- Does thinking about the word
- Do you think you could have run 26+ miles in your teens,
20s, 30s or 40s?
- Can you imagine there are running competitions even longer than the
- Do you have similar “
- What would you consider as a great experience of “suffering”?
wikipedia.org reminds us that “The marathon is a long-distance running event of
42.195 km (26 miles 385 yards).”
The Boston Athletic Association sponsors the “famous” Boston Marathon.
2007 was the 111th
running of the event. 2007
winner Robert K Cheruiyot of
History: The First
Let’s see what Scripture tells us about a “
23 I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.
24 Do you not know
that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in
such a way as to get the prize.
25 Everyone who
competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a
crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on 1 Corinthians 9:23-25:
The apostle compares himself to the racers and
combatants in the Isthmian games, well
known by the Corinthians. But in the Christian race all may run so as to obtain. There is
the greatest encouragement, therefore, to persevere with all our strength, in this course.
Those who ran in these games were kept to a spare diet. They used themselves to
hardships. They practised the exercises. And those who pursue the interests of their souls,
must combat hard with fleshly lusts. The body must not be suffered to rule. The apostle
presses this advice on the Corinthians. He sets before himself and them the danger of
yielding to fleshly desires, pampering the body, and its lusts and appetites. Holy fear of
himself was needed to keep an apostle faithful: how much more is it needful for our
preservation! Let us learn from hence humility and caution, and to watch against dangers
which surround us while in the body.
Jameison-Faussett-Brown Commentary on 1 Corinthians 9:23-25:
24. Know ye not--The Isthmian games, in which the foot race was a
leading one, were of
course well known, and a subject of patriotic pride to the Corinthians, who lived in the
immediate neighborhood. These periodical games were to the Greeks rather a passion
than a mere amusement: hence their suitableness as an image of Christian earnestness.
in a race--Greek, "in a race course."
all . . . one--Although we knew that one alone could be saved, still it Would be well
worth our while to run [BENGEL]. Even in the Christian race not "all" who enter on the
race win (1 Corinthians 10:1-5).
So run, that ye may obtain--said parenthetically. These are the words in which the
instructors of the young in the exercise schools (gymnasia) and the spectators on the race
course exhorted their pupils to stimulate them to put forth all exertions. The gymnasium
was a prominent feature in every Greek city. Every candidate had to take an oath that he
had been ten months in training, and that he would violate none of the regulations
(2 Timothy 2:5; compare 1 Timothy 4:7,8). He lived on a strict self-denying diet,
refraining from wine and pleasant foods, and enduring cold and heat and most laborious
discipline. The "prize" awarded by the judge or umpire was a chaplet of green leaves; at
the Isthmus, those of the indigenous pine, for which parsley leaves were temporarily
substituted (1 Corinthians 9:25). The Greek for "obtain" is fully obtain. It is in vain to begin,
unless we persevere to the end (Matthew 10:22, 24:13, Revelation 2:10).
expresses, Run with such perseverance in the heavenly course, as "all" the runners
exhibit in the earthly "race" just spoken of: to the end that ye may attain the prize.
1 Fourteen years later I went up again to
2 I went in response to a revelation and set before them the gospel that I preach among
the Gentiles. But I did this privately to those who seemed to be leaders, for fear that I
was running or had run my race in vain.
3 Yet not even Titus, who was with me, was compelled to be circumcised, even though
he was a Greek.
since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off
everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with
perseverance the race marked out for us.
2 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set
before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the
throne of God.
3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow
weary and lose heart.
Question: Why did Jesus suffer on the cross for us?
The following websites were referenced on May 03, 2007.
Other resources related to this topic: