Oct. 18, 2021

Fragrance of Christ

Hosea 14:3-7
MSG
“I will heal their waywardness. I will love them lavishly. My anger is played out. I will make a fresh start with Israel. He’ll burst into bloom like a crocus in the spring. He’ll put down deep oak tree roots, he’ll become a forest of oaks! He’ll become splendid—like a giant sequoia, his fragrance like a grove of cedars! Those who live near him will be blessed by him, be blessed and prosper like golden grain. Everyone will be talking about them, spreading their fame as the vintage children of God.
VOICE
We admit that Assyria can’t save us, nor can riding horses and chariots into battle.
    We’ll never again say to idols made with our own hands, ‘You’re our gods!’
We know You’re merciful because You take care of orphans.”Eternal One: I’ll heal their apostate hearts so they won’t turn away from Me again; I’ll love them freely because I won’t be angry with them anymore.5     I’ll be like dew that waters Israel. She’ll blossom like the lily.
        She’ll put down roots like the stable cedars of Lebanon;
6     She’ll send out shoots until her beauty is like the olive tree
        and her fragrance like the cedars of Lebanon.
7     The people will return from exile and sit in My shade once again;
        they’ll flourish like grain; they’ll send out shoots like the vine.
    And their fame will be like the wine of Lebanon.

2 Corinthians 2:14
PHILLIPS
Thanks be to God who leads us, wherever we are, on his own triumphant way and makes our knowledge of him spread throughout the world like a lovely perfume! We Christians have the unmistakeable “scent” of Christ, discernible alike to those who are being saved and to those who are heading for death. To the latter it seems like the very smell of doom, to the former it has the fresh fragrance of life itself. Who could think himself adequate for a responsibility like this? 
TPT
God always makes his grace visible in Christ, who includes us as partners of his endless triumph. Through our yielded lives he spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of God everywhere we go.

Just reflecting on a few verses this morning on the fragrance of Christ. The presence of God is likened to His fragrance.  Ephesians 4:2 and live a life of love, just as also the Messiah loved us, indeed, on our behalf gave himself up as an offering, as a slaughtered sacrifice to God with a pleasing fragrance. TPT And continue to walk surrendered to the extravagant love of Christ, for he surrendered his life as a sacrifice for us. His great love for us was pleasing to God, like an aroma of adoration—a sweet healing fragrance. This verse states that Christ' sacrifice on the cross was a sweet fragrance of His love for us. Similarly we are to spread the fragrance of the knowledge of God to the world. In Hosea He says that He would cause the backsliders to return to Him and that they would exude the fragrance of Christ once again. God is in the soul restoration business.  He takes the wayward and sin afflicted souls and gives them His Spirit and new life. Our righteous which was like filthy rags is traded in for brand new robes of Christ' righteous. As it says in Hosea : I’ll heal their apostate hearts so they won’t turn away from Me again; I’ll love them freely because I won’t be angry with them anymore.5     I’ll be like dew that waters Israel. She’ll blossom like the lily.
        She’ll put down roots like the stable cedars of Lebanon;
6     She’ll send out shoots until her beauty is like the olive tree
        and her fragrance like the cedars of Lebanon.

God will restore the apostate hearts and make them to exude His fragrance. Just a quick exhortation to return to Christ and exude His fragrance to this lost and dying world. The world needs to  experience the forgiveness of Christ. We as Christians have to disperse Christ' fragrance to the world around us. The world is looking for the sweet aroma of Christ. The Bible says taste and see that the Lord is good. The world needs to experience God's goodness. We as ambassadors of Christ have to disperse God's fragrance to this world. It's the goodness of God that leads men to repentance. The world needs to experience God's goodness and it is through us that they can experience God's grace. Again a quick word to disperse Christ' fragrance in our corner of the world. Have a blessed week. Amen.