1 Corinthians 3:15 -but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire

De Maria's picture

For Catholics the answer is Purgatory.

What is the answer for Protestants?

1 Corinthians 3:15
If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

jwmcmac's picture

jqlogan, You are not far off


You are not far off in your thinking from being Catholic . . .

Jqlogan said:

"The implication of this doctrine is that Christ either did not fully pay the debt owing for our transgression but left a portion of the atoning work for man, or he did not wipe it away completely as he promised to do.

This is the type of forgiveness God promises to us.

All his transgressions that he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned unto him: Ezek 18:21-22 (KJV)
So why, after a man dies, does God bring up those sins again and make the man suffer punishment to fully pay the satisfaction owing for his transgressions?"

jwmcmac comments:

You still do not 'hear' or 'see' the differences.

Paul spoke of what was 'lacking' in the sufferings of CHRIST and that He, Paul, made up in his own sufferings what was lacking in the sufferings of CHRIST for the sake of HIS Body, the Church.

We all 'know' and 'understand' that Eternally and Supernaturally . . . there is 'nothing' lacking in the sufferings of CHRIST.

CHRIST allows us to participate . . . even though HE provides all the necessary parts which allow us to do so, in HIM and in HIS SPIRIT, according to the Will of the FATHER . . . together with the Good Angels and the Saints.

So the dilemma for many. I suppose you guys just 'fly' past Paul and consider that it is one of those things 'difficult to understand' of Paul's. You would be correct . . . but it is not difficult, if we follow the Church.

There was the passage where the 'Good Samaritan' helped the person beaten and left for dead . . . and HE, the Good Samaritan, would pay the rest upon HIS Return . . . if there was anything left to pay.

I'm figuring it will be something like that at the judgement day.

No one will be left in Purgatory at the Judgement day. Everyone gets out and there will only be a Heaven and a hell . . . for all Eternity.

We Catholics look at JESUS just the same as do you . . . except that we see CHRIST as having picked us up and we both carry the cross together and work together to save us . . . participating as fully as is possible for us to participate . . . though CHRIST was the absolute essential in making this to be even a possibility.

CHRIST restored us to the fight . . . HE did not eliminate us from the fight.

GOD Bless you all and us all.