The Fragrance

The Fragrance of Christ


“Your robes are all fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia,” said David1, as if the very vestments of the Savior could be no more sweetened than by His person, and he could not but love them. Indeed, there is not a spot where His hallowed foot has stepped. There is no word that His blessed lips have uttered nor thought that His loving Word has revealed that is not precious to us beyond all prices. A.W. Tozer


Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ,

and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.

For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved

and among those who are perishing.

To the one we are the aroma of death leading to (their) death,

and to the other the aroma of life leading to life. And who is sufficient for

these things?

2 Corinthians 2:14-16 NKJV


In this passage, the apostle Paul says that it may happen we discern when meeting someone for the first time that we repel them for no understandable reason. They may detect the spiritual scent of Christ in us as the scent of their spiritual death.



Conversely, suppose that person is at once drawn to us upon first acquaintance. In that case, it may be the same spiritual scent of Christ, but to them, it is the scent of life.



Has this ever occurred to you as a possibility in your own life?

I know it has on some occasions in mine.

Of course, a cheery greeting and warm smile from us is warranted in either case.


~G.W. (Hoping all is well on all fronts — especially in your home.)


  1. Psalm 45:8

‘Your robes are all fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia,

from palaces adorned with ivory.’




May the Fragrance of Jesus

15 thoughts on “The Fragrance”

  1. Amen, it’s amazing how the same word of God speaks differently to us. Some will take it as grace, others will take it as condemnation; some will turn to the light, others will turn to the darkness, but it’s the same word.

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  2. Yes, I’ve had this happen before, G.W. Total strangers in airports have been visibly repelled by me—and it wasn’t because of anything I said or did. I could feel the spiritual tension between us. Obviously, it was Christ in me (not me) that they didn’t want to encounter.

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