During a visit to the city of Corinth, the apostle Paul discovered a passionate group of sports fans. Instead of modern sports like basketball or football, Corinthians embraced Track and Field as host of a Summer Olympics type of annual event. Thus, Paul felt compelled to use words in one of his letters that appealed to this culture. Within 1 Corinthians 9:24-27, Paul compares evangelism with a race, hoping to win as many people as possible to Jesus Christ.
And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell, Matthew 10:28.
Years earlier, Jesus reveals an interesting concept to his disciples in the passage above. While speaking about persecution, Jesus provides a heavenly perspective to a common event followers of Christ will encounter. Human nature tends to make individuals fearful of what other people think of you. However, Jesus warns the disciples about worrying about the wrong thing. Rather, be on guard against the Devil, the ruler of the air, Ephesians 2:2, who uses temptation to ensnare souls toward a life in hell, eternally separated from God.
Who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time, 1 Timothy 2:6.
The Bible is filled with promises about life and the future. John 3:16-17 reveals why God the Father sent his son Jesus to earth. Upon completing God’s will for his life on earth, Jesus gave himself up as a ransom, paying the price for the sins of mankind. This selfless act made it possible for fallen creatures to have a place in heaven, John 14:1-4. Thus, anyone who makes their eternal reservation, 1 John 5:13, should want to take as many people with you as possible. May the hope of a new year inspire souls to fulfill the great commission, Mark 16:15-16 so that the afterlife will serve as a great big family reunion in the sky.
by Jay Mankus