“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: Words in the scriptures ought not to be read with negligence of the surrounding text.
We’ve said that for the above text to be understood and carefully interpreted, it is imperative for the context and grammar of the text to be understood in order to arrive at proper bible interpretation. The first thing to observe in the above text is the word “in”, it was used by Jesus severally in the entire chapter in his explanation (John 14:10-26). And from the way Jesus used that word “in” in the context of his explanation (if read in context), that preposition “in” was to reveal:
- His union with the Father, “…I in the father and the father in me…” (John 14:11).
- And also, our union with the Father in Him, “…I in the father, and ye in me, and I in you…” (John 14:20).
Now, let’s observe the word “father” there; it is the word “pater” in Greek which literally or figuratively implies parent. It was used by Jesus in the same chapter, 23 times and in context, he referred to God as the (“my”) father, “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my father’s house…” (John 14”1-2). Observe the word “house” (in verse 2). It is from the word “oikia” in the Greek, and it implies a place of dwelling it is not used for a city; rather, where you stay and more appropriately, a family or a household. It was the same word Paul used in Ephesians 2:19 which reads “Now therefore, ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and of the household of God”; and Philippians 4:22 which reads “All the saints salute you, chiefly they that are of Caesar’s household”. The word “household” in the above two texts are the same Greek word “oikia”. Thus, when “oikia” is used, it refers to a household’ that is, a group of people that share the same identity and not a physical building or structure.
So, having examined the word “house” already, that idea of Dangote’s cement being hired into heaven for the building of the believers’ houses should be totally erased from your mind because it is clear here that the word was in reference to a household. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: Bible study demands careful attention.
PRAYER:I declare that my alertness and attentiveness is greatly increased in the study of your word, in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: When one misses it at proper study, then he will miss it at proper interpretation.
DAILY READING: MORNING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 1; EVENING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 2