What is the Importance of My Father’s House?6 min read

Father's House

What is the Importance of My Father’s House?6 min read

My Father’s house is something Jesus promised all who believe in Him. ‘In my father’s house are many mansions, or dwelling places. I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you I will come again and receive you to myself. That where I am there you may be also, John 14:2. This was an event the Old Testament prophets did not see, just as they did not see the communion, 1 Corinthians 11: 23-25.

My Father’s Housea Covenantal Relationship

God created man that he would fellowship with God, for God’s own pleasure. Revelation 4:11. This points to a personal relationship with the Creator of the universe. The redeemed will worship the triune God in the Father’s House. Only in the New Testament do we meet the name ‘Abba Father’, Mark 14:36; Romans 8:15; Galatians 4:6. A relationship only the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ made possible.

Jesus talked about a place in His Father’s house. His listeners would have instantly understood He was referring to betrothal and a marriage relationship. Jesus made many such references, for those who accept Him as their Messiah and enter into a covenant relationship with Him. This includes the acceptance of the communion cup, which was offered to the bride by the bridegroom.

The Father’s Choice

It was customary for the Hebrew father to choose a bride for his son, as seen with Abraham and Isaac, Genesis 24:3,4. Jesus referred to this when He said to His followers, ‘All the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out’, John 6:37. Jesus also said, ‘No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him’, John 6:44.

Man has a free will but is inherently enslaved to sin, unable to believe in God apart from God’s empowerment, Romans 3:1-19. God is limitless, revealing the end from the beginning, Isaiah 46:9,10. God knew who would receive the Son, even before we were in our mother’s womb, Jeremiah 1:5. Satan doesn’t know who these people are, so he sets out to destroy any who have faith in God, beginning with Abel, Genesis 4:1-16.

Bride Price

The father provided a bride price, Genesis 24:52. The sinless, blood of His own Son, 1 Corinthians 6:20, was the bride price paid by and to a Holy God. ‘He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him’, 2 Corinthians 5:21. Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness, Hebrews 9:22.

That was the atonement and redemption price for fallen man. To redeem is to buy back someone from bondage. It is the technical term used to buy back a prisoner of war. We have no comprehension what that redemption cost God.

Betrothal Period

The couple were betrothed or engaged, while the bridegroom prepared a place for his bride in his father’s house. As the bride of Christ, you have an appointed place in His kingdom. Paul wrote, ‘…raised us up with Him and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,’ Ephesians 2:6.

Around the world, people are living in the earnest expectation of that betrothal period drawing to a close. We are living in the Days of Noah that Jesus spoke of, Matthew 24:37. A vast majority of humanity has turned away from belief in God. Every man does what is right in his own eyes and sin reigns supreme.

Time of Maturing

As the bride waits for her bridegroom, she is to feed on the Word of God. It is a time is for ‘the building up of the body of Christ; until we attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God. To a mature man, to the measure to the stature which belongs to the fulness of Christ,’ Ephesians 4:12.

It is time to enter a deeper relationship with the Father, ready to take the appointed place alongside the Bridegroom in the Father’s House.

Father’s Approval

Only when the father gives His approval to what the Son has built, does the Father give the order for the Son to go and collect His bride.

She has been bathed and dressed in her wedding gown of fine linen, bright and clean, the righteous acts of the saints, Revelation 19:8. That is not the righteousness Christ imputes at salvation, but the practical results of that righteousness in a believer’s life.

She then settles down to wait patiently with her attendants until the groom calls her to the marriage ceremony and celebration, Matthew 25:11-13.

Caught Away

Every true believer carries the secret of waiting for that call. This secret calling away of the true believers is not to be confused with the Second Coming of Christ to set up his millennial reign on earth, Revelation 1:7.

Paul wrote of the calling away, 1 Corinthians 15:51-54; and 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18. Events in the world are the same as they were in the Days of Noah with the vast majority uncaring about heavenly things.

Wrath of God

Only when the Bride has been taken out will the wrath of God be poured upon the earth, Revelation 16:1. The Antichrist will reign and the Outer Court will be trampled underfoot, Revelation 11:2. That Outer Court are those who only gave lip-service to the Master. He was not Lord of their life. He didn’t reign in their heart.

Multitudes from every tribe and tongue and nation will come to a saving knowledge of the Messiah during that time, Revelation 7:9. Many will die because of their belief. This will also be a time of God calling Israel to its rightful place, which was established from eternity.

Marriage Supper of the Lamb

The scene in heaven will be quite different from what is taking place on earth. The marriage supper of the Lamb will be just before the establishment of Christ’s millennial reign on earth.

That is the 1,000-year reign of Christ from the New Jerusalem, which takes on the character of its inhabitants. In my Father’s house are many mansions, John 14:2, fulfilling the promise to believers before the church was even formed.

Importance of My Father’s House

The importance of my Father’s House is that while we live in a satanically energized world, it is not the end. The saints of God will take their eternally appointed place with Christ, the Heavenly Bridegroom. Satan will receive his just reward and be eternally cast out. The Old Testament saints, the New Testament believers, the overcomers from the Great Tribulation, plus the nation of Israel, will all form vital parts of what is soon to come.

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Wendy Stenberg-Tendys is a freelance writer who enjoys researching a topic and sharing words of encouragement, particularly from the Word of God.

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