Studies In The Book Of John

 

John 14:1-3

 

John 14:1 “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.”

 

A. We need to get over feelings of anxiety when we face them (Philippians 4:6-9; cf. Matthew 6:25-34).

1. We can look to God’s word in times of trouble (Psalms 119:143 and Romans 15:4).

2. If a Christian becomes overwhelmed, we need to remember who our God is (Psalms 77:1-15, Psalms 43:5, Nahum 1:7, and II Corinthians 1:3-5).

3. In troubled times we have to remember that God is with us (Psalms 37:39, Psalms 94:14, II Corinthians 4:8-10, and Hebrews 13:5-6).

4. We can use prayer to pour our burdens out before God realizing that He is an ever-present ear (Psalms 142:2 and I Peter 5:6-8).

B. Belief in our Heavenly Father should translate to faith in Christ (John 6:40 and I John 5:10-12).

1. You cannot separate the Father from the Son (John 5:23, John 10:30, I John 2:23-24, and I John 5:7).

2. God the Father has entrusted our salvation to Jesus (Ephesians 1:3-12 and        I Thessalonians 5:9).

3. Some pervert the words of Christ (ye believe in God, believe also in me) by saying that Jesus is denying being deity by His words.  We know this is NOT the case (Isaiah 9:6, Matthew 1:23, John 8:23-24, John 8:56-58, John 20:28-31, Acts 20:28, Romans 9:1-5, Colossians 2:8-9, Titus 2:13, Hebrews 1:8-12, I John 3:16, and I John 5:20).

 

John 14:2 “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.”

 

A. We are looking to enter our Father’s house (II Corinthians 4:14-5:1).

1. We should not get lost in the term “mansion” (Strong’s # 3438), for we are not literally going to inherit mansions (as the carnal mind sees that term). 

a. The term means: “a staying, abiding, dwelling, abode” (Thayer’s Greek-English Lexicon; p. 417).

b. That same Greek term is only used one other time.  There it is translated “abode” (John 14:23).

2. Heaven is no more a literal place of mansions than it is a city, new earth, or just a throne (in terms of physical structures as the carnal mind sees them).  Yet, these are terms used in the Scriptures when the Lord is speaking of Heaven (Hebrews 13:14, II Peter 3:10-13, and Revelation 3:21).

B. Jesus is a faithful witness (Revelation 1:5), thus we can trust Him when He says there is an eternal dwelling place awaiting us (John 12:25-26).

1. One part of Jesus’ identity is that He is the TRUTH (John 1:14-17, John 14:6, John 15:1, and II Corinthians 1:19-20).

2. We need to remember that THE TRUTH has promised eternal life (Mark 10:28-30, John 4:33-36, and John 10:26-28) unto those that obey Him (Hebrews 5:8-9).

3. With Jesus preparing a place, we must make sure we lay hold on our reservation [figuratively speaking] (I Timothy 6:12).

 

John 14:3 “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.”

 

A. Jesus will return (Acts 1:9-11) to receive us unto Himself (I Thessalonians 4:13-18, II Thessalonians 2:1, and Hebrews 9:28).

1. The return of our Lord will be at an unknown time (Matthew 24:35-51, Matthew 25:13, and I Thessalonians 5:1-4).

2. The return of Christ and the promises contained therein should motivate us to be prepared (I John 3:1-3).

B. Jesus will take us to the place where He is now (Colossians 3:4 and Hebrews 12:1-2).

1. Jesus is in Heaven (Acts 7:55, Philippians 3:20, II Thessalonians 1:7, and Hebrews 4:14).

a. The term “heaven” can be used to describe the sky (Genesis 1:1; 8, Psalms 8:3, Psalms 147:8, and II Peter 3:7-10).

b. Jesus is not just in the sky (Ephesians 4:9-10), He is in the eternal realm that is known as Heaven (Ephesians 1:19-22, Hebrews 9:24, and I Peter 3:20-22).

2. Thanks be to God that eternal life (I John 2:24-25) is available from God through His Son (I John 4:9 and I John 5:11).

 

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