2 Corinthians 2:15
 
2 Corinthians 2:15
(KJV) For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish:
(1611 KJV) For wee are vnto God, a sweet sauour of Christ, in them that are saued, and in them that perish.
(1567) Geneva Bible) For wee are vnto God the sweete sauour of Christ, in them that are saued, and in them which perish.
(1526 Tyndale) For we are vnto God the swete savoure of Christ both amoge them that are saved and also amoge them which perisshe.
 
Counterfeit Versions
(NIV) For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.
(NASV) For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing;
(THE MESSAGE) Because of Christ, we give off a sweet scent rising to God, which is recognized by those on the way of salvation—an aroma redolent with life.
(AMP) For we are the sweet fragrance of Christ [which exhales] unto God, [discernible alike] among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing:
(NLT) Our lives are a Christ-like fragrance rising up to God. But this fragrance is perceived differently by those who are being saved and by those who are perishing.
(ESV) For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing,
(CEV) In fact, God thinks of us as a perfume that brings Christ to everyone. For people who are being saved, this perfume has a sweet smell and leads them to a better life.
(NKJV) For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.
(NCV) Our offering to God is this: We are the sweet smell of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are being lost.
(HCSB) For to God we are the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.
(RSV) For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing,
(NAB-Roman Catholic) For we are the aroma of Christ for God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing,
(NWT-Jehovah’s Witnesses) For to God we are a sweet odor of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing;
 
Textus Receptus
- Traditional Text
oti cristou euwdia esmen tw qew en toiV swzomenoiV kai en toiV apollumenoiV
 
Hort-Westcott
Critical Text
oti cristou euwdia esmen tw qew en toiV swzomenoiV kai en toiV apollumenoiV
 
Corrupted Manuscripts
None
 
Affected Teaching
Here is another example of the modern versions questioning the salvation status of every believer. The Greek word “sodzomenois” which is translated for “are” is in the present tense. This means that it is speaking of those who are already saved and although this word can possess a future tense, it is not designated here. Many in religion see salvation as an ongoing process and must be accomplished over time. However, the Bible tells us that each one who has become saved, has been saved at one point in time. It is sanctification which is a life long journey and not salvation. We become saved at one point in life and then we begin to become sanctified. (1 Th 4:3 KJV) For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: The New Age movement sees salvation as something which takes years to accomplish but their salvation is much different than the salvation given by God. In 2 Cor. 2:15, we are a sweet savour to those who are saved already. The modern versions make it sound like we are a sweet savour to those “being saved.” If they are being saved, then we are not a sweet savor to them because they are still unsaved and we are a savour unto death to them as verse 16 states. The big issue here is that the modern versions are teaching that salvation is a process and not a one time event. This is a false teaching because if salvation is a process then how many works must we do? How long must we do them? How would we know they would be accepted by God? And probably a string of other questions which would have to be posed. It is good that we have the King James Bible to give us the truth about salvation and not make us think that salvation is a process.

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