Not surprisingly, it’s been around since the dawn of time.
The earliest known depiction of boxing comes from Egyptian artwork that shows contests between two gloved fighters facing off with one another before a crowd of spectators.
The ancient Greeks (the Corinthians) loved their Olympic games and boxing was one of the more popular events.
And so, the Apostle Paul uses an awesome analogy right out of the world of Rocky Balboa.
He’s already told these new Believers, who are struggling with immorality, about heavenly reward for a Christian life well lived (1 Corinthians 3:10-15).
All genuine Believers will be saved, he says, but not all Believers will be rewarded.
Future reward depends on how faithfully we steward the life God graciously entrusts to our care.
Some Christians will be richly rewarded; others will be like “someone barely escaping through the flames.”
So Paul calls us to “fight the good fight”:
Boxers don’t train aimlessly, he says, and when they fight, they don’t send punches flying off into the air.
No, in a contest of wills, you need focus, aim, determination—and you better land those jabs just right if you want to knock out your opponent.
And who is Paul’s relentless adversary he needs to send reeling?
Yes, one again—we’ve met the enemy, and it’s us.
The sinful nature wants to dominate.
And what the Lord told Killer Cain, He tells every one of us: