1 Cor 3:11-15
For no one can lay a foundation other than the one that is there, namely, Jesus Christ. If anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, or straw, the work of each will come to light, for the Day will disclose it. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire (itself) will test the quality of each one's work. If the work stands that someone built upon the foundation, that person will receive a wage. But if someone's work is burned up, that one will suffer loss; the person will be saved, but only as through fire.
This passage is also interpreted to be referring to life, not death, and to the members of the Church, not to an individual. I'll quote our Orthodox Study Bible (all emphasis is theirs):
"3:6-17 The Church is an organic whole: (1) it is planted
(vv. 6-9), (2) a building
(vv. 9-11), (3) a temple
(vv. 16, 17). In vv. 16,17 you
is plural and refers to the whole Church. One, who would break this unity would desecrate a sacred place.
3:9 Fellow workers
) is the biblical concept of synergism, shown here by how the Apostles work together with God in carrying out the ministry. So too, we as God's fellow workers cooperate with Him to do His will. By this cooperation or synergy with God, we do not mean a working together of equals, or a so-called fifty-fifty arrangement. Rather we mean that He is the Lord, and we His servants are called to participate obediently in His work.
3:18-20 The wisdom of this world
(v. 19) is attractive and reasonable, and on the surface appears to be true. But such earthly wisdom denies God and leads us away from Him - not to fulfillment, but to death. True wisdom and life are found only in Christ, in our total abandonment to the love of God and neighbor.
here are plural. They refer not to the individual but to the corporate Church. The Church possesses the whole, all things
, because the Church is the body of Christ - His perfect and glorified humanity - and Christ is God. Individual opinion in doctrine and private interpretation of Scripture which stand apart from that of the Church, or outside of apostolic tradition, are marks of worldly wisdom."