Purgatory: Does it exist?
Adding my 2 pennies worth.
In Matthew 5:25-26 (see also Luke 12:52-59) "Make friends quickly with your accuser, while you are going with him to court, lest your accuser hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you be put in prison; truly, I say to you, you will never get out till you have paid the last penny. "This is an example of ones purification occurring after death. For the judgment comes after death, and it is after this "judgment" that you are handed over "till you have paid the last penny.”Since you are going to be released after you have have paid the last penny, then this place of "prison" cannot be hell, and since it is a prison, it cannot be heaven. Therefore, it must be a third place we call Purgatory.
1Peter speaks of this third realm of existence in which he went and preached to the spirits in prison (1 Peter 3:19). In Hebrews 12:23 there is mention of the first born enrolled in heaven and God as judge and the spirits made perfect - how? Not in heaven all are perfect, not in hell those are dammed, then purgatory.
We will be judged according to what we do in the body. This is judgment after we die. "For he will render to every man according to his works" Romans 2:6 and "I tell you, on the day of judgment men will render account for every careless word they utter Matt 12:36
Two instances that the Bible tells us we will be judged, not only according to what we do, but also according to what we say. This only makes sense if there was a place were some of the lesser sins can purged away. If it is our works or deeds that are going to be judged, then we will fall under 1Cor 3:15 which states: "But if someone's work is burnt up, that one will suffer loss; the person will be saved, but only as through fire.
Since there is no pain in heaven, and no one in hell is saved, then we are again talking about a third place, Purgatory.
Then there is: Matt. 12-32: And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of Man it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, NEITHER IN THE WORLD TO COME".
So if sins can be forgiven in the next world to come, which means after death, then this means that some people sins are forgiven after death, not in hell because they are dammed and not in heaven- so this purification is in purgatory.
Yours in Christ,
Yours in Christ,