Friday, May 18, 2012
Are you a friend of God?
Greetings. In this day, we will do a brief study of being a friend to God. What is a friend according to the word of God? Let's look at the following verse-
" 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)
In today's society, we call a person, a friend who has a lot in common with us. A friend that will do us a favor in time of need. A friend that will comfort us and make us feel good. That is all good and we should have friends like that, but in biblical times, according to Middle Eastern culture-A friend is one who had covenant with you! Notice in James 2:23, what a picture of God's grace-Abraham was made righteous. He was the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus even before Christ came to the earth. He heard the good news way ahead of time. Abraham, truly, had prophetic insight concerning the future! Look at the following verse-
" And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed. So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham." (Gal 3:7-9) God, himself, preached the gospel to Abraham! Imagine that-God, himself, preaching the gospel unto Abraham, giving him insight on the future. Seeing Christ (God made in the flesh) dying for us and accepting his sacrifice on Calvary. Upon acceptiing it, BAM!!- Abraham became the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. He had advanced information ahead of time! That is shouting ground!
But it doesn't end there, he revealed to him that the Christ was coming out of his loins! In other words, his seed would wind up bringing forth the Christ! To top it off, God made covenant (Made a contract) with Abraham. A friend is one who has a contract with another and this was a standard practice in those times. This was common with a weaker tribe. In order to protect itself, it would make covenant with the stronger tribe for protection. In Biblical times, whatever belonged to you, belonged to God, but whatever belonged to God-belonged to us! Take some time and get familiar with God's covenant with you. It reminds me of the Capital One commercial-What's in your wallet? Today, God would ask-What's in your covenant? More to come and God bless!