II Corinthians 2:14
“The Savour of His Knowledge”
2 Corinthians 2:14-16 says, “Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of His knowledge by us in every place 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. And who is sufficient for these things?”
There is always something to thank God for through His Son Jesus Christ. In all things give thanks. Because all good things come from God and because God makes all things good in the 69 of law and grace through Christ we can thank God. In talking about giving thanks to Christ what is mentioned here is the, “triumph in Christ.”
Colossians 2:15, “And having
spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of
them openly, triumphing over them in it.” Times may change, cultures may
change, what is considered politically correct may change, but one thing will
never change Jesus Christ and the triumph that will always be in Christ, the
triumph over sin and the triumph over those who would oppose freedom and
liberty; the freedom and liberty of religion and speech and life and the
pursuit of happiness; and most importantly the freedom and liberty to live for
Christ, to do what is right, to pursue righteousness, to make righteousness and
selfless decisions. This freedom is God given and cannot be taken away by any
principality or power. There is always triumph in Christ. To make a spoil of
principalities and powers is to respect authority and yet never compromise on
truth or righteousness or liberty. To
spoil means to put off. To stand for freedom and liberty, the freedom of truth,
is to stand for the way of a man with a maid and the way of an eagle in the
air. Paul triumphed in Christ. He preached the Gospel of Christ when the
religious leaders of
Now notice the great result of
triumphing in Christ, “and maketh manifest the savour of His knowledge by us in every place.” The truth
cannot be stolen or stamped out. The truth will always be spread in this world.
O Earth, Earth, Earth hear the Word of the LORD. You cannot steal the name of
2 Corinthians 2:14-15 says, “Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of His knowledge by us in every place. For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish.” I may never be the suffering servant that the apostle Paul was or I may never be half as diligent in my labours for Christ but O, just by being thankful for the victory in Jesus and the triumph in Christ, the triumph over sin through the resurrection of Christ, the triumph over death, just by being thankful to Christ for His promises how it will result in the savour of the knowledge of Jesus being spread in this world.
Now to talk about the knowledge of Christ being spread is one thing but what does the savour of the knowledge of Christ mean exactly? There is the knowledge of Christ. And there is the savour of His knowledge. In understanding the savour of the knowledge of God 2 Corinthians 2:15-16 says, “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.”
The savour of the knowledge of God is very different for a saved person than it is for a lost person. The word savour is a word that refers to the smell that is emitted when a body is bunt. In the Bible both in the Old and in the New Testament the word savour is used in referring to the burnt offerings of lambs given unto to God.
Exodus 29:18 says, “And thou shalt burn the whole ram upon the altar: it is a burnt offering unto the LORD: it is a sweet savour, an offering made by fire unto the LORD.” Ephesians 5:2, “And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given Himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling savour.”
The word savour means smell. When a body is burnt it has a very distinct smell. The smell of a rotting corpse is a horrible vile smell. The smell of an animal smells much different than that of a human. The smell of a human corpse rotting or burnt is much worse and sickening than that of an animal. When you consider this truth what should be thought about is the sinfulness of man. Not all things have a vile smell like corpses do. For exampel as flowers and herbs and trees from whence cometh perfumes. This teaches us about the sinfulness of man. Trees have not sinned, flowers have not sinned, even animals have sinned. It is man that has sinned. Yes the grace is there in God’s creation and in the beauty of nature but the sinfulness is because of man. Thus we know a savour can be something putrid and abhorrant and grotesquely vile or a savour can be something like a vial of perfume which rises before the throne of God.
Song of Solomon 1:3-4 says, “Because of the savour of thy good ointments Thy name is as ointment poured forth, therefore do the virgins love thee. Draw me, we will run after thee.” Take a bottle of perfume and inhale the fragrance. Take a pinch of spices and taste it. Such a shard of savour does a thousand perhaps even a million things all at once. It is like a filling of the Spirit. It is like the work of God throughout a 2000 year period of time done in a person’s life in an instant. A savour, a smell goes forth and fills everything around it when it is a strong savour. To be the sweet savour unto God means that others know you are a Christian. You do not hide you faith. To never deny your faith in Christ is to never hide it. That’s all it takes. The Bible is the savour of the knowledge of God. And such a savour is twofold to those that are Christians it increases their life, strengthens them, refreshes them, fills them with the Spirit, enourages them, motivates them to live for Christ, enables them to enjoy the day of small things. To a lost person such a savour is as the smell of a rotting and burning corpse they turn away from it. They abhor it because they are dead in their sins. They hate it because they do not want to see the truth of their own sinfulness or repent of their sins. That which should be the savour of life unto them because the savour of death unto them.
The word savour has a multifarious aspect to it. It s like trying to take all the knowledge of God and explain it in just few words instead of a few million words. Consider what the Apostle Paul said about this in 2 Corinthians 2:14-16, “For we are unto God as 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. And who is sufficient for these things.” The apostle Paul was a savour of Christ. In other words He lived for Jesus not just 1 day out of His life, but all His life from the time he was saved until the day He died. His entire life became like the smell of a perfume rising out of a bottle and filling a room so that all therein inhaled it. This is what it means to be a savour of Christ. To be a savour unto Christ is like the difference between a person waring cologne or having a bad and rotten odour. When that person passes by your going to smell them either way. When you do, that savour be it good or be it foul will have a tremendous impact on the way you respond and treat that person. To be a savour of Christ unto God is to have the favour God in your life in a very special way. God will take his time with you. God will give you more grace than He gives other men. God will give you greater opportunities to live for Him to know Him to walk with Him and to have the fullness of life. The day of small things is the day of being a savour of Christ unto God. It is the song of the turtle and of being faithful in the little things.
The way to have a testimony, like the apostle Paul’s testimony, a testimony which tremendously effects both Christians and the lost of the world is very easy. 2 Corinthians 2:17 says, “For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.” Just speak the truth. Just use the Bible truthfully. Don’t be a false teacher. Teach things that are true. Do not give into compromise. Do not give in to temptation. Be faithful in your service to Christ and you will be a savour unto God. Zechariah 10:1 says, “Ask ye of the LORD rain in the time of the latter rain.” 2 Corinthians 2:17 says, “For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.” We are unto God a sweet savour of Christ.
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