1573 Do All In His Name: His Glory

Does your life bring praise and glory to God? Sometimes we forget about God. Sometimes we neglect God. We try to put him out of our mind. We don’t want to think there is a God because if there’s a God, we might have to give account to him. But we are told to do all to the praise of God. Let’s explore this idea.

ROBERT >> Does your life bring praise and glory to God? I don’t mean just on Sunday, but I mean Monday and Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday. Every day of the week, everywhere that you go, what you say, what you do, are you glorifying God with your life? Stay tuned. We’ll be back in just a moment.

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

ROBERT >> The last couple of weeks here on The Truth In Love we’ve been studying from Colossians the 3rd chapter. I hope you’ll look with me there this morning as we continue in Colossians 3:17, where I remind you the Bible says, Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord, giving thanks to God through Him. We’ve seen that this is a comprehensive passage, an all-encompassing verse that takes in all of our life, whatever we do in word or in deed. And to do all in the name of the Lord means to do it consistently with his person, according to his character. Would Jesus sign his name to it? Can you say that your life is consistent with the heart and with the life of Jesus Christ? Is it consistent with his person?

And we’ve also learned that to do something in the name of the Lord means to do it with his power. You see, if we bring his person into our heart and life, we also bring his power, his authority. We must look to Jesus to see what he would have us to do and for the power to do it. And I want you to see today how that that power is associated with the word of Jesus Christ.

We have no authority from Christ and we have no power from Christ unless we have the word of Christ. I want us to go to Luke the 7th chapter, and I want you to see how this is brought out in this episode in the life of Jesus with a centurion of the Roman army. Here in Luke chapter 7, we see the centurion had a servant who was very sick, and the centurion wanted Jesus to heal his servant. Let’s see what it says here, Luke chapter 7, beginning in verse 1. Now when He concluded all His sayings in the hearing of the people, He entered Capernaum. And a certain centurion’s servant, who was dear to him, was sick and ready to die. And so when he heard about Jesus, he sent elders of the Jews to Him, pleading with Him to come and heal his servant. And when they came to Jesus, they begged Him earnestly, saying that the one for whom He should do this was deserving, for he loves our nation, and has built us a synagogue. Then Jesus went with him. And when He was already not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to Him, saying to Him, Lord, do not trouble Yourself, for I am not worthy that You should enter under my roof. Therefore I did not even think myself worthy to come to You. But say the word, and my servant will be healed.

Now I want to stop here for just a moment because I want you to see that the centurion believed that if Jesus would just speak the word, his servant could be healed. You see, the centurion realized that the power and the authority of Jesus Christ is found in his word. He understood that because he was a centurion. Look what he explains as you go on here in Luke chapter 7. For example, notice what it says in verse 8. He says, For I also am a man placed under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to one, Go, and he goes; and to another, Come, and he comes; and to my servant, Do this, and he does it. You see, this man understood authority. This man understood power. He gave a command to his servants, they did it. If he didn’t give that command, they would not do it. And so it is in our relationship with Jesus Christ. Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord. Our doctrine, our practice, our life ought to be lived by his name; and that is by his authority, by his power.

We must have a word from Jesus if we’re going to do it. And if we have a word from Jesus to do it, he will provide us the power to accomplish that work. And so today I want to emphasize not only the person of Christ, but the power of Christ. When it comes to doing things in the name of Jesus, it means doing it by his authority and by his power. And that means that we’re going to have to have his word.

Look with me in Colossians chapter 3, and let’s notice verse 16. Colossians 3:16. Here the apostle Paul says, Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. Let the word of Christ dwell in you, he says. The word dwell there is to tabernacle. It speaks of a temporary dwelling place, a tent or something like that. And so he’s telling us, you need to let the word of Christ live in you. You need to let the word of Christ dwell there. You need to give Christ’s word run of your house, of your heart.

You know who has the run of the house where I live? It’s not me, it’s not my wife; it’s our little poodle, our little four and a half pound poodle named Lindsey. She has the run of the house. She’s in control. But we must make Jesus in control of our house. We must put him over our house, over our heart, over our life.

As Paul said in Philippians 1:21, For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. The apostle Paul understood what it meant to do all things in the name of the Lord, by his authority, by his power. He said in Colossians 3:4, Christ is our life. It’s not about me or what I want; it’s about Christ and about what he wants for our lives. And so we must give him place in our hearts through his word. There’s his power. There’s his authority. Let the word of Christ, he says, dwell in you richly.

The other day I found that my wife had made some good desserts: Cheesecake with some cherries and that rich, red syrup. I can tell you that that dessert was rich. It was full of sugar. And we’re to let the word of Christ dwell in us richly. We need to fill our hearts. We need to fill our lives with the words of Jesus Christ, because there’s the power and there is the authority. Do we realize the incredible power of the word of God?

You just have to go back to Genesis the first chapter. And you remember when we read about the creation of this world, how the Bible says that God said, Let there be light? And there was light. That’s the power of the word of God. Look with me if you would in Psalm 33. In Psalm 33 we read about the creation of this universe and how God just simply spoke the universe into existence. I’m going to pick it up here in verse 6 of Psalm 33. Here’s what the Psalmist writes: By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and all the host of them by the breath of His mouth. He gathers the waters of the sea together as a heap; He lays up the deep in storehouses. Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him. For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast. That’s the power and the authority of the word. In Hebrews 1:3 we find that not only was this world created by God’s word, but it is being upheld by his word. Upholding all things by the word of His power. He was talking about the word of Christ. Our universe is sustained, it’s kept, it’s preserved by the word of Christ.

The word of Christ is powerful to save our souls according to James 1:21, where the Bible says, Receive with meekness the implanted word which is able to save your souls. Paul himself had said in Romans 1:16, I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone who believes; to the Jew first and also to the Greek. But I want you to notice where the apostle Paul said in Colossians 3:17, Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, he said let it dwell in you richly in all wisdom. So I want us to go back and look at Psalm 14:1, which points out that there are a lot of fools in our world because they have rejected the word of Christ because their hearts are not filled with his word. In Psalm 14:1, the Bible says, The fool has said in his heart, There is no God. You see, there are many foolish people today who deny the very existence of God, and therefore they have no values and they have no guidance from God. They have in fact rejected two great realities in this world, and they’re not living in reality at all, but in an imaginary world.

The fool has said in his heart, There is no God. That’s foolish. That’s not living in reality. Of course there is a God. Psalm 19:1, you remember the Bible says, The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament shows His handiwork. All we have to do is look up and to see in this universe that there is a God. He’s the only logical, reasonable explanation for the existence of this universe. Look what the apostle Paul had to say in Romans 1:20. Here he says, For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God.

The problem is not that we don’t know there’s a God. Of course there is a God. But sometimes we forget about God. Sometimes we neglect God. We try to put him out of our mind. We don’t want to think there is a God, because if there’s a God, we might have to give account to him. This is something else that we need to recognize. This is another one of those facts, another one of those points of reality that many people dismiss. In Romans 2:15 we see that every man has a conscience. Every man has thoughts that are either excusing him or accusing him. That’s what it says here in Romans 2:15. We’re different from all the other creatures on this earth.

Man has a conscience because he’s made in the image of God. And that conscience lets him know there are some things he can do and there are some things he can’t do. That conscience tells us that there is a God and that we’re going to be accountable to him one day. Listen, the Bible says in Proverbs 1:7 that, The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; but the fool despises wisdom and instruction. You’re not born with wisdom. You have to grow into it. You have to learn and you have to experience in order to have wisdom.

Even our Lord and savior Jesus Christ increased in wisdom and stature and favor with God and man according to Luke 2:52. And each of us, we’re going to grow in wisdom as we let the word of Christ dwell in us. I look in Hebrews chapter 5, and the Hebrew writer writes about those Christians who would allow the word of God to shape and transform their lives. And here’s what he says in Hebrews 5:13: For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe; but solid food belongs to those who are of full age. That is, those who, by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. You see, there are some folks who have never grown up in the word, haven’t been using the word, they haven’t been putting it to practice in their life, and so they’ve never grown in their wisdom. But here he speaks of those who have matured on that word. By the reason of use they have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. That’s where wisdom comes from.

When we let God’s word in our heart richly in all wisdom, you see, and we live that out in our life, that’s how we see us doing things in the name of the Lord, by his power, by his authority. That’s how it happens. And what’s the result the of that? Look what pours out of our heart. Going back here to Colossians chapter 3, notice what it says again in verse 16. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

You see, when we fill our hearts with the word of Christ, when we’re living by his power and by his authority, we can’t help but to sing out to the Lord. I might ask those who are listening today, have you had any vocal training? Do you know music? Can you read the musical notes? And most of you would probably say, no, I really don’t read music. I really haven’t had any vocal training. But you don’t have to worry about that. That’s not really what this passage is all about. This is about those who have been walking in the word, who have been living in the word, and they can’t help but to sing to the Lord, to teach and admonish one another, to sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, to sing and make melody in their hearts to God. That’s what God wants from us.

I remember when I was a young person and I was baptized into Jesus Christ and I began to learn all of those songs that we used to sing as teenagers. And I would sing those songs over and over, day after day, not because I knew how to sing, because believe me, I didn’t; but because I had something to sing about.

It’s like that Ethiopian eunuch you read about in Acts the 8th chapter. When he was baptized into Jesus Christ, they brought him up out of that water a new creation. And the Bible says that he went on his way rejoicing, Acts 8:39. What was different? Now he’d come to know Jesus as his Lord and as his savior. His sins were forgiven. He had been baptized into Christ. And so he went on his way rejoicing.

I look in Acts the 16th chapter in verse 25, and here are Paul and Silas, and they’re in prison because of their faith. They’d been beaten with rods, they’d been put in the inner prison. It was at midnight. And you know what they were doing? They were praying and they were singing hymns to God. And the prisoners were listening. It didn’t matter if they knew musical notes, if they couldn’t hit a tune in a bucket. But you see, they were praising God. They had something to sing about.

Revelation the 14th chapter, you’ll notice here in verse 2 and verse 3 what it says about these Christian martyrs, these who had come through persecution and trial and difficulty. God had delivered them on the other side of death into comfort and into victory. And so it says here in Revelation 14:2, I heard a voice from heaven like the voice of many waters, and like the voice of loud thunder. And I heard the sound of harpists playing their harps. They sang as it were a new song before the throne. You see, they sang a new song. It was their song. It came out of their experience, their persecution, and their trial. They had something to sing about. It was a song of deliverance. It was a song of victory.

Folks, when we let the word of Christ dwell in us richly in all wisdom, when we pour out our hearts to God in song, he’s going to get the praise. This is something that I want to emphasize before leaving this lesson today. You see, if we will do all things in the name of the Lord, that is, consistent with his person, his character, who he is, if we’ll do all things in the name of the Lord, that is, by his power, according to his authority, then it will all result in his praise.

I remember when I was over in England the last couple of weeks, and we saw many cathedrals and we saw many castles and memorials and plaques and statues and all of these things that were erected in honor, in memory, in praise of some famous or powerful or rich person, maybe a religious leader, whatever it is. You found that kind of thing all over England. And the same thing is true in our relationship to Jesus Christ.

You see, Jesus Christ is to be honored and to be glorified through us, his people, his church. His reputation is at stake, and that’s why we must do everything in the name of the Lord.

You see, what do you know about me as a person, I mean about who I really am on the inside? Only from my body, from I say, from what I do, from how I act and how I dress. That tells you a little bit about who I am, gives you a look on the inside. And who is the church but the body of Jesus Christ? Christ is head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of Him that fills all in all, Ephesians 1:22-23.

So how’s the world going to know anything about Jesus if we do not show them, if they cannot see it in us? Indeed, the Bible says in 1 Corinthians 10:31, Whatever you do in word or deed, do all to the glory of God. Whatever you do, whether you eat or drink, he said in that passage, do all to the glory of God. It’s for his glory, it’s for his praise. Look in Hebrews the 13th chapter and notice verse 15 and verse 16. Here he says, Therefore by Him, Jesus Christ, let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God that is the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name. But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased. You see, it’s in praising God continually, not only with our lips, but also with our life, doing good and sharing with others that God gets the glory, that God gets the praise. And one final passage, in 1 Peter 4:11, notice what he says about this very point. Here he says, If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen. To do all things in the name of the Lord then is to do it by his person, by his power, and for his praise. If you’re a Christian today, you want to convert your friends, you want to show them Jesus? Then that’s what you need to be doing.

If you really want to bring them to Christ, you’re going to have to show them Christ. You’re not going to go everywhere they go and do everything they do and say what they say and dress like they dress and be like they would be. You want to be like Jesus Christ. Show Christ to your friends. Show Christ to your parents. Clean up your room. Do what they ask you to do. Give them honor in your home. You parents want to influence your children for Christ? Then show them Christ in how you live your life and how you treat them in the home.

You want to convert all of those around you, maybe those that you’re working with or those at school, your teachers or whoever it is, whatever you’re doing in life? You see, Christ’s reputation is at stake when you carry his name. When you do all things in his name, you have his power, and it’s for his praise. Remember, salvation is only found in the name of Jesus Christ. There is no other name under heaven whereby we must be saved.

>> 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, I know that my redeemer lives.
I know, I know eternal life he gives.
I know, I know that my redeemer lives.

ROBERT >> I do want to thank you so much for watching our program today. I hope you’ve been encouraged to turn your heart and your life over to Jesus Christ and to walk in his power and to walk for his praise and for his glory. As I mentioned just a few moments ago, remember, our salvation is only found in his name. It’s found in the name and by the power of Jesus Christ. And I want you to know today that your faith response to that good news, to the gospel is also in the name of Jesus Christ. According to 1 John chapter 5, we must believe in his name. Look what it says here in chapter 5, verse 1: Whoever believes that Jesus the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him. John goes on to talk about the importance of putting our faith in Jesus Christ. He says in verse 11, And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.

So you must believe in the name of the Son of God. And you must be baptized into the name of the Son of God. If we truly believe on him, we’ll give ourself to him in the waters of baptism.

The Bible says in Acts 10:48 to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. We are to be baptized into his name, by his authority, by his power. In Acts 22:16, the preacher said, Arise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord. It’s in that faith response of baptism that we call upon God’s name, on Christ’s name, on his power to save us, to cleanse us, to make us a new creation in Jesus Christ.

And if we’ll continue in that kind of faith, as we just read here in 1 John 5:13, then we can know that we have eternal life. I hope that you have that hope and that assurance in your heart today.

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>> 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.

1572 Do All In His Name: His Power

Colossians 3:17 states, “Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God through Him.” What does that mean for the Christian? What hope does it give us for achieving what God wants?

ROBERT >> Today on The Truth In Love we want to talk about the power and the authority of Jesus Christ from a very pivotal passage in Colossians 3:17. Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God through Him.

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

ROBERT >> I do hope you have your Bibles turned to Colossians chapter 3 as we continue to study here from verse 17, where the Bible says, Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God through Him.

Yes, whatever we do ought to be done in the name of the Lord Jesus. And we learned last week that when we talk about the name of the Lord Jesus, we’re talking about the person of Christ, we’re talking about his person, we’re talking about who he is, that we would have the heart of Christ, that we would live the life of Jesus Christ, a life consistent with who Jesus is. But I want you to notice this morning that to do something in the name of somebody not only means to do it according to his person, but it also means to do it according to his power or his authority.

You see, when you bring a person into what you’re doing, you’re also bringing with that person his power. And I want you to notice the power of Jesus. In Matthew chapter 28, beginning in verse 18, after his resurrection, just before ascending into heaven, Jesus was gathered with his apostles. And look at the claim that he makes for himself here. All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the world. Amen.

You see, Jesus Christ claims to have all authority: To have all authority in heaven and on the earth. And that means when it comes to what I say or whatever I do, whatever I do in word or whatever I do in deed, whatever my doctrine, whatever my practice, how I live my life, I look to Jesus for his authority and for his power. You see, I don’t look to some man on the earth. I don’t look to some group of men on the earth. I don’t look to some council or some convention. But when I want to know what should be my belief, what should be my practice, how should I live my life, how should the church conduct its services and carry out its work and its worship and all of these kinds of things that come to play, I need to look to Jesus Christ for my authority and for my power.

The people of Jesus’ day understood that, and Jesus taught that. If you’ll look back in Matthew chapter 21, you’ll see Jesus have a discussion with the religious leaders of his day about this very thing. Here in Matthew chapter 21, let’s begin in verse 23.

Now when He came into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people confronted Him as He was teaching, and said, By what authority are You doing these things? And who gave You this authority? Now, those are very good questions, by what authority we do something and where that authority comes from. Jesus answered here in verse 24 and said to them, I also will ask you one thing, which if you tell Me, I likewise will tell you by what authority I do these things: The baptism of John, where was it from? From heaven or from men? Jesus answers their question with a question.

They asked him by what authority he did what he did, and so he asked them by what authority John did what he did. And he made something very clear, that there are but two sources of authority: From heaven and from men. Either it’s from God, or it’s from this earth. But remember, Jesus Christ claimed authority in heaven and on the earth. And so we must go to the proper source of authority, not to men on the earth, but to Jesus Christ, who is in heaven. Jesus Christ is our authority.

So what about John’s baptism? By what authority did he teach and practice that baptism? Well, everybody knew it was from God. But these religious leaders did not want to admit that. Notice the dilemma they found themselves in. Here it says as we continue on in verse 25, And they reasoned among themselves, saying, If we say, From heaven, He will say to us, Why then did you not believe him? But if we say, From men, we fear the multitude, for all count John as a prophet. You see, they were stuck. Any way they answered, they were in trouble. If they said that John did what he did because that’s what God authorized him to do, then they would be in trouble, because they didn’t believe John and they didn’t practice, that is, they did not submit to the baptism of John; but if they said that what John did was from men, that he really didn’t have authority from God to do it, they were afraid of the multitude. They feared the multitude. They wanted their power and their position, their influence over the people, but they were afraid that they might lose it if they disagreed with the people about what John did and by what authority he did it.

And so what did they do? Well, the Bible says here in verse 27 that they answered Jesus and said, We do not know. And He said to them, Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things. Jesus was not being rude here. He was not trying to keep anything from them, but he was trying to help them to think about what they were doing and by what authority they did it.

We need to think about that today. We need not to act presumptuously. We need not to speak, we need not to do anything unless we first ask, what does Jesus want me to say? What does Jesus want me to do? And this is particularly true when it comes to things like how to become a Christian and how to worship God and how to live our lives as a Christian.

For example, by what authority, by what power do we do what we do and preach what we preach in the church? For example, in becoming a Christian, how can I know how to become a Christian? How can I know how to be saved? Do I listen to what some man says? Do I read it in some tract written by man? Well, only if you can find it in your Bible would you want to believe it and would you want to accept it.

You see, the Bible’s very clear about how to become a Christian. You can read through the book of Acts, and you can see how that people came to the Lord. In every example we will see, that having heard the gospel and believed on that gospel, they would be baptized into Jesus Christ. In fact, Jesus said this in the very beginning even when he was on the earth and he was preparing people for his coming kingdom. He talked to them about being born again, being born of water and the Spirit if they wanted to be a part of the kingdom of God. You read that in John 3:3-5.

But there are those who would tell us, you don’t have to be born again of the water, just of the Spirit. You don’t have to engage yourself in water baptism to be saved. But you remember what Jesus himself said in Mark 16:15-16? He said, you go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation. He that believes and is baptized will be saved; he that disbelieves will be condemned. So Jesus said that one needs to believe and to be baptized so that he might be saved.

I think about Acts the 2nd chapter when the people there were convicted of the fact that Jesus was the Christ, the Lord, the savior, and they asked, What shall we do in Acts 2:37. And I want to read to you the answer of the apostle Peter, and I want you to see what Jesus instructed his apostles to preach about how to become a Christian.

Here it says in verse 38 of Acts chapter 2, Then Peter said to them, Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call. And so you see, becoming a Christian is coming to believe on the Lord and savior Jesus Christ and realizing what he did for you at Calvary’s cross, turning from your sin in repentance, as Peter said, to repent, and then being baptized upon the name of Christ, upon your confession of Jesus Christ as Lord and savior, give yourself to him by being immersed in water for the remission of your sins.

The Bible is very clear that this is how we come to Jesus Christ so that we might be saved. Let me read another passage to you from Acts the 22nd chapter and verse 16, where the apostle Paul, once old Saul of Tarsus who persecuted the church, comes to believe on Jesus Christ, and he tells us exactly how he became a Christian. In Acts 22:16, this is what the preacher told him to do. And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.

So you see, old Saul of Tarsus, once he came to see that Jesus Christ was Lord and savior, he spent three days fasting in prayer, he was penitent, he was sorrowful over his sins, and he was ready to give himself to Christ, and so he got up, he was baptized so that his sins could be washed away. It was in that act of baptism that he called upon the name of the Lord. You see, he did what he did by the authority and by the power of Jesus Christ. This is how we’re saved today.

The same thing would be true when it comes to the worship of the church. How do we know how to worship God but to see what Christ has authorized in the new covenant? We look at the church of the first century, and we see how they gathered together on the first day of the week to break bread, to partake of the Lord’s supper, as we read in Acts 20:7. We also see how that the early church would sing and make melody in their hearts to the Lord, Ephesians 5:19. And many wonder, why don’t they use musical instruments? Simply because there’s no authority from Jesus Christ to do so.

That wasn’t the way the church of the New Testament worshiped the Lord. And so we don’t do that today. We don’t act presumptuously.

And that’s not only true in how to become a Christian and how to worship God, but how to live our lives every day. On Monday, on Tuesday, on Wednesday, on Thursday, on Friday, and on Saturday I must be thinking, whatever I do, whatever I say in word or in deed, whatever I say, whatever I do, I must do it in the name of the Lord; that is, by his authority and by his power.

We need to recognize that when we bring Jesus’ name to what we’re doing, we’re not only bringing his person, but we’re bringing his power. And that ought to be encouraging to us. That ought to be comforting to us. It ought to give us confidence in what we’re trying to do as we strive to follow after Jesus, as we strive to accomplish his will in our lives.

In Acts the 3rd chapter, we read about Peter and John coming to the temple. And they find a man that’s lame, and they heal him. But I want you to notice how this is put here in Acts 3:6. Then Peter said, Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.

So you see here how that Peter and John were able to heal this lame man in the name of Jesus, that is, by his authority. They were permitted, in fact, they were commissioned to use this power to heal this one. They did it by the authority of Jesus. They did it by the power of Jesus.

Look how this is described in Acts 4:7. And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, By what power or by what name have you done this? You see, when they healed that man, it was in the name of Jesus. And that means by the power or the authority of Jesus.

And Peter and John were later threatened by their enemies, and notice what the enemies said to them in Acts 4:18. So they called them and commanded them not to speak at all nor to teach in the name of Jesus. By his power, by his authority.

Now, it’s our commission to teach and to preach and to do everything in the name of Jesus, by his power and by his authority. And again, that ought to be comforting to us. That ought to give us confidence when you take the name of Jesus, when you claim his power, when you claim his authority.

Let’s take, for example, some of the applications of this that the apostle Paul gives us back here in Colossians chapter 3 in our text. You remember in verse 17 where he said, Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord. Immediately following that, he tells us what to do in verse 18.

He speaks to the wives. Submit to your own husbands as is fitting in the Lord. A wife says, Paul, you don’t know what kind of husband I have. Maybe not. But you see, in the name of the Lord, wives, you can learn to fulfill the role that God has given for you, to support your husband, to help your husband to be the kind of man of God that God would have him to be. You can be that wife who serves her husband for the very best of her family and for the glory of God because you have the power and the authority of Jesus Christ.

He goes on in verse 19, Husbands, love your wives, and do not be bitter toward them. Somebody says, Paul, you don’t know what kind of wife I have. Maybe not. But again, you do this in the name of the Lord, by his authority and by his power. You remember Ephesians 5:25? Really it’s the parallel here to Colossians 3, where we learn from Paul that husbands are to love their wives as Christ also loved the church and gave himself for it. Now, I’m thinking, I could never love my wife like Christ loved the church. Oh, but I can do that in the name of the Lord, by his authority and by his power. I’ll be that sacrificial husband. I’ll serve her and I’ll love her just as Christ loved the church.

And then continue reading on in Colossians 3. He speaks to the children in verse 20. Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well pleasing to the Lord. Again, I can hear the children saying, you don’t know my parents, Paul. But you see, God gives us strength and gives us power through Jesus Christ to do all things.

And the same is true to you fathers or to you parents. Do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged. That’s what he says here in verse 21. Fathers, no doubt, is here put for parents as it is in Hebrews 11:23. And again, some of the parents may be saying, Paul, you don’t know my kids. Sometimes they require so much of us, and sometimes they seem so difficult. Sometimes it seems impossible. But it’s our job to be the kind of parents God would have us to be. And we can do that in the name of the Lord, with his power, with his authority.

You see, when we bring the name of Jesus to what he would have us to do, we bring his power. If he’s authorized us to do it, if this is what he wants for our life, we’re going to be able to accomplish that will.

Here’s a key verse: John 14:14, where Jesus told his apostles before going to the cross, If you ask anything in My name, I will do it. I’ll do it. You see, we need to let Jesus take over in our heart and let Jesus take over in our life, and we will be able to accomplish his will for our life.

Paul said in Philippians 4:13, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Yes, with the power of Christ in my life, I can be the kind of husband, the kind of father or parent to my children. You ladies, you can be the wives and you can be the mothers that you need to be. And you children, you can be the kind of children that God wants you to be. And even when you leave the church building and you go to work or you go to school or whatever you’re doing in life, you can accomplish God’s will in the name of the Lord.

Look at it here as we continue on in Colossians 3, beginning in verse 22, where he talks to the bondservants and how they are to obey in all things your masters. Maybe we don’t have that servant/master relationship today in our society, but we do have workers who are to serve employers, and it’s the same kind of principle. And look what he tells us here. He says to do that according to the flesh, not with eyeservice, as men. That is, he says, Bondservants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh, not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but in sincerity of heart, fearing God. You don’t be a clock watcher when you’re out there. You don’t think, well, I don’t like this boss, and he’s not a very good boss, and so I just can’t wait till I get out of here; but you go there serving the Lord. Look what he says in verse 23. Whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ. That ought to put a joy in our step.

You know there’s a hidden paycheck when you go to work? You may get a salary from your boss, but there’s a hidden paycheck that you’re going to receive, and you’re not going to receive it until the Lord comes again, but it’s an eternal paycheck. And so let me encourage you, whatever you do, wherever you are, in word or deed, to do all in the name of the Lord.

We see to do all in the name of the Lord, it’s not only do it consistent with his person, with his character, with who he is, but to do it according to his power, by his authority. With God’s help, we can be the kind of people God wants us to be. We can do what God wants us to do.

Another key in this whole passage is found in Colossians 3:16, because you see, if we’re going to do things according to his person and according to his power, then we must let the word of Christ dwell in us. Let’s read it together here, Colossians 3:16. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

You see, if we do not have his word in our heart, if we are not living that word in our life, then we’ll never be able to bring praise to God. But when we let God’s word run in our hearts, when we let his word take over our lives, then praise will pour out of our hearts, and God will get the glory.

I want to talk to you some more about that, the Lord willing, the next week here on The Truth In Love. But today I want to remind you again that our salvation is in Jesus Christ. Our salvation is in the name of the Lord. There’s no other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved, Acts 4:12. It’s by his power that we can find salvation. It’s through his blood that our sins can be washed away, Revelation 1:5. And so I’m encouraging you today to submit to Jesus Christ as Lord and savior, turning from your sins, confessing his name, and giving yourselves to him in baptism. Calling upon the name of the Lord, you can be cleansed, you can be washed, you can become his new creation, and you can enjoy the blessings of Christ now and for all of eternity, and you can be a blessing to others and you can bring glory to God.

So please, let us know here at The Truth In Love how we can help you towards heaven today.

>> Wonderful grace of Jesus, greater than all my sin.
How shall my tongue describe it?
Where shall his praise begin?
Taking away my burden, setting my spirit free.
Oh, the wonderful grace of Jesus reaches me.
Wonderful the matchless grace of Jesus, deeper than the mighty rolling sea.
Wonderful grace all sufficient for me.

Broader than the scope of my transgressions, greater far than all my sin and shame.
Oh magnify the precious name of Jesus, praise his name.

Wonderful grace of Jesus,
reaching the most defiled by its transforming power,
making him God’s dear child.
Purchasing peace and heaven for all eternity,
and the wonderful grace of Jesus reaches me.

Wonderful the matchless grace of Jesus, deeper than the mighty rolling sea.
Wonderful grace all sufficient for me.
Broader than the scope of my transgressions,
greater far than all my sin and shame.
Oh, magnify the precious name of Jesus, praise his name.

ROBERT >> Thank you so much for watching our program today. We’d really like to hear from you. If you have any questions or comments or requests, if you’d like a personal home Bible study or maybe specific prayers, if you’d like to order today’s lesson or any other lesson on CD, DVD, or in manuscript form, let me encourage you to write The Truth In Love. It’s P.O. Box 865, Hurst, Texas 76053. You can e-mail us at requests@ttil.tv. Or just call our toll-free number, 800-819-2966. And also, please visit our website at www.ttil.tv.

And remember that all of our materials and our services are absolutely free of charge. We just want to thank today the many churches of Christ who help support our program and encourage you to visit one of them in your area very soon. I know they’ll be an encouragement to you and a help to you as you strive towards heaven. And we’re going to show their names. They’re going to be scrolled on the screen at the end of our program. We just want to do what we can to help us all towards heaven. Let us know how we can help you, and please join us next time right here on The Truth In Love.

>> 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.

1571 Do All In His Name: His Person

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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Remember that all our materials and services are absolutely free of charge. We just want to do what we can to help us all towards heaven. So let us know how we can help you, and please join us next time right here on The Truth In Love.

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.

God Planned The Course Of The World

God intended for the earth to have many nations in it.

castle-195105_1280A popular idea circulating today is that of one world government. Of course, there are many protesting that idea too. Whether you agree or disagree, at least at one time God did not want the world united under one government.

 

The Tower of Babel illustrates man’s unwillingness to follow God’s will.

In Genesis 9:1 God said to Noah, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth.” It wasn’t long after that we read, “And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar, and they dwelt there. Then they said to one another, ‘Come, let us make bricks and bake them thoroughly.’ They had brick for stone, and they had asphalt for mortar. And they said, ‘Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth'” (Genesis 11:2-4).

This was a refusal to do what God intended. But what exactly did God intend? He intended them to spread out and cover the earth. It’s interesting that the end result of this account is the exact result that would have occurred had they obeyed God in the first place.

Confused Languages and Covered the Earth

Think of it. The end of this account is that God confused their languages and they spread out over the face of the earth (Genesis 11:9). If they had obeyed God to begin with, the natural result would still have been different languages. It would have taken longer and may not have been as pronounced, but there would still be differences in language. By spreading out over the face of the earth, it seems that God’s plan was division of the population.

We tend to gravitate toward those who think, act, and speak like us. It’s human nature. And it all but guarantees that humanity will remain divided into different countries.

Acts 17:26-27 tells us that is what God intended. “And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us….”

Even the divisions of the nations was part of God’s plan of redemption revealed in these last days. That’s not to say God is against unity, but that unity comes in CHRIST, not in governments. And maybe that’s one reason He wanted to separations–to teach us that point.

God’s Planning Revealed

The more we look at the Bible, the more we see the thread of God’s planning all throughout history. If God has operated as such in the past, why do we assume He would not have put us in the right place at the right time to be the most effective? Are you taking advantage of your opportunities to serve God where you are?

May we help you use your opportunities and abilities for the glory of God? Let us know. We’re here for you.