Faith That Pleases God

Stephen Dedman
Pastor Stephen Dedman, Living Word Baptist Church

‘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

There are only a few verses in the Bible that mention a special man by the name, Enoch. Genesis 5:18-24, Hebrews 5:6-7, and Jude 1:14-15 are the only passages of Scripture that reference Enoch and his close walk with God. What is most interesting about Enoch is that he pleased God so well that he did not die but was taken up to heaven.

Enoch is described as a man of faith. Verse 6 says, without faith it is impossible to please God. Faith brings glory to God and faith in Jesus is what saves a person from sin. It can be concluded that it is faith that reaches the heavens and gets God’s attention.

Enoch is a beautiful picture of the church that is to be raptured up by Jesus Christ. Just as Enoch was raptured up before the judgment of the flood waters, so the church is going to be raptured up before the judgment of God poured out on the earth in the seven years of tribulation. Ironically, Jude tells us that Enoch was the seventh of Adam.

Like Enoch, we may not know the day or hour that Jesus will come but we need to walk in daily fellowship with God so we are prepared for such an occasion. Jesus will come in the clouds with a loud trumpet sound. Everyone will know it. We are waiting for that day.

In the meantime, it is faith in Jesus Christ that please God the Father. It is faith in His Word and walking in close fellowship with Jesus that pleases God. One day we will be talking to Jesus in prayer and all of a sudden He will appear in the sky and we will meet Him in the air and forever be in His presence. What day that will be.

Lord, thank You for sending us Jesus to take away our sins. Help me to live by faith alone. Help me to be strong in my weaknesses and increased by faith.

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