What is Paul saying through the Holy Sprit when he says, "If anyone's work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire"? What does the fire represent?
1 Corinthians 3:13 - 15
NKJV - 13 Each one's work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one's work, of what sort it is. 14 If anyone's work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward.
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I would say that the fire represents the omniscience of God, which will reveal the true nature of the conduct and motives of Christians who -- although having a genuine saving faith in Christ as a foundation -- built upon that foundation with actions that were self-centered, or intended to promote their own self-satisfaction, recognition, and welfare, rather than arising from a desire to serve and obey God, to further the spread of His kingdom, and to benefit others.
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