In His Name

August 8, 2022

Colossians 3:17

And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, [do] all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

In His Name

               If everything that we do is to be in a name, what is in a name?  The Lexicon describes name as, “the name is used for everything which the name covers, everything the thought or feeling of which is aroused in the mind by mentioning, hearing, remembering, the name, i.e. for one’s rank, authority, interests, pleasure, command, excellencies, deeds etc.”  The Vine Expository Dictionary  defines it, “for all that a “name” implies, of authority, character, rank, majesty, power, excellence, etc., of everything that the “name” covers.”  The name here represents the character, nature and attributes of a being. 

               If all that we do and say are to be in the name of the Lord Jesus what does that say to us?  If we are living in this name in all that we are, do and say then life is no longer about us.  It is totally and completely about Him.  It is no longer about the expression of our former character or being, but about the expression of His character and being through our mortal body.  We are actually being exhorted here to be the representation of all that He is in our character, nature and attributes.  How can we do this unless we are walking in the Spirit, living in the power of the Spirit and operating in the love of God?  The only way we can speak and do all in His name is to live out of the power and the love of that name.  Truly we have to embrace what Paul says in Galatians 2:20, ” I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”  It is as Christ lives in us that we become the expression of all that is represented in His name.  As we live out of that name then we will also manifest the authority of that name.  

               It is by the name of the Lord Jesus that we have access to the Father and in and through that name we have boldness and access to approach the throne of grace.  The place where you can go in the spirit, the authority that you exercise, the very access and acceptance before the Father is contained in the name of Jesus.  That is why His name is above every other name. If I want to choose a name what other name could I want more to choose than His? 

               Let us carry the charge of the scripture with us daily, being constantly mindful of it that we may walk in submission to the Holy Spirit who is guiding us and leading us into all truth and who is the ability to walk in the mandate and the holy calling of such a name.  We want to bring honor to His name because we are members of His body, bone of His bone and flesh of His flesh according to Ephesians 5:30.  Let our focus not be on our weakness, but upon His strength, for His strength is made perfect in weakness.  “Whatsoever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.”

Blessings,

#kent

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