In the world, there is this phenomenon wherein someone apparently is in good company, when she/he has a best friend. It’s somehow understood that a true best friend sticks closer than a sibling or any other relative for that matter.
However, when we look into the New Testament, there is no such thing as best friends. Because if we believe that God shows no favoritism, neither should His followers favor a person over another. Imagine, this same, unconditional love is flowing through us. For example, I won’t prefer to spend more time with this fellow, just because we have similar interests or get along better than with others… No, that is not Christ-like.
What we have that is far better than a “best friend” is called the Church.
We see glimpses of it all over the Bible, but most intensely in Acts chapter two and four:
“And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity—”
“All the believers were united in heart and mind. And they felt that what they owned was not their own, so they shared everything they had.”
Act 2:44-46, 4:32 (NLT)
It’s sometimes called “spiritual family”, but what it really is: It’s the body of Christ. What unity, what bond, what “friendship” can be greater than this? Jesus prayed specifically for this supernatural gathering:
“I pray that they will all be one, just as You and I are one—as You are in Me, Father, and I am in You. And may they be in Us so that the world will believe You sent Me.”
Joh 17:21 (NLT)
There’s nothing that can be closer or more tighlty knit than the Trinity itself. The relationship between the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit is something that is out of this world. And that’s what we can experience in the true body of Christ. Imagine that!