Himsights v359 – Personality Brings Oneness While Individuality Brings Division

“That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” John 3:6

“For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.” Romans 8:5.

“But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.” Romans 8:9.

“But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now.” Galatians 4:29.

“This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.” Galatians 5:16-17.

Individuality is me separate from God, you, and everybody else for that matter. It is the I, me, mine position – the position of the Flesh. Personality, on the other hand, is the expression and of us, we, our – it is the position of the Spirit of God and Christ and the position that Christ desires for His disciples. “And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.” John 17:11. And again in John 17:22, “And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one.”

Oswald Chambers offers such a good treatment of this that I wouldn’t want to change it. Please read how those of the spirit cannot mix with those of the flesh. The Flesh will not have it, Individuality will not partake in a relationship involving submission and denying oneself, while the Spirit seeks oneness, unity, marriage, community and being lost in the life of God and others – even at the sacrifice and death of self.

“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!” Matt. 23:37. How much He (Perfect Personality) wanted to become one with His children but they, (Flawed Individuality) would not.

In the Garden we have nothing less than the first expression of human individuality (I) and a severing of the union of personality (we).

When someone who has been asked to not work in a certain place, to not wear certain things, to not go certain places, to not talk to certain people, to not do certain things and their response is one big declaration of individuality (e.g. I will), then there is no marriage, there is no unity, there is distinct Individuality that refuses to be joined with another. There is separation and death to the oneness of we.

Do not go to the Garden – she did. Do not go about uncovered from my protection – she did. Do not go near the tree – she did. Do not talk to the serpent – she did. Do not eat of the forbidden fruit in willful disobedience – she did. She became divided and sought her individual will. A house divided cannot stand.

Unfortunately her husband followed her in her rebellious individualistic folly and separation from God and we all became the broken relationships that we are. If you find yourself in this predicament, “remain in Me“, do not separate, do not follow the folly of individualism. You are still married to Him if you do. “And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.” Matt. 5:30.

By the way, you will notice the theme I have been discussing, “Suffering is Your Opportunity to Show Your Quality”, right off the bat.

Here is the Oswald article if you are already confused:

Man Becomes What He Is

Circumstances make a man reveal what spirit he is of. Crises reveal character more quickly than anything else.

Personality is of the nature of light, it can be merged; individuality is like a lamp which cannot merge. There may be many lamps, but only one light. Individuality cannot mix; it is all “elbows,” it separates and isolates; it is the thing that characterises us naturally, in our elementary condition we are all individual. Individuality is the shell, as it were, holding something more valuable than itself—the kernel, which is personality. The shell of individuality is God’s created natural coating for the protection of the personal life. It preserves the personality, and is the characteristic of the child; but if I stick to my individuality and mistake it for the personal life, I shall remain isolated, a disintegrating force ending in destruction. Individuality counterfeits personality as lust counterfeits love. God designed human nature for Himself; individuality debases human nature for itself.

Personality merges, and you only get your real identity when you are merged with another person. A man has his individuality transfigured when he falls in love. When love or the Spirit of God strikes a man or woman, they are transformed, they no longer insist on their separate individuality. Christianity is personal, therefore it is un-individual. Personality is the characteristic of the spiritual man as individuality is the characteristic of the natural man. Our Lord never spoke in terms of individuality, of a man’s “elbows” or isolated position, but in terms of personality, “that they all may be one.” Our Lord can never be defined in terms of individuality or independence, but only in terms of personality. He was the antipodes [i.e. direct opposite] of the individual; there was nothing independent or wilful or self-assertive about Him. Jesus Christ emancipates the personality; the individuality is transfigured in the mastership of God’s purpose in Christ Jesus, and the transfiguring element is love; personal, passionate devotion to Himself, and to others.

Disposition is the set of my mind; character is the whole trend of my life, not what I do occasionally. Character is what we make; disposition is what we are born with. We make our characters out of the disposition we have, and when we are born again we get a new disposition, the disposition of the Son of God. We cannot imitate the disposition of Jesus Christ; it is either there or it isn’t. Our destiny is determined by our disposition; pre-ordination in regard to individual life depends entirely on the disposition of the individual. If the disposition of the Son of God is in me, then heaven and God are my destination; if the disposition in me is not the disposition of God, my home is as obviously certain with the devil. Our destiny is as eternal and as certain as God’s throne; it is an unalterable decree of God; but I am free to choose by what disposition I am to be ruled. I cannot alter my disposition, but I can choose to let God alter it, and Redemption means that in my practical experience Jesus Christ can give me a new heredity, a new disposition. Our destiny is something fixed by God, but determined by our disposition. We are all born with a disposition, i.e., the peculiar bent of our personal life, and it is that which determines our destiny. Praying won’t alter it, nor science, nor reasoning; if the destiny of a man is going to be altered it must be altered by the Creator (John 3:3).