2 Corinthians 2:12–17 (ESV)
Triumph in Christ
12 When I came to Troas to preach the gospel of Christ, even though a door was opened for me in the Lord, 13 my spirit was not at rest because I did not find my brother
Titus there. So I took leave of them and went on to Macedonia.
14 But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us
in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere. 15 For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, 16 to
one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things? 17 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.
Paul’s spirit is restless and overwhelmed in the circumstances of his ministry. Nonetheless, he is confident that Christ will
accomplish His work for the Corinthians. As Christians, we often feel the very real weight of representing Christ to others. Our worries, sins, and frailties can overwhelm us. We can take heart that Christ Jesus is always sufficient and that His message of
forgiveness for us is also a sweet fragrance to all who trust in Him.
I pray: Dear Lord, give us sincere hearts to look honestly at ourselves, so we may never take Your
grace for granted, and that we might be a sweet aroma of grace to others in Your name. Amen.
Edward A. Engelbrecht, The Lutheran Study Bible (St. Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House, 2009), 1983.