With God Continually
Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him. Gen. 5:24
When God takes the members of His church
to heaven, it will be because they have walked with Him here on this earth,
receiving from above strength and wisdom which enables them to serve Him
aright. Those who are taken to God will be men and women who now pray in
humility and contrition, whose hearts are not lifted up unto vanity. In their
dealing with believers and unbelievers they represent Christ.
Those who have no pleasure in thinking
and talking of God in this life will not enjoy the life that is to come, where
God is ever present, dwelling among His people. But those who love to think of
God will be in their element, breathing in the atmosphere of heaven. Those who
on earth love the thought of heaven will be happy in its holy associations and
pleasures. . . .
When in the world they did not claim to
be their own, and God set to His seal that they were His. Heaven will be for
those who desire it with intense desire, who put forth efforts in proportion to
the value of the object which they seek. The thoughts of those who will obtain
heaven will be upon heavenly things.
"Blessed are the pure in heart; for
they shall see God." For three hundred years Enoch had been seeking purity
of soul, 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.
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