Your 3 Best Friends
Some people say if you can count on one hand true best friends in a lifetime, you are “lucky”. For whatever reason, people drift apart. Friends you thought were your friends let you down and others are in your life for a season. If you look at your best friends I am sure you can see shifts. Before people get saved they have one group of friends and after they get saved it is very rare for your old friends to stay your friend.
Jesus had friends and he had his disciples as friends. But there were plenty of people who hated Jesus so if people hate you because you are a believer preaching the gospel of salvation through Jesus Christ, you are in good company.
The interesting thing is the three that were closest to Jesus, Peter, James and John. I am not going to look at their life here but I do want to explore their focus. While Jesus was alive, they all focused on Jesus, what Jesus said and what Jesus did. Like today, we focus on Jesus, what Jesus said and what Jesus did. But after the death, burial and resurrection what did the ” friends ” of Jesus do?
The three closest to Jesus, Peter, James and John. Who was the ” one Jesus loved “? John. So John was most likely a best friend. We don’t hear too much about James. And Peter, James and John have writings in the scriptures. But I believe God gives us a clue why John was the one Jesus loved.
Right after Paul’s writings we see James has a letter / epistle and his letter is written to “the 12 tribes”, to Jews. (So doctrinal application is to the Jews but we glean spiritual insight.) James speaks a lot about man’s walk, speech, works, deeds, things said and done. James focus was what you say and do.
Peter on the other hand was more of a flesh minded person. Peter cut off the soldier’s ear, Peter said he would never deny Jesus, Peter wouldn’t eat unclean things, Peter said we have been fishing all night and caught nothing but on your word we will cast the net. It is almost like Peter struggled with living in this world but trying not to be a part of this world. And Peter writes 2 letters, 1st and 2nd Peter. His letters speak and focus on the duties of God’s people. Duties to God and God’s people.
So James speaks about our walk, our speech/words, our deeds. And Peter speaks about living in this world. But John, John focused on the inner man. It was John who wrote about the Holy Spirit. John writes about man’s spirit man. And John writes the Gospel of John, 1st, 2nd 3rd John and the book of Revelation. Because John was focused on the inner man, the spirit man I believe that is why he is said to be the one Jesus loved.
Not only is John’s gospel different than the other gospels but John’s gospel is where we learn about being ” born again”. It is through John’s writings we learn the Father, the Word and the Spirit are one. It is John who writes about the love of God. John writes about Satan deceiving and destroying in John 10.
There are plenty of James type believers out there. Those who focus on your walk, your speech, your deeds. And there are plenty of Peter type believers who are concerned with the things of this world or making a name for themselves. These believers speak of petitions, elections, world events and getting active in world events.
It is not that one believer is better than another. Jesus had these three as his closest friends. All three, Peter, James and John were different and had a different focus. And Jesus knew this and addressed them each in their own focus.
Are you always looking at your works and deeds or the works and deeds of your friends or others? Are you focusing on actions of others? Then you are a James type believer.
Are you focused on your job, your house, your place in this world? Do you spend most of your time improving your work skills? Are you trying to make a better world? Then you are a Peter type believer.
Or are you consumed with God’s word and building your inner man? Do you eat, sleep and breath things about God and his word? Do you struggle with holding an interest in your job, your house and world events? Do you spend your free time learning and growing spiritually? Then you are a John type believer.
Each type of believer plays a roll and purpose in the body of Christ just like Peter, James and John played a roll in Jesus’ ministry. That is what Paul was explaining in 1 Corinthians 12 when he wrote:
1 Corinthians 12:12-25 KJV “For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
 For the body is not one member, but many.
 If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
 And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
 If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?
 But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.
 And if they were all one member, where were the body?
 But now are they many members, yet but one body.
 And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.
 Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary:
 And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness.
 For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked:
 That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.”
Until next time.