Join the Parade
Thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him. 2 Corinthians 2:14
Paul was sure that God was leading him in triumph. The picture here is that of the "Roman triumph," the special tribute that Rome gave to its conquering generals. If a commander in chief won a complete victory over the enemy on foreign soil, and if he killed at least five thousand enemy soldiers and gained new territory for the emperor, then that commander in chief was entitled to a Roman triumph. The processional would include the commander riding in a golden chariot, surrounded by his officers. The parade would also include a display of the spoils of battle, as well as the captive enemy soldiers. The Roman priests would also be in the parade, carrying burning incense to pay tribute to the victorious army.
Jesus Christ, our great commander in chief, came to foreign soil (this earth) and completely defeated the enemy (Satan). Instead of killing five thousand persons, He gave life to more than five thousand persons--to three thousand plus at Pentecost and to another two thousand plus shortly after Pentecost (see Acts 2:41; 4:4). Jesus Christ claimed the spoils of battle--lost souls who had been in bondage to sin and Satan. What a splendid victory!
The sons of the victorious generals would walk behind their father's chariot, sharing in his victory; and that is where believers are today--following in Christ's triumph. We do not fight for victory; we fight from victory. Neither in Asia Minor nor in Corinth did the situation look like victory to Paul, but he believed God--and God turned defeat into victory.
Applying God's Truth:
1. List some victories and reasons you have to feel triumphant today.
2. Does it feel as if you are on the winner's side in your spiritual battle, or do you have to accept it by faith?
3. What battles are you fighting on your own? How do you need God's help?
Devotions for Encouragement and Maturity. ©2005 by Dr. Warren Wiersbe. Used by permission of David C Cook. May not be further reproduced. All rights reserved.