Whatever you do, in word or in deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God, the Father, through him. — Colossians 3:17, World English Bible
Unless otherwise noted, The World English Bible renderings is used throughout.
The question has been asked concerning this scripture is why would Paul say that everything we say or do should be done in the name of Jesus rather in the name of Yahweh? Evidently, the thought we are supposed to conclude from the question is that since Paul said we are to do all in Jesus’ name, and that we should give thanks through Jesus, that this should mean that Jesus is the only true God whom Jesus declared had sent him? (John 17:3) No; we see no reason to draw such inference in what Paul stated.
Of course, everything the consecrated do in obedience to Jesus, in the name of Jesus, is to the glory of Yahweh, the God and Father of Jesus, and thus such obedience to the Son of Yahweh glorifies the name of the God and Father of Jesus. — John 17:1; Philippians 2:11.
Jesus declared, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me, and to accomplish his work,” “the works which the Father has given me to accomplish, the very works that I do, testify about me, that the Father has sent me.” (John 4:34; 5:36) He acknowledged that the woks he was doing were not his own, but of the One who had sent him. “I do nothing of myself, but as my Father taught me, I say these things.” (John 8:28) “I love the Father, and as the Father commanded me, even so I do.” (John 14:31) “The words that I tell you, I speak not from myself; but the Father living in me does his works.” (John 14:10) And he also stated concerning his followers: “he who believes in me, the works that I do, he will do also.” (John 14:12) Thus, to do the works that Jesus did, is to do the works of the God and Father of Jesus.
Yahweh, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (Exodus 3:14), declared through Moses that Jesus was to speak in the name of Yahweh, thus Jesus represented his God and Father.
Deuteronomy 18:15 Yahweh your God will raise up to you a prophet from the midst of you, of your brothers, like me; to him you shall listen; Deuteronomy 18:16 according to all that you desired of Yahweh your God in Horeb in the day of the assembly, saying, Let me not hear again the voice of Yahweh my God, neither let me see this great fire any more, that I not die.
Deuteronomy 18:17 Yahweh said to me, They have well said that which they have spoken.
Deuteronomy 18:18 I will raise them up a prophet from among their brothers, like you; and I will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I shall command him.
Deuteronomy 18:19 It shall happen, that whoever will not listen to my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him.
That this was fulfilled in Jesus can be seen by reading Acts 3:13-26. Also note that in Acts 3:13-26, Jesus is not presented as being the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, but as the prophet who speaks in the name of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Peter identifies the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob as “the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” — 1 Peter 1:3.
Yahweh has given all authority to Jesus (with the exception of being the Most High), so that for us to come to Yahweh, we have to come through Jesus. — Matthew 11:27; 28:18; John 14:26; Acts 4:12; 1 Corinthians 15:27; Ephesians 1:17-22; 1 John 2:23.
He who receives one who belong Christ also receives Christ, and who he receives Christ also receives the God and Father of Christ. — Matthew 10:40; Mark 9:37; Luke 9:48; John 13:20.
Having received his authority and power from the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, Jesus gave instructions pertaining to what is done in his name. — Matthew 18:5,20; Mark 9:37,39; Luke 9:48; John 14:13;14,26; 15:16; 16:23-26.
Jesus own name means “Yahweh is savior,” thus to properly do things in the name of Jesus is also do those things in the name of the One who sent Jesus, since Jesus came in the name of Yahweh. — Deuteronomy 18:15-19; Psalm 118:26; Matthew 21:9; 23:39; Mark 11:9,10; Luke 13:35; 19:38; John 5:43; 10:25; 12:13.
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