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John Bunyan on Running the Race - by Michael Phillips
Running the Race - Part 2 of 2
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1 Corinthians 9:24
Jul 10, 2002 pm - Tonight, with the Lord's help, we'll move on to part 2 in our study of John Bunyan's great little book, The Heavenly Footman. The subject is perseverance or running the Christian race. Bunyan's goal is to get us to do it, to run for heaven as though our lives depended on it. Because they do. The Puritan very firmly believed in justification by faith alone. When a sinner believes in Christ, he receives the forgiveness of sin and a sure hope of heaven. This is what the Bible teaches. But it's not all the Bible teaches about salvation. It also teaches that the justified, forgiven sinner must live the Christian life. Not only to keep a good conscience or to earn rewards, but to make it to heaven. In short, if you do not run the race, you will not win the crown. So, in the words of our text, "Run, that you may obtain". THE TEXT OPENED John Bunyan opens the book by explaining what it means to run. This is not a literal running, of course; an old crippled believer can run the race as well as a young, athletic one. Running stands for three things, Bunyan says. They are, first of all, "Fleeing. Observe this running is not an ordinary sort of running, but is to be understood as the swiftest ... More >>>

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