Triumph in Christ.
2 Corinthians 2:14-16 “Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savor of His knowledge by us in every place.
For we are unto God a sweet savor of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish:
To the one we are a savor of death unto death; and to the other the savor of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things?”
2 Corinthians 2:14-16 GNFMM “But thanks be to God, for in union with Christ we are always lead by God as prisoners in Christ’s Victory Procession; like a sweet smell that spreads everywhere, God uses us to make Christ known to all men.
For we are like the sweet smell of the incense that Christ burns to God which goes out to those who are being saved and to those who are being lost.
For those who are being lost, it is a deadly stench that kills, for those who are being saved, it is a fragrance that brings life. Who then is capable for such a task?”
These verses speak about the triumph of Christ over us, so that He can use us to manifest the sweetness of His knowledge to everyone we come into contact with. To some it will give light and life. To others it will do nothing but leave them in the darkness and death that they choose.
These verses are pictured after the Roman General’s Victory Procession into Rome after a great conquest; where he brings many captives home to Rome.
Paul had seen these, and uses this picture here for Christ, to illustrate His own Victory Procession.
The verses in the Good News for Modern Man picture this as it would happen.
First along the march were incense bearers. This incense was the same smell for those who would live, or die.
Then the banners of the legions of His armies came next.
Then the General, on a big white horse. A long chain coming back to all those He has had the victory over. He is leading them in His Victory Procession.
1st, behind Him were the kings and generals, and the people of importance: wise people.
2nd, the chains would go right on down to the simple people and slaves.
All to be brought back for the glory of Rome.
Now Paul uses this to set forth Christ’s Victory Procession over us, His elect, His Church; and those who will in that day kneel and confess that He is Lord, but then be thrown into the Lake of Fire for eternity.
Philippians 2:10-11 “That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
This Victory Procession, Christ is making up now. Those who subject themselves to Him, as their King, are those He uses to manifest Himself to men, now.
It is a subjection of love, for those who are born again (given His eternal life: and become a sweet savor of life to others).
It is not us having the Victory over our circumstances or other people, presented here. But Christ having the Victory over us, and leading us in His Victory Procession, for God’s Glory.
Sometimes we forget that we are saved to shine forth His Light; to honor and glorify Him.
That He helps us in our circumstances, and comforts us in our troubles, by His Blessed Holy Spirit with us, is a certainty every Christian should know.
But here, Christ Jesus is the Victor; as Paul always liked to preach on.
Christ was Victor in His life; though He was “despised and rejected of men” (Isaiah 53:3).
Christ was Victor in the Garden when He said, “Not my will, but thine, be done” (Luke22:42).
Christ was Victor, Who “before Pilate witnessed a good confession” (1 Timothy 6:13).
Christ was Victor on the cross, for He paid the full price of our salvation, that we might be fully redeemed. When He cried, “It is finished”, it was. (John 19:30)
Christ is Victor now; for He is calling out a people for His Name’s Sake.
He is having the victory over them: their rebellion, their fear, their addictions, their wills and ways. He is giving them Eternal Life, and leading them into the glory of His Victory Procession, for all the world to see.
We have the inestimable privilege to send forth the savor of life, to those who seek life.
We have a place in Christ’s Victory Procession. We will give out our sweet smell, to bring some to Christ. Or will we be only dragged on in the Procession, till the end. (How much we will have lost, that we could have been rewarded for?)
God’s glory should always be our goal. Where are we in the march? The chains which bind those who march to Christ’s glory behind him, are chains of love.
“We love Him, because He first loved us.” (1 John 4:19)
Have you felt His love constrain you lately? To move on, forward with Him? His love is the greatest motivator for our lives, if we will yield to Him.