1 CORINTHIANS 9
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