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There is a race to be won that was started in the beginning of time


The human race as we know it has not been on this earth very long. Human beings are unique to this planet because while we have life like other living animals, our bodies are enormously more versatile and capable than other living things. Human emotion expresses a vast range of feelings and reactions that no animal shares. Intellectually, the human brain far exceeds any animal brain in capacity and ability. While all creation will one day acknowledge the Creator, it is only man who now joyfully worships, or consciously rebels.

Man was and is unique today, not only was Adam "formed" by the personal touch of the Creator Himself, and Eve made from the very bone and flesh of Adam, there was only one made of each in the beginning. In contrast, thousands, if not millions of different kinds of animals were made. Man is separate from the animal kingdom, man did not evolve from apes which are animals.

The word "race" is mentioned 4 times in Scripture. In the Old Testament - 2 times (Psalm 19:5),(Ecclesiastes 9:11). In the New Testament - 2 times (I Corinthians 9:24),(Hebrews 12:1). Not one time does "race" mean nationality of people in the Bible (KJV). But "race" in other materials and books is used to describe nationalities of people. Evolution uses "race" to show the evolution of man through the ages. Editors of lexicons, new versions etc; rationalize their use of the word "race" from Pluto and Socrates who used the word race in their writings.The word "racism" is a evolutionary term. Charles Darwin used races in his book, "The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection or The Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life" (1859).

Race is a contest involving speed and endurance. Most running races take place on an oval track except for the Marathon (Boston, Pittsburgh, etc.). There is a race to be won but it needs to be done for the Lord. This race is run by the faithful servants who received the Lord Jesus Christ as Saviour (Ephesians 2:8-10). The race that is run for the Lord is not a race of physical speed but a spiritual race of growth. Each one of us who are saved have our own race to run for the Lord. We all have different rates of spiritual growth. Some Christians grow faster than other Christians. That is why it is unwise to compare one Christian with another (2 Corinthians 10:12). In this race for the Lord we are to grow in grace and in the knowledge of Him. "But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory now and for ever. Amen. (2 Peter 3:18).

This race is : Run with patience (Hebrews 12:1); Achieve the prize I Corinthians 9:24-27); Christ has the preeiminence (Colossians 1:14-19); Eagerness to do good (Romans 12:9),(I Thessalonians 5:15,21).

This race uses the three "T's" of service :

(1). Time : "See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise,but understanding what the will of the Lord is" (Ephesians 5:15-17).

(2). Talents : "Neglect not the gift that is in thee ... (I Timothy 4:14). Use it for the glory of God. The Holy Spirit gives us spiritual gifts (several as He will) to use for the glory of God (I Corinthians 12:1, 4, 7, 11),(Romans 12:6-13). Some gifts have ceased and are no longer needed today.

(3). Traveling and witnessing for the Lord. Proclaim the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ . (Matthew 28:18-20).

Conclusion to this race : You cannot run this race for God until you receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour by faith in Him alone (Ephesians 2:8-10). It is salvation first, then service. Infant or water baptism does not save neither does communion or your good works over bad works save. Romans 10:9-10 tells you exactly what you must do to be saved. "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."

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