[quote="derekohachey, post:1, topic:346129"]
I have been debating with a friend about purgatory. The issue that has been brought up is Heb 10:14 "For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are sanctified."
The question is: if the blood of Jesus perfects a sanctified person, why is there a need for purification after death if we are already perfected?
Thanks & God Bless,
In addition to what was said above: This passage describes the FACT that Jesus' sacrifice perfects those who are sanctified, or brought to salvation. However, it does not speak to or describe the PROCESS or mechanism or manner in which it is applied. Purgatory is not something separate from that process, but part of it. Purgatory would not (could not) exist were it not for the saving work of our Savior on the Cross. It is a provision of the mercy of God who knows that the vast majority of us that will die in a state of grace will not be perfect at the moment of our deaths. If we are not (through lack of personally making full personal penance for our sins or a lingering attachment to some sin) we cannot immediately enter heaven:
Hebrew 12:14 - Strive for peace with all men, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.
Revelation 21:27 - But nothing unclean shall enter it [heaven], nor any one who practices abomination or falsehood, but only those who are written in the Lamb's book of life.
Even most Protestants acknowledge that being imperfect, if they die in this state there will have to be some kind of purification process before they appear before God. They just won't call it Purgatory. ;)