Tag: 2nd Corinthians 2:14-17

The fragrance of the knowledge of Jesus

Scripture reading for August 24th: 2nd Corinthians 2, Psalm 19, Proverbs 14

2nd Corinthians 2:14-17 “But thanks be to God, Who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of Him everywhere. For we are the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things? For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God’s Word, but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ.”

Paul told the believers that Christ would always lead them in triumphal procession. Jesus Christ, our King, would display His Bride as beautiful and reflecting the joy of His love and grace like a pleasant perfume. Those who were humble and repentant would see them and receive their fragrance as the perfume of Life. Those hard-hearted and sin-centered would find their aroma one of death! Their old life would be exposed and conviction would fall. But God sends out His people and makes them triumphant and equips them for their task. Through them, the knowledge of Christ is spread like a beautiful aroma in every place they go or reside!

Psalm 19:14 “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.”

Prayer: Father God, even as the Psalmist prayed: “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord!” You are my Rock and Redeemer, my King and Lord. As Your Bride, may my life always bear the fragrance of the knowledge of Jesus Christ in every place to each person. Thank You for commissioning and equipping me for this task through the Holy Spirit’s indwelling.

Proverbs 14:33-34 “Wisdom rests in the heart of a man of understanding, but it makes itself known even in the midst of fools. Righteousness exalts a notion, but sin is a reproach to any people.”

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Spreading the Aroma of Christ!

Scripture reading for July 30th: 2nd Corinthians 2, Psalm 1, Proverbs 27 (using Psalm 1 today to switch to using odd-numbered Psalms for balance of year.)

Key Scriptures: 2nd Corinthians 2:14-17  “But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of Him everywhere.  For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life.  Who is sufficient for these things?  For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God’s Word, but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ.”  

Paul likened his life to that of a conquered prisoner being led by a conquering king.  He was in a triumphal procession and where ever he was led, he and his fellow believers manifested the sweet fragrance of Christ Jesus.  This fragrance brought salvation and life to those being saved, but it brought death to those rejecting the message.  Paul and his companions did nothing for money or fame, but as those commissioned by God, they spoke in Christ by the Holy Spirit.

Faith Confession:  I have been conquered by Christ Jesus and He leads me each day in triumphal procession, manifesting His sweet fragrance to those around me.  I pray for salvation and life as people  make decisions that will affect them for eternity.

Psalm 1:5-6  “Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; for the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.”

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We are the Fragrance of Christ!

Scripture reading for July 29th:  2nd Corinthians 2

Key scriptures for over-comers:  2nd Corinthians 2:14-17  “But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of Him.  For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.  To the one we are the smell of death; to the other, the fragrance of life.  And who is equal to such a task?  Unlike so many, we do not peddle the word of God for profit.  On the contrary, in Christ we speak before God with sincerity, like men sent from God.”

Paul, a man who was conquered by Christ, pictured himself and other believers as those led in a triumphal victory procession by their conqueror King.  As they were led, these believers spread the fragrance of their conquering King among those along the way.  To those who would be saved, the fragrance of Christ was the smell of life eternal.  To those opposing Christ, they smelled like death.   To God the Father, the believers were the fragrance of Christ Himself!  Paul was not a hireling but a bond-slave of the Lord Jesus.  Believers are sent or led by Christ in victory on their journey through this world to their glorious inheritance!

Observations for over-comers:  Not everyone will love us as we are led by Christ, but we smell sweet to God! “How delightful is your love, my sister, my bride!  How much more pleasing is your live than wine, and the fragrance of your perfume than any spice.  Your lips drop sweetness as the honeycomb, by bride’ milk and honey are under your tongue.  The fragrance of your garments is like that of Lebanon.”  (Song of Songs 4:10-11)

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