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Although it has come to mean a large, sometimes pretentious home, the English word mansion was derived from a Latin word, mansum, that simply means to dwell. Mansion is found once in the King James Version of the Bible to translate the original Greek word, pronounced moh-nay, which means to stay, or to reside. The Greek word is itself found only twice in the Holy Scriptures, both in the book of John; the KJV translates it once as mansions, once as abode.

"In my Father's house are many mansions"

Holy Bible 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."

"Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither Thou goest; and how can we know the way?"

"Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me" (John 14:1-6 KJV)

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."

"Judas saith unto Him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that Thou wilt manifest Thyself unto us, and not unto the world?"

"Jesus answered and said unto him, 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. He that loveth Me not keepeth not My sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent Me."

"These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you. But the Comforter, which is The Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in My Name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."

"Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved Me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for My Father is greater than I." (John 14:15-28 KJV)

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