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substance as the subject.? Tennyson, in his Palace of Art, speaks of ?the abysmal depths of personality.? We do not fully know ourselves, nor yet our relation to God. But the divine consciousness embraces the whole divine content of being: ?the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God? ( <460210>1 Corinthians 2:10).

We are not fully masters of ourselves. Our self-determination is as limited as is our self-consciousness. But the divine will is absolutely without hindrance; God?s activity is constant, intense, infinite; <182313>Job 23:13 ? ?What his soul desireth, even that he doeth?; <430517>John 5:17 ? ?My Father worketh even until now, and I work.? Self-knowledge and self-mastery are the dignity of man; they are also the dignity of God; Tennyson: ?Self- reverence, self-knowledge, self-control, These three lead life to sovereign power.? Robert Browning, The Last Ride Together: ?What act proved all its thought had been? What will but felt the fleshly screen?? Moberly, Atonement and Personality, 6, 161, 216-255 ? ?Perhaps the root of personality is capacity for affection.?? Our personality is incomplete: we reason truly only with God helping; our love in higher Love endures; we will rightly, only as God works in us to will and to do; to make us truly ourselves we need an infinite Personality to supplement and energize our own; we are complete only in Christ ( <510209>Colossians 2:9,10 ? ?In him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily, and in him ye are made full.? Webb, on the Idea of Personality as applied to God, in Jour. Theol. Studies, 2:50 ? ?Self knows itself and what is not itself as two, just because both alike are embraced within the unity of its experience, stand out against this background, the apprehension of which is the very essence of that rationality or personality which distinguishes us from the lower animals. We find that background, God, present in us, or rather, we find ourselves present in it. But if I find myself present in it, then it, as more complete, is simply more personal than I. Our not-self is outside of us, so that we are finite and lonely, but God?s not-self is within him, so that there is a mutual inwardness of love and insight of which the most perfect communion among men is only a faint symbol. We are ?hermit-spirits,? as Keble says, and we come to union with others only by realizing our union with God. Personality is not impenetrable in man, for ?in him we live, and move, and have our being? ( <441728>Acts 17:28), and ?that which hath been made is life in him ( <430103>John 1:3, 4).? Palmer, Theologic Definition, 39 ? ?That which has its cause without itself is a thing, while that which has its cause within itself is a person.?

Second Division. ? Infinity, and attributes therein involved.

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