Craig Blomberg wrote in his Corinthians commentary (I am studying I Corinthians 3):
As one of my students once put it, much conservative Christianity reminded him of an exclusive country club trying to attract a broader clientele. The club, therefore, advertised that membership for the first year would be absolutely free. But after that, you paid through the nose!
This morning, my little third grade boy was telling me while on the way to school about one of his discussions with one of his buddies. He said,
Daddy, my friend explained it to me this way. If you are really, really good, you get to hang out with God the Father some day in the highest place. If you are pretty good, you get to hang out with Jesus in a second place. If you really don’t do anything good, you get to be with the Holy Spirit. And if you are really bad, you are stuck with the devil.
Important Gospel heart issues, eh?
First of all, let me emphatically state that it is folly for our Southeastern Idaho religious culture to assign different chunks of heavenly real estate to the Trinity.
Secondly, as John B. Polhill aptly puts it, “Rewards are difficult to square with a doctrine of salvation by grace and can easily become the back door for a theology of works.” For those of you who are immersing yourselves in the Americanized Christianity of the day, get back to the gospel of grace. The gospel set me free.