The Tetramorph and the Gospels illustrate the 4 Aspects of Christ's nature:
Justice (Man of Matthew)
Power (Lion of Mark)
Wisdom (Ox of Luke)
Love (Eagle of John)
Since our human nature is an imperfect image of Christ's perfect nature, our personalities are also reflections of Christ's personality, which bestows on us 4 Aspects that allow us to understand and reflect Christ's nature:
Tradition obeys Christ's Justice
Experience testifies to Christ's Power
Reason discerns Christ's Wisdom
Revelation is inspired by Christ's Love
But humanity is fallen, and our personalities are not perfect reflections of Christ. In our fallen state, different people reflect certain Aspects of Christ more than others. This is what creates the Disciple Types.
Each person has a Primary Aspect and a Secondary Aspect that largely determines how they see and respond to the circumstances and events of their life. Every person is unique, but we tend to exhibit patterns of behavior that are characteristic of a particular type. The chart below outlines how our Primary and Secondary Aspects form our Disciple Types:
What is an Aspect?
a particular part or feature of something.
"the financial aspect can be overstressed"
the positioning of a building or thing in a specified direction.
"a greenhouse with a southern aspect"
(of a planet) form an aspect with (another celestial body).
"the sun is superbly aspected by your ruler Mars on the 19th"
Late Middle English (denoting the action or a way of looking): from Latin aspectus, from aspicere ‘look at’, from ad- ‘to, at’ + specere ‘to look’.
An aspect is a part of an object that is dependent on the perspective of both the object and the observer. It is a relational word that indicates the particular direction the object is facing, as well as the direction from which it is being seen. In Astrology, it also describes the angle at which heavenly bodies are oriented toward each other. In religion, an aspect describes a manifestation of God, such as the Tetramorph.
The encampment of the Tribes of Israel around the Tabernacle represents one of the earliest illustrations of how we can have different orientations toward the same God depending on our perspective. The tribes facing in each cardinal direction (Judah, Reuben, Ephraim and Dan) bore the symbols of the Tetramorph. In turn, the stones corresponding to each tribe on the priestly breastplate have also been connected to the 12 months of the year, giving us birthstones.
The Wesleyan Pyramid gives us an image of human understanding in the form of four Aspects, each facing a different direction and granting a different perspective. The Aspects of Christ are both the object of our understanding as well as the source of our understanding. Taken together, the Aspects tell us who God is in relation to us, and who we are in relation to God.