Triumph Sermon Illustrations

Triumph Sermon Illustrations

Paul uses several times the figure of a Roman triumphal procession. On the triumphant Roman conqueror great honours were conferred. When he returned from the field of battle victorious he received a great ovation in his capital. He had a magnificent entry into the capital attended by the spoils of war, and by princes, nobles and generals whom he had taken captive. White horses, or elephants, or lions, or tigers, drew his splendid chariot. Fragrant odours were diffused, and flowers were scattered along the way while incense was burned on the altars. The whole city was filled with the smoke of the sacrifices, and with aromatic perfumes.

It is from the same Greek word that Paul uses that we derive our English word `triumph'.

(2 Cor. 2. 14; Eph. 4. 8; Col. 2. 15

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