Run to Win

Paul utilizes one of his favorite metaphors: that of an athlete competing in a race.  He encourages the Corinthian Christians to keep up their spiritual training, so that when the goal is at last in front of them, they may press on and win the wreath of victory.  Paul continues to display himself as an example of self-discipline and spiritual zeal.  The “perishable wreath” in v. 25 would have been well-known to Paul’s Greek readers, who were used to seeing such trophies distributed at the athletic games that were frequently part of their lives.