The Smell of Grace to God is the Sweet Fragrance of Christ’s Sacrifice


Ephesians 5:2

Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.

Through us, he brings knowledge of Christ. Everywhere we go, people breathe in the exquisite fragrance of grace. Because of Christ, we give off a sweet scent rising to God, which is recognized by those on the way of salvation—an aroma, a fragrance redolent with life.

It was customary in the Roman Empire after a major victory in battle to celebrate before the citizens of Rome with magnificent parades. A part of the ceremonies, fragrances and incense would be burned throughout the city as the armies marched through the city to the sound of triumphant music and sweet aroma of victory. Even those that did not attend the parade could hear the music and smell the sweet aroma and they knew that Rome had been victorious.

The Lord is trying to show us here that the effect that Christ living in us should have. There should be a fragrance of grace that permeates the air around us as we live victoriously in Christ. What a privilege and an honor to give off a sweet savor to God and the world as Christ lives in us, through us, and for us.  We are literally Christ’s sweet savor to God. In Christ in whom we have our salvation, we are that which Jesus has appointed, and which Christ has devoted and consecrated to God by the sacrifice of His blood. We are the offering of His righteousness, set forth by His death and sealed by His resurrection, an eternal sacrifice of a sweet fragrance in His blood which He is continually making to God on our behalf.

As the redeemed of Christ we are a sweet smell in the nostrils of our God. We are the fragrance of Christ. As we proclaim the Gospel of our Lord, and stand against sin we are fulfilling the will of the Father in Christ Jesus.

We ourselves are not the sweet fragrance; it has nothing to do with us. We are born of a corruptible nature with a sinful heart. It is the gift of God in Christ Jesus that fills the air with the sweet aroma of victory in salvation through our lives as we are led by His Spirit.

We are privileged to share this good news and are to live our lives as to examples of this grace in all we say and do. In the Old Testament, Aaron and the priests under the law would pour the anointing oil upon their heads; it would run down upon their beards, and onto their garments.  They would be adorned with a sweet fragrance, a perfume that came from the anointing on the outside of their bodies. We have been anointed with a holy oil on the inside from Christ Jesus by His Spirit. And this anointing will never wear out, it cannot be washed off, its fragrance is eternal. Unlike the priests in the Old Testament who wore the fragrance on the outside, our High Priest adorns us from the inside, giving us the sweet fragrance of grace as a testament to the world and to God the Father.

As we lift Jesus up in our lives and accept Him as our Savior, the sweet savor of His sacrifice is lifted up to God. In this God is pleased as he writes our names into the Lamb’s Book of Life, showing us that He is pleased with the sweet aroma of grace. We are the fragrance of Christ. In Him we have our gifts, grace, and comfort. He is the good news which we proclaim to the world. The sweet aroma and fragrance of the sweet presence of Christ in our hearts is made possible by His blood, righteousness, sacrifice, and grace. It is as we find ourselves basking in His glory; forgiven by His blood; that our lives reflect the gift of God in Christ Jesus and we become a sweet fragrance to God. In this we are grateful and well pleasing to the Lord, as we show forth His glory and honor, proclaiming salvation to the world, comfort to hurting and lost and victory over the enemy.

There is no sweeter smell than the smell of grace in Christ Jesus, and it is you and I that are the recipients of that grace. In Christ, we are the ointment poured out at Calvary, dipped in His blood and left as a sweet odor to the Father and those around us as we live our lives redeemed by love.

2 Corinthians 2:15

Our lives are a Christ-like fragrance rising up to God.  This fragrance is perceived by those who are being saved and by those who are perishing.


Categories: Comfort, Forgiveness, God, Grace, Hope, Jesus, Love, Salvation, Thankful

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22 replies

  1. Thank you Darrell…God bless…be encouraged!

  2. Words of life Darrell, words of life!!!

  3. Malcolm Muggeridge, who was an atheist, when he did the interviews of Mother Teresa for the BBC, stated that the Mother Teresa’s convent and hospital were located among the slaughter houses of Calcutta. The whole area reeked of foul smells. Yet, Muggeridge said that when Mother Teresa walked down the streets, the air was filled with beautiful, pleasing odors as if someone had sprayed expensive perfumes in the air.

  4. “We have been anointed with a holy oil on the” inside from Christ Jesus by His Spirit. And this anointing will never wear out, it cannot be washed off, its fragrance is eternal.”

    I love that comment! God’s grace to us through Christ the Lord.
    Great article Darrell, thank you.


  5. Beautiful message, itself a sweet fragrance.Blessings Darrell to you and yours.

  6. Thanks for this – I’m a trustee of a local Christian pregnancy crisis centre in Norfolk UK, and am giving a brief thanksgiving message tomorrow evening for our lovely Director Anna, one year on from her taking on this vital role. I am using some words from your site to talk about God’s fragrance spreading through Anna to the volunteers and indeed to the women and partners who come to our centre. Would you mind if I also copied the lovely “Grace” image you have to go with your blog please?

  7. Reblogged this on janjoy52 and commented:
    I am reading through the Bible and today my mind and heart paused to dig deeper into the concept of the burnt sacrifice offered to the Lord being a pleasing aroma to God. This reminded me of the Apostle Paul’s statement in 2 Corinthians 2:15 that we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ. To find out where else this thought was found in Scriptures I googled the phrase from Exodus 29:18 and, in addition to several verses, I came across this lovely explanation from our fellow wordpress blogger. Please note his name. I failed to write your whole name, Craig, because I was in the moment and didn’t want to rewrite this intro. May all you who read this post be equally enlightened and blessed!

  8. Hey, Darrell. Just want to tell you what an encouragement your blog post was to our team this week. We are planning the second half of a bible study semester where we focus on 2 Cor 2:14. Our theme is Victory!!! We were reading and studying more on the second half of the verse this semester… “and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of Him”. We read your post and loved your word pictures of God anointing us with holy oil that won’t wash away and also picturing that it is Christ within us and not our own efforts to smell good to others. We plan to share some of your thoughts with them at the kickoff meeting (with credit given to your name, of course). Really great post and confirmation that God is speaking a similar word to us as we head into a new semester!! Thanks!!!

  9. Thank you for these beautiful & encouraging messages. Never stop sharing.

  10. I am so glad i receive e mails from you again Darrel. So beautiful what you said: We as redeemed of the LORD is a sweet smell in His nostrils!


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