Guthrie, D. D.)The name of Jesus set in workDr. This is the only religious view of life.IV. Clergymen, but not men of other professions and employments. Observe the extent of this saying. (2) He perfects and enlivens those of our works which of themselves are commanded of God, engrafting on them the true motive and directing them to the true end. But it is necessary that we have this deposition so formed in our hearts, that when circumstances allow us to think of Christ our souls may lean that way as being habituated to it.II. (b)That we act according to His will. The life of the saint and of the sinner are made up very much of the same commonplace duties, and in all that is patent to the world there may be little difference between them: but the spirit by which they are actuated constitutes a gulf between them as wide as that which divides light and darkness, heaven and hell.3. It is that which lends them their appearance of depth, and the best of their brilliance. Mallock.Religion is one of the colours of life which mingles most intimately with all the other colours of the palette. Was this a hindrance? (2)Adoption (Ephesians 1:5). Works that are the same as to external action are good in one and bad in another. De Witt Talmage, D. D.)The essence of fieryD. The faithful neither rejoice, nor speak, nor act, but in the name of God — but here it is required that our whole life be referred to the name of Christ. All our prayer and praises must be offered in the name of the Lord Jesus. It must therefore be concluded that He is not a creature, but very God. There has been nothing sinful, on the contrary the work, it may be, has been sacred, undertaken with prayer, and been for the good of man and the glory of God, and yet there is no satisfaction.I. As to daily life. It is that which lends them their appearance of depth, and the best of their brilliance. For the instruction of our faith. Whatever mystery a man makes of his object in life, spectators generally arrive at correct conclusions.2. 3. permeating this life that it hallows everything. By this(1) Paul banishes, from our mind all unfruitful works of darkness, it being evident that we can do nothing that is opposed to His will. (1) We may take the sayings of Scripture strictly to the letter, set them clown as exaggerated, and above our capacities. But whatever it be, reality is its necessary condition. HOW WE MAY DO IT.1. (4)All our actual supplies (Philippians 4:19).2. Even now the good is gaining the victory, and the King is Christ. A bad sermon on the text, "Behold I stand at the door and knock," is (it would seem) sacred; but to paint the well-known picture illustrating same text was secular. A bad sermon on the text, "Behold I stand at the door and knock," is (it would seem) sacred; but to paint the well-known picture illustrating same text was secular. Hast thou ever deeply loved parent, bride, husband, or child? Owing to this enormous abuses have sprung up under the shadow of the Church. One of the leading peculiarities of the religion of Jesus is that it virtually annihilated the distinction between the secular and the sacred. (2) We must use words of wisdom (Book of Proverbs), words of truth and soberness (Acts 23:25), words of righteousness (Job 6:25), wholesome words (2 Timothy 1:13), words of eternal life (John 6:68). Thanksgiving is one of the most necessary and universal offices of a Christian. J. W. Buxton, M. Stewart. A. Daille.I. It is His presence by His Spirit in the hearts of His people which is the motive power of their holy life. Church Of God. (1) As the name of God signifies the Hebrew word by which the Lord distinguishes Himself, so Jesus is sometimes taken for the name which was given by express Divine command. impart sweetness to teaching children that in them we receive Jesus? Paul here clearly gives to Christ the whole of life. Very many of those prayers are like letters with no name and address upon them, which never reach their destination. "GIVING THANKS INTO GOD AND THE FATHER BY HIM." So they are ready to think that they cannot help themselves, that they must fall into sins of infirmity, and thus they cast their faults on God, or they look upon them as no great faults at all, and so they act as though they could not sin. For the confirmation of faith. Observe the extent of this saying. (1) We have a proof of the divinity of Christ. They admire the gospel, but never think of realizing it. Take any life, in any condition or time, and there is help and hope for it in Jesus. There they taught us the great lesson — "Do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus." How, then, can they be done? Mere precepts cannot touch us at all points, or constrain us to do all things in a teacher's name. And whatever you do [no matter what it is] in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus and in [dependence upon] His Person, giving praise to God the Father through Him. Works that are the same as to external action are good in one and bad in another. (2) The facts implied in the name, "The Lord Jesus," rest upon evidence as strong as can possibly be alleged for anything. Recur to the motive of the text. Supposing this we must exercise faith upon Him, and have constant recourse to Him, in all that we do for the supplies of His grace and Spirit (1 Peter 2:20; 1 Peter 5:7; John 16:16, 23, 26).3. Such an object is consciously present when he chooses to reflect on it, but day by day in the toil and struggle he is not ever thinking of it, but he is pursuing it. How intensely secular they may become I How mean and perfunctory the spirit in which they may be performed! One spirit came and took the body of a king and did his work. (b) Being referred to the glory of God, from indifferent they become holy and acceptable to God.3. Does it not give strength to self-denial to take up our cross after Jesus? The belief in Christ is not only the unavoidable conclusion of a sound mind from evidence, but the only satisfactory way to account for the state of the world in which we find ourselves. There is no need to enter into the various component elements which go to make up this moral force. Surely, too, all great music is most truly religious. (2) Some religious people, like the former, strain the Bible to its literal meaning, and then require that meaning in full, and thus lead to the same point, and encourage indolence and unbelief. There are of course many visionaries, men pursuing objects which have no real existence, but to them they are not unreal. (Dean Alford. Such an object is consciously present when he chooses to reflect on it, but day by day in the toil and struggle he is not ever thinking of it, but he is pursuing it. One offers it in his own name, he is sacrificing to selfishness; another offers it in the name of fashion, another in the name of respectability, but there can be no reality in our services unless offered in the name of Christ.(H. John Piper. (Dean Alford. Thanksgiving is one of the most necessary and universal offices of a Christian. Didst thou find that thou toiledst for them less diligently because thou thoughtest of and toiledst for them? (b)That we act according to His will. A strained and exaggerated view of religion has been put before them, alien from their habits of thought, and by no means supported by the example of its professors.II. It is to them a mere night of stars to wonder and gaze at, not a sun to light them to their daily work, and warm their hearts with love. Therefore we must all honour the Son as the Father (John 5:23).3. Go, for example, into many of the farms round here, and notice the fire-dogs that stand in the yawning chimney: how they are wrought at the sides into those most blessed of all letters, the I.H.C., by which our dear Lord is set forth. As a little square serves an artificer to design and mark out a multitude of lines, and to correct those that are amiss, so by this little rule there is no human action respecting which we cannot ascertain whether it is right or wrong; nor is there any part of our lives which this rule is not capable of guiding and forming to perfection.3. (2) The name of God is taken for the power, authority, and will of God (Deuteronomy 18:19; 2 Kings 2:24; Psalm 20:7; Psalm 89:16, 24; 1 Samuel 17:45; 2 Chronicles 14:11). It says not, "Give your bodies to be burned for the glory of God," but, "Whether ye eat or drink," etc.2. The impiety of those who invoke Christ's name on their wicked courses.3. The spirit we are of determines the character of our actions whether they are holy or unholy. 3. Listen to these affirmative words: "Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Or is not their influence for the most part rather a constraining power of which he is unconscious, rather than a stimulus carried on by conscious effort? Hast thou ever deeply loved parent, bride, husband, or child? We take it for granted and so forget it.1. A strained and exaggerated view of religion has been put before them, alien from their habits of thought, and by no means supported by the example of its professors.II. (2) Our thanks cannot be grateful to the Father except addressed and presented by Christ. Nay, a good and a spur which quickened every nerve. We thank him. (3) He sacrifices those which are in their nature indifferent; e.g., if this rule is observed in eating and drinking, acts indifferent in their nature,(a) the sacred name will purge them of the excess of intemperance on the one hand, and the foolish scruples of superstition on the other. (b) They are seldom loudly professed, so seldom that a man professing loudly a given motive arouses suspicion that he is acting on some other, and only using this as a blind. (2) Observe how such motives act. Will not work be done carelessly? (b) Being referred to the glory of God, from indifferent they become holy and acceptable to God.3. (2) Our thanks cannot be grateful to the Father except addressed and presented by Christ. He is the goal towards which all actions tend. THE MOTIVE POWER OF A HOLY LIFE. By Jesus this gratitude is to be rendered. There are of course many visionaries, men pursuing objects which have no real existence, but to them they are not unreal. What is it that makes our public services in church so frequently cold and spiritless? 1. (Dean Alford. If a man be a Christian, men will take knowledge of him that he has been with Jesus. So in like manner the name of Jesus (Acts 4:7; Matthew 7:22; Matthew 24:5; Matthew 18:20). Or is not their influence for the most part rather a constraining power of which he is unconscious, rather than a stimulus carried on by conscious effort? Many Christians seem to think that in the daily deeds and words of life they either cannot or else must sin, and that these two are much the same. (1) We have a proof of the divinity of Christ. (1) If we would be truly Christians, we must have Christ continually before us as the pole star, the rule of our whole life. Thank you ever so much for such an incisive and very challenging exposition of this passage that has sent me down on my knees in deep self examination and a new discovery of way of life in Christlikeness. Take a man whose motives is the advancement of himself or his family. )The reality of religionDean Alford.I. For His glory (1 Corinthians 10:31; John 5:23; Revelation 5:12, 13). Yes, silver and gold and gems conspired together to mark out this name on the paten, or the chalice, or the shrine; the manufacturer of Limoges worked it out in his enamel; in the monastery potteries they burnt it in on their tiles; in convents they embroidered it on chasuble and cope; in the glorious windows of churches the light came in, sanctified, as it were, and hallowed by the name of the True Light; the poor peasant was encouraged, with his clasp knife, to consecrate his house by carving the same name on the hutch of his door or the barge-boards of his roof; the name of salvation could not be out of place among the dwellings of those who looked to be saved; the name which to adore will be the work of eternity, could never be out of place for the meditation and the worship of earth.(Dr. He would be a bad workman and a bad Christian if he were. Was this a hindrance? We must exercise our thoughts much upon Him, and be much taken up with Him in the course of our lives (Psalm 73:23). II. )LinksColossians 3:17 NIVColossians 3:17 NLTColossians 3:17 ESVColossians 3:17 NASBColossians 3:17 KJVColossians 3:17 Bible AppsColossians 3:17 ParallelColossians 3:17 Biblia ParalelaColossians 3:17 Chinese BibleColossians 3:17 French BibleColossians 3:17 German BibleColossians 3:17 CommentariesBible Hub. Will not work be done carelessly? As to deeds of grace. (a) As to their inward influence on the man himself. To write hymns sacred. There are of course many visionaries, men pursuing objects which have no real existence, but to them they are not unreal. 1. (c)That we live in entire confidence in and dependence upon Him.4. Even now the good is gaining the victory, and the King is Christ. Jesus-we use the name all the time but do ever think about the name we're using?  (view more) THE SACREDNESS OF COMMON LIFE AND LABOUR. able, it would lose immensely in its character for truth and its power for good. Or is not their influence for the most part rather a constraining power of which he is unconscious, rather than a stimulus carried on by conscious effort? (c)That we live in entire confidence in and dependence upon Him.4. THE TEXT IS A REMEDY FOR UNREALITY IN RELIGION.1. The new man lives in the bod y of the old man and so must put off vices and put on Christian _____ Have Him before thee as the pattern whom thou art to copy; the Redeemer in whom is thy strength, the Master and Friend whom thou art to serve and please, thy Creator and thy heaven.1. As a little square serves an artificer to design and mark out a multitude of lines, and to correct those that are amiss, so by this little rule there is no human action respecting which we cannot ascertain whether it is right or wrong; nor is there any part of our lives which this rule is not capable of guiding and forming to perfection. (1) We have a proof of the divinity of Christ. (2) Some religious people, like the former, strain the Bible to its literal meaning, and then require that meaning in full, and thus lead to the same point, and encourage indolence and unbelief. Were it not almost an indignity to bring them in reference to His great Majesty? On the contrary, great love shows itself most in little acts. After a while Ulysses came, and he said, "Why, all the fine bodies are taken, and all the grand work is taken. (6) Such deep constraining motive is not usually displayed before men; but its existence is not easily concealed. WHAT THIS IS.1. For it is impossible that they should be in the name of Christ except our understandings and will so address them. And the reply was, "The body of a common man, doing a common work, and for a common reward." (3) Owing to a mixture of these we find Christian precept and practice widely sundered. (1) There is a wide difference between persons who pursue objects which only appear real to them, and those whose objects are absolutely real. The angry, sinful word again and again escapes, and the thought of God at best but follows it. And who looks down upon us? Neale. As a little square serves an artificer to design and mark out a multitude of lines, and to correct those that are amiss, so by this little rule there is no human action respecting which we cannot ascertain whether it is right or wrong; nor is there any part of our lives which this rule is not capable of guiding and forming to perfection.3. "Whatsoever ye do," etc., as one bearing His name, in the might of His name, and to its glory. Even now the good is gaining the victory, and the King is Christ. Jun 15, 1986. (1) As the name of God signifies the Hebrew word by which the Lord distinguishes Himself, so Jesus is sometimes taken for the name which was given by express Divine command. "Whether ye eat or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do it to the glory of God."(T. Or hast thou done anything for man's praise, feeling that the eye whose praise thou prizedst was upon thee? 2. As to deeds of grace. De Witt Talmage, D. D.Plato had a fable which I have now nearly forgotten, but it ran something like this: He said spirits of the other world came back to this world to find, body and find a sphere of work. All our prayer and praises must be offered in the name of the Lord Jesus. And who looks down upon us? Surely, too, all great music is most truly religious. Not more cer tainly does the law of gravity reach from world to world than does this law prevail wherever intelligence exists. Thus, from what they look at and come in contact with, common things acquire uncommon glory.(T. When thou hast learned to do all things to Jesus, it will shed pleasure over all dull things, softness over hard things, peace over trial. All we have has been received from the Father through Christ. Introduction (2)Adoption (Ephesians 1:5). We must not so take the precept as if we were obliged in every act and word to raise our thoughts directly to Christ. Artizan, labourer, soldier, slave, would learn the truth that God cared for him, and designed him for a glorious destiny. (b) They are seldom loudly professed, so seldom that a man professing loudly a given motive arouses suspicion that he is acting on some other, and only using this as a blind. The Spirit moves all, and upon this the difference between man's actions depends. (2) Is it not an outrage to require that saints should share this honour with Christ as Rome does? (3) Owing to a mixture of these we find Christian precept and practice widely sundered.  (view more) This is the way with worldly people. What is it that makes our public services in church so frequently cold and spiritless? It is this that gives them the right and title they have in Christian morality. It is plain that it must propose some motive and rule which shall touch daily life at every point. The reason is simply this, that their services are being offered in the wrong name. Let's find out and see what the takeaways are from looking at the name of Jesus. There is no act, however little, which Christ does not see and .touch, and which may not tend as much to His honour as the songs of the Seraphim; there is no affection, talent, energy on which He does not put His hand and say, "That is mine," and which may not be transformed into a worship as sincere as that of the communion; no step we can take in life over which He does not watch, and which may not be made a step on the road that brings us nearer Him; no time here or hereafter when it will not be a delightful duty to "do all in the name of the Lord Jesus." If it could be shown that its requirements were unreal, its statements exaggerated, its views of attainment unreason. (1) We have a proof of the divinity of Christ. 3. It is not in our power to act as we please, or for our own ends (Romans 14:7-8).2. Take a man whose motives is the advancement of himself or his family. It is well, as people's devotions now are, if Christians really prayed to God to carry them through the trials of the day, as really believing that for this they needed the special help of God. It is this that gives them the right and title they have in Christian morality. Why is it that some of us look on church-going as an irksome task, and the hours spent in God's house as the most wearisome of our lives? Colossians 3:17 NIV And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. His name gives power to prayer; it is not so much your earnestness and sincerity, but His blood that speaks to God. Remember what we are to God through creation, providence, and grace.2. These words cover the whole sphere of Christian activity. I. 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