The Nose Knows

Wherever we go, God uses us to make clear what it means to know Christ. It's like a fragrance that fills the air. To God we are the aroma of Christ among those who are saved and among those who are dying. To some people we are a deadly fragrance, while to others we are a life-giving fragrance (2 Cor. 2:14-16).

The nose knows. What does it know? Scientists are discovering that the nose is essential to the manner in which we form relationships. We draw to people who give off scent signals that appeal to our “receptors.” What smells good to you may overwhelm another due to the number of receptors you may have. Fragrance is compelling because it can operate below the level of conscious awareness.

Perfume makers in the Old Testament created distinctive anointing oil used exclusively to set apart kings and priests for their holy purposes. These people carried with them a unique aura and by their sacred smell people knew their relationship w