In My Father’s House Are Many Mansions

"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 word mansion means "a staying, abiding, dwelling, abode." Perhaps more meaningfully a "tabernacle". What does a tabernacle hold? Of what substance are we made and from where do we originate? Who's house is it?

"In my Father’s house are many tabernacles: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you."

Or what if we change it again this way:

"In my Father’s house are many temples: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you."

And consider this:

"Solomon built him a house. Howbeit the Most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet, Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool; what house will ye build me? saith the Lord; or what is the place of my rest? Hath not my hand made all these things? Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost; as your fathers did, so do ye." (Acts 7:47-51)

If the earth is his footstool, and his hand hath made all these things, and he is in all, and through all the light of Christ,1 then how exactly is it, that we "resist the Holy Ghost"? Is it possibly that "resisting the Holy Ghost" implies that it is something already posessed, but denied? If that is the case, then exactly how many is "many"?

 

Notes

1. D&C 88:6-13