In the second to the last book of the Bible, we read this obscure quote by the ancient prophet, Enoch, “Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of his holy ones, to execute judgement on all and to convince all the ungodly of all their deeds of ungodliness that they have committed in such an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things that ungodly sinners have spoken against him” (Jude 14-16).
Just seven generations from the creation of man, Enoch is already warning the ungodly of the coming of the Lord. These people are ungodly, their deeds are ungodly, their speech is ungodly and in sharp contrast to them we have Enoch, who simply “walked with God and was not found, for God took him” (Genesis 5:24). So how was it that Enoch came to walk with God and so escape the judgement of all the ungodly sinners around him? Hebrews 11:5,6 explains it this way, “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 who ever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him.”
In other words, unless we have been granted the faith to believe that God really is who He says He is, nothing good we do will ever please Him. We’re in the same boat as all those ungodly sinners. And in that case the second Advent of Christ is NOT good news. But if we confess that we really are who He says we are, ungodly sinners, and trust Him to save us from His judgement, we can walk in fellowship with Him as Enoch did and also not see death. God has granted eternal life to ALL who believe and that eternal life starts now!
“When we walk with the Lord,
in the light of His Word,
what a glory He sheds on our way!
While we do His good will
He abides with us still,
and with all who will trust and obey.”
Jude ends with this beautiful benediction, “Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.”
(After singing Trust and Obey click below to listen to Handel’s Messiah selections “Behold I tell you a mystery…” “The trumpet shall sound…”)
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