"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." (1Cor 3:12-13).
What is God's standard for judgment? To what measure does God count something to be fully acceptable?
"For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building. According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder..." (1Cor 3:9-10).
"My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you," (Gal 4:19).
"till we all come to ...the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;" (Eph 4:13).
It is the measure of the fullness of Christ that God carries out judgment. God's goal before the foundation of world is that Christ fills all things with himself and become all in all. We has servant of God and as steward of His mystery should pursue this goal. Everything we do should be all about filling all things with Christ so that Christ might be all in all.
Now the bible says that God would judge our works through fire. The fire would burn everything, leaving only that which is eternal, that which is connected and united with God's eternal purpose.
"according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord," (Eph 3:11).
God's eternal purpose is in Christ and only that which is united and is one with Christ would survive the fire. God's judgment of our works is base on the measure of Christ found in it. How much of Christ is found in our works? How much of Christ is in our doctrine? Is it filled with our interpretation of the Scripture and our concept of how Christianity should be OR is it filled with Christ? Remember, God's ageless plan is that Christ might be all, and God would have nothing less than that. In fact anything that is not Christ would be consumed by fire. Everything must measure up to Christ or else be subjected to fire. I mean everything, including our preaching, our sermon, our ministration, our ministry, our work, our worship, our righteousness, our doctrine, our argument, our criticism, our aim and goal, our motive, our motivation, our theology, our interpretation of the Bible and every other thing. It shall all be judge according to the standard of Christ.
Therefore when the eyes of God's judgment is fixed upon a thing, it searches for that which is Christ and declares judgment base on the measure of Christ found in it. This is because Christ is the yardstick of God's judgment. God would not accept anything less then the fullness of Christ.
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