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

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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.

Paul secure in salvation --- and knew a day of accounting coming

To answer the question posed in regard to 1 Cor 9:27 and in the context of the primary thesis, here is the scripture under review.

11 For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if any man builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 13 each man’s work will become evident; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work. 14 If any man’s work which he has built on it remains, he will receive a reward. 15 If any man’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire. NASB 1 Co 3:11-15

The fire figure used here burns the rewards. This scripture does not say anything about a state we enter to get rid of temporal sins. In the end, its Heaven or Hell.

1 Cor 3 clearly tell us that the house built on Christ remains. In Matt 7:24ff Christ had just talked about knowing people by their fruit. Fruit demonstrates character but it doesnt create it. Everyone who hears and acts on His words has firmly and securely planted himself in Christ the rock. The house will stay during the storms of life and it will stand at the eternal judgement.

Rewards may be lost but a person whose heart and therefore life is founded, rooted and grounded, in Christ will enter Heaven's gate.

1 Cor 9:27 serves to further my point. There are two obvious conclusions possible in the race to which Paul speaks. Those who win the race (maybe not first place but they got there) and those who are disqualified. People can lose their faith (your catechism teaches that) and people can backslide, but that is a distinctly different issue than whether justification is an event or a progression (as catechism/Trent teaches).

Paul did not provide a third option. One whereby people go to a penalty box (not finish but not disqualified either) until someone else running the race (your Pope) decides they can leave the penalty box (indulgences IF loyal to the RCC) and go to the finish line.

In Christ,

Dan Fugett