John 16:12 Commentary - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary
1) "I have yet many things to say unto you," (eti polla echo humin legein) I still have many things to tell you all," to confide in and to you all, even yet they were, in many ways milk babies, unable to hold up to the Divine standards of righteousness and the fruit of the spirit, to which they were called, 1Co 3:1-3; Gal 5:22-23; Gal 5:25. Though He had said much, more was yet to be said.
2) "But ye cannot bear them now." (all'ou dunasthe bastazein arti) "But you all are not able to bear them at this moment," therefore they were to be deferred, because of the weakness of the flesh. They were all to deny Him, to flee, after He should eat the Last Passover with them, then institute the Lord's Supper, and set it as a remembrance of Him till He should come again. But He had not yet prayed the agonizing Gethsemane prayer to the Father, for their keeping, Joh 17:1-26. The teacher's instructions must be limited to the capacity of the pupil to bear, understand, embrace, or comprehend it, 2Ti 2:1-2; Heb 5:12.
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Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary
The Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary of the Whole Bible was originally published as a 23-volume set by Albert Garner (principal author) along with J. C. Howes, G.F. Crumley, and Eugene Garner in 1985. The Blessed Hope Foundation has released this digital edition into the public domain.