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by Wayne Blank
"In my Father's house are many mansions"
The first instance of moh-nay is found in John 14:2 (in bold below). It's translated as "mansions" in the King James, while other versions commonly render it as "rooms." These verses also illustrate the Messiah's different uses of the term "My Father's House" - once in referring to the earthly Temple i.e. "And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father's house an house of merchandise" (John 2:16 KJV, see also "My Father's House") which was merely a symbolic application of the future Kingdom of God that will begin to be established upon Christ's return (to understand Who the returning Christ will be preparing the way for, see The Throne Of God, From Heaven To Earth):
"Let not your heart be troubled: ye 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. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto Myself [see "To Meet The Lord In The Air"]; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know."
The second use of the original Greek word, found in John 14:23, is translated as "abode" in the King James (in bold below). Here it is clearer that the Christ was speaking of abode in a psychological and spiritual sense, not merely as a place but as an indwelling of The Holy Spirit of God i.e. "If a man love Me, he will keep My words: and My Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him."
"If ye love Me, keep My Commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of Truth [see The Spirit Of God]; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth Him not, neither knoweth Him: but ye know Him; for He dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. Yet a little while, and the world seeth Me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. At that day ye shall know that I am in My Father, and ye in Me, and I in you. He that hath My Commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth Me: and he that loveth Me shall be loved of My Father, and I will love him, and will manifest Myself to him."
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