they may be one, even as we are one.” John 17:22
is that peculiar, incalculable thing that is meant when we speak of ourselves
as distinct from everyone else. Our personality is always too big for us to
grasp. An island in the sea may be but the top of a great mountain. Personality
is like an island, we know nothing about the great depths underneath,
consequently we cannot estimate ourselves. We begin by thinking that we can,
but we come to realize that there is only one Being Who understands us, and
that is our Creator.
is the characteristic of the spiritual man as individuality is the
characteristic of the natural man. Our Lord can never be defined in terms of
individuality and independence, but only in terms of personality, “I and My
Father are one.” Personality merges, and you only reach your real identity when
you are merged with another person. When love, or the Spirit of God strikes a
man, he is transformed, he no longer insists upon his separate individuality.
Our Lord never spoke in terms of individuality, of a man’s “elbows” or his
isolated position, but in terms of personality – “that they may be one, even as
We are one.” If you give up your right to yourself to God, the real true nature
of your personality answers to God straight away. Jesus Christ emancipates the
personality, and the individuality is transfigured; the transfiguring element
is love, personal devotion to Jesus. Love is the outpouring of one personality
in fellowship with another personality.