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Three clues about friendship

Abraham is one of two men singled out as a friend of God. Moses was the other.

1. Abraham was the first to be justified by faith. Thus he is the father of all those justified by faith. So for Abraham to have been a friend of God makes friendship something that is "in the genes" of the children of Abraham.

2. From Moses came the Law. We don't think of the Law as a friendly thing, but its intent was for men to have a holy relationship with God.

In my on-going inquiry into friends and friendships, it is amazing to find only two in the entire Old Testament who qualified to be friends of God.

3. But then Grace came:


John 15.13-15 Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. 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.

2 Chronicles 20.7 O our God, did you not drive out the inhabitants of this land before your people Israel and give it forever to the descendants of Abraham your friend?

Exodus 33.11 The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks with his friend.

Romans 7.12 So then, the law is holy, and the commandment is holy, righteous and good.


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