Useful Bible Studies > Philippians Commentary > chapter 3
Paul has been using the word-picture of a race to describe a Christian’s life in this world. A runner may have many difficulties to overcome during a race. However, that runner does not give up, because he desires to win the prize.
In this world, Christians too have many difficulties. If they think only or mainly about those difficulties they will lose hope. So, to encourage them, God has promised them a wonderful prize when they have completed their work for him on earth. That work is to live in the way that pleases him in every situation (2 Corinthians 5:9; Ephesians 5:10).
In a race, only one runner may win the prize. However, God’s prize is for everyone who truly loves him (2 Timothy 4:8; James 1:12). Christ has promised them all a home in heaven (John 14:1-2); however, that is not God’s final plan for his people. Rather, when Christ returns to rule all things, they will receive their prize, their great reward (1 Peter 1:4; 1 Peter 5:4).
At that time, their relationship with God will at last be complete and perfect. They will receive their full rights as children in God’s family (Romans 8:18-23). Their bodies, and not just their spirits, will live again and never die (1 Corinthians 15:12-57). They will be the citizens of God’s city, the New Jerusalem (Revelation chapters 21 and 22). Never again will they suffer death or pain or sad feelings. They will live with God, and they will remain with him always. That is God’s wonderful prize for all those people who have turned from their evil deeds to put their trust in Christ.
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