Purgatory does not exist,neither in reality, and definitely not in Holy Scripture..Gods word. ( K.J.V )
Friend, purgatory is referenced in 2 Samuel 12:13-14, Matthew 12:36, 1 Corinthians 3:10-16, 1 Corinthians 15:29-30, 2 Timothy1:16-18, and also in others which I will have to look up.
However, if you are looking for the word "Purgatory," then you surely will not find it, just as you will not find the word "Trinity" in the scriptures, nor will you find where it points to itself as the exclusive infallible authority for Christian faith and practice.
Actually in Hebrews 1:3 the passage says that the Lord Jesus 'by himself purged our sins', which indicates that it was a completed work on the behalf of all who love Him and trust Him. In Hebrews 9:28 it says that He was 'once offered to bear the sins of many' and in Hebrews 10:14 it says 'by one offering He hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified'.
1 John 1:7 is also kind of relevant here, I think, speaking of the believer's continual cleansing in faith by the blood, because of the finished work of the Lord Jesus: "But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. "
Good reference to James 2:24-26; I would interpret it as being along the same lines as Ephesians 2:10:
"For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them."
Paul has just said in the previous verses in Ephesians 2: "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast."
So salvation itself is a work of God from start to finish, by grace, through faith, not of works, based on the finished work of Christ, which Hebrews emphasizes so much. But works naturally follow genuine faith. In the end there is no true faith without evidence of it.
This would be my understanding of these passages. I appreciate this discussion.
St. Paul is absolutely right Ephesians that no one can be saved through works. It was addressed vigorously at te Council of Trent.
We are saved by grace alone, through our faith, which is justified by our works. If someone has faith but no works, according to the bible, his faith is dead, and if his faith is dead, how can he abstain saving grace?
This is why Matin Luther almost removed the book of James--since it explains justification. His colleagues expressed to him that he should leave it in there.
I would follow Romans, Galatians, James, etc on justification rather than Trent, but anyway.