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.
I. THE GUIDING LAW OF CHRISTIAN DUTY. "Do all in the name," etc. In Christ is —
1. The purest motive to duty. Motive originates and governs action, and makes it good or bad. It is only in Christ we find the holiest and purest motive; in Him love takes the place of selfishness (2 Corinthians 5:14, 15).
2. The noblest pattern of duty.
3. The highest end of duty. He is the goal towards which all actions tend. There is no higher name for it — "is above every name."
4. The final authority of duty.
II. ITS UNIVERSAL OBLIGATION — "Whatsoever ye do," etc. There must be —
1. A recognition of Christ in everything.
2. Absolute dependence on Christ at all times.
3. Supreme devotion to Christ.
III. ITS UNVARYING SPIRIT — "Giving thanks to God and-the Father by Him." Lessons:
1. The name of Christ is the greatest power in the universe.
2. All duty gathers its significance and blessedness from its relation to Christ.
3. A thankful spirit is happy in enterprise, brave in difficulties, and patient in reverses.
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.