Subsidiary post: Abraham the Friend of God
The opposite of “friend” is “enemy” (Friends and Enemies).
John 3:29 – “He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice…” – John the Baptist knew he was not to take the place of the bridegroom; he was a friend, and attendant of the bridegroom.
John 15:13, 14, 15 – “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. You are My friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you.”
James 2:23 – “and the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “AND ABRAHAM BELIEVED GOD, AND IT WAS RECKONED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS,” and he was called the friend of God.” – Therefore, as we “follow in the steps of the faith of our father Abraham” (Romans 4:12), we are the friends of God just as he was. See Abraham the Friend of God.
James 4:4 – “You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.” – By implication, therefore, our faithfulness will make us worthy to be called the friends of God. And we demonstrate our faithfulness as we keep His commandments (see John 15:14 above).