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The First Time He Called Them Friends

Discussion in 'Deeper Fellowship' started by Minister Monardo, Mar 4, 2021.

  1. Minister Monardo

    Minister Monardo Well-Known Member Supporter

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    John 20:17 Jesus said to her, Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended
    to My Father; but go to My brothers and say to them, I am ascending to
    My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.

    The Lord laid out a straightforward criteria to be His brother
    Matthew 12:5 Whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother
    and sister and mother.

    Those who followed him were called disciples, from among them
    He chose twelve to be apostles.

    Luke 6:
    12 Now it came to pass in those days that He went out to the mountain to pray,
    and continued all night in prayer to God.
    13 And when it was day, He called His disciples to Himself; and from them He
    chose twelve whom He also named apostles.

    Among Disciples We Are All Brethren
    Matthew 23:8
    But you, do not be called Rabbi; for One is your Teacher,
    the Christ, and you are all brethren.

    Luke 22:
    And the Lord said, Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you,
    that he may sift you as wheat.

    32 But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you
    have returned, strengthen your brethren.

    Seek the Lord and Find His Strength
    Psalm 105:4 Seek the LORD, and his strength: seek his face evermore.

    They became servants of the living God.
    On the night of His Passion,
    they learned of being His friend.
    John 15:
    Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.
    14 You are My friends if you do whatever I command you.
    15 No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master
    is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father
    I have made known to you.

    Proverbs 18:24 A man with many friends may be harmed by them,
    but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

    When brethren become beloved to one another, they become
    friends in Spirit and in Truth.
    Last edited: Mar 4, 2021
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