“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: Jesus is in the Father and the Father is in Him.
We began our investigation into the above text to discover and uncover the truth or reality inherent in Jesus’ words above to His disciples. Recall, the implication of the word “in” in the context of this account was to unveil:
- Jesus’ union with the Father.
- And also, our union with the Father in him.
It was seen from our last study that the word “house” (John 14:2) translated from the Greek word “oikia” refers to a household; a group of people sharing the same identity and not a physical building or structure. The word “mansions” here being translated implies an individual dwelling – a place where one individual stays. Thus, Jesus was referring to just one spot – one position. In the light of the analysis done so far, John 14:2 can be better understood as: “In my father’s household/family, there are many dwelling places…” Observe the next word “prepare”. It was translated from the Greek word “hetoimazo”, which implies to make ready. Observe, He did not say “where I will be, there you will be” or “I go to prepare a place for me”. Rather, “I go to prepare a place for you, that where I am you will be also”. Hence, what He did was for us. In other words, His going to the Father was to make us fit to dwell in the Father’s house. That was why He further stated in verse 3, “…I will come again and receive you unto myself; that, where I am, you may be also”. So the question is: where is He?
The proceeding verse gives us a lead; “Jesus saith unto him, have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? He that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, show us the father? Believest thou not that I am in the father, and the father in me? The words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the father that dwelleth in me, he doth the works. Believe me that I am in the father, and the father in me: or else believe me for the very work’s sake” (John 14:9-11). He is in the father! The father is in him! The father and Jesus are in the same “oikia”. They were and are in the same “mone”. What does this tell us? We will see in proceeding studies. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: Follow the study.
PRAYER: The insight into the revelation of your word O Lord is granted me, in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: Getting it at proper reading will lead to getting it at proper interpretation.
DAILY READING: MORNING: JOHN CHAPTER 1; EVENING: JOHN CHAPTER 14