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.
Ye have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in My name, He may give it you.
These things I command you, that ye love one another.
I love v. 15. “From now on, because I have shared with you all that I have from the Father, I will call you not My servants, but My friends.”
Our knowledge of Jesus and His Words, along with our obedience to Him and thus to the Father, takes us up the ladder from being servants to being friends. A servant is not intimate with his master. He does what he is told. He obeys not so much out of love, but out of duty and sometimes fear. To disobey was to risk losing one’s position, or perhaps being sold to a new master.
When Jesus elevated His disciples from servants to friends, He was giving them, truly, a raise in status and a privileged position.
What could be better than being friends with Jesus?
Not only are we His friends when we obey Him, but we are chosen by Him for such a status. To truly know Jesus is to love Him. And His love for us, in that He chose us, is that He ordained us to bring forth fruit that will remain; and to enjoy the blessing of answered prayer.
Again, Jesus commanded that we love one another. Where there is no love among Christian brethren, there will not be the blessing of God. Mark it down: God answers prayer when we obey Him, and when we love one another.