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2 Corinthians 2:14-16

2 Corinthians 2:14–16 (ESV): "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, 16 to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things?"

Everywhere we go we are to spread the fragrance of the knowledge of Christ. It's a scent of victory to some and a scent of death to others depending on how they receive it. Our job is to proclaim it!

In ancient Roman culture, victory was celebrated by way of a triumphal procession. First, the statesmen and officials would come, then the trumpeters followed by some model of the land conquered. A white bull would then be presented as a sacrifice followed by the captives of the land. Then came the magistrates, musicians, and priests who would be burning incense. Finally, the General would enter with his army and they would continually shout, "Io triumphe (hurray for triumph)!"

Paul used this to illustrate the Christian life. We are the soldiers walking in the triumphal procession behind our General, Jesus Christ. The fragrance of victory is in the air as we proclaim the Gospel. It smells like life to those who receive it and death to those who reject it. We don't determine the aroma for each person but we do emit it as we proclaim "Io triumphe" through the streets. May we faithfully make that declaration to all we come in contact with, amen?

Father, we praise You for victory over sin and death. May we emit the aroma of Christ everywhere we go without shame or hesitation for Your glory and honor we pray in Jesus' name, amen. 

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