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Topic: Fragrance (10/24/05)
TITLE: Outburst of Flavor
By Carol Adams
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There isnít anything like coffee brewing. It is tantalizing, even if you are not a coffee lover!
There are different types of coffee blends, and each one is unique in taste and flavor. Some are exotic, strong, sweet, bold, spicy, rich, mellow, and full-bodied.
One aspect of coffee flavor is full-bodied, which means having richness of flavor or aroma. That is how it is with Jesus Christ in us. As the coffee bean is crushed and ground, so was our Lord on the cross. He was bruised, wounded, oppressed and afflicted for our sins. Out of the crushing, comes the richness of the aroma of both coffee bean and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Christ just didnít accomplish salvation for us; He broke the power of sin in our lives because of what He endured. So did we. In Romans 6, 7, and 8, we are told that we died, we were buried, and we rose to live victoriously over sin.
Just as the coffee bean is the container of flavor, taste and enjoyment, so is Christ in us.
We are containers of His life, holiness and righteousness [Colossians 1:18-22, 27].
The profundity of a simple coffee bean out bursting with robust flavor is like the fragrance of Christ as He leads us into victory and lives in us.
As the coffee bean lingers with aroma in our senses, so the fragrance of Christ in us penetrates to those coming to faith in Christ and to those that are perishing. The aroma that arouses the unsaved stirs up their sins and exasperates them. They reject the gospel and the life Christ offers them, leading to their spiritual and eternal death. To those who are coming to salvation, the aroma fills their senses and it is sweeter than the honeycomb. The preaching of Godís Word is delightful and profitable to them, and the end result is eternal life [2 Corinthians 2:14-16]. Thus, in turn, we become a sweet aroma to God for proclaiming the Gospel and fighting against sin.
Are we out bursting with His fragrance in us? We are the essence of Christís perfume.
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