God is with us – Can you smell Him?
Exodus 29/2Corinthians 1-3
29:43-46 I will meet the people of Israel there, and the Tabernacle will be sanctified by my glorious presence. Yes, I will make the Tabernacle and the altar most holy, and I will set apart Aaron and his sons as holy, that they may be my priests. I will live among the people of Israel and be their God, and they will know that I am the LORD their God. I am the one who brought them out of Egypt so that I could live among them. I am the LORD their God.
2:15-17 Our lives are a fragrance presented by Christ to God. But this fragrance is perceived differently by those being saved and by those perishing. To those who are perishing we are a fearful 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? You see, we are not like those hucksters–and there are many of them–who preach just to make money. We preach God’s message with sincerity and with Christ’s authority. And we know that the God who sent us is watching us.
OT Flash Points
Cleansing of the Priests and the Altar
NT Flash Points
The ministry of the Spirit gives us liberty to be formed in God’s likeness –
No matter what our background or problems might have been
Salvation is received
Discipleship is an option – “If”
Preaching is motivated by the love of God constraining and compelling us