Father’s House

February 21, 2017

John 14: 1-4

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. 2In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. 3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4You know the way to the place where I am going.”

Father’s House

What is the Father’s house?  

In John 2:13-22 Jesus reveals the true house of the Father, “13When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14In the temple courts he found men selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. 15So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple area, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. 16To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! How dare you turn my Father’s house into a market!” 

17His disciples remembered that it is written: “Zeal for your house will consume me.”

18Then the Jews demanded of him, “What miraculous sign can you show us to prove your authority to do all this?” 

19Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.” 

20The Jews replied, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and you are going to raise it in three days?” 21But the temple he had spoken of was his body. 22After he was raised from the dead, his disciples recalled what he had said. Then they believed the Scripture and the words that Jesus had spoken.  

Jesus speaks a mystery here that transitions our thinking from the physical to the spiritual.  Natural man sees the house of God as a physical structure.  In the sense that it is dedicated to the purpose and worship of God it was a house of prayer and a place of worship.  Here we find that men had defiled it with their merchandising and were actually running businesses out of the temple that defrauded the people.  This false representation reflected upon the God they worshipped and as such angered the Son of God.  What Jesus reveals to us, when asked for a sign of His authority, is a revelation of who the true house of God is, the Lord Himself.  Through the destruction and the resurrection of His physical temple the man Jesus, became the many-membered Christ with Jesus being the head of His body.  Thus, when we read this scripture in John 14 most of us have come to apply it to the Second Coming of Christ.  This has a lot to do with the theology and teaching of the church.  When we read it in the King James Version it says, “In my Father’s house are many mansions”.  This word mansions in the Greek is the word “mone”, which literally means dwelling places.  Our natural minds, upon reading, this have only thought about these magnificent mansions we will have in heaven and how the carpenter Jesus is up there building them for us right now.  

People of God, Christ Jesus is your mansion and your dwelling place.  Colossians 3:1-3 tells us, “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. 2Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 4When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” While it has not been revealed what we shall be in our fullness, we should have the revelation that we are abiding and dwelling in Christ today.  We know that within His body are many functions, gifts and ministries.  We should know that as we abide in Him we find our place, our dwelling and abode within the body.  There we live and function in our service and gift or gifts that He has bestowed upon us.  

We must come out of this “When we all get to heaven” mentality.  Jesus has told us in Luke 17:21, “Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.”  We are a kingdom people inhabited by the Most High and as He inhabits us, He in turn becomes our habitation.  It is as Jesus prayed to the Father in John 17:20-23, ““My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: 23I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.” 

Jesus Christ is the house of God and we make up that house as the body of Christ.  We should know Him now as our dwelling and abiding place, our mansion and our home.   1 Peter 2:4-5 tells us, “4As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him— 5you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”  

Heaven will be glorious, but we must lay hold of our calling and appointment while we are on the earth.  Father didn’t create us just to hang out until we die or Jesus comes to rescue us from the earth.  He has called us as overcomers to occupy the land.  We have a purpose, a calling and an appointment.  Isn’t it time we know who we are as the body of Christ and the house of God.  We are a kingdom people through which His kingdom comes.  Let us follow our example Jesus in being the Father’s house and habitation that He may manifest His glorious love and works through us. 

Blessings,

#kent

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