Christ is the greatest reality. He is more real than we are. He is more real than others and our fallen perception of everything outside of us. When encountered we learn that he is more real then anything else, and the more distanced an object or being is from Him, the less real it becomes.
If we want to discover ourselves, we must sacrifice all of our self-images and telestial preoccupations to know him, and this is the only way to know our true selves. It is the only way we can truthfully perceive our world and others.
As our knowledge and awareness of Christ moves from our theories, hopes, and imagination – and his reality and the truth of his being becomes revealed to us, the truth or falsehood of everything else also becomes clear. The revelation of Christ consumes how we see everything else. And so does our rejection of Christ.
If we reject him in any way we, in the same moment, reject a part of ourselves. We cannot be our true self until we are completely transformed into a new creature in Christ. That is the true self.
Any effort to establish an identity outside of Christ is a denial of him and veils us from our true identity. We deny ourselves and him, and become fastened in the image of a false God.
We are either choosing him to be the God of our world, or we are choosing ourself to be the God of our world.