For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved & those who are perishing. – 2 Corinthians 2:15
It seems strange to refer to a person as an “aroma,” so, as I always do, I got on Bible Hub & looked at the original Greek word used in this verse. Here’s what Thayer’s Greek Lexicon has to say about the original Greek word, “euodia,”:
…our efficiency in which the power of Christ himself is at work is well-pleasing to God…. an odor of acquiescence, satisfaction; a sweet odor, spoken of the smell of sacrifices & oblations… God smells & is pleased with the odor of sacrifices.
(After reading that, I had to look up the definition of oblations- things presented or offered to God.)
We only see this word two more times in the Bible, once describing the sacrifice of Christ offering Himself up for our sins (Ephesians 5:2), & the last when Paul says to the Philippians “…The gifts you sent me are a sweet-smelling sacrifice that is acceptable & pleasing to God” (Philippians 4:18).
I sat & looked at my notes, well aware that there wasn’t much left to research here, but unsure what I was supposed to say here today. And as I looked at those last two verses, & then again at the definition of oblations, this short & simple thing dropped into my spirit:
When we accepted Christ, we gave ourselves to God- We became a sacrifice, an offering pleasing & acceptable to Him, through the sacrifice of Christ at the cross.
Every moment that we choose to follow the example of Christ, walking in love in our daily living, goes up before God as a sweet aroma, fragrant & pleasing to Him.
-Walking by Faith as Each Moment Goes Up Before Him & Finding the Blessings, Gerri