There is so much contained in these four chapters, it makes it difficult to even know where to start; pages could be written about so many of these verses. I’ll use that introduction to exhort you to read and take extra time to meditate on these chapters yourselves. Let me just make a few points from the beginning that may help you out.
The King James and New King James versions use of the word “mansions” in John 14:2 has created a lot of confusion. The King James Version translates this same Greek word as “abode” in John 14:23 when Jesus is talking about the Father and Him living within the believer. So, it should be translated "abode" or "room" in verse 2 also. When Jesus speaks about the “Fathers house,” He isn’t talking about the afterlife; He is talking about living within the presence of God now. Jesus has made an “abode” or a “room” for you to live in right now in the presence of God. When Jesus speaks of “coming again” in John 14:3, He isn’t speaking of the rapture or His second coming as some have suggested; that would contradict much of what He says after that. He is talking about coming again to live within us and us within Him by the Holy Spirit. He says in John 14:18, “I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.” How would this be accomplished?… by the coming of Holy Spirit! In John 14:26, Jesus said the Father would send the Holy Spirit in His name. Jesus says in John 14:28, “I go away, and come again unto you,” and in John 16:16 Jesus says "A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me, because I go to the Father." We "see" Jesus again because the Holy Spirit was sent when He went to the Father.
Read through the Bible with us in 2012! The reading plan can be downloaded below; we are reading in chronological order. Check back often to read the blog posts on the Bible readings and discuss things in the "comments" section.
2012 Bible Plan