God ALWAYS leads us in TRIUMPH in CHRIST: "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. For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. To the one we are the aroma of death leading to death, and to the other the aroma of life leading to life." (2 Cor 2:14-16)
Calvary was the mighty display of the victory that Christ had won for humankind. In the above passage, Apostle Paul regarded himself as a signal trophy of God's victorious power in Christ. His Almighty Conqueror was leading him about, through all the cities of the Greek and Roman world, as an illustrious example of His power at once to subdue and to save.
In the above passage, Paul borrows a figure from the triumphal processions of Roman conquerors. Returning home after glorious victories, they would lead their captives along the streets of the capital. So Paul pictures the Lord Jesus marching as a conqueror from Troas to Macedonia, and leading His apostle in His train. Wherever the Lord goes, through His servants, there is victory! We have five promises from God about how He gives us victory:
- God gives us victory over the evil influences of people (Psalms 44:5)
- God gives us victory over the power of the enemy (Luke 10:19)
- God gives us victory over severe afflictions (Romans 8:35)
- God gives us victory over worldly attractions (1 John 5:4)
- God will give us victory over Satan ultimately (Rev. 15:2)
We must grasp Paul’s perspective on the unfailing success of God’s work in the world today, and of those of us who participate in it. We must see our lives in the light of God’s word and avoid discouragement because of the apparent failure of many of our activities. Christ has conquered, and we are privileged to march in His triumphal procession! Let us give our heartfelt thanks to God who always lead us in triumph in Christ!
"Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us." (Romans 8:37)