Friday, September 8, 2006

John Fletcher: Spiritual Smell

The power of smell is uncommonly strong. Have you walked in a garden and smiled at the fragrances of God's nature?

Have you ever detected a certain perfume and thought of a former girlfriend? Have you ever walked into your parents' home at Christmas to the smell of cookies baking in the oven?

Today Fetter Lane contemplates John Fletcher's conviction that the Christian can smell spiritual scents. Consider his view from Christ Manifested:
The sense of SMELL. How void of meaning are the following passages, if they do not allude to that sense which is intended for the reception (what the barrenness of human language compels me to call) spiritual perfumes: 'How much better ... is the smell of thine ointments than all spices ... the smell of thy garments is like the smell of Lebanon'; 'All thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia'; 'Because of the savour of thy good ointments, thy name is as ointment poured forth.'
I can't remember ever receiving a spiritual scent but my lack of personal experience doesn't disprove such a concept. If God gives us physical scents for our enjoyment, why not spiritual delights as well?