| Spiry Tee
“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.” (Hebrews 11:5).
During his ministry on earth, the Lord Jesus often encouraged, rebuked, and admonished people about faith. In a culture that was rooted in the law of works given by Moses, the Lord’s message of faith was not readily received and yet that is the key to life as God has it. The new covenant is operated by faith in Jesus.
Without faith it is impossible to be saved from wrath or death, and certainly it is impossible to please God. We learn that it was by faith that Enoch snubbed death. He did not die physically because he was a man of faith and hence a God-pleaser.
The record of scripture was given to us so that through the comfort of the scriptures we might have hope. We can hope to receive what people like Enoch received if we do what they did. Enoch believed and was translated, you can also believe in Jesus and be translated for God is not a respecter of persons.
Reading the Genesis account of how death came into the world makes vivid the fact that unbelief is the cause of death. God told them not to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil lest they die. Eating would result is death. Well, everything was perfect until Satan (the serpent) came with new knowledge. Satan told Eve that she will NOT SURELY DIE.
Now left with two contrasting statements, doubt was sown in Adam and Eve. Who was telling the truth, God or Satan? They disbelieved God’s truth and chose the devil’s information which was all lies. You know the consequences: death came to town. Sickness and diseases now rampant everywhere. Poverty and lack bedevils billions of God’s precious creation. Faith in Jesus is the key to life eternal once again. Satan is bad news but if we walk by faith we will keep him at bay.
I walk by faith and not by sight; and by my faith I have access to life eternal and victory in Christ Jesus.