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Video Lessons
Worship:
In Truth
-- In the Name of Jesus
The apostle Paul very plainly stated a fact of religious life in

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.

The phrase “in the name of” means “by the power or authority of.” This is
illustrated in our present language by the stated: “Open, in the name of the
law!”  One is to open or stop because of the authority of or power of the law. It
is illustrated in the New Testament by the question and answer given when
Peter and John are questioned concerncing the healing of the lame man at
the gate of the temple called Beautiful.

And it came to pass on the morrow, that their rulers, and elders, and scribes,
And Annas the high priest, and Caiaphas, and John, and Alexander, and as
many as were of the kindred of the high priest, were gathered together at
Jerusalem. And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, By what
power, or by what name, have ye done this? Then Peter, filled with the Holy
Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel, If we this
day be examined of the good deed done to the impotent man, by what means
he is made whole; Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that
by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised
from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is
the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head
of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other
name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. (Acts 4:5-
12 KJV)

In the first century, when the servant was sent to the marketplace to buy
materials for his master’s house, he was given a clay tablet (much like a credit
card) which enabled him to buy in his master’s name. This allowed him to
purchase what was necessary because he was empowered or authorized to do
so. Even so, we must be empowered or authorized in our service to God to
please Him. We must have His authority; we must do it in His name.

Brother Foy E. Wallace, Jr. in commenting on the need for divine authority in
worship, said:

The principle is stated in Colossians 3:17: “Whatsoever ye do in word or in
deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus!The only ground upon which to
meet God in worship is to worship in his name, where his name is recorded.
God’s name has always been recorded in what he has commanded. In the Old
Testament God put his name on physical altars, and later in the temple of
Solomon … God speaking through Moses, said, “In every place where I have
recorded my name, there will I come unto thee, and there will I bless thee.”
And to these particular places the worshippers went, in order to worship God.
God had put his name there.

In the New Testament we worship “in the name”, but in a different way. God
puts his name on things commanded. If it has not been commanded, his name
is not on it; and that thing cannot be done by his authority. Therefore, we
could not meet him in the act.

It is a question, then of divine authority. It is a question of respect for the word
of God. I have been convinced for a long time that the fundamental error of
the religious world today, is the lack of respect for the word of God. The need
for divine authority for what is done in the realm of religion is no longer
recognized. But the fundamental principle of worship is simply this: In the
realm of worship we stand in the realm of revelation.

What is Worship: In Truth
What is Worship: In Truth -- Two Attitudes
What is Worship: In Truth -- The Law of Exclusion (Silence)
What is Worship: In Truth -- Correctly Deriving Authority
What is Worship: In Truth -- Conclusion