“In my Father’s house are many abodes (KJV, mansions)¸ if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you.” (John 14:2)
This week a subscriber, commenting on my most recent post, “Heaven or the New Jerusalem is there a difference?” asked “Is Jesus not the Carpenter? I heard that He is in heaven building our mansions.”
“Mansions” or “Abodes” in the Father’s House?
In response to his question, I can say that our dear Lord Jesus is surely a builder, for in Matthew 16:18, He promised to build His church. But the thought that He is “in heaven building our mansions,” though comforting as it may seem, is a misunderstanding due to an archaic translation of John 14:2, “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you”(KJV). The Greek word translated “mansions” in this verse is actually the word for “abodes” (µονή, pronounced “monee”) and is the same word as in John 14:23 where the Lord Jesus said,
“If anyone loves Me, he will keep my word, and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make an abode with him.”
An “abode” with the Father and the Son is not something we have to wait for until we die. Rather, it is a mutual abode that we can enjoy today in the resurrection life of Christ.
Physically, what can abide in you and at the same time you abide in it? The most simple response is “air.” You are in the air and the air is in you. Well, our wonderful Christ, after making the promise of John 14:2, passed through the process of death and resurrection to become a life-giving Spirit (1 Cor. 15:45).
“So also it is written, “The first man Adam, became a living soul;” the last Adam became a life-giving Spirit.”(1 Cor. 15:45)
Since Christ is now the life-giving Spirit in resurrection, we can be in Him and He also can be in us, like the air. This is the base for the mutual abiding referred to by the Lord Jesus in John 15:4,
“Abide in Me and I in you. As a branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me.” (John 15:4) Continue reading