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标 题:那因认识基督而有的香气

经 节:感谢神!常率领我们在基督里夸胜,并借着我们在各处显扬那因认识基督而有的香气。因为我们在神面前,无论在得救的人身上或灭亡的人身上,都有基督馨香之气。(哥林多后书二章1415节)

罗马人每次在军事上得到大胜利,就会举行盛大的游行来庆祝。指挥的将领会站在一辆豪华双轮战车上,在整个游行队伍的最前方引导。他的后面则跟着士兵、乐师和其他军官。然后,士兵会领着被俘战败的敌人穿过城市大街。除此之外,罗马人在祭坛上烧香,也是庆典的一部分,整个城市会充满令人愉悦的香气。即使那些不能亲眼看见胜利行伍的人,也能听到胜利凯旋的音乐,闻到令人愉悦的气息。每个人都会知道,自己的军队已经得胜,凯旋归来。这个特别的香气,对每个闻到的人象征著胜利。

保罗用这个生动的比喻,来说明基督徒对世界的影响。根据保罗所说,神要在我们身上充满那因认识基督而有的香气。无论去那里,我们的生命应该向人展示出耶稣是得胜者。当未信者看见我们的生命,他们会知道基督得胜的大能。当其他的基督徒亲眼看基督的大能,使我们战胜自己的罪,他们也能庆祝欢喜主的胜利,并且确信基督同样也可以使他们拥有得胜的生命。

最令人信服的证据是基督活着,并且祂在祂的百姓身上彰显自己得胜的作为。有基督的馨香之气,是何等地荣幸!借着拥有基督的馨香之气,他人可以知道基督拥有战胜罪恶、改变人生命的大能。你的生命应该是使人信服的确据,使人看到神今日仍在祂百姓身上行大能的作为。


The Fragrance of His Knowledge

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. (2 Corinthians 2:14-15)

Whenever the Romans won a major military victory they would celebrate with a spectacular parade. The commanding general would lead the procession in a magnificent chariot, followed by his soldiers, musicians, and other officials. Then, soldiers would lead the defeated enemies through the city in . As a part of the celebration, the Romans would burn fragrances on altars, filling the entire city with a pleasant aroma. Even those who could not witness the triumphal procession could hear the victory music and smell the pleasing incense. Everyone would know that their army had been victorious. The special fragrance came to symbolize victory to anyone who smelled it.

Paul used this vivid imagery to describe the effect that Christians should have in the world. According to Paul, God permeates our lives with the fragrance of the knowledge of Christ. Everywhere we go, our lives should demonstrate to others that Christ is victorious. As unbelievers observe our lives, they should become aware of the victorious power of Christ. As other Christians witness the victory Christ gives us over our sin, they can rejoice in the triumph of their Lord and gain confidence that Christ will bring victory in their lives as well.

The most compelling evidence that Christ is alive and triumphant is His activity in the lives of His people. It is a privilege to be the fragrance of Christ by which others learn of God’s life-changing power over sin. Your life ought to be convincing proof that God continues to work powerfully in the lives of His people.

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