We are alive in Christ, and Peter says that we have become “partakers of the Divine nature.” (2 Peter 1:4) How can Jesus die and increase Himself with those of like nature, His seed being multiplied in the earth after its own kind? This is the capacity of spirit. The word individual is from the Latin word “individuus”. It means to be un-divided. We commonly use the term to describe our separateness or uniqueness, but actually it means to be un-divided from the rest of the human race. A human individual is a perfect representation of what a human is: un-divided from the rest of the human race. Thus in the higher realm of Spirit life, God has the ability of individualizing Himself, that is, bringing forth another expression of what He is without, so to speak, breaking Himself into parts. God individualizes Himself as the new man within us, “Christ in you the hope of glory.” God can individualize Himself within an infinite number of distinct beings, or units of consciousness and expression, and yet not in any way be separate or divided.
Only God can do this because He is Spirit. Matter cannot be individualized. It can only be broken up. Thus if you were to tear off half of this page, and then tear that into small pieces, you would have divided up the page. The remnant of the page would be smaller by the amount of paper torn off; and the whole page would be the sum of all the fragments. This is division, it is not individualization. Spirit, however can be individualized, and this capacity of God is the process by which He is bringing forth a vast company of sons in His very own likeness and image! This is also why the Body of Christ can be made up of many members and yet be one body. And why Paul exclaimed, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth within me” (Gal. 2:20).
So the real self, the Christ within, the spiritual man, the new creation, is in all truth an individualization of the nature of God in human flesh. Peter said that we had become “partakers of the Divine nature.” This does not mean that you are an absurd little personal god. You are an individualization of the one and only God who was first individualized in human flesh in the person of Jesus Christ. The new creation life within you is not “another Christ” or “another God,” but the manifestation of the life, mind, will, nature, power, and glory of the one and only true God—our Father, by whose seed/spirit you have been begotten from above.
Excerpt from Don Godfroy’s “The Cross in the Heart of God.”