No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know
what his master is doing; but I have called you friends.
The Lord said, “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am doing?” § It has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven. § But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. § The hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory.
Blessed is the man You choose, and cause to approach You, that he may dwell in Your courts. We shall be satisfied with the goodness of Your house, of Your holy temple. § The secret of the Lord is with those who fear Him, and He will show them His covenant. § I have given to them the words which You have given Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me.
You are My friends if you do whatever I command you.
John 15:15; Gen. 18:17; Matt. 13:11;
1 Cor. 2:10; 2:7; Ps. 65:4; 25:14; John 17:8; 15:14
You shall call your walls Salvation, and your gates Praise.
The wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
You are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit. § If indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious. Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
Praise is awaiting You, O God, in Zion.
Isa. 60:18; Rev. 21:14; Eph. 2:19–22; 1 Peter 2:3–5; Ps. 65:1