“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, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also” – John 14:2-3
LIGHT FOR NOW: Proper bible interpretation cannot be hurriedly arrived at.
The above scenario was between Jesus and His disciples. Jesus here speaks of his Father’s house, and in this house, He says they are many mansions. However, many out of hasty reading, without paying attention to detail and by not critically examining the text contextually and grammatically assume that; When one gets born again, the foundation for his house in heaven is being laid. As he continues in the faith (for instance, he works out his salvation with fear and trembling), his house then moves from foundation level to the construction level where blocks are now being inserted into the foundation for construction purpose. And then he/she lives holy, doesn’t sin, prays well, fast, etc., his house in heaven then moves to the window level, then to lintel level. And if he/she endures to the end (dies without any act of sin), he/she will meet his mansion in heaven well completed with roof. What a child’s play! That is not what Jesus is saying in this text. The first question that should have come to mind after reading the above text is; what did Jesus mean by “my father’s house?” To come to think of it critically, it is out of place in English vocabulary, to have mansions in a house. You cannot have mansions in a house. You rather have houses in a mansion.
So if Jesus is saying “In my father’s house are many mansions” and it is impossible to have mansions in a house, it therefore means that Jesus could not have been referring to physical buildings as the “many mansions” in “his father’s house” (another physical building). Meaning, to understand Jesus’ communication in the above text, it is imperative to understand the context of this discussion and the grammatical analysis of the above text from its lexical or root translation, since it is grammatically impossible in normal parlance to have mansions in a house. So let’s explore the context and grammar of this text in subsequent studies. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: Learn patiently
PRAYER: I declare that I am open up to revelation knowledge, in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: Reading without paying attention to details equals shallow learning.
DAILY READING: MORNING: JOHN CHAPTER 14; EVENING: 1CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 3