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By Curtis Pugh


            There is an interesting contrast regarding the reaction of people to those who are genuine children of God.  It has to do with the “savour” or smell of those who are born again. Proof: “For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish: To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life...” (2 Corinthians 2:15-16). Genuine Christians (not hypocrites or false professors) have a smell. Unto God this smell is a sweet one. We know this because Paul wrote “we are unto God a sweet savour [smell] of Christ.”

            Humanity is divided into two groups. Paul wrote of “them that are saved” and “them that perish.” These are the two groups: saved people and perishing ones. These two groups react differently to the smell given off by those in whom the Holy Spirit dwells. Remember the Holy Spirit of God dwells permanently in those who are born again. We know this because the Bible says, “So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his,” (Romans 8:8-9). Those who never experience the indwelling Spirit are among “them that perish.” They are “none of his.” It is this Holy Spirit within the true believer that causes him or her to give off an odor. Such people are different. They live different lives from those around them. They follow holiness. They persevere in righteousness. God's Word says, “The righteous also shall hold on his way...” (Job 17:9). This is not because of what the believer is in and of himself, but rather because the Spirit of God is operative in him from his new birth forward.

            So to “them that perish” genuine Christians smell like death. Not only do they smell like death, they smell like “death unto death.” That means that the child of God is a death-conveying odor leading to the death of “them that perish.” They want nothing to do with genuine Christianity although they may love their religion. The idea of salvation by grace alone is not reasonable to them. They think they are saved because of their works and trust in what they have done: praying, 'speaking in tongues,' having been baptized, 'going forward,' etc.

            In contrast to “them that perish” are “them that are saved.” To them genuine children of God smell like life. The children of  God are a life-conveying odor leading to life of “them that are saved.”

            The all important question is this: what do genuine Christians smell like to you? Children of God do indeed give off an odor. Is it pleasant and inviting or do you find the true children of God offensive by the odor they give off? Will you live or will you perish?

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