2 Timothy 2:5
And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.
I. A CHRISTIAN IS A STRIVER.
1. In the breast and forefront of this strife thou must contend with ignorance, which adversary, though his eyes be put out, and he be as blind as a mill-horse, yet his strength is like behemoths, his weapons Goliahs, his blows the batterings of a tearing cannon; for if this giant be not quelled, killed, he will lead you into mazes of error.
2. This monster being put to flight, you are to encounter with aged superstition.
3. Close after idolatry follows covetousness.
4. At the heels of every striver you shall have sloth and idleness.
II. ETERNAL LIFE IS CALLED A CROWN. For the worth and excellency of it.
III. THE LAWFUL STRIVER SHALL BE CROWNED.
(J. Barlow, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.
WEB: Also, if anyone competes in athletics, he isn't crowned unless he has competed by the rules.