Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Translated into His Kingdom

"And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him." (Genesis 5: 24)

When we read "walked with God", we need to understand that in this verse refers to identifying with God.

Other translations reveal this deeper element:

New International Version
Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.
New Living Translation
walking in close fellowship with God. Then one day he disappeared, because God took him.

We have fellowship with God our Father, because of Jesus!

"God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
" (1 Corinthians 1: 9)

Walking with God speaks of our identity with Him, because of Jesus:

"This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh." (Galatians 5: 16)

and also

"1I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, 2With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; 3Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; 5One Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all." (Ephesians 4: 1-5)

and also

"1Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; 2And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.") (Ephesians 5: 1-2)

We do not walk in order to become beloved children, but rather our walk is a reflection of our new identity in Christ. We have this new standing in Him because of the Truth:

"2Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. 3For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth. 4I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth." (3 John 2: 2-4)

Walking in the truth does not "do not tell lies", but rather to believe the Gospel, that in Christ you have forgiveness of sins and are justified from all things (Acts 12: 38-39)

Now some may read about Enoch, and say: I can't have what Enoch had:

"By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God." (Hebrews 11: 5)

But in fact, Beloved, today, we do!

"[God the Father] hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:" (Colossians 1: 13)

Today, you and I are members of the Kingdom of Heaven. God our Daddy sees us in His Son, and just like His Son. Like Enoch, you have indeed been translated into the Kingdom of Heaven, but unlike Enoch, God brought the Kingdom to us!

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