1 Cor. 3:11 ¶ For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; 13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. 14 If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. 15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. Please consider that the "foundation" is not the "gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay and stubble in the above texts. Please consider that the "gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay and stubble" is defined in verse 13 as "every man's work." The "gold, silver, precious stones" are works that can withstand the "fire" in verse 13 whereas the "wood, hay and stubble" are works that cannot withstand "fire" in verse 13. These are the things that make up a person's life of good or bad works or the same as the "house" built upon the foundations in Matthew 7:24-28. Please consider that the "fire" in verse 13 is a figure of God's day of judgment. Lastly, Paul first entertains the possibility of works that abide the fire of God's judgment and what the outcome would be in verse 14 and then he considers an entire life of wood, hay and stubble without any "gold, silver and precious stones" which is completely burned in verse 15. What is the eternal outcome? 14 If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. 15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire Note that the consequence of good works on the day of judgement in regard to CHRISTIANS is "a reward." This reward is not entrance into heaven as verse 15 in contrast defines the outcome of a Christian whose personal life of works are completely burned and found unfit and yet the only outcome is that "he shall suffer loss" of reward but "he himself shall be saved" due to the foundation which is the person and works of Christ, not his own works. However, this is no light thing as he tells the same congregation in 2 Cor. 5:10-11. CONCLUSION: This proves that our "works" do not gain or lose entrance into heaven or the lack therefore condemn us to hell. It proves that it is Christ's works imputed to us by faith is the "foundation" which cannot be moved and which secures entrance into heaven. However, it is no light thing to have all of ones works be burned or rejected by God as we do "suffer loss" just not loss of heaven. OBJECTION #1: Some will object that this refers to the work of preachers building the church. ANSWER: What is applicable to the preacher and his calling is applicable to every other Christian and their particular calling. Although the work of non-preacher Christians may be something else the same principle applies to them. OBJECTION #2: Some will object that "gold, silver and precious stones" refers to adding true beleivers to church membership rather than their own personal good or bad works. ANSWER: The text defines these things as "works" not "people" as the preacher cannot be accountable for knowing the hearts of men whether they are true or false professors. OBJECTION #3: Some will object that "gold, silver and precious stones" refers to true doctrines versus false doctrines and not to their personal good or bad works. ANSWER: The text says "works" not "doctrine." CONCLUSION: Jesus confirms this Pauline teaching in Matthew 5:19 where those already "in" the kingdom heaven who have bad works are not cast out of the kingdom of heaven but are rewarded according to their works - good or bad in respect to "least" versus "greatest" rather than heaven versus hell. Jesus further confirms this Pauline teaching in Matthew 7:21-28 where the only difference between true and false professors is their professed FOUNDATION they build their house upon. The profession of false believers is their MIXTURE of "Lord, Lord" with "have we not done many wonderful works" as their basis to enter heaven which Christ rejects as the foundation that endures judgement. He does not deny their HOUSE of good works but the house of GOOD WORKS stands or falls NOT on the basis of good works predominate bad works but upon the kind of "foundation" that house is built upon. The right foundation endures the judgement regardless of what goes into building the house. The truth is that the life of Christ is the only life that can stand the judgement of God's law and no other life can. This is why God can accept FAULTLY imperfect lives of Christian because of THE FOUNDATION they are built upon rather than how they are built.