John 17 20 ‘I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, 21 that they may all be one, just as you Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.’
Being one sounds like a relationship. The Father and Son being one even though they are different people sounds like a relationship. Believers being one like God the Father and God the Son are one sounds like a relationship.
John 17 25 O righteous Father, even though the world does not know you, I know you, and these know that you have sent me. 26 I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.
Jesus says the world does not know him but believers know him. Do these demons know God? Are these demons saved by their knowledge of God?
Mark 1 23 And immediately there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit. And he cried out, 24 ‘What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are-Holy One of God.’ 25 But Jesus rebuked him, saying, ‘Be silent, and come out of him!’
Mark 1 34 And he healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons. And he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him.
These demons know Jesus. Are they saved? It is enough to have knowledge of Jesus or when Jesus says that believers know Him does he mean in a deeper, relational sense like knowing one’s wife?
Mark 5 7 And crying out with a loud voice, he said, ‘What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I adjure you by God, do not torment me.’ 8 For he was saying to him, ‘Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!’ 15 And they came to Jesus and saw the demon-possessed man, the one who had had the legion, sitting their clothed and in his right mind, and they were afraid. 18 As he was getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed with demons begged him that he might be with him. 19 And he did not permit him but said to him, ‘Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.’
Was this man saved before he was committed to following Jesus? In other words is following Jesus salvation or is being saved knowing who Jesus is in a non relational sense?
Mark 14 31 But he said emphatically, ‘If I must die with you, I will not deny you.’ And they all said the same.
This devotion Peter confesses and the others confess-had it been real at the time-seems like it symbolizes the saving faith that James talks about. They confesse being willing to die for Jesus. Confessing an allegiance to God that goes so deep you would die with God seems to be the definition of a relationship. A very close relationship at that.
James 2 8 If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself,’ you are doing well. 9 But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. 12 So speak and so act as those who are to be judged under the law of liberty. 14 What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace, be warmed and filled,’ without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? 17 So also faith by itself, if it does not have works is dead.
When James describes saving faith he uses a relational example to teach it to us making it seem like relationship is a part of salvation.
James 1 26 If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceived his heart, this person’s religion is worthless. 27 Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.
James defines true religion using two examples that are relational in nature. Bridling one’s tongue is certainly relevant for doing relationship with other beings. Visiting orphans and widows is a relational kind of service.
John 15 12 ‘This is my commandment that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command you. 15 No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. 17 These things I command you, so that you will love one another.
Calling believers friends seems to be a relationship teaching by Jesus. Jesus also promises open communication with those whom he calls friend. Open communication is a key feature of a good relationship.
Not to mention God appears to have relationship with God-self. Is relationship a christian teaching according to the Bible? Read it for yourself and may God teach your heart after His ways and HIS WAYS ALONE.