By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames.
It isn’t easy to pin down exactly what the Apostle Paul is saying in this passage (see entire passage by clicking 1 Corinthians 3), since this seems to apply directly to the leaders the Corinthian church were idolizing, and perhaps their own misguided assessment of them. Which theoretically could be carried over into their own lives. After all, we become like or somehow emulate the gods we look to, or hopefully the God we look to in and through Christ. But part of our sin is to place idols in our hearts.
Christ is the foundation of the good news and the life we have and live, even live out. So that what we build on Christ in our work and teaching must be appropriate to Christ. We might truly look to Christ, but mix this or that or something else with Christ which is not of him, stuff that eventually won’t stand, in the words of the text here, will not endure the test of the fire.
This makes me wonder about everything I do, about my life. Does that adhere with and to Christ? What about my attitudes along the way? Love and truth must be paramount. We all fail, or don’t completely measure up to the stature of Christ, to be sure. But together we should be growing up into that likenesss to and maturity in him. Not in any human leader, except that we follow them (as Paul wrote) as they follow Christ.
This isn’t easy, to say the least. But in the hardest parts, our character is revealed, and with those hard parts comes opportunity. In the meantime we need to repent where needed, and grow together no less into the image of the Lord through whom we live.
Too many so called Christians do forget to look and learn from the many parables of Jesus and are wrongly convinced they do not have to do any works any more. They should come to see that they are mistaken and that faith without works is dead. Let su always understand about the seeds, weeds, thorn and thistles and make sure we shall not be part of those receiving the second death.
So Jesus is not God? You don’t accept the teaching of scripture concerning the Trinity? You are badly mistaken then.
You may think so, but we do follow the Biblical doctrines and not human doctrines. The Unseen Eternal all-knowing God of order and clarity Who does not tell lies declared Jesus to be His only begotten beloved son. that son of man and son of God who did not sin and as such did not tell lies either, said he could do nothing without his heavenly Father Who is the God we should praise and Who is greater than him (Jesus) and all other gods.
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