These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs: but the time cometh, when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall shew you plainly of the Father.
The book of Matthew, for example, records a series of parables (figurative language or proverbs).
Matthew 13 :34-35 (NIV)
34 Jesus spoke all these things to the crowd in parables; he did not say anything to them without using a parable. 35 So was fulfilled what was spoken through the prophet:
“I will open my mouth in parables,
I will utter things hidden since the creation of the world.”
When Jesus was on earth, the Holy Spirit has not yet come and the disciples could not understand what Jesus was talking about. They were still in the old covenant. ‘ But the time cometh’ refers to the sending of the Holy Spirit, after His ascension, who will guide them into all truth.
Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
But the time cometh is already here as we are now in the new covenant, not in the old covenant. We are privileged. We have the best teacher on all truth to rely on, non other than the Holy Spirit. No professors in any Theological Schools can ever match the Holy Spirit’s function. Paul was actively allowing the Holy Spirit’s revelations into his life that enabled him to write the epistles plainly, which we are so honoured to have.
The Holy Spirit does not brag of Himself but speaks of what He hears from the Father….I like this as there is unity with the Father, just like Jesus whilst on earth, He spoke and did what He heard from the Father. The beauty is that we hear from the same source, the Father, just like Jesus.
In Acts2, records the arrival of the Holy Spirit and the disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages. They were beside themselves in wonder. The Gospel of the grace of God began to explode from then onwards and miracles happen. Whoa!
Saul, the Pharisees of all Pharisees,the dieheart, began his persecution of the believers.
Acts 8: 3
But Saul was going everywhere to destroy the church. He went from house to house, dragging out both men and women to throw them into prison.
The magnificence of it all is that none can destroy the work of God, the spreading of the good news, the gospel of the grace of God. We know that in the end, Saul had an encounter with Jesus on the Damascus road and he became the greatest preacher of the gospel of grace through the revelations of the Holy Spirit.
So, but the time cometh, for what? For the Holy Spirit to reveal all truth so that the gospel of the good news can spread like wildfire, just like in the book of Acts, to bring the unbelievers to the Kingdom. The diehearts against the gospel, like Saul, will have no place to hide but will be totally transformed by the power of the resurrected Christ and become the many Pauls, the new creation. Hallelujah.
Know that the enemy wants to blind us to the but time cometh, so that we happily stay in the Old Covenant and remain dulled with proverbs and parables, without much understanding of the things of God..... and so ultimately not able to preach the gospel of grace, but happily continue to preach the law (old covenant).
The enemy wants us not to have any revelation knowledge through the Holy Spirit; the enemy wants us not to believe that the Holy Spirit is our teacher; the enemy wants us to believe that it is dangerous to hear God for ourselves. The enemy wants us to continue happily play around in the old covenant for the enemy knows that power of sin is the law. The law is the enemy's playing field.
1 Corinthians 15:56 (NLT)
56 For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power.
But time cometh for us to preach the good news, for it is the power of God unto salvation. Preaching law is not the power of God unto salvation; instead it empowers the enemy. Whoa!
Romans 1:16 (KJV)
16For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
But the time cometh for miracles too through the preaching of the gospel and not through preaching or obeying the law. Whoa!
Galatians 3:4 (NLT)
I ask you again, does God give you the Holy Spirit and work miracles among you because you obey the law? Of course not! It is because you believe the message you heard about Christ.