John 16:12-13

John 16:12-13

I still have many things to tell you, but you can’t bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth. (John 16:12-13)


I am fascinated by this statement of Jesus that he had many other things to teach his disciples, but they were not able to bear them yet. We know that after the resurrection, Jesus spent forty days continuing to teach his disciples about the kingdom of God. It was only then that they were able to fully understand the meaning of the cross. From this verse, we should learn that Jesus will teach us according to the pace we can bear. There are indeed elementary truths all Christians should learn, but there are also deeper things. Jesus does not push us beyond our abilities but waits for us to absorb the spiritual truths his teaching conveys before moving on to greater matters. We should not lag behind nor should we rush ahead. 


You were made to be a house of God’s truth. But the truths of God are not like data stored on a computer for some future reference. God’s truth is alive and can only be understood and appraised by living creatures. God has made you to be a recipient of his truth. And truth builds upon truth. So we will spend the rest of our lives learning more and more about the God who has saved us. This is what it means to be a child of God who is growing to spiritual maturity. You won’t be able to learn everything at once, but each day the Spirit will assess your capabilities and each day will prepare something new for you. 



Holy Spirit, I am open to the truths you are ready to reveal. First, give me a deep appreciation for the honor it is to be a human being made in the image of God. As I open my heart, let me learn the truths of God in ever-increasing measure. Let the elementary teachings become a strong foundation for deeper things. Let me spend the rest of my earthly journey growing in spiritual insight, wisdom, and understanding. Each day, I will wait with great anticipation for the truths you will reveal, and with each learning, I will return praise to you in worship.

John 16:11
John 16:13