Q. I have a question that’s been on my mind lately concerning Heaven and our mansion that’s mentioned in John 14:2. I was taught that this verse means each of us will have our own personal mansion. What does that say about our earthly family, particularly my wife. Will she have her own mansion? I know that the Bible tells us that there is no marriage or giving in marriage in heaven but can you explain to me how our lives will be in heaven if we’re all in separate mansions? What, if any, kind of social atmosphere will exist? Praising our Lord will be one activity, but will there be others as well?
A. Jesus only said that in His father’s house are many mansions and He was going there to prepare a place for us (John 14:2). The idea that everyone gets their own personal mansion is man’s interpretation, not necessarily God’s promise. For reasons of His own God has not revealed the details of our next life to us. Perhaps it’s because knowing what it’s going to be like there would make our lives here that much more difficult to bear. So we’ll have to wait and see.
But consider this. Our eternal life is meant to be God’s demonstration of the incomparable riches of his grace to the ages yet to come (Ephes 2:6-7). Anything short of a complete feeling of fulfillment on our part would break His promise to make it by far the best experience anyone has ever had. I think one reason the Bible doesn’t say much about eternity is there’s a real sense in which it would surpass our current ability to even imagine it.
Paul said, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him” (1 Cor. 2:9). Personally, I can’t wait to find out.