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.

JeffLogan's picture

Yes, the question has been answered

My wish is that we could actually get involved in some serious edification regarding Christ's work in the salvation of man rather than the tedium of proving who is right and who is wrong. Is this, in fact, the hay, straw, and stubble that will get burned up. When the fires come we will find out that these arguments have profited us little if anything at all. So much of it is stubble which will get burned up. I just hope our entire life has not been spent building with flammable materials only. Then there would be nothing left after the fires.

In the end the only One who can save us is Christ. Can't He be our focus? Which of us would like to stand up and declare how they are going to enter into heaven by virtue of anything they have done? There is no merit in anything we do. Are any of us that foolish or prideful or ignorant? Even when we perfectly follow God's will we have only done that which was our duty to do and no more.

But God is good and it is his will to reward us when no reward is owing. How gracious is our Lord. First He dies so we can live. He becomes sin so we can become His righteousness. We sin against Him and He pleads for our lives before His Father. He tells us our duty and we come short but he still rewards us for giving our best service. How compassionate and merciful is that!

Since spiritual things are spiritually discerned and the natural man cannot understand them then it stand to reason that we need God's help to understand scripture. All the wisdom of the wise cannot comprehend scripture. We cannot expect to come to the scripture with a proud heart and tell God what He meant. Rather, we should humble ourselves and ask God to take away our preconceived ideas and our bias and to teach us as children willing to learn. But so many times we come to the Bible to prove our own theories about truth. We should rather surrender everything and allow the Author of the works to speak His truth to our hearts.

Some may see this as an appeal to the emotions. But it is really an appeal to the reasoning.

May a New Dawn arise in our hearts.

"Iniquitas mentita est sibi"

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“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you."