The Aroma of God

A student does not advance very far through the grades in school before he is taught about our five senses; seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling, and touch. These God given senses shape our daily lives and are so very important that the diminishment or absence of any one of them could qualify a person as handicapped.

It is almost unnecessary to say but our five senses are also five mediums by which God is not only able to communicate with us, but believers, in their turn, are able to pass on the gospel message to others. Examples would include Matthew 5:14 where Christians are told to be as a light set on a hill, where others can see your good works and glorify God. There is also Psalm 19:10 which says that God’s law is sweeter than honey from a honeycomb and more to be desired than gold.

But did you realize that there are verses that align the Word of God with our sense of smell? “Now thanks be unto God which always causes us to triumph in Christ, and makest manifest the savor of his knowledge by us in every place. For we are unto God a sweet savor of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish: to the one we are the savor of death unto death: and to the other the savor of life unto life.” (II Cor 2:14-16) What we have in these three verses is the word savor, more particularly meaning fragrance or aroma. Think of one of your fondest smells; fresh baked cinnamon rolls right out of the oven, or maybe that outdoor smell right after a gentle spring rain. According to Paul the smell of a Christian before God is comparable to these; a sweet savor. Additionally the olfactory nerves of believers are also sensitive enough to detect this “life unto life” aroma emanating from other believers, hence the many references in Scripture to being refreshed by another’s presence. Detecting this fragrance is a work of the spirit; it is spiritually discerned. This would explain the revulsion some feel just being around Christians and hearing the Word of God. To them this sweet savor of God is a stench, a noxious odor, and they are repelled by it as would two magnets with their like poles facing each other. To them it is the “savor of death”.

How does a believer get this Holy fragrance? “Walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given of himself an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savor.” (Eph 5:2) When a person accepts Jesus Christ and his sacrifice as the atonement for his own sins, he is bathed in the perfume of forgiveness and redemption. Through Jesus Christ he is made clean and smells equally fresh.

One of the goals for any Christian is to remain pure and unspotted, with the aroma of God scenting the air around him, and to not be like the sow that was washed but returned to wallowing in the mire. (II Peter 2:22) It sounds funny to say it but God has a smell. And more importantly for you, do you smell like Him, too?

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