Explanation of Scripture read by Orthodox Christians on the 11 Tuesday after Pentecost - 2 Cor 2:14-17,3:1-3 Matthew 23:23-28

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QUESTION 1

"For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish: {16} To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life." (2 Corinthians 2:15,16)

St Paul mentions one "sweet savour", but two effects of this "savour". What is this savour? Why are it's effects twofold? Explain.

QUESTION 2

"For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish: {16} To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life." (2 Corinthians 2:15,16)

There is another meaning of "sweet savour", which should be applied to the we live our daily lives, and incorporated in every action. Recall the imagery of a "sweet savour" - it implies a sacrifice, and the scent of the holocost, which is pleasing to God. How may we be this type of "savour"?

QUESTION 3

"For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish: {16} To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life." (2 Corinthians 2:15,16)

We must continue to meditate upon this verse, because it speaks an important truth to us. What should we expect from those who do not believe in Christ? What does their sometime response tell us abut the effect of good and holy things?

QUESTION 4

"To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things?" (2 Corinthians 2:16)

Explain St Paul's emotional, rhetorical question: "And who is sufficient for these things?"





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