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Explain 1 Corinthians 9:23-27

What does 1st Corinthians 9:23-27 mean to you?

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they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. 1Cor.9:24

Brethren, We run for the Gospel's Sake, and partake in the incorruptible crown/prize which Christ has won !! 1Cor.9:23,25

--- Miche :

Sister, 1Cor.9:26-27 is speaking to the wise of running by Faith, and although Faith is the evidence of things unseen, we do not run uncertainly as one that fights & beats the air, but as one who brings their body into subjection by keeping under their body's the Hope of Faith to Pray without Ceasing while Rejoice Evermore & not rendering evil for evil : lest when we have preached to others, we ourselves should be as A CASTAWAY TO THEM.
---ShawnM.T. on 3/17/10

Hi in response to Judas true or false repentance i believe the only thing we need know is Christ said it would have been better for him to have never been born. That would pretty much put an end to any uncertainty to his conversion which in fact never happened unfortunately. The bible says "There is a way which seems right unto a man but the end thereof is death". Blessings.
---Brian on 3/15/10

Josef, I make no claim on infallibility either, I'm a man who also tries very hard to do right but fail many times. What I gave was a teaching that could help whoever receives it in the Spirit with good faith. Thank you brother, you heart is very humble. We are working for the Greatest Employer in the world, Jesus Christ our Lord.
---MarkV. on 3/15/10

We all want to be Christ-like, but most don't even come close to being like Paul the apostle! For me I will say according to the Scripture, I don't care what man thinks or says, I love my Saviour, Jesus Christ.
---catherine on 3/14/10

"I make no claim of [[infallibly]]." Mark this is a perfect example of my fallibility:oD))))
"I pray you're able to Hear MarkV, in the Spirit of 1 John 2:19 !!!" Always Shawn.M.T:o)
---Josef on 3/14/10

-- MarkV :

Brother, Well shared about 'True Repentance'. I have to say, Outstanding !! Amen Brother

--- Josef :

I Believe that no one given to Truly know Him will sin, whether as a violation of His principles for Life, errors in thinking, or missing the mark of His calling, without a deep sense of regret. "For Godly sorrow produces Repentance leading to Salvation ---Josef on 3/13/10

Brother, Well spoken, and I pray you're able to Hear MarkV, in the Spirit of 1 John 2:19 !!!

Brethren, We're all teachers & students in the Lord, and it's promising to always remember we'll continue in prayer, and watch in the same with Thanksgiving.

Grace Unto You Both & Peace Be Multiplied
---Shawn.M.T on 3/14/10

"But I do disagree when you say that Judas had true repentance." And you are of course free to do so sir, I make no claim of infallibly. Your beliefs are as valid as my own. I simply share my thoughts and beliefs, as a student and make no attempt to teach or convince anyone of anything. Embrace what you a given to believe and let no man, especially this man, sway you. I appreciate your sharing.
---Josef on 3/14/10

Josef, I try not to find fault in each persons response. My intention would be wrong. I make mistakes just like everyone does.
But I do disagree when you say that Judas had true repentance. We first have to define True repentance. One is called "Attrition" which is a false repentance cause by fear of punishment or loss of blessing. Judas said he had sinned by betraying innocent blood.
"Contrition" which is a godly repentance. It includes a deep remorse for having offended God. This repentance confesses his sin with no attempt to excuse it or justify it. And a willingness to turn away from sin. Judas did not turn away from sin but killed himself.
---MarkV. on 3/14/10

Thank you for the blessing Mark, and for your grace in not highlighting or pointing out the error in the post. The reference concerning Judas was of course meant to be, or should have been Mat. 27:3. Some will say that Judas is not a good example because his "repentance" was simply emotional remorse, implied by the writer's choice of words. However, I recognize it as genuine by the apparent change of mind, that led to his corresponding action, and subsequent confession.
It is a sign of a good teacher to show a little latitude to the student by overlooking small faults while accentuating the positives. It is appreciated by the student and garners respect for the teacher. Thanks again.
---Josef on 3/13/10

Josef, again you gave a wonderful answer concerning those who love the Lord. Blessings brother
---MarkV. on 3/13/10

"Doesn't the Word of God say that those who love him and have faith in him will follow Him?" Most definitely.
Miche I believe that no one given to truly know Him will sin, whether as a violation of His principles for life, errors in thinking, or missing the mark of His calling, without a deep sense of regret. "For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, (Rescue, deliverance and reformation)." Even Judas, Jesus' betrayer, whom Jesus called a devil, regretted his betrayal and repented. Mat.27:7
How much more one who loves and honors Him as LORD. Yet one who arrogantly assumes they merit salvation by some act or force of their own will, has not known Him. For it is He who empowers us both to will and to do.
---Josef on 3/13/10

Paul is not saying his disqualified from going to heaven, but to be disqualified from preaching the gospel. The context is speaking about running a race as the metaphor. "Temperate" with self control a crown given to the winner of the race. "Not with uncertainty" four times he has mentioned his goal of winning people to salvation v.v. 19,22). "Beats in the air" Paul change the metaphor to boxing to illustrate the point that he was not shadow boxing, just waving his arms without effect (1 Tim. 1:18). "Discipline" from a term literally meaning to hit under the eye. He knocked out the bodily impulses to keep them from preventing him from his mission of winning souls to Christ.
---MarkV. on 3/12/10

The certain reward of eternal life in the glorious presence of the Father through Christ Jesus our LORD. Stated well.
---Alan on 3/12/10

I agree Josef!
But there are so many that think that they can't "throw" it away by unrepentant sin, etc.
Doesn't the Word of God say that those who love him and have faith in him will follow Him?
I believe it does. And it says those that don't do these things aren't of Him.
---miche3754 on 3/12/10

Miche the words "cast away" is referencing one who has not stood the test or trying of their faith. One who doubts or wavers, due to the carnality of their thinking or eternal perceptions, to the point of abandoning that faith.
"A righteous person will live by faith. But [Father] will have no pleasure in anyone who turns away."
Those that finish the course and receive the crown "are not like those who turn their backs on God and seal their fate." But rather embraces a constant "faith that assures [their] salvation."
Therefore "Do not throw [cast] away this confident trust in the Lord, no matter what happens. Remember the great reward it brings you!" Heb. 10:38,39>35 NLT
---Josef on 3/12/10

John I have read several versions and I have seen where is says "disqualified". To me, they mean the same thing.

IF it is not possible to be "disqualified" from entering Heaven, then why does Paul say this to us?

Everybody is saying that you can't lose the race once you get into it.
How can you NOT lose the race once you get into but Paul says here you can be disqualified- cast away - lose the race?
If it's not the truth then why does Paul say it is?
To me salvation is NOT a free ticket to heaven it is a race for the prize of eternal life. And if you don't train and stay in the race, you can lose the race.
Isn't that what Paul is saying?
---miche3754 on 3/12/10

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1st Corinthians 9:23-27: this means you should humble yourself before God and all men because God gives grace to the humble Psalm 25:9 9 He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them His way.

The second part of passages is that you should not be weary in walking with Christ, choose life and dont let trials, temptations, tribulations caused by satan and his agents makes you fall before the Lord, but watch and pray. Revelation 3:5 He who overcomes will be dressed in white.

No one is above temptations, but those who resist satan and his agents to their last breath or when the trumpet sound will be welcomed in heaven with this saying: well done good and faithful servant!
---Esther on 3/11/10

Not sure what version you have.

It should have read "Disqualified", and it goes with the previous verse concerning the race.

He disciplines his body so that after he preaches to others, his lifestyle will be an example to them as well.

Reading further on in 10:1-6 he gives the reason for his discipline of his body.
---John on 3/10/10

What do ya'll think he was talking about when he said at the end of verse 27 about being cast away?
---miche3754 on 3/10/10

Saul here is using the allegory of a Foot race, since this is the most popular sport in Corinth. He uses this to explain the Foot race of your Christian Journey.

Really is a more congenial example than the harsh writing he sent them in his first letter (1st Corinthians).

Since 1st Corinthian (now lost) he wrote a friendlier letter to Corinth in this 2nd Corinthian (listed as 1st Corinthians).

Saul wrote 5 letters to Corinth. We only have 2nd and 4th Corinthians in our bible. Thankfully, these contain some parts of the other letters so we can piece them together
---John on 3/10/10

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I could not have stated it any better. We realize that many will start out as christians and yet turn away from the faith. It is true we must always remember the battle is not ours and hold out until the end. The struggle may seem hard but, if we wait then the test will surely turn into a testimony. Be continually in prayer so when you preach the gospel unto others your life will be a example of what you preach.
---Connie on 3/9/10

Miche3754 the fight is of faith, the challenge is to hold that faith steadfastly and without wavering unto the end. Believers are to recognize, and maintain a constant awareness of the fact that we are partakers of a heavenly calling. Always considering that Jesus Himself is the High Priest of our profession and the author of our faith. We must remember that the battle has been won and we have been given the victory. Therefore, rather than focusing on what we may carnally perceive to be a battle, our focus should be on the prize. The certain reward of eternal life in the glorious presence of the Father through Christ Jesus our LORD.
---Josef on 3/9/10

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