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When I started reading this 15th chapter in Faith-shaped life it didn’t make any sense to me. Talking about Jesus being the Rose of Sharon (referencing the Song of Solomon) and how often Christians get lost in the exactitude of faith and belief that they lose their fragrance of faith. This made ZERO sense to me. So I talked with hubby and he immediately asked me… does he reference 2 Corinthians at all? He referred me to this passage:
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.
Then this chapter began to make sense… because I can read scripture and make sense it of (usually, not always). 🙂
Fragrance of Knowledge
What is this fragrance of knowledge and do we show it well?
When I think of fragrance I think of two things.
- STINK – you know like a skunk has a fragrance all it’s own
- PERFUME – a sweet or nice smell that one can appreciate as it’s pleasant to the nose.
So when we think of the fragrance of knowledge, of being the aroma of Christ, what are we conveying? Does the smell we convey lead to life?
Does our union with Christ show as we proclaim the knowledge of Christ? Have we allowed the two to become separate? When we proclaim Christ do people see our relationship with him?
People need not only to know the truth of Christ’s redemptive work, of the forgiveness we find in him, of the connection to God that he once again gives us… but they need to see the results of that lived out. Our relationship with God needs to be apparent as that is what shows the good aroma of the Lord.