“For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things?” (2 Corinthians 2:15–16 ESV)

When we preach (and live) the gospel, whether we like it or not, we are an aroma of life or death.  To those apart from Christ we are telling them that they are sinners, that they are lost in their sins, and that if they do not repent and turn in faith to Christ that they will perish.  “It is appointed unto man once to die, and after this, the judgment” (Heb 9.27).  This is the message and aroma of death.

When we preach the gospel and people respond by faith and come to Christ, they come to understand that “Christ died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, in order that he might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the Spirit” (1 Pet 3.18).  This is the aroma of life.

Have you heard the gospel, dear reader?  Is it an aroma of life to you, or an aroma of death?