Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you seems to be wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. - 1 Corinthians 3:18
Paul the Apostle was pouring out his heart to a carnal church. He had built on a solid foundation––Jesus Christ. Paul made clear in his letter to the Corinthians that the foundation for them to continue to build on was Christ (1 Corinthians 3:10-11). Then, Paul warned the believers about losing their eternal rewards. They were going to have to stand before the Lord to see if their works would endure the fire (1 Corinthians 3:12-15).
The Corinthians needed to seriously consider their motives in serving Christ, and how they were using their gifts and talents. Would they be able to rule and reign with Christ in the future? Or would they just make it into heaven because salvation is a free gift of God? How would the way they lived their lives for Christ affect their rewards in eternity? If they truly had the right motives, the Lord would reward them in eternity!
As Paul continued his letter, he gave another warning about self-deception. Paul spoke to the congregation and exhorted them not to use worldly wisdom, but to rather become fools in the eyes of the world. In reality, they had become wise. Why? The cross of Christ to those who believe is the power of God to salvation (1 Corinthians 1:18).
Yet, people can still be deceived. Some person believe they can take drugs, cuss, drink alcohol and do all the things of the world, and still be able go to heaven because they are going to church and reading the Bible, but that is not true; it is only for those walking in holiness (1 Corinthians 6:9-11; Galatians 6:9-10). This is the reality of life and eternity––it is not a game. It is important not to take advantage of the grace of God. Are you walking in holiness?
Without holiness there is no wholeness, no spiritual happiness — and no heaven.
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