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Scripture Saturday - November 7, 2015



When considering all the relational attributes of God, I find His Friendship with us the most amazing.

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines friend as a person who you like and enjoy being with

Our Heavenly Father enjoys spending time with us!

Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.
Revelation 3:20

Dictionary.com defines friend as a person attached to another by feelings of affection or personal regard.

How great is God's affection toward us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us...

Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.
John 15:13

One of the synonyms for friend is confidante.  Jesus sees us as His confidantes!

No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.
John 15:15

Barnes' Notes on the Bible shares the following about John 15:15...

The servant knoweth not ... - He receives the command of his master without knowing the reason why this or that thing is ordered. It is one of the conditions of slavery not to be let into the counsels and plans of the master. It is the privilege of friendship to be made acquainted with the plans wishes, and wants of the friend. This instance of friendship Jesus had given them by making them acquainted with the reasons why he was about to leave them, and with his secret wishes in regard to them. As he had given their this proof of friendship, it was proper that he should not withhold from them the title of friends.

His lord - His Master.

I have called you friends - I have given you the name of friends. He does not mean that the usual appellation which he had given them had been that of friends, but that such was the title which he had now given them.

For all things ... - The reason why he called them friends was that he had now treated them as friends. He had opened to them his mind; made known his plans; acquainted them with the design of his coming, his death, his resurrection, and ascension; and, having thus given them the clearest proof of friendship, it was proper that he should give them the name.

May we rejoice in our Friendship with God!

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Comments

  1. Wow, you've done the work for us here. All that's left is for us to appropriate this truth, and live our way into it! So blessed to have found your words on this Saturday!

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    1. Michele, Thank you for your kind words.

      Indeed, to live as Jesus' friend in all that we do and say.

      Thank you for sharing and for stopping by. :-)

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  2. When I spend time alone with God, no distractions, it is the sweetest friendship I have. Yet, like many friendships, it requires time. Intentional, set aside time to be together.

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    1. Michelle, Indeed. You are so very right.

      Thanks for sharing and for visiting. :-)

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  3. Wow, I had not stopped to think about what all it meant to have Jesus call us his friends. What a blessed Saviour we have who loves us more than we will ever no. Thanks for this insightful post! I'm visiting from Spiritual Sundays.

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    1. Gayl, You are welcome. 😊

      Thank you for your words of encouragement.

      I agree. I was most struck by the insight into confidante. Blessed we are indeed!

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  4. Oh, how precious!! To think that the God of Heaven would CHOOSE to want a friendship with us! I was just thinking earlier this evening how much I cherish the communion I have with Him. It is dearer to my heart than I could ever put into words. I love Him so. :) Thank you for sharing your precious heart here with us, Karen. You are such a dear blessing to me and to so many others.

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    1. Cheryl, Your cherished communion with the Lord is evident in everything you do and say. You are such a sweet testimony.

      Thank you for always spurring me on and encouraging me every time you visit. 😊

      Blessings to you.

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  5. I've never thought about the importance of my friendship with Jesus before--what he wants and desires is RIGHT THERE for me to read. I'm not a slave in the dark. It puts a whole new spin on how I view life!

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