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"The Blissful Father's House"

That the Father House (v. John 14) is a special place may be clear from the fact that it is the Father of the Lord we are talking about. Many Christians will not enter the millennial kingdom, as their righteousness does not surpass that of the Pharisees and that is one of the conditions "For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven" (Mat. 5. 20). About such people the apostle Paul says that 'they are saved as through fire'. Their works will be found wanting as they will prove to be just 'hay and stubble' before the judgment seat of Christ. But we can be sure of a place in the House of 'My' Father! The black sheep in the family still belongs to the family! Now, one bible expositor, H.L. Heijkoop, was so enamored by that, that he claimed that the Father House is an uncreated place. A handful of people still believe in this idea and even fewer make it a point of tradition, so much so that if you deny it, you are accused of philosophizing (cf. Col. 2. 8).

The opponents, vainly, attempted to explain that God is all-sufficient having no need (necessity), or want (of desire), or shortcoming and that everything has a beginning in time and space. But they counter that God 'lives, or dwells in eternity' (Is. 57. 15), not realizing that it means that God transcends time and space. The New Testament states that God dwells in an unapproachable light.

Of course Heijkoop's idea is a theologico-philosophical thought that came up in himself. He was allowed to think for himself and to interpret Scripture. But the handful of followers has become so fearful that nobody, hardly, dares even think anymore. Notice that the verse in Colossians that calls philosophy empty deceit, refers to the traditions of 'people', meaning people without the Lord Jesus, such as the ancient philosophers as Aristotle and Plato and particularly the Gnostics (their teaching is also called the 'so-called science, or knowledge'). Who says we must be like parrots only repeating Scripture! We must, necessarily so, also interpret.

To reject anything a priori that does not fit your own thinking and to call it 'philosophy', as if all philosophy and thinking is heathen, is ignorant and negates the fact that we can also learn from creation. David philosophized and theologized when he observed the stars and afterwards he wrote Psalm 19.

Their leaders have made the publications of deceased elders their tradition, so much so that nothing new is being published. Many protestants do that with their older writings, practically raising them to the status of Scripture and not allowing any deviation or addition (even if it clearly is in the bible, sic!). To me this smells of worship of the dead. And that while the Lord holds out for us that somebody that has been discipled in the Kingdom, produces things new and old from his treasure.

However, Ephesians 4. 10 states that Christ has ascended 'above all the heavens' (also physically!). Therefore also above paradise and above the (3rd) heaven of the angels! What else can this be but the Father's House, just like the New (Heavenly) Jerusalem is to be distinguished from any heaven! (I think that the Father's House is only for the members of the Church, the Bride of the Lord and not for people like Abraham, who will also have a place in the heavenly Jerusalem. For Abraham sought the City built without hands and the beloved apostle Paul teaches us that the middle wall that separated gentile from Jew has been taken away and the Lord explicitly stated that there would be one flock). But that it is an uncreated place is a contradiction in terms, as every place has to do with time and space. Only of Christ it can be said that He lives (spiritually) in the bosom of the Father (John 1). Our physical bodies need time and space, also in eternity. Also in John 14 Christ says that he is going 'to prepare a place' in the (already created) Father House. Obviously then it cannot be uncreated. For how could something that needs preparation exist from all eternity? Outside of God nothing can exist and before He created anything, He did not need a house; but we do.

The idea that the Father's House is an eternal place would mean that besides God there always has existed something. But this is a theological fallacy. For how can anything exist apart from God Who is the Creator of all things!? One would have to conclude then that God and the Father's House are one and the same thing. One might as well conclude then that we are to be taken up into the divinity, which is even a blasphemous idea. This therefore is an idolatrous reasoning, foreign to the theological verity that God is One. Moreover it is written that God lives in an unapproachable light! Only of the Lord Jesus, as God the Son, it is said that He lives in the bosom of the Father.

The Father's House is a unique place where all of the members of the Bride of Christ will fit as 'living stones' together to form one building. Everyone of us will be handed a white stone with her/his name on it in a language that only she/he will understand. This language will be your very personal connection between the Lord and you. You will converse with Him in a fantastic unfathomable way! Time and time again you will exclaim it: "He walks with me and He talks with me and He tells me I am His own and the joy we share as we tarry there" nobody knows but you...

I realize that it sounds like I am contradicting myself. On the one hand I say that there cannot be such a thing as an uncreated place and on the other hand I claim that there is something higher than the highest heavens where angels cannot come. But why could there not be a kind of 'heaven' just for the Bride of Christ! The apostle Paul states in Ephesians 5 in connection with the marital bond between a man and his wife: 'This mystery is great. It applies to Christ and the Church...!' Hallelujah for ever!

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