There is a resurrection we can enjoy this side of heaven. If we are alive to life and not semi-comatose in our religion, we can break through this coma to the reality of this ultra-life in the present. Our life in Jesus is not just an encounter. It is union with God. This can belong to all if we are willing to go beyond packaged religion, institutional conformity and learned veils that insulate us from union with God and prevent the interweaving of His being with our own.
WHEN 'COMING OUT' IS STAYING IN
Richard Rohr writes, “Too often, however, we do not allow the events and experiences of life to teach us the habit of grace. What we have instead, and mass produced in our society, are what I call “liminoid” experiences. Our society has mass produced these as substitutes for liminal experiences.
They look like a movement out of our cozy space, but aren’t.
Botteled up in our fictions
“I have to get away from it. I’m going to the beach for two weeks,” people say. When we see people come back, they’re not refreshed at all. They have the same old agenda, the same old fears, the same old anger. They let go of nothing at the beach. Their way of looking hasn’t changed, so neither has their agenda. Their way of feeling and responding to reality is exactly the same. Maybe they got some good sleep, and that’s good for a while, but three days after the vacation they’ll be just like they were before. Then they’ll need another vacation.” (1)
SAME OLD, SAME OLD FICTIONS
They are just like people who grasp at the anointing of holy Spirit or some other novel key. But when done with it they revert back to the same old covenant, the same separated existence and the same old husks of law-bound living.
SEE HIS FACE
Information is not spirit and life.
We can see the hind-parts of God in religion. In a ‘Christian Routine’ we glimpse the shadow of God. In a ‘liminal life’ reality penetrates us and we merge with reality. In this reality Christ and we and Father have become one. Here we become sons of God instead of giving talks on sonship. This is genuine life in the Spirit where we do better than offering up something and nothing to fill a religious opportunity.
SPECIALISING IN UN-LIFE
By ‘liminal’ Rohr means a way of knowing ourselves and our experiences as for more than a surface superficiality. He is speaking of a greater reality that engulfs our deep being and the fullness of our person – like another baptism in which we lose ourselves by sinking into the deep of God and rising into the air to be a resurrected version of our former selves. Sons and daughters have a characteristic lightness; a joyful quality of life in the Spirit that defies circumstances and the motions of the religious. The life they emit in spirit and power has nothing to do with the embellishments of religion or learned theology. It is entirely to do with life to the full. Unhindered by any form of lie they live and share undiluted life!
Over-flowing with agency and life.
Rohr’s description of ‘liminoid’ experiences is a picture of what can pass for a religious experience in old covenant mode. Like enjoying and encounter with God in praise and worship at church, yet living our weekday life in the illusion of separation. Or experiencing some of the gifts of the Spirit, yet remaining rooted in our old covenant culture of law and separation. Or having moderate skill as a theologian yet being largely a dead man talking.
POSITIONED IN GOD
In Jesus Christ we have been bound into God by His cross and resurrection and by the entering into our being of Jesus Himself in Pentecostal union. But more than this, the ground of our being is that we are one with Christ. We are in union with the God and the trinity have taken up residence in our bodies. We access spirit and life in abundance simply by agreeing that it is ours and embracing the reality that God is literally in us and with us.
As exciting and needful as the gifts and the manifest presence and healings may be, the reality and basis of our sonship is union with God. By living in this reality we are continually filled with the Presence and our being is ignited with His spirit and life. In this state we are positioned to be channels of the Spirit without limit, emitting not drops but rivers of spirit and life.
The foundation of the Kingdom is the complete at-one-ment and the ever-present incarantion of the trinity in us. This is the REALITY in which the gifts must be rooted to be effective and sustained.