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Morrish Bible Dictionary
One of the Grecian contests used by the apostle to illustrate the Christian race. All ran, but only one received the prize; let each, casting aside every weight and sin, so run as to obtain; not for a fading crown (of laurel, pine, or parsley), but an incorruptible one. 1 Corinthians 9:24,25; Hebrews 12:1 . This is not a contest in which the unconverted have to strive, with the aim of obtaining salvation; but it is a race the Christian has to run as a matter of experience. Paul said, "I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus" of being with Him in the glory. Philippians 3:14 .
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Morrish, George. Entry for 'Race'. Morrish Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/mbd/r/race.html. 1897.