, by sinning Adam sold himself into enslavement to sin and to Satan, for the Lord Jesus stated this principle in John 8:34, “Whosoever committeth sin is the slave of sin”. Now we read in Gen 5:3 (2X),

Ge 5:3       And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his

image; and called his name Seth:

Adam had become sinful and Adam begat a son who is also sinful, and called his name Seth. We should not imagine that Abel and Seth came into the world like innocent sinless children, as sinless as angels. If the parents are sinful, then the children are also sinful. God states this principle in Job 14:4, “Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? Not one”. Adam has made himself a slave, and thus all his children are born in slavery. And so, Gen 5:3 gives us clearly the doctrine of Total Depravity. Every human being is a descendant of Adam and comes into the world totally depraved, which means that every human being comes into the world as a slave of sin and Satan, irresistibly drawn toward evil rather than good, and incapable of doing anything that pleases God. This is how Abel and Seth came into the world. But at some point in their life Abel and Seth received the grace of God unto salvation, and that is why we read in Gen 4:26, “Then began men to call upon the name of the LORD”. What does that mean? Since the word LORD is in capital letters we understand that men began to call on the name of Jehovah. But the name Jehovah is associated with God as the Savior, the Deliverer. We read this in Ex 6:3, where God says to Moses,

Ex 6:3  And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them.

We read this in the context of God’s promises to lead the children of Israel out of Egypt. He is JEHOVAH, the Deliverer out of the house of bondage, the Redeemer out of the slave market of sin. We also read this in Isa 43:11, where God says,

Isa 43:11,       I, even I, am the LORD (I am Jehovah); and beside Me there is no Saviour.

But we read in the NT, in Acts 4:12, that there is no other Savior than Jesus Christ:

Ac 4:12  Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

None other name! And thus we conclude that the Lord Jesus Christ is also known by the name Jehovah. And so, when we read in Gen 4:26, “Then began men to call upon the name of the LORD”, it means that they began to beseech the Lord for salvation. The wicked line of descendants of Cain was not calling upon the name of the Lord. Only the line of Seth was calling upon the name of the Lord, for God honored the line of Seth, and God gave them faith, but the wicked line of Cain He left in their sins. This is important to know, for this explains the words in the beginning of chapter 6, how God dealt with the descendants of Cain and with the descendants of Seth. Then we read in Gen 5:4,

Ge 5:4  And the days of Adam after he had begotten Seth were eight hundred years: and he begat sons and daughters:

Adam begat other sons and daughters. Who did Cain marry? Cain married one of his sisters, for God says in Gen 3:20 that Eve was the mother of all living. Would one of the daughters of Adam want to marry Cain the murderer? Yes, because she was also born totally depraved, as an enemy of God.

Let us now drop down to verse 18, Gen 5:18 (2X). Here we read about Enoch.

#2.       Enoch Walked With God (Gen 5:18-27, Rom 3:10, 10:17)

Ge 5:18  And Jared lived an hundred sixty and two years, and he begat Enoch:

Ge 5:19  And Jared lived after he begat Enoch eight hundred years, and begat sons and daughters:

Ge 5:20  And all the days of Jared were nine hundred sixty and two years: and he died.

Ge 5:21 ¶  And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah:

Ge 5:22  And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters:

Ge 5:23  And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years:

Ge 5:24  And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.

Ge 5:25 ¶  And Methuselah lived an hundred eighty and seven years, and begat Lamech:

Ge 5:26  And Methuselah lived after he begat Lamech seven hundred eighty and two years, and begat sons and daughters:

Ge 5:27  And all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred sixty and nine years: and he died.

Jared and Methuselah were the two longest living people in the Bible. Jared lived 962 years, and Methuselah lived 969 years. Right in between those two longest living patriarchs we find Enoch. Of all the other patriarch we read, “And he died”. But in the case of Enoch God made an exception. Enoch, the seventh from Adam died not. He was translated without seeing death, “for God took him”. Enoch was a very special person. What was so special about Enoch? Like all the other children of Adam, Enoch was born as a totally depraved child, as an enemy of God, for God says in Rom 3:10, “There is NONE righteous, NO NOT ONE”, and that includes new born babies, and that includes Enoch. But at some point in the life of Enoch God did a miracle in the soul of Enoch, and he became saved. When was that? We read in Gen 5:22, “Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah”. And so, we understand that Enoch did not walk with God for the first 65 years of his life. What brought Enoch to a close fellowship with God? God did not tell us which event in the life of Enoch was responsible for causing him to seek for God, since God gives salvation to whom He will, and not to whom we will. By withholding this information God actually emphasizes that He is altogether a sovereign God. God does not save us because we turn to Him in some desperate moment, or we turn to Him in a moment of great anguish, or we turn to Him because we are so attentive in listening to His Word, or any other event or experience we might have. God gives salvation to whom He will, at a time and place that He considers the best time and place. It is true that “Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Rom 10:17), but God does not save us because we listen attentively to His Word. It helps if we do that, but this is not the condition for salvation, for faith does not come by the will of the flesh, nor by the will of man, but only by the will of God. There are only two people in the whole Bible of whom God says that “they walked with God”. One was Enoch and the other was Noah. And there are only two persons of which the Bible writes that “they pleased God”. One was Enoch and the other was the Lord Jesus Christ. But when we say that Enoch walked with God we must not imagine that somehow God manifested Himself on the side of Enoch. We know the principle that the Bible sets forth: We walk by faith, not by sight. This also applies to Enoch. Enoch walked with God, because it pleased God to give Enoch this great faith, and as a result “He pleased God”. And God wrote this to let us know how we can please Him. We speak often about doing those things that are pleasing in His sight. Keeping a list in the forefront of our mind of things what not to do according to the Law, is not pleasing in His sight, for by the works of the Law shall no flesh be justified. Instead we should ask ourselves what we can do to please Him. It pleases God when we increase our faith through a study of His Word. It pleases God when we spend more time edifying our fellow man. It pleases God when we spend more time teaching our children the ways of God, and teaching them not to follow the ways of man. It pleases God when we tell others about what Christ has done for us. Think about this when we whittle your time away watching television. Think about this when our children are living a life that is less faithful than we wish they would be. And ask ourselves if in all this we can see God’s hand in preparing the world for judgment. Let us now turn to another subject:

Let us consider the words of Gen 5:23, “And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years”. 365 Years! There are people who see in this number nothing more than a historical fact. Enoch lived 365 years. But why did God include these words in the Bible? He could have left them out altogether. If they are nothing more than historical information, why did God make these words so important, according to Rev 22:18-19, that if we would change one letter in this sentence we would be subject to eternal Hell fire forever? Why is that so? Is it not because every word in the Bible is crafted by God to demonstrate His wisdom? When we see this number 365, we are inevitably drawn to the days of one year. Is God drawing our attention to 365 years a symbolic year, symbolizing a certain time period? Does this not remind us of “the acceptable year of the Lord”? Please turn in your Bibles to the Gospel according to Luke, Luke 4:18 (2X). The Lord Jesus gave His first sermon in the city of Nazareth, the city where He grew up, the city that knows Him as the Carpenter of Nazareth. They were curious to hear what Gospel He was preaching. But at the end of this sermon they wanted Him dead. In this chapter we see the first presentation of the Gospel to the people who were supposed to know Christ best, and we also see the persecution that followed from those same people who were supposed to know Him best. It reminds us of the preaching of the true Gospel throughout time, how well it was received by the heathen and the barbarians, and how ill it was received and how it was persecuted by those in the churches who were supposed to know Him best. We read here in Luke 4:

Lu 4:18  The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,

Lu 4:19  To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

What did Jesus call the acceptable year of the Lord? It was not for one year! His first year was not more special than the following two and a half years. V.18 speaks in symbolic terms of the preaching of the Gospel and the resulting deliverance of people from their bondage to sin and Satan. But the preaching of the Gospel did not stop when Christ went to the cross. In fact it intensified after the cross. And so, from these verses we understand that God is equating the entire NT period of time, beginning there in Nazareth, with “the acceptable year of the Lord”. God is equating the entire time of the preaching of the true Gospel with the period of one symbolic year. And here is where the 365 years of Enoch come in. Enoch’s time period is equivalent to “the acceptable year of the Lord”, which is the entire period of preaching the full and true Gospel, and at the end of that time period God shall rapture all the living saints up to be with Christ forever. You see, Enoch is a type of those believers who shall be alive on this earth when our Lord shall come on the Last Day to judge the world. And those believers who shall be alive on that day have been preaching, like Enoch has, the Gospel and the return of Christ for judgment. Please turn in your Bibles to the Epistle of Jude, Jude 1:3 (2X).

Jude, or Judas, was a half-brother of the Lord Jesus. The father of Jude was Joseph, and the Father of the Lord Jesus was God. But both had the same mother, who was Mary. Yes, Mary had at least six more children after she gave birth to Jesus. We find that in Matt 13:55-56, where we read,

Mt 13:55-56  Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas? And his sisters, are they not all with us?

The Epistle of James was written through the pen of James, another half-brother of Jesus, and the Epistle of Jude was written through the pen of Jude, or Judas, the brother of James. When we open to the Epistle of Jude we see right away in verse 3 why he was driven to write this epistle.

Jude 1:3-4  Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.                  For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.

God indicates here that the main purpose why He wrote this epistle was to warn us for false teachers who have crept in unawares into the church, and whose aim is to turn the grace of our Lord into lasciviousness, which means unbridled sexual lust. Their teaching is primarily antinomian, briefly described by “Let us sin, for Christ has paid it all anyway”. This warning applies all the more when we approach the time of the end, for it is especially in our time that the errors are multiplying in the areas of adopting divorce and remarriage, and adopting homosexuality as an alternate lifestyle, and seeing fornication as an expression of love, and approving a proliferation of pornography, and so on. This is what we see in our lifetime. But Enoch was already preaching against it. You see, for the last 300 years of his life Enoch was preacher of righteousness. Please drop down to verse 14 (2X).

Jude 1:14-15  And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,          To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.

Enoch warned the world of these same false teachers, and he warned the world that the Lord would come to judge all them that do not fear God, and He will judge all those who know not God. God speaks about those for whom Enoch warned the world. The same warnings apply today:

Jude 1:16  These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage (gain).

Jude 1:17-18  But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;       How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.

You see, already at the time of Enoch there were mockers in the world, and there shall also be mockers in the last time who shall say, “Where is the promise of his coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation”. And they shall not fear the wrath of God, but they shall walk after their own ungodly lusts. And so, we conclude that Enoch was a preacher of righteousness because he walked with God and he warned the world of the judgment to come. Enoch’s walk with God prepared him for his preaching and for his witness. You see, before we can witness for God we must walk with God, and we must study His Word, so that we know the Lord when we speak in His name. Unfortunately, much of what passes for Christian service today is not based on the Word of God. Many Christian programs that churches have set up are nothing else but make-work, and keep people very busy, but are unproductive for the Lord and for winning souls for Christ. But now we want to consider the words of verse 14.

Please turn in your Bibles to the First Epistle to the Thessalonians, 1Thes 4:13 (2X). What is Jude referring to in Jude 1:14 where Enoch said, “Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints”? As you know, the word “rapture” does not appear in the Bible. But the concept of the rapture certainly does, and every time it occurs it points to the events of the last day. The Bible teaches that the Rapture of the saints occurs only on the Last Day. But God prepared us for this event both in words and in examples. First Enoch was raptured into heaven, then Elijah was raptured into heaven, then the body of Moses was resurrected and taken up into heaven, then at the resurrection of Christ a large number of saints was resurrected and taken up into heaven. In all these instances the saints received glorified bodies which are like the body that Christ received when He ascended into heaven. Enoch was the first one to be raptured. And so, Enoch is a picture of all those who shall be raptured on the last day, because when the last of the elect has been saved there is no need for the world to exist any longer. It will have served its purpose. We read about the rapture in 1Thes 4:13-18,

1Th 4:13-14  But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.         For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

1Th 4:15  For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.

1Th 4:16  For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

1Th 4:17  Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

1Th 4:18  Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

God says in 1Thes 4:14, “them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him”. It means that all the souls of all the saints who have died, and whose bodies are still in the grave, will accompany Christ when He shall come again on the last day. This explains why Enoch said in Jude 1:14, “Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints”. Actually the Greek word is not “ten thousands”, but it is “myriads”, which actually means “an innumerable multitude”, so large that no man can number them. Christ will bring with Him all the souls of all the saints in heaven. Now read 1Thes 4:16. Then the Lord shall shout with a great shout, and His shout will be recognized as the voice of the archangel, referring to the Chief Messenger Michael who is not an angel but Christ Himself, and His shout will be recognized as the Last Trumpet call, which is as loud as the trumpet of God. Remember the loud trumpet of God at the time that He spoke the Ten Commandments at Mount Sinai. Then everything following will happen in an instant: the dead bodies of the saints will be resurrected as glorified bodies, they will be joined with their souls at the side of Christ, and the saints who are still alive at that moment will also receive their glorified bodies and will join all the other saints at the side of Christ. And so shall we ever be with the Lord. All the unsaved will remain on the earth and will be gathered before the Judgment Throne. This scenario completely agrees with what we read in John 5 and 6 and in 1Cor 15. Please turn in your Bibles to the First Epistle to the Corinthians, 1Cor 15:51 (2X). This glorious promise is worth repeating over and over. In this entire chapter of 1Cor 15 God speaks about the resurrection of the body. The resurrection of the soul is not in question. The Lord Jesus sufficiently addressed that in John 3 when He said, “Ye must be born from above”. But now in 1Cor 15 He speaks of another event at another time in history. We read in 1Cor 15:51-54,

1Co 15:51 ¶  Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,

1Co 15:52  In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and

the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

1Co 15:53-54  For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.

So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, “Death is swallowed up in victory”.

Here again we read that we shall not all die, but some of us shall still be alive when the Lord comes. Here again is that Last Trumpet call. Then everything happens in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, and we will be joined on the side of Christ at that moment. This is the rapture. And the translation of Enoch was a foretaste of that event. Please turn now in your Bibles to the Epistle to the Hebrews, Heb 11:5 (2X). What role does our faith have in all of this?

#3.       By Faith (Heb 11:5-6)

Hebrews chapter 11 is the chapter of the heroes of faith. All these are OT saints. Abel is the first individual mentioned in this chapter, and the second one is Enoch. We read in Heb 11:5-6,

Heb 11:5  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.

Heb 11:6  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.

Before his translation Enoch received from God a testimony that he pleased God. That was of great comfort to Enoch, for Enoch knew that he was not sinless. But Enoch also had great faith, and Enoch knew that his sins were forgiven. How else could God delight in him unless his sins were wiped away? The question that arises often is, “What came first? Faith or salvation or regeneration?” When a sinner becomes a saint, his transformation occurs in an instant, for God does not need a long time. Either we are in the camp of Satan, or we are in the camp of Christ, but there is nothing in between. The transformation is from being unrighteous to being righteous, or just, in the eyes of God. That is where the term “Justification” comes from. When God calls us saved, God calls us justified, for we have been translated into the camp of Christ. When our soul is regenerated (John 3:3), all our sins have been washed away in an instant, and we are called justified by God. When God gives us faith because He pours His grace upon us, then we are called justified by faith, “for by grace are we saved through faith, and that not of ourselves, it is the gift of God”. If we then consider all this in the light of, “Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God”, we realize that all this must be occurring at the same moment in time. At the same moment that we hear the Gospel of salvation by the cross of Christ, God gives us a regenerated soul and empowers us to believe the Gospel. Praise God that He made it so simple that even a child can understand this. Praise God for a salvation that comes to us so free and so full of grace that God can save even a little baby. Praise God for the rapture of Enoch that gave us so much information in only a few words.

AMEN.                 Let us turn to the Lord in prayer.