14 Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. 15 For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. 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? 17 For we are not, as so many, peddling the word of God; but as of sincerity, but as from God, we speak in the sight of God in Christ.
2 Corinthians 2:14-17, New King James Version
Fragrance of Christ
It is interesting that Paul speaks of the fragrance of Christ in these verses. We know from the Old Testament that God enjoyed the sweet fragrance of the sin offerings made to Him. So it is easier to understand, then, that we are to God the fragrance of Christ. But, not only that, we are also the fragrance of Christ to those who are being saved and to those who are perishing.
As Christians, what kind of fragrance are we to those with whom we rub shoulders each day? We must remember what Paul said in verse 17, shown above.
For we are not, as so many, peddling the word of God; but as of sincerity, but as from God, we speak in the sight of God in Christ.
We are not just sales people, selling Christ to the world, but rather our sincere Christian life speaks volumes to those around us. It is important that we take this responsibility very seriously. It is easy to fall in with the attitudes and sins of the crowd, but we are not called to fit in! We are called to live for Christ in everything we say and do each day. We will find ourselves constantly at odds with the attitudes of the unbelievers around us. But let us be understand that to be different to those around us, we are being one with Christ.
What does Paul say about the fragrance of Christ coming from us?
To the one we are the aroma of death leading to death, and to the other the aroma of life leading to life.
No matter who we are and how we live, we will never reach everyone for Christ! But, we are a fragrance to everyone. To the unbeliever it is the fragrance of death, and to those who come to Christ, it is the aroma of life leading to life. What a sobering thought!
Let us pray today that we would live completely for Christ as we are the fragrance of Christ to those with whom we touch with our lives. It is not for us, but for Christ to use that fragrance to be an aroma of life leading to life or the fragrance of death.
God Bless You,