“Is Purgatory Biblical” 8/24/2013

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Luke 23:40-42But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, “Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? 41 And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong.” 42 Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.”  (NKJV)

 
For me, there is no clearer picture of God’s grace, given to unmerited sinners, that the grace Jesus gave the thief on the cross next to Him that day in Calvary… For those that have not read this scripture recorded by Luke…about the 2 thieves, and Jesus’ pure grace given to one of them…I urge you to read every word, as recorded in…Luke 23:32-43…at the following link…
 
Jesus’ reply to the thief on the cross after the opening scripture was this, in…Luke 23:43…  And Jesus said to him, Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.”  (NKJV)
 
We don’t know any more about this thief, than what is revealed here in scripture…  But it is clear that this thief knew what he deserved…  And to be saved, all he did was believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, seeking forgiveness for his lifetime of sins…  There were no works that were done by the thief…  No penance…  The Bible tells us that all we must do to be forgiven of our sins, is to believe upon the Lord Jesus Christ (with a repentant heart)…and we will be saved…Acts 16:31
 
No where in the Bible is there anything written about Purgatory…  The doctrine that is taught that sinners can die, and go to Purgatory…to then be prayed for by humans to finally get into heaven, is not only false doctrine…it says that Jesus’ blood that was shed on the cross at Calvary, was not enough to atone for the sins of those that become Christians…  How can we believe that we as mere mortals can pray for and accomplish what Jesus (being fully God), could not do with His shed blood on the cross at Calvary ??
 
Another piece of scripture that Jesus teaches us, and is recorded in ALL Bibles, in…Luke 16:19-31…is about Lazarus and the rich man…  Here is the link for everyone to read…
 
The important piece of this scripture, to disavow Purgatory…is found in…Luke 16:26…  The rich man has died and is being tortured in flames in Hades…  He asks for Lazarus (the beggar who had died, and was in the arms of Abraham, in Paradise), to come to him with a drop of water to cool his tongue…  But Abraham tells him this, inLuke 16:26And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us.’  (NKJV)
 
Friends, the Bible is clear, that unrepentant sinners that die before their sins are forgiven by God’s pure grace (through saving faith alone in Jesus Christ…Ephesians 2:8-9)…will be separated from God for an eternity in hell…with no chance of having sins forgiven after death…  I would refer you to…Matthew 7:21-23…&…2 Thessalonians 1:8-9…for scripture to support this truth found in God’s inerrant Word, the Bible…
 
Today’s writing was inspired by listening to Dr. Charles Stanley’s audio sermon from Aug 16, 2013, that he titles…”Does God Give a Second Chance After Death ?”  This can be found @   http://www.intouch.org/broadcast/audio-archives
 
I pray that anyone who still believes that Purgatory exists as a temporary stop before heaven, would keep an open mind…and listen to this important teaching by Dr. Stanley about what God and the Bible reveal about the false belief in Purgatory…  I would also urge them to investigate the link at the end, for biblical truth about how God’s grace is received… I would also urge them to investigate the link at the end, for biblical truth about how God’s grace is received…

 
 
Heavenly Father, I pray that eyes would be opened to the truth found in Your Word, and spoken by Your faithful servant Dr. Stanley…  Help all of us Lord, through the power and the conviction of the Holy Spirit…to truly understand that Purgatory is not a second chance after death…  I pray for this biblical truth to be revealed by You to all of those in need, in Jesus’ most precious name and for His sake…Amen…

 

Blessings in Christ,  bruce r mills

 
P.S. Here is a link for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ… https://godsmanforever.wordpress.com/2013/07/11/gods-group-thoughts-for-7112013-the-truth-about-sin/

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I present posts about God's Word, with a personal focus on how God's grace is received through saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ... Sinners must understand and obey the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ... See this link for more... https://godsmanforever.com/2014/10/26/the-truth-about-sin-10262014-by-bruce-reposted-from-7112013/
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