New Jerusalem: The Eternal Home of the Church
Dr. J. Vernon McGee
Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 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. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. (John 14:1-3)
The fourteenth chapter of John was given by our Lord in the Upper Room, and He introduces something that is entirely new. The first part of the chapter was given to a man to cushion the shock of failure that was to come into his life. Also it was to comfort and put down the fears of this little band of apostles across whose pathway the shadow of the Cross had fallen. Sin was knocking at the door in the Upper Room, demanding its pound of flesh. These men were frightened men, and our Lord was speaking to their hearts. He begins by saying,
Let not your heart by troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. (John 14:1)
He is putting, as essential, faith in Himself along with faith in God - which, of course, is the thing that makes a Christian today. I was in a hospital visiting a Christian friend, and after I had prayed with him, the man who was in a bed across the room called to me, "Preacher, will you pray for me?" I went over and talked to him and asked, "Are you a Christian?" "Well, yes, I believe in God." "That does not make you a Christian," I said, "it simply means that you are not an atheist." Then I gave him this verse, "Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me." Our Lord begins with His men on that plane, and He continues.
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. (John 14:2)
Now the word mansion is a very unfortunate translation. It surely gives the wrong impression. I was a Presbyterian preacher for many years, and I lived in a home that the Presb ...
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