Explanation of Scripture read by Orthodox Christians on the 7th Sunday of Pascha

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QUESTION 1

These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father,the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:

What is Jesus teaching by example here? There are at least two things. Note His posture and the context of his prayer (what He says to the disciples before it).

QUESTION 2

Why did Jesus pray aloud?

QUESTION 3

What does Jesus mean by "the hour has come"?

QUESTION 4

Generally, we a person receives glory from someone superior to himself, such as a child being praised by his parents, or a worker being commended by his boss, or we, who are servants of God, being blessed by God. Therefore, taken out of context, Jesus request to the Father, "glorify thy son", may be taken to be a sign of His inferiority to the Father, as indeed, the wicked heresy of Arianism teaches. Why does Jesus request imply no inferiority on His part?

QUESTION 5

"{2} As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. "

What does He mean by "All flesh"?

QUESTION 6

"{3} And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. "

How do Jesus words contradict Arianism? Of course, one must first understand what Arianism is. Define it in one sentence, then give your answer.





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