“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 14:2,3 KJV)
Other translations read “rooms” or “dwelling places.” If you look up the word: mansions in the Greek, it means: Lodging, dwelling-place, room, abode, a staying, i.e. Residence. This Greek word occurs again in John 14:23, where it is rendered “abode.” Wycliffe and the Geneva version read “dwellings.”
The Jews understood that “my Father’s house” was heaven, God’s habitation. The apostles had been taught to pray: “Our Father, which art in heaven.” The Greek word used for “house” here is a little different from that used of the material temple on earth in John 2:16 where Jesus drove the money changers out of the temple and said His Father’s house was being made a house of merchandise.
For many years I sat in churches being taught that when I and all Christians die, we will inherit a mansion. Yet, the scriptures is very clear that these mansions or rooms, were promised by Jesus to the Jews. The dwelling places that Jesus has been preparing are currently in heaven until the time He returns to set up His earthly kingdom. It is the same thought as when Jesus told them to lay up treasures in heaven where moth and rust does not corrupt. Heaven is the place of safekeeping until the King returns to reign and will bring these things with Him. Although the Bible is silent on exactly what these mansions or dwelling places are, one thing we can know for sure, they will be magnificent!