• Chris Steele

In My Father's House

Be Strong, Be Well — Tuesday, August 11


After we have heard something over and over, we get things stuck in our head and it can determine our thinking for years to come.

How often have we thought of those “mansions” Jesus promised in John 14:2 (KJV, ASV, NKJV)? “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.”

Perhaps a closer translation is found in the ESV. “In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?”

These “mansions” are “dwelling places” in God’s own house, which is the whole of heaven! Jesus continued to say, “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:3). Just imagine, we will be living with our heavenly Father, with Jesus Christ, our Savior, and the Holy Spirit, in a place Jesus went to prepare just for His faithful ones.

In the meantime, those who believe in Jesus and are baptized, the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit will come to dwell in them (John 14:23; Acts 2:38; 5:32; 1 Corinthians 6:15).

“Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).

What a fantastic life the Christian has here on this earth with the presence of the Godhead in us. Plus, after this life is over, we anticipate an even greater, indescribable dwelling place in heaven. Brethren, until Christ comes to receive us to Himself, may we "glorify God” in our body and in our spirit. —Chris

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