But I leave this, because that which follows embraces and intensifies this individuality of relation in a fuller development of the truth. For the name is one “which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.”
Not only then has each man his individual relation to God, but each man has his peculiar relation to God. He is to God a peculiar being, made after his own fashion, and that of no one else; for when he is perfected he shall receive the new name which no one else can understand. Hence he can worship God as no man else can worship Him; can understand God as no man else can understand Him. This or that man may understand God more, may understand God better than he, but no other man can understand God as he understands Him.
God give me grace to be humble before thee, my brother!–that I drag not my simulacrum of thee before the judgment-seat of the unjust judge, but look up to thyself for what revelation of God thou and no one else canst give.
As the fir-tree lifts up itself with a far different need from the need of the palm-tree, so does each man stand before God, and lift up a different humanity to the common Father. And for each, God has a different response. With every man He has a secret: the secret of the new name. In every man there is a loneliness, an inner chamber of peculiar life into, which God only can enter. I say not it is the innermost chamber–but a chamber into which no brother, nay, no sister can come.
From this it follows that there is a chamber also–(O God, humble and accept my speech!)–a chamber in God Himself, into which none can enter but the one, the individual, the peculiar man–out of which chamber that man has to bring revelation and strength for his brethren. This is that for which he was made: to reveal the secret things of the Father.
By his creation, then, each man is isolated with God; each, in respect of his peculiar making, can say, “my God!”; each can come to Him alone, and speak with Him face to face, as a man speaketh with his friend. There is no massing of men with God. When He speaks of gathered men, it is as a spiritual body, not a mass. For in a body every smallest portion is individual, and therefore capable of forming a part of the body.