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.

tbrinley's picture

My Joy and my victor's crown

I would add this thought.
Paul spoke of his converts as not only children, but reward.
It seems to me that our great reward in heaven, besides the already amazing reality of being in the family, having God as our Father and Jesus as our brother, is our spiritual progeny. We actually are invested in those we are able to win to the Lord. Paul speaks of being a wise master builder, building only on the foundation of Christ. This terminology is not only in one place, of construction and building. I think that Paul understand's that part of his reward in heaven is the fruit he is able to bear and bring to full maturity. That every soul that is lost means more than the loss of one person, but a personal loss of reward in heaven for himself, and that this is what drives him to
evangelize and to mature and to followup with his converts.

"Therefore, my dear brothers whom I long for, my joy and my victor's crown, this is how you must stand firm in the Lord, dear friends."

It is not just through evangelism but in the entire course of the process, which is completed at Jesus return and our glorification. The New testament teaches that there will be different degrees of punishment and that there is a broad range in the reward that can be expected depending on the effectiveness of our ministry, and that the survivability of what build has alot to do with the reward we will gain. I'll put it out there like that and then if there is a call for specific scriptures I'll be happy to support it.

"There's a leafless tree in Asia
Under the sun there's a homeless man.
There's a forest fire in the valley
Where the story all began...
And we look around in wonder,
At all the work that has been done.
Through the vision of our Father
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