Tabernacle(s) and Mansion(s)


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John 14:1-6“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 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. 3 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. 4 And where I go you know, and the way you know.”
5 Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?”
6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

From NetBible Jn 14:2

  • many mansions[3438] = a staying/permanent, abiding, dwelling, abode *from Greek[3306] = residence
    * Jn 15:4 Abide[3306] in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. => It’s interesting to note the strongs word for abide in the above Jn 15 scripture is the verb form of the words for “many mansions” found in Jn 14.
  • * Jesus is going ahead of believers to prepare a place for them, a permanent dwelling place in the Father’s house

Notice that these mansions are plural – more than one. And they are permanent! This scripture looks ahead to the eternal place where Jesus will receive each of His children – the heavenly tabernacle – the New Jerusalem.

Revelation 21:22But I saw no temple in it(the New Jerusalem), for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.

2 Corinthians 4:16-18Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our physical body(temple) is perishing, yet the inward person is being renewed day by day. 17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, 18 while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
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Psalm 84:1 How lovely are Your dwelling places(tabernacles), O LORD of hosts!

OT tabernacles(on earth) –Ps 84:1
Jesus a temple(on earth & resurrected in heaven) –Jn 2:19-21
Jesus the Word made flesh(tabernacle on earth) –Jn 1:14
God’s children(temples) –1 Cor 3:16
God’s children(temples on earth awaiting the eternal) –2 Cor 4:16
New Jerusalem tabernacle(eternal spiritual in heaven) –Rev 21:1-5, 22
The Lord Almighty & the Lamb(eternal spiritual temple of New Jerusalem) –Rev 21:22
Many Mansions(spiritual eternal in heaven) –Jn 14:2

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