1 Peter 1November 7, 2014
Gaining ConfidenceNovember 8, 2014
2 Corinthians 2:15-16
15 For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing; 16to the one an aroma from death to death, to the other an aroma from life to life. And who is adequate for these things? (NASB)
The King James Versions says we are a sweet savor. We are a fragrance both to God and to the world.
I went to a conference some time ago and when I came out to my car, there was a beautiful fragrance in the car. Smelled like flowers. There was nothing around in the large parking lot. I just think it was God reminding me that I’m a sweet-smelling perfume to Him.
The Interlinear Greek to English translation uses the word “aroma.” I think it might define what we smell like to the world. An aroma is neutral. We don’t know if it is a pleasant aroma or an unpleasant aroma. They define perfumes by their aroma. They might be lilac, lavender, or aromas of a mixture of flowers. When you go into the store to buy perfume, the first thing you want to do is spray some on your arm and smell it. We expect it to be a pleasant aroma. But there are unpleasant aromas like one might smell around a sewage plant. Both are aromas, but one you wouldn’t want to smell.
This verse is interesting because it says our aroma may smell like one thing—pleasant to one person and very unpleasant to another. The difference is whether the person is saved or perishing. A person who has rejected Jesus finds the fragrance of Christ hostile or nasty even. They really don’t want to be around Christians. The aroma to a perishing person is like the smell of death.
However, to the saved person the fragrance of Christ is a beautiful aroma. It’s like when we go on a hike through an area of honeysuckle blooming. It’s breathtaking and we always stop to drink in the beautiful aroma. That’s what we smell like to God. And it is the smell of life. It’s the smell of life to eternal life—a sweet savor.