RELIGION: Enoch transported to heaven

“It was by faith that Enoch was transported that he should not see death; and he was not found, because God had carried him away; for before his transport he had this testimony that he was pleasing to God. Hebrews 11:5 (Read Genesis 5:21-24)

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

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

Such a translation is difficult for us to understand. In all of human history, the prophet Elijah is the only other human being to have escaped death and been 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 being resurrected on the third day and then, 40 days later, ascending to heaven.

Enoch walked with God by faith, confident that God’s ways were right and that God would send the promised seed of the woman to redeem him from sin and eternal death (Genesis 3:15; Galatians 4:4-5) . In the book of Jude, we learn that Enoch also testified in his time to God’s coming judgment on all who persisted in their ungodly and rebellious ways (v. 14f.).

Walking with God by faith is no different today. Believers know and believe that God’s ways are true and just and trust in God’s mercy and forgiveness for the sake of His Son, Jesus Christ, who suffered and died for the sins of all 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 them their sins and accept them as his dear children for Jesus Christ’s sake, who lived a righteous and holy life in place of mankind and made complete atonement for the sins of the whole world when he suffered and died on 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 the blood of Jesus. Their works also are pleasing to him because they flow from faith in him and are made pure by the blood of Jesus Christ.

In another way, the believers have already been translated. The Bible says of believers in Jesus that the Father “gathered us together to share in the inheritance of the saints in light: who delivered us from the power of darkness, and brought us into the kingdom of his beloved Son: in to whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins” (Col. 1:12-14). God has graciously transferred His children from the kingdom and kingdom of darkness and sin into the kingdom of grace and forgiveness — the kingdom of His own beloved Son.

Believers will be translated into the eternal, heavenly kingdom of God when Jesus returns. The Bible says to all who believe: “Our conversation [our way of life] is in paradise; whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: who will change our vile body, so that it may be fashioned in the image of his glorious body, according to the operation by which he is even able to subject all things to himself” (Phil. 3:20-21).

And so Enoch walked with God by faith and was carried straight to heaven. All who today walk by faith in the Son of God, trusting in him for mercy and forgiveness, have been transferred from the kingdom of darkness and spiritual death into the kingdom of grace and life of God. On the last day they too will be moved – their earthly body will be changed into a glorious, heavenly body like that of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Dear Lord Jesus, always let me walk with you in faith so that, as Enoch was transferred from this world to your celestial kingdom, I may be resurrected and live with you forever in your eternal and glorious kingdom. Amen.

[Scripture is quoted from the King James Version of the Bible. Devotion is by Randy Moll. More of Moll’s devotional writings may be freely read at Moll may be contacted by email at [email protected] The opinions expressed are those of the author.]

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