No Mansions in New Jerusalem

John 14:2, in the King James Version of the Bible begins, “In my Father’s house are many mansions.” The plural Greek word translated mansions is also used in singular form in verse 23 where KJV translates it abode. Tyndale’s New Testament before KJV and others since* have also used mansions, but only in John 14:2. This word has fueled speculations about heavenly mansions; such speculations sometimes expand to things like heavenly golf courses. These ideas cater to human aspirations and hinder our understanding of the divine realities in New Jerusalem.

The Greek word (μονή) translated mansions occurs only in John 14:2, 23. The related Greek verb (μένω) occurs about 120 times in the New Testament and is usually translated abide, remain, or continue and less frequently tarry or dwell. The verb occurs multiple times in John 15:4-10 regarding our life relationship with the Lord. John 15:4-5 say, “Abide in Me and I in you….I am the vine; you are the branches. He who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit; for apart from Me you can do nothing.”

John 14:23  says, “Jesus answered and said to him, If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word, and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make an abode with him.” This word is the explanation of verse 2—each believer, each lover of Jesus, is an abiding place for Jesus and the Father. There is no mansion, neither any other kind of physical lodging place. The Triune God lives in us and we live in the Triune God! This is John 14:20, “In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.” This mutual indwelling is now and it will continue and increase unto New Jerusalem.

*Among them, the New KJV has mansions in John 14:2 with a note, “literally dwellings.” The English Revised Version and American Standard Version have mansions with a note, “or abiding places.”

New Jerusalem is a mutual indwelling

Another blogger: Are We Waiting Around for a Big House in Heaven?

 

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