Jesus is a Friend of Mine
Seeking a Deeper Walk with the Lord
by J.M. Troppello
“The golden sun, the silver moon, and all the stars that shine, are His alone, yes, every one, and He’s a Friend of mine.” – John Sammis
I saw this quote today and it resonated with me. The following passage from John 15:14-15 relates to this idea that as a believer, you have been called a friend by Jesus. All the things that He heard from God, the Father, He has made known to you—through the Word of God and the power of the Holy Spirit manifesting knowledge in your life.
14 You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. 15 No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you. (John 15:14-15, NKJV)
According to the Thomas Nelson Study Bible, “Until this point, Jesus had called His disciples servants (John 12:26; John 13:13-16). A servant does what he is told and sees what his master does, but does not necessarily know the meaning or purpose of it. A friend knows what is happening because friends develop deep fellowship by communicating with one another.”
I love that distinction between a servant and a friend. Jesus and His disciples shared a deep bond of fellowship. They had deep communication with each other. Yes, Jesus is Lord of your life when you come to Him through salvation. However, He is also your friend – when you shift to that part of your relationship where you have that deep fellowship with Him through communication in prayer, reading the Bible, applying it to your life, and seeking guidance through the Holy Spirit working in your life.
9 “As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. 10 If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. 11 “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. 12 This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. 14 You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. 15 No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you. 17 These things I command you, that you love one another. (John 15:9-17, NKJV)
I included the full passage from John 15:9-17 to get a clearer picture of what Jesus was saying to the disciples when he said they were no longer servants, but were friends. He spoke about how the Father loves Jesus and Jesus loves you as a believer. Jesus said that when you keep His commands, you will abide in His love. “The love of God the Father for God the Son is the measure of the love of the Son for believers. Christ loves believers unconditionally (vs. 9). But as believers obey Christ’s Word and abide in His love, they come to experience and understand His love for them more and more.” [TNSB]
17 This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as [a]the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, 18 having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart; 19 who, being past feeling, have given themselves over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. 20 But you have not so learned Christ, 21 if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: 22 that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, 23 and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness. (Eph. 4:17-24, NKJV)
This passage from Ephesians 4:17-24 is a great reminder that as a believer, you are a new creation and should no longer be walking in the old man. As you continue to grow in your walk with the Lord, you will be renewed in the spirit of your mind through the power of the Holy Spirit working in your life.
Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.
About the Author
J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.
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