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Cling to Jesus Christ Who Is In the Father… Rodna Epley

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Gospel, Rodna Epley with tags , , , , , , , , on September 18, 2019 by paulthepoke

Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.’ “- John 20:17

After Jesus was resurrected from the dead, He commanded Mary to not cling to Him, to not fasten or adhere herself to Him. Not because there wouldn’t be a time when she couldn’t do that, but because the time for clinging to Him was not yet. The reason He gave her was that He had “not yet ascended to My Father”.

I’ve heard many a sermon in my life surrounding the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus and every one of those sermons that I can recall clings to Jesus either at the cross or right after He was raised from the dead outside the tomb. But they don’t cling to Jesus where He commanded us to cling: in Christ who is in the Father after having ascended to Him. Clinging to Him there includes all other access points, including the cross and the empty tomb along the way to the ultimate destination.

Do NOT adhere to me—for I have not yet ascended to my Father!

The implication being that we CAN adhere to Him AFTER He ascends to the Father.

To ascend doesn’t appear to have meant a physical ascension at that point, because we see the disciples handling Him and perhaps clinging to Him before the mount of ascension event occurred. So during the time between His first appearance to Mary at the tomb and when He allowed His disciples to handle Him, Jesus ascended to the Father in some way spiritually, but likely not physically—not yet. He spent 40 days on earth first preaching the kingdom of heaven.

Jesus used this ascended kind of language even before the cross…

Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. – John 17:13

No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven.- John 3:13

Another way to say this is: There is only one person who has already ascended into heaven, Me, the Son is Man, and I’m in heaven right now.

When Jesus revealed the Father plainly to His disciples, He left out of His explanation all the stuff He did to redeem us. As important as all of that is, Jesus focused on the reason He did everything and where He took us—our ultimate destination. Here are His words,

“I came forth from the Father and have come into the world. Again, I leave the world and go to the Father.”- John 16:28

This is the purpose of the Gospel: to show us the Way to the Father. The Father is the destination, and we follow Jesus all the way there, where the power exists to do the greater works, where the glory exists that makes us ONE with the Father in Christ in the same way that Jesus is ONE with the Father (John 17:22,23).

“…he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.”- John 14:12

Greater works… because I go to My Father.

That’s how we do them. The power for greater works comes from being restored to glory, to the Father, right now. Our minds are still being transformed from glory to glory (2 Corinthians 3:18), but we are still fully restored now because we are properly positioned in Christ.

We don’t continue only clinging to the cross or clinging to Jesus standing outside the empty tomb. We cling to, fasten ourselves to, adhere to Jesus Christ where He is now: in the Father. The Father is the clinging place—where His glory makes us ONE.

That’s not to say that we don’t carry about the dying of the Lord Jesus which puts to death the old nature so that the new nature in Christ wakes up within us. It’s not to say we don’t rise with Jesus from the dead by the same glory of the Father that raised Him. And it’s not to say that our minds are not being transformed from glory to glory (2 Corinthians 3:18) as we overcome one suffering after another (Romans 8:18).

But for this post I’m just bringing into focus the actual purpose of the Gospel which has not really been understood. That Jesus restored us to the Father in Himself. He restored us to glory where we learn to cling to Him and never let go again: where we have the ABILITY to cling to Him and never let go again. Because from the place of the Father is where Christ holds us. He clings to us, we cling to Him. He abides in us, we abide in Him. That’s the point of everything Jesus did and it’s vital that we know this and are intensely aware of it. Perfect peace is the strongest and most obvious indicator that we are in Christ.

Have a blessed day everyone! ❤️🙏🏼

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Straight Talk, More Good News… Rodna Epley

Posted in Gospel, Rodna Epley with tags , , , , , , on September 2, 2019 by paulthepoke

Acts 1:10 And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes…

I don’t recall ever thinking of the tomb of Christ as being anything like the mercy seat before, but it’s true. There was an angel on either end and they witnessed His death and resurrection. Notice how there were also two angels (probably the same ones for witness purposes) at Jesus’ ascension on the mount of ascension!

The Holy Spirit just made that connection for me wow. Because the full Good News is that Jesus restored us to glory–to the Father–by first going there Himself. The Good News doesn’t stop at the cross or in the tomb or at the resurrection where He stood outside the tomb and then preached the kingdom of heaven for 40 days on earth. The full Gospel is after Jesus ascended to be with the Father where the “greater works” come from in which the church is commanded by Jesus to operate. 

Colossians 3:1 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.

We are seated in heavenly places in Christ Jesus now, as proof that we are restored now… not someday way in the future after we all physically die. However, there is a transformation of our lowly bodies into His glorious one still to come. It’s appointed to man to die once. We die already when we place our faith in Christ. We pass from death to life. Just as we have already been made new, so too have we already first died. So as we die in Him we also live in Him and are seated with Him now where He is.

2 Thessalonians 2:14 It was for this He called you through our gospel, that you may gain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

We are called by the Gospel, and the purpose of the Gospel is for obtaining the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ. So the full Good News is all the way up to the Father of glory.

Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

This is the place where we are “in Christ”. Christ means “anointed One”, and “in Christ” means we are permanently in the anointing or in the activated state of the Father’s glory. 

Straight Talk, Jesus and Daylight… Rodna Epley

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Rodna Epley with tags , , , , , , on June 12, 2019 by paulthepoke

After Jesus’ disciples protested about returning to Judea for fear of the Jews, Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world.”

Jesus is using natural terms here so that His disciples could understand the deeper truth that He was the Day.

Then He said, “But if one walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.”

Because the light is not in him…

Here Jesus is talking about another kind of light other than the sun. Since the sun can’t be in you. The implication here is… if the light is in a man then he won’t stumble even when he walks in the night. Because it’s always day for those who follow Christ. So whatever light we see by will cause us to stumble… or not. If we only use the world’s light (of the sun, or even of the world’s kind of knowledge) then we are aware as far as that light extends to give us a visual but it’s limit is in only as far as our natural eyes can see. However, if we see by the Father’s light from within then we will avoid all danger, all evil, and all pitfalls… every time we set out to do something. We will see the manifested glory from the beginning. We know how the movie ends before it begins because we know His promises are trustworthy and true and His Word never returns void of an answer but it accomplishes what He sends it out to do.

So there are people who have an inward light that they see by. These are those who not only have Christ in them (the hope of glory) but they are in Christ (the Lord of glory). The light of the Father’s glory shines upon them making all things possible. One only needs to release His glory through spoken words that match the Holy Spirit’s words given to that individual. Or by doing something (a work) the Holy Spirit shows them to do.

Just as Christ was the Light of the world, we too are the light of the world as long as we are in it. When a light is turned on all darkness immediately scatters. No spiritual struggling needs to take place. Just turn on the light through His promises which are saturated in His glory and whatever promise is declared or acted upon must come to pass. Because the Father is doing it and not us at that point. He is doing it in us just as He did it in Jesus. Because He loves us just as He loves Jesus (John 17:23).

Turn on any light in a dark room and we will know the meaning of the light of Christ, and what that light does – the darkness flees with no contest. This is how the Father’s glory works in us because He shines on us and we are correctly positioned in Christ and seated in heavenly places in Him on the throne of glory, where the Father’s Light originates.

“Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him. I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” (John 9:3)

The night came when Jesus died. But the glory of the Father raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand of glory. Now we are that light of the world because we are in Christ perfectly restored to the Father. Jesus is that “Day” where the sun is always shining. There is no darkness in Him at all. So as long as we are truly in Christ we will always walk in the day even when it is night. Because for someone who is in Christ there is no darkness at all.

“Awake, my glory! Awake, lute and harp! I will awaken the dawn.” (Psalm 57:8)

“And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was…And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.” (John 17:5,22-23)

Straight Talk, Light and Truth… Rodna Epley

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Rodna Epley with tags , , , , , , , , on May 22, 2019 by paulthepoke

John 11:16 So Thomas, called the (Didymus) Twin, said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.”

The disciples didn’t want to go back to Judea because they didn’t want to die along with Lazarus (hence Thomas’ sarcastic comment in John 11:16). The Jews had just recently tried to stone Jesus there. But Jesus wasn’t worried because He could see perfectly all the way to the end of God’s glory being revealed when Lazarus would rise from the dead. He was called to go to Lazarus by the Father and nothing could stop that from taking place. Jesus didn’t need to know everything He would encounter along the way, although He probably did know beforehand. He only needed to see God’s glory being revealed at the end of it all. Jesus could see by the light of the glory, which is the Father who was always with Him.

The Father is what made Jesus the light of the world as long as He was in the world. Jesus gave us this same light to walk in as long as we are in the world, because He gave us the Father’s glory, the same glory Jesus had before the world was. Jesus restored us to our Father by making us One in Him (in Christ).

John 8:12 “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”

The “light of life” is the Father of glory. It’s that “in Christ” position. It means His glory is awakened in us and we are the light of the world. This opens our eyes upon receiving, which even His glory causes us to receive so we don’t have to work at it. It’s already ours. We simply open our eyes by receiving this knowledge of His glory that makes us One with our Father and gives us His sight.

John 8:32 “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

Straight Talk, Access Spiritual Light… Rodna Epley

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Rodna Epley with tags , , , , , , on May 15, 2019 by paulthepoke

This transforming “light” is the glory of the Father which resides within each of us upon putting our faith in Christ but it lies dormant (we are blind to it even as believers) until we know that it is in us. When we know…our eyes begin to open and we can see from within in a way the world can’t see. We know things we aren’t supposed to know from the world’s perspective. Yet we are supposed to know them from the Father’s perspective.

In John 11:1-7, after Jesus learned Lazarus was sick, He waited 2 days to make sure he died so that the glory of God would be revealed in Him (in Christ) by raising Lazarus from the dead.

Sometimes God waits until we think the worst has happened and there’s no turning back before He sends His answer by telling us He can turn it back, so that His full glory will be revealed in any given situation. Don’t ever think death (or sleep) is the end of anything. God will wake that person up if you trust in Him to do so and cause all who witness to believe in Him. Nothing is impossible for our God and for those who are in Christ.

Jesus said to the disciples, “Let us go to Judea again.” The disciples said to Him, “Rabbi, lately the Jews sought to stone You, and are You going there again?” Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world. “But if one walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.” (John 11:8-10)

Because the light is not in him – that’s why he stumbles. Not because it’s dark outside. But because he’s spiritually blind. There’s no light in him. When Christians stumble too it’s because no light is in him – same as the world. Sight isn’t automatic even upon putting our trust in Christ. God’s glory must be awakened from lying dormant within us. The potential for sight is always there. But our eyes still must be opened. So the Holy Spirit is teaching us all things.

“Awake, O sleeper, arise from the dead, And Christ will shine on you.” (Ephesians 5:14, ESV)

Straight Talk, Get Up Lazarus… Rodna Epley

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Rodna Epley with tags , , , , , , on May 8, 2019 by paulthepoke

Jesus had just found out His friend Lazarus was sick and purposely waited 2 more days before responding to the call by Lazarus’s sisters to come and heal him. He waited so that Lazarus would surely die before He got there and the glory of God could be revealed in Him, proving that God sent Him and that He was the resurrection and the life. People would place their trust in Jesus, and the Father would receive glory through Him.

Jesus said He was going to wake Lazarus up because he was asleep. Waking from sleep for a believer is a metaphor for rising from the dead to a new life. That is for someone who goes to sleep having put their faith in Christ. Only those who die “in Christ” get to participate in this new creation life.

Those who have this new life also have a light residing within them that the rest of the world doesn’t have. It’s a transforming and informing light. This light is the glory of Father for anyone who is positioned “in Christ”. This “in Christ” position gives us the power of the throne of glory. Because we are sons of glory.

“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:” (John 1:12)

“In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.” (John 1:4)

“But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.” (Ephesians 2:4-7)

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)

Straight Talk, Expecting God’s Glory… Rodna Epley

Posted in Rodna Epley with tags , , , on February 20, 2019 by paulthepoke

John 15:7-8 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask (declare) what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.

These are the “greater works” Jesus said we would do in John 14:12 which we are now able to do under the New Covenant because Jesus went to the Father of glory – the source of all healing and miracles.

John 14:12 Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father.

All glory has been restored to Jesus and Jesus is pouring out to us now the very same glory He received before the world was, from glory to glory (John 17:5,22; 2 Corinthians 3:18).

“Peter directed this man’s attention to that glory within him (Peter). He declared it was something that he possessed. This glory was about to be released through his spoken words that were given to him by the Holy Spirit. It would then be known that it was the glory that would transform this lame man’s condition he had since birth.” -Larry Thompson

Expect it.
Receive it.
Enjoy it.
Release it. -Larry Thompson

Expect it!
Acts 3:4-5 And fixing his eyes on him, with John, Peter said, ‘Look at us.’ So he gave them his attention, expecting to receive something from them.

Receive it!
Acts 3:6-7 Then Peter said, ‘Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.’ And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.

Enjoy it!
Acts 3:8-9 So he, leaping up, stood and walked and entered the temple with them walking, leaping, and praising God. And all the people saw him walking and praising God.

Release it!
Acts 3:9-10 And all the people saw him walking and praising God. Then they knew that it was he who sat begging alms at the Beautiful Gate of the temple; and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.

Just believe the Word and know that healing and the answer to whatever you need is available to you today. Have that hope within you (Colossians 1:27) until you receive the manifestation of His glory in your life.

Colossians 1:27 To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

It’s coming! Don’t give up! God loves you way more than you could ever imagine and He is perfecting everything.

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“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be (is soon to be; about to be) revealed in us.” (Romans 8:18)

“Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” (Psalm 30:5)

“Awake, my glory! Awake, lute and harp! I will awaken the dawn.” (Psalm 57:8)

“Awake, O sleeper, arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” (Ephesians 5:14)

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