You Smell… by Caleb H.
May 5, 2008, 5:01 am
Filed under: Devotions

by Caleb Hancock

Did you know that God’s word tells us that we smell? Now, let’s get real men, we already knew that. But, in the context of 2 Corinthians, it’s probably not what you would expect. Let’s take a look here at 2 Corinthians 2:14-17:

14 But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere. 15 For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, 16 to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things? 17 For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God’s word, but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ.

Alright, now read it again.

Ok, let’s think about this. What does this passage say about God and the gospel, and what does it have to do with us?


As Christian men, there are some priceless points here in Paul’s words that we can easily miss or mistake. So let’s look at it again. Verse 14 makes it clear that God spreads the aroma of Christ through us by giving people around us knowledge about Him. The next 2 verses make it clear that this aroma is of life to those who are being saved, and like death to those who are perishing.

What is this talking about? The last verse makes it clear; having been commissioned by God, we SPEAK! These verses have direct application to evangelism: the discipline, privilege and command of God to us to tell others about His law and grace in the gospel! (Matthew 28:19)

Do you smell to those around you? (Do your words and attitude reflect God’s grace shown to you, a sinner deserving only wrath and yet given righteousness) If not, do you take comfort in the fact that you don’t? (because you are afraid or lazy, or indifferent?) Let these verses correct you. Allow the Holy Spirit to convict you, not to lead you to condemnation, but, by grace as God conforms you to the image of His Son, to change!

May we be “men of sincerity”, through our lives and words proclaiming to the perishing world around us that God has mercy on those who turn to him in repentance and faith in Christ alone!

And as we live out these days of grace that God has given us, take comfort in the fact that God leads us in triumphal procession (verse 14), as only HE saves, for HIS glory alone.


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Though an odd way to start off this little blog, it contains a good point.

I love the idea of salvation and Christ’s love compared to an aroma. It kinda goes back to a blog I wrote the other day about Christ’s love and how he has been compared to a rose and a lily.

The power of God’s grace and his love should overwhelm us as when a flower’s aroma fills our nostrils with a smell of something so sweet. It is great imagery. The life he breathes into us is 100 fold of the flower aroma sensation. And he uses us to spread the gospel. What an awesome privilege! We do not deserve this, yet he saved us.

What a good challenge. Thanks for posting this. Let our lives bring God all the glory and by Christ be a sweet aroma to the world.

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