1 CORINTHIANS 9
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24 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.

THE OLYMPIC GAMES

'...Apostolic comparison took account of these games in ancient times - the races and wrestlings-which were apt figures of the course of Christ's people.‭ "‬Now they do it,‭" ‬said Paul,‭ "‬to obtain a corruptible crown‭ (‬the‭ ‬stephan,‭ ‬or wreath of laurel‭) ‬but we an incorruptible.‭" ‬Thus the Olympic Games at Athens remind us of our own struggle.‭

The widening field of competition‭ (‬for athletes came from America and Australia‭) ‬seems to coincide with the area of the higher struggle,‭ ‬for both these countries have their contingents of runners and wrestlers in the race and strife for life eternal.‭ ‬The figure of the panting Greek who won the long race from Marathon recalls the apostle's words,‭ 

"‬Know ye not that they which run in a race run all,‭ ‬but one obtaineth the prize‭;" ‬and the account of the trainings undergone his further saying,‭ "‬Every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things.‭"

Again,‭ ‬it is said that a man is not crowned unless he strive lawfully.‭ ‬He must respect the rules of the games,‭ ‬and cultivate endurance.‭ ‬The apostle did it‭ - ‬finished his course,‭ ‬and fought his fight,‭ ‬and confidently awaited‭ "‬a crown of righteousness,‭" ‬which is in the hands of Christ to bestow,‭ ‬not only on Paul,‭ ‬but on‭ "‬all them also that love his appearing.‭" ‬To‭ "‬him that overcometh‭" ‬Christ promises‭ "‬all things.‭" "‬He that endureth to the end shall be saved.‭"

‭The Christadelphian, June 1896. p227