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…..