(1) He is the channel by which all God's goodness is poured upon us. It is not necessary that a motive should be based on reality to be all-constraining, but it is in order that it may be a worthy motive for an intelligent being. The Christian at his daily task is not ever pondering spiritual truths. In the case of the former pursuit will lead away from, in the case of the latter it will lead to, the truth. Nothing so mean that it was thought unworthy of this monogram; nothing so glorious that it was considered unfit to have that excelling glory added thereto. Be cause all we are, have, or can do, is of Christ (1 Corinthians 3:22, 23). Ulysses said, "What's that?" But whatever it be, reality is its necessary condition. How did the disciples use it? All, both words and deeds, must be done in the Name of the Lord. Because all that comes from God to us must be by His hand.III. It must therefore be concluded that He is not a creature, but very God. The belief in Christ is not only the unavoidable conclusion of a sound mind from evidence, but the only satisfactory way to account for the state of the world in which we find ourselves. How many, if they pray at all, hope to do right and escape flagrant wrong almost through the intention of doing or not doing, and think that if they call upon God in some general way things will not be much amiss with them.3. II. How many, if they pray at all, hope to do right and escape flagrant wrong almost through the intention of doing or not doing, and think that if they call upon God in some general way things will not be much amiss with them.3. (4)All our actual supplies (Philippians 4:19).2. It is to them a mere night of stars to wonder and gaze at, not a sun to light them to their daily work, and warm their hearts with love. The belief in Christ is not only the unavoidable conclusion of a sound mind from evidence, but the only satisfactory way to account for the state of the world in which we find ourselves. Or hast thou done anything for man's praise, feeling that the eye whose praise thou prizedst was upon thee? Nazarene, God's original intent was for mankind to work and enjoy the opportunity to serve Him through our stewardship of the resources provided, Scripture: ITS UNIVERSAL OBLIGATION — "Whatsoever ye do," etc. Solomon was called to build the temple of the Lord, but every man who is an honest worker, who does his best in the place where heaven has put him, is building up a temple, holy, acceptable to God. (1) He is the channel by which all God's goodness is poured upon us. Not if our Lord be a mere teacher. After a while Ulysses came, and he said, "Why, all the fine bodies are taken, and all the grand work is taken. A good fable for the world, and just as good a fable for the Church. )The all-pervasiveness of religionW. Do them as thou wouldest if thou sawest God by thee, with prayer that they may be done aright. We take it for granted and so forget it.1. It is not necessary that a motive should be based on reality to be all-constraining, but it is in order that it may be a worthy motive for an intelligent being. Here we may fall into opposite mistakes. The rule is short and easy, but of almost infinite use. Clergymen, but not men of other professions and employments. He would be a bad workman and a bad Christian if he were. Observe the extent of this saying. Take any life, in any condition or time, and there is help and hope for it in Jesus. If it could be shown that its requirements were unreal, its statements exaggerated, its views of attainment unreason. Specifically the name of Christ is the rule. Nay, a good and a spur which quickened every nerve. Are they evermore in his view and present to his thoughts? The labourer working under the useful light and genial warmth does not lose his time and dazzle his sight in gazing on the sun, but plies his arm with his eye fixed on his work, and so uses for its intended purpose the light God has bestowed. To follow His example (Matthew 16:24; 1 John 2:6; 1 Peter 2:21-23).II. If the Christian law is just another name for the law of truth, love, and holiness, it is quite clear that we shall never get out of the range of that law, neither in this world nor the next. The merest crystal fragment, that has been flung out into the field and trampled on the ground, shines like a diamond when sunbeams stoop to kiss it. For the confirmation of faith. But whatever it be, reality is its necessary condition. It is this that gives them the right and title they have in Christian morality. Guthrie, D. D.— He who lives for the glory of God has an end in view which lends dignity to the man and to his life. (3) He sacrifices those which are in their nature indifferent; e.g., if this rule is observed in eating and drinking, acts indifferent in their nature,(a) the sacred name will purge them of the excess of intemperance on the one hand, and the foolish scruples of superstition on the other. Very many of those prayers are like letters with no name and address upon them, which never reach their destination. Let Him be the beginning from whom all flows, the end in whom all are gathered, our aim, our reward. Will not work be done carelessly? This is the way with worldly people. Does it not give strength to self-denial to take up our cross after Jesus? (b) They are seldom loudly professed, so seldom that a man professing loudly a given motive arouses suspicion that he is acting on some other, and only using this as a blind. We must not so take the precept as if we were obliged in every act and word to raise our thoughts directly to Christ. the best one has been left for you." Because the Father has highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name (Philippians 2:8-10). I pray this captures our hearts as we consider that there is no part of our life that escapes the presence of Christ - and that’s a comfort for us all. (2)Adoption (Ephesians 1:5). Stewart.I begin to see that religion consists not so much in joyous feelings as in a constant exercise of devotedness to God, and in laying ourselves out for the good of others.(D. Christian/Church Of Christ. But whatever it be, reality is its necessary condition. The Spirit moves all, and upon this the difference between man's actions depends. (2) The name of God is taken for the power, authority, and will of God (Deuteronomy 18:19; 2 Kings 2:24; Psalm 20:7; Psalm 89:16, 24; 1 Samuel 17:45; 2 Chronicles 14:11). We are "the Lord's. It is that we are slow to learn in. The aims of an ambitious man and of a true believer have no external difference, yet if you examine the inward springs of both, you will find one a piece of vanity, the other a fruit of charity.2. Such an object is consciously present when he chooses to reflect on it, but day by day in the toil and struggle he is not ever thinking of it, but he is pursuing it. Mere precepts cannot touch us at all points, or constrain us to do all things in a teacher's name. One spirit came and took the body of a king and did his work. )Christian ends lend grandeur to human lifeT. (a) As to their inward influence on the man himself. He is the goal towards which all actions tend. (4) Now suppose a man embrace Jesus as his Saviour — let Christ's love become the acknowledged fact of His life, then it will become a constraining motive, and will not be contented with influencing some of his faculties, employing some of his time; from the nature of things it must have all — Christ is mine, and I am His, and whatever I do, spiritual or secular, business or recreation, I must do all in His name. Go, for example, into many of the farms round here, and notice the fire-dogs that stand in the yawning chimney: how they are wrought at the sides into those most blessed of all letters, the I.H.C., by which our dear Lord is set forth. Solomon was called to build the temple of the Lord, but every man who is an honest worker, who does his best in the place where heaven has put him, is building up a temple, holy, acceptable to God. (b) Being referred to the glory of God, from indifferent they become holy and acceptable to God.3. (2) The facts implied in the name, "The Lord Jesus," rest upon evidence as strong as can possibly be alleged for anything. God the Father is the proper object of gratitude as the first principle of action, though not to the exclusion of the Son and Spirit.3. It is to them a mere night of stars to wonder and gaze at, not a sun to light them to their daily work, and warm their hearts with love. This round world may therefore become to us a temple, and this little life a song of praise.II. Blot out that name and you blot out the best part of history, all that is purest in morals, elevating in literature, gentle in manners, merciful in laws. We ought to be more circumspect than others in our words and deeds: 1. Colossians 3:12-17, Denomination: (1) He is the channel by which all God's goodness is poured upon us. We find it perfectly impossible to draw a sharp line. (Dean Alford. Even now the good is gaining the victory, and the King is Christ. Read the Scripture: Colossians 3:18-4:6 How to live Christianly is one of the great problems we face as believers. What people hate is being in earnest at all, and so they do not wish to pray for the grace of God lest they should have to be at the pains of using it. act what we know in our souls, that we can do nothing good without God. ...read more, Scripture: For the instruction of our faith. And the reply was, "The body of a common man, doing a common work, and for a common reward." And who looks down upon us? Osgood If by a subtle process it is taken away, all become tarnished and discoloured.(W. "WHATSOEVER YE DO IN WORD OR DEED," etc.1. (1) We have a proof of the divinity of Christ. (Acts 4:12; 1 Corinthians 1:12).2. Recur to the motive of the text. A. One phrase holds it all — "He died for me." By Jesus this gratitude is to be rendered. THE EXTREME BREADTH AND LOFTY SPIRIT OF CHRISTIAN DUTY. The rule is short and easy, but of almost infinite use. How many, if they pray at all, hope to do right and escape flagrant wrong almost through the intention of doing or not doing, and think that if they call upon God in some general way things will not be much amiss with them.3. Has it these points? (6) Such deep constraining motive is not usually displayed before men; but its existence is not easily concealed. Application:1. (3) But based on reality it must also be real to me, or it cannot be my motive. He eats and drinks to the glory of God, who does so not for pleasure, but for strength for God's service; He sleeps to God's glory, who rests in Christ, hoping to rise to do Him honour; he does his daily task to the glory of God who plies it under the eye of God, and does it or not as and how he thinks God would have it done or not.3. )The reality of religionDean Alford.I. For it is impossible that they should be in the name of Christ except our understandings and will so address them. Colossians 3:17 NIV And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. It is that we are slow to learn in. (1)All grace and strength (1 Corinthians 1:30). Scripture: Colossians 3:22â25. Thanksgiving is one of the most necessary and universal offices of a Christian. (6) Such deep constraining motive is not usually displayed before men; but its existence is not easily concealed. As to daily life. To go to God through Him (John 15:3, 16; John 16:23-26).2. Were it not almost an indignity to bring them in reference to His great Majesty? THE SACREDNESS OF COMMON LIFE AND LABOUR. After a while Ulysses came, and he said, "Why, all the fine bodies are taken, and all the grand work is taken. So the apostle means —(a)That we refer all to His glory. It is that which lends them their appearance of depth, and the best of their brilliance. 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