20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor. 21 Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work.
We see once again, in these verses, that there are two types of people in Christian churches. True believers who are vessels for honour made from gold and silver, and unbelievers who are vessels for dishonour made from wood and clay.
Unbelievers' work cannot stand the test of God's consuming fire because their work is based on human efforts and self-righteousness. However, believers' work will stand the test of God's consuming fire because their work is based on God's Righteousness through God given faith, and built on Jesus Christ as their foundation.
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