CHAP. II. The Doctrines raised from the Text, and the Treatise devided in∣to several parts.
THat 'tis the great excellency and commendations of a godly man, to walk with God: Or, That it is the highest testimo∣ny that can be given of a man that walks with God. Walking with God is a high excellency, and whoever hath this te∣stimony hath the highest testimony that can be given unto a man in this world, that he walks with God. And there∣fore that's observable, that God mentions him twice, as if he loved to mention his poor creatures walking with him: at the 22. verse; And Enoch walked with God. And then in the 24. verse, And Enoch walked with God. Oh! as if God should say, This is that that is the delight of my soul indeed. Yea, and that's observable in the testimony of Noah, in Gen. 6. 9. perhaps in the reading of it you may not observe that that I shal observe unto you now, Noah (saith he) was a just man, and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God. He doth not say thus, Noah was a just man and walked with God: But mark, he repeats Noah twice, Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God: as if he should say, This is the blessed man that lived in a wicked generation, and though that generation was sinful and wicked, yet he kept close with God; Noah was just and perfect, and Noah wal∣ked with God; Oh I take delight in this Noah: Consider my servant Noah, Noah was thus, and Noah walked with God. There's a great Emphasis in doubling of his name, and there can be no reason given of it, for the sense would be perfect without it: as if he should say, Noah was a just man and perfect in his generation, and walked with God; But for the putting of a special incomium upon Noah, Oh! Page 266Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God. Oh! 'tis the excellency of a man to walk with God, and for God himself to own a man and to say, that he walks with him: Men may live in a pra∣ctice of the duties of Religion, Eternal duties, and go ve∣ry far that way, and yet be strangers unto God, never know what it is to walk with God; they may have by-waies of their own in which their hearts do walk; as the Stars that have a motion turn about by the Primum Mobile, the first mover, one way, but they have a secret motion the other way themselves: and so, though many in their external profession seem to be moved one way, but secretly their hearts move another way, they do not walk with God all that while, they did pray, and reade, and hear, and come to Sermons and make great profession, so as men might think they walked with God, but it was not so. As it is with a ship, you may be bound to such a Port, and the ship and the sails blow that way, and yet when the ship goes east, a man may walk up and down in the ship west-ward: so in profession, a man seems to be carried east-ward, yet his private walks may be another way, to his own ends, to his own designs; but here's the honor of a man when God himself shall own him, as if God should say concerning Enoch, I who am a God that am the Seer and Searcher of all mens hearts, and I observe the waies of my servant Enoch, and I see him not only in the outward pro∣fession of godliness, but in the secret of his soul he walks with me, he hath no bye-walks at all, but he keeps him∣self close with me and walks with me continually; Enoch walked with God.
This phrase, Walking with God, we have exprest in Scrip∣ture in divers other phrases that are to the same purpose: as walking before God, Gen. 24. 40 The Lord before whom I walk, saith Abraham; and so God bad Abraham, Walk be∣fore me and be upright. And so in the 116. Psal. 9. I will walk before the Lord in the Land of the Living. Remember how I have walked before thee, it's said of Hezekiah. And some∣times Page 267 the same thing is expressed by walking after the Lord; in the 13. of Deut. 4. Ye shall walk after the Lord. As a child walking after his father, though he walks step after step, yet he may be said to walk with him. And sometimes by walking in the Name of the Lord, Micah, 4. 5. We will walk in the Name of the Lord our God. And then fourthly, by walking in the spirit of God, Gal. 5. 16. and here, walking with God.
Walking Before God.
Walking After God.
Walking in the Name of God.
Walking in the Spirit of God. Or,
Walking with God. They all come to the same pur∣pose.
But for the opening of the point there are these Four things that I intend in the handling of it.
First, What it is to walk with God, or to discribe the work of God in bringing the soul to walk with him, and the way of the soul in walking with God.
Secondly, To shew you the excellency that there is in this wal∣king with God: what a blessed thing it is for a Christian to walk with God.
Thirdly, Give you some evidences of a mans walking with God.
Fourthly, To give unto you some Rules how you may come to walk with God, to have your lives so as you may have this testimony even from God himself, that you do walk with him. These are the Four things.
For the First, The discription of walking with God, the work of God in bringing the soul to walk with him, and the way of the soul in walking with God.