John 16:24,25 – “Until now you have asked for nothing in My name; ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be made full. 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.”
These two verses are part of the Lord’s teaching on the Holy Spirit and the life He came to give us. In verse 24, Jesus says this new Spirit filled life He will purchase for us will enable us to enjoy the joy of heaven. Think about this- joy that Jesus describes as full is unthinkable to us. This is the supernatural, eternal joy Jesus has enjoyed from eternity and is making available to us. In verse 25, He says that He has spoken to them in mysteries and parables up until this time. After His death, resurrection, and glorification, He no longer needs to speak in parables. We can now experience what we could never grasp before. Adam Clarke talks about the life of joy purchased for us:
“Ye have not as yet considered me the great Mediator between God and man; but this is one of the truths which shall be more fully revealed to you by the Holy Spirit. Ask. In my name; and ye shall receive-all the salvation ye thus request; the consequence of which shall be that your joy shall be full-ye shall be thoroughly happy in being made completely holy.”
Brian Simmons describes the way Jesus taught while He was on earth:
“This is the Greek word, paroimiais, which can mean obscure figurative speech, analogies, parables, proverbs, metaphors, or allegory. These were all utilized as Jesus’ preferred teaching method while on earth.”
Seeing these two verses together helps us understand why Jesus spoke in parables. Fallen man could never grasp the beauty and majesty of God’s kingdom. It would have been impossible for any of the disciples to have any idea of what Jesus was talking about in regard to eternal things until they began to taste it for themselves. We live in a different season now. The winds of Pentecostal blessing are blowing and “whosoever will” can drink in this life of joy. Just like Jesus said, a day was coming when they could taste overwhelming joy. That day has come. The invitation is now being given to all, “If anyone is thirsty let him come to Me (Jesus) and drink.” When you drink you will never thirst again.