Why are we God's friends?

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py3ak

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Speaking of John 15:15 ("but I have called you friends"), Martin Luther wrote:

It is our custom to reverse this order and call him "friend" who bestows good on others. But here Christ is speaking about the manner in which we come to be called friends in the sight of God, namely, by being recipients of his benefits. For we gave him nothing previously, nor did we merit his friendship. Immediately after this Christ adds: "You did not choose Me." He initiated this friendship by accepting and transforming us from enemies into friends. And now it behooves to thank Him for this and to confess that we owe our friendship solely to His grace and goodness.​
 
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