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Q. I have become more interested than ever in my heavenly home. Would you say something about my mansion in John 14:2?
A. “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). The basic meaning of the Greek word translated as “mansions” is “a staying, abiding place, abode, or residence.” Only time will tell what that home is going to be like. But as we have mentioned, we have a marvelous description of the New Jerusalem in Revelation Chapters 21 and 22. Here, we find that gold and fine jewels are in great abundance. It would be inconsistent for God to make such a fine city without individual dwelling places to match it in splendor. The Christian may rest assured that God is going to provide the very best for each of His children.

Q. When we get to heaven, will we see God as just one Person, or will we see three separate Beings? Or maybe we won’t be able to see God at all, because He is a Spirit Being. What do you think?
A. The King James Version says that God, referring to the Father, is a Spirit: “God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24).

Another translation eliminates the little word “a,” making it read, “God is Spirit.” What this signifies is that God, the Father, does not have a human body. Yet, in the Old Testament, He appeared in various manners. While no man could really see God in all of His fullness and live, Moses was privileged to see the back of God:

“You can not see My face: for there shall no man see Me, and live. And the Lord said, Behold, there is a place by Me, and you shall stand upon a rock: And it shall come to pass, while My glory passes by, that I will put you in a cleft of the rock, and will cover you with My hand while I pass by: And I will take away My hand, and you shall see My back parts; but My face shall not be seen” (Exodus 33:20-23).

Because God, the Father, is Spirit, it should not be thought that He is an invisible phantom floating through space. On the Mount of Transfiguration, the risen and glorified Jesus was visible to Peter, James, and John. They also saw Moses and Elijah, making it very evident that the spirits in Heaven are clothed with some kind of visible, glorified body. The Apostle John, in the Book of the Revelation, repeatedly states that he “saw” and proceeds to describe the Son of God, angels, the living creatures, and so on. It becomes apparent that we shall see God and each other in heaven.

The Scriptures teach that God the Father and God the Son are One. “I and My Father are one” (John 10:30).

However, their unity relates to the oneness of heart, mind, agreement, knowledge, power, holiness, etc... They are two distinct Persons and personalities, and in heaven we will see Jesus Christ in the body with which He ascended, and with which He will return. The Father also will be apprehended by our senses.

The third Person of the Trinity is the Holy Spirit. He is called “the Third Person” not because He is lesser or inferior, but because He is the third mentioned Person of the Trinity in the Bible. The Scriptures have little to say about the Holy Spirit in eternity, and there is not even a hint about how He will be revealed in heaven.

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