Do You Smell Like Jesus, Or Do You Just Stink At Being A Christian?
Can you pass the smell test? The sense of smell is one of our five natural senses. Sometimes we use the smell test in order to determine if things around us are okay or if the food is spoiled. This is nothing new. God has been using the smell test for a long time. He knows the difference between a stench and a sweet smell.
2 Cor. 2:14-17
14 Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.
15 For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish:
16 To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things?
17 For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.
2 Cor. 2:14-17
14 Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.
15 For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.
16 To the one we are the aroma of death leading to death, and to the other the aroma of life leading to life. And who is sufficient for these things?
17 For we are not, as so many, peddling the word of God; but as of sincerity, but as from God, we speak in the sight of God in Christ.
2 Cor. 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.
2 Cor. 2:14-17
14 But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him.
15 For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.
16 To the one we are the smell of death; to the other, the fragrance of life. And who is equal to such a task?
17 Unlike so many, we do not peddle the word of God for profit. On the contrary, in Christ we speak before God with sincerity, like men sent from God.
The Message Bible
2 Cor. 2:14-17
14-16 In the Messiah, in Christ, God leads us from place to place in one perpetual victory parade. Through us, he brings knowledge of Christ. Everywhere we go, people breathe in the exquisite fragrance. Because of Christ, we give off a sweet scent rising to God, which is recognized by those on the way of salvation—an aroma redolent with life. But those on the way to destruction treat us more like the stench from a rotting corpse.
16-17 This is a terrific responsibility. Is anyone competent to take it on? No— but at least we don’t take God’s Word, water it down, and then take it to the streets to sell it cheap. We stand in Christ’s presence when we speak; God looks us in the face. We get what we say straight from God and say it as honestly as we can.
What Do You Smell Like?
The two men stood facing each other. One man was armed the other was not. The armed man had vowed to kill the other. Behind the armed man were about four hundred warriors. The two enemies were close enough to see each other, and the gap could close fast.
Today was the showdown. A life-long grudge was about to be settled. The fight was certainly going to be one-sided and it wouldn’t take long.
The unarmed man was known for his underhanded dealings. He had a shady past. Today was the day for his comeuppance.
The armed man stood still as the unarmed man walked toward him. They hadn’t seen each other in many years. Then the unarmed man did something very unexpected. He dropped to his knees and bowed his head to the ground. Then he got up and walked a bit closer and dropped to his knees again and bowed his head to the ground. He did the same thing over and over for seven times.
The armed man started running towards the other. The two men hugged each other and cried like boys. The flood of tears washed decades of hate away. There would be no blood shed here today.
At length the unarmed man presented the other with a great herd of cattle and sheep.
The armed man modestly declined and said, “Thank you, but I have plenty.”
The unarmed man nodded and still persisted that his gift be received. He said, “I have all!”
Gen. 33:8 And he said, What meanest thou by all this drove which I met? And he said, These are to find grace in the sight of my lord.
Gen. 33:9 And Esau said, I have enough my brother; keep that thou hast unto thyself.
Esau’s enough – (Strong’s #7227 “rab” = Much, Plenty),
Gen. 33:10 And Jacob said, Nay, I pray thee, if now I have found grace in thy sight, then receive my present at my hand: for therefore I have seen thy face, as though I had seen the face of God, and thou wast pleased with me.
Gen. 33:11 Take, I pray thee, my blessing that is brought to thee; because God hath dealt graciously with me, and because I have enough. And he urged him, and he took it.
Jacob’s Enough – (Strong’s # 3605 “kole” = All).
The difference between the two men’s possessions is explained in their own description. Esau had plenty as far as the carnal mind could evaluate wealth. Jacob on the other hand, realized that since he had a relationship with Jehovah, he in fact had ‘All’.
As far as earthly possessions go, many wealthy people may feel that they have enough.
But while those that have received the Holy Ghost may be poor by this world’s standards, they are actually rich. They have Jesus Christ in their hearts. They have Enough. They have ‘All’.
Esau had enough. Jacob had more. He had Enough!
Do you have enough? Or do you have Enough?
If you have Enough this Thanksgiving… be extra Thankful!
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2 Thess 2:9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
2 Thess 2:10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
2 Thess 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
2 Thess 2:12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
Miso-phonia: literally “hatred of sound“, is a neurological disorder in which negative experiences (anger, flight, hatred, disgust) are triggered by specific sounds. For some people with this condition, mealtime can be torture. The sounds of other people eating – chomping, chewing, slurping, clicking their dentures or sucking their teeth – can send them into an instantaneous, blood-boiling rage.
The last part of verse 10 in our text says, “because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.” The word “truth” in Greek means “verity” which came from the Latin word “Veritas”. Therefore, if Miso-phonia means, a hatred of sound.
Then Miso-veritas means, a hatred of truth, and could be defined as a spiritual disorder in which negative experiences (anger, flight, hatred, disgust) are triggered by specific truths. For some people with this spiritual condition, church time can be torture.
When an Apostolic teacher/preacher delivers this precious truth of One God, repentance, be baptized in Jesus’ name, be filled with the Holy Ghost (with the evidence of speaking in other tongues) holiness message – it can send them into an instantaneous, blood-boiling rage.
Sadly, the scripture gives the ultimate effect from this condition, ” And for this cause (of not having a love of the truth) God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:”
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What Happens When Conviction And His Friend Walk Down Your Street?
What Happens When You Come Face To Face With Conviction?
· Oh, you’ll know him when you see him.
· He is instantly recognizable.
· Do you run and hide?
· Do you shake his hand and welcome him into your world?
· Do you slam the door of your heart in his face and lock it?
· Or do you act like no one is there and ignore him?
His sole purpose of knocking on your heart’s door was to introduce you to his partner, Truth, who stands quietly outside, waiting near the street!
Your first response may forever affect your future and your eternity. Respond wisely.
Reactions certainly vary in us all, nevertheless something transpires in each heart at that moment that forever identifies our true self. We are identified by our reaction or lack thereof.
· (There were three reactions to the crucifixion. Some wept, some mocked, and some watched.)
Something unique happened in us when we first recognized that Conviction was trying to gain access into the rooms of our heart and forever change how we thought, felt, lived, believed and desired.
When Conviction introduced us to Truth, we recognized Him immediately and our spiritual eyes were no longer blinded.
· Acts 2:37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?
· Acts 19:5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
But to those who pushed Conviction and Truth out of their heart’s house and ordered them never to return, the future is bleak.
They find it easy to mock, reject Conviction and Truth.
· Their mind is made up.
· They do not wish to change how they live or dress for any reason.
· Doing so would mean losing most of their friends and admitting they’ve been wrong all these years.
· The ability to be stirred and changed is foreign to them.
· Guilt and embarrassment makes some bar their heart’s door.
· Shame makes some run and hide.
Rebellion most often gets vocal and calls Conviction and Truth names. He also has a problem with any of his neighbors, friends and family who welcome Conviction and Truth into their homes and will go so far as to ban them from their life as well.
The sad reality is, Conviction is not required to knock on your door once, let alone twice.
It Is A Great Honor. Treat It As Such!
· Rev 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
· Rev 3:21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.
· Rev 3:22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
King David’s One Line Autobiography
King David wasn’t young anymore. The gray showed in his hair. Wrinkles on his hands told the truth of his age. His moods had changed; his thinking now wasn’t focused on fulfilling his future dreams.
Now, he spent a lot of his private moments remembering all of his yesterdays. Somehow memories of his life’s failures occasionally crept into the forefront. Some of his sins were even knowledge.
His subjects knew of them, the historians had recorded them, and he even told on himself.
Today, in a moment of transparency uncommon for a king, David turned his thoughts to the times he had failed God, failed his subjects and shamed himself. Bathsheba’s name came to mind, as did her dead husband, Uriah. His encounter with Nabal had raised everyone’s eyebrows. Guilt was not a stranger to his thoughts.
He keenly remembered the preaching of Nathan the Prophet and the three days of God’s judgment and he was grateful for God’s mercy. He knew he didn’t deserve it, but God had been quick to forgive him when he repented.
David picked up a quill and dipped it into the ink and wrote his autobiography in one sentence on the parchment.
Psa. 119:67 Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept thy word.
Then he thought a moment and added a short postscript…
Psalms 119:71 It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.
(How Will Your Autobiography Read?)