It would be nice if we could sort it out in purgatory, but there’s a big problem with that idea. The idea of purgatory is not found in the Holy Scriptures. It’s a concept found in the Apocrypha – Jewish books of sacred writings – that were never believed to be on the level of Holy Scripture. Some may ask, “What’s purgatory?” One definition is to be in “limbo” after you gie.
So, what does Scripture say happens when we die? The above-referenced scripture, Hebrews 9:27 says, “Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment.” God makes a judgment on whether we’ll spend eternity with Him in Heaven or spend eternity separated from Him in Hell. There’s no in between holding zone. When we die, it’s one or the other.
So, what would it take for God to make the judgment that we deserve eternal life in Heaven with Him? Two ways:
1. Be perfect. Which is bad news – only one man has been perfect and it ain’t you.
2. Believe in the perfect man who gave His life for every single sin in your life and mine. Jesus is that man. He paid the penalty for our sins, so that if we trust Him as our only hope of being judged by God to receive eternal life – we’ll pass.
If you died today, what judgment would it be? Heaven or Hell?