2 Corinthians 2:15-16

For we are a sweet aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing—  to the latter an odor from death to death, but to the former a fragrance from life to life. And who is adequate for these things?

For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.  To the one we are an aroma that brings death; to the other, an aroma that brings life. And who is equal to such a task?

For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.  To the one we are the aroma of death leading to death, and to the other the aroma of life leading to life. And who is sufficient for these things?

Our lives are a Christ-like fragrance rising up to God. But this fragrance is perceived differently by those who are being saved and by those who are perishing.  To those who are perishing, we are a dreadful smell of death and doom. But to those who are being saved, we are a life-giving perfume. And who is adequate for such a task as this?

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?


As we go forth to preach the gospel, some people will hear and believe, others will hear and reject Christ. John sees a vision of Christ in Revelation 1 and describes, “In his right hand he held seven stars, and coming out of his mouth was a sharp, double-edged sword”. The words of Christ, speaking the truth about God and pointing the way to God through Himself, are life to some and death to others. The swords edges are life and death. When the sword pierces those who will believe, they are saved unto eternal life, but when it pierces those who will not, they are condemned to eternal death and torment.