Friday, 30 January 2015


Gold Bullion brought to Heaven's Gates in a bagYou may have heard of the one about the rich man who died and turned up at the Pearly Gates with bags of gold bullion. St. Peter asked him, "Why did you bring paving stones to heaven?" The joke is funny because it highlights the absurdity of attempting to take this life's temporary riches into The Life to come, and how even more ridiculous it would be - even you could - due to Heaven's already magnificent limitless opulence. Nothing in this life surpasses The Life that awaits those whom God has saved. But there is something that we can take with us from this life into The Life to come. 
...Rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.
First Timothy 4:7b- 8
Paul the apostleThe aged apostle told his protegĂ© that you can take it with you - but not stuff. Rather, the one thing you can take with you from life temporal into Life Eternal is: godliness. When the child of God is brought Home to be with their Magnificent One, their knowledge will exponentially increase ("now we know in part..."). The child of God's abilities will be dramatically multiplied and improved to superhuman levels. Perhaps most deliciously, the child of God can look forward to a perfected, glorified body that will never tire, ache, degrade, or age. But godliness holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. In the Life To Come, no one will be more godly than they attain to in this life. Paul previously introduced this revelation as a 'great mystery'. 
Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness:
First Timothy 3:16
The aged apostle knows that he is about to depart this Temporal Life and enter The Life To Come. In his final months, he was betrayed, slandered, abandoned, imprisoned, mistreated, and humiliated - yet, in all this, he was being made more godly..
By rejecting this, some have made shipwreck of their faith, among whom are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have handed over to Satan that they may learn not to blaspheme.
First Timothy 1:19b-20
Alexander the coppersmith did me great harm; the Lord will repay him according to his deeds.
Second Timothy 4:14
The godly person used to fester with bitterness when they were wronged. But then godliness has a way of working its surprising and gentle transforming that a bitter person is yet to savor or enjoy. 

Godliness is a profoundly deep respect for God and His Word that draws a person into an equally profound surrender to God. This delightful devotion seamlessly becomes a perpetual lifestyle of worship which produces a glad and willing obedience to Jesus that God mercifully allows to be sorely tried. And this proving is emphatically indispensable to genuine godliness. Godliness cannot be produced apart from adversity, trial, overcoming temptation, refusing to justify our compromise, or hardships. It is only in those moments when the child of The Most High has to depend upon and resolutely trust her God that godliness can be beautified and proven. 
The attitudes caused by godliness and the resultant actions

Paul says that some people claim to be followers of Christ - and even look godly - but watch them under pressure and adversity! When challenged by spiritual leadership do they submit or become: reckless, swollen with conceit and pride, doing what they want rather than what they should?
treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,
having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people
Second Timothy 3:4-5 
Love God and love people - essential to living a godly lifeGodliness is therefore an attitude that is observed by acts of devotion to Christ that brings its devotees into closer and sweeter communion with Christ. Godliness is not holiness because holiness is a result of godliness. It requires training (1Tim. 4:7). It fosters proper responsibility toward family members (1Tim. 5:4). It is fueled by sound Biblical teaching (1Tim. 6:3). It gives more than it takes (1Tim. 6:5). It is prized above any material gain (1Tim. 6:6). It is to be pursued instead of yielding to the cravings of our lusts (1Tim. 6:10-11). It requires a growing knowledge of God's Word that instructs the believer how to be self-controlled that enables them to endure suffering. And godliness can only nurtured when regularly environed in a community of other godly God-adorers.
and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness,
Second Peter 1:6
Without exception, you can't take it with you when you die except for the exception of your godliness. The extent to which you become godly is the extent to which you will be godly in The Life To Come. This is why the grace of God can save a wayward one on their deathbed, but God's saving grace is best outworked into godliness by receiving Christ very early rather than very late. It takes years of grace to work aspects of the beauty and strength that only years of godliness can produce. No mater what you've done, or who you've done it to, or how many times you've done it, the Altogether Glorious One's limitless love can change your heart, direction and destiny, as He forgives you for eternity.

If you receive His undeserved offer of adoption and begin to realise that you have just become a spiritual trillionaire and heir to an inexhaustible reserve of true riches, the cost of living a godly life in this Temporal Life becomes, in comparison, an infinitesimally small price to pay - and you get to take it all with you into The Life To Come!

Ps. Andrew

Friday, 23 January 2015


The Tribulation depictedIt happened just before the Tribulation began. When it did begin, tens of thousands of Christians were brutally martyred. But it wasn't the attack from outside the Church that would be the cause of the greatest devastation. What made this devastation so glaring was the contrast between how the original local church was characterised compared with its condition just before the Tribulation began. This crisis in Jerusalem produced a dramatic response of Biblical proportions that literally averted an eternal catastrophe!
And all who believed were together and had all things in common.  And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need..
Acts 2:44-45
The church in Jerusalem is like a lot of Christians. It started out in a blaze of glory. Its conversion was marked by a dramatic turn of events. The Holy Spirit came upon them and turned their lives around - they came alive spiritually. They experienced the supernatural - prayers were instantly answered. This first local church loved to meet together - as often as they could. In fact, they saw their meeting together as a powerful evangelistic witness - and it worked: the Lord added 'daily' to their number those who were being saved. They loved to spend time in God's Word - alone, but especially together (Acts 2:42). They loved to pray - and most especially loved to pray together. They loved to eat - but it wasn't about the food, it was about the time together with others over the meal. When they saw a need, they all chipped in gladly and sacrificially. They were all givers. But then something tragic began to happen that reversed nearly all that had begun.

Day of PentecostI suspect the sad change coincided as the next generation emerged. They had heard their parents talk about the supernatural fire, the wind from heaven, the miracles, the preaching that led 3,000 people to immediately turn to Christ. They heard what happened then but never really heard what should be happening now - which was not what happened then. They stopped loving God's Word. They stopped meeting together as regularly as they used to and thus the power derived from their worship, prayer, instruction together began to wane. They stopped giving - and coincidently, they had less. Their less provoked the Apostle to the Gentiles to take up an offering among the Asian churches for these believers in Jerusalem. 
For Macedonia and Achaia have been pleased to make some contribution for the poor among the saints at Jerusalem ... that I may be delivered from the unbelievers in Judea, and that my service for Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints
Romans 15:26, 31
It often happens. People once converted to Christ delight in the joy of their new birth and experience the thrill of spiritual ecstasy that can only come from receiving the Father's forgiveness. The early days of their newly converted life are marked by enthusiasm for fellowship, prayer, worship, teaching, witnessing, generosity, hospitality - together. But then the Enemy musters his reserves and begins to wage his war of distraction. He rarely launches a full-on assault (except where he knows that this is all it all it will take to distract some). He has injuriously learned by experience that when The Blood-Bought suffer greatly they supplicate greatly to their Limitlessly Loving Saviour - and are ironically strengthened against him. He has found that true believers become stronger believers as a result of suffering. But he is ever on the lookout for those who claim to be believers yet look to get out of their suffering (rather than the true believer who looks to what they can get out of their suffering). Accordingly, he is compelled by pragmatism to modify his strategy against most of the true believers by using degrees of ordinariness to work his insidious goal of compromise. He uses the ordinary distractions of life to lure the believer back from being fully devoted to their Soul's Delight. 

Parents can be lured back by the distraction of their children. Men can be lured back by the distraction of a woman. Businessmen can be lured back by the distraction of finances. Girls can be lured back by the attention of a boy. Pastors can be lured back by the seductive satisfaction of busyness. The weary can be lured back by the wooing of amusement. However it happened, it worked. The first indication of the early success of his mission to lure the believer back was their increasing isolation from the church community. This is what began to happen in the Jerusalem Church in the first century. The Apostle Peter gave the early believers a solemn warning about how the Enemy attempts to prey on the isolated sheep like a like picking off the stragglers.
Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. First Peter 5:8
What established the First Church, their "one another"ness, their togetherness, their "in one accord"ness, which put fuel on the fires of their devotion to Christ through prayer, worship, teaching, fellowship, and evangelism, predictably waned as they were duped by the ordinary distractions of the Enemy. With most of the damage done by around 63AD, there remained only the serious true believers who refused to isolate themselves or compromise their devotion to Christ. The Enemy knew that his pathetic splinters of ordinariness could not distract these devoted ones. He discovered that the seeds of legalism sown years before were now getting some traction and robbing the believers of their delight in God. But still they gathered. Still they prayed. Still they searched the Scriptures. There was only one thing left for the Enemy to do. And it began in 64AD. But before it began the Seated Sovereign One breathed His fiery Word into the soul of an unnamed servant of Christ - and the Epistle to these Hebrews was written.
Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high
Hebrews 1:1-3
Jesus reminded the Jerusalem believers that devotion to Him was not a matter of mere religious devotion - as if religious ceremonies and rituals were ever the basis of drawing God and man together! "Together". That's the fruit of a soul devoted to God. The believer who is transformed from death to life by the radiance of Christ is drawn to the God who is eternally together. As we dramatically see in Acts 2, the result is that person who prizes "me", "I", "my" begins to extol "you", "us", "our". When Jesus taught people to pray it may be missed by most that the first word of this model prayer for His followers is, "Our...
Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.
...Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly.  Never be wise in your own sight.

Romans 12:10, 16
Devotion to Christ is always evidenced by one-anotherness. And the Enemy knows it well! His primary strategy to undermine the believer's devotion to Christ is predictably simple: separate and isolate them from other believers. He will commonly use distractions, weariness, and offence to disconnect a believer from those whom God has ordained for His grace to be transmitted to them through. Thus, after the nameless writer to these Hebrews has finished explaining how everything in the ceremonial law was a shadow and type of Christ and His atoning work, he then pastorally conveys not only The Sovereign One's word for them - but the Sovereign One's heart for them. In a burst of three of the most pastoral and important verses in the New Testament The Sovereign One's servant uses all three words that the Holy Spirit loves to shape the believer with: us, together, we. If you get the chance, take a few minutes to hear and consider what our Sovereign Father is saying sweetly to His children.
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
¶ For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins,
Hebrews 10:24-26
If you feel dry, then maybe it's time to come back to the well. If you feel less love for God, then maybe it's time to love being together more. If aspects of your life are getting too difficult, then you might have an "I" problem that needs a "we" solution. If you have neglected your daily time in God's Word, then it's little wonder that devotion to Christ no longer enthralls and satisfies you. If you have stopped taking time to surrender in prayer daily and to intercede for others, then it's going to be difficult for you to motivated to join your brothers and sisters in weekly prayer.
Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
Romans 12:12
The Epistle to the Hebrews was delivered to the Jerusalem Church around 63AD. In 64AD all Hell broke loose. Caesar Nero began to wage a war against the Church that led to tens of thousands of Christ followers being brutally martyred. Two years after this war began, Nero ordered that Jerusalem be destroyed. By 70AD this mission was accomplished and the Church in Jerusalem was no more. But the blood of the martyrs has become the seeds of the Church that has sprouted and spread around the world and down through the ages to the present day. And if we can impart a passion, love and devotion for The Radiance of God to the next generation, then we will see what God can do through us as as the Church celebrates being together.

Ps. Andrew

Friday, 16 January 2015


One part of my gardenI have always loved nice gardens. Don't tell anyone, but as a young boy I enjoyed looking through House & Garden magazines to look at some of the best home gardens anywhere in Australia. I actually enjoyed mowing grass (and still do) in the hope that I can coax it into becoming a lawn. I dreamt of one day having the privilege of owning my home surrounded by well planned and maintained gardens. I'm on my way to fufilling that dream. And the journey is very pleasurable. Every week I work on my garden - planting new plants, pruning existing ones, watering, mowing, trimming, chain-sawing. But recently when my health was under siege I wasn't able to maintain my usual gardening regime and something curious happened that has too many parallels with life generally.
And the LORD God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed.
Genesis 2:8
A bumble bee enjoying my gardenAfter God created, it seems that the first thing He did was to go gardening. After He created Adam, He gave him a job: gardening Eden. Estimates vary, and we can only speculate, about how big Eden was. For most of us, when we hear the word "garden" we think of an area about the size of our home gardens. But Eden was a public garden. Some scholars believe it was several hundred square kilometres in size. We might be better to think of it as a "Botanical Garden" or "Parkland". It's easy to see how Adam would have been kept busy tending to the gardens within Eden in this light! God must have thought that gardening was a noble activity. And I suspect He still does.

But when Adam sinned and fell from his status of perfection and thereby fell into God's grace, the entire nature of gardening was changed by two dramatic factors. Firstly, God's supernatural prevention of weeds was lifted. Secondly, God's supernatural sustaining of mankind's health and life was also lifted. This meant that Adam's job of gardening from that point on was now going to involve toil because of cursed weeds and his newly discovered bothersome physical discomfort and pain.
¶ And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden.
Genesis 3:8
Through the Leven Canyon, TasmaniaTo think that the Garden of Eden was just about shrubs, trees, watering, and pathways, is the same error as thinking that communication is just about words. The Garden of Eden was the place where God chose to fellowship with man. Gardens are great place for strolling, talking, and renewing. I wonder if God showed Eden to Adam to inspire him about what the whole earth could look like? For all the battles we are having with Global Warming, the original intention for earth as a managed garden is now perhaps more than just a nice idea. It's worth noting that the Sahara and Gobe Deserts are many many times larger than they were due entirely to deforestation and are growing rapidly each year due to a failure to reforest. If they were reforested, they would provide more than enough food to feed the starving of the world, and capture much of the carbon emissions suspected of causing Global Warming. 

Flowers in my gardenEden. A simple Garden. God's "simple", though, is mankind's infinite fascination. Like many things in life such as a good novel, a well directed movie, a Da Vinci painting, a woman, there is more than meets the eye. What meets the eye about Eden is its beauty, tranquillity, colours and sounds. What meets the eye of reflection is its arrangement of complementary groups of plant varieties - the ferns are together near the running water, the tomatoes are near the marigolds, the deciduous trees are positioned to provide maximal sun screening during summer, and the fruit trees all have their fruit accessible for a person standing on the ground. What meets the deeply reflective eye is that the Garden is a metophor for life itself. And this point brings us to my own garden.
"The many great gardens of the world, of literature and poetry, of painting and music, of religion and architecture, all make the point as clear as possible:
The soul cannot thrive in the absence of a garden.
If you don't want paradise, you are not human;
and if you are not human, you don't have a soul."
 -Thomas More 
My momentary lapse of good health prevented me from doing my regular gardening. While passers-by would not have noticed, I did. And this is what I saw all through my front lawn-

These cute little daisy-like white flowers were all through my front lawn. But the cute little white daisy-like flowers are just a sinister cover for their dastardly deception. "Bellis Perennis" or "Bruisewort" has a root system which causes it to spread quickly through a lawn - underground. Its cute little daisy flowers disguise its real motive: kill your lawn and take over where once you had grass. My brief lapse in gardening now means that I have a huge job ahead of me.

¶ "I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener.
John 15:1 NLT
Jesus described His Father as the Gardener (John 15:1). In the same passage, He describes us as being His Father's garden (John 15:4). Gardens were close to the Carpenter's heart. In Jesus' darkest hour, He went to a Garden to be with His Father (Luke 18:1). When Jesus died, He chose to be buried in a Garden (Jn. 19:41). Because we are a spiritual 'garden', we can learn from natural gardens and what's involved in making them healthy. 
See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no "root of bitterness" springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled;
Hebrews 12:15
My weeping Silver Birch has to be trained to weep.Lawn seed sownOur lives are a garden. What we sow in our life-garden we will also reap (Gal. 6:7). In order for the ornamental plants in our soul-garden to be beautified and fragrant, they must be pruned and shaped (Jn. 15:4). We must also take care to keep our heart-garden free from weeds (especially the weed of bitterness and offense (Heb. 12:15). And what every good garden needs most is regular attention. At the end of each day I am now spending time pulling out the Bruisewort from my front lawn. I now have empty patches where I once had grass. Of course, I can't just pull weeds out and leave my lawn area bare in the hope that grass will grow there. In the same way, I can't stop one bad habit (like wasting too much time online) in the mere hope that a good habit (like reading the Scriptures daily) will automatically replace it. 
He answered, "The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man."
Matthew 13:37
Gardens can teach us much about the life God wants for us. My garden teaches me that my life can become whatever I am prepared to plant in it. What are you intentionally (or perhaps unintentionally) sowing and planting in your life? My life can grow into the life God wants me to live if I am prepared to let The Gardener prune me and put smelly fertilizer around my life. Of course, The Gardener leaves much of the weeding needed in my life up to me. The same principles apply to our church. Our church is what it is because many people have sown into it and been involved in its planting. It will be what it will be because of what we sow and plant in it now. You can enjoy much fruit from your life in the years to come if you garden well, not just today, but everyday. This is what my garden reminds me of.
And he answered him, 'Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and put on manure. Then if it should bear fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.'"
Luke 13:8-9
The best time to plant a tree
Ps. Andrew

Thursday, 8 January 2015


Enoch has two great claims to fame by most people's reckoning. But I'd like to point out a third. It's well known that he was the father of Methuselah, the oldest man to have ever lived. The second claim to Enoch's fame is also well known - he didn't 'die'. But there's a third thing which Enoch should be most admired for: how he walked.
¶ When Enoch had lived 65 years, he fathered Methuselah. Enoch walked with God after he fathered Methuselah 300 years and had other sons and daughters.
Genesis 5:21-22
I'd like to imagine that Enoch literally went walking as he spent time with God. Perhaps he left camp as dusk came and began to talk with Lord for hour upon hour. It is Enoch who lays the foundation for what it means to walk with God. Hour upon hour. Day after day. Year after year. Enoch walked with the God whom he was drawn to and loved to spend time with. He knew something about God that most of us don't. He discovered that walking works a kind a 'magic' between two people. When you walk with someone for some time, you talk. Initially you talk politely, as you should. Weather, work, wonderings, get discussed and clear the way for deeper issues of the heart - delights, desires, dreams. Enoch traveled far and talked deeply. "Enoch walked with God."

It seems that our first parents were created to walk with God. In the beginning, they walked each late afternoon with their Maker. It seems that we are created to follow in our first-parents footsteps and to also walk with God.
¶ And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden.
Genesis 3:8
But the tragedy of the Genesis 3 verse which gives us this beautiful insight into mankind's original intimacy with God is that in this instance mankind did not want to walk with God. Instead, they hid. They didn't walk with God because their fellowship with Him was now broken. How we walk with another is a measure of our fellowship with them. If two people were to walk together and not talk to each other, it would surely be an indication that there is a problem. And at the very least it would indicate that the problem was a lack of trust. After all, one is hardly likely to share their heart with someone they cannot trust! 

As Christians we have the joy of being invited to walk with God. As we walk with God we talk with God - not just toGod.
I come to the garden alone
While the dew is still on roses
And the voice I hear falling
On my ear the son of God discloses

And He walks with me and He talks with me
And He tells me I am His own
And the joy we share as we tarry there
None other has ever known

Merle Haggard - He Walks With Me
And in this light, Paul writes to the Colossians and asks them three times to spiritually walk. The first of these is in the opening chapter where he asks them to walk with God in a worthy manner. This kind of walking, he prays for them, comes from knowing God's will which comes knowing and understanding God's Word. This is why coming together each Sunday as the church where the Word of God is taught and explained is so vital to enabling a Christian to walk with God in a manner worthy of the Lord
¶ And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.
Colossians 1:9-10
The second summons from the Apostle to the Colossians to walk with God is in second chapter where links their spiritual foundations to their walk with God. Just as a knowledge of God's Word is needed to walk well with God, it all starts by having a proper foundation of repentance and faith in Christ. 
¶ Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.
Colossians 2:6-7
The reason someone becomes a follower of Christ will often determine how they follow Christ. If a person was told that in order to go to heaven they must pray a prayer inviting Jesus into their heart, they have a very shallow foundation for their walk with God. To be sure, "inviting Jesus into your heart" (and other non-Biblical ways of describing salvation) does have the benefit of heaven for eternity. But this is not the point of salvation. Would you want to spend eternity in heaven if Jesus wasn't there? The best foundation for walking with God is to realise our true condition before Him and that despite our repulsive state, God still reached out to us in limitless love by sending His only eternal Son to bear our deserved penalties and die in our place and utterly atone for all our guilt and shame. With this realisation we accept God's offer of forgiveness and His gifts of faith and repentance which enable us to put our trust in Christ as our Saviour. This realisation isn't built on an expensive Christian band playing their hit songs during a mega lighting extravaganza in a vast stadium filled with a sea of people. Rather this realisation is an internal transaction that takes place within a person's soul and causes them to adore Jesus. 
'When a man admires himself he never adores God.' 
Charles Haddon Spurgeon
And Paul's final injunction to the Colossians to walk with God is in his closing chapter. To walk with God must be done in full sight of 'outsiders'. This requires wisdom and focus. It requires focus because this world of outsiders is a world of distractions and divided interests. Those outside of God's Kingdom of devoted followers will do all they can to delay the follower of Christ from walking in step with God. The believer is to therefore not only walk with God wisely before the world, but to also not waste their time with distractions and actually create opportunities to invite outsiders to become insiders.
¶ Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time.
Colossians 4:5
It is Enoch who introduces our fallen world into a glimpse of what it means to walk with God. To walk with God is to talk with God. To talk openly with God is to trust God. For Enoch, walking with God was entirely delightful and pleasurable. It might be easy for the modern reader to think that this Middle Eastern nomad had plenty of time and a fairly simple lifestyle that made it conducive to walking with God. But in returning to Genesis 5 we notice that after he had Methuselah he had many other sons and daughters. He was a father who had to care for his wife and children by providing food for his large family. Preparing an evening meal would not have been a simple exercise - like it generally is for us today. In fact, the hunting, catching, carrying, butchering, cooking, process would have been a long and tedious daily drama. In the midst of being a husband and father with all this demands on his time, Enoch walked with God!
"Not many of us get on really well with God. We may not actually quarrel with Him; we maintain an attitude of benevolent neutrality; or we dwell in His presence in sullen silence. I have often thought that the most amazing biography ever written is the inspired record concerning Enoch. He walked with God! 
No life-story could be more brief; none more exquisitely perfect. There is no superfluous word; you can take nothing from it; add a word and you spoil it. He walked with God and He was not, for God took him. It is Life as it should be: an intimate and harmonious companionship. It is Death as it should be: a swift and painless translation."
Dr. F.W. Boreham, "The Passing of John Broadbanks", 'Gasper's Crag', page 52, 1936 
Today, we have three advantages over Enoch when it comes to walking with God. Firstly, we have the written, revealed, will of God which sets forth plainly His plan of redemption. Although Enoch received much revelation from God and even wrote it down for generations to come (see Jude 14) he did not know what we know about God and His Son. Secondly, we have the infilling of the Holy Spirit. In the Old Testament times the Holy Spirit occasionally came upon people for a specific time and purpose. But in these New Testament times the Holy Spirit permanently abides with, in, and on the believer. Enoch did not experience this. And thirdly, we have the gift of the Christ's Church wherein the Apostle told the Colossians they could be taught the Word of God so they could know the will of God. Enoch did not have this. Thus, we should walk with God - not merely as Enoch enjoyed, but in the promise of an even richer, more satisfying walk. Unlike natural walks, this is the kind of walking that spiritually grows our godliness which is the one thing we take with us from this life into eternity. 
for while bodily training (natural walking) is of some value, godliness (spiritual walking) is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.
First Timothy 4:8
Ps. Andrew