Friend of God
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 2:23 (KJV)
Have you heard the song, “I am a friend of God”? What a marvelous thought put to music so beautifully. When I first heard it I couldn’t stop singing the chorus, “I am a friend of God, I am a friend of God. He calls me friend.” I believe that to be called the friend of God burns in the heart of every true believer.
After I got over the thrill of the moment, I began to consider what it takes to be “a friend of God.” It wasn’t quite such an ecstatic flight in the realm of reality.
To be “the friend of God” requires that a person be a believer. The words, “Abraham believed God,” carry the powerful truth that to be “the friend of God” demands a faith that results in absolute obedience. After all, “faith without works is dead” (Jam. 2:20, 26).
Abraham was justified by the work of faith when he offered Isaac on the altar (Jam. 2:21) and that action of faith is what made his faith perfect (Jam. 2:22) and endeared him to the heart of God as “friend.”
Believing in God is really of no value to those who do not mix action with their faith. Scripture declares that, “the devils also believe, and tremble,” but of what value is that to them or to God. No devil has ever been called the friend of God though they believe that He is.
The true believer must not only believe that God is, but that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him (Heb. 11:6). That is to say that, the believer is in a covenant relationship with Him that brings the rewards of relationship. This kind of believing is the same as that which is required of those who “receive” Christ as Lord and Savior. It is that belief of heart, accompanied by confession of mouth, that confirms the covenant relationship between man and God, God and man, which results in a changed life that receives imputed righteousness, activated and worked out by and through faith.
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