One thing about the mind is that ignorance can make you see ignorant visions.
People believe in krishna, Buddha and the likes, they meditate hard enough and boom they see them. That’s the devil and his imps in control.
If you believe something strong enough, you can see it…. That’s the devil’s deception so we have to be careful and base what we believe totally on God’s word interpreted accurately. Not by assumptions or its kinds, you have to be sure.
Now I want to debunk a popular church belief that there are mansions in heaven.
See why there are flaws?
a mansion??? Do spirits need houses?
As the story goes, God is building it with materials from heaven shop abi??
And then it is by your works on earth that they get materials, that goes against the accurate teaching of the word
It means the thief on the cross would still be homeless in eternity.
I know you are now thinking, They bring this doctrine from John 14, let’s go and take a look at it closely.
The way God works…
The first person to die into God’s kingdom was a thief.
NO WORKS, NO EVANGELISM,
He doesn’t even know the bible and had never prayed a day in his life (I think)
But he believed.
You see that?? And he was qualified for the kingdom.
I said that in case you ever get so guilty or wonder if you are still a believer because of fellowship,prayers,evangelism…
Wonder no more, they don’t affect your salvation if you have believed.
They have their own separate use and that is not our study this morning; John 14 and 15 is.
Let’s see from verse one
1 “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. 2 There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?
Some translations like KJV renders verse 2 as
‘In my Father’s house there are many MANSIONS
But what He meant was actually ROOM, in the Father’s home
But whichever one you want to use… See something all the translations agree with
2 There is more than enough room in my Father’s home.
There is more than enough room, or enough mansions
Not…’There would be’……
So the disciples were not going to work and then God would start building their mountains, there are already mansions in place, his next statement contradicts the first when you look closely but that is because the mind is on physical buildings
2 There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?
There is enough room(ALREADY)…but because there is enough room, I am now going to prepare A PLACE for you.
If you think preparing the place would then mean furnishing the house, please stop it.
Don’t do it.
Let’s look at Jesus explain Himself
We would look for how there are rooms in the Father and how Jesus went to prepare a place in it for both the disciples and all of us.
We can see clearer now that our hearts and eyes are set on heavenly things.
Let’s go ahead
3 When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am.
4 And you know the way to where I am going.”
When everything is ready, He will come and take them so they would ALWAYS be where He is, and then He said they know the way
I like Thomas’ disclaimer
5 “No, we don’t know, Lord,” Thomas said. “We have no idea where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
See Jesus’ response
6 Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.
Jesus said that He was the way.
Now, read the next statement carefully
No one can ‘COME TO THE FATHER’ except through the way.
Now Jesus is the way to where they are going, but the destination is THE FATHER, not 2 storey building. These are spiritual things
Funny statements followed
7 If you had really known me, you would know who my Father is. From now on, you do know him and have seen him!”
8 Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.”
Look at Jesus explain
9 Jesus replied, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and yet you still don’t know who I am? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father! So why are you asking me to show him to you?
Jesus said if you have seen Him, you have seen the Father…
Now let’s back track a little
Jesus is both the way and the destination.:D
The next verse…..and then I jump to the conclusion
10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words I speak are not my own, but my Father who lives in me does his work through me.
So Jesus is in the Father, and the Father is in Him,… You know this through His words and His works…
This is how Jesus already had a room in the Father’s mansion, but He was going to make a place for us in His death….
Before that, everyone was alienated from God, and now the only way to being in God is through Jesus, He made it sure by His Spirit.
Jump to Verse 16-17
16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. 17 He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you.
Did you see that? You
get His Spirit to do His work, that ability is possible because He has gone to the Father to get a place and the evidence is His Sweet Spirit
I would conclude with this one verse
20 When I am raised to life again, you will know that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.
When HE IS RAISED, they would have a mansion in His Father’s house.
Glory to God we have this
We are already in the Father’s house through Jesus, His Spirit lives in us
Stay in Grace
Now I didn’t write this, but I’m sure the poet UC Truth and The CEDARS won’t mind that you share their revelation of the truth;
Everyday, Jesus is our final destination.