All Run, But Only One Wins†
Who? (1 Cor. 9:24)
19For though I was free from all men, I brought myself under bondage to all, that I might gain the more. 20And to the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, not being myself under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; 21to them that are without law, as without law, not being without law to God, but under law to Christ, that I might gain them that are without law. 22To the weak I became weak, that I might gain the weak: I am become all things to all men, that I may by all means save some. 23And I do all things for the gospelís sake, that I may be a joint partaker thereof. 24Know ye not that they that run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? Even so run; that ye may attain. 25And every man that striveth in the games exerciseth self-control in all things. Now they do it to receive a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. 26I therefore so run, as not uncertainly; so fight I, as not beating the air: 27but I buffet my body, and bring it into bondage: lest by any means, after that I have preached to others, I myself should be rejected.
A.†††† Who are the runners?
1.† Those who love the Lord & His truth
(Matt. 22:37; John 14:15-21,23).
2.† Those who love the brotherhood
(1 Pet.2:17; 1 Cor. 13:1-7; 1 Jno. 2:10-11).
3.† Those who "obey the gospel"
†(Mk. 16:16; 2 Thess. 1:6-9; 1 Pet. 1:22..)
4. Those who continue in the faith
(Col. 1:23; Heb. 3:6-13; Rev. 2:10).
5. Those who attempt to bring others to Christ
(2 Tim. 2:1-2; Heb. 5:12-14; Acts 8:4).
6. Those who walk according to truth
†(1Jno. 1;6-7; 3 Jno. 4;†