Summary: The presence of Christ in our life is a sweet smelling fragrance to God and the world
C. If sin is in our life it gives off an odor that is disgusting to God and we cannot come into His presence
-sin stinks and God says “I’m not letting that into my house”
D. If Christ, righteousness and holiness is in our life then God accepts us into His presence because it is a beautiful fragrance to Him
IV. SPREADING THE FRAGRANCE OF CHRIST INTO THE WORLD
A. The world is filled with the stink of sin
-Isa 64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousness is as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.
B. The gospel of Christ became a sweet smelling fragrance that the early church spread throughout the world
C. As we travel through life we are sending a sweet smelling fragrance to God out of world that otherwise stinks - (14)
D. As we spread the gospel of Christ through preaching, teaching, witnessing and holy living we are spreading the fragrance of Christ. Regardless of whether people receive it or not it is still a sweet smelling fragrance before God - (15)
E. Some people love the smell of sin and hate the fragrance of Christ - (16)
-ill of the woman on Dateline who was a college professor, a millionaire but lived in filth that stunk up the whole neighborhood. Evidently she loved it.
-1 Pet 2:7-8 Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they
A. Can God smell the fragrance of Christ in our life?
B. Can the world smell the fragrance of Christ in our life?
C. There are some who want to find a place where they don’t smell too much like Christ but they don’t smell too much like the world either. A happy medium, a neutral zone
D. The only way we can be acceptable in God’s presence is if we have the fragrance of Christ
E. The only way we can win the lost is if we have the fragrance of Christ