“I Have Yet Many Things To Say Unto You,” (John 16:13-14)-II

When, our beloved Messiah says “I have yet many things to say unto you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of Truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak.” Therefore, when we examine what were the “many things” referred to in the passage which was spoken by the Christ to his disciples, we need to understand that the apostles were Jews and had been trained under the Mosaic Law. Father Origen assumes that Jesus Christ was unable to tell his apostles about the true law, and how the Jewish worship comprised in the pattern and shadow of certain heavenly things, and how future blessings were foreshadowed by the command regarding meats and drinks, and festivals, and new moons, and Sabbaths. One such example is when Peter was instructed to kill all the clean and unclean animals in his vision (Acts 10), Peter wasn’t blessed at that time to understand the divine vision. This is why early church father Tetrullian explains that a man must hold heretical views of God first, and then of his institution. The Paraclete will enlighten with the knowledge that the Lord deferred till He came, and will begin by bearing emphatic witness to Christ. (A part II rebuttal)

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