Jews and Gentiles are all capable of claiming friendship with God through the power of Jesus Christ abiding within us. We are fellow heirs of God’s Kingdom, members of the same Body of Christ, and partakers together of the promise of Christ in us by believing the Gospel (Ephesians 3:4-6).
All Believers are His children, heirs of His glory, and adopted into His family. We are also subject to share in His suffering, which He endured throughout His lifetime (Romans 8:17). God calls us to willingly submit as bondservants to Jesus, and slaves to His righteousness.
We are not merely His servants, He considers us as His family. We are adopted into God’s family and co-equal heirs with Jesus to inherit everything that our Father owns (Romans 8:17). We are also regenerated disciples of Christ, ever-learning from His truth and walking in His Spirit.
Yet, the most amazing position we share is that of living as friends of God (John 15:13). This thought warms my soul and fills me with joy, peace and abundant love for both our Heavenly Father and our brother, Jesus.
Jesus is both the Lion of Judah and the sacrificial Lamb. He took on the sins of the world and is also the righteous Judge. He is the consuming Fire and the Light of the world, the Root of Jesse and the King of the Jews, as well as the future King of the whole world.
Jesus no longer calls us servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, He calls us His friends, because everything that Jesus learned from our Father He has made known to us.
Jesus is ultimately our Emanuel – God with us, and He dwells in our spirit and changes us from the inside out. Jesus is our loving Friend who is always here for us. As His friends, we always do what His Spirit leads us to do (Proverbs 3:5-6).
Father God, thank You for Your Holy Spirit who dwells within us, and that the fullness of the godhead is in us as well (Colossians 1:19; 2:9). We rejoice at the sanctifying work of Your Spirit within us. We like who You make us, much better than living as a product of our genes and upbringing.
Although we did not choose You, You chose us and appointed us to go forth into the world, in order to bear fruit for Your Kingdom (John 15:13-16). Jesus is our very best friend, and we thank You for His finished work on Calvary’s Cross. This allows us to walk in His love, as well as in His acceptance as members of Your family, and as Your friend.
Thought for the Day:
We do not have to earn God’s love or acceptance by good deeds or righteous acts; we simply surrender our will to His, and walk in obedience to His calling for our life; then, He gives us His Holy Spirit as our comforter and guide, and He promises never to leave us or forsake us.
– Deuteronomy 31:8; John 15:26; Hebrews 13:5