“These things I have spoken to you in figures of speech; an hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figures of speech, but will tell you plainly about the Father” (John 16:25).

Besides figures of speech, Jesus utilized a variety of grammatical tools in his teaching ministry—parables, metaphors, hyperbole, similes. Perhaps, on such occasions, the subject matter was so multifaceted and multilayered that to speak plainly would have been too one-dimensional. What, today, seems so plain regarding his death, resurrection, and the coming of the Holy Spirit, was, for those first disciples, incomprehensible until in happened. We must never take for granted what we know, nor be satisfied with what we think know. The dynamic of the word, the Holy Spirit, and life experience, will always open your eyes to greater clarity.

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