Paying Attention to Eternity – I Corinthians 3:13-15

“Each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire.”  Paul used a metephor of contructing a building to explain why the Corinthians should not claim to be a follower of a certain peson or teaching other than that of Jesus. Each person’s service to God works together to build the Church and each will be rewarded according to his or her own labors, not on who one followed. God’s people should live their lives with an attentiveness towards eternity in the things we do in the present becase what we do in this world and why we do it will be tested by fire. The gospel of Christ is the foundation and the good works you do that build upon that foundation will stand the test and you will be rewarded for them. Works that do not build on that foundation will not stand the test and you can lose your reward but still be saved. Although God’s people will not face condemnation on the Final Day, God will still judge our works and reward us accordingly, or not!

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