Beloved, the promise of rewards has always been to the individual who overcomes, for this is the way that we are made into A DWELLING PLACE for the Father. This is supposed to be our goal, not “going to heaven.” Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (John 14:6)
In the 14th chapter of John, Jesus explains that the Father’s House IS CHRIST (Head and Body), and that each of us has been called to become A DWELLING PLACE in this House. This calling, by the way, consists of participating in the spiritual fulfillment of the Feast of Tabernacles. What this means is that whether or not we attain to the high calling of God in Christ Jesus depends on whether or not we pass from the ranks of the many who are CALLED to the ranks of the few who are CHOSEN, and that this is done by deciding that UNION WITH THE FATHER is the goal of our life. As long as we are double-minded about living as a complete sacrifice unto the Father we will not be chosen to be A DWELLING PLACE in the eternal Temple of God.
Let me put it this way…
Even as it was with the Scribes and Pharisees of Jesus’ day, beloved, so also is it that many Christians today have been blinded to the Truth by their traditions. I’ve shared quite a bit lately on how religious traditions have blinded many people to the magnitude of Calvary’s victory and the ultimate outcome of this all, and I share now that in like manner many Christians today have been blinded by traditions which teach them to look for the Lord Jesus to come and carry His church up, up, and away to heaven so that believers can live forever in “mansions” there, instead of them getting the revelation of what Jesus actually taught, which is about us becoming DWELLING PLACES for the Father. Many traditional Christian teachings are very misleading, and they contribute much to the spiritual immaturity that we see in the church today. Let me share with you a little more about this…
The teaching that the Lord Jesus Christ returned to heaven in order to build mansions for believers is based on only one verse in the Bible — John 14:2. But I assure you, that verse does not in any way suggest that Christ is building big houses for His church in heaven, but rather, it describes what Jesus put forth in the entire 14th chapter of John, and this is about the New Covenant fulfillment of the Feast of Tabernacles.
In John 14 Jesus teaches that even as the Father dwells in Him, so also the Father and He desire to DWELL IN US! The Father’s House is CHRIST, and it is THERE, and there only, that WE are made part of the House of God. Jesus went to the cross, and then to the Father, in order to prepare a place for us in Himself! Then, through the work of divine deliverance, we can become THE DWELLING PLACES (the old English term – “mansions”) OF GOD, and this through THE PROCESS of salvation. THIS, dear friends, is what is repeated all throughout the Scriptures. To come to a place of constantly ABIDING IN CHRIST is to become an ABODE (a “mansion”) for the fullness of God to DWELL!
If you look carefully in John chapters 14 through 17, you’ll see there that Jesus NEVER ONCE spoke of His going to heaven or of our going to heaven. Many Christians today say, “No one goes to heaven except through Christ,” but Jesus Christ Himself says, “NO ONE COMES TO THE FATHER EXCEPT THROUGH ME!” There is a BIG difference between going to heaven (a term for the highest places of the spirit realm) and coming to the Father.
This may seem a bit redundant here, but the Bible nowhere states that Jesus Christ is building fine houses for us in heaven. That teaching came out from the delusional thinking of the spiritually blind. When Jesus said, “I go to prepare a place for you,” He was speaking of going TO THE CROSS, and then of the sprinkling of His blood in the presence of the Father in the spirit realm so that we can be received INTO GOD and become an inseparable part of Him.
If you don’t get this yet, beloved, ask the Father if what I say here is so. I share not this (nor anything) with the hope that you’ll just believe what I’m saying, but rather I simply hope to stir you to seek the Father for a witness of these things for yourself, that through this seeking you get TO KNOW HIM in a deeper and richer way than ever before, even become “a mansion” in His House and a tool fit for His hand ready for the work of the coming age.