Let’s dig into these wonderful and well known Red Letters.
In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. – John 14:2
I think we get who the Father is. If you’re not sure you can check it out here.
So let’s talk about what kind of house our Father has.
We should take a peak at the Greek (yes, I rhymed.)
The Greek word “house” (Oikos or a form thereof) often relates to the structure of a building, but it can also point to family. For example, when the Philippian jailer gave his life to Christ through faith, after he found that Paul had somehow convinced all the other prisoners to stay put, the Word tells us,
And he brought them into his house and set food before them, and rejoiced greatly, having believed in God with his whole household. ~ Acts 16:34
This word ‘household’ is ‘panoikei’ and means, all of his those in his house. You can even take it a bit further, and see it as his whole circle of influence.
One simple point today.
This dwelling place – this abiding place we talked about on Monday is for everyone in God’s circle of influence. Well – clearly God has influence over everyone in the world, so let’s drop it down one level, everyone who submits to the Father’s influence.
Often this is known as the Kingdom of God or the Kingdom of Heaven.
A kingdom is not a place, but a sphere of influence.
Remember Robin Hood? Robin served King Richard. Even though Prince John was on the throne, Robin was in Richards Kingdom.
You are in God’s kingdom, when He has your allegiance, even when He does not seem to be the present ruler of your circumstances.
Clearly if you are in Christ, in a covenant relationship with Him, these promises are for you!
That does me good! How about you?
Hey – do these studies bless you? If so, ,share them in your circles of influence. I would be much obliged!