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Friends Of Jesus

The Messiah was often criticized for His friends - repentant people who were regarded as "sinners" by the self-righteous, unrepentant religious authorities. But the sinless Son of God never condoned sin, which itself is a sin. The people that The Christ made friends with were repentant sinners, unlike the scribes and Pharisees who falsely claimed to be without sin (see also Convictions Of Conscience). Repentance (see Growing In The Grace And Knowledge) is what makes friendship with Christ possible.

"12:4 And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body [see The Sleep Of Death and Through The Gates Of Hell], and after that have no more that they can do.

12:5 But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell [see Where Is Hell? and The Lake Of Fire Into An Ocean Of Fire - When?]; yea, I say unto you, Fear him." (Luke 12:4-5 KJV)

It was for the repentant that the Christ came to "lay down his life for his friends."

"15:10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments [see The By-The-Book Messiah], and abide in his love.

15:11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. 15:12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.

15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. 15:14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you." (John 15:10-14 KJV)

"Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you"

There are many who yet claim to be friends of Jesus, without behaving like one, according to His definition of "friend." Friendship with Christ must be genuine, based on the terms of the friendship that He alone has the right and the power to decide. Otherwise, on the Judgment Day, Christ's response to those false friends will be "I never knew you."

The Holy Scriptures

"7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. 7:16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 7:17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 7:18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 7:19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 7:20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." (Matthew 7:13-23 KJV)

The principle is the same throughout the Holy Scriptures. Abraham (and others, including Moses - see the Fact Finder question below) "was called the Friend of God" because Abraham obeyed God; he didn't merely "believe," as even the devils do - "the devils also believe, and tremble."

"2:14 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? 2:15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, 2:16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? 2:17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.

2:18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: show me thy faith without thy works, and I will show thee my faith by my works. [see Works Means Obedience] 2:19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.

2:20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? 2:21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works [see What Made Abraham Righteous?], when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? 2:22 Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? 2:23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God." (James 2:14-23 KJV)

Fact Finder: (a) Was Jesus Christ "the LORD God" of the "Old" Testament? (b) How did the friendship of "the LORD God" and Moses grow?
(a) See 'Before Abraham Was, I AM'
(b) See How Their Friendship Grew

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