I have yet many things to say to you, but ye are not able to bear them now;
John 16:12 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Ye cannot bear them now - In illustration of these three points, Christ had many things to say; but he found that his disciples could only bear general truths; yet, in saying what he did, he sowed the seeds of the whole system of theological knowledge, and heavenly wisdom, which the Holy Spirit of this truth afterwards watered and ripened into a glorious harvest of light and salvation, by the ministry of the apostles. Dr. Lightfoot supposes that the things which the apostles could not bear now were such as these:
1. The institution of the Christian Sabbath, and the abolition of the Jewish.
2. The rejection of the whole Jewish nation, at the very time in which they expected to be set up and established for ever.
3. The entire change of the whole Mosaic dispensation, and the bringing the Gentiles into the Church of God.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
John 14:30 Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world comes, and has nothing in me.
John 15:15 From now on I call you not servants; for the servant knows not what his lord does: but I have called you friends...
Acts 1:3 To whom also he showed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days...
Mark 4:33 And with many such parables spoke he the word to them, as they were able to hear it.
1 Corinthians 3:1,2 And I, brothers, could not speak to you as to spiritual, but as to carnal, even as to babes in Christ...
Hebrews 5:11-14 Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing you are dull of hearing...
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