Throughout the Old Testament the Prophets Were Called God’s Servants. In Jesus’ Day, the Disciples That Followed a Teacher Served Their Leader Like a Servant

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John 15:15-17 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit-fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. 17 This is my command: Love each other.

In the entire Old Testament, the prophets were referred to as God's servants. In the time of Jesus, followers of a teacher served their leader as servants. Jesus made it possible for a greater number of people to enter a relationship than under the old covenant. God referred to Abraham as His friend and addressed him in a very personal manner. He entered into a personal covenant with him.

God's friendship with Abraham and Jesus' friendship with us share many similarities. He calls us before we have accomplished anything worthy of His call. He enters into a blood pact with us. He communicates personally with us. He does not conceal His future plans from us. He permits us to pray for others. He requests a demonstration of faith. He makes our lives fruitful. We can observe the new covenant relationship with God in the life of Abraham, God's friend. Even the children of Abraham represent the two types of fruit that Christians produce. We must grasp the superabundant grace expressed by God's designation of us as friends. Do we regard Him as our closest and most esteemed companion?

God desires fruit that endures throughout our lives. Our friendship should motivate us to follow His directives. His command is to love one another. If we obey Him, our relationship with Him will produce long-lasting results. So much of Christians' endeavors do not produce lasting fruit because they are not founded on Jesus' great command. Loving one another as God loves us will naturally produce fruit. It is natural. It is the result of His life flowing through us.

Consider the amazing truth that you are God's friend.

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