Better, as Rev., declare. He shall declare what is communicated to him. But ye cannot bear them now — Both because of your littleness of faith, and your immoderate sorrow. The institution of the Christian Sabbath, and the abolition of the Jewish. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/john-16.html. But it would be useless to tell them what they cannot understand; cruel to impart knowledge which would only crush them. The great power of a teacher lies in being able to have sympathy with the mind of his scholar. The thought which our Saviour here expressed was in strict accordance with His whole method of life. What of His life continued on and by the Holy Spirit, His life infused into His body, the Church, and into us, the individual members of that body. 1840-57. The rejection of the whole Jewish nation, at the very time in which they expected to be set up and established for ever. Broadman Press 1932,33. Galatians 1:6, Galatians 1:2, Galatians 1:5. John 16:12-13 “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. πολλά] Much, that belongs to the entirety of the divine ἀλήθεια (John 16:13). We are as near to God as they were. "Scofield Reference Notes (1917 Edition)". John 14:26. But the Lord contents Himself with depicting the latter point in lively colours; He speaks of the victory over Gentile powers only in hints: the full expansion of the truth He reserves for the Apocalypse, after the catastrophe of Jerusalem had already taken place. You must, you will be perfect. They have to bring the outer teaching of Christ's revelation up to the level of that inner one which has now become outward in society and politics; to confess and accept this as the work of God. But this the Holy Spirit doth: He will shew you things to come. Not, therefore, because the disciples could not in a certain sense even now understand further revelation, but because they had not yet the Christian experience to give that revelation power, does Jesus say that they cannot bear the many things that He has yet to say unto them. But revelation can only be made to the mind which can accept it; and for those who have only in part understood what He has told them there are many things which cannot now be borne. (b) Again; will not the Blessed Jesus have many things to tell us concerning Himself? The Papists, for the purpose of putting forward their inventions as the oracles of God, wickedly abuse this passage. Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. II. Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. man has sought for That He means only further developments (Luther, Melanchthon, and many others, including Lücke, De Wette), is not to be deduced (see in loc.) https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ice/john-16.html. These limitations on our knowledge of Divine things are for our profit—a merciful adaptation to our present needs and circumstances. The need of the apostles that something should be done for them is what this verse states. 1879-90. The Spirit, then, who had been His strength, must be also theirs. He is as a guide, he goes before, leads the way, removes obstructions, opens the understanding, makes things plain and clear, teaches to profit, and leads in the way men should go, without turning to the right hand or left, which, without such a guide, they would be apt to do. BibliographyPoole, Matthew, "Commentary on John 16:12". 12. "Commentary on John 16:12". "Coffman Commentaries on the Old and New Testament". And any man who would be wise, must be patient in the cultivation of his affections; otherwise he cannot receive truth, or if he received it, he could not bear it. Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come. Standard Publishing Company, Cincinnati, Ohio. 1914. There is a clear path of progress before us, and it will not be long before we may run along it with joy, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. Matthew 20:12. J. Gerhard is wrong in saying, that by naming the Spirit, Christ gives the reason why the Apostles could not bear what He had yet to say,—because they were yet carnal. John 14:26. The young couple are scarcely more than children; it is the unclouded morning of a summer day. But if I go, I will send him to you. But whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak; as Christ himself did, ( John 15:15 ) ; and they are such things as ear has not heard besides; what were secretly transacted in the council and covenant of peace, and agreed upon by all the three persons; things which concern the salvation of men, the Gospel church state, another world, and the glory of all the divine persons: and he will show you things to come; which would come to pass after the death, resurrection, and ascension of Christ; things relating to the state and settlement of the Gospel church, the partition wall being broken down, the law of commandments contained in ordinances abolished, and a new face of things appearing in the kingdom and interest of Christ, in consequence of the Spirit being sent forth, and poured down: or this may respect the spirit of prophecy in the apostles, who showed to them many things to come in after ages; as the rise of the man of sin, the great departure from the faith, and decline of the power of godliness in the last days, the calling of the Jews, the destruction of antichrist, the burning of the world, and the making of new heavens and new earth; and, in short, what would be the state of the church of Christ, and religion, in all the several periods of time, quite down to the coming of Christ, when dead saints shall be raised, and living ones changed, as is declared throughout the book of Revelation. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/cgt/john-16.html. conditions of that life? 2013. 16:12-13: The teachings of Jesus Christ clarified and made plain (Inner Quest Basic "Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible ". He has much to reveal to them which will eventually finish up as the New Testament. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. Jewish (the reason and foundation of which, viz. It appears from a comparison with ch. Go to. BibliographyBeza, Theodore. John 16:12. πολλὰ, many things) concerning the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of the Lord, and concerning those things which are touched upon in John 16:8, et seq., and are presently after brought to an abrupt close. Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. BibliographyNisbet, James. 4) Personal questions yet it is a question, whether they apprehended either that their whole nation must be he will guide you into all truth; necessary to be known, useful to men, profitable to the churches, even the whole counsel of God; what relates to worship, the nature, form, and spirituality of it, as well as doctrine. “I have many things to say unto you,” might well have been the motto of those young lives. answers to the mysteries of life. All rights reserved worldwide. He will not impose truths upon brains not strong enough to bear them. You have the words of eternal life (6:68). But our Lord’s words are, no doubt, to he taken in a more absolute sense, Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament, Greek Testament Critical Exegetical Commentary, Heinrich Meyer's Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament, Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament, Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible, Justin Edwards' Family Bible New Testament, Cambridge Greek Testament for Schools and Colleges, Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, Commentary Critical and Explanatory - Unabridged, Kretzmann's Popular Commentary of the Bible, Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures. The only effect of such disclosures, if made to us now, would be to produce that blindness which comes of excess of light. Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible. that happens. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/john-16.html. W. McGarvey and Philip Y. Pendleton. not bear yet, were the institution of the Christian sabbath, and the abolishing of the Copyright StatementThese files are public domain and are a derivative of an electronic edition that is available on the Christian Classics Ethereal Library Website. BibliographyJ. But that inner indirect influence in men's hearts worked against those forms and slowly undermined them, and we look to the ideas which the Spirit of God has evolved in history out of the seeds which Christ sowed for the truest form of His revelation, not to the forms into which the Church threw only a portion of the thoughts of Christ. "Commentary on John 16:12". "I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.". Christ's pre-authentication of the New Testament: (1) he expressly declared that He would leave "many things" unrevealed (John 16:12). βαστάζειν, similarly used in 2 Kings 17:14, ὃ ἐὰν ἐπιθῇς ἐπʼ ἐμὲ, βαστάσω. The Spirit of Truth will take them by the hand, and, step by step, as they have strength to follow, will guide them into the territory, and unfold to them the treasures it contains. BibliographyBarnes, Albert. John 16:12-15. I. Darkness, in measure, will overhang our conceptions of the Divine Being under any conditions; but, for the ends of practical comfort, a good deal of this mystery disappears, according as our minds are ‘filled with the Spirit.’ The blind man at Bethsaida, in the first stage of his recovery, saw ‘men as trees walking.’ But, as the healing effect proceeded, and his eyes became strong enough to bear the light, he saw men no longer as trees, but as men.