Is Jesus Your Friend?
Is Jesus Your Friend?

Is Jesus Your Friend?

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God deals in binary concepts. He often uses this to separate those saved from those unsaved. For example, He describes wise and fools, light and darkness, good and evil, and even friends and enemies. But, what kind of friend is Jesus?


God deals in binary concepts. He often uses this to separate those saved from those unsaved. For example, He describes wise and fools, light and darkness, good and evil, few and many, and even friends and enemies. But, what kind of friend is Jesus?

As far back as Abraham, as James 2:23 records, “‘And Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness,’ and he was called the friend of God.”

In John 15:13-14, the concept of friend is further demonstrated when it states, “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you."

Conversely, the Bible is unmistakable in its meaning of enemy as James 4:4 illustrates, “You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore, whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.”

Nahum 1:2 even exposes the consequences of being an enemy, “...The Lord takes vengeance on His adversaries, and He reserves wrath for His enemies.”

Indeed, we should rather be God's friend than His enemy. But, what is the character of this relationship with God?

Now, in addition to friend, Romans 8:15 claims that we “...have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, …‘Abba! Father!’” Further, we are called the “...Bride, the wife of the Lamb...” in Revelation 21:9.

It is clear that the believer's relationship with God is intimate. But, Jesus is also Lord, as Thomas answered in John 20:28, “My Lord and my God.”

We need then to be careful with understanding our relationship with Jesus. Nowhere is Jesus, my buddy! We are His friends, sons and daughters, and the Bride of Christ. Still, He is always Lord, Savior, and God, and one day, as Philippians 2:10-11 promises, “at the name of Jesus every knee would bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.”

He is far, far more than a buddy.


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