Whatever you do in word (what we say) or deed (our actions), do all in the name of Jesus. That means our words and actions need to be in harmony with his will and under his authority. If Jesus can’t approve of it, then it isn’t in his name.

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 Bible is our instruction book. The world doesn’t like being told what to do, but the book of Colossians is full of instructions for our life and for how to live holy. Chapter 3 starts with “seek those things which are above.” The word “seek” means to diligently search for. The next verse says we have to set our affections above.

Colossians 3:1-2 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

When we’re denying ourselves can’t reserve ourself. Multitudes of people are not willing to deny themselves or sin. Jesus said we must deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow him (Matthew 16:24).

Colossians 3:3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

If we’re dead, we’ve killed some things. Many people in the world are shacking up, living in fornication and adultery, even while they claim to be a Christian – going to church and singing in the choir.

Colossians 3:4-5 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:

Uncleanness is sexual or lustful desires. Inordinate affections and evil concupiscence are any desires that draws us away from God. Covetousness is wanting anything that isn’t in God’s will and not being satisfied with what he’s given. We all disobeyed God before we got saved, but we have to kill these things even before we can be saved.

Colossians 3:6-7 For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.

We put off these deeds when we get saved. If we don’t put them off, we won’t be able to put on what God wants us to put on.

Colossians 3:8-9 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;

We have to put off anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communications, and lies or we won’t be able to put on bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering, forbearance, and forgiveness.

Colossians 3:10-14 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all. Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.

Charity is an action word. There has to be action to show love. There is no love if there is no sacrifice. Jesus laid down his life for us. We have to sacrifice our will, our way, our thoughts and opinions to show our love to others.

I John 3:16-18 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.

If you stop sacrificing, you will not control yourself. If we take our body off the altar of sacrifice, there will be no control. With the control that comes by sacrificing we demonstrate “whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord.” He who is not constantly making sacrifice, will not grow spiritually. Things of the flesh, our will and our way, will hinder us from growing. If we’re not willing to sacrifice our time to read and pray, we’ll hinder our growth and won’t have the grace we need to sacrifice for others during the day. Where there is no sacrifice, there is no holiness. After all Jesus went through, it pleased the Lord to bruise him. What if it pleases God to bruise us?

Isaiah 53:7-10 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment…for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.

It pleased God to bruise Job. Until we’ve gone through some hard trials, we won’t know what it’s like. When you go through hard trials you learn so much and can then help others in similar trials. Jesus is able to help us because of what he suffered. When the hard trial comes, we need to go boldly to the throne so we can have grace.

Hebrews 4:15-16 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

People who have never gone through severe grief don’t have a clue about what others are going through in their severe grief. God wants us to learn so we can comfort others when they go through grief.

II Corinthians 1:3-4 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

Job may have thought, why me? We are in hard situations because God allowed it. As we seek and find God’s help and comfort, then we have experience that we can use to comfort and encourage others.

II Corinthians 1:5-7 For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ. And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation. And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation.

We’re chosen to be in the furnace of affliction. Gold isn’t refined without fire. We have to go through fire to be refined.

Isaiah 48:8-10 Yea, thou heardest not; yea, thou knewest not; yea, from that time that thine ear was not opened: for I knew that thou wouldest deal very treacherously, and wast called a transgressor from the womb. For my name’s sake will I defer mine anger, and for my praise will I refrain for thee, that I cut thee not off. Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.

Don’t think it strange when you go through a fiery trial. We will all have fiery trials because God sees we need refining by the fiery trial, not through the easy times with no pressures. To put on humbleness of mind and meekness, we act in a way that shows these qualities when we’re under pressure.

I Peter 4:12-13 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

Joseph didn’t rail on his brothers or retaliate, even though he knew they hated him.

Genesis 37:1-4 And Jacob dwelt in the land wherein his father was a stranger, in the land of Canaan. These are the generations of Jacob. Joseph, being seventeen years old, was feeding the flock with his brethren; and the lad was with the sons of Bilhah, and with the sons of Zilpah, his father’s wives: and Joseph brought unto his father their evil report. Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours. And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him.

Genesis 37:8 And his brethren said to him, Shalt thou indeed reign over us? or shalt thou indeed have dominion over us? And they hated him yet the more for his dreams, and for his words.

They couldn’t even speak peaceably to him. Joseph was willing to serve and go to them, even knowing they hated him.

Genesis 37:11-13 And his brethren envied him; but his father observed the saying. And his brethren went to feed their father’s flock in Shechem. And Israel said unto Joseph, Do not thy brethren feed the flock in Shechem? come, and I will send thee unto them. And he said to him, Here am I.

Joseph’s brothers threw him into a pit but he never said anything against them.

Genesis 37:18 And when they saw him afar off, even before he came near unto them, they conspired against him to slay him.

When Joseph was bought to serve Potiphar, he put Joseph in charge because Joseph behaved himself wisely. Potiphar’s wife tried to seduce him but Joseph said he wouldn’t sin against God and Potiphar, his master. She lied and caused Joseph to end up in jail. Joseph didn’t defend himself and never told anyone how evil Potiphar’s wife was. When Joseph’s brothers were before him in Egypt, he didn’t blame them but said God sent him to Egypt to preserve their lives.

Genesis 45:5-8 Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life. For these two years hath the famine been in the land: and yet there are five years, in the which there shall neither be earing nor harvest. And God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance. So now it was not you that sent me hither, but God: and he hath made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt.

Joseph never retaliated against his brothers because he knew what happened was God’s will.

Genesis 50:20-21 But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive. Now therefore fear ye not: I will nourish you, and your little ones. And he comforted them, and spake kindly unto them.


(Notes from the Mature Class Bible Study, teacher Edith Tolbert)