Hard Consequences Presented In The Parables – Karl E. Pagenkemper

A paper written in September of 1996 by Karl E. Pagenkemper, details those hard parables that describe consequences for our actions spoken by none other than Yeshua Jesus.

The topic of consequences is not often brought up in our churches because we want to believe that once we are saved, our sinful actions are then washed by the blood of Jesus.  While that may be correct, a true conversion to Christ doesn’t keep sinning.

I know personally in my life, when I was a young Christian I did some things that I ended up paying for years even AFTER I repented.  I had to live with the consequences of willfully sinning.  As a parent, you can discipline a young child in order to correct them. Perhaps when they are a toddler they get a slap on the hand or are put in time out.  As they get older into their teen years, the punishment is different.  It can be longer lasting such as something being taken away, or something very valuable being taken away from them.  Do you think our Father in heaven uses the same approaches?  I believe so.

We are all humans who do make mistakes.  When we do sin, (and all of us do), we need to ask for forgiveness.  There comes a point where there is sin which happens accidentally, and another kind of sin which is willfully done.  When willful sin persists, can we experience the consequences for months or years after we have repented.

I think this topic is one we as a body need to study more.

Karl E. Pagenkemper details a parables that talk about Jesus Christ’s rejection.  What a horrifying thought that is.  While many of these talk about a finality of hell, the idea of correction, discipline and consequences is a topic we need to dive into more.  Check of what  Karl E. Pagenkemper had to say in this paper, where seven parables were examined:

(1) “the furnace of fire,”

(2) the phrase “weeping and gnashing of teeth,”

(3) the imagery of “outer darkness,”

(4) the motif of the shut door,

(5) the phrase “I do not know you” (and its variations),

(6) the verb dixotomew,

(7) the nature of the rejection for those servants who did not invest their talents or minas.

This paper was published at the Dallas Theological Seminary, By Karl E. Pagenkemper Found here


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