January 29, 1989
In the apostle Paul’s day, as in our own, false teaching posed a grave threat to the unity and spiritual health of the church. In his second letter to the Corinthians, Paul addressed this problem by employing a series of striking word pictures to illustrate the characteristics of a true believer. Alistair Begg shows us how the vivid images of a Roman triumph and strongly-scented perfume point us to our dependence on Christ’s victory over sin and the powerful effects of a life dedicated to the Gospel.
14But 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. 15For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, 16to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things? 17For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God's word, but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ.
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