What comes to your mind when you hear the word “fragrance”? Personally, I think of perfume or cologne. Then when I keep thinking about it I think of flowers, food, etc. Well, have you ever heard of this fragrance?
But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place.
For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing;
to the one an aroma from death to death, to the other an aroma from life to life. And who is adequate for these things?
For we are not like many, peddling the word of God, but as from sincerity, but as from God, we speak in Christ in the sight of God.
I was reading this passage today & decided to do some exploring of the original language. The word “fragrance” in verse 15 means, “a sweet odor, spoken of the smell of sacrifices & obligations, agreeably to the ancient notion that God smells & is pleased with the odor of sacrifices”.
I used to just think we “smelled like Christ” to people… They could see his love, his patience, his quality traits, etc. But when we are the fragrance of Christ, we are literally the smell of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. God is reminded of His Son’s sacrifice when he sees us, his children, and he is pleased! The people around us see Jesus’ sacrifice when they see us too, not just the character of Christ – but the sacrifice of Christ for them. To some, that reminds them of the life they have in Him. To others, it reminds them of their impending death.
In verse 17, it says we speak in Christ in the sight of God. The original Greek for “in the sight of God” means that God is the judge; we don’t have to worry about what others think. It’s God judging us, and we need to make sure we are speaking the word of God from sincerity (meaning purity, ingenuousness, naivety).
So that’s my word study to share with you today. I really like to study God’s word instead of “just” reading it. Try it out! It’s fun!