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Do You Know That You Are Running In A Race? (7 of 7)
Series: Know Ye Not
1 Corinthians 9:24
1. The Participation in the Race
a) A Personal Race
b) A Public Race
2. The Passion of the Race
a) The Prize That Is Given
b) The Prize That Is Gained
3. The Preparation for the Race
a) The Self-life is Crucified
b) The Self-life is Controlled
1. William Barclay said, "Paul was always fascinated by the picture of the athlete."(1) On many occasions Paul used the image of an athlete to depict a spiritual truth. In 1 Corinthians 9:24 Paul uses the image of a runner to remind believers that they are runners in a race.
2. The Corinthians would quickly relate to the image for the Isthmian games were held every fifth year just outside of Corinth. These games were second only to the Olympian Games. These games were the chief glory of the city.
3. There were several events such as wrestling, boxing, throwing the discus, but the race was the major attraction at the games. Using the image of a runner Paul asks, "Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain."
3. Paul saw himself, as well as every believer, as a runner in a race. He asks, "Do you know that you are a runner in a race?" Let's look at this race by first noticing:
1. THE PARTICIPATION IN THE RACE
1. Paul asks, "Know ye not that they which run in a race run all…?" Paul takes the image of a runner and describes a spiritual race in which the participants are those who have been saved. This spiritual race is described as:
A) A Personal Race
1. Only Greek citizens were allowed to run in the games. When Paul spoke of "they which run" he was speaking of those who were citizens of heaven. In Philippians 3:20 Paul spoke of those whose "conversation is in heaven." The word "conversation" is not speaking of one talking with another. The word means "commonwealth" or "citizenship."
2. There are some who h ...
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