John Durant on Christ’s love of friendship

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The love of friendship is so called (not as if it were the habit of friendship it self, but) because it is that kind, or act of love, whereby we prosecute or follow one, whom we look upon, and love as a friend; and to whom we wish good. Now this kind (or rather degree) of love, is in the love of Christ to believers; Christ looks upon, and loves all believers as friends; hence it is, that he counts, and calls them all by that name, ye are my friends, Joh. 15.14. And that this is real, appears by his dealing with them.

Therefore it is added, Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his Lord doth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of the Father, I have made known unto you, ver. 15. Those whom we love as friends, we open our minds unto; and it is their privilege, we communicate to them secrets which we have heard. Christ dealeth thus with believers, and thus dealing, doth not he declare to them the love of friendship?

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