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Genesis 5:21-24 ESV
When Enoch had lived 65 years, he fathered Methuselah. Enoch walked with God after he fathered Methuselah 300 years and had other sons and daughters. Thus all the days of Enoch were 365 years. Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him.
Enoch walked with God by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). We can walk with God in the same way–by faith. If we walk with God by faith, it is vitally important that we understand what faith is.
Faith is not simply belief; it is an active trust based upon evidence. As used in Scripture, it is never, ever a leap of faith. This is the invention of the theologians, and is not biblical. At the very least, it is based a rational inference to the best explanation, and is often based on better evidence.
A leap of faith without evidence is not faith, it is folly.
The Greek word translated “faith” in the New Testament is pistis. According to Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary, pistis means:
…primarily, “firm persuasion,” a conviction based upon hearing (akin to peitho, “to persuade”), is used in the NT always of “faith in God or Christ, or things spiritual.”
Faith should never be without basis in good evidence, but it is sometimes blind for we walk by faith, not by sight. It is not blind for lack of evidence, but rather because we sometimes place our faith in the invisible.
Enoch walked with God by faith, and so must we if we wish to receive eternal life.
Hebrews 11:5-6 ESV
By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken he was commended as having pleased God. And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.
So, if faith is based on evidence, and Enoch walked with God by faith, not by sight, since God is invisible–
What evidence did Enoch have to base his faith on?
First of all, he had the natural world around him.
Romans 1:20 ESV
For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.
Psalm 19:1-4a ESV
The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours out speech,
and night to night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words,
whose voice is not heard.
Their voice goes out through all the earth,
and their words to the end of the world.
The evidence of God is all around us. Something can never come from nothing. When we see a painting, we know there must be a painter. When we see a building, we know there must be a builder. When we see the universe, we know it is not here by chance.
Second of all, he would have heard stories from his parents, grandparents, and other elders about their own encounters with God.
Third of all, he would have the strongest evidence in his own experience of God.
We have even more reasons to believe than Enoch. We have all the reasons he had, along with the Bible, which no other ancient document compares to. The number of manuscript copies (5,700 of the New Testament alone) makes it easy for us to compare we have accurately recorded copies of the Scriptures. No archaeological finds have conflicted with the Bible, but rather they support it. About one third of the Bible is clear and specific prophecy, which has mostly been fulfilled (only some End Time prophecies, and predictions about the Lord’s Return are unfulfilled).
We also have access to a stronger experience of God. When Adam and Eve sinned it created separation between God and His children. It was not impossible to have a relationship with God, but it was more difficult than it had been before the fall. Through the finished work of Jesus Christ, we are reconciled to God.
Hebrews 10:19-22 ESV
Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.
Jesus has fully reconciled God to us, and when we put our faith in Jesus we are fully reconciled to God. The separating veil was torn in two. Not only do we have full access to God’s presence, but He has sealed the faithful with His Spirit.
God lives in the believer!
Since we have such excellent evidence that He exists, let’s walk with God by faith, just as Enoch did. God is real, and we can know Him!
Romans 10:9-10 ESV
because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.
Receive Him by faith today, be saved, and walk with Him.