But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere. (2 Cor 2:14 NIV)
The author of this passage (the apostle, Paul) speaks of “triumphal procession” because the Romans would routinely hold such events to demonstrate their victory over an enemy and to lead their captive enemies to their deaths. The enemies who were not executed were sold into slavery.
In the passage above, Paul says that we are led as “captives” in Christ’s triumphal procession but that the Lord uses US to spread the aroma of the knowledge of Him everywhere! This is an image of a pleasant fragrance or perfume being released!
How is that possible? Because when Christ captures or subdues a person, He reigns in our lives as a benevolent and loving King. Yes, we are in submission to our divine Captor, but it is a submission and yieldedness born out of love and willingness on our part.
In the kingdom of King Jesus, His conquered enemies are transformed into His beloved and cherished allies—even so far as to becoming His beloved children. He shares His blessings, kindnesses, and gifts with all of those whom He lovingly pursues and conquers! He also shares with each one of us His eternal victory.
But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Cor 15:57 NKJV, emphasis added)
For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. (1 Joh 5:4)
Glory to God most High!