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“By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, ‘and was not found, be­cause God had taken him’; for be­fore he was taken he had this tes­ti­mony, that he pleased God.” He­brews 11:5 (Read Ge­n­e­sis 5:21-24)

The Bi­ble tells us of Enoch, the sev­enth gen­er­a­tion from Adam, that he “walked with God; and he was not, for God took him” (Ge­n­e­sis 5:24).

At the rel­a­tively young age of 365, Enoch was taken di­rectly, with­out see­ing death, to be with the Lord God in heaven. Enoch was trans­lated; that is, changed from a tem­po­ral, earthly ex­is­tence to an eter­nal, heav­enly one. His body and soul were taken from this earth into his eter­nal and heav­enly home.

Such a con­veyance di­rectly into heaven is hard for us to un­der­stand. In all of hu­man his­tory, Eli­jah the prophet is the only other hu­man be­ing to es­cape death and be taken di­rectly to his heav­enly home (cf. 2 Kings 2:11). Even the Lord Je­sus Christ first died for the sins of the world be­fore He rose again on the third day and then 40 days later as­cended into heaven.

Enoch walked with God by faith, trust­ing that God’s ways are right and that God would send the promised Seed of the woman to re­deem him from sin and eter­nal death. In the book of Jude, we learn that Enoch also tes­ti­fied in his time of God’s coming judg­ment upon all who con­tin­ued in their un­godly and re­bel­lious ways (v. 14f.).

To walk with God by faith is no dif­fer­ent to­day. Believ­ers know and be­lieve that God’s ways are true and right and trust in God’s mercy and for­give­ness for the sake of His Son, Je­sus Christ, who suf­fered and died for the sins of the whole world and rose again on the third day.

Believ­ers walk in fel­low­ship with God the Fa­ther, agree­ing with Him about their sin­ful­ness but trust­ing in Him to gra­ciously for­give their sins and ac­cept them as His own dear chil­dren for the sake of Je­sus Christ, who lived a right­eous and holy life in mankind’s stead and made full atone­ment for the sins of all when He suf­fered and died upon the cross (cf. 1 John 1:7 — 2:2).

Like Enoch, believ­ers are pleas­ing to God and right­eous in his eyes be­cause all their sins have been washed away in Je­sus’ blood. Their works too are pleas­ing in His eyes be­cause they flow from faith in Him and are made pure through the blood of Je­sus.

Believ­ers have al­ready been con­veyed. The Bi­ble says of believ­ers in Je­sus that the Fa­ther “has qual­i­fied us to be par­tak­ers of the in­her­i­tance of the saints in the light. He has de­liv­ered us from the power of dark­ness and con­veyed us into the king­dom of the Son of His love, in whom we have re­demp­tion through His blood, the for­give­ness of sins” (Colos­sians 1:12-14). God has gra­ciously trans­lated or con­veyed His chil­dren from the king­dom and rule of dark­ness and sin into the king­dom of grace and for­give­ness — the king­dom of His own dear Son.

Believ­ers will be con­veyed into God’s eter­nal and heav­enly king­dom when Je­sus re­turns. The Bi­ble says to all who be­lieve: “For our cit­i­zen­ship is in heaven, from which we also ea­gerly wait for the Sav­ior, the Lord Je­sus Christ, who will trans­form our lowly body that it may be con­formed to His glo­ri­ous body, ac­cord­ing to the work­ing by which He is able even to sub­due all things to Him­self” (Philip­pi­ans 3:20-21).

So, Enoch walked with God by faith and was taken di­rectly into heaven. All who to­day walk by faith in the Son of God, trust­ing in Him for mercy and for­give­ness, have been con­veyed from the king­dom of dark­ness and spir­i­tual death into God’s king­dom of grace and life. And, on the last day, they too will be con­veyed into heaven — their earthly bod­ies will be changed into glo­ri­ous and heav­enly bod­ies like that of the Lord Je­sus Christ (cf. 1 Thes­sa­lo­ni­ans 4:13-18; 1 Corinthi­ans 15:35ff.).

Je­sus, let me ever walk with You by faith so that, as Enoch was con­veyed from this world into your heav­enly king­dom, so I may arise and live with You for­ever in Your eter­nal and glo­ri­ous king­dom. Amen.

[De­vo­tion by Randy Moll. Scrip­ture taken from the New King James Ver­sion®. Copy­right © 1982 by Thomas Nel­son. Used by per­mis­sion. All rights re­served.]

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