By Faith, Not by Sight

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By Faith, Not by Sight

  • Kingdom, Grace, Judgment (Capon, 2002)
    • Book 3, Chapter 11: The Flood of Judgment by Mercy
    • Book 3, Chapter 12: The End of the Storm (I)
    • Book 3, Chapter 13: The End of the Storm (II)
    • Book 3, Chapter 14: Epilogue
  • Stories with Intent (Snodgrass, 2018)
    • The Ten Virgins
    • The Talents and the Minas
    • The Sheep and the Goats
  • Matthew 21-25
  • Luke 19-20

Capon’s three book series on the parables can be understood as a long argument, trying to make clear a deep truth about who Jesus is and what he had done. In his Epilogue, he cautioned the reader that the Christian message can seem like “trying to sell a pig in a poke, but an invisible one at that. The temptation, of course, is by hook or by crook to produce a visible pig for the world’s inspection…” (Capon, 2002). However, for Capon, this is a huge mistake. Rather, it is about a promise, and promises demand faith; they are not about sight. And proclaiming the promise is key. As he said:

For the promise is wild beyond imagining. It is the gift of life in the midst of death, of a Way out simply by remaining in, of everything for nothing. It is the promise that God who has been with us all along in the old world will be with us forever in the new. “Behold, the tent of God is with men and he will dwell among them and they will be his people and God himself will be with them and be their God. And he will wipe away every tear from their eyes and death will be no more, neither will there be mourning nor crying nor pain any more, for the former things have passed away” (Revelations 21:3-4).

Trust him, therefore. There really is nothing more to do. (Capon, 2002)

In light of this, respond to the following in four to five paragraphs:

  • What is Capon up to? How do you understand his argument here and throughout the book?
  • How do the parables of judgment fit in with this argument? Be sure to use examples from the parables required for this post.

Support your statements with evidence from the Required Studies and your research.

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