The picture above; Lake Geneva, Switzerland viewed from an obscure highland pasture near the tiny restaurant, La’Prafandaz. Who would build a restaurant in a high remote pasture, right? I remember my first time taking in this amazing view many years ago. Standing there, there were no problems in life, no world crises, none of the stuff that makes up the evening news. It wasn’t there. And every time I go back to this place, those things are not there! Maybe I should move there, right?
There’s another place like this in that it it produces the same sense of completion and rightness about life. It’s not a geographic place, but it’s a place just the same, only different; very different.
In John 14:2, Jesus said He was going to prepare a place for us in His Father’s house and said that where He was, we also would be with Him.
Where is the Father’s house? When Jesus was challenged by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God should come, He replied by saying that its coming was not observable. “You can’t point to it by saying look here or look there it is”! Then He told the Pharisees, “The kingdom of God is within you”.
The kingdom and the house are one. The Father’s house is His kingdom and His kingdom is His house. It’s man’s fixation with complexity that gives him a rough time understanding this simple, yet profound truth. The Father’s kingdom has dynamic movement. The Father’s House is vast and yet very close to each of us. It’s where we live now and forever.
The Father’s House is not limited to location. Jesus did not offer himself as the sacrificial lamb solely for securing a place in heaven which is where we imagine God’s house to be. The Bible is clear with examples showing that the righteous found grace with God and secured for them a place in God’s presence. He did not offer Himself, so that 2,000 years later Christians could speculate about their heavenly home. The place Jesus went to prepare is something more than this, as great and glorious as this is; there is something more. But then, there is always something more, much more than this.
He said we would have a room in the house. This is a place in the Father – a place in His heart; a place of relationship, authority and dominion, free of hierarchy. This is a place of equality. Jesus spoke about the son of Man coming to save that which was lost, not who was lost. Not only is man lost without God, but his whole existence is one that is void of Presence. Without God man has no presence with God that he can recognize, nor does he have presence with himself. Holiness restores man to God and to himself. Presence is established! – Matthew 18:11; Luke 19:10
The place Jesus spoke of is a place beyond our present experience. It’s a place beyond our belief, our doctrine or mental abstractions. It’s a place that is beyond ourselves, but brings us back to ourselves. Jesus said if we would lose our life for His sake, we would find it. Holiness is a life restored. It’s a life that is found and one that is saved.
Sometimes it can feel like you’re alone in isolation. It’s the soul’s experience that has not yet been touched by the life of God, viz.; the soul does not experience God’s Presence. Every place where the soul (emotion, intellect, will) has not had its recreation, it suffers because it has not been abandoned to God. It must be put out into a desert place like Hagar and Ishmael. It must suffer loss in order to live. Salvation is a gift to our poverty, not a triumph of our resources. Man makes a great deal out of religiously denying himself this or that while maintaining the rights to his life. True hypocrisy.
The Father’s House is not a place where you visit. It’s a residence that is created in you through the new birth. The creation in you is endless, but only experienced as we abandon to Jesus Christ, the Way, the Truth and the Life. “And receive you unto myself; that where I am, there you may be also”.
The Father’s House is a fractal – something simple and orderly, that is composed of repeating patterns no matter how large they are magnified. A fractal is infinitely complex and profoundly simple. The Father’s House is everything from the place in your heart that God occupies to the place in God’s heart that you occupy. It is all things created visible and invisible; terrestrial, celestial and inter-galactic to the far reaches of an endless universe with its billions of galaxies to the trillions of cells in your body.
For you are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.
Our lives take on a character that becomes one with the Builder. We started by receiving the Word and now find it is the Word who receives us. It’s a house that knows no divide. It is completely whole and one with the Designer. It’s a house with no angst. When the soul does get disturbed, it’s a signal that work is being done in a part of the life that has not yet been completed. Like in a remodeling project, the resident signs an agreement with the contractor to begin the work. God moves in us as we agree with Him to do the work. It’s Abandonment!
Recently I saw a mental vision of the house God is building in me. I saw a structure made of rosy marble with deep purple veining. The veining represented the Word that runs through the structure and has become one with the house. It is on earth the same atmosphere in microcosm that is in heaven without limits. It’s living marble! Any attitude or mood aberrant from the structure causes the soul to die. Just as fear or lying does not live in heaven, the same behaviors limit my soul’s ability to live on earth in the house God is building.
Marble is sedimentary rock that has gone through a process of metamorphous caused by heat and pressure. The colored veining shows the restructuring of the original rock composition into a new created form. Romans 12:3 instructs us to not be conformed to this world, but to be transformed (gk. metamorphoo) by the renewing of your mind so you may prove or discern the will of God.
The Father’s House can be seen in songs that we sing. The lyrics we sing to and about God can often be sung back to us from our creator. He surrounds us with songs of deliverance. He is in us and we are in Him. I am my Beloved’s and He is mine. I cannot do the work. He must do it.
But He waits for my consent. Unless I am born again, it’s all theory!
– Psalms 32:7; 1 Corinthians 2:12; 13:12-13; 1 John 3:2