by Ernest Easley

The Fragrance of Christ
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
2 Corinthians 2:12-17
August 21, 2011

What kind of fragrance are you wearing today? And .. are you wearing enough or wearing too much? Some people I know do an over-kill when it comes to wearing fragrances, while others do an under-kill. They NEED to splash on a little more. A good bath wouldn't hurt either! Amen?
Well .. that's what I want to talk to you about today from 2 Corinthians 2. So take God's word and turn with me to 2 Corinthians 2 where we find the Apostle Paul speaking to the believers at Corinth about their faithfulness .. explaining to them that they were like incense to those who followed Jesus and to those who rejected Jesus.
In that day when a victorious general returned home from battle, the state would always give him a parade. They would burn a lot of incense in honor their hero .. usually the leader's favorite fragrance.
In the parade would be both soldiers and slaves who had been captured in the battle. As the victors would smell the incense .. it was a message of life and joy to them. But to the captives, the incense was a reminder of their coming death.
Same fragrance, but different meanings. To the victorious soldier .. it was a sweet smell. To the defeated captives .. it was a sour smell. While the fragrance was a reminder of victory and life to one .. it was a reminder of defeat and death to the other.
Now look with me beginning in verse 12 …we're thinking together about ..
The Fragrance of Christ
2 Corinthians 2.12-17
12 Furthermore, when I came to Troas to preach Christ's gospel, and a door was opened to me by the Lord, 13 I had no rest in my spirit, because I did not find Titus my brother; but taking my leave of them, I departed for Macedonia.
14 Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. 15 For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved ...

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