Many Mansions ?

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.

Joh14:2  InG1722 myG3450 Father’sG3962 houseG3614 areG1526 manyG4183 mansions:G3438 if it were notG1490 so, I would have toldG2036 G302 you.G5213 I goG4198 to prepareG2090 a placeG5117 for you.G5213


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; 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 conditionopportunity; 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.