Jessica Mathews
The Fathers see a spiritual meaning for the 18 years. As the Greek expression is literally translated "10 and eight years," both St. Ambrose and Theophylact see 10 as representing the Ten Commandment...View more
Jessica Mathews
By saying that Abraham's two sons and related events are symbolic, Paul is not implying that they are not historical. Rather, he asserts that OT history is announcing something far greater than itsel...View more
Jessica Mathews
Christ eats not because He in His resurrected body needs food but to prove to the disciples that He is truly risen in the flesh. The spiritual significance assigned to the fish is active virtue. (Th...View more
Jessica Mathews
Neither verbal confessions nor sacramental experiences avail anything unless we also do the works of faith (see 6:46-49). (The Orthodox Study Bible)
Jessica Mathews
This is an intercessory prayer that Paul prayed often and repetitiously. He asks that his hearers might understand the redemption he outlined previously. (The Orthodox Study Bible)
Jessica Mathews
Satan does not enter a man except by the man's consent. The reason Satan chose Judas and none of the others is that Judas had a place for Satan in his heart while the others did not. Luke's mention ...View more
Jessica Mathews
Good theology helps lead us to good behavior. Various classes, distinguished here primarily by age and sex, have characteristic problems and responsibilities. Note the opportunity for older women in...View more
Jessica Mathews
A spiritual interpretation of this encounter given by the Fathers is that this woman symbolizes human nature in general. Humanity is in constant suffering and subject to death, symbolized by the flow...View more
Jessica Mathews
Paul directly relates saving faith and being baptized, connecting them as the most intimate of friends. (The Orthodox Study Bible)
Jessica Mathews
This parable illustrates the need for being spiritually prepared while the bridegroom, Christ, is delayed in His return. The Kingdom is often portrayed as a marriage (see 22:1-14) between Christ and ...View more
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