Archive for February, 2011

Whatever you do, do it all in “the name” of the Lord

February 27, 2011

Two weeks ago, Feb 13, 2001, I got the picture from God that I needed to explore some benefits of What’s in “the name”?.  These benefits only come in “the name” of the Lord.  I will conclude this line of posts today with an admonition from Paul to the Colossians.  It is befitting as this is where God’s answer of what to write about next ensued.  Our text for today is Colossians 3:17 which says:

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

In the context of Colossians, Paul uses this verse as leverage the conclusion of a list of directives to guide one’s personal walk with Christ while using this as a springboard to guide one’s family life.  I will not go into the specifics of the personal and family life, but Paul was giving direction to the Colossians about how their new lives “in Christ” should be lived.  If you want that, you can listen to Pastor Benson’s sermons at www.swcfellowship.com

Paul says “whatever” this takes care of any act.  Also from my church, Elder Carter has been leading us in a discussion/application about love.  The issue arose last Wednesday about how we respond when someone does something for us.  Do we respond out of gratitude or do we respond out of obligation.  To help you picture this matter, imagine that someone has just met a need that you really needed help with, or someone just gave you a very thoughtful gift.  Think about some of your feelings.  Are you more prone to be appreciative or are you  more prone to feel like you need to do something to repay that person?  Those are a few of the questions that arose from our discussion.

Regardless of our thoughts or response, Paul has conveyed what our attitude and action should be.  If we think, say or do anything, it should be done in the name of the Lord.  Simply, everything that we think, say or do should be for Jesus.  This is a very serious and difficult admonition; however, if one is “in Christ”, he is enabled by the Holy Spirit to live a life worthy of Christ and the gospel.  If someone does something for us, our response should be grounded in Jesus.  We should listen to the Spirit to discern if we should say thank you and give God praise for His provision in our lives or if the Spirit will tell us to respond with some type of action.  This requires use to be in tune and attentive to what the Spirit is saying to us.  This position is in concert with the notion that the lives we live should be in honor of Christ in expectation to be used to participate in God calling and drawing the world to Himself. This is why it is important that whatever we do it is done in the name of the Lord.  It should be for his glory.  If you are like me, there are a rash of incidents that are rushing through my head that are not indicative of me doing them in the name of the Lord.  We have learned that repentance comes in the name of the Lord.  Let’s repent and start anew today.

In the name of the Lord, repent and do all in the name of the Lord.

Giving Thanks in “the name”

February 26, 2011

Again, I will be really brief this morning, but I hope that this resonates with you all day long.  We have found a great number of benefits that come to us in the name of the Lord, or in the name of Jesus Christ or simply in the name.  Beyond the general grace shown to man, we have found that our blessings from God come only through Jesus Christ. Today’s blessing is one that I am sure is over and under.  By that I mean, we overlook the blessing, and we undervalue the significance of the blessing.  Our text for today is Ephesians 5:20 which says “Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;”  In this passage, Paul rolls off a list of admonitions of which giving thanks is one.

Just think about it, we complain about a lot of things. (It is a sin to complain Phil. 2:14-15) There aren’t too many situations in our lives where we are satisfied.  We always want something different or more than what we received. It is really a slap in the face of God to complain and not give thanks.  Just think about how a parent constantly provides for his/her children.  If you average getting thanks once a day, once a week or once in a while, wouldn’t that lack of thankfulness devalue your provision.  Either the person is so accustomed to your great provision that he/she begins to overlook what you provided and/or the person just undervalues what you provided not seeing what it cost you to provide.

Knowing the nature of man, Paul tells us to give thanks for all things unto God and the Father through the Lord Jesus Christ.  I dare you to construct a list of things for which you should be thankful for as a result of God’s provision.  Let me model a few things for you.  I am thankful for:

the opportunity to know the peace of God
the chance to be loved by my family
the ability to type
the funds to connect to the internet
the funds to put the timing belt on my wife’s van yesterday
the bubbly reception that I receive from my kids when I come home
the hot water to take a shower
the proper functioning of the organs in my body
the rain two days ago which allowed me to have discussion about the skyline with my daughter

As you see, there are so many things in which we could give thanks for.  Paul says give thanks for all things.   Would you pick about 10 things to give the Lord continual thanks today.  If you want to be an overachiever, link your thanks to the things related to your salvation i.e. every promise of God.  If you are not saved, give thanks that you could receive salvation today by surrendering your life to Christ making every promise of God available to you.

 

Washing, Sanctifying and Justifying are in “the name”

February 25, 2011

In the post the LORD saves is in “the name”, we discussed that the name Jesus means the salvation of Yahweh” or the Lord saves.  W also saw that salvation from the consequences are in the name.  Jesus provides man the only means to escape the consequences of his sin.  This is revealed in many places in the Word of God, but Matthew 1:21 says, “She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” [Note, it did not say all people but his people.]  What specifically does this mean and why is it important?  In the spiritual realm, salvation first means to be free from the penalty of sin, then from the power of sin, and finally from the presence of sin.

The scholars of Christ and the Word itself convey that when one is saved that person is a new creation or has a new life (2 Cor 5:17).  Paul, in our text today (1 Cor 6:11), gives us the spiritual tenants of how Christ makes the one saved a new creation.  In this passage, he was attempting to convey to the Corinthians that they should not behave (litigate) in the way the world does.  Here is verses 9-11:

9 Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men[a] 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

Let’s define each of those words spiritually, that is what it means in the context of Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection.  As a consequence of those three occurrences,

washed (apolouō) – to wash off or away (as in our sins) Titus 3:5 …He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit,   When we receive salvation we are cleansed of our sins and receive the Holy Spirit to renew our hearts and mind in Christ Jesus.

sanctified (hagiazō) this is the act of God dedicating the saved to himself.  It also conveys the process of the saved learning to live a life free from sin.  Learning to abstain from that which separates from God.  This process is dedicated over the life span from the moment of salvation to the point of physical death or the return of Christ which ever comes first.  Know that God has set us apart for Himself.  We are to join God in His quest to call His people unto Himself.

1) to render or acknowledge, or to be venerable or hallow
2) to separate from profane things and dedicate to God
a) consecrate things to God
b) dedicate people to God
3) to purify
a) to cleanse externally
b) to purify by expiation: free from the guilt of sin
c) to purify internally by renewing of the soul

justified (dikaioō) This is the act of being declared righteous.  When the saved gave himself to Christ, Christ deemed him righteous through His blood spilled on the cross.  The Word declares that without the shedding of blood there is no remission or forgiveness.  It is through Christ’s righteousness that man is only declared righteous.  Romans 3:22 says “This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.”  2 Corinthians 5:21 says “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”

So you see, Christ is the key.  Without Christ, there is no washing, sanctifying or justifying of man from his sins.  They all come in the name of Jesus as stated in 1 Cor 6:11.

the LORD saves is in “the name”

February 24, 2011

As I was reading another passage, I came upon a verse in Matthew 1 which intrigued me, so I am including it in the What’s in the name post.  The so titled posts are my feeble attempt to remind or show us what benefits belong to the one who has given his/her life to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.  Today, let’s focus on that which is obvious for us but worth repeating.  Below are a few verses from Matthew 1 that capture the point.

18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. 19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.

20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus,[f] because he will save his people from their sins.”

f. Matthew 1:21 Jesus is the Greek form of Joshua, which means the LORD saves.

What’s the point?  The point is that the literal name of Jesus = “Jehovah is salvation”  The LORD saves or is salvation.  What’s in the name? salvation.  Salvation from what?  Verse 21 tells us what Jesus saves us from: our sins. We do not have to spend time defining sin.  We know that sin is our wrong doing.  Wrong as defined by the Word of God.  We do need to spend time discussing why do we need saving.  What is that our sins do to us?

First, sin separates us from God. Next, sin causes us to become enemies of God. Both of these can be seen in the Word. While that is true, Jesus (the LORD saves) reunites us with God by absolving our sin by cleansing us and presenting us free from blame.  Of the verses in the preceding link, one verse captures what sin brings and what Christ brings is Colossians 1:21-22 “21 Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of[a] your evil behavior. 22 But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation”

This is how the LORD saves is in the name.  God saves us through Jesus.  If you want to be saved, you can only be saved from your sin through Jesus.

Speaking boldly in “the name”

February 22, 2011

In Authentic conversion and proclamation in “the name” yesterday, we talked about an authentic conversion could only happen in the name of Jesus as it is He who calls us just as he did with Saul.  When he called Saul, He gave him a new name, Paul.  Christ then sent Paul on his new mission of proclaiming Him to the Gentiles and Jews.  What we did not discuss was how Christ sent Paul and sends us.

Acts 9:28-30 tells us how Christ sent Paul to proclaim Him to the Gentiles and Jews.

So Saul stayed with them and moved about freely in Jerusalem, speaking boldly in the name of the Lord. 29 He talked and debated with the Hellenistic Jews,[a] but they tried to kill him. 30 When the believers learned of this, they took him down to Caesarea and sent him off to Tarsus.

I used to get this all wrong.  I thought that I had license to be bold with anyone about anything.  This was more or less my freedom to say anything to anyone should I not like them or what they said. For those of you who really knew the old me, this is nothing new to you, but I was quite wrong in my approach.  The Greek word for bold in this passage is parrēsiazomai (pär-rā-sē-ä’-zo-mī). According to blueletterbible.com It means 1) to use freedom in speaking, be free spoken a) to speak freely 2) to grow confident, have boldness, show assurance, assume a bold bearing.  Dictionary.com defines bold as not hesitating or fearful in the face of actual or possible danger or rebuff; courageous and daring.  Parrēsiazomai is used 9 times in the new testament.  The world bold or boldly is used in 8 of those instances.  In all of the cases, it is only used in conjunction with proclaiming Christ or the gospel which is the term used to comprise also the preaching of (concerning) Jesus Christ as having suffered death on the cross to procure eternal salvation for the men in the kingdom of God, but as restored to life and exalted to the right hand of God in heaven, thence to return in majesty to consummate the kingdom of God.

The Word is clear.  We should be bold as we proclaim Christ.  We should speak freely, confidently and assuredly in the fact that Jesus is the Son of God who was born of a virgin, lived a perfect sinless life, died on the cross as a payment for the sins of those called to the kingdom of God, rose from the dead and exalted to be seated at the right hand of God.  We don’t have to make apologies for God being God, for Him having provided freedom from sin’s hold on us.

Be bold.  Hebrews 13:6 says, “So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”  Yes, we can lose life, limb and freedom but in doing so we gain eternal life with a new body and freedom unparalleled.  BE BOLD in proclaiming Christ.

 

Authentic conversion and proclamation in “the name”

February 21, 2011

Arguably, nothing irks a person more than one who proclaims one thing but lives another.  We, to a certain degree, are all hypocritical; however, there is some invisible line of distinction where acceptance turns into abhorrence. I can’t define that line, but it is there whether right or wrong.  When Christ becomes the Lord of a person’s life, there is a graying of that line.  Initially, people are skeptical about whether your conversion is authentic or true.  Despite the reluctancy by those whom you had made an impression with your past life, God’s presence in your life will give you an authentic message to proclaim: Jesus changes hearts, minds and lives.

This is not more evident than in the life of the greater persecutor of the Way.  Who is that?  Saul!.  Acts 9 gives us a glimpse into the transformation from persecutor to proclaimer.  The bright light introduction Saul had with Jesus marked Saul’s conversion to the Way i.e. to becoming a disciple of Jesus Christ.  Saul, who Jesus changed his name to Paul, had a conversion was so implausible that no one believed it.  In fact, it took the Lord speaking directly to Ananias before he believed that Saul’s conversion was true.

For the rest of Acts and the epistles, we see that Paul’s conversion and proclamation were true in the name of Jesus.  Paul became a huge figure in the establishment of the Way that is the following of Jesus Christ as the Son of God who was sent as  Lord and Savior.  Repeatedly, Paul proclaims this about Christ beginning at his conversion in Acts 9. This is how we determine whether one’s conversion and proclamation are true.  We evaluate it over time.  If the message is consistent with Christ’s over time, then we can conclude that the conversion and message are authentic.

Does your life evidence an authentic conversion?  Has your proclamation of Christ been consistent with the Word over time? Will those around you accept you as a disciple of Christ or will they staunchly refute the claim that you are a follower of Christ?  Where ever we are on that continuum, we must surrender to follow Christ daily and momentarily.  Assess where you are and call on Christ accordingly.

Persecution in “the name”

February 20, 2011

For some reason, it is widely purported that those who follow Christ are only blessed, that no harm or hardship will befall them.  The condition where the exception lies is where one has a lack of faith.  This is false and a vile lie. I will admit that this will be unpopular, but it is the truth.  In most cases, the truth is unpopular for those who do not desire to follow the truth.  In John 14:6, Jesus says that ““I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”  Since Jesus is the truth, you will be unpopular to those who do not want truth told.  We know this is true.  Just think about it.  You can have a conversation about almost anything, but when you bring up Jesus as being the Son of God, the only Way to God, literally, all hell (those doomed to be there) breaks loose.  This is even true with those who claim Jesus but are not walking in truth.  Some way, they have been feed a lie and have become deceived at some level.

To affirm the fact that persecution will come to the testifying believer as no consequence of a lack of faith, let’s examine the Word of God.  Acts 5 illustrates this clearly for us.  Again, Peter is on stage.  No one would question the eventual position of faith and strength of Peter.  After all, the Lord Jesus said in Matthew 16:18, “and I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it”  While this is a controversial piece of scripture, I believe it’s safe to say that Jesus is the primary rock as evidenced by Peter calling Jesus the cornerstone while acknowledging that we are living stones which help build the church, but Jesus Christ is the sole foundation of the churches existence and function.

Now that we have dealt with that issue, we can pick back up in Acts 5.  Jealousy arose among the Sadducees because of the wonders and signs that were accompanying Peter and the apostles which was taken as a confirmation of his message about Jesus.  In Acts 4:18, they had already commanded the apostles to not preach in the name of Jesus, but He persisted.  Let’s see what happened to Peter and the apostles in Acts 5.

27 The apostles were brought in and made to appear before the Sanhedrin to be questioned by the high priest. 28 “We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name,” he said. “Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and are determined to make us guilty of this man’s blood.” 29 Peter and the other apostles replied: “We must obey God rather than human beings! 30 The God of our ancestors raised Jesus from the dead—whom you killed by hanging him on a cross. 31 God exalted him to his own right hand as Prince and Savior that he might bring Israel to repentance and forgive their sins.32 We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.” … They called the apostles in and had them flogged. Then they ordered them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go41 The apostles left the Sanhedrin, rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name. 42 Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Messiah.

We know that greater persecution even death resulted for many of the apostles and disciples of Christ.  Even now in parts of our world, the persecution that exists for following Jesus.  While in America, we aren’t physically harmed because of our faith in Christ, it does not render the sufferings of the church universal as untrue.  The bible is clear that any believer who takes a stand for Christ proclaiming His good news will suffer.  You will be persecuted for standing for Jesus, but just as God provided miracles and grace for the apostles in Acts 5 He is, He has and He will do the same for those who proclaim His Name as Lord and Savior.

Unexpected provision is in “the name”

February 19, 2011

Have you ever been in a dire situation where you sought one thing but what you got was so much more than what you expected?  It so surpassed what you asked for that you were just blown away.  Have you ever wondered why such great favor and a wonderful blessing was bestowed upon you?  Today, we will answer that question.  Our text to do that for us is Acts 3.  Below is an excerpt from Acts 3. Before you begin reading, I need to remind you of a rarely used word today.  The word is alms.  It means money, food, or other donations given to the poor or needy.

Acts 3:1-9

1Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour.  2And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple; 3Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms. 4And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us. 5And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them. 6Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. 7And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. 8And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God. 9And all the people saw him walking and praising God: 10And they knew that it was he which sat for alms at the Beautiful gate of the temple: and they were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened unto him.(KJV)

Clearly, the man had a physical condition that severely limited his life functions.  As a result of not being able to walk, there were very few options for him to care for himself during that particular time, so he became a beggar. This is not unusual to us.  All of us have seen a disabled person, in body or in spirit, posted on the street or freeway exit asking for money or food.  Here, the lame man was accustomed to going the temple gate called Beautiful.  The Jewish historian Josephus describes a gate made of fine Corinthian brass at the temple, seventy-five feet high with huge double doors and more beautiful than any other gate.  It was the gate for common people, so this was the principal entrance into the temple’s inner courts and therefore the place with the greatest potential for receiving money.  Because prayer was at a particular time, that was the time that he was taken to the gate as people would be more prone to give money to a beggar as that was the righteous thing to do even if they were not truly righteous.

The man who was lame only wanted to receive a little money considering his condition, but God wanted to completely change his condition.  God enabled Peter to speak with authority and power.  When the lame man asked Peter and John for money, Peter told him “In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.”  The man, helped by Peter, stood up, leaped and went into the temple praising God.  The people were amazed and wondered at the power of Peter, but he conveyed to them that it was not in his power that the man was raised.  It was in the power of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and the Father of Jesus Christ that the man was healed.  Then Peter issued them a challenge in verse 19: Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.

The man went to the temple to get money.  He received that unexpected blessing that was far more than he ever conceived.  He was healed of his physically limiting condition which after a life-time he had not even considered a possibility.  He dare venture to say that he was also healed spiritually.  His faith in God was renewed.   The other unexpected provisions from God working in his life was the praise of God from those who witnessed the change.  It lead to them being challenged to repent of their sins and receive “times of refreshing”.

What are you looking to God for in your life?  Know that He has far greater plans for it.  It is to lead to praise and glory of Him.

Repentance, Baptism, Forgiveness and Power are in “the name”

February 18, 2011

Since 2.7.11, God has been speaking to me about the benefits that result “in the name”.  It was clear on 2.13.11 that my assignment was to write on those benefits.  Today, we look at Acts 2:37-39

“37Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? 38Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 39For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the LORD our God shall call.” (KJV)

What was it that they heard?  That God had made Jesus both Lord and Messiah (Christ).  Lord (kyrios kü’-rē-os) he to whom a person or thing belongs, about which he has power of deciding; master, lord a) the possessor and disposer of a thing 1) the owner; one who has control of the person, the master.  Christ (Christos) “anointed”.  When they heard and believed that Jesus was the promised anointed one who is the master i.e. Messiah, they asked Peter what they needed to do.  Repent and be baptized.

True repentance is only in the name of Jesus.  Repent (metanoeō) means to change one’s mind. “Repentance (metanoia, ‘change of mind’) involves a turning with contrition from sin to God; the repentant sinner is in the proper condition to accept the divine forgiveness.” (F. F. Bruce. The Acts of the Apostles [Greek Text Commentary], London: Tyndale, 1952, p. 97.)  Man is incapable of changing his mind and turning to God.  Romans 8:7 tells us “the mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so.”  Repentance leads to the remission or forgiveness of sins.  It is only then that man is able to come into union with God.

This is why Peter was telling them to be baptized.  Baptize (baptizō) to immerse, to submerge which should not be confused with baptô (911). According to F. F. Bruce in The Acts of the Apostles “the clearest example that shows the meaning of baptizo is a text from the Greek poet and physician Nicander, who lived about 200 B.C. It is a recipe for making pickles and is helpful because it uses both words. Nicander says that in order to make a pickle, the vegetable should first be ‘dipped’ (baptô) into boiling water and then ‘baptised’ (baptizô) in the vinegar solution. Both verbs concern the immersing of vegetables in a solution. But the first is temporary. The second, the act of baptising the vegetable, produces a permanent change.

In addition to the permanent change represented by the baptism of the believer, the most important benefit is to receive the Holy Spirit.  The Spirit allows for that internal permanent change to occur.  Romans 8:7 tell us that man is in capable of turning or changing his mind.  In verse 9, we learn receiving the Spirit first allows us to become children of God and gives us power to change our minds to one that lives for God by choosing righteousness over sin. With the Spirit, we have power to say no to sin.  We are no longer slaves to sin but to righteousness.  In Romans 7:24-25, Paul says “What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? 25Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!”

Now, we should see more benefits of what’s in the name: repentance, baptism, forgiveness and power are in the name.  Have faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior and you will receive those benefits and more.

No condemnation is in “the name”

February 16, 2011

As I perused the news on tv this morning and as I scanned the headlines of the newspaper, I saw all kinds of pronouncements of condemnation.

Firefighters punished for drinking
‘Barbie Bandit’ back in jail
Hawks-Knicks rivalry heated
Man gets 10 years for molesting girl
Egypt’s protest leaders call for quicker transition
As mortgage mess fades, so should Fannie and Freddie

The Greek word for condemn in this verse is krinō . It means to judge a) to pronounce an opinion concerning right and wrong b) to pronounce judgment, to subject to censure.  John talks about condemnation in chapter 3.  Listen to what he says:

17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.

Regardless of what popular opinion or thought is, Christ will judge the world.  It is clear that those who do not believe in Him will be pronounced guilty.  They will not be saved from the consequences of their sin.  The accountability for their sins will fall solely on their shoulders.  The price that is paid is that they will spend eternity separated from God.  In the final judgement, they, like satan, will be cast into the lake of fire. I am not sure what that is, but it does not sound like it will be fun.  We know it will not be fun because we are told there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Matthew 13:41-43 says “41 The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. 42 They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears, let them hear.”  For the one who has not only mentally believed but has also acted in faith in Christ, there is no condemnation. Romans 8:1 says “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”

There is no condemnation in “the name”.   Sell yourselves to Christ and forfeit the condemnation that results from keeping your life.