Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Friendship with God.

Have you ever lost a friend? I'm sure that we all have. Have you ever tried to start a friendship with someone who didn't want to? It hurts doesn't it.

"'Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness'—and he was called a friend of God." - James 2:23 ESV

Abraham is one of the only people in scripture called God's friend. Why doesn't God have more friends?

Well God has few friends because many do not desire God. In fact, the majority of mankind hate God. They love their sin and rebellion, and they want to stay in it. God can't just forgive them either. He is Holy, completely separate and other from us. God must have some legal basis to forgive them. The demands of his justice must be met. Mankind is guilty of high treason. It would be unjust if God were to just forgive a person. Not only this, but God hates sin. Why does God hate sin? He hates it because it is a slap in His face. It is exactly opposite of his character. Sin is a revulsion in the sight of God. It deserves nothing but his wrath and hot displeasure. He can not befriend anyone so filled with sin, rebellion, and wickedness.

That is why the Creator and Judge, in his infinite mercy and wisdom, to the praise of his glorious grace and justice, added humanity to his divinity by becoming a man and then died upon the Cross as a substitutionary sacrifice in the stead of sinners. There the Lord Jesus, who didn't know sin, became sin for us, so that those who by God's grace repent of their sins, and place their full confidence, trust, faith, and love in the Lord Jesus might be freed from the curse of sin and enjoy the sweetness of reconciliation and restored friendship with God. God is able to have friendship with them because he doesn't see them or their sin, but because of their union with Christ, he sees them as they are in Christ. When God sees a saved sinner, he sees his Son. He sees how we one day will be perfected and conformed to His image. So upon that basis, restored friendship is available. We preach this wonderful opportunity to all who are still at enmity with God and beg them to be reconciled to him.

Can this be demonstrated scripturally? Yes.

The reason for few friends -

"And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil." - John 3:19

"For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. " - Romans 1:18

"The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually." - Genesis 6:5

"You who are a of purer eyes than to see evil and cannot look at wrong." - Habakkuk 1:13

"What then? Are we Jews any better off? No, not at all. For we have already charged that all, both Jews and Greeks, are under sin, as it is written:

“None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.” “Their throat is an open grave; they use their tongues to deceive.” “The venom of asps is under their lips.” “Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness.” “Their feet are swift to shed blood; in their paths are ruin and misery, and t the way of peace they have not known.” “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”
- Romans 3:9-18

But that's not the end of the story. We have reconciliation with God.

And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ— by grace you have been saved- Ephesians 2:1-5

Therefore remember that at one time you Gentiles in the flesh, called “the uncircumcision” by what is called the circumcision, which is made in the flesh by hands— remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. - Ephesians 2:11-13

For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but l God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by r his life. More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation. - Romans 5:6-11

Friendship with God is not just for the 'super spiritual', as is taught and implied by the Watchtower. All who are blood bought, born again, believers in the Lord Jesus Christ are not only God's friends, but his children and fellow heirs with Christ. Now how AWESOME is that.

Isaac Watts Wrote:

Alas, and did my Savior bleed
And did my Sovereign die?
Would He devote that sacred head
For such a worm as I?
Was it for sins that I had done
He groaned upon the tree?
Amazing pity, grace unknown
And love beyond degree

CHORUS
My God, why would You shed Your blood
So pure and undefiled
To make a sinful one like me
Your chosen, precious child?

Well might the sun in darkness hide
And shut His glories in
When Christ, the mighty Maker, died
For man, the creature’s, sin

CHORUS

Thus might I hide my blushing face
While His dear cross appears
Dissolve my heart in thankfulness
And melt my eyes to tears

CHORUS

As the hymn writer wrote "Amazing pity, grace unknown, and love beyond degree." Let us praise the Lord Jesus for this awesome privilege of friendship with God.

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