The thrust of the first few verses of John 14 is an assurance from Christ to His disciples that they would have a place with Him, that He would not abandon them.
Nowhere does the Bible refer to heaven as “My Father's house.” However, Jesus called the temple “My Father's house” in John 2:16 John 2:16And said to them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house an house of merchandise.
American King James Version×. “Mansions” translates from a word that means dwelling places. Built around the exterior wall of the temple were many chambers for the priests to use when counseling worshippers privately.
The people hearing Christ were familiar with the temple and therefore would have immediately associated His words in this passage with those chambers. Jesus told His disciples that He was going to prepare a “place” or position of service for them. Where will Christ be when His disciples rejoin Him? He will be on earth, thus fulfilling a prophecy given to the apostles by angels in Acts 1:11 Acts 1:11Which also said, You men of Galilee, why stand you gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as you have seen him go into heaven.
American King James Version×. His return also fulfills a multitude of prophecies of the Kingdom of God in the Old and New Testaments.
Beyond assuring the disciples that they would be with Him, Christ also conveyed that He would give them important positions of authority in the coming Kingdom. Revelation 20:6 Revelation 20:6Blessed and holy is he that has part in the first resurrection: on such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
American King James Version×and 5:10 confirm that this is every Christian's potential.
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