by Rex Conklin with Frank Klin
Come now let us reason together. We are challenged to be Bereans so test the spirits and search the Scriptures to see if these things are so. Study with a friend and pray for discernment because we are promised that wherever two or three are gathered in Jesus’ Name, He is there. Encourage each other. Pray with and for each other. May you be richly blessed as you study His Word.
“Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid. What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.” - (1 Corinthians 6:15, 19-20 KJV)
If our bodies are the temple of the Holy Ghost, Who is it that we want dwelling in the temple? Jesus identified Himself as the Truth and the Holy Spirit as “another Comforter” the Spirit of Truth. Who was it that dwelt in Christ’s body temple? Scripture will tell us.
“But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His (Christ’s Spirit). - (Romans 8:9)
Dwell means cohabit.
And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, He that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by His Spirit that dwelleth in you.” - (Romans 8:10-11)
“And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.” - (Galatians 4:6)
“For through Him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; and are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: in whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.” - (Ephesians 2:18-22)
Jesus said, “I am the true vine, and My Father is the husbandman.” - (John 15:1)
“For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building. According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. - (1 Corinthians 3:9-11)
Solomon had this to say about wisdom, which represents Christ, the vine and chief corner stone, “The Lord (Father) possessed Me in the beginning of His way, before His works of old. I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was. When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water. Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth: while as yet He had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world. When He prepared the heavens, I was there: when He set a compass upon the face of the depth: when He established the clouds above: when He strengthened the fountains of the deep: when He gave to the sea His decree, that the waters should not pass His commandment: when He appointed the foundations of the earth: then I was by Him, as one brought up with Him: and I was daily His delight, rejoicing always before Him; rejoicing in the habitable part of His earth; and My delights were with the sons of men.” - (Proverbs 8:22-31)
“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” - (John 1:14)
“And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name: that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and in earth, and things under the earth; and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” - (Philippians 2:8-11)
“For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man; that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.” - (Ephesians 3:14-19)
“But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell (cohabit) in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His (Christ’s Spirit). And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell (cohabit) in you, He that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by His Spirit that dwelleth in you.” - (Romans 8:9-11)
“Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus; who was faithful to Him (the Father) that appointed Him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house (dwelling, body, tabernacle). For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who hath builded the house (dwelling, body, tabernacle) hath more honour than the house (dwelling, body, tabernacle). For every house (dwelling, body, tabernacle) is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God. And Moses verily was faithful in all his house (dwelling, body, tabernacle), as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after; but Christ as a son over His own house (dwelling, body, tabernacle); whose house (dwelling, body, tabernacle) are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.” - (Hebrews 3:1-6)
“For we know that if our earthly house (body) of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: if so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked. For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life. - (2 Corinthians 5:1-4)
“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.” - (John 14:2)
Mansions is interpreted: to remain, dwell, habitation, make one’s abode, of God and Christ by their power and spirit exerting a most blessed influence on the souls of believers. From the root word that means to stay, abide, dwell, remain, continue. (Zodhiates Lexical Aids of the New Testament, Thayer’s Lexicon, Strong’s Concordance)
Understand the significance of the word Mansions as it relates to the following verse. Abode here is the same word as mansions. “Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love Me, he will keep My words: and My Father will love him, and We will come unto him, and make Our abode with him.” - (John 14:23)
Now let’s visit the baptism of Jesus and notice again the word “abode.”
“And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon Him. And I knew Him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, the same is He which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost. And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.” - (John 1:32-34)
See our study, “And He Shall Baptize You With The Holy Ghost.”
Jesus, the Son of God, baptizes us with the same Spirit of His Father that abode upon or dwelt in Him. This is important to know as we return to John chapter 14.
“Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of Myself: but the Father that dwelleth in Me, He doeth the works. - (John 14:10)
Dwelleth is the same root word as “mansions”, to stay, abide, dwell, remain, continue. This would make the Father the Comforter of Christ because Jesus said it is, “the Father that dwelleth in Me.”
Now let’s look at another Comforter, “And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you for ever; even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. (John 14:14-16)
Would it be incorrect to think that “another Comforter” is none other than Christ Himself? You may be asking, “How can that be?”
Let Jesus continue to share with us through His disciples. “Yet a little while, and the world seeth Me no more; but ye see Me: because I live, ye shall live also. At that day ye shall know that I am in My Father, and ye in Me, and I in you. He that hath My commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth Me: and he that loveth Me shall be loved of My Father, and I will love him, and will manifest Myself to him.” - (John 14:19-21)
Now look at the next chapter in the book of John and see how carefully and clearly Jesus uses the word “abide” to add to our picture.
“I am the true vine, and My Father is the husbandman. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in Me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in Me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without Me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in Me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. If ye abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. If ye keep My commandments, ye shall abide in My love; even as I have kept My Father's commandments, and abide in His love.” - (John 15:1, 4-7, 10)
For further reading and study, John Chapter 17 enlarges the picture.
Jesus exclaimed, “And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe. Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in Me.” - (John 14:29-30)
There is nothing of Satan, the prince of this world in Jesus. The spirit of the evil one has no “mansion” or dwelling place in our Saviour. Christ wants the same for us.
See our study, “Spiritually Minded vs the Flesh.” “Hereby know we that we dwell in Him (Jesus), and He in us, because He hath given us of His Spirit…[T]he fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. - (1 John 4:13; Galatians 5:22-23)
“And now, little children, abide in Him; that, when He shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before Him at His coming. Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father. And this is the promise that He hath promised us, even eternal life. - (1 John 2:28, 24-25)
See our study, “Live Out Thy Life Within Me.”
“And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle (abiding place) of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be with them, and be their God.” - (Revelation 21:3)
“These things have I spoken unto you, that My joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.” - (John 15:11)
Since publishing this study we came across a corroborating witness in the writings of Ellen G. White from the book Desire of Ages. We were a bit amazed at what we read in her book when compared to what we were led to share above from Scripture. It was such an encouragement and blessing that we wanted to share it with you.