But ye cannot bear them now (all ou dunasqe bastazein arti). The literal sense of bastazw, to bear, occurs in 1 John 12:6 . For the figurative as here see Acts 15:10 . The untaught cannot get the full benefit of teaching ( 1 Corinthians 3:1 ; Hebrews 5:11-14 ). The progressive nature of revelation is a necessity.