Monday, October 30, 2006

The Fragrance of Christ

2 Corinthians 2:14-15:

14 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. 15 For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing,

Here are a couple of big ideas from the passage:

1. Jesus is THE conqueror. - In Roman days, the triumphal procession was something that was rarely done. The commander who won the battle had to fulfill strict stipulations that the senate had made. "[It] was required that the victory be complete and decisive, that it should be over a foreign foe, that at least five thousand of the enemy should be slain in a single battle, that the conquest should extend the territory of the state, and that it put an end to the war."1 Jesus has and is conquering everything for YOU, Christian! And, He is ALWAYS (not just sometimes) leading you in triumphal procession. He conquered the greatest foes. And, He did it so that you might know Christ, be satisfied in Him, and so that He might...

2. Spread the fragrance of Christ through you. - Paul is still using the "procession" analogy. You must remember that a Roman Soldier lived for this day. Being a soldier was his only occupation. But the soldier wasn't the only one excited. Everything in a city was focused on the procession down to very specific details. They'd even have incense burning throughout the city. Imagine what it was like for a soldier marching behind his victorious commander while people are cheering them on and the city streets smell glorious! In the same sense, Paul is telling us that God spreads the fragrance/smell of Jesus through us. And, this fragrance (which is the knowledge of Christ) is all-satisfying. Listen, Paul isn't saying, "If you'd just do all the right things, God will spread the fragrance of Christ through you." No, Paul says that God does spread the fragrance through you, a righteous sinner. He accomplishes His will through you, and He has purposed to satisfy you with Christ.

So, wrapping up, I want you to be encouraged by the fact that you are ALWAYS being led in triumphal procession. You, only on the basis of Christ, are victorious over sin, death, hell, Satan and your flesh! I also want you to walk away being reminded that Christ is the ultimate satisfaction. He's the fragrance that you cannot get enough of. He's all-satisfying, and because he is all-satisfying, that fragrance spreads through you to others so that they too might draw closer to Christ!

Praise God that He's victorious!



1. Freeman, James M. ; Chadwick, Harold J.: Manners & Customs of the Bible. Rev. ed.]. North Brunswick, NJ : Bridge-Logos Publishers, 1998, S. 541

7 comments:

natamllc said...

PT2

good stuff here!

To "build" on it, I would quote from a booklet I am reading, me and a number of the men of my Church, and quote from Genesis 1 and make a brief, succinct comment.

First the quote from the booklet, "OUR CALLING" by Einar Billing, a Swedish Lutheran Theologian of the last century on the debate of the TRINITY: "ONLY WHEN WE SERIOUSLY PERMIT THE SON TO FIND A PLACE WITHIN THE KINGDOM OF THE FATHER... ONLY THEN CAN THE SPIRIT REMAIN WITH US" [pp.43-44].

Genesis 1:11-23,

Gen 1:11 And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.
Gen 1:12 And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
Gen 1:13 And the evening and the morning were the third day.
Gen 1:14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:
Gen 1:15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.
Gen 1:16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.
Gen 1:17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,
Gen 1:18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.
Gen 1:19 And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.
Gen 1:20 And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.
Gen 1:21 And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
Gen 1:22 And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.
Gen 1:23 And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.


AND

Genesis 1:26-28

Gen 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
Gen 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
Gen 1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.


To note here the significance to your quote of Paul and 2 Cor. 2:14-15 and that quote and those verses from Genesis:

The significant thing to "realize" is God called forth all those creatures from Creation itself, while "MAN", MALE AND FEMALE, HE CALLED FORTH FROM THEMSELVES:

LET US MAKE MAN IN OUR IMAGE AND AFTER "OUR" LIKENESS.

With regard to what comes "out" of CREATION: the Earth, the Sea and the Sky, the plants, shrubs, seed bearing trees etc., all kinds of birds and all kinds of fishes, creations, came out of "CREATION", but MANKIND came "OUT" OF GOD!

The "LIGHT" was dimmed by Adam and mankind was "separated" from God.

The "LIGHT" was lit by Christ at the Cross for the Glory of God and the Holy Ghost and now God by His Mercy, Grace and Peace conjoin us to Christ that this fragrance of Christ can now come through our lives to the world lost and separated from Them!

Col 1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
Col 1:19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell;
Col 1:20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.
Col 1:21 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled


We were born of Adam and of his nature.

We are now reborn the Children of God and it does not yet appear Who we are until the FULLNESS COMES.

Christ!

Yes!

All the Promises of God are YES AND AMEN in Him!

To God belongs the GLORY!

AMEN

michael

Gage Browning said...

I love "Big Idea" Homiletics. Sounds like Brian Chappell or Haddon Robinson (good baptist).
Good stuff!

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