The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleJohn 14:2
In my Father's house are many mansions…
This he says to
draw off their minds from an earthly kingdom to an heavenly one; to
point out the place to them whither he was going, and to support
them with the views and hopes of glory under all their troubles. By
his "Father's house" is meant heaven; see (2 Corinthians 5:1) ; which is of his
Father's building, where he has, and will have all his family. This
Christ says partly to reconcile the minds of his disciples to his
departure from them, and partly to strengthen their hope of
following him thither; since it was his Father's, and their Father's
house whither he was going, and in which "are many mansions";
abiding or dwelling places; mansions of love, peace, joy, and rest,
which always remain: and there are "many" of them, which does not
design different degrees of glory; for since the saints are all
loved with the same love, bought with the same price, justified with
the same righteousness, and are equally the sons of God, their glory
will be the same. But, it denotes fulness and sufficiency of room
for all his people; for the many ordained to eternal life, for whom
Christ gave his life a ransom, and whose blood is shed for the
remission of their sins, whose sins he bore, and whom he justifies
by his knowledge; who receive him by faith, and are the many sons he
will bring to glory. And this is said for the comfort of the
disciples who might be assured from hence, that there would be room
not only for himself and Peter, whom he had promised should follow
him hereafter, but for them all. Very agreeable to this way of
speaking are many things in the Jewish writings:
``says R. Isaack F15, how many (Nyrwdm le Nyrwdm) , "mansions
upon mansions", are there for the righteous in that world?
and the uppermost mansion of them all is the love of their
Moreover, they say F16, that
``in the world to come every righteous man shall have (rwdm) ,
"a mansion", to himself.''
Sometimes they F17 speak of "seven mansions" (a number of
perfection) being prepared for the righteous in the other world,
though entirely ignorant of the person by whom these mansions are
prepared: who here says,
if it were not so, I, would have told you, I go to prepare a place
This expresses the certainty of it, that his Father had a
house, and in it were many mansions, room enough for all his people,
or he would have informed them otherwise, who must needs know the
truth of these things, since he came from thence; and who never
deceives with vain hopes of glory; and whatever he says is truth,
and to be depended on; everything he here delivers; both what he
said before, and also what follows: "I go to prepare a place for
you"; heaven is a kingdom prepared by the Father for his saints,
from the foundation of the world; and again, by the presence and
intercession of Christ, who is gone before, and is as a forerunner
entered into it, and has took possession of it in the name of his
people; and by his own appearance there for them with his blood,
righteousness, and sacrifice, he is, as it were, fitting up these
mansions for their reception, whilst they are by his Spirit and
grace fitting and preparing for the enjoyment of them.
F15 Zohar in Deut. fol. 113. 1.
F16 Praefat ad Sepher Raziel, fol. 2. 1. Nishmat Chayim, fol. 26. 2. &
F17 T. Bab. Bava Bathra, fol. 75. 1. Nishmat Chayim, fol. 32. 2.
Midrash Tillim in Galatin. l. 12. c. 6.
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