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Analogy of the Grecian Games in the Word




I . Introductory comments on Bible Imagery

II. Background material:

A. 1 Maccabees 1:10-14
B. 2 Maccabees 4:7-17
C. Josephus. Antiquities Of The Jews. Book 15, Chapter 8, Section 1
D. Fellowship

III. Heb.12:1, "Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us,": Pages

A. Wherefore, Heb.12:1

1. Heb.11:2, "obtained a good report"

B. also, Heb.12:1
C. are compassed about with, Heb.12:1
D. seeing, Heb.12:1: Pages E. a cloud, Heb.12:1
F. of witnesses, Heb.12:1
G. lay aside, Heb.12:1

1. weight, Heb.12:1

2. exercise, 2 Tim.4:7,8

3. strong meat, Heb-5:14

H. and, Heb.12:1
I. sin, Heb.12:1
J. which doth so easily beset (us), Heb.12:1

1. exercise, 1 Tim.4:7,8
2. Running naked

IV. 1 Cor.9:25, "And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things"

A. striveth for the mastery, 1 Cor.9:25


a. lawfully, 2 Tim.2:5


a. endured, Heb.10:32
b. afflictions, Heb.10:32

9. A listing of the English words that have come from the above Greek words.

B. is temperate, 1 Cor.9:25

1. surfeiting, Luke 21:34

V. 1 Cor.9:27, "But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection"

A. But, 1 Cor. 9: 27
B. I keep under, 1 Cor.9:27
C. and, 1 Cor.9:27
D. bring (it) into subjection, 1 Cor.9:27


VI. Heb.12:1, "and let us run with patience the race that is set before us"

A. Description of the stadium
B. The terms that relate to the race-course


a. I might finish, Acts 20:24
b. I have finished, 2 Tim.4:7

3. A listing of the English words that have come from the above Greek words.

C. The Herald

4. "lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway." 1 Cor.9:27

a. castaway, 1 Cor.9:27

5. The message of the herald in the games:

a. "Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain."

1. run, 1 Cor. 9:24
2. ye may obtain, 1 Cor.9:24

b. "and every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible": Pages

1. corruptible, 1 Cor.9:25
2. incorruptible, 1 Cor.9:25
3. crown, 1 Cor.9:25

c. "I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air"

1. not, 1 Cor.9:26
2. uncertainly, 1 Cor.9:26

d. "and let us run with patience the race that is
set before us," Heb.12:1

1. race, Heb.12:1
2. with, Heb.12:1
3. patience, Heb.12:1
4. that is set before, Heb.12:1

e. "Looking unto Jesus," Heb.12:2

1. Looking, Heb.12:2
2. unto, Heb.12:2

f. "the author and finisher of our faith," Heb.12:2

1. the, Heb.12:2
2. author, Heb.12:2
3. and, Heb.12:2
4. finisher, Heb.12:2
5. our, Heb.12:2
6. faith, Heb.12:2
7. Explanation of this title

g. "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." Heb.12:2

1. joy, Heb.12:2
2. that was set before, Heb.12:2
3. cross, Heb.12:2
4. despising, Heb.12:2
5. shame, Heb.12:2
6. Explanation

h. "and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God." Heb.12:2

1. and, Heb.12:2
2. is set down, Heb.12:2
3. the right hand, Heb.12:2
4. throne, Heb.12:2
5. Explanation

i. "For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin." Heb.12:3-4

1. For, Heb.12:3
2. consider, Heb.12:3
3. that endured, Heb.12:3
4. contradiction, Heb.12:3

a. sinners, Heb.12:3

5. lest, Heb.12:3
6. be wearied, Heb.12:3
7. and, Heb.12:3
8. faint, Heb.12:3

a. be weary, Gal.6:9

9. minds, Heb.12:3
10. Explanation
11. have ... resisted, Heb.12:4
12. striving, Heb.12:4
13. against, Heb.12:4
14. sin, Heb.12:4
15. Explanation

a. "so fight I, not as one that beateth the air," 1 Cor.9:26

1. fight, 1 Cor.9:26
2. not, 1 Cor.9:26
3. one that beateth, 1 Cor.9:26

VII. The running of the race

A. "If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead." Phil-3:11

1. might attain, Phil-3:11

B. "Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus." Phil-3:12

1. Not, Phil-3:12
2. as though, Phil.3:12
3. already, Phil-3:12
4. had ... attained, Phil-3:12
5. were ... perfect, Phil-3:12
6. An aside on the falsehood of certain church doctrines
7. but, Phil-3:12
8. follow after, Phil-3:12
9. 1 may apprehend, Phil.3:12
10. Explanation

C. "Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended," Phil-3:13

1. count, Phil-3:13
2. to have apprehended, Phil-3:13

D. "but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." Phil.3:13, 14

1. but, Phil-3:13
2. forgetting, Phil.3:13
3. behind, Phil-3:13
4. and, Phil-3:13
5. reaching forth unto, Phil-3:13
6. before, Phil-3:13
7. press, Phil-3:14
8. toward, Phil-3:14
9. mark, Phil.3:14
10. prize, Phil-3:14
11. Explanation

VIII."the Lord, the righteous judge," 2 Tim.4:8

A. Judge, KRITES
B. To make a decision, KRINO
C. The decision, KRIMA

1. "have begun to wax wanton," 1 Tim.5:11 (looked at in connection with 1 Tim. 5:12)

D. Act or time of pronouncing sentence, KRISIS
E. Explanation

1. Summation of the characteristics of Christ Jesus' judgments at his return:
2. Purple-robed judges
3. Characteristics of Christ Jesus as judge
a. righteous, DIKAIOS, 2 Tim.4:8
4. Judges responsibilities
5. The Lord Jesus Christ is eager to award the prize to his followers
6. When the prize is awarded
7. Victory celebration based on sacrifice
8. The awarding of the prize