From Enemy to Ally

From Enemy to Ally

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!

God Works Righteousness for All

God Works Righteousness for All

The LORD works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed.  (Ps 103:6 NIV)

The Lord works righteousness for all who are broken or harassed.  Our God is the ultimate champion for those who feel small, alone, or defeated.  The Lord also works justice for all who are oppressed.  Justice can be described as:  fairness; impartiality; integrity; or rightness.  He is our help in times of trouble.  (Ps 46:1)

By awesome deeds in righteousness You will answer us, O God of our salvation . . .   (Ps 65:5a)  He hears and answers our prayers!  And the Lord’s answer establishes righteousness and justice for us.  Glory to God!

The Lord is referred to as the horn of our salvation in Psalm 18:2.  Ever wonder what that means?  I believe that this conveys the idea that He is the very sound and song of our salvation—summoning [even as a horn does in battle]—spiritual, physical, financial, and emotional allies to us.  What a powerful and glorious God we serve!

Righteousness will go before Him, and shall make His footsteps our pathway.  (Ps 85:13)  Let us walk in His footsteps; and as we do, we walk in the path of righteousness.