1 Corinthians 9:24 Explained – Running The Race
It’s amazing how people can look at one word and just build an entire theology out of it that totally conflicts with what the Scriptures teach us. This disqualification is not from God. He’s talking about the Jewish people disqualifying him. He’s saying that if he comes to share this message of Jesus, while at the same time they are viewing him is blatantly having no respect or regard for their Jewish laws, he will be disqualified as a messenger in their mind. They will not listen to him. Consider that obnoxious drunk guy in the bar who’s sharing the gospel of Jesus. He may indeed love Jesus, but to those around him hearing his message, they will not take him seriously. He will be disqualified in their minds. So Paul again is willing to sacrifice his complete freedom in Christ so that his fellow Jews will be willing to hear his message about the price.
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Author: Mike Cynar

Mike Cynar was raised in a church setting where he frequently noticed that many attendees would eventually drift away. The church labeled these individuals as ‘back sliders’ or ‘fake Christians’ just looking for ‘fire insurance’. However, Mike realized the issue was rarely with these individuals but instead with the church’s message itself. The teachings heavily emphasized behavior improvement and one’s flaws, with only a fleeting mention of one’s identity in Christ. It felt as though every sermon was tailored to the church of Corinth, who as we know or committing sins that even unbelievers don’t partake in. This trend was noticeable not just in one denomination, but across Baptist, Catholic, Pentecostal, and many other churches. Upon understanding the true essence of the gospel – that our righteousness comes from Jesus’ actions, not our own – Mike was inspired to liberate believers from lifeless sermons and reconnect them with the genuine teachings of Jesus. He believes that one can nurture a vibrant and growing bond with Jesus, unhindered by rigid religious practices. And thus, “Jesus Without Religion” was born.

It turns out that it is grace that leads to repentance. And if our heart is to get others to walk in the Spirit and live a godly life, then the best approach is not a beat down sermon, but rather to remind other that it is only when we understand our true identity in Christ that we will live it out. Yes, it’s true, if you’re convinced that God thinks you’re a dirty sinner, you will ultimately continue a lifestyle that mirrors that view, but if you truly believe that even on your worst day, you are called holy, sanctified, justified, and will be presented blameless in the end, well, it turns out this is the secret to living out on the outside what has been worked in to the inside.

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