WHEN SOLIDITY IS A VAPOUR
I have had sincere and lovely people prophesy ‘words’ over me that are entirely irrelevant and complete nonsense. I have had others do the same with great poignancy and accuracy.
There’s a difference between ‘words of knowledge’ and spiritual discernment. They are not always found together and are a different ‘gift.’ It is important to recognise that one may be spiritually discerning as oneself and not necessarily as one exercising a gift of the Spirit. I do not want to split hairs, but who we are and what we are in being filled with wisdom and the holy Spirit, depends on our living in the overarching gift of the new testament age: The incarnation. This is to say that those who embrace their new covenant life will do better in perceiving the things of God and dividing between flesh and spirit than those who are restrained in the law and old covenant. What’s so special about the new covenant? It’s union with God.
A RELIGION OF FICTIONS
We can avoid the truth or live in it. Living in the truth is not living in abstractions. It is living in God as a state of being with the result that we and Father are one. As sons and daughters we are part of Him and privy to what He wants us to know, to grow us into our glory as sons of God. Separation – for that is what we remain in when tied to the law - and living in religion denies us that communion and oneness of light and spirit that is ours as sons of God.
Separation delivers a subtle blindness of spirit that that allows us to assume that we are in the Spirit when we are really in religion and the flesh. It’s not unknown for people to advance the gifts of the Spirit without being in the Spirit. As such they can be known for their industry as well as their confusion.
Separation denies us wholeness and the well-being of spirit and life. Why? Because in Adam and Moses the curtain remains intact, the dividing wall has not been removed and our alienation in Adam has not been undone (actually it has. But we are choosing not to live in it). Richard Rohr writes,
“To follow their own paths to wholeness … they trusted in and hearkened to the voice of God in their deepest Selves. Many educated and sophisticated people are not willing to submit to indirect, subversive, and intuitive knowing, which is probably why they rely far too much on external law and ritual behavior to achieve their spiritual purposes. They know nothing else that feels objective and solid. Intuitive truth, that inner whole-making instinct, just feels too much like our own thoughts and feelings, and most of us are not willing to call this “God,” even when that voice prompts us toward compassion instead of hatred, forgiveness instead of resentment, generosity instead of stinginess, bigness instead of pettiness. But think about it: If the incarnation is true, then of course God speaks to you through your own thoughts! As Joan of Arc brilliantly replied when the judge accused her of being the victim of her own imagination, “How else would God speak to me?” (1)
Don’t be one for whom your solidity is a vapour and your wineskin is a patched up old covenant incapable of carrying spirit and life.
(1) Rohr, Richard. The Universal Christ (pp. 85-86). SPCK. Kindle Edition.