An offering and a sacrifice to God (prosporan kai qusian twi qewi). Accusative in apposition with eauton (himself). Christ's death was an offering to God "in our behalf" (uper hmwn) not an offering to the devil (Anselm), a ransom (lutron) as Christ himself said ( Matthew 20:28 ), Christ's own view of his atoning death. For an odour of a sweet smell (ei osmhn euwdia). Same words in Philippians 4:18 from Leviticus 4:31 (of the expiatory offering). Paul often presents Christ's death as a propitiation ( Romans 3:25 ) as in 1 John 2:2 .