4 CROWNS: SPIRITUAL REWARDS
I. Cor. 9:25b
INTRO. John l9:5, Jesus wore a crown of thorns for us. Pine
wreath verses a corruptible crown. The fact that we shall one
day stand at the judgment seat of Christ ought to motivate us to
be faithful in spite of difficulties. "STRIVETH" - agonizes.
Not a shadow boxer. Paul sensed a tremendous responsibility to
minister to himself and to keep himself in the will of God,
lest, in preaching to others, God would detect flaws in him and
remove him from the ministry.
These athletic metaphors are designed to demonstrate the
discipline of life that is required in the ministry of the
gospel. The text suggest that one must run the race in the
proclamation of the gospel with the same determination as that
characteristic of an athlete who was striving to win the prize.
It pictures a mental attitude as well as the intensity of
physical disciplines necessary to achieve victory in the race.
"TEMPERATE" means self-control. He runs not with "UNCERTAINTY"
- without clarity; instead he has a clear goal.
He did not want to ever become a castaway; disapproved.
Remember, it is not how well you run, but how you finish the
race that counts. II Timothy 4:7 "I have fought a good fight, I
have finished my cou ...
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