Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Are you a sweet fragrance to Our King

In all honest, the beginning of  chapter 2 was a little confusing.  Not in an "over your head" kind of way, but in a way that it had the feel of walking in on a conversation where you don't know what they are talking about.  It seems clear that somebody did wrong to Paul, and Paul wants them to be forgiven by the brethren.  Paul seems to indicate that we are to forgive and, of course, this is right in line with Jesus' command to forgive as your Heavenly Father has forgiven you.  But, Paul makes another point in regards to forgiveness.  Without forgiveness there is division, and with division comes the work of Satan.
2Co 2:9 For to this end I also wrote, that I might put you to the test, whether you are obedient in all things.
10 Now whom you forgive anything, I also forgive. For if indeed I have forgiven anything, I have forgiven that one for your sakes in the presence of Christ,
11 lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices.

Now, on to the less confusing part.  Paul once again mentions that he is preaching The Gospel.  He doesn't mention it boastfully, he is just saying this is what I was doing, as a segway in to his point about Titus.  But. I think the application for us here is that Paul is always sharing Jesus, but The Lord opens the doors.  Notice how Paul said, I went to preach.....and then a door was opened.  Paul wasn't sitting idle waiting for The Lord to move, he moved and The Lord blessed.

2Co 2:12 Furthermore, when I came to Troas to preach Christ's gospel, and a door was opened to me by the Lord,

Do you want to be, to God, the fragrance of Christ to all people?  In other words, do you want God to say, "there is my child, he is the hands and feet of My Son, well done good and faithful servant"?
If so, serve Him!  Take a look at these next verses.  That is exactly what we are to God, the fragrance of Christ, when share Him with others...IN ALL CASES!  If it is to the person rejecting Christ, we bring to them the aroma of death...it seems on some level they know they are condemned.  For those that get saved, we bring to them the aroma of life, because The Lord used us to bring them from death to life.  In either case, we are a sweet fragrance to Our King:

2Co 2:15 For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.
2Co 2:16 To the one we are the aroma of death leading to death, and to the other the aroma of life leading to life. And who is sufficient for these things?

As you read these three versions notice how clear it is that GOD'S WORD IS NOT FOR SALE!  Do ministries need money to survive?  Of course.  But I don't think there is any doubt distinctions need to be made between those "peddling God for gain" and those serving their King out of sincere hearts with basic needs.

2Co 2:17
(ESV) For 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.
(KJV) For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.
(NKJV) For we are not, as so many, peddling the word of God; but as of sincerity, but as from God, we speak in the sight of God in Christ.
 
Lastly, The Lord gave me a Word today in regards to love that is on the heals of an interesting conversation.  I will post a video tonight on it if you would like to hear it, you can find it on my YouTube Channel, cullmanhere2......OR you can click My Latest Video at http://www.cullmanhere.com/ (I'll have it up around 7pm)

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