One of the saddest things that I have watched in my life is church people, scholars, pastors, professors, and others debate over the inspiration of the Scriptures. They analyze and philosophize and theologize what this important belief should be. The reason I see it as sad is that in all of their debating they have missed the point. 2 Timothy 3:16 tells us that “God-breathed” writings are able to do a list of stuff. What is really amazing is that I can pick up and read these “God-breathed” writings and feel the very breath of God, smell the very odor of God, hear the very voice of God. This breathe shapes me, molds me, moves me towards living life fully, doing ministry completely, serving more greatly. This breathe lets me know that God is near, it gives me comfort, peace, and provides a space for safety. People will know that I have been with God because His odor/smell/breathe overflows from my body.
My wife and I cooked some onions as an ingredient for a meal the other night. The smell of the onions inhabited our apartment for 2 days! All who entered knew we had eaten onions. In the same way, all who come into our midst, all who walk among us will know if we have been with God because we will smell like him.