And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
This is the practical lesson that flows from the theology of the Epistle. "And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the Name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him."
I. THE WHOLE EXTENT OF CHRISTIAN LIFE IS CONSECRATED TO THE LORD. Everything falls under the two heads of words and deeds.
(1) We must avoid words that would dishonour Christ - vain words (Ephesians 5:6), bitter words (Job 6:3), deceitful words (Psalm 36:3), idle words (Matthew 12:36). James tells us the sins of the tongue (James 3:2).
(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).
2. Deeds. These must be done
(1) in faith, for "whatsoever is not of faith is sin;"
(2) in prayer (Psalm 9:1);
(3) with warrant from God's Word (Isaiah 8:20);
(4) with perseverance (Galatians 6:9).
3. All, both words and deeds, must be done in the Name of the Lord. They must have supreme reference to him (1 Corinthians 10:31); they must be done under his warrant or authority, in the strength of his grace, after his own glorious example, and with ultimate regard to his glory.
4. Christian obedience must all the while be mingled with thanksgiving to God the Father. We thank him
(1) for the ability to do all our works in the Lord's Name;
(2) for our liberty in Christ;
(3) for our victory over sin;
(4) for our manifold blessings in Christ.
II. REASONS FOR THE CONSECRATION OF OUR WHOLE LIFE TO THE LORD. We ought to be more circumspect than others in our words and deeds:
1. Because "we live and die to the Lord." (Romans 14:8.) We are "the Lord's."
2. Because we are entrusted with such blessings. "Because God hath bestowed upon them more blessings, and therefore as he gives more wages, requires more work."
3. Because we are more observed than others. Therefore we must "walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise" (Ephesians 5:15).
4. Because we have the prospect of an abundant reward according to our works. - T. C.
Parallel VersesKJV: 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.