NO IN-BETWEENBy: Darrelyn L. TuttDana is questioning areas regarding purgatory:How long must her soul endure this "intermediate" state before its arrival in heaven?What works will allow her to bypass an extended stay in "this" place?Could purgatory be a place she's confined to for an eternity if her sins are damning enough?-----Hmmm ...Purgatory has its roots in the Roman Catholic church and references an "intermediate state and place" whereby the soul must suffer a temporal penalty for its sin before its arrival in heaven. It is a place of punishment and purging and thus enlists the need for praying saints to offer "prayers for the dead" in order to satisfy and help transfer the soul to its final ascent in heaven.------Sufficient for a reality check on this matter is the story of the thieves upon the cross,hanging on either side of Jesus:"And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on Him, saying, 'If Thou be Christ, save Thyself and us.' But the other answering rebuked him, saying, 'Dost not thou fear God seeing thou art in the same condemnation? And we indeed, justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds, but this man has done nothing amiss.' And he said unto Jesus, 'Lord, remember me when Thou comest into Thy kingdom.' And Jesus said unto him, 'Verily, I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with Me in paradise.' And it was about the sixth hour and there was a darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour. And the sun was darkened and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst."Luke 23:39-45-----Two thieves hung rightfully condemned on either side of Jesus for the sins they had committed.The thieves are "you and me," dear Reader, and we haven't any need to look further than our own souls for a perfect representation:Sin is what separates us from God,Sin is what each of us has committed,Death and hell is what each of us deserves.-----But it's the state of our condemnation, dear Reader, for which Christ came to die for.It's the state of our condemnation and the realization of "this" state that allows us to appropriate and realize the realities of our risen Savior.Just as Christ made atonement for the thieves on the cross, He does also for you and me, sinful Reader.Each of the thieves had a choice to make:One thief rejected Christ,One thief accepted Christ.Christ pardoned the thief who understood his condemned state and looked to "Him" for full and complete pardon ...And Christ asserted HImself sufficient for that man's condemned state.This is beautiful.------There is only One who wields the power to save and His name is Jesus;God's one and only Son.His work is final, complete, entire.His work overshadows men's works, words, and even their prayers.He needs no man to compete or complete His finished work upon the cross.He's done it all.He hasn't prepared a purgatory to work out what He's already done, dear Reader, and nothing in the Scripture will assert otherwise.Look deep, Rest complete,Study the Scripture,And go with the "Word" that will never lie, deceive, or mislead.God's word to us and His promises are sure;Hang your soul on this ... And be set free.------"Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost, which He shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior."Titus 3:5-6"For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all to be testified in due time."1 Timothy 2:5-6"But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him."Romans 5:8-9------
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