The Fragrance of Christ to God

Perhaps the greatest travesty in the history of Protestant, biblicist, conservative evangelical churches is our confusion in giving off “an aroma of death unto death” when thinking we give off “the aroma of life into Life.” What is the litmus test against this confusion?
A. To realize YOU (old self) are not sufficient to give off the proper fragrance. (V. 16)
B. To note the proper fragrance is defined as “KNOWLEDGE OF HIM” and it is “the aroma of Christ [reconciling us] to God” (vv. 14-15)
That is, we cannot be scented with the fragrance which attracts people to Christ, unless we are exuding relational knowledge of Jesus at every turn. In application: If we are not exalting Christ in order to favor of our non-essential, denominational pet doctrines and particular brand of ‘Churchianity,’ then we are merely “peddlers of God’s Word,” and we stink like rotting corpses.
(2 Corinthians 2:14-17)

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