Recently, someone described to me the idea of purgatory. I did some research in the Word of God and couldn’t find anything close to it… anywhere. The closest I could find was the story of Lazarus and the rich man.
Interestingly enough, this is the only parable that Jesus the Messiah tells that actually names someone by name. In this case, Lazarus. With that in mind, many theologians believe this is a true story (Luke 16:18-20). However, this place ‘Abrahams Bosom’, which was the closest thing we can think of to this place of purgatory was emptied when Jesus rose from the dead.
8 Therefore He says:
“When He ascended on high,
He led captivity captive,
And gave gifts to men.”
9(Now this, “He ascended” ?what does it mean but that He also first descended into the lower parts of the earth? 10 He who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.) NKJV
You must realize that when Jesus died, we entered the beginning of a new era. The veil in the temple (historians say it was 1 foot thick) was torn from top to bottom. The need for a priest to be our advocate with God was eliminated.
When Jesus was raised from the dead on the third day and ascended on high, we became the temple. The Bible says we are the temple of the Holy Spirit. That doesn’t mean we can throw away ministers (I’d be out of a job), it just means that we can commune directly with God the Father through Jesus the Messiah. Hallelujah!
I did some searching on the net and found some interesting information which I have put in my online notebook here. What is the deal with purgatory? My take is that it is some religious left-over from the Dark Ages. There is no basis for this belief.