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 meaning of much of the Lord’s teaching was not always apparent on the surface. He used parables and figurative language. Even in this chapter, we can’t always be sure of the precise meaning of some of His says. With the coming of the Holy Spirit, the teaching about the Father became plainer. In the book of Acts and the Epistles, the truth is no longer revealed through parables but through direct statements.