…in the name of the Lord Jesus… —Colossians 3:17
The phrase “in the name of the Lord Jesus” means to do something as though it were literally Jesus doing it. For example, if I give power of attorney to someone, I am giving them authority to act or decide something as though it was literally me doing it.
“And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus…” (Col. 3:17). God wants us to speak and live as though it was Jesus Himself doing it.
When Paul said, “we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,” (2 Thess. 3:6), his command was as good as if Jesus were making the command Himself.
We are told to pray in the name of Jesus (John 16:23, 26). Again, that means we should pray as if we were Jesus praying.
When we grasp this truth, it will transform how we speak… what we do… and how we pray. Think about it: Do you speak as though it was Jesus speaking. Are your deeds as though Jesus were doing them? Do you pray like Jesus prayed?