Servant to Friend

John 15 records Jesus speaking of how He desires us to relate to Father. He states ‘I no longer call you servant, but I now call you friend.’ The word for servant there in the Greek is 'doulas'. This word means a bond servant. Someone who was a slave set free but then decided, according to their own will, to become a person’s slave once again. Paul often calls himself this term when introducing himself. This term represents a humility and a lifetime willingness to serve and honor God. So do not let what I’m about to say confuse the meaning and importance of being a 'doulas'. Jesus is saying though that at some point in our relationship with Him, He desires to call us friend. The word for friend here is philos. You may have heard the word for love ‘phileo’ which comes from this term. It speaks of a love shared between friends. More research into this particular word 'philos' and I found that this word has a very unique use. Suppose a man loved a woman and desired to pursue marriage with her. He would go to a trusted friend to go on his behalf and speak to her for him, explaining his love for her and his desire to marry her. This friend was called 'philos'. Powerful right?!? Jesus desires that when we walk in intimacy and transition through being a servant, that we move deeper into intimacy as His friend and therefore on His behalf go speak to the world of God who became man with the intent of marriage.

 

15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. John 15:15

 

17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:[a] The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin[b] for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Corinthians 5:17-21