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The Apostolic agon for the gospel

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Paul commences the appropriation of the athletic metaphor to himself with two images which run parallel to each other in formulation. Paul is not concerned with impressing on his readers the necessity of a Christian moral Agon. The image and the accompanying thought of the crown, whether applied to Paul himself or to Timothy, is to be understood as referring to the Agon for the Gospel. The evangelist's personal share in the blessings which the Gospel proclaims is inseparably connected with his obligation to preach the same. The specific way in which the Roman Christians are to take part in the Apostle's contest is, because of the distance which separates them, in supplication to God, not in an Agon of prayer with or against God.

Keywords: Apostle; Christian moral Agon; Gospel; Paul; Roman Christians

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