© Carlos Padilla, November 2011


...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. 3And 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.


...And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Psalm 23.


One of the most encouraging Bible stories that the Lord Jesus Christ uses to teach us about eternal life is the famous text about what He calls "My Father's house", our Father's, in Whom there are eternal mansions that He, Himself, is preparing for us. We can read about these eternal mansions much more than we can see at first sight, but one of the most relevant features is that those mansions that Christ refers to is that - besides being eternal - they are there for us, we are the eternal dwellers, even if we are living on earth now, provisionally, we must understand that our souls, which are also eternal, are made to His image and likeness and they are also God's eternal mansions down here on earth until we are transformed in the glory of Jesus Christ. The Wedding of the Lamb is also the union of God's dwelling on Heaven with God's dwelling on earth, us, the Church and every child of God individually.


These  dwellings, rooms, mansions and other terms that have been used in the translation into different versions and languages, are a magnificent work of constructive spiritual craftsmanship, reflected in the Temple of Jerusalem as well as in the human body and in the Trinity, but specifically in the relationship between God and man, and between the man of God and his neighbour. A construction of intertwined rooms that permeate every dimension we perceive, and others that we find harder to perceive - those that remain unnoticed to whoever does not have the Holy Spirit inside, and who do not have access to such wonders because they have no faith or love for God, the Heavenly Father. 


Our longing and hope to live with God, our Father, in His Kingdom, are shown in the fifth chapter of the second letter of the apostle Paul to the Corinthians, in the first verse, where he says: ...For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens... Unfortunately most of the people we find around us are not dwellings of God's Spirit, for not all have faith, although many of them do, but have not been preached to ... I say this to your (our) shame ... 1Corinthians 6:5, because we should conquer the world in Jesus Christ's name announcing His Kingdom, which is also what we have been called to do in the Great Commission in Matthew 28.


The Church, every church and every Christian, we must all look up to the Cross and understand that one of the fruits of the Passion of Christ is the unity of the children of God: John 11:52. Bearing this in mind and in the heart in Spirit, we must go out everyday with the purpose of showing everyone the special life we enjoy with Christ, Who by the Spirit has brought to us an advance, a piece of those eternal dwellings, the ones we already enjoy within us now, as well as those which the Lord Jesus Christ is preparing for us in Heaven and where He will take us to in His coming when ... every eye shall see Him ... Revelation 1.7, so that those around us have the opportunity, through the Gospel and our witness, of receiving faith in the Son of God. The faith that transformed us and turned us into dwellings of the Spirit of Christ, and thus we are instructed to announce it to those who do not know God yet, that they may also enjoy this special Life which is a personal relationship with God every day, in addition to the hope of resurrection and eternal life.


When I say that those around us are not dwellings of the Spirit of God, we can remember the example of the lives of certain characters in the Bible who were transformed, such as Mary Magdalene, out of whom Jesus cast seven demons, the one of the demon-possessed Gadarene man, and all those who are under bondage to any spiritual power that controls them in life, against their will, being driven to evil, lust, fornication, adultery or paedophilia, gender violence, kidnapping, cruelty, terrorism, murder, theft, rebelling against their parents with violence, faint-hearted fathers who give up their authority and leadership in their families, corruption, blasphemy or spread heresies and lies and a long list of things that we all know about in this globalized society which has been built by men without God hand in hand with our enemy, who is fighting to stop man from being in the eternal mansions and from being God's tabernacle but of the enemy who wants to destroy humankind.


If we, as the Bible teaches us, are mansions made for God to dwell inside us, temples of God...then why does man allow for the devil to dwell inside him? and why, when man tries to amend himself, he tries to do so with his own strength, failing, instead of coming to God? Repentance is change of mind, which also includes accepting that we are slaves to the world and flesh, the message of John the Baptist, which still applies today. Jesus Christ promises that if we believe in Him, if we love Him and keep His Word and His commandments, not just Him but also the Father would come and dwell inside us. Furthermore, Jesus Christ promises us that the Holy Spirit will dwell inside us, and will do so from the moment we invite Him to come into our heart, yes, with all our sins and devils.


There is no other possible way of restoring ourselves as God's dwelling, which is what our Father has designed us for. Jesus Christ, when He comes inside us, fills us with His Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit casts away everything that is not of God, cleansing us and turning us into God's eternal dwelling, in temple of the Holy Spirit. The so-called regeneration through the Word of God. The Gospel brings the Kingdom of God inside us today, and guards us so that we dwell inside Him throughout eternity. Let us see the eternal mansions in their different expressions and dimensions:





God's eternal dwelling is what Jesus calls "my Father's House", where there are many mansions. This House of God includes His own dwelling and ours, it is God's heart where Jesus Christ entered once the veil was torn after His death on the Cross. Jesus is the One who has authority to prepare the rooms inside the Father's House, as the Text in John 14 says: ...I go and prepare a place for you..., the place which Jesus is going to prepare for us He has conquered it first on the Cross so that we have the right to receive it, by His Grace.


The Temple of God in Heaven, in the New Jerusalem, is also a reference to the House of the Father, God's eternal dwelling. According to Revelation, Jesus Christ's Revelation, there is no Temple in the New Jerusalem because the Lord in the Temple and the Lamb. This is the wonder of God's Revelation in Revelation 21:22 for us, because we will get to see the literal fulfillment of the Bible prophecy and, once again, we will also see the spiritual and symbolic prophecy fulfilled in our real life today, in Christ, since we have Him inside us, He is the Temple of God.





The Church, and every individual Christian, are the eternal dwellings where God dwells with His Holy Spirit in Jesus Christ. Where a Christian goes, there goes the Temple of the Holy Spirit, the House of the Father, a part of the Christian's eternal mansion; the other one is in Heaven, in the heart of the Father. Wherever Christians are, they are the stones that make up the Temple that is the Body of Christ. Those stones are chiselled at the quarry beforehand, and taken to the temple once they are finished, like the ones used to build the Temple of Solomon: 1Kings 6: "And the temple, when it was being built, was built with stone finished at the quarry, so that no hammer or chisel or any iron tool was heard in the temple while it was being built". We, just like spiritual stones, have been chiselled outside, in the quarry of life by God's hand, before we came to be part - each one of us in our place - in the spiritual building of the Church as members of the Body of Christ, joined together for a brotherly life to fulfill the Great Commission and do good deeds for the glory of the Lord and for love of our neighbour. Therefore, no hammer or chisel will be heard in any church - by any pastors, elders, deacons or brethren who use them emotionally or show partiality for certain people - because that is God's work, exclusively.


When we are instilled by the Holy Spirit, we immediately become part of God's eternal tabernacle in every aspect if our lives, therefore everything we do in our daily life is in the presence of God. Again, we are God's dwelling, Temple of God. Our light is the Light of Christ, the Light of the Spirit that the Father placed in us by means of the Word, through His mind, by means of the living Logos within us, so that we give light to our neighbour with the Gospel. Let that light shine from us, as eternal mansions, to others who live inside the walls of the symbolic Jericho, of the symbolic Babylon, of the symbolic Egypt, so that they come out to the freedom of the Spirit in the true City of God, the new Jerusalem in our souls today and in eternity.


Every Christian, as part of the Body of Christ, is an eternal mansion and not only because we are members but also because we have an essential task for the human being who, in this case, is also a Christian - I am referring to the friendship with a friend in Christ, not only brotherly love but love of God, true friendship in Christ, a real privilege and a treasure to keep when we find it. The Church is eternal dwelling because it is the family of the faith, our family, not just here and now but for eternity. The task of the eternal dweller, whether Christ or ourselves, is called priesthood. Jesus Christ is Priest according to the order of Melchizedec, not Aaron's order. That priesthood which the Master shares with the Church is to love God, love for those who are lost - bringing the Gospel to them, while we carry our cross, because God's love is inside us and bringing the Gospel to our neighbour is our spiritual target, because when we used to walk in the world we tried, as the Lord says in Luke 16:9 ...  And I say to you, make friends for yourselves by unrighteous mammon, that when you fail, they may receive you into an everlasting home... so that just like the unjust steward was tested in worldly things, we must fight for the spiritual ones, being tested in our faithfulness in what is least, to receive a lot, since with the Gospel we work so that others can reach the presence of God, whom they long for. Christ took the Cross of salvation, we take ours: cross in the intercession of our own Gethsemane, where our souls distill oil from the olives of the soul, through prayer and the good Samaritan behaviour of a Christian towards his neighbour showing the life that he lives in his eternal dwelling in the yoke of Jesus Christ, the eternal priest Who intercedes for us with with groanings which cannot be uttered by means of His Spirit within us; the Lord loves us so much daily, every brethren in the faith knows it and can bear witness - we must all witness to everybody around us!





The Verb of God, the Logos of God was God, John 1:1 says. When Paul said  ... let the word of Christ dwell in you richly ... Colossians 3:16, he is saying that Christ should dwell within us, that the mind of Christ dwells within us. If the living Word of God dwells inside us and is the one that transforms our mind, our heart and our spirit, a life similar to Christ's flows from within us. We must obviously refer to what Jesus Christ says to Nicodemus - a famous Pharisee, a scholar of the Law, member of the Sanhedrin and who defended Jesus Christ before the, and who - together with Joseph of Arimathea would bury the Lord - in John 3:2, when He taught him that one must be born again from the Spirit to see the Kingdom of God, if we have really believed that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that He has given up His life to cleanse if from our sins so that we have eternal life. We are spiritual dwelling of the living Word of God, which flows from our mouth, from our heart, it is in our mind and is reflected in our way of life, that comes from the eternal tabernacle that is now within us. This is a truthful statement and hard to understand, but that is the way it is, we are dwellings of of the Word of God, dwelling of God and of the Son of God. Therefore we must do as James exhorts us to do: ...But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves...  James 1:22.





What we have read so far touches our heart and demands that we are holy, but the Bible teaches us further about the Word dwelling in us, stating - as we know - that our bodies are Temples of the Holy Spirit, and therefore God's eternal dwelling, because wherever the Lord is there is eternity. "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom" 1Corinthians 3:16, this should be our main wish, our earnest desire, because it means living full of the Life of the Lord by means of His Spirit, the excellence of the essence of God within us. Our Spirit in person, our "paraklitos" helper, comforter, counsellor, is who looks after us living within us, making us eternal dwelling by living inside us and the starting point for all this is faith in Jesus Christ.


When the Holy Spirit dwells inside us and we are conscious of it, our mind, our heart and our spirit have the experience, through our conscience, of living daily and continuously in the presence of the Lord, listening to His voice, feeling in our heat they way He feels, and thinking as He thinks. The person of the Holy Spirit is our comforter, carer, guide; if we don't have him we lose our sense of direction, like a boat adrift. Again, the Bible teaches us that we should not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, because He will be scared away like a dove, just as he descended on Jesus Christ when He was baptized by John the Baptist, he comes to us like a gentle wind and if we scare Him because of our behaviour in the flesh, He flies away. The truth is that He still remains with and inside us, if we are the Lord's, but he hides so that we seek Him in prayer, or fasting, or crying out to Him like Jacob fought with the Angel. Pentecost is the peak historical moment for Christianity, for the Church of Jesus Christ, earned by means of His blood; but individually for every Christian it is something that happens to every single one of us and it is a key of the new stage, the New Covenant or Testament made one with and within us.





Pentecost is the Lord's promise to the apostles, and to the spiritual descendants of the Gospel, that His Spirit would dwell in them and they would be living and holy temples, as we born again Christians are, almost two thousand years from them. Therefore, Pentecost is a spiritual advance of the eternal mansions within us.


Sometime in June, depending on Israel's Spiritual Feasts calendar, 50 days after Passover on the 14th of Nisan, we remember the celebration of that famous Pentecost almost 2000 years ago where Jesus Christ's promise to the 12 apostles was fulfilled, amongst a gathering of 120 Christians, together at such a significant time for the Church. With this multiplying effect, where each apostle seemed to bring 10 Christians, the Holy Spirit manifested Himself and took those holy men as eternal dwellings, anointing them and pouring the fire of the Spirit over them, transforming them forever. Acts 2.


Those men, the first ever born again Christians, would never be the same, now they were walking dwellings of the Spirit of the Living God, living Temples, letters written in the heart, ambassadors of for the glory of the Lord. Today, the same Spirit, the same Jesus Christ alive, the same and only God the Father continues to transform, enable, anoint and bless the same way as then those who understand that they are made for eternity, for happiness with God in Christ through the Spirit, and through faith they believe in the hope of the coming of His Kingdom, which we are already enjoying, even if for the time being we are in these chains of flesh and worldliness, awaiting the redemption of our bodies to be transformed in glorious ones the day of resurrection and thus complete God's work in us, in the Church, in every Christian individually, so that the whole of our being: spirit, soul and body is preserved blameless ... 1Thessalonians 5:23 and as eternal dwellings of the Spirit to live in the rooms which Jesus has gone to prepare in the Father's bosom, where He lives and where He is sitting on the Throne, at the right of God the Father.


The eternal mansions are God's and our own rest. God created the world in six days and He rested on the seventh day. A Christian does not complete his journey in the world - a symbol of his six days - until he gets to know Christ entering in his own rest, in the spiritual Sabbath, in the Lord's rest. We know that Israel's feasts are celebrated on special days also called Sabbaths, as the seventh day of the week. Because of this we live as eternal dwellings in the mental and spiritual state of the Sabbath and we celebrate the feasts of the Lord in our heart understanding their spiritual state as Sabbaths, celebrations in the rest of the Lord, in the eternal dwellings of our being and our Lord.



Pentecost is the feast of the harvest, spiritual harvest of the fruit of the Cross of Christ, and the 12 and the 120 were the firstfruits offered to the Lord by the Son. We also are, and those who receive Jesus Christ through our preaching, the fruit of the Cross of Calvary where Christ, the eternal Seed, died so that the Tree of Life would grow and give fruits of eternal life, the True and Biblical Church; that Church which, far from the model of those created by men with their own ideas, traditions and heresies, the true Church that Christ won with His life, is made up of people who have been transformed into eternal dwellings, "... you will know them by their fruits..." that are full of the behaviour, the doctrine and the love of God, not pursuing their own interests but God's, the Church's and their neighbour's. showing themselves as living temples of the Holy Spirit, taking the Gospel wherever they go, the Good News that transforms a lost soul and without any direction, in an eternal dwelling and tabernacle where God lives through His Spirit in Christ, for our blessing and for the glory of God the Father.




‘For I will look on you favorably and make you fruitful, multiply you and confirm My covenant with you. 10 You shall eat the old harvest, and clear out the old because of the new. 11 I will set My tabernacle among you, and My soul shall not abhor you. 12 I will walk among you and be your God, and you shall be My people. Leviticus 26:9.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. Psalm 23:4.

Oh, send out Your light and Your truth! Let them lead me; let them bring me to Your holy hill and to Your tabernacle. 4 Then I will go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy; and on the harp I will praise You, O God, my God. Psalm 43:3.

“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 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. 3 And 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. 4 And where I go you know, and the way you know.” 5 Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way? 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. John 14:1.

Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. John 14:23.

But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. 10 And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. Romans 8:9.

Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?17 If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are. 1Corinthians 3:16.

For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven, 3 if indeed, having been clothed, we shall not be found naked. 4 For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life. 5 Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee. 2Corinthians 5:1.

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. Colossians 3:16.

By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. 17 But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? 18 My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth. 1John 3:16.

But I want to remind you, though you once knew this, that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe. 6 And the angels who did not keep their proper domain, but left their own abode, He has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgment of the great day. Jude 5.

Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. 2 Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. 4 And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” Revelation 21:1.




The eternal Dweller is God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit who comes to live in our dwelling, our soul, make to the image and likeness of God and spiritual tabernacle for holiness. The dwelling is the room of the dweller, the spiritual dweller in our case, the Lord, as the Word says, where it is revealed that Christ dwells within us through faith, because He who lives in the light is unaccesible, the same light that is brought to us by the Spirit, the same that flows from us to witness Him through the Spirit, which the Bible calls ... sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name... Hebrews 13:15. Christ, eternal dwelling of the Spirit, also tells us that the Father rejoiced that in Him  dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily, Colossians 2:9, the same Who dwells inside us; as He also said when He walked on earth with the apostles regarding the Church, stating that He would be among us, where two or three are gathered in His name. Jesus became flesh and dwelt among us. And finally Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place - Jerusalem, and His people will dwell in a peaceful habitation. David's psalm was the question: Who may abide in Your tabernacle?; today we have the answer, it is within us through the Spirit, and in the fellowship of the saints, for eternity, because we are part of the New Jerusalem that will come down from Heaven. See Psalm 15:1, Isaiah 32:18, Zechariah 12:6, John 1:14, 2Corinthians 5:2, 1Timothy 6:16 and Revelation 21:9.


The spiritual dwelling starts on the Cross. A Christian's life follows the shape of the Cross of Christ, because His feet on the Cross are a symbol of the foundation of the Gospel of Christ; the legs, bent, are our strength in prayer; as we go up we reach His core which felt all the humiliation, and take us to the centre of the Cross, His heart. But before we go on to His head, we must run accross His two arms. The right arm is a symbol of the power of the Lod, our faith in salvation and in Him, and the deeds of the Lord; and the left arm is our mistakes, but also where we learn the mercy of God's forgiveness, to learn to forgive those who fail, inside and outside the Church ...do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing ... Matthew 6:3. Going back to the heart, our power is tested through fire of the Spirit, like gold, so that we can love with God's love. From here we can go up to the head. If a Christian is not mature, he will be swallowed by Christ's throat, and back to the starting point. If we go up through the arteries, inside His Blood, as one single being together with Christ, in His brain we find His precious mind that reveals to us His thoughts, ideas, projects, His work today, the Gospel and the Great Commission. His ears are our ears to hear His Word and His guide. His mouth, ours, to declare His Word. His nose, our nose, where God blows the breath of life, Spiritual Life, the Holy Spirit, which He Himself gave up to the Father: ... into Your hands I commit My spirit ... Luke 23:46. And His eyes to be able to see through our eyes the way He sees things, and to look at our neighbour with God's love. This is our experience of the soul, Jesus Christ's soul. That body should have been ours, but He loved us before the foundation of the world.


The Wedding of the Lamb is the union of the dwelling of the Lord in Heaven with the dwelling of God on earth - us, the Church and every child of God individually. Wherever a Christian goes, there goes the Temple of God, the House of the Father, a part of the Christian's eternal mansion, the other one is in Heaven, in the heart of the Father. Therefore, we are spiritual dwelling of the living Word of God, that flows from our mouth, from our heart, it is in our mind and is reflected in our way of life, which comes from the eternal mansion? dwelling?, that is now within us. We are dwelling of the Word of God, therefore be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. When the Holy Spirit dwells within us and we are conscious of it, our mind, our heart and our spirit have the experience, through our conscience, of living daily and continuously in the presence of the Lord, listening to His voice, feeling in our heart the way He feels. Pentecost is the feast of the spiritual harvest of the fruit of the Cross of Christ, the true Church that Christ won with His life, is made up of individuals who have been transformed into eternal tabernacles, "... you will know them by their fruits ..." who are full of the behaviour, the doctrine and the love of God, not pursuing their own interests but God's, the Church's and their neighbour's, like living temples of the Holy Spirit, taking the Gospel wherever they go, the Good News that transform lost souls without any direction, into eternal tabernacles where God lives through His Spirit in Christ, for our blessing and for the glory of God the Father.


There are two conclusions from this Bible Study about Eternal Mansions. The first one is that, even if we find it overwhelming, we are eternal dwellings because Christ has bought us with price of blood, His own, and therefore our effort in His grace and through prayer must be to remain as such, because our beloved God has given His Son for us. The second one is that through evangelization and caring for those who receive the Lord for salvation, Jesus Christ has turned us into carpenters who turn souls into arks of the Covenant through the Spirit, He has turned us into builders of Temples through the Spirit, and he has turned us into goldsmiths of hearts that are jewels with precious stones of the love of God through the Spirit, and therefore in partakers together with Him and under His yoke in builders of eternal tabernacles through the Holy Spirit, to present Him a holy and flawless bride, a glorious Church to His image and likeness because ... But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. Romans 8:1. Amen.

  • For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Prophecy of Isaiah 9:6.

  • I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:6. Words of Yahshua - Jesus Christ.
  • You want to know God, but you know the way is not through organized religion, nor by sects, nor by society. The world has failed. ...I pray for them;  I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours... John 17:9. Prayer of Yahshua - Jesus Christ.

  • If you really seek God, begin today the new life though the true hand of God. The Gospel is the message for all nations, no matter their race, their origins or culture. God is the saviour of those from humanity who open their hearts to Him.

  • ...Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.  1Corinthians 15:58.

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