The Great Race
1 Corinthians 9:24
Know you not that they which run in a race run all, but one receives the prize? So run, that you may obtain.

I. THE DUTY ENJOINED — "running." The word implies — immediate attention — strong exertion. Not that easy, quiet religion which takes salvation as a matter of course, and regards condemnation as out of date. "The kingdom of heaven suffereth violence," &c.


1. Previous preparation.

(1)  Moderation.

(2)  The removal of every weight.

(3)  Once more: we should take care in what manner.

(4)  Being "shod with the preparation of the Gospel of peace."

2. An actual exercise. Running implies —

(1)  Going forward.

(2)  In a direct line.

(3)  Without halting.

(4)  Without looking back.

(5)  Lawfully (2 Timothy 2:5), i.e.,

(a)  In dependence on Christ —

(b)  With a view to the glory of Christ.

3. Patient endurance. Blessed are they which "endure to the end, for they shall be saved."

III. THE OBJECT AT WHICH WE ARE TO AIM. Everlasting life — to be "found in Christ" — to "know Christ," whom to know is everlasting life.

(Bishop Montagu Villiers.)

Parallel Verses
KJV: Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.

WEB: Don't you know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run like that, that you may win.

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