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Do you have the smell of death about you?

Posted by undergroundchurch on April 26, 2009


The follower of Jesus Christ is more than a Christian by name, saved by grace and destined for an eternity with God.  They also stink of death.

14But 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. 15For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. 16To the one we are the smell of death; to the other, the fragrance of life. And who is equal to such a task? – 1 Corinthians 2:14-16

The believer is the smell of death to those that do not believe.  Although the aroma we give off is a beautiful fragrance of Christ to God and a wonderful smell of life to our spiritual family, we give off a distinctive stench of death to the world. 

The smell probably has two sources:

First, we smell of death because we are dead.  We died to our old nature and sin and have a new life in Christ (Colossians 2:13).  But we also continue to die daily when we properly follow Christ. 

Second, the smell of Christ’s death is all over us.  His blood covers our sinful bodies, his wounds are like balm for our healing, he holds us in his nail pierced hands and we partake of communion to celebrate this death that brought us life.

But the stench we give off that the world smells is actually a prophetic picture of their own destiny without Christ.  Christ’s aroma on us shows the world that they are dead in their sins and that apart from allowing Jesus into their lives, they will stay dead and eternally dwell in death apart from Christ. 

In the end, there are three dead bodies giving off emissions; we have the smell of our own death because of our commitment to Christ. The smell of Christ’s death is all over us, and we remind the world of their destiny of death apart from Christ.

So I ask the question, do you have the smell of death about you?  The answer is that we all do.  Those of us alive in Christ are dead to ourselves and those that aren’t alive in Christ are just dead.  The difference is that when a believers dies, he/she lives.  When a non-believer dies, they are worst than dead.

So maybe I should rephrase the question.  Which fragrance of death is coming from you?  Only Christ can make that aroma pleasing to God.  Maybe you need to use your free will to follow Christ today. It will change your existence today, and your future tomorrow.

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