If you’ve been told that The Messiah, the carpenter, is building a mansion for you in heaven, whether it be by the songwriter, pastor, preacher, priest, or translator of the Bible, you have been misled. Nowhere in the text will you find anything about mansions.
This bad choice of words is found in the Latin Vulgate and the King James Version. The meaning of the Greek word monai is simply, a place of dwelling; not mansions. I can think of no reason for this misinterpretation other than to appeal to our greedy, covetous nature! Think about it! Why would a spiritual body need a building to live in? Why would a fully spiritual existence need the ostentatious lifestyles of the rich and famous reminiscent of our present earthly existence?
God doesn’t live in a house! He is a spiritual being. When we are changed in the twinkling of an eye we will be spiritual beings as well, and we will not need houses either!
He went to the cross so as to make you a fit place for the Holy Spirit to dwell. We are the many dwelling places. That is why after a rather lengthy interruption of questions from the disciples He got back to His subject saying…
“But when the Counselor comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness to me;” John 15:26
“Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you” 1Cor. 3:16
Messiah went to the cross to provide for us salvation that we may dwell with Him together intimately once again as in the garden. He did not do so that we might flaunt a lifestyle of luxury for eternity.