FROM A SERVANT TO A FRIEND


     One of the greatest events in the life of an overcomer, is the transformation that takes place as we pass from a servant to a friend. "Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my father I have made known unto you."(St. Jn. 15:15)  As a servant,  we relate to Moses, and the bondage of the Law. "And Moses verily was faithful in all his house,as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after; But Christ as a son over his own house, whose house are we,if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end" (Heb.3: 5-6)  This is why Peter admonishes us to grow in grace and the knowledge of our Lord.

     Moses' words come with a veil, which shroud the clearness, and can represent death. Remember the old custom,as the grieving widow wore a veil over her face at the husband's funeral. The scripture calls this "a ministration of death". Also Moses was called servant; this typifies the relationship of Master over servant.It speaks of the absence of Love, and doing service because you have to. How many times have you deduced from someone's conversation, they serve God to keep from going to hell? This brings clarity to the words of Jesus; "the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth". Intimacy with Jesus is not experienced by servants.They cannot know what the "sacred secrets" of Jesus' heart is all about !! As we develop a "face to face" relationship with Jesus, we discover true friendship. "Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you,..."(St. Jn.15:16) God's Remnant Seed, has access to "All Things", "All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him".(Matt.12:27) To us the parables come alive with new meaning, while servants see only the outward, surface meaning. To His "chosen friends" the deep calleth unto the deep, meaning God's secrets and trusted revelations are given to us. Thank God !!

     St. Jn. chapter 17, is known as "Jesus' High Priestly Prayer" ; "Neither pray I for these alone ( his twelve disciples) but for them also which shall believe on me through their word".(St. Jn.17:20)  Thank God, Jesus prayed for you and me also!!  The words of Jesus may now come alive to His Elect; "For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me".(St. Jn.17:8)  Here the "words" that he gave us have significant meaning. From the Strong's Concordance, we're told "words" here is the Greek word "Rhema". It is no longer a dead letter heard by a servant's ear. But to Him who has "Ears to Hear" it is words directly from the Spirit, and they bring "life and light"  Rhema carries with it the idea of "flowing as a stream of water". "It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life." (St. Jn.6:63)

     The life of God comes as we receive His words, hearing is not enough, we must assimilate His words into our very being, making them a part of us. This allows quickening to take place. One Dictionary says of "quickening" it is to vitalize or invigorate. The truth is, the living word takes death out of us and replaces it with the Life of God, Abundant, Eternal and Everlasting. Praise His Name!!

In-Christ Always Elmer Hart

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