The supremacy of God and Christ in Colossians, are exhorted to put off sin and be clothed with righteousness (Col 3:5-17). The exhortations are punctuated with the words, “And everything, whatever you do, whether in speech or work, do all things in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Col 3:17).
We could scarcely claim, therefore, that ethics can be divided from the preeminence of Christ, for everything done by believers is to be done in the name of Jesus and for His honour. There is no conception here of doing what is right simply because it is the right thing to do, or of duty for duty’s sake. A similar statement comes near the end of Paul’s discussion of food offered to idols in 1 Corinthians 8-10. He sums up by saying, “Whether then you eat or drink or whatever you…
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