ANSWER: Scripture states that the patriarch Enoch began his walk with God starting at age sixty-five, the same year he had his first son Methuselah (who would become the oldest living human ever when he died at the age of 969). His close relationship with the Eternal lasted for three hundred years (Genesis 5:22, 24). He is the first person specifically mentioned in Scripture as walking with our Maker. The other person mentioned that had this special relationship was Noah (Genesis 6:9), who was born more than five-hundred years after Enoch.
Of course, Enoch and Noah were not the only ones credited in Genesis as walking with God.
|15. And he (the patriarch Israel) blessed Joseph and said, "May God, before Whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked . . . (Genesis 48:15, HBFV)|
In spite of what many teach, the idea that Enoch was somehow so righteous and good that he became the first human not to experience death is simply not true. In the book of Hebrews, chapter 11, after listing Enoch along with Abel, Noah, Abraham and others as examples of great faith, the Bible states they ALL died looking forward to the promises made to them being fulfilled (Hebrews 11:13). Enoch, like Abraham, experienced death. They are awaiting the resurrection of ALL the saints at the return of Jesus.
There is quite a bit of misinformation and misunderstanding in the world regarding whether HEAVEN exists or not, how it is decided who goes to heaven, is there anyone in heaven RIGHT NOW and so forth. To further study the topic of heaven, please read our article "What happens AFTER we die?"
To answer your question about what does it mean to WALK with our Creator, let us take a look at Hebrews 11. Verse 5 says that before Enoch was taken (taken away from those who wanted to harm him because he was righteous, NOT taken to heaven!) he pleased the Eternal. Then it states in verse 6 that whoever wishes to please him must KNOW he exists and that he rewards those who do his will. Noah, who also walked with him, moved out of faith to build an ark to save the human race (verse 7).
7. By faith Noah, after being divinely instructed by God about the things he could not yet see, was moved with fear and prepared an ark for the salvation of his house; through which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith (Hebrews 11:7, HBFV throughout).
Enoch and Noah BELIEVED (had faith in) the Eternal and what he said. Anyone who believes and obeys Him has a special relationship with him. Obedience is evident when one lives by His commandments. If we do not obey, we do not have faith. The New Testament makes it abundantly plain about what it takes to know, love and walk with our Creator.
3. And by this standard we know that we know Him: if we keep His COMMANDMENTS. 6. Anyone who claims to dwell in Him is obligating himself also to walk . . . (1John 2:3, 6)
10. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto the good works that God ordained beforehand in order that we might walk in them (Ephesians 5:10)
14. My brethren, what good does it do, if anyone says that he has faith, and does not have works? Is faith able to save him? . . . 17. In the same way also, faith, if it does not have works, is dead, by itself. 18. But someone is going to say, "You have faith, and I have works." My answer is: You prove your faith to me through your works, and I will prove my faith to you through my works (James 5:14, 17 - 18).
Christians who believe in and obey God, meaning that they spend their entire converted lives walking with him, are promised never to be condemned.
1. Consequently, there is now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who are not walking according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit; (Romans 8:1, HBFV)