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 – Jesus.
What did he mean by these words? Many have taken them to mean something about going to heaven, but is that really what Jesus is saying? Let’s have a look.
G3614 oikia oy-kee’-ah
From G3624; properly residence (abstractly), but usually (concretely) an abode (literally or figuratively); by implication a family (especially domestics): – home, house (-hold).
G3624 oikos oy’-kos
Of uncertain affinity; a dwelling (more or less extensive, literally or figuratively); by implication a family(more or less related, literally or figuratively): – home, house (-hold), temple.
G3438 monē mon-ay’
From G3306; a staying, that is, residence (the act or the place): – abode, mansion. Total KJV occurrences: 2 [mansions, Jhn 14:2/ abode, Jhn 14:23]
G3306 menō men’-o
A primary verb; to stay (in a given place, state, relation or expectancy): – abide, continue, dwell, endure, be present, remain, stand, tarry (for), X thine own.
G5117 topos top’-os
Apparently a primary word; a spot (generally in space, but limited by occupancy; whereas G5561 is a larger but particular locality), that is, location (as a position, home, tract, etc.); figuratively condition, opportunity; specifically a scabbard: – coast, licence, place, X plain, quarter, + rock, room, where.
The Father’s “house” is not a building, but rather a household [= a house and its occupants regarded as a unit. (synonyms: family, house, residents)].
The “mansions” also are not structures, but rather a (reserved) spot within the family / household.
This verse does NOT mean anything about going to heaven; it is speaking about being a member of YAHWEH’s family. Jesus made the way for us to be family members by way of his sacrificial death.
Jesus is speaking this to his disciples before the crucifixion, letting them know that his death is not ‘just another death’, but that it serves a great purpose, and that he MUST go to the Cross.
A completely different meaning than is most often given it BECAUSE of the time and effort taken to properly study the Jewish understanding of Adoption, and the correct meaning of the Greek words used. Another example of WHY a quick read of Scripture fails to accurately grasp the meaning of God’s Word.