2 Corinthians 5 (KJV) 1- For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
In the latter part of His earthly ministry, Jesus encouraged His followers with a promise that is much-loved and often quoted:
“Let not your heart be troubled; you 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” (John 14:1-2, NKJV).
Soon after making this pledge, Jesus was crucified, resurrected and He ascended into heaven. Evidently, before He left, He wanted to assure His disciples that He was planning for their eventual transition into a heavenly realm as well. Both the KJV and the NKJV translations use the word “mansions” in prophetically describing our ultimate destination, but are large, luxurious homes what Jesus had in mind when He gave this pledge?
There are four main reasons we live in homes in this physical world: so families can dwell together, to protect us from the elements; to provide a safe place for eating and sleeping, and to store our possessions. Quite likely, none of these things will be necessary when we become glorified saints, shining like “the sun” in the kingdom of our Father (Matthew 13:43).
Where Is ‘God’s House’?
Notice Jesus said these “mansions” are located in the “Father’s house.” Ponder that wording for a moment. Dare to ask yourself a question, such as “Where is God’s house?” or, “How big is God’s house?” In Isaiah 66:1, the Creator stretches our minds with the answer:
“Heaven is My throne, and earth is My footstool. Where is the house that you will build Me? And where is the place of My rest?”
A throne and a footstool are just two small pieces of furniture in a house that is far bigger. So, the “Father’s house” must be bigger than the heaven and the earth, bigger than the entire cosmos, higher than the highest heaven, larger than both natural and spiritual universes—infinitely large—just as incalculable in size as the Creator Himself.
The Greek Word for ‘Mansions’
So, if the “Father’s house” is that huge, what did the Jesus mean by “mansions”? To understand, we need to visit the original Greek. The word translated “mansions” is mone (pronounced mo-nay’) only found twice in the New Testament, both in John 14 (verses 2 and 23). Here is the Amplified Bible, classic edition version of the second occurrence:
So mone is translated home, abode and special dwelling place.
If we apply this to John 14:2, we have the Son of God saying, “In My Father’s house are many special dwelling places, many abodes or spheres of existence.” If you stretch that out to encompass both the physical and the spiritual universes, the possibilities are incomprehensible, eternal and full of wonder.
The King of creation sums it up powerfully in Revelation 21:7 (MEV) by giving the related promise:
“He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son.”
John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:.
John 3:1-7 (KJV) 3 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:
2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. 4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? 5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
How do we receive Him?
Acts 2: Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost
God has bequeathed to all His sons, as a corporate inheritance, “all things”—both in the earth and in heaven. The infinitude of the new heaven will be our special dwelling place, our sphere of existence, forever and ever.
In worshipful awe, we conclude that the answers to our questions are beyond language, for “eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor has it entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for those who love Him” (1 Cor. 2:9). That is the “place” Jesus went to prepare for His followers.
It might be a house on a hillside—but by now, I think you agree, it is going to be something far greater