Torrey - Man -15.6- How to Give Thanks

VI. HOW TO GIVE THANKS. Ephesians 5:20 — "Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." Romans 1:8 — "First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world." Colossians 3:17 RV — "And whatsoever ye do, in word or in deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him."

First Proposition: We should give thanks to God in the name of Christ, or through Christ.

Christ is man's only way of approach to God (John 14:0). As there was no way of approach to God in the Old Testament except on the grounds of the shed blood, so there is no way of approach to the real holy of holies except by the way of Christ's flesh and his outpoured blood ( Hebrews 10:19-20). Christ has access to God, and we only in His name and through Him.

God receives no offering of thanks from men except that offered in Christ's name. The man who has been the vilest sinner can offer up thanks to God in Jesus' name that are the sweetest incense to Him; the man whose life has been most exemplary can offer no acceptable thanks except in the same name and way. Ephesians 5:18-20 — "And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ."

Second Proposition: We should give thanks to God in the Spirit's power.

The Holy Spirit alone can lead to acceptable thanks. It is the thanks that God the Spirit inspires, that are offered through God the Son and that God the Father accepts. No strange fire must be brought before God. We should cast ourselves upon the Holy Spirit to teach us to return thanks properly. 1 Kings 8:15,20, 22-24 "And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, which spake with his mouth unto David my father, and hath with his hand fulfilled it, saying .... And the LORD hath performed his word that he spake, and I am risen up in the room of David my father, and sit on the throne of Israel, as the LORD promised, and have built an house for the name of the Logo God of Israel .... And Solomon stood before the altar of the LORD in the presence of all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands toward heaven: And he said, LORD God of Israel, there is no God like thee, in heaven above, or on earth beneath, who keepest covenant and mercy with thy servants that walk before thee with all their heart: who has kept with thy servant David my father that thou promisedst him: thou spakest also with thy mouth, and hast fulfilled it with thine hand, as it is this day." John 11:41 — "Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me."

Third Proposition: We should give thanks definitely.

We should render to God definite acknowledgment of definite blessings received. (The above are only illustrative instances. Such instances abound in the Bible.) Colossians 2:6-7 — "As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving."

Fourth Proposition: We should render thanks aboundingty. 1 Thessalonians 2:13 — "For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but, as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe."

Fifth Proposition: We should render thanks without ceasing.