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A prize awarded in an athletic competition. Paul used the image to illustrate the goal of the Christian life (Philippians 3:14 ; compare 1 Corinthians 9:24 ). The prize is sometimes identified as Paul's heavenly destination. More likely the “upward call” designates the total call to Christian maturity. The larger context uses multiple expressions (know Christ 1Corinthians 2:8,1 Corinthians 2:10 ;gain Christ 1 Corinthians 2:8 ; know the power of Christ's resurrection; share Christ's suffering and death 1 Corinthians 2:10 ) to define the goal of Christian living. Though Paul used a competitive image, he was aware that the righteousness which matters was not the result of his own efforts but is God's gift through faith (1 Corinthians 3:9 ).

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These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

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Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Prize'. Holman Bible Dictionary. 1991.

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