“In my Father’s house there are many mansions,” and each mansion is prepared and made ready by Jesus Christ for us to enter into. In each mansion of understanding He is present establishing us in the truth available to us at this point. Then He knocks at our door again inviting us into the next room He has made ready for us. We forget the former things, make a leap of faith and step across the threshold into a realm of greater glory than the previous one. Each new room is larger and more spacious meaning that the awareness of the Son in us and as us grows. The Father’s overarching desire is to reveal the Son in every man in whom Christ is born. Can you hear His voice speaking over you: “This is my son in whom I am well pleased”?
At each threshold we leave behind another human belief, another doctrine, another pet conviction until one doctrine remains: Jesus Christ is come in bodily form (2 John 7). In each mansion we are ambassadors for Christ inviting others to join us in what we are granted to see. Can you hear Him? “You are accepted! Can you accept yourself?” “You are chosen! Will you also chose yourself?” “There is no evil in you! You have a new heart.” “There is no condemnation for those who are in Jesus Christ! He lives as you.” “You are by the law dead to the law! Christ who is the law has fulfilled the law in you.” “You can do nothing without me. We are one.”
It is God’s kindness that leads to repentance. Repentance means to enter a new mansion of recognition – of acknowledging the truth, that is, what already exists. Basically it is a transformation of our consciousness so that it can receive more light. It doesn’t say that it is God’s kindness that makes us better persons or that somehow transforms us into better Christians (whatever that is). Repentance is an exercise in using our spiritual senses to see beyond appearances to Him who lives as us.
Paul wrote to Timothy: “Think it not strange when all sorts of fiery trials are to test your faith as though some strange thing has happened to you, but rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.” Whether we like it or not these things are also prepared for us once we enter a new mansion and works for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory as we are fixed in faith in this mansion. Yes, our faith is tried, that is, the Son’s faith in us is tried and will prove itself to be the substance of things hoped for. Increasingly we will move effortlessly on the “It is done” level of recognition.
As the steps are enlarged under our feet sin loses its hypnotic spell on us. From seeing it everywhere in our lives it dissolves into nothing. The only “sin” we now know is when we have a healthy taste of hell when we occasionally return to separation in our awareness. We put behind us childish notions about that we somehow can make mistakes, go wrong, etc etc ad infinitum. The Lord directs all our steps. Period! We can never act as independent selves. And in this glorious paradox do we find our freedom to be. None of these things can, however, either be made into a doctrine. Each and every one of us has to know these things personally by the work of our inner Teacher. We have to learn for ourselves that God indeed is our keeper. And each new faith decision we make is personal. Neither Paul, John nor any other person can speak our personal word of faith. Thus Paul for instance writes:”…if you live by the Spirit…..” That “if” is made void by my word of faith: “I live by the Spirit.”