“Let not your hearts be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 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. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto myself; that where I am, ye may be also” – John 14:2-3
LIGHT FOR NOW: Everyone who believes the Gospel is the dwelling place or abode of the Father.
The word “father” is the word “pater” in Greek which literally or figuratively implies parent. It was used 23 times by Jesus in John 14; 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. “In my father’s household/family, there are many dwelling places…” Remember, “He is going to prepare a place not for Himself but for us…” He said, “So that where I am, you may be also”. And we saw where He is in context; He is the Father! The Father and Jesus are in the same “oikia”. Hence, He told them emphatically in verse 9 “…he that has seen me has seen the father…” This means that when Jesus said in verse 3 “…where I am, there you will be”, what he explained was “the believer will be in the Father and the Father will be in Him”. That is, the believer will be in union with the Father in Him. Hence, the statement “where I am, you may be also” was not referring to being in the same location physically; He was actually referring to our identification with Him.
Hence, he’s “going to prepare a place for us”, was to make us as He is. It was not referring to a physical place or location; rather, a nature, a status, a condition. So, if where He is, is where we are, then just as He explained to His disciples, everyone who believed the gospel is the dwelling place/abode of the Father. Recall, in verse 3, “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you to myself; that where I am, there ye will be also”. Therefore, “He’s going to prepare a place for us” means he was to come again to us and receive us to Himself; to make us like Him. You are in the Father and the Father is in you. You are the Father’s dwelling place or abode. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: Acknowledge that you are the dwelling place of the Father.
PRAYER: I declare that I am open up to revelation knowledge, in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: The dwelling place of the Father is the believer in Christ.
DAILY READING: MORNING: JOHN CHAPTER 14; EVENING: 1CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 3