1 Corinthians 3:15 -but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire

De Maria's picture

For Catholics the answer is Purgatory.

What is the answer for Protestants?

1 Corinthians 3:15
If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

DanFugett's picture

Dont confuse righteous and holy with perfection

Remember, JESUS didn't allow Mary Magdelene to touch HIM . . .

Saint John Chapter 20:

"17 Jesus saith to her: Do not touch me, for I am not yet ascended to my Father. But go to my brethren, and say to them: I ascend to my Father and to your Father, to my God and your God."

I'm thinking we must be very Pure and Holy in order to be in GOD The FATHER's immediate Presence . . . only we wearing CHRIST and HE wearing us . . . us in HIM and HE in us . . . by the Gift of Sanctifying Grace of the HOLY SPIRIT and by the Worthy Reception of the Sacraments . . . which are the normal and ordinary 'means' by which CHRIST joins HIS Incarnate and Glorified Self to our Nature.

Good point. And when does one become clothed in Christ's righteousness and pure enough for God? At the point tyhe person accepts with faith that Christ was clothed with sin and became our curse. Christ became sin so we could become righteous is God's grace received through faith. Gal 3:12-14 and Rom 4:20-5:8. This is the entire basis of the substitutionary atonement. When faith accepts this promise of grace through faith, being created as a masterpiece (Eph 2:10) by indwelling God's HOLY Spirit, we are as holy as we need to be to see God. That is why Paul could write to the saints (hagios) or holy ones of Ephesus in Eph 1. They were far from perfect but HOLY enough through Christ to already be in God's presence in Christ (Eph 2). In fact Eph 2 goes on to say in v 7 that after God raised and seated us with Christ (past tense) His purpose was to show His continued grace in the ages to come. We are already holy enough, having been bought from sin and forgiven by Jesus blood (Eph 1:7), that God raised us up with Him and seated us with Jesus in heavenly places (Eph 2:1-10). Holy enough God puts His Spirit in us, so Holy enough through Christ apart from works or purgation to be accepted by the Holy God who already accepts His spiritual creation for Christ's sake.

In Christ,

Dan Fugett

In Christ,

Dan Fugett, Sr Moderator