I have heard many people preach that we have a “mansion” in heaven waiting for us, is that true?
The Greek word Jesus used is only used twice in the NT and both in the same chapter of John 14. Many people have translated G3438 as mansions in heaven, so lets look at it and the meaning. In the Strong’s Greek Dictionary the meaning is “a staying or residence” and in Thayers it also says “abiding, abode, or dwelling”
So if we look at Joh 14:2 where Jesus first used the word and this is the only time it is referenced in the Gospels, then we look at John 14:23 where Jesus uses the same word a second time I think we get a better understanding of what He was saying.
Joh 14:2 CJB
In my Father’s house are many places (G3438) to live. If there weren’t, I would have told you; because I am going there to prepare a place for you.
Joh 14:23 CJB
Jesus answered him, “If someone loves me, he will keep my word; and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home (abode, special dwelling place AMP) (G3438) with him.
So if Jesus was saying there were “mansions” in 14:2 then how can there be “mansions” in 14:23 within us? But if Jesus was saying there are places that we abide in Heaven like the Holy Spirit comes and abides in us that seems to make more sense doesn’t it?
This just just my thoughts and understanding, but I don’t think we can ever take one isolated scripture verse and try and make a doctrine out of it. We need to look at the whole complete Word of God, research it out, find all the scriptures that apply to that verse and look at them together, like salvation, healing, and God’s Love where there are many, many supporting verses that paints a clear picture.
There is no day or night in heaven, our bodies don’t get old or sick, and we know there are trees to eat fruit from, but no other place does it say we have “mansions” in heaven. We may or may not, no one know for sure. What we do know is to be obedient to God as John 14:23 says and to be found living in Faith when Jesus comes back. The rest… well we will find out some day and I don’t think it will be anything that we could have ever imagined!
1) a staying, abiding, dwelling, abode
2) to make an (one’s) abode
3) metaphorically of the God the Holy Spirit indwelling believers
Part of Speech: noun feminine