No longer servants

No longer servants
Chris Cunningham
John 15:15 Henceforth I call you not servants, for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth . . .

There is a sense in which we do consider ourselves servants of Christ. Paul identified himself not by high titles or attainments, but as a bondslave of Jesus Christ. But our Lord lovingly informs His disciples here of the intimacy of our relationship to himself, and the comparison made is a blessed one. The difference is in this. A servant does not know what his lord does.

A servant is not included in the family business. He is not in on the secret details of what goes on in the household. But in the household of faith, God’s people, the friends of the Lord, know things that the wise and prudent of this world have desired to see, and have not seen them, and even angels have desired to look into.

By virtue of this precious affiliation, we know what Christ did while he walked this earth. We know why he did what he did. We know where he is right now, and what he is doing right now. We even know, by his revealing grace, what he did for us before this world ever was.

He is the lamb slain for sinners even before there was a sinner, before the foundation of this world. It is a faithful saying that he came into this world to save sinners. We know that he did so after the council of his own gracious will, simply because he loved us, and would not let us go. We know that just because he wanted to, for the joy that was set before him, he became what we are by nature, that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. We know that he ever lives to make intercession for us, his people, and that he meets with us, when we meet in his blessed name.

I know nothing yet as I ought to know, and I do not yet know, even as I am known. But bless His name, because He has called me His friend, I know what He has done for me, what He is doing for me, and what He shall do for me, and I say with David, “such knowledge is too wonderful for me!”

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