Observe that Jesus makes a distinction between slaves…and friends. But the distinction initially surprises us. We are Jesus’ friends if we do what he commands. This sounds rather like a definition of a slave. Certainly such friendship is not reciprocal. I cannot turn around to Jesus and thank him for his friendship and tell him he is my friend, too, if he does everything I command him. Strange to tell, not once is Jesus or God ever described in the Bible as our friend. Abraham is God’s friend; the reverse is never stated…He says we are his friends because he has made known to us all that he learned from his Father. [Carson, D. A., The Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God (Crossway Books, 2000), pg. 41, 42].