Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God through Him. Doing anything in the name of the Lord relates to being consistent with His Person.

ROBERT >> You go to church on Sunday morning, you partake of the Lord’s supper, you put money into the contribution plate; but what about Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday? Does God just want one day out of our life or just part of our income, or does he want our whole life? He doesn’t want just a piece of the pie. He wants the whole pie. God wants our hearts, our lives, every moment submitted to the lordship of Jesus Christ. Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God through Him. Stay tuned. We’ll be back in just a moment.

SINGING>> Speaking the truth, speaking the truth,
speaking the truth, speaking the truth in love.

ROBERT >> I hope you have your Bibles this morning turned to Colossians 3:17. This is a pivotal passage here in the letter of the Colossians, chapter 3 and chapter 4. It’s an all-encompassing passage. It’s a comprehensive passage.

Whatever you do, the Bible says, in word or deed. That’s a spectrum phrase. It includes the whole spectrum of our life: What we say, what we do. If there’s anything, Paul says, I’ve left out here, if there’s anything that needs to be added to it, I’m talking about the whole of your life, submitting every moment of your life to Jesus Christ. And I want you to see how that the apostle Paul applies this here in this letter. As you begin in the first 15 verses of Colossians chapter 3, if you’ll look there with me, you see first he looks to our heart to find out where our heart really is.

He says here in Colossians 3:1, “If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.”

You see, he speaks here of that moment in our life when we gave ourself to the Lord Jesus in baptism and were raised up out of the waters of baptism to live a new life. He tells us here that if that be the case, since we have given our life to Jesus, since we’ve been raised up together with him, we ought to have a whole different mindset about us.

Look what he says in verse 2. “Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. And when Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.”

You see, because of Jesus Christ, I now have a new life. And that life is summed up in the name of Jesus Christ. He tells us as you go on in this chapter how there are certain things that we need to put to death, there are certain things that we need to put off so that we can put on the garments of Jesus Christ.

If you look with me here, you’ll notice in verse 5 of chapter 3, “Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.”

He goes on to describe it further in the verses that follow. Here he says in verse 6, “Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience, in which you yourselves once walked when you lived in them. But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him.”

You see, God doesn’t want us going back to our old way of life. God doesn’t want us involved in that old life. Put that life to death so that you can live a new life in Jesus Christ. You’ll notice what it said in verse 10, to put on the new man.

He tells us more about what that means as you look a little further in verse 12, where he says, Therefore as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, “kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering, all of these things which we might describe as the garments of Christ.”

You see, when you come to Jesus Christ, when you become a Christian, when you’re baptized into Christ, you put on Christ. That’s what Paul said in Galatians 3:26-27. This is how we become the children of God: by faith, putting on Christ in baptism. To do that, we’ve got to die to the old man so that we can be raised up out of the waters of baptism a new man. We’ve got to put on the garments of Christ. And the apostle Paul reminds us of who we are so that we’ll be sure to put on the proper garments.

You’ll notice here in Colossians 3:12 he says, “Therefore as the elect of God, holy and beloved.”

It’s important that we remember who we are in Jesus Christ. We’re God’s chosen ones. We’re the ones who’ve been set apart from this world to live for Jesus Christ. We’re his beloved ones. And if we know who we are, then we’ll know how to dress, I mean to put on the garments of Jesus Christ, to dress up like a Christian, like Jesus would dress. If you notice here in this passage, he speaks of these spiritual garments that we must put on in our life. He describes them here as tender mercies. He’s talking about that compassion of heart that you see in Jesus. He’s talking about those who really care about other people. He speaks here of kindness or generosity. Here these are those who want to do good and to help others. He talks about humility, this idea of one who doesn’t consider himself better than others, one who puts others before himself, the attitude that we read about, for example, in Philippians the 2nd chapter.

If you’ll notice back just a few pages in your Bible, in Philippians 2:3, the apostle Paul writes, “Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.”

And so it’s this attitude of humility that we as Christians must put on. He describes it further here in Colossians 3:12. He speaks of putting on meekness. And that’s not like some have misunderstood it to mean, weakness; but meekness is actually when strength, when power is brought under control. I remember where we used to worship a number of years ago, there was a big man. He had big hands. He was one of the deacons of the church. He was what he called a gentle giant. He was one who was strong, but he was one who was gentle. And that’s the idea of what meekness is really all about. Look as he further describes these garments that we must put on as Christians. He describes here those who are longsuffering. Sometimes the word is translated patience. Because you see, when we’re suffering and that suffering goes on for a long time, we have to deal with that, we have to endure that. That’s what patience is really all about. Life is not always convenient. And being a Christian sometimes involves trials and persecutions and difficulties that others in the world do not have. But you see, patience, longsuffering, this is the attitude in the heart of Jesus Christ that we must put on if we’re going to do whatever we do in the name of the Lord Jesus.

Look what he says further here in verse 13. Here he talks about bearing with one another, putting up with one another, enduring one another. You see, this is where we need to bring our patience, to our relationships in the body of Christ, his church. It’s not always easy for us to get along with each other in the church of Christ. You’ll find people from all different backgrounds. They speak different languages. They have different skin color. They’ve been brought up in a different environment. But God has brought us all together in the body of Christ so that we can learn to love one another and so that we can be united together in the work and the worship of the church. He not only says forbearing one another, but he says forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another. Certainly we need to put forgiveness in our hearts, because there’s going to be times when we say things or we do things that are going to hurt one another. We may not mean to do that, we may not do that purposefully, but sometimes that’s going to happen. Oftentimes it’s just a misunderstanding. But whatever the case, we must be like Christ and have a forgiving heart towards one another.

You might say why should I forgive my brother?

Why should I put up with my brother?

Look at all of his weaknesses and his problems and his difficulties. I don’t know that I want to do that. But the reason is very clear at the end here of verse 13, Even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. It’s because Christ has forgiven us. And if we realize that the almighty God in all of his holiness and righteousness is able then to forgive us, sinners, then certainly we ought to be able to forgive one another. And just as we have learned forgiveness and experienced that in our own life, having been forgiven by Christ, we ought to have a heart of forgiveness for all of those around us as well.

Then I want you to notice this last attribute of heart that Paul tells us to put on. Here he says in verse 14, “But above all these things, he says, put on love, which is the bond of perfection.”

Love is above all these other things. Love is continually emphasized in the Bible as the greatest of all things.

“Now abides faith, hope, and love, the Bible says; but the greatest of these is love,” 1 Corinthians 13:13.

And here you see how that Paul elevates this attribute of love. He says it’s the bond of perfection. It is that perfect bond that holds everything else together. It’s that super glue, it’s that Gorilla Glue.

In Texas, we’d say it’s the duct tape. That’s what we use to hold things together. But love is that which is able to cement our relationships. It’s because of love that we can be this kind of tender, merciful people, a people of compassion. It’s because of love that we can be kind and helpful to one another. It’s love that moves us here, as it says here, to be humble and to be meek and to be longsuffering, or patient with one another. It’s because of love that I can forbear my brother and I can forgive my brother. But without love, all of these things profit nothing.

That’s what Paul says in 1 Corinthians 13:1-3. “He says without love, I am nothing.”

Without love, if that’s not the motivation and the foundation and the glue that puts it all together, that moves us, that motivates us, we’re just a big fat spiritual zero with God. The fact is that this is a very comprehensive list of things that we must put in our hearts, that we must live in our lives. And it’s not any good if we can’t get them all together in love. You know, sometimes we dress up for church, we’ll put on our suit, we’ll put on our tie, we’ll put on our Sunday shoes, our Sunday socks, and we have on this clothing before we go into the worship of the service.

But what if I put on my fancy suit and then I wear my tennis shoes?

Or what if I were to put on my fancy suit, but I were to wear some ragged T-shirt?

That would stand out like a sore thumb because it doesn’t fit the dress. Now, I know in our day and time, we can pretty much get by with those things; but there was a time when that would stand out so obviously, and it would take away from the rest of the outfit. And think about it. As we are trying to do all things in the name of the Lord, whatever we do in the name of the Lord, he tells us here to put on these things.

What if we had humility and we were the most humble person in the world, but we had no patience?

Or what if, for example, we were compassionate, we had those tender mercies, but we weren’t forbearing, we weren’t forgiving?

You see, it takes all of these working together; otherwise, we’re going to mar the picture of Christ that we give to others.

Did you notice something about all of these characteristics that we’ve been studying here in Colossians chapter 3?

There’s something they all have in common. They all look just like Jesus. As you think about the ministry of Jesus upon the earth, you read about it in Matthew and Mark and Luke and in John, you see that this is Jesus, that tender, kind, helpful, patient, humble, meek, gentle person who was so forbearing, who was so forgiving that even on the cross he would say about his enemies, Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do. Surely we can see that the Lord Jesus Christ had a heart of love for all people, and this is why he went to the cross for us. That’s why he would leave the glories of heaven to become one of us, because he had that kind of love. And so you see, if we’re going to whatever we do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God through him, we’re going to put on the heart of Christ. We’re going to live the life of Jesus Christ; because when you do something in the name of somebody, you do it according to that person. You see, the name stands for the person. When you call the name Robert, you’re talking about me. When you’re talking about what Robert said or what Robert did, that means me. He’s talking about my person. And so it is to do something in the name of Jesus is to do it consistent with who he is, with his person, with his character. Some of you probably have a checking account. And your name is on that account. And when you sign a check, somebody can go cash it. Because your name’s on that check, they can get into your account and give that person money. Well, what happens when that check bounces? They don’t go after the person that cashed the check. They go after you, because your name is on that check. That name represents you. And so it is when the Bible tells us whatever we do, to do it all in the name of the Lord, we want to do it according to his person, according to who he is.

We want Jesus to be able to sign off on it. And listen, if Jesus Christ cannot sign off on what you’re doing, then you have no business doing it. If you’re involved with somebody you shouldn’t be involved with, that Jesus wouldn’t be involved with, then you have no business getting involved with that person. If you are involved in some kind of business investment, if you’re involved in some kind of recreation or entertainment or whatever it is that’s going on in your life, if that’s not consistent with who Jesus is, if Jesus wouldn’t be doing that, if Jesus wouldn’t be saying that, if Jesus wouldn’t be going there, then you don’t need to be; because you see, whatever you do in word or deed, he says, do all in the name of Jesus.

And look how this plays out, as you look back here at Colossians 3. Look at verse 15, where he says, “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.”

Did you notice what he talks about there in verse 15?

After he tells us to put on all these garments of Christ, he tells us of peace and of unity and of thankfulness, because, see, that’s what we bring to the body of Christ when we have a heart of Christ, when we live the life of Christ, a life consistent with the person of Jesus Christ. It brings peace to our hearts. It brings peace to our relationship with God and with one another. It brings us all together as one in the body of Jesus Christ, and our heart pours out with thanksgiving.

The Bible says in 1 Peter 2:21 that Christ is our example. I want to read this passage to you because I want you to see the very heart of who Jesus is so that we might take on his person in our life as well.

1 Peter 2, beginning in verse 21. “For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps: Who committed no sin, nor was deceit found in His mouth; who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously; who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness, by whose stripes you were healed.”

For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls. Yes, Jesus Christ suffered, leaving us an example. If you’re ever wondering about who Jesus is and how you ought to live your life, the kind of person you ought to be, you just go to the cross. You remember his suffering. You remember his sacrifice. You see, in order for Jesus to go there, to pay the price for our sins, he had to first live a perfect life, a life without sin, a life without guile. Oh, the honesty and the sincerity that we see in the life of Jesus. And it was that pure and innocent one that laid his life down for us, who made that sacrifice for us. Jesus did not come here and Jesus did not die for himself; he did all of that for us, to change our hearts and to change our lives.

Let me leave you with this passage in 2 Corinthians 3:18. Here the apostle Paul writes, “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.”

You see, as we continue to focus on Jesus Christ, as we look upon him closely, beholding his image as in a mirror, the mirror of God’s word, as we look in there and we study and we learn and we bring that into our heart and into our life, we become more and more like Christ, from one glory to another glory. Our heart, our lives are transformed; and that means all of those about us will also be transformed as we reflect the image of Christ to each one of them. Whatever you do, do all in the name of the Lord, giving thanks to God through Him. Now, we’re going to learn some other things that it means when it says to do all in the name of the Lord; but the first thing I want you to see today is that that means that I’m going to have a heart that is consistent with the heart of Jesus, I’m going to live a life that is consistent with the life of Jesus; and in doing that, I’m going to transform myself and all of those around us, and I’m going to bring glory and praise to the heavenly Father.

Isn’t that what you want to do?

Don’t you want Jesus Christ to be that transforming power in your heart and in your life?

The Bible says that that’s where our salvation is found. There’s no other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved, Acts 4:12. “Salvation is only found in Jesus Christ.”

I hope that if you don’t know him as your lord, as your savior, that you’ll let us know here at The Truth In Love how we can help you towards heaven today.

SINGING>> I know that my redeemer lives and ever prays for me.
I know eternal life he gives from sin and sorrow free.
I know, I know that my redeemer lives.
I know, I know eternal life he gives.
I know, I know that my redeemer lives.
I know that over yonder stands a place prepared for me,
a home, a house not made with hands,
most wonderful to see.
I know, I know that my redeemer lives.
I know, I know eternal life he gives.
I know, I know that my redeemer lives.

SINGING>> Unto the hills around do
I lift up my longing eyes.
Oh whence for me shall my salvation come,
from whence arise?
From God the Lord doth come my certain aid,
from God the Lord, whom heaven and earth hath made.
From every evil shall he keep thy soul,
from every sin.
Jehovah shall preserve thy going out,
thy coming in.
Above thee watching, he whom we adore shall keep thee henceforth,
yea, for evermore.

ROBERT >> I want to thank you so much for watching our program today. We would love to hear from you, and I want to encourage you to contact us with your questions and your comments, with your requests here at The Truth In Love, P.O. Box 865, Hurst, Texas 76053.

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SINGING>> Sing to me of heaven, sing that song of peace.
From the toils that bind me it will bring release.
Burdens will be lifted that are pressing so,
showers of great blessing o’er my heart will flow.
Sing to me of heaven,
let me fondly dream of its golden glory,
of its pearly gleam.
Sing to me when shadows of the evening fall,
sing to me of heaven, sing the sweetest song of all.
Sing to me of heaven tenderly and low
till the shadows o’er me rise and swiftly go.
When my heart is weary, when the day is long,
sing to me of heaven, sing that old, sweet song.
Sing to me of heaven, let me fondly dream of its golden glory,
of its pearly gleam.
Sing to me when shadows of the evening fall,
sing to me of heaven, sing the sweetest song of all.

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