There’s a spiritual sense that we give off as Christians, that can cause people to get a certain type of feeling toward us (depending on those who are sensing). This might seem strange, but just think about it for a moment.
Have you ever had someone hate you for no reason that you can think of?
Have you ever had that “there’s just something about you,” kind of thing said to you for good or for ill?
As Christians, we get a lot of flak from every direction when amongst folks that don’t have Christ Jesus as their Lord. On the other hand, there’s a whole different feel when in the company of Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus.
For this post, we’re going to be talking about a few verses that explain this strange sense, and might help us to gain a bit of understanding into the topic.
A Savor of the Savior
15 For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish:2 Corinthians 2 KJV
16 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?
What does it mean for us to be a savor of Christ? Well, let’s take a look into the definition of the word “savor” (current way we spell savour), and we’ll be able to get a better sense into what the Lord is saying through the Holy Ghost via Paul.
Savor:Definition via Dictionary.com
The quality in a substance that affects the sense of taste or of smell.
A particular taste or smell.
Distinctive quality or property.
Power to excite or interest.
I don’t know about you, but I find this to be extremely interesting, as well as reassuring. Let’s replace “savor” with some of the different ideas given through it’s description:
- We are the quality of the substance of Christ.
- We are the particular taste or smell of Christ.
- We are the distinctive qualities or properties of Christ.
Bearing these different interpretations in mind, we can see what this scripture is saying about our spiritual makeup after salvation. There are three different interpretations given to us in the scriptures above, that describe the effect this savor has on three groups.
How God Sees Us
As far as the Father is concerned, once we have been born again we are a sweet savor of Christ unto him. If ever we become unsure of how the Lord views us, verse 15 should answer any questions.
Verse 15 lets us know, that we are unto the Lord, as Christ is unto the Lord. The same love that the Father shares with Jesus, he extends toward us due to the distinctive Jesus qualities he sees or senses in us.
This isn’t toward all people, but strictly toward all those who have been born again in Christ Jesus, moving from spiritually dead to spiritually alive. Even for us who have been saved and have made a mess out of things- Christ in us, the Hope of Glory still shines in the eyes of the Lord God Almighty.
We may have to suffer consequences for any sinful behavior while on this earth, and we may cost ourselves some up and coming reward when we pass on to be with the Father due to disobedience unto him. But despite any shortcomings that we may harbor, or despite any time we have chosen unwisely and wind up sinning against the Lord, his love is boundless, and is unconditional.
His unconditional love shed abroad toward those of us who are so undeserving becomes easier to understand, when we come to terms with how he perceives us. Knowing that he perceives us as the sweet savor of his Son Jesus, we can come at least a little closer in our understanding, as to how his love is so bountiful, even though we can be such lousy children.
Perception amongst Brethren
The way the Lord perceives us is the first listed in the scriptures above. This is important because it goes further to explain why Brothers and Sisters in Christ get that “sense of something familiar” amongst themselves.
That familiar feeling is the savor of Christ Jesus. And to those of us who are saved, it is the feeling of love, life, and family.
The scripture describes this as “life unto life.” Christ in us is no threat to our existence, nor do we become uncomfortable in someone’s presence who harbors a born again spirit bearing Christ’s nature or qualities.
This reminds me of a couple of babies coming together for the first time, even while still in the wombs of their mothers:
Luke 1: King James Bible
41 And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost: 42 And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.
43 And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.
This is a physical account of what we believers might sense spiritually, when gathering amongst brethren. A couple of pieces of the Body of Christ coming together has a familiarity that begins at the spiritual level, rather than the carnal.
Amongst those who Perish
Amongst those who perish, we’re a completely different flavor. To those that are without or against Christ, we are death unto death.
We are a reminder to their flesh that its days are numbered, and it will either have to be crucified with Christ to make way for salvation, or die in sin and suffer the consequences thereof. Also, there are demonic forces at play in the lives of many outside of Christ.
This instantly causes a rift or a change of heart against someone in Christ Jesus. Demons don’t take too well to being reminded of their future, which is what the presence of Christ represents to them. The more influence demonic forces have over someone, the more venomous they’ll become against the Children of the Lord.
Even without demonic intrusion or influence, the flesh doesn’t will to take a back seat to the Lord. The flesh is selfish, carnal, given to appetites appeased by sin. It wants nothing to do with things of a spiritual nature, nor can it perceive the things going on spiritually.
Mark 4: King James Bible
12 That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them.
1 Corinthians 2:
14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
The Lord’s Intervention
It is for these reasons, I believe that the Lord intervenes somehow during every circumstance of Salvation. This would include those who accept salvation, as well as for those who reject this free gift from the Lord.
This brings us to the foggy area of the Father’s predetermination. Some people believe that the Lord has chosen particulars through all of time, that will be saved. This belief also recognizes the Lord’s rejection of the rest who are not chosen.
I strongly disagree with this doctrine. From what I’ve gathered from scripture, it is the Lord’s will that none should perish, but all come to repentance.
2 Peter 3: King James Bible
9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
However, we make the decision whether or not to take advantage of what the Lord has to offer. He foreknows who will or won’t, but does not rob anyone of their chance to make the decision. This is free will territory.
Everyone’s invited, but few will open the invitation. I believe that nobody would open it, were it not for the grace of the Lord to intervene and shut the flesh or demonic influences up long enough for us to make a decision.
At the end of the day, the Lord is not slack to offer his redemption, and we’ve been given all our lives to make that choice. As Christians, we need to keep the unsaved in prayer, that they come to receive Jesus while there is still breath to be had, and chances to be given.
The easiest overall example to sum up the point of all this, can be how 2 warring countries view flags of the opposite side.
A flag can represent everything hated about a certain country by their enemies. When they get their hands on it, they spit on it, stomp on it, tear it asunder, or even burn it.
However that same flag is held in endearment, as a savor of everything that is good or honorable about the country itself to those who reside within its borders.
So the same goes for the savor we are in Christ Jesus. We are loved by our own- hated by the world. Loving one toward another- spat upon by the enemies of the Lord.
But thanks be to God, that he still loves even those who pose as his enemies, and still holds the offer of salvation open while it is still there to be had. As sinners saved by his grace, we should all be appreciative of this.
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