After salvation we begin our surrender to the Holy Spirit, to walk the exact same steps Jesus did through the obedience of the Holy Spirit to fulfill the will of God, to be more than overcomes, not just overcomes. Jesus did this as man and we are expected to follow suit. The race is simply a metaphor to execute self discipline to the will of God and to live in faith and do not just hear the word of God.
But tell me what is MORE than a conqueror?
When Jesus said" I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it" For years the p[rojection of it was that the gates of hell are as it were attacking the church but will not prevail against her .
This is impossible.
For the gates spoken of are as of the gates of a walled city and being the weakest part of the wall and the cities defenses the gates are the most heavily defended .
Gates do not attack anybody.
They are the entrance of the city .
it is not the church that should be on its back foot. But the very gates of hell that should be having the problems and which will not prevail against the church.
What that all means I do not fully understand yet.
But it has much to do with "more than conquerors"
The world is very happy if we/ the church stay in our small corners and live quiet and happy lives.
But I dont see that in scripture .
The reformation turned the world upside down.
Today the world is in the church and the church in the world .
I fear that the church not only has reduced the Gospel to its very barest minimum but has also reduced the Word of God to its own experience rather than lift up the Word of God and raise our experience to what it says .