I find this verse here confusing. 1.Cor 9:26Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim;I box in such a way, as not beating the air; 27but I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified. Do you know how this sounds like? This sounds like Paul is still in the race because of what he did. He run, he disciplined himself, he did this, he did that.... This sounds like Paul's works kept him in the saved state.