1 Corinthians 9:24-27
Yesterday we learned how to turn our thorn into a crown and today we are going to be speaking on a related subject of “Five Crowns.” The Greek competed for a wreath of Pine in their games. They gave it all they had in agony to claim the prize. How much more should we as Christians go for the FIVE CROWNS?
THE INCORRUPTIBLE CROWN Verse 25
That is, the undecaying or non-corruptible crown.
This crown was reserved for those who stayed in the race, and those who would not quit.
Paul uses the Greek games to illustrate the spiritual race of the Christian. They ran to win a corruptible crown, but we an incorruptible. The contender had to be a Greek citizen, born of Greek parents. The contender for the spiritual race must be a citizen of heaven to participate for rewards. The Greeks had rules for the participants, and the Christian too must abide by the rules.
We have four basic New Testament rules for the believer:
- He must deny himself of anything that will hold him back Hebrews 12:1,
“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.”
- He must keep his eyes on Jesus Hebrews 12:2, “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
- He must give it his all, Hebrews 12:4, ‘Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.’
- He must make progress by faith.