May 15, 2020
2 Corinthians 2:15-17 AMP
For we are the sweet fragrance of CHRIST [which exhales] unto GOD, [discernible alike] among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing: To the latter, it is an aroma [wafted] from death to death [a fatal odor, the smell of doom]; to the former, it is an aroma from life to life [a vital fragrance, living and fresh]. And who is qualified (fit and sufficient) for these things? [Who is able for such a ministry? We?] For we are not, like so many, [like hucksters making a trade of] peddling GOD’s Word [shortchanging and adulterating the divine message]; but like [men] of sincerity and the purest motive, as [commissioned and sent] by GOD, we speak [HIS message] in CHRIST(the MESSIAH), in the [very] sight and presence of GOD.
AHH, the sweet fragrance of CHRIST is who I desire to be in HIM. Filling my lungs up and having my heartbeat in the Word of GOD as I exhale HIS forgiveness, glory, goodness, grace, healing, love, mercy, and any other attribute which is GOD through HIS SON, JESUS the CHRIST.
Anyone who has ever had the pleasure of living close to where a bakery of bread, cakes, and pies are made all day every day can understand what I mean about the aroma that just brings about great pleasure to the sense of smell. It cuts through the stench of abnormal life.
This is GOD’s desire for each and every one of HIS kids that we carry in us that heavenly scent which cuts through the life of sin. That fresh, living vital fragrance that can only come by and in CHRIST JESUS.
Unfortunately, there are a small number of souls who are either stopped up as those of us who have experienced head colds, sinus allergies/infections, the flu or lost the sense of smell due to trauma. These are those who have the scent of hell’s fiery furnace wafting from them. They do not recognize nor possess the scent of heaven but judgment for death, doom, and gloom. Not believing that they can be accepted just as they were found, yet, not to be left in that same condition. You know the ones who say that they need to get their lives right before coming to GOD, or they believe that they have done far too many things that GOD cannot forgive.
None of us before we begin to believe in JESUS are fit and most definitely it should be recognizable when people get into ministry believing that they will become wealthy from the finances of others. That they have no idea what it means to be a servant just as JESUS was. The reason so many people do not look to the living church is that too many sound and behave as the world does. A current example is that there are more religious rather than those who have a deep-rooted relationship in CHRIST JESUS who are putting far more faith, reliance and trust in what mankind is saying regarding this pandemic instead of confessing, living and reminding their siblings in CHRIST about the report of the LORD MESSIAH. The pandemic is the disease/plague but the epidemic is the fear.
It is critical that within our hearts, our minds, our motives must be pure and sincere in all things about CHRIST JESUS. Speak GOD’s Word which is the message of CHRIST realizing that we are never outside the eyes of GOD.
Ephesians 5:2 & Ezekiel 20:41 GNT & NLT
Your life must be controlled by love, just as CHRIST loved us and gave HIS life for us as a sweet-smelling offering and sacrifice that pleases GOD.
When I bring you home from exile, you will be like a pleasing sacrifice to ME. And I will display MY holiness through you as all the nations watch.
Philippians 4:8 AMP
For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there are any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on them].
As you have read the scriptures written above, ask yourself, how is it possible to not possess the aroma, the scent of heaven when we possess JESUS and JESUS possess us and we are living what the instructions have offered to us?
Below you will see the different contrast as to which type of aroma/scent people, maybe you have.
The Positive distinctive, pervasive, and pleasant or savory scent. This aroma/scent should waft from us at all times everywhere. All about the reputation and behavior of the character.
- Ambiance – set the mood among the people in the places you are.
- Atmosphere – present a positive influence.
- Climate – what do our emotions/the mind detect? This is the prevailing influence.
- Flavor – the quality of our character.
- Mood – what is our state of mind? Attitude.
- Temper – composure, courage, disposition, passion, and trend.
The negative, pervasive, and unpleasant or unsavory scent. All about the reputation and behavior of the character.
- Fetor [fee.tor] – offensive
- Maladore [mal.o.der] – offensive
- Reek – disagreeable
- Stench – repugnant
- Stink – offensive like dung [feces], garbage, urine, waste