.... Beforehand Into What Specific Category His Works As A Christian Will Fall? 1 Corinthians 3:11-15 tells us that the works a Christian produces once he's born again will fall into 6 specific categories: gold, silver, jewels, wood, hay, or straw. God's Word then goes on to state that every Christian's work will be tried by fire. The impression I get is that a Christian's work(s) that are classified as either gold, or sliver, or jewels will remain after these works go through whatever this fire test is. OTOH, those works that are classified as wood, or hay, or straw will be destroyed by that same kind of fire test. Consequently, it would seem that a Christian's works that are classified as either wood, or hay, or straw will not only be burned up, but the Christian who produces such works as these will himself also suffer great loss--whatever that means. I've reviewed some of the more current threads in BB's theology & Bible Study forums and I haven't seen any particular one that focuses on this precise aspect of what I guess is considered to be the Bema Seat, or Judgment Seat of Christ. With that in mind, my question is this: Can an individual Christian know precisely beforehand which particular work in which he's engaged can be definitely classified into which the exact one of these 6 categories God's Word specifies? It would seem to me that the gold, or silver, or jewels categories are positive works for Christ. But how does an individual Christian know exactly, e.g., which specific work is a silver-type work, and which specific work is a jewels-type work? Can a jewels-type work eventually be reclassified as, e.g., a silver-type work or vice versa? Can a work that begun as a hay-type work eventually rise up to the level of a silver-type work or vice versa? It appears to me that for some reason God's Word is vague on the specific details as to not only what works are classified into which specific category, but also what specifically is this "great loss" a Christian may suffer as a result of producing a wood-type work, or a hay-type or a straw-type of work. Since God's Word tends to not be very specific on these various classifications of work that a Christian can produce, how then is a Christian able to know beyond a shadow of doubt which type of work he's producing? Then too, how is a person who is in some kind of spiritual leadership position able to precisely know whether a person whom he's mentoring is producing a silver-type of work when that person should be capable of producing a gold-type work? Where precisely are the cut-off points between each of these specific classifications of work? I know that none of these works per se have a thing to do with a person's salvation because both Ephesians 2:5-9 and Titus 3:5 clearly state that a person's salvation isn't based on a person's good works--which, of course, a lost person has no good works in God's eyes--but rather by grace, & grace alone. While works never enters into the basis of one's salvation, it would seem to me that a Christian's works after he is saved plays a rather significant role in that person's sanctification. So again, is there a very clear-cut standard whereby an individual Christian can specifically know beforehand into what exact category his work(s) after salvation can be classified? I've pondered this dilemma for many years & have yet found no specific answers to this basis upon which I will be judged at the Judgment Seat of Christ. Some may consider this to be rather unimportant subject, but I believe it's a very important subject because how I fare at the Judgment Seat of Christ will determine what level Ill spend in eternity. I'd rather be one whose eternal happiness is the result of producing gold-level works. Sad to say, I'll probably wind up with more wood-type, hay-type, or straw-type works instead. I'd love to read what any of you out there in BB Land have to post on this subject, especially if you can supply me with any specific Bible verses that address this topic.