By faith Enoch was
translated that he should not see death; . . . for before his translation
he had this testimony, that he pleased God. Heb. 11:5.
We are living in an evil age. . . . Because iniquity abounds, the
love of many waxes cold. Enoch walked with God three hundred years.
Now the shortness of time seems to be urged as a motive to seek righteousness.
Should it be necessary that the terrors of the day of God be held
before us in order to compel us to right action? Enoch's case is before
us. Hundreds of years he walked with God. He lived in a corrupt age,
when moral pollution was teeming all around him; yet he trained his
mind to devotion, to love purity. His conversation was upon heavenly
things. He educated his mind to run in this channel, and he bore the
impress of the divine. . . .
Enoch had temptations as
well as we. He was surrounded with society no more friendly to righteousness
than is that which surrounds us. The atmosphere he breathed was tainted
with sin and corruption, the same as ours; yet he lived a life of
holiness. He was unsullied with the prevailing sins of the age in
which he lived. So may we remain pure and uncorrupted. He was a representative
of the saints who live amid the perils and corruptions of the last
days. For his faithful obedience to God he was translated. So, also,
the faithful, who are alive and remain, will be translated.
"Blessed are the pure
in heart: for they shall see God." For three hundred years Enoch
had been seeking purity of heart, that he might be in harmony with
heaven. For three centuries he had walked with God. Day by day he
had longed for a closer union; nearer and nearer had grown the communion,
until God took him to Himself. He had stood at the threshold of the
eternal world, only a step between him and the land of the blest;
and now the portals opened, the walk with God, so long pursued on
earth, continued, and he passed through the gates of the holy city,
the first from among men to enter there. . . .
To such communion God is
calling us. As was Enoch's must be their holiness of character who
shall be redeemed from among men at the Lord's second coming.
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