Main point summary
I adapt to others to win them to Christ, that I may share in the gospel with them. Be disciplined in treasuring Christ. He will provide a way in all testing. (God has provided in the exodus fathers examples (types) of what happens when we follow evil desires).
1 Cor 9:23 - 10:13
1 Corinthians 9:23-10:13
I do it all for the sake of the gospel,
I live this way -freed through the gospel to adapt to serve others -because of the gospel
I do all this for the sake of the gospel,
I do everything to spread the Good News
that I may share with them in its blessings.
so that I may share in the reality of it
that I may share in its blessings.
and share in its blessings.
Do you not know
Do you not know
Don’t you realize
that in a race all the runners run,
that in a race all the runners run
that in a race all the runners run,
that in a race everyone runs,
but only one receives s the prize?
but only one of them gets the prize
but only one gets the prize?
but only one person gets the prize?
So t run that you may obtain it.
Run in such a way that you win the prize
Run in such a way as to get the prize.
So run to win!
Every u athlete exercises self-control in all things.
Athletes follow strict routines in all things
Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training.
All athletes are disciplined in their training.
They do it to receive a perishable wreath,
They do it to get a crown that will not last,
They do it to win a prize that will fade away,
but we v an imperishable.
but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.
but we do it for an eternal prize.
So I do not run aimlessly;
Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly;
So I run with purpose in every step.
I w do not box as one x beating the air.
I do not fight like a boxer beating the air.
I am not just shadowboxing.
But I discipline my body
No, I strike a blow to my body
I discipline my body like an athlete,
and y keep it under control, 1
and make it my slave
training it to do what it should.
lest after preaching to others
so that after I have preached to others,
Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others
z I myself should be a disqualified.
I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.
I myself might be disqualified.
For I do not want you to be unaware, brothers, 1
that our fathers were all under b the cloud,
and all c passed through the sea,
and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea,
and d all ate the same e spiritual food,
and f all drank the same spiritual drink.
For they drank from the spiritual Rock that followed them,
and the Rock was Christ.
Nevertheless, with most of them God was not pleased,
for g they were overthrown 1 in the wilderness.
Now these things took place as examples for us,
that we might not desire evil as h they did.
i Do not be idolaters
j as some of them were;
as it is written,
k “The people sat down to eat and drink and rose up to play.”
l We must not indulge in sexual immorality
m as some of them did,
and n twenty-three thousand fell in a single day.
We must not put Christ 1 to the test,
o as some of them did
and p were destroyed by serpents,
q as some of them did
and r were destroyed by s the Destroyer.
Now these things happened to them as an example,
but t they were written down for our instruction,
u on whom the end of the ages has come.
Therefore v let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall.
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man.
w God is faithful,
and x he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability,
but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape,
that you may be able to endure it.
Many people may go for a jog during the week, but they are not all athletes. Paul is talking about athletes who compete for a crown (see also 2 Tim 2:5). At the start line of a city-wide 10km fun run, people are separated into groups of similar pace. I have been placed near the front, but then I see a smaller group at the front, who really are athletes in the sense Paul is talking. The casual jogger exercises self control in some things. The athlete exercises self-control in all things.
Paul is not saying 'it's good to keep fit'. He is saying 'run, in the olympics, to win'.
See also 2 Tim 4:8 ; James 1:12 ; 1 Pet 5:4 ; Rev 2:10 ; 3:11
What is the race? The race for faith - the race for comprehending the truth of the gospel and valuing it rightly.
What would lead to disqualification? Not valuing the gospel rightly.
How would you summarise 'it all'? Understanding and living out freedom in the gospel, by adapting to serve others. (See previous verses)
I adapt to others to win them to Christ, that I may share in the gospel with them.
I discipline my body to keep the good news before me.
The example of the wilderness fathers (who crossed the Red Sea and ate and drank God's provision) is that most who taste the goodness of God are swayed to run after evil.
The four fold rebellion of the wilderness fathers is an example for us. Do not follow their example of rebellious desires.
Continue to looking to Christ. He is faithful and will provide you a way through in all situations.