July 18, 2023 – Tuesday
2 Corinthians 2:15 NIV
15 For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.
2 Corinthians 2:15 NKJV
15 For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.
As a reminder, this is the discussion about aroma and fragrance on the July 17, 2023, on 2 Corinthians 2:14: “More versions use fragrance than aroma to describe the knowledge of God. Other words are savor and even odor. Also, you will find sweet aroma and sweet fragrance as well the others here and here. Oddly enough, few have smell by itself, instead they have for the most part sweet smelling perfume. This is odd as the word is Strong’s G3744 osmé defined as a smell, however in Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance you will find, a smell, aroma, fragrance and that it is from ozo, fragrance (literally or figuratively) – odour, savour. Here it is figurative, but in a later verse it will be literal.”
We as Christians, followers of Christ, we have a pleasing aroma or fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing, just as the verse says. Look how this compares to John 3:17-18, 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. As Christians, of Christ, we are not condemned, we are saved. Yet those who do not believe stand stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son and are those who are perishing. Clarke writes about this that, The same happens to the present day to those who receive and to those who reject the Gospel: it is the means of salvation to the former, it is the means of destruction to the latter; for they are not only not saved because they do not believe the Gospel, but they are condemned because they reject it.
What of the aroma of Christ or the fragrance of Christ? Meyers NT Commentary makes the following observations: It may mean a perfume produced by Christ, or one filled with Christ, breathing of Christ. And later, The sense of the figurative expression is: for our working stands in the specific relation to God, as a perfume breathing of Christ. Still later, Christ is the source respectively of death and life, according as His preaching is accepted by one to salvation, is rejected by another to destruction.
Bottom Line: What kind of lives are we leading? Do our lives have the sweet aroma or fragrance Jesus? How do we manifest our lives in Christ? Do we influence the lives of others with the sweet aroma of Jesus in our lives?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Help us to live our lives in such a way as to always be producing the sweet aroma of Christ in our actions, thoughts, and prayers. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Riley D. Driver – Pastor
Calvary Chapel of Dayton