Day 48~ 1 Corinthians 1-3

We are starting our 7th book!  Seven down, 20 more to go! (but a lot of the 20 are super short so don’t feel overwhelmed!)

So, 1 Cor. 3:12-15….a once over reading can be quite confusing!  However, going over it several times, I think I got what Paul was saying.

Let me try to make it simple…….this is how I read it…..

“If any man builds on a foundation….”  Paul is referring to teachers as being the builders (i.e. Apollos, Paul, himself, or Cephas). He even refers to his work later in 9:1 “are you not the result of my work in the Lord?”
So, he as a teacher, or the others, can either teach well “using gold, silver, costly stones” or they can teach poorly using “wood, hay or straw” (vs.12)

“the Day” will test the teachers work. (vs.13)

“If what he (the teacher) built survives” is referring to the built convert.  If the convert “survives” the teacher will receive his reward. (Probably a reward of feeling satisfaction that their convert received eternal life.)

If the convert doesn’t survive (the believer abandons their faith- see Heb. 3:12), the teacher will suffer loss (possibly feeling sadness for the lost soul) but the teacher, even though his teaching was weak, won’t lose his salvation. (vs. 15)

There, I hope that re-phrasing helps clarify a confusing section…..




Comments

Unknown said…
Im wondering if my comment will go thru?
I really liked how you summed these chapters up, also I thought of the childrens story, 'The Three Little Pigs' and how the one that used the best materials and worked longer and harder to survive by building his house on a solid foundation. Which would seem like 'common sense'even to children that that Brick house was the only one that could stand up against the wolf.
Which also makes me think about , our rush, rush, culture and how many people dont have it in them, they want instant "results"
What is that verse? 'Work' out your salvation with fear and trembling..? (Aware, with focus, and with purpose)
Unknown said…
Im wondering if my comment will go thru?
I really liked how you summed these chapters up, also I thought of the childrens story, 'The Three Little Pigs' and how the one that used the best materials and worked longer and harder to survive by building his house on a solid foundation. Which would seem like 'common sense'even to children that that Brick house was the only one that could stand up against the wolf.
Which also makes me think about , our rush, rush, culture and how many people dont have it in them, they want instant "results"
What is that verse? 'Work' out your salvation with fear and trembling..? (Aware, with focus, and with purpose)
Yes, your comment went through....twice! Hahaha
I like the analogies you thought of.
Instant results can lead to poor building!

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