Have you heard that Jesus is preparing a Mansion for us in Heaven? (John 14:2) Well, if you study the KJV word for “mansion,” Mone, you find that it actually means a dwelling place or a place of remaining. But whose dwelling place?
When I think of a Mansion I think brick and mortar, extravagant furniture and large rooms. Nice thought BUT not what Jesus was saying. There is something better than a Mansion that awaits us.
In verse 23 Jesus tells us that IF we love Him, then we’ll obey Him AND then Father (Abba) will love us too and LIVE with us NOW. The word LIVE (or remain, abide) in this verse is… tada! Mone. I believe Jesus had to go to Heaven so that all of us (the many “mansions”) would be able to be a dwelling place for God. That means we have a new home in Him and He has a home in us.
My body is a temple? Read John 15. Specifically, let’s look at verses 4-11:
4 Remain (abide, dwell) in Me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. 5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. 9 As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.
Check this out – the Word ‘remain’ is the root-word for the word ‘mansion.’ So the whole ‘going to prepare a place for you’ means that He is going so that we can have constant fellowship with Him: A never-ending stream of fellowship between us and God. Not later, but now! This is a present tense paragraph.
We must REMAIN in the vine in order to produce fruit. The Father’s love, power, word, whatever He has, flows through the vine just like the nutrients through a plant. If we live connected to that vine, guess what…We get that love, power, word, etc. flowing through us. Then we can produce love fruit, power fruit, word fruit, wtvr! What joy we have when we are remaining in Him! Way more joy than thinking about some mansion we might inherit up in heaven.
What will we need a house for when we’re in heaven anyway? When I go there, I hope to stay 24-7 at the feet of my Lord and enjoy His presence.
Unfortunately, due to our beloved King James and his translators, the poor masses were given hope that they too would live in a mansion one day. But because the word was incorrectly translated many in the Body of Christ today are waiting for their mansion in heaven someday instead of dwelling in Christ today.
He abides in you and you in Him; you are a Temple of the Holy Ghost. YOU are the place that the sinner can come to meet Jesus. Christ IN you the hope of glory. Stop putting off the responsibility for the lost onto the Church Infrastructure. No more excuses! The fields are white and ready to harvest let’s go get ‘em.