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Verse 16: “To the one we are the aroma of death leading to death, and to the other the aroma of life leading to life. And who is sufficient for these things?”

In Holman New Testament Commentary I and II Corinthians (copyright 2000 by Broadman & Holman Publishers) on page 312, the author, Richard L. Pratt, Jr., shared a story:

“I have a good friend who is a dentist. He once told me: “When a patient has a toothache, I’m his best friend. But when he has no pain and I tell him we have to drill, I’m his worst enemy.” Dentists inflict pain to help us avoid pain. That makes them people to avoid, but it also makes them people to whom we run for help.”

Even though that was a life application from the previous chapter, I thought about the application to today’s verse. To those who have rejected the Gospel of Christ, other Christians, to them, are detested (“aroma of death”). However, to those who have become saved by the grace of Jesus through that same Gospel, fellow Christians are welcomed (“aroma of life”). You know, when we bathe routinely, it’s not uncommon to use perfume, aftershave, or deodorant to smell better or to keep smelling better. We, as human beings, want to be welcomed by others.

My wife and I both snore in our sleep (don’t tell her I told you! :-)). And we have both woken each other up with our snoring! When she had to stay overnight in the hospital after some surgery, I slept on the fold-out couch bed in the room. As you guess, I didn’t fall asleep easily; I listened out to see how my wife was resting. Finally, I heard it…she was snoring! A sound that I used to hate when I’d have to wake her to make her stop was at that moment, as sweet as birdsong to me…it meant she was sleeping ok.

How’s your aroma, today, Christian?

Something to think about.

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Verses 34-37: “And that He raised Him from the dead, no more to return to corruption, He has spoken thus: “I will give you the sure mercies of David.” Therefore He also says in another Psalm: “You will not allow Your Holy One to see corruption.” For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell asleep, was buried with his fathers, and saw corruption; but He whom God raised up saw no corruption.”

Remember Lazarus? He was a friend of Jesus; he died before Jesus arrived back to his home to see him. He also became the central part of one of Jesus’s greatest miracles. He had been dead and in the tomb for some time, when Jesus commanded that the tomb be opened. Jesus commanded, “Lazarus, come forth!”, and Lazarus came out of the tomb, alive! All were astonished: Jesus had raised Lazarus from the grave, to live again!

But did Lazarus live forever in his human body? No. He did die again. All those who were brought back to life by Jesus and his disciples eventually did succumb to physical death, or as the passage states above “ return to corruption”. All did return to corruption…except Jesus! Because God the Father raised Him, and Jesus is God the Son! Through his sacrifice to the point of death, He conquered the sting of death, once and for all! Raised again, He reigns as our Savior and Lord, and is the only way to eternal life.

Paul is quoting several passages in the verses above: Isaiah 55:3 and Psalms 16:10. Those were the prophecies that the Holy One would not succumb to corruption. Paul again is using Old Testament prophecies and Scripture that the Jews would be familiar with to show that Jesus is the Messiah!

Something to think about.

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verses 26, 33: “The last enemy that will be abolished is death.” “Do not be deceived: Bad company corrupts good morals.”

2 interesting verses here.

No more death. With all the advances in medicine and science today, people actually talk about seeing the day when there is no more cancer, or no more terminal diseases. But no more death? Outside of the reward of Christ (eternal life in heaven), it seems like something you read about in comic books. Yet it’s true; there will be no more death. What a day that will be!

I’m going to repeat an old analogy here: how do experts tell counterfeit money? Do they compare it to similar counterfeits? Or do they compare it to the genuine article? Now take it a step further: if you had a bag of money, and inspected the first 5 or 10 bills, and they were all counterfeit, what conclusion would you draw about the entire bag? Why, that they all were counterfeit, of course. But what if there was real money in the bag too, and you never saw it? You’ve just dismissed the genuine because it was immersed in the fake.

Another old phrase I heard is “it’s easier to be pulled down, than to pull someone up.” Jesus calls us to walk in this world, but not become it. Be careful today as you minister and witness, that you are pulling up those who need Jesus…and not being pulled down into the mire of this world.

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