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Heroes of Faith: Hebrews 11

Oct 17, 2021 | Randy Gunter

Heroes of Faith: Enoch

Heroes of Faith: Enoch

Review: Abel trusted God and his word by responding in obedience and worship. God graciously credited his faith as righteousness, “commending him as righteous.”

Our righteousness comes through God’s grace, enacted through faith in him who sent Jesus, his Son, to make substitutionary atonement on our behalf. 21 And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, 22 he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, 23 if indeed you continue in the faith…. (Colossians 1:21-23 ESV)

Note the first three names of Hebrews 11.

  1. By faith, Abel hears God’s word and worships him
  2. By faith, Enoch walks with God and pleases him
  3. By faith, Noah works for God and witnesses for him

 Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him. (Genesis 5:24 ESV)

Walking is purposeful; it is an activity that we set about intentionally—moving from one place to another. Thus, walking involves a deliberate choice, forward movement, and destination intent. The same can be said of us spiritually.

5 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. 6 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. (Hebrews 11:5-6 ESV) 

The significance of Enoch’s story is that 1) God took him, and 2) Enoch walked faithfully, pleasing him. 

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….

“Taken up” means to transpose. So God carried Enoch over to the other side to live in his holy presence. 

Enoch was in the same desperate condition as all mankind—his sin separated him from the Holy God. God acted with mercy and grace. (See Romans 3:22-26)

Throughout history, presently, and in the future, God mercifully justifies people who trust him to reconcile and redeem them through Jesus’ substitutionary sacrifice.

By faith, God transposed Enoch spiritually from death to life and physically from earth to Heaven.

By faith we are spiritually transposed, a reality that will be physical in the future.

See Colossians 1:13-14, John 5:24, Romans 6:4; 11, 1 Thessalonians 4:14; 16b

Connecting Abel and Enoch:

A sinner is justified by faith, trusting the provision of God through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Once hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, Christ presents the reconciled person as holy and blameless and above reproach. God eternally welcomes such people in Heaven where sin and death are banished. This is Abel’s account. God takes Enoch from earth to Heaven without experiencing death. So it is for Christians—sin and death have lost their grip on us—they have no power over us.

Not only does this passage speak of God’s extraordinary action, but it also speaks of Enoch’s remarkable life. Now before he was taken he was commended as having pleased God. (Hebrews 11:5b)

God miraculously transferred Enoch into Heaven without dying, and he supernaturally worked in his life prior, empowering him to walk in a manner pleasing to him. God provides exceeding grace to his saints in life and death.

Just as we cannot save ourselves, neither can we walk pleasing to God without his intervening grace. God loves to lavish grace on us—saving and sustaining grace. (Ephesians 2:8-10)

Christ makes Christians righteous, now and in eternity.

Ask God to increase your faith and trust him to work powerfully in you, enabling you to walk pleasing to him. And, at the same time, commit yourself to walk in a manner worthy of your calling.

Be mindful that God will not likely increase our faith if we’re unwilling to pursue his will and way.

Be careful not to diminish God’s transforming work or discount his grace to work powerfully.

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. (Hebrews 11:6 ESV)

Series Information

The tragedy’s toll on the human spirit can be heart-breaking. Being dismissive of the suffering is no more helpful than being overwhelmed by it. We must consider what is happening in the world under the providential sovereignty of God and what response the Holy Spirit requires of us. God empowers us to handle such brokenness with supernatural faith—a faith beyond human capacity that is not limited to or sourced from our experiences.

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