John Bengel Commentary - 1 Corinthians 3:13 - 3:13

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John Bengel Commentary - 1 Corinthians 3:13 - 3:13

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1Co 3:13. Ἔργον) the work, which any one has erected.-ἡ ἡμέρα, the day) of the Lord. So Heb 10:25, comp. presently ch. 1Co 4:3; 1Co 4:5, where, after an interval, as usual, he speaks more clearly. Previous days, which vividly realize to us the fire, for instance, in adversity and at death, are not altogether excluded.-δηλώσει, shall declare) to all.-[Many things are also revealed sooner, at least to some, but Paul lays down the last and most certain day of fiery trial.-V. g.]-ἐν πυρὶ ἀποκαλύπτεται) is revealed in fire, viz., the Lord, whose day that is; or, the work [so Engl. Vers.]; 2Th 1:7-8, is revealed, as present, because it is certain and near, Rev 22:20.-τὸ πὺρ, the fire) a metaphor, as throughout this whole discourse. The fire of the last day and of the Divine judgment is intended, as is evident from the subsequent language, which peculiarly applies to the last judgment, 1Co 4:5; 2Co 5:10 [2Th 1:8]; to which the visible fire on that day will correspond.-δοκιμάσει) shall try, not shall purge. This passage not only does not support [add fuel to] the fire of purgatory, but entirely extinguishes it; for it is at the last day, and not till then, that the fire shall finally try every man’s work; therefore the fire of purgatory does not precede it. Nor on that very day, shall the work be purged; but it shall be tried, of what sort it previously was on either side [good or bad], when it shall either remain or be burnt up.