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“Jared was 162 years old when he fathered Enoch” (Gen. 5:18).

Jared means “descend, go or come down.” Scripture says, “Enoch walked with God; then he was not because God took him” (Gen. 5:24). It is traditionally understood that Enoch was taken up to heavenly realms.

Jared and Enoch picture Christ. Jared shows Christ who descended–from heaven to earth to the grave (Php. 2:5-8). Enoch pictures Christ who ascended–from the grave to the earth to heaven. Paul captures this movement in Ephesians: “The One who descended is the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things” (Eph. 4:10).

Jared and Enoch show the essential order and relationship between death and resurrection in experience. Descent “fathers” ascent. Resurrection is birthed from death. This is why Jesus is called the Firstborn from the dead (Col. 1:18). We can only experience Jesus’s ascent if we experience His descent.

Knowing Jesus’s ascent is first spiritual, not literal. While it is traditionally understood that Enoch was taken to heaven, scripture doesn’t actually say that. It simply says Enoch “was not because God took him.” Scripture declares that when we experience Christ’s death in our hearts we are not (Gal. 2:19-20, 5:24; 2 Cor. 5:14-15; Rom. 6:6).

We experience Christ’s ascension as He lives within–as we are not and He is the I AM. “I am the I AM, and there is no other” (Isaiah 45:18). If, by the Holy Spirit, we descend and ascend with Christ, we come to know that He is and there is no other but the hope of glory within (Col. 1:27). In our hearts, He fills all things, He is the first and last, the all and in all (Eph. 4:10; Rev. 1:17; Col. 3:11).

This is the only understanding in which we walk with God. We can’t really know God or relate to Him as He is unless we relate to Him as the all encompassing, all consuming *One*. Whatever we reserve for our own self-existence is ignorance of Him who fills all. It is going our own way, and not walking with Jesus (Isaiah 53:6).

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