a triumphal procession


devotional post # 2156

2 Corinthians 2:12-16

2 Cor 2:12 Now I had previously gone to Troas for the purpose of spreading the gospel of Christ
and a door had been opened for me in the Lord,
2 Cor 2:13 but my spirit could not relax, because I did not find Titus my brother; instead, after getting away from them, I went on to Macedonia.
2 Cor 2:14 But thanks be to God, who always leads us in a triumphal procession in Christ, and manifests through us the smell of the knowledge of Him in every place.
2 Cor 2:15 Because we smell like Christ does to God among those who are being rescued and among those who are perishing;
2 Cor 2:16 to the one we are a dead smell which is leading to death, to the other we are a living smell which is leading to life.

a triumphal procession

Here’s the thing about triumphal processions: if you are being led in one, that means you are a captured prisoner, and just might be being led to your death. But Paul was okay with that analogy, because the purpose of a triumphal procession is to show respect to the conquering king. As a missionary, seeking to spread the gospel wherever he went, Paul knew what he smelled like. He smelled like Christ does to God. He might encounter those whom God is rescuing with that gospel, or he might encounter the spiritually dead. The difference was not him, but his audience. We do not know whether Paul found Titus in Macedonia, but maybe he found some people who were anxious to hear the gospel. That would be enough for him.

LORD, open our hearts to the Spirit’s leading, so that we can find those who are seeking Christ.


About Jefferson Vann

Jeff is a former Christian missionary.
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