Sports engaged in by athletes. Scripture uses the image of running in a race to represent the Christian life. Believers should show similar perseverance as they press on to their heavenly reward.
The Christian life is like running a race
Ac 20:24 See also Gal 2:2; Gal 5:7; Php 2:16; 1Ti 1:18-19
Christians, like athletes, are to be single-minded
2Ti 2:4-5 See also 1Co 9:24-27
Christians, like athletes, are to persevere
Heb 12:1 See also Php 3:12-14; 1Ti 6:12; Rev 3:11
The reward at the end of the race of life
2Ti 4:7-8 See also 1Co 9:25; Jas 1:12; 1Pe 5:4; Rev 2:10 The “crown” referred to is the garland or wreath awarded to the winner in athletics contests.
The race is not necessarily won by the swiftest
Dictionary of Bible Themes
Scripture index copyright Martin H. Manser, 2009. As Editor, Martin Manser wishes to thank all those who compiled or edited the NIV Thematic Study Bible
, on which this work is based.