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Catholic view of Purgatory ... Is it real?

Mike Kirby's picture

Is 1 corinthians 3 Milk or Meat?

How about a little upside to this argument?

1 Corinthians 3 opens with the statement that Paul had to speak to the Christians then as carnal or babes (milk feeding) in Christ because of their arguing about who belonged to who…
v4 “For when one says, "I am of Paul," and another, "I am of Apollos," are you not carnal?”
Is this a whole lot different than saying “We Catholics” or “you Lutherans”
or whatever tags are given to each other…?

Perhaps the carnality of it all is preventing us from seeing the “meat” of the issue and that is not so much what we are going to “lose” at the judgment seat but what about the rewards? V8 “each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor.”
V14 “If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward.”

Hebrews 11:6 says “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”

It is God’s will for us to live a life that will allow Him to reward us for our good works.
Only those who have the gift of eternal life will appear at the judgment seat of Christ for rewards because eternal life is not a reward but a gift.

Dear Lord,
Help us all to live a life that causes us to
"lay up for ourselves treasures in heaven,"

Holiness isn't measured by the distance you keep from the world and it's ways ...
it's measured by your nearness to God"

"Divine Grace is not opposed to effort ...
it is opposed to earning "
— Dallas Willard