PURIFIED BY GOD'S FIRE

PREPARE TO GO THROUGH GOD'S PURIFYING FIRE, HIS MINISTERS AND, HIS CHURCHES:

 

God's Chosen, Anointed Apostolic Biblical Inspiring Holy Spirit Transformation Churches & Believing Nations Apostle:

 

( 1Cor 3:8-9 ) Christ Believers, God's sons, and daughters workers work together but are rewarded according to their own labor.

 

Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor. For we are God's fellow workers; you are God's field, you are God's Buildings.

 

He who plants and he who waters are one: In combating the Corinthian desire to divide among leaders, Apostle Paul reminds them they are all on the same team.

 

How silly to say, "Planting is what is really important. Those waterers are really missing the boat." Or to think, "Watering is where it's at. Those planters better get their priorities straight." The fact is planters and waterers are both necessary, both need each other, and both are working towards the same goal. So why do you only support Pastors, Bishops and, Founders?

 

Each one will receive his own reward: All work together, but each is rewarded individually. A reward is not given according to gifts, talents, or even success, but according to their own labor.

 

God knows how to reward properly. On earth, many ministers either receive too much or too little reward.

 

"The faithful, laborious minister or missionary who labors in obscurity and without apparent fruit, will meet a reward far beyond that of those who, with less self-denial and effort, are made the instruments of great results."

 

"I always say to them the same thing: work; hard work; and again, work until you hear God say, Well done you good and faithful servants!"

 

We are God's fellow workers: God has given us the amazing opportunity to work with Him. We cannot work without Him, and He will not work without us ( generally speaking ). God wants you as His working partner!

 

When you consider all the ways God could have done His work, it is even more amazing to know He wants our participation.

 

You are God's field, you are God's Building: The work Apostle Paul did with God was to work "on" God's people. They were his "field" (using the picture of a farmer planting and watering), and they were his "building" (using the picture of a builder).

 

( 1Cor 3:10-15 ) The Church As So Many Religious Leaders And Spiritual Babies Call Church Homes Is Not The Church That Jesus Christ Himself Birth And Built All By Himself In Acts Chapter Two. We Are His Living Temples, His Buildings.

 

According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder, I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it. For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 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. If anyone's work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. If anyone's work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.

 

According to the grace of God: In describing Apostle Paul's work among the Corinthians, he begins with a declaration of grace. He knew that his status as a worker in God's field, or on God's building, was based on God's undeserved favor, not on his own deserving or merit.

 

It is an exalted thing to be a fellow-worker with God. But God doesn't choose exalted people to do His work. It isn't anything in them that makes them worthy to be His worker, it is according to the grace of God.

 

I have laid the foundation: When Elder Paul ministered to the Church in Corinth ( Acts 18 ), he set the only foundation that can be laid: the person and work of Jesus Christ. Yet he knew that others would come after him and build on the foundation he set.

 

So, let each one take heed how he builds on it. There is only one foundation for the Church. If it isn't founded on Jesus Christ Alone, it isn't a Church at all. So one can't build on any other foundation, but one can build unworthily on the one foundation.

 

God will test the building work of all His fellow workers, each one's work will become manifest. So some build with precious things like gold, silver, precious stones; others build with unworthy materials like wood, hay, and straw.

 

By using the figures of gold, silver, and precious stones, Apostle Paul seems to have in mind the temple building materials ( 1 Chronicle 22:14, 16; 29:2 ). The "building" God is constructing in His people, His fellow workers are His "temple, God's very own sons and daughters."

 

Precious stones don't mean jewels, but fine stone materials like marble and granite. Mixing the wisdom of men with the wisdom of God in the work of building the Church is like using alternate layers of straw and marble in a building. Straw may be fine, it may have a place (in the barn), but it is an inadequate building material. In the same way, human wisdom and fleshly attractions may have a place in life, but not in the building of the Church. The blessing of New Testament Believers, your blessing and wealth are just going to religious buildings, family ministries, and Fat rich cats on television shows and radio shows. If they tell you don't come to them with your need, because God will supply your needs, So when they come to you for support and help, tell them the very same thing, what they sow, they shall real. getting this now?

 

The fire will test each one's work: When our work is tested by God, it will be revealed what kind of work it was. Just as the fire will destroy wood, hay, and straw, but not gold, silver, and precious stones, so the work of some will be revealed as nothing on that Day.

 

Notice that the amount of the work isn't going to be evaluated ( though it does have some relevance ). Elder Paul says the work will be tested to see what sort it is. If one did a lot of religious wrong sort of work, it will be as if he did nothing. His work will be burned and will vanish in eternity.

 

Apostle Paul also referred to this great testing in 2 Corinthians 5:10: For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. When our work is tested before the Lord, we will be rewarded according to what remains.

 

It is a sobering thought: many, many people who believe they are serving God, but are doing it in an unworthy manner or with unworthy "materials" will come to find in eternity that they have, in reality, done nothing for the Lord. Some will be saved, but with a life that was wasted, and receives no crown to give to Jesus, for His glory ( as in Revelation 4:10-11 ). He himself will be saved, yet so as through the fire: Saved, but barely saved, and saved with everything gone.

 

If anyone's work: The fire does not purify the worker, it tests their workmanship. Roman Catholics that started in Rome and not Jerusalem God's City of Truth... use this passage to teach purgatory, the idea that when we die, we go to a place where we are purified by fire before we go to heaven. The idea of purgatory has nothing to do with this passage, and nothing to do with any other passage in the Bible. Purgatory is strictly a human invention and denies the finished work of Jesus for the Believer.

 

This passage has the first application to Christ Believers' leaders because this is Elder Paul's topic in context. But the application extends to all of our service for God.

 

( 1Cor 3:16-17 ) The Church Is His Bride Not Religious Buildings ).

 

Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.

 

You are the temple of God: Apostle Paul will later ( 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 ) speak as individual Christ Believer being temples. Here his emphasis is on the Church as a whole ( though it has application to individuals ).

 

When Teacher Paul calls the Church a temple, he doesn't think he is using a picture. The physical temple was the picture; God's dwelling in us is the reality.

 

What makes the Church a temple? The Spirit of God dwells in you. The word used for temple ( Naos ) refers to the actual sanctuary, the place of the deity's dwelling, in contrast to the broader word hieron, which was the temple area in general.

 

If anyone defiles the temple of God: If you defile the Church, God will destroy you. God's temple, His Church, is holy, and it matters to God how we treat His holy temple. Meaning our spiritual family, God's sons and His daughters.

 

How to glorify God.

 

( 1 Cor 3:18-20 ) Glorify Him by pursuing real wisdom.

 

Let no one deceive himself or herself. If anyone among you seems to be wise in this age, let him or her becomes a fool that they may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, "He catches the wise in their own craftiness"; and again, "The LORD knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile."

 

If anyone among you seems to be wise: Apostle Paul is being a little sarcastic here. Of course, the Corinthians considered themselves wise at this age! That was one of their problems, their love of worldly wisdom, just like so many ministry ministers and their followers today.

 

What is one to do if they are wise at this age? If they are wise according to a human measure of wisdom? They are to become a fool that he may become wise.

 

Apostle Paul asks them to renounce all worldly wisdom, all humanism ( man-centered philosophy and, religions), even if it means being called a fool. If one is not willing to be considered a fool by those who value only human wisdom, they will never be able to truly become wise.

 

God has evaluated the wisdom of this world, and He considers it foolishness, craftiness, and futile. Will we agree with God's evaluation, or not?

 

( 1 Cor 3:21-23 ) Glorify God by seeing His servants from the right perspective.

 

Therefore let no one boast in men. For all things are yours: whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas, or the world or life or death, or things present or things to come; all are yours. And you are Christ's, and Christ is God's. Getting this?

 

Let no one glory in men: How prone we are to glory in men! We are more excited about being with the influential and famous of this world than about being with God. We value the gifts and honors of men more than the gifts and honors God gives. How we need to hear, let no one glory in men! ( Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors, Teachers, Bishops, Founders, Doctors, Are you getting this now?

 

For all things are yours: To say I am of Paul or I am of Apollos is to have a view that is too narrow, too constricted. Both Paul and Apollos belong to you; the whole universe is yours in Christ.

 

Why even death is "ours"; it is our servant, not our master! Death may be to us as the angel who touched Apostle Peter in Acts 12, causing his chains to fall off, and leading him through a gate that opens by itself, into real freedom.

 

All are yours: This is God's son's and daughter's liberty. And you are Christ's: This is a Christ Believer and, Follower and, Lover and yes even Christians responsibility. So now you see that all of your time, wealth, services, faithfulness to religious buildings built by men are useless and vain, and all of your Hebrew Old Covenant, Old Testament giving, sharing and yes your unbiblical tithes are vain, we must give as one has purposed in their heart, freely not by any Old Testament Commandment...No Preacher or those who supported them will get any reward or prize or crown from God on that day. you getting this already?

It is not superfluous for me to keep teaching and sharing God's biblical truth and the gospel of Jesus Christ here with you. Amen.

 

Written And, Given By, Apostle James R, Winfree, Sr,

 

apostlejrwinfree@gmail.com

 

( " AWE " )