The Christian life is depicted as a race by the author of Hebrews. “Consequently we likewise, since we are encompassed by so extraordinary a haze of observers, let us dismiss each weight, and the transgression which so effectively captures us, and let us keep running with continuance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the creator and finisher of our confidence, who for the delight that was set before Him persevered through the cross disdaining the disgrace, and has sat down at the correct hand of the position of authority of God. Jews 12:1,2. Numerous Bible Scholars feel that the Apostle Paul was presumably the essayist of Hebrews since refrains like these are firmly identified with a large number of his different works. In different cases, Paul contrasts himself and the racers and rivals in the Isthmian amusements which were commended in the city of Corinth. This examination made a mention which was notable to the general population of Paul’s day and in this way was an incredible instructing allegory.
The contenders who kept running in these recreations were properly qualified both by character and capacity. The separation and width of the course were unmistakably set apart out. The prize that should have been won was put forward. Judges were picked and pledged to judge unbiasedly. The beginning sign was given and the race was run. The champ was conveyed to the judge, the prize was given and a crown set on the victor’s head. The name of the champ was announced to the extraordinary gathering of individuals.
The Christian race is so analyzed. The Christian must be qualified both by character and capacity. The Christian must seek after the course with tolerance and persistence. In the wake of finishing the race the fruitful Christian is brought under the steady gaze of the Judge where he/she is remunerated and delegated with magnificence.
The Christian race isn’t any race, yet a specific race. It is, “The race set before us”. The course of the race is the street of life. Its length is a lifetime. Its width is the span of the world. This course has numerous difficulties and numerous compulsions to turn the sprinter aside. The wealth and considerations, the organization and beguilements, the delights and impact of the world are largely dead loads which must be “dropped” so they don’t block the Christian sprinter.
The advancement of the Christian in this race relies upon a few things. The Christian must keep to the course and not turn off the beaten path. Some run the race well for some time and afterward turn aside. The Christian must remain on course. The center of the course is the most secure spot to run. Consistent advancement must be made and the sprinter must proceed with quietly under all challenges. The prize must be kept in view.
The idea of the prize in the Christian race is not quite the same as common races. Sacred writing speaks to this prize as remunerations under the figure of a trophy or crown. There are different crowns that might be remunerated to Christians when they complete this race of life.
The Incorruptible Crown – I Corinthians 9:24-25. “Do you not realize that the individuals who keep running in a race all run, however one gets the prize? Keep running so that you may acquire it. What’s more, everybody who vies for the prize is calm in every way. Presently they do it to get a transitory crown, yet we for an imperishible crown. ” In the Christian’s obligation, all run that they may get this crown. All that complete get the prize, not simply the victor. The Christian sprinter is portrayed as being “mild in every way”. Much abstinence was drilled by the Olympic sprinters Paul referenced. They kept to a severe eating routine and control. Ought not simply the Christian substantially more abridge of their freedom for the radiant prize set before them? Christians must deny self and hold the body under “bringing it into subjection”, (I Corinthians 9:27). The Christian sprinter faces hardship and is dependably in close battle similarly as any contender. Paul makes reference to one foe of the Christian sprinter (the body) which must be brought under subjection. Paul is alluding to those carnal cravings and tendencies.
The Crown of Life – James 1:12, “Favored is the man who suffers enticement; for when he has been endorsed, he will get the “crown of life” which the Lord has guaranteed to the individuals who cherish Him”. This reward is given to the Christian who suffers and who with tolerance and consistency experiences all preliminaries and troubles in the method for his obligation. It appears that in the obligations of Christians they here and there keep running crosswise over troubles and frustrations so much that they start to lose intrigue and any desire for their obligation. They may significantly think about whether it is justified, despite all the trouble all to proceed with the race. The suffering of enticements and preliminaries must be from a standard of adoration to God and Jesus Christ, generally there is no enthusiasm for the Crown. This reward ought to authorize the possibility that Christians will in the long run be endorsed by God for every one of their trails. It will be the Christian’s blessedness to at last get the Crown of Life.
The Crown of Glory – I Peter 5:1-4, “The seniors who are among you I urge, I who am a kindred senior and an observer of the sufferings of Christ, and furthermore a partaker of the greatness that will be uncovered: Shepherd the group of God which is among you, filling in as regulators, not by impulse but rather readily, not for exploitative increase but rather anxiously; nor as being lords over those endowed to you, yet being guides to the herd; and when the Chief Shepherd shows up, you will get the Crown of Glory that does not blur away”. This reward is explicitly given to ministers, older folks, presbyters, profound pioneers of the Church. It is guaranteed to the individuals who “feed the group” by lecturing and showing God’s Word. It is for Christians who “take oversight thereof”; who set aside some effort to serve individual consideration over the herd focused on their charge. It is for Christians who are “guides to the herd”; the individuals who practice sacredness, forbearance, and all other Christian obligations. It is for the individuals who share in Christ’s sufferings. Jesus Christ is the Chief Shepherd of the herd. He got them, rules them, safeguards them, and spares them. Jesus is likewise Chief Shepherd over every single other shepherd who acquire their power from Him, act in His name, and are responsible to Him. Jesus, the Chief Shepherd, will seem to pass judgment on all priests and under-shepherds, to demand an explanation from them, regardless of whether they have loyally released their obligation both freely and secretly as indicated by His bearings. To those that are found to have carried out their responsibility will get what is endlessly superior to worldly pick up. They will get from the Chief Shepherd a high level of everlasting magnificence – A Crown of Glory that will never blur away.
The Crown of Rejoicing – I Thessalonians 2:19,20. “For what is our expectation, or delight, or crown of cheering? Is it not even you within the sight of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming? For you are our brilliance and bliss”. This Crown of Rejoicing is won through soul-winning. Christians must require some serious energy in their race to tune in to the Holy Spirit and offer with others what they have in Jesus. What a wonder and respect it is go be utilized of the Holy Spirit to lead others into a sparing learning of the Son of God.
The Crown of Righteousness – 2 Timothy 4:7,8. “I have stayed the course, I have completed the race. I have kept the confidence. At last, there is laid up for me a crown of nobility, which the Lord, the upright Judge, will provide for me on that Day, and not to me just but rather additionally to all who have adored His showing up”. This crown will be the reward of the considerable number of administrations Christians have offered, which God isn’t profane to overlook. This crown will be given “at that day”, when the Christian’s blessedness and exemplary nature will be idealized. It is the day Christ returns. It will be given by the equitable Judge and not exclusively to missionaries and noticeable pastors, however to each one of those that adoration His showing up. It ought to be the character of all Christians to anticipate the showing up of Jesus Christ with adoration and to yearn for it. This Crown is laid up for all adherents. It is given to the individuals who have completed their course by battling a decent battle. In a decent battle one may lose a couple of rounds, yet is the means by which hard one battles that makes a decent battle. It is given to the individuals who have kept the confidence. It is given to Christians who never enabled their confidence to waver, however have dependably sought their confidence for their last triumph.
Christ will return again to pass judgment on crafted by adherents and to give these prizes that they are entitled. The Christian will be made a decision with regards to the utilization of his gifts and openings that have been given to him. The Christian will be made a decision on how he has utilized these abilities while running the Christian race.