Is purgatory real? A bible study


Is purgatory in the Bible? If not, why do so many people believe it?

The jugement

The Bible clearly says that “as it is reserved for man to die once, after which comes judgment“(Heb 9:27) therefore”Don’t brag about tomorrow ’cause you don’t know what one day can bring(Pr 27:1). Why did Solomon write this? It was because “you don’t even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life like? You’re a fog that appears for a little while then disappears” (James 4:14). Unfortunately, many reject the gospel, time and time again, and they “Take life easy; eat drink and be happy“(Luke 12:19b) but God can tell each one of us”Idiot! This very night your life will be claimed from you(Luke 12:20). The point being; There is no middle ground. There is no neutrality to Christ because “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.(Luke 11:23) and you are either a gatherer or a scatterer. Sitting on the fence will do no good because the fence and all who sit on it are thrown into the fire (Rev 21:8).


The word redemption means a lot to the believer because he has been redeemed by the precious blood of the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ. He paid what he didn’t owe for what we did, but he couldn’t pay. This is why Christians are no longer under condemnation (Rom 8:1). It is Christ who bore the sins of the multitude (Heb 9:28a). We cannot bear our own sins. Sacrificing our own life is insufficient to redeem us and to make possible a relationship with God from which our sins have previously cut us off (Isaiah 59:2). Peter writes:you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you by your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or blemish(1 Pet 1:18-19). God never demands another payment for your sins and He will accept nothing but His Son’s payment. You have been ransomed or ransomed by the blood of Christ; which makes us think that we can redeem ourselves by what we do or by what we will ever pay, which brings us to the question of whether purgatory is real or not.

Is purgatory real?

First, there is no conclusive evidence that anyone has gone to purgatory and comes back to tell us whether or not he exists. Purgatory means “a place of purification” and some claim to have died and gone to heaven or hell, to come back but Paul may have been taken to 3rd heaven but he never came back and wrote a book about it. The word purgatory itself is not found in the Bible, but many claim that the idea or concept of purgatory does.

Purgatory Bible Verses?

1 Corinthians 3:15 “If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer a loss, although he himself will be saved, but only as by fire. »

This verse is used by those who believe in purgatory but this chapter is talking about the rewards and loss of rewards for the believer and has nothing to do with the sins they have committed. It is clear when Paul writes that “The work of each will become manifest, for the Day will reveal it, for it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what kind of work each has done” (1 Co 3:13) and “If the work someone has built on the foundation survives, they will receive a reward(1 Cor 3:14). The context of 1 Corinthians 3 is the rewards and rewards lost when “the day shall reveal” whether the works they have done will be consumed or not. It’s about our earthly works, not our sins because they were judged on the cross (1 Cor 15:3). Escaping from fire is not the same as being purged by fire.

Matthew 18:34-35 “And his master in anger delivered him to the jailers, until he had paid all his debt. So also will my heavenly Father do to each one of you, if you do not forgive your brother with all your heart.

The word used for ‘jailers’ is actually ‘torturers’, so the idea that there are ‘jailers’ is incorrect. Does it have to do with making a payment in a place, like purgatory, and having the remaining sins purged by fire? No, the context of Matthew 18:21-35 is to forgive our brother because we have been forgiven. If the parable of the ruthless servant is about paying for our own sins then why are there torturers and not just jailers as some translations erroneously make it out to be. Would this man ever be able to repay his debt in a million years since it was about twenty years of salary that he was also in debt? Being in the presence of the torturers would not have allowed much work prospects (Matt 18:24).

Christ + Nothing

The fact is that Christ + anything equals nothing but Christ + nothing = everything! You cannot add a drop of works to your salvation. Could you see purgatory this way: Christ + purgatory = eternal life? No, I do not think so! A person who is saved will do good works but not for his salvation; it is because they are saved that they will do them and they will do them out of gratitude. If you add anything else as a requirement to pay for your sins, it’s like saying to Jesus, “Sorry Jesus, nice try at the cross; it wasn’t quite enough… I have to pay for some of my own sins. It is an insult to God and to Christ. If we could remove some of our sins in purgatory, then Jesus died for nothing. We could all have walked through the fires and Jesus wouldn’t have had to die, but the fact is he had to die because we could never pay such a debt before a holy God.


I know that none of us all believe the same things in the different Christian religions, but we can always unite in the simple things like Christ’s sinlessness, his divinity, his death for our sins, and then have grace on those things where the Bible is silent or on areas we are just not sure about. We worship the same Christ. He died for all of us. It’s clear but it’s also the main thing.

Article by Jack Wellman

Jack Wellman is pastor of Mulvane Brethren Church in Mulvane Kansas. Jack is also the senior editor of What Christians Want to Know whose mission is to equip, encourage and energize Christians and answer questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. You can follow Jack on Google Plus or check out his book Teaching Children the Gospel available on Amazon.


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