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May I add, always pleasing for the God-breathed text says in John 8:29: "And He who sent Me is with Me; He has not left Me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to Him." Who can say among us that they always do what is pleasing to God our Father? Who among us is not a sinner in need of a Savior and Redeemer? Yes, this verse teaches that Jesus is sinless; His whole life is a life of sinlessness. Now I turn to you, dear sinner. Enoch was a poor sinner but by God’s grace, like His people, walk with God. It says in 2 Corinthians 5:9: “Therefore we also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him.” I believe it is safe to say that Enoch had ambition that was pleasing to God. Look to Enoch if you want a mere human example but look to our Master as Enoch did, Christ, the eternal King. Our ambition is to pleasing to God, the Holy Trinity. Whether we are home or abroad, we must be pleasing to God. Is your ambition pleasing to God? What motives you? Do you do things for God’s glory alone? Or do you seek things for selfish reasons? If you do things for selfish reasons, may I ask you a question: Will you repent through Christ crucified, or you will linger in your sin, and remain in your sin? Those who remain in their sins lead to destruction. If you are in Christ, you must repent, for you know there is no condemnation in Christ. If you find yourself lacks, wake up! And turn to Christ for forgiveness. This is a day of mercy for the outcast but there foot will slip if they persistent in rejecting repentance. So it is essential in the Christian life to be pleasing to God. Yes, even your ambition. Now I direct your attention to an important matter: learning. Do you love God with Your whole mind, with your whole understanding? How many among us love God with our minds? Yes, even our minds. In Ephesians 5:10: “trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord.” Do you learn the things of God? Do you love God’s truth? Do you love what is pleasing to Him? Enoch was a man who learned what pleased God. Learning what pleases God is a characteristic of pleasing Him. Oh, how much time Enoch spent learning what pleased God! In our day there are cults who claim to represent our God. Yet they deny Him in sound doctrine. They reject sound doctrine and adopt that which tickles their ears. Flee from this for it is the way of death. Rather, flee to Christ and His Word. His Word is where You find Him speaking about Himself. Man’s visions will not cut it. Man’s opinions end in dust. But God’s truth is matchless. That is what you should seek. His truth not man’s traditions. Yes, it is God’s divine Reformed truth that is sound doctrine. We are to use sound words for sound teaching. We live in a day of increasing confusion and muddled theology. Flee from this, and always embrace what is sound. We get sound teaching from the sound Word. The Word is spiritually reasonable but man is spiritually irrational. May we flee to the Truth itself; Jesus Christ, Who is Incarnate Truth. Paul speaks in Phil. 4:18, “a fragrant aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well-pleasing to God.” Is your life an aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well-pleasing to God? Enoch’s life was a life that was as this verse speaks, for he lived a life of obedience for Christ. Now I shall turn to a message to children for the Scripture says in Col. 3:20: “Children, be obedient to your parents in all things, for this is well-pleasing to the Lord.” Children, are you obedient to your parents in all things? Do you seek to be well-pleasing to the Lord? But I take it that the adults listening, will say, how does this apply to me? Are you not a child of the King? Turn to Him in faithful repentance! Was there a time when you disobeyed your parents? Have you repented? I say to all, be obedient then as your Lord was, for He desires you to be obedient so you may walk in accord with Him, and be obedient as His faithful follower.
"SACRIFICE AND OFFERING YOU HAVE NOT DESIRED,
BUT A BODY YOU HAVE PREPARED FOR ME;
6IN WHOLE BURNT OFFERINGS AND sacrifices FOR SIN YOU HAVE TAKEN NO PLEASURE.
7"THEN I SAID, 'BEHOLD, I HAVE COME
(IN THE SCROLL OF THE BOOK IT IS WRITTEN OF ME)
TO DO YOUR WILL, O GOD.'"
says, "The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; Who can understand it?” Christ is sinless and has never had thoughts of evil continually. Rather, the thoughts of Christ are sinlessly righteous continually. Before the fall Adam’s thoughts were logical and without sin but when sin came, his thoughts became spiritually insane, deceitful, desperately sick and wicked, and the question is asked, who can possibly understand it? Who can understand my wicked heart? Who can understand your wicked heart? Man is thoroughly depraved. False religions, like Scientology, teach that man is basically good. Humanism teaches this as well. But when we look at the divine Word, we clearly see a wholly different picture. We see man as a sinner. Fallen. Depraved. Man therefore is not good but corrupt. Romans 3:10-18 says
"THERE IS NONE RIGHTEOUS, NOT EVEN ONE;
11THERE IS NONE WHO UNDERSTANDS,
THERE IS NONE WHO SEEKS FOR GOD;
12ALL HAVE TURNED ASIDE, TOGETHER THEY HAVE BECOME USELESS;
THERE IS NONE WHO DOES GOOD,
THERE IS NOT EVEN ONE."
13"THEIR THROAT IS AN OPEN GRAVE,
WITH THEIR TONGUES THEY KEEP DECEIVING,"
"THE POISON OF ASPS IS UNDER THEIR LIPS";
14"WHOSE MOUTH IS FULL OF CURSING AND BITTERNESS";
15"THEIR FEET ARE SWIFT TO SHED BLOOD,
16DESTRUCTION AND MISERY ARE IN THEIR PATHS,
17AND THE PATH OF PEACE THEY HAVE NOT KNOWN."
18"THERE IS NO FEAR OF GOD BEFORE THEIR EYES."
In Matthew 11:26 says, "Yes, Father, for this way was well-pleasing in Your sight.” God choose the babes, not the wise and prudent, but He choose the helpless, the hopeless, and those that are mere babes, and He choose, according to His good pleasure, to reveal His precious gospel to the helpless. Christ says it was well-pleasing in His sight because Christ speaks of God’s good pleasure in predestination. Yes, predestination. It is a sound doctrine and it must be handled with care. Again, I refer to Jesus who speaks of God revealing His Word unto babes not the wise and prudent, and He says it was pleasing in His sight. Jesus praised God for predestination. It was pleasing in His sight so He did reveal His gospel unto babes. Why was this done? First, it was pleasing to God. What is pleasing to God is what must be done. Babes are those who are not like the wise and prudent. They are ones who are nothing and helpless for themselves. God chose them to make the wise foolish. He chose them to get the most glory for Himself. It was indeed pleasing in His sight. Luke 10:21 says, “At that very time He rejoiced greatly in the Holy Spirit, and said, "I praise You, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to infants. Yes, Father, for this way was well-pleasing in Your sight.” Indeed it was well-pleasing to God; in His sight! This was the decretive will of God. He saves not “all He can” but He saves according to His good pleasure as He desires. No one dare should question Him. Shall the clay say to the potter what are You doing? Now lets turn to Jesus. What did Christ say about Himself? Why, He was pleasing to the Father.
God ordained His gospel of grace to be not of works. Do you think pleasing God means, salvation by works? Or what about salvation by faith and works? Or what about man’s ways of atonement; to atone for their own sins? There are people who believe that justification is by faith and works, and other by works alone. Christians are saved unto good works not by them in any way. When theologians say “unto” it means “for” good works. Catholic teaching says that man is saved by good works. But they include faith. They do not believe in faith alone, but faith and works. But Enoch was a man of faith because his faith was not dead, he was a man abundant in good works, may we be like him who walked with God. The Bible teaches that Christ is wholly sufficient for the basis for how a person is declared righteous (but not made righteous) before God….Rom. 3:28 says: “For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Law.” Gal. 2:16 says: “16nevertheless knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the Law; since by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified.” It is a judicial edict of God. Justification (that is, declared righteous before God) is not a process but an event. After justification other changes will occur. In justification the standing of the sinner is changed, freed from the charge of guilt and the complete righteousness of Christ is transferred to the sinner’s account. It is Christ plus nothing else that forms the grounds of justification. It is not Christ plus works; it is not Christ plus purgatory; it is not Christ plus the saints; it is not Christ plus a human organization; it is not Christ plus self-flagellation. Rather He alone is the all-sufficient Savior Who took the place of His people. He took the place of Enoch; He took the place of Moses; He took the place of Elijah; He took the place of Noah; He took the place of Peter; He took the place of His people. Christ said "It is finished" on the cross (John 19:30). It literally means "paid in full." Therefore Christ is enough. It is not by our works but by faith alone (from a changed heart): "For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast." (Eph. 2:8-9 NASB). It is not by works of righteousness at all: "He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit..." (Titus 3:5 NASB). These days there are some many who deny monergistic regeneration. It means to be sovereignly born again. Roman Catholics, Arminians, and many others deny this essential truth. Thus it is of Him alone Who calls: "...for though the twins were not yet born and had not done anything good or bad, so that God's purpose according to His choice would stand, not because of works but because of Him who calls..." (Rom. 9:11 NASB). It is Christ Who finds His own, because He first loved His people: "We love, because He first loved us." (1 John 4:19 NASB). Ask for forgiveness for sin and guilt to God the Father through Christ crucified (that is, repentance unto remission). Go to Christ. Come to Him and beg for His mercy. Additionally, repent of your total depravity of all the days of your life.
So we are not to be pleasing to men, for in 1 Thessalonians 2:4: “but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who examines our hearts.” It is God not man who has the all-knowing ability to examine the hearts of men, and His people. Enoch was not a man who pleased man above God. We are to be approved by God; those who have been entrusted with His gospel are approved. We ought never to desire to please men over against pleasing God. Rather we must please God even if it means suffering and pain. May we stand up for Jesus and stand up for truth. May we always be a people not seeking to please men but to please God. Do you seek to please God and not man? Have you compromised? May we always be uncompromising like Luther and like Calvin. Men who stood up for the faith no matter what. In 1 Thessalonians 2:15 it says, “who both killed the Lord Jesus and the prophets, and drove us out. They are not pleasing to God, but hostile to all men..” The people who killed Jesus and the prophets, the leaders were not pleasing to God. How many leaders today are pleasing to God? How many leaders have compromised God’s truth and preach another gospel, another Jesus, and foreign doctrine? Titus 2:9 speaks of being well-pleasing, and may we always be well-pleasing just like Jesus, who is the Well-Pleasing Incarnate Christ.
In 1 John 3:22 it says: “And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.” This is a picture of Enoch. But what about you: Is this your desire to be pleasing in His sight? Have you asked and received of Him? Do you keep His commandments? Do you love as He loved? Do you do those things pleasing in His sight? What is your chief desire? Should it be worldly things? Rather, should it be pleasing God? Shouldn’t that be your chief desire? Think about the positive eternal ramifications it can have but we ought to serve God for who He is. Being pleasing to God is forth more then gold, and fine silver. It is worth more then the ways of pleasure in sin; it is worth more all the temporal ways of man in this life. It is worth more then feeding riches. Why do people, who are uncoverted say that, Christians, those who are changed by God’s grace, are wrong to believe what they do? If we are to compare a truly converted life with a uncoverted life, which would be more pleasing to God? Those in sin, or those practicing righteousness? Jesus said a wise man is a person who puts His words into practice, and he is reckoned as a man who has built his house on the rock. Do you practice unrighteousness, or righteousness? How you live, shows what you really believe. So, what you do, dear sinner, believe, and how do you live your life?
Now we briefly turn to God being pleased:
Luke 2:14: "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased."
Malachi 1:10: "Oh that there were one among you who would shut the gates, that you might not uselessly kindle fire on My altar! I am not pleased with you," says the LORD of hosts, " nor will I accept an offering from you.”
Jonah 1:14: “Then they called on the LORD and said, "We earnestly pray, O LORD, do not let us perish on account of this man's life and do not put innocent blood on us; for You, O LORD, have done as You have pleased."
Isaiah 42:21: “The LORD was pleased for His righteousness' sake to make the law great and glorious.”
The Psalmist speaks of God being pleased: Psalm 40:13: Be pleased, O LORD, to deliver me: O LORD, make haste to help me.
The Psalmist speaks of God who does whatever He pleases: Psalm 115:3: But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased.
And again, Psalm 135:6: Whatsoever the LORD pleased, that did he in heaven, and in earth, in the seas, and all deep places.
The Lord is well-pleased: Isaiah 42:21: The LORD is well pleased for his righteousness' sake; he will magnify the law, and make it honourable.
If we turn again to the Old Testament, we read in Numbers 14:8: "If the LORD is pleased with us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us-- a land which flows with milk and honey.” The Lord, if pleased, would give to His people a land which flows with milk and honey, that is, the promised land.
Numbers 24: 1: “When Balaam saw that it pleased the LORD to bless Israel, he did not go as at other times to seek omens but he set his face toward the wilderness.” In chapter 23 of Numbers we see Balaam blesses his enemies. God caused this. He used His enemies against themselves. For it says in Numbers 23: 11-12: “Then Balak said to Balaam, "What have you done to me? I took you to curse my enemies, but behold, you have actually blessed them!" He replied, "Must I not be careful to speak what the LORD puts in my mouth?" So, therefore, it pleased the Lord to see His enemy, by God’s hand, bless His people Israel. God caused what pleased Him. But we know that Balaam’s life did not please God. For he was a false prophet. We see this in the New Testament. Enoch unlike Balaam was a false prophet displeasing to God….
2 Peter 2:15: forsaking the right way, they have gone astray, having followed the way of Balaam, the son of Beor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;
Peter says those who followed Balaam forsook the right way because they followed after the way of Balaam for they loved the wages of unrighteousness. How many Balaam’s exist today in the visible church? How many venomous wolves in the flock today? I have come across a Balaam in my day, but like Balaam he was defeated.
Jude 1:11: Woe to them! For they have gone the way of Cain, and for pay they have rushed headlong into the error of Balaam, and perished in the rebellion of Korah.
God’s enemies followed in the way of Cain, and rushed headlong into the error of Balaam, and perished in the rebellion of Korah. You see, Cain and Balaam are brothers, as Judas, Saul and Esau are brothers of faithlessness, and serve their father the devil, who the Pharisees (that is, the leaders) served as was in the time of Christ.
Revelation 2:14: 'But I have a few things against you, because you have there some who hold the teaching of Balaam, who kept teaching Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols and to commit acts of immorality.
Christ held against the people, namely that they held to the teaching of Balaam. They served idols and acts of immorality.
In 1 Samuel 12:22, it says, "For the LORD will not abandon His people on account of His great name, because the LORD has been pleased to make you a people for Himself.”
The Lord will not abandon His people. His people stand on His great name. The Lord was pleased to make a people unto Himself.
In 1 Chronicles 17:26-27, it says, "Now, O LORD, You are God, and have promised this good thing to Your servant. "And now it has pleased You to bless the house of Your servant, that it may continue forever before You; for You, O LORD, have blessed, and it is blessed forever." God was pleased to bless the house of His servant. The result of it is continuing forever. God has blessed it and done so forever. Like what we have seen in the garden of Eden, it pleased Eve to take of the fruit and eat. So too it pleased Herod to see a godless dancer. For we read in Matthew 14:6: “But when Herod's birthday came, the daughter of Herodias danced before them and pleased Herod…” In Mark 6:22: “and when the daughter of Herodias herself came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his dinner guests; and the king said to the girl, "Ask me for whatever you want and I will give it to you."
As I conclude, I direct your attention to Christ who is the well-pleasing One. Look to Him to be your ultimate example in being pleasing to God alone. Pray that you will walk with God like Enoch, and to live for Christ Jesus for gave Himself for us; to Him be the glory and honor and power and dominion and praise and worship, forevermore. Amen and amen.