Just as the basis of unity is found in Christ, so also is the foundation of Christian living. It is because of our relationship with Jesus Christ that we are redeemed. It is because our relationship with Jesus Christ then, that we live. Therefore, it would also stand to reason that because of our relationship with Jesus Christ, our entire lifestyle should be dictated by that. As Paul indicates, whatever we do should be done in the name of Christ. This is similar to what Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 10:31 prompting believers to do everything for the glory of God. It would stand to reason that if everything is done in the name of Christ, it should be done for God’s glory.
Paul is calling believers to a lifestyle. The Christian life is more than a series of do’s or don’ts. It is a full transformation in the way which someone lives. “To do anything in the name of Jesus is to act consistently with who He is and what He wants.”
Paul says, “in word or deed” referring to the entirety of one’s life. By adding this very succinct phrase, Paul is saying with one’s entire being they should live for Christ. In fact, it is rightly said that “the ‘name of the Lord Jesus’ provides the proper atmosphere for life…..to live…conscious of his authority and reputation.” That is to say, our life is most meaningful (lived rightly according to God) when we live with the right understanding of who Jesus Christ is. Thus, our lives must be lived under the lordship of Jesus Christ.  John MacArthur Jr., Colossians, The MacArthur New Testament Commentary (Chicago: Moody Press, 1992), 159.
 Richard R. Melick, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon, The New American Commentary (Nashville: Broadman and Holman Publishers, 1991), 307.
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