“But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere” (2 Corinthians 2.14 NIV).
Many people can spread their theological knowledge, but if their lives don’t “spread the aroma of the knowledge” of Jesus, then their words will not change lives. Even Satan has a cursory knowledge of Scriptures that he used to tempt Jesus in the wilderness (Matthew 4.1-11). Yet, even with this knowledge, Satan could never spread the aroma of Christ; he can only spread the aroma of evil. An aroma sticks with people. It enters their senses and lodges itself into their internal person. As Christians, we can’t just throw around our memorized Bible verses and expect lives to be transformed. Our thoughts, words and actions must have the aroma of Christ. The only way we can achieve such a sweet, supernatural scent is if we are spending time with Christ, face to face in His presence. Not only will we begin to smell like Him, we will begin to act and look like Him. Now when we share the Good News of Jesus Christ with others, our words will be wrapped up in the perfume of Christ. People wont’ be able to shake the Truth because the aroma will have penetrated their spirits with flavor of Jesus and all the beauty that indwells in Him. The sweetness will either cause people to be drawn to God or to be repulsed by the unfamiliar smell. Either way, God will be pleased by our scent that emulates Jesus.
“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 NLT).