This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” (I John 4:10) It’s a powerful reminder for us that we really can’t talk about love in any setting apart from our Lord.
Just like Noah and his family looked ahead to the coming of Jesus, so it is that we look back upon that deliverance that Jesus brought about, putting full confidence in our salvation through our Lord’s work on the cross. And that faith that saves all God’s children is also a faith that stands in judgment upon the world of unbelievers.
Surrounded by increasingly ungodly influences, Enoch held firmly to the true God. He believed that life does not consist in the things of this world alone, but our citizenship is in heaven and we eagerly await a Savior from there. In the face of all peer pressure to give up the Lord and live for this world, Enoch instead – by God’s grace – walked with God. In other words, he lived by faith in his Savior, his greatest treasure.
Abel was commended as a righteous man. He believed that that promise seed of the woman would one day come into the world and deliver him from his sins and supply him with the righteousness that only God can give us through his Son, Jesus Christ. That was the impetus for Abel’s “fat portions” he brought to God. It was for no other reason than he knew by faith that he was delivered from his sin.
What we might not understand at first, however, is why Jesus wanted to be baptized. He had no sins that needed to be washed away. He had nothing to be repentant about. John picked up on that right away: “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” Jesus answered, “Let it be so now.” He did it for us - for each of us! No, he didn’t have to be baptized for the forgiveness of his sins. But he was baptized anyway. He stood in line with the others who were there. He wanted the world to know that he was willingly standing with sinners, in the place of sinners.