Posted by: bshelley | October 16, 2008

We are the Fragrance of Christ to God

Today’s Verse: 2 Corinthians 2:15 For we are the fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing; NASB

Our church is studying the Old Testament sacrificial system on Wednesday nights right now. It is fascinating how many references in the New Testament require at least a rudimentary understanding of this subject, yet many have not had the opportunity to study it. The idea of a sweet savor or fragrance being lifted up to God is central to the worship sacrifices. God loves the aroma of His children dedicating their lives and material possessions to Him and His service. The use of this idea here in 2 Corinthians is not unique, but the idea of being the fragrance of Christ is such beautiful imagery. Because we are covenant people, in Christ, we have the smell of Christ to those around us. As we become more Christ-like in our walk, this is even increasingly so. Our living in this world as Christians, those who follow and obey Christ, is pleasing to God because He is glorified through it. We are that fragrance, Christ’s essence present, among all with whom we come in contact. We are to be like Jesus to fellow believers. We are also to be like Jesus to those who are not Christians. They all should be able to smell the Christ on us, in us and through our actions. This has a threefold purpose according to this wonderful verse. First, we are to be the fragrance of Christ to fellow Christians as encouragers and blessings to them. Second we are to be so full of Christ that those who are perishing would want what we have and be led to salvation. Lastly, but most importantly, as this “fragrance of Christ”, we are pleasing to our heavenly Father. What will the fragrance of your life be today? I pray that lives lived this day and always in Christ will be as a sweet savor to all as we give fully of ourselves and all that we have in His service lifted up to glorify Him.

Audio Version: seeking-gods-heart-2-corinthians-2_15

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  1. I had actually told Dave, just before his visit, that all the prayers going up on your behalf, was a sweet savor to God. So this passage was good, God wants to always hear our prayers.


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