Walking as the Scriptures Teach Has Benefits (Genesis 6:5-9)
1. This morning we pointed out from Genesis 5:21-24 that Enoch "walked with God." 2. Enoch received a great blessing by being "translated" in that he did not see death (Hebrews 11:5). 3. In Genesis 6:9 we are informed that Noah, Enoch's great-grandson, also "walked with God." 4. Noah received a great blessing in that he and his family did not lose their lives in the flood (Genesis 6:17-18; 7:1, 23). 5. Both Enoch and Noah help us learn about the importance of walking as the Scriptures teach (Romans 15:4). 6. In our lesson we are concentrating on the fact that "walking as the Scriptures teach has benefits." a. This great truth is revealed in a general way in Psalm 119:1. b. The specific benefits available to those who walk as the Scriptures teach are also revealed.
I. LET US FIRST BE REMINDED OF HOW AND WHEN WE ARE BLESSED TO "WALK IN NEWNESS OF LIFE" (Romans 6:3-4)
II. BENEFITS AVAILABLE TO THOSE WHO WALK AS THE SCRIPTURES TEACH INCLUDE:
A. "no condemnation" (Romans 8:1) B. "peace" and "mercy" (Galatians 6:15-16) C. being cleansed by the Lord's blood (1 John 1:5-10) D. having the love of God perfected (1 John 2:5-6) E. being clothed in white raiment [being with the Lord throughout eternity] (Revelation 3:4-6).
1. Let us follow the instructions we studied this morning that teach us how to walk. 2. Let us allow these benefits we studied this evening to motivate us to walk as the Scriptures teach.