Hebrews 11: 5 “By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, “and was not found, because God had taken him”; for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God. 6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”
There’s a lot to unpack here. The Greek word for faith used in Enoch’s case was (G4102) ‘pistis’: pronunciation: pis-tis. That word is multi-faceted. However, Hebrews 11:5 Begins with “By faith”, Which implies to me “by the use of his faith.” The book of Ephesians also says it is by grace we are saved through faith (Eph. 2:8). We’re looking at the same Greek word. But here, the Apostle Paul used the primary preposition ‘through’ faith. That Greek word is ‘dia’, pronunciation dee-ah’, denoting the channel of an act.
So here is my question, what is that act? I’ll answer that question by what Enoch did, not only Enoch but the entire hall of faith in Hebrews 11. As we know, even in English, most words have various meanings. For example, Judge could be a position held by a member of The Supreme Court. It could also be something we should not do to one another, i.e., pass judgment in a negative sense. It could also mean discernment, which can be an act of wisdom. Christ told the Pharisees to discern or judge the signs of the times.
The word faith in Hebrews 11: 5 in context carries with it the meaning’ fidelity’. In English, fidelity means “faithfulness to a person, cause, or belief, demonstrated by continuing loyalty and support.”
In the text, The faithfulness demonstrated by Enoch moved God so much that He just took him. His continued loyalty and support of God’s plan and purpose must have been in line with his will too. Yahweh didn’t take his life; He took him to heaven wholly; spirit, soul, and body.
1st Thessalonians 5:23 “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Enoch found his peace with God, so God sanctified him completely. Subsequently, God took him to His heavenly house. Sanctification means to set apart from the rest into rest.
I have a question for the church today; why are we still here? Have we not found peace with God by being at peace with all men (Romans 12:18)? Have we not been sanctified spirit, soul, and body completely (1st Thess. 5;23)? Enoch attained this in his mortal body, so the fact that we are still in our mortal bodies can’t be an excuse. I have been to churches and heard people proclaim loudly, “I’m saved, sanctified, and filled with the Holy Ghost.” I have listened to it a lot, but the evidence isn’t there. Hey, I’m included in this farce of the church. I used the word ‘farce’ intentionally. If the shoe doesn’t fit, don’t wear it. However, if you are making all of that noise, pretending to be something that you are not, that means you are living the life of a hypocrite.
My desire in life is to bring my Heavenly Father so much pleasure that He would have no choice but to take me. I’m not talking about physical death; I’m talking about the rapture. I’m talking about this mortal putting mortality. I want to see the corruptible put on incorruption (1st Cor. 15:53).
But here lies the rub, until we, as this dismembered Body of Christ, find peace with each other, we won’t be like Enoch. His faith redeemed him wholly, with a sound mind completely.
Ephesians 2: 8 “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.”
Remember that primary preposition Paul used “through faith.” Just as a reminder, the Greek word ‘through’ is ‘dia’, pronunciation dee-ah’, denoting an act’s channel. As a babe in Christ learning at Crenshaw Christian Center, I remember that faith is acting upon the word of God and doing what the word of God says. But what gives us the mentality to act? In other words, where does that seed of faith come from by which we act? The answer should be so If you are season Christian. In verse 9, we learn that saving grace and the faith which we use as a channel is also God’s gift to us in the person of Jesus Christ. You see, no one can boast about saving themselves or making their personhood right with God. No one can boast about having personal faith because God gave us that faith. I want to reiterate; it is God’s faith by which not only are we saved, but we also live by it. I will point out a few verses from the old and the New Testament for the reader to look at in the KJV; then, I’ll close. We are thoroughly convinced that Christ is the source of the faith of the believer. Please read the following using the KJV at your leisure. The true meaning of some essential words and phrases gets lost in translation in many easy-to-read versions.