Running in the race –  Athletic Metaphors in the New Testament:

Run with purpose, run to win the prize available to all Disciples. 24 Don’t you know that the runners in a stadium all race, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way to win the prize. [1 Corinthians 9:24]; Galatians 2:2; Philippians 2:16

Run with self-control in all things to receive an imperishable crown. 25 Now everyone who competes exercises self-control in everything. They do it to receive a perishable crown, but we an imperishable crown.  1 Corinthians 9:25

Winning requires discipline and self-control so the Disciple will not be disqualified from receiving the rewards promised in scripture. 26 So I do not run like one who runs aimlessly or box like one beating the air. 27 Instead, I discipline my body and bring it under strict control, so that after preaching to others, I myself will not be disqualified. 1 Corinthians 9:26-27

The rewards Paul did not want to be disqualified from are received in heaven for our works as believers on earth. Matthew 25:23, 2 Corinthians 5:10, 1 Corinthians 3:11-15

 The rewards good and faithful servants will receive include these five crowns:
1 – Crown of Righteousness
— Loved the Lord’s appearing–2 Timothy 4:8
2 – Imperishable Crown
— Disciplined Bodies/Self-control –1 Corinthians 9:25-27
3 – Crown of Life— Endured Patiently Through Trials & Loves Jesus – James 1:12, Revelation 2:10
4 – Crown of  Glory— Godly Leaders Who Were Examples to Their Flock – 1 Peter 5:2-4
5 – Crown of Rejoicing— Soul Winners Crown – 1 Thessalonians 2:19, Daniel 12:3

The Disciples will worship placing the crowns they receive at the feet of God. Revelation 4:10

 Compete according to God’s rules and commandments. Also, if anyone competes as an athlete, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. 2 Timothy 2:5

Run with perseverance and endurance like you are in an iron man triathlon.  Therefore, since we also have such a large cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us lay aside every hindrance and the sin that so easily ensnares us. Let us run with endurance the race that lies before us, [Hebrews 12:1]; Galatians 5:7; 2 Timothy 4:7

 After the judgment day in heaven what crown[s] will you have to present back to God in worship and thanksgiving?

Notes: A- For “Heaven with crowns or burning coattails” click here.

Henry Luke 3/29/2018

For how to have peace with God click here, how to have peace of God click here, and how to disciple others click here.

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One Response to Running in the race –  Athletic Metaphors in the New Testament:

  1. joe carlton says:

    I have been reading out of the Wiersbe ” The Exposition commentary” N.T. vol 1 (Dated nov. 10 2010 ) Love it, Many Thanks; Praying all is well w/ you, Bobby and your class.

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