PAUL'S DESCRIPTION OF THE CHRISTIAN LIFE
Jesse M. Hendley
II Corinthians 2:14
Friends, I would like for you to turn with me to
Second Corinthians 2:14, where we find one of the most
wonderful truths in the Word of God. This passage
says, "Thanks be unto God which always causeth us to
triumph in Christ."
Many times in his writings Paul uses metaphors to
teach spiritual truths. In one place he speaks of
himself as a runner, striving and straining every
nerve in order that he might win the prize. He
pictures himself as a man in a race. Have you ever
watched a race, the 220 or 440 or the mile race, and
watched the man break the tape? The muscles are tense!
There is agony in his face! He is putting forth every
ounce of energy to win the race! Everything else is
shut out of his mind. He is thinking only of breaking
that tape and winning the prize.
Paul said, "That is the way I live the Christian
life." What a rebuke to us today, friends, to think of
how carelessly we live for Christ. No wonder the
Apostle was the man he was! If he lived his Christian
life as earnestly as a man running the race, and if he
TRAINED for the Christian life, and if he LAID ASIDE
certain things (maybe good in themselves but which
would detract him from his great object of winning the
prize and the judge's praise at the end of the race),
then my friends, how much more should WE in these days
feel the same way! Are you living your Christian life
as Paul lived it? Are you running the race for Christ?
Are you thinking about the prize for all who have run
a good race? Are you thinking about the Judge, the
Lord Jesus, Whom we shall meet at the end of life's
race, with a prize in His Hand for those who
faithfully trained and ran according to the rules?
Paul also speaks of himself as an athlete. He uses the
very words, "athlete" and "gymnasium." He speaks of
exercising unto godliness. The Greek word ...
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