Tag: fragrance of death
Scripture reading for July 30th: Psalm 55-57, 2nd Corinthians 2
Key Scriptures: 2nd Corinthians 2:14-16 “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.”
Paul was writing to the Corinthians for the second time. He described the Church of Jesus Christ as a triumphal victory procession, lead by the Savior. All who had been won over by the Savior’s love and grace, followed willingly. Their lives radiated the fragrance of Jesus Christ, His love and His sacrifice on the cross to save sinners. Those who saw and believed were saved and came to life eternal. Those who rejected, went on to eternal death. What an amazing picture!
Psalm 57:9-11 “I will give thanks to You, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing praises to You among the nations. For Your steadfast love is great to the heavens, Your faithfulness to the clouds. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens! Let Your glory be over all the earth!”
Prayer: Thank You Lord for your great love and faithfulness to me. May Your fragrance flow from my life today to bring salvation to the lost. Amen.
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)