January 10th, 2020
Jesus Calls His Disciples Friends
John 15:15 (KJB) Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.
Isn’t it great to have a best friend? That one person who knows all about you. To have one sibling, partner, friend or life-long spouse that you can call on any time day or night. A person who will drop everything to come and help you immediately you are in a jam.
Well, that description given above would undoubtedly describe a best friend in this world. However, there is a friend much more excellent, more reliable, and sits above being tainted by petty arguments and tiffs.
The context of this verse is that Jesus called his “inner circle” friends rather than servants.
Why does that matter?
Servants are hired workers or in some cases throughout history forced workers.
Here in this context, Jesus called His disciples friends for they knew His Father. God the Father does not take any heart captive against their will. A sincere child of God desires to serve and savor God, and such a personal spiritual relationship is not comparable to any person being “horse collared” into following God. Or equivalent to a hired servant earning a wage.
Jesus called His disciples friends. His inner circle of followers was willing to align with His ministry having personally met God the Father. Encountering God and agreeing with Him about the nature of sin ushers in sweet and eternal fellowship and a desire to naturally serve Him from the heart.
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