John 15:15- I no longer call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master does. But I have called you friends, for everything that I have heard from My Father have I made known to you.
The word servant or doulos in the Greekmeans slave.
Jesus told His disciples, "I no longer call you “slaves”, but I call you "friend".
In the Bible, being a servant of God was no shame, it was a position of status and high honor. Moses, Joshua and David were all called servants or slaves of God.
The apostle Paul even identified himself as a slave of the Lord Jesus Christ, which he too considered to be an honor. Romans 1:1- Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God,
When Jesus called the disciples a “friend” He was speaking of the personal, intimate relationship they had with Him and with God.
Throughout scripture we can see where God Himself called some of His servants “friend”. I will name a few.
Moses - Exodus 33:11- The LORD would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend.
Abraham – The Father of the “Faith” is called a “friend” of God. James 2:23- The Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness,”and he was called the friend of God.
Being a friend of God implies faith in God and intimacy with God that is available even today to you and I through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
“Intimacy” is an invitation and a promise from God to all who by faith believe and accept that true intimacy is only found in God alone.
Intimacy is the experience of really knowing and being known by another person. The heart of our intimacy with God comes through “faith” and “trust” in Him and His Word.
The more we believe and trust in a person, the more time we spend in their presence getting to know things about them, the more the relationship develops and the more closer we are drawn to that person.
This is true in our relationship with God and with one another.
We are given the secret in how to draw near to God in James 4:8- Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. How? Meditation and study of God’s Word, prayer and time alone in worship to God.
Hebrews 4:16- Let us then come with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Hebrews 11:6- And without faith it is impossible to please God, for he who comes to God must believe that He exists and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
As God calls Moses, and Abraham His “friend”, so does Jesus call His disciples “friend”.
Through a personal relationship, experience and interaction with Jesus on a daily basis for 3 years, those disciples who obeyed and followed Jesus became His friends.
To become friends of Jesus starts with a love for God. Only love can produce love in return.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.
The reason Jesus said that he no longer calls His disciples “slaves” but “friends” is because everything He heard from His Father, He has made known to them.
Jesus too has made known and revealed to us everything He has heard from His Father to us by means of the bible and His Holy Spirit.
A servant does not have the same responsibilities of a friend. When one is a servant one simply follows directions. They do what they are told.
As Jesus puts it in this text, “a servant does not know what his master does.” A servant can not understand what the Master wants, therefore, He is not accountable to some extent.
But, a “friend” on the other hand is one who understands the Master expectations and obeys them.
Jesus said, “I do not call you servants any longer because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my father.”
Where are you in your relationship with God through Christ? James 4:4- do you not know that the friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
Are you a “servant” ,a “friend” or an enemy of God?
If we are declaring to be a “friend” of God, you and I have a responsibility to act accordingly.
When we say that we are God’s “friend” we are saying that we are held accountable to the knowledge of God given us by Christ and that we are held in accountability to God and by God.
Jesus says, “I no longer call you slaves, but I call you friend”. John 15:11 I have spoken these things to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.
God bless and do tell the Lord thank you for He has promoted us from the status of “slaves” to “friends” by faith through His Son Christ Jesus who died and shed His blood once and for all. GOOD GOD ALMIGHTY!!!!
TELL THE LORD THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!