This is a bit of an add on to my last InfiniTEA War post. Minty Licorice Delight has a very pleasant and comforting scent, but Andrew turned his nose up at it. Nevertheless, there was something familiar about it that I just couldn’t put my finger on. Finally, it came to me—Cinnamon! Of course! Andrew doesn’t like the fragrance of cinnamon.
This sparked a spiritual pondering. People say that they can sense or smell death. Life can be smelled too. Those who are spiritually alive in Christ have the scent of life. However, the world is accustomed to the stench of spiritual death, so the believers’ fragrance can turn up the noses of those who don’t know Jesus. It’s a bit of an odd way to look at it, but I believe that it’s the truth. The Bible tells me so.
“Our lives are a Christ-like fragrance rising up to God. But this fragrance is perceived differently by those who are being saved and by those who are perishing.”2 Corinthians 2:15
Incense Bearers ❤
We are unto God a sweet savour of Christ.—If we believe this Epistle to have been written from Philippi, it is interesting to note the recurrence of the same imagery of a “sweet savour” in the Epistle to that Church (Philippians 4:18). Here the mind of the writer turns to the sterner, sadder side of the Roman triumph. Some who appeared in that triumph were on their way to deliverance, some on their way to perish (this is the exact rendering of the words translated saved and lost), and this also has its analogue in the triumph of Christ. He does not shrink from that thought. In his belief in the righteousness and mercy of Christ, he is content to leave the souls of all men to His judgment. He will not the less do his work as incense-bearer, and let the “sweet savour” of the knowledge of God be wafted through the words which it has been given him to utter. All things are for His glory, for His righteousness will be seen to have been working through all.Ellicott’s Commentary for English Readers
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