GosPhil Verses

  • 51 “Glass and clay vessels are made with the help of fire. Glass vessels can be restored, because they are shaped by breath. But clay vessels are destroyed when they are broken, for they were born without breath.” [Note: breath is also translated to Spirit from the original Greek]
  • 53 “Light and darkness, life and death, right and left, are brothers of one another. They are inseparable. Because of this neither are the good good, nor the evil evil, nor is life life, nor death death. For this reason each one will dissolve into its earliest origin. But those who are exalted above the world are indissoluble, eternal.”
  • 53-54 “Names given to the worldly are very deceptive, for they divert our thoughts from what is correct to what is incorrect. Thus one who hears the word “God” does not perceive what is correct, but perceives what is incorrect. So also with “the father” and “the son” and “the holy spirit” and “life” and “light” and “resurrection” and “the church” and all the rest — people do not perceive what is correct but they perceive what is incorrect, [unless] they have come to know what is correct. The [names which are heard] are in the world [… deceive. If they] were in the eternal realm (Aeon,) they would at no time be used as names in the world. Nor were they set among worldly things. They have an end in the eternal realm.”
  • 54 “But truth brought names into existence in the world for our sakes because it is not possible to learn it without these names. Truth is one single thing: it is many things and for our sakes to teach about this one thing in love through many things. The rulers (archons) wanted to deceive man, since they saw that he had a kinship with those that are truly good. They took the name of those that are good and gave it to those that are not good, so that through the names they might deceive him and bind them to those that are not good. And afterward, what a favor they do for them! They make them be removed from those that are not good and place them among those that are good. These things they knew, for they wanted to take the free man and make him a slave to them forever.” [Note: sometimes, it can take divine intervention, implicit in determinism, to ward off the undesirables, even if it is not consciously known at the time.]
  • 55 “Before Christ came there was no bread in the world, just as Paradise, the place where Adam was, had many trees to nourish the animals but no wheat to maintain man. Man used to feed like the animals, but when Christ came, the perfect man, he brought bread from heaven in order that man might be nourished with the food of man. The Rulers thought that it was by their own power and will that they were doing what they did, but the Holy Spirit in secret was accomplishing everything through them as it wished. Truth, which existed since the beginning, is sown everywhere. And many see it sown, but few are they who see it being reaped.” “Some said, ‘Mary conceived by the Holy Spirit.” They are in error. They do not know what they are saying. When did a woman ever conceive by a woman? Mary is the virgin whom no Power defiled. She is a great anathema to the Hebrews, who are the apostles and [the] apostolic men. This virgin whom no power defiled [watched] the Powers defile themselves. And Christ [would] not have said ‘My [Father who is in] heaven’ unless [he] had had another Father, but he would have said simply ‘[My Father.]’”
    • [Note that Mary only was conceived by the Holy Spirit in GosMatt and GosLuke. This non-detail was not included in GosMarkGosJohn, or any of the other [Sethian] Nag Hammadi treatises. Again, GosMatt and GosLuke are not part of the Core works of The Protennoia Johannine Secessionist Canon. The only reason GosMatt and GosLuke have Mary conceived by the Holy Spirit is to tie the story back to the Old Testament. It is because of Justin Martyr that Matthew’s and Luke’s prevailing notion is that the histories need to be intertwined.]
  • 56 “Jesus is a hidden name, “Christ” is a revealed name. For this reason, Jesus is not particular to any language; rather he is always called by the name “Jesus.” While as for “Christ,” in Syriac it is “Messiah,” in Greek it is “Christ.” Certainly all the others have it according to their own language. “The Nazarene” is he who reveals what is hidden. Christ has everything in himself, whether man or angel or mystery, and the Father. Those who say that Christ died first and (then) rose up are in error, for he rose up first and (then) [Jesus] died.” [Note: what a Verse, one that completely supports the differentiation between Jesus and Christ.]
  • 56 “No one will hide a large valuable object in something large, but many a time one has tossed countless thousands into a thing worth a penny. Compare the soul. It is a precious thing and it came in a contemptible body.”
  • 57 “Some are afraid they will rise naked. Because of this they wish to rise in the flesh, and [they] do not know that it is those who wear the [flesh] who are naked. [It is] those who [choose] to unclothe themselves who are not naked. ‘Flesh [and blood shall] not inherit the kingdom [of God.’] What is this which will not inherit? This which is on us. But what is this, too, which will inherit? It is that which belongs to Jesus and his blood. Because of this he said, ‘He who shall not eat my flesh and drink my blood has not life in him (GosJohn 6:53.) What is it? His flesh is the Word, and his blood is the Holy Spirit. He who has received these has food and he has drink and clothing. I find fault with the others who say that it will not rise. Then both of them are at fault. You say that the flesh will not rise. But tell me what will rise, that we may honor you. You say the Spirit in the flesh, and it is also this light in the flesh. But this too is a matter which is in the flesh, for whatever you shall say, you say nothing outside the flesh. It is necessary to rise in the flesh since everything exists in it. In this world those who put on garments are better than the garments. In the kingdom of heaven the garments are better than those who have put them on. It is through water and fire that the whole place is purified — the visible by the visible, the hidden by the hidden. There are some things hidden through the visible. There is water in water, there is fire in Chrism.”
    • [Note one: one must go through ApJohn’s Autogenes Process/The Spirit of Light while one is in this world, what GosPhil refers to the Bridal Chamber.]
    • [Note two: the heavenly garments very well could refer to TriProt’s Five Seals: And I delivered him to those who give robes – Yammon, Elasso, Amenai – and they covered him with a robe from the robes of the Light.]
    • [Note three: this verse actually seems to promote moderate doceticism over full docetisicm rather succinctly, and as I discuss later, I would call myself a moderate docetic, thereby believing that Jesus did appear in the flesh in this aeon. It must be emphasized, however, that it is Christ’s Spirit that’s truly important!]
  • 58 “The heavenly man has many more Sons than the earthly man. If the sons of Adam are many, although they die, how much more the sons of the perfect man, they who do not die, but are always begotten. The Father makes a Son, and the Son has not the power to make a son. For he who has been begotten has not the power to beget, but the Son gets brothers for himself, not Sons. All who are begotten in the world are begotten in a natural way, and the others [are nourished] from [the place] whence they have been born. It is from being promised to the heavenly place that man [receives] nourishment.” [Note: quite similar to Christ in GosJohn 4:31-34.]
  • 59 “The apostles said to the disciples, ‘May our entire offering obtain salt.’ They called [Sophia] ‘salt.’ Without it no offspring [is] acceptable. But Sophia is barren, [without] child. For this reason she is called ‘a trace of salt.’”
    • [Note: GosMark 9:49-50 “For everyone will be salted with fire. Salt is good; but if salt has lost its saltiness, how can you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.” Clearly, even in GosPhil, Sophia lost her status as she has but a trace of salt. In other words, per GosMark, she lost her saltiness, and she can no longer season. Thus per ApJohn & TriProt, she’s stuck in the Ninth Heaven in this ogdoad, not the Pleroma. In Direct Revelation V I further go on to assign her apostate status.]
  • 61 “It is not possible for anyone to see anything of the things that actually exist unless he becomes like them. This is not the way with man in the world; he sees the sun without being a sun; and he sees the heaven and the earth and all other things, but he is not these things. This is quite in keeping with the truth. But you saw something of that place, and you became those things. You saw the Spirit, you became Spirit. You saw Christ, you became Christ. You saw the Father, you shall become Father. So in this place you see everything and do not see yourself, but in that place you see everything and do not see yourself, but in that place you do see yourself — and what you see you shall become.”
  • 62 “Faith receives, love gives. [No one will be able to receive] without faith. No one will be able to give without love. Because of this, in order that we may indeed receive, we believe, and in order that we may love, we give, since if one gives without love, he has no profit from what he has given. He who has received something other than the Father is still a Hebrew.” [Note: yet another critique of the OT!]
  • 65-66 “He who comes out of the world and so can no longer be detained on the grounds that he was in the world evidently is above the desire of the [counterfeit spirit] and fear. He is master over the [counterfeit spirit.] He is superior to envy. If [the authorities] come, they seize him and throttle [him.] And how will [this one] be able to escape the [great archonic] powers? How will he be able to [rest and repose?] There are some [who say,] ‘We are faithful in order that [we try to ward off the unclean spirits] and the demons. For if they had the Holy Spirit, no unclean spirit would cleave to them. Fear not the flesh nor love it. If you fear it, it will gain mastery over you. If you love it, it will swallow and paralyze you.” [Note 1: see GosJohn Verse 7:7 for more exploration of this topic.] [Note 2: compare with GosThom Saying 87]
  • 66 “And so he dwells in this world or in the resurrection or in the middle place. God forbid that I be found there! In this world there is good and evil. Its good things are not good, and its evil things not evil. But there is evil after this world which is truly evil — what is called “the middle.” It is death. While we are in this world it is fitting for us to acquire the resurrection, so that when we strip off the flesh we may be found in rest and not walk in the middle. For many go astray on the way. For it is good to come forth from the world before one has sinned.” [Note the direct allusion to ApJohn’s Autogenes/The Spirit of Light Process.]
  • 67 “Truth did not come into the world naked, but it came in types and images. The world will not receive Truth in any other way. There is a rebirth and an image of rebirth. It is certainly necessary to be born again through the image. Which one? Resurrection [Redemption.] The image must rise again through the image. The bridal chamber [Autogenes/Spirit of Light] and the image must enter through the image into the Truth: this is the restoration. Not only must those who produce the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit do so, but <those who> have produced them for you. If one does not acquire them, the name (“Christian”) will also be taken from him. But one receives the unction of the [Autogenes/The Spirit of Light] of the power of the Cross. This power the apostles called “the right and the left.” For this person is no longer a Christian but a Christ. The Father did everything in a mystery, a baptism and a chrism and a eucharist and a redemption and a bridal chamber.” [This Verse is quite notable.]
  • 69 “Through the Holy Spirit we are indeed begotten again, but we are begotten through Christ in the two. We are anointed through the Spirit. When were were begotten we were united. None can see himself either in water or in a mirror without Light. Nor again can you see in Light without water or mirror. For this reason it is fitting to baptize in the two, the the Light and the water. Now the Light is the chrism.”
  • 70 “The Powers do not see those who are clothed in the perfect Light, and consequently are not able to detain them.”
  • 72 “That is the way in this world — men make gods and worship their creation. It would be fitting for the gods to worship men!”
  • 73 “Those who say they will die first and then rise are in error. If they do not first receive the resurrection while they live, when they die they will receive nothing. So also when speaking about baptism they say, ‘Baptism is a great thing,’ because if people receive it they will live.” [Note: this verse is an Autogenes/Spirit of Light allusion per ApJohn, as well as a Five Seals allusion per TriProt.]
  • 74 “The chrism is superior to [traditional] baptism, for it is from the word ‘chrism’ that we have been called ‘Christians,’ certainly not because of the word ‘baptism.’ And it is because of the chrism that ‘the Christ’ has his name. For the Father anointed the Son, and the Son anointed the apostles, and the apostles anointed us. He who has been anointed possesses everything. He possesses the resurrection, the Light, the cross, the Holy Spirit. The Father gave him this in the bridal chamber [again, and this should be noted, akin to ApJohn’s Autogenes process/Spirit of Light as well as TriProt’s Five Seals;] he merely accepted the gift. The Father was in the Son and the Son in the Father. This is the kingdom of Heaven.”
    • [Note: Also, it’s because of the word ‘chrism’ that we have been called ‘Christians,’ certainly not because of the name ‘Jesus’ — and this further differentiates Jesus from Christ.]
  • 75 “The living water is a body. It is fitting that we put on the living person. For this reason, when one is about to go down to the water, one strips so that one may put on that one (that is, the living person).”
  • 75 Jesus said, “There are many standing at the door, but it is the solitaries who will enter the bridal chamber.”
    • [Note:  Again, I relate the Bridal Chamber to ApJohn’s Autogenes/Spirit of Light Process, whereby one becomes one with the Holy Spirit, or the Immovable Race.
  • 75 Jesus said, “There are many standing at the door, but it is the solitaries who will enter the bridal chamber.”
    • [Note one: again, I relate the Bridal Chamber to ApJohn’s Autogenes/Spirit of Light Process, whereby one becomes one with the Holy Spirit, or the Immovable Race.
    • Note two: also, compare to GosThom Saying 75]
  • 75 “The world came about through a mistake. For he who created it wanted to create it imperishable and immortal. He fell short of attaining his desire. For the world never was imperishable, nor, for that matter, was he who made the world. For things are not imperishable, but sons are. Nothing will be able to receive imperishability if it does not first become a son. But he who has not the ability to receive, how much more will he be unable to give?” [What an incredible allusion to ApJohn!]
  • 76 “Not only will they [the Powers] be unable to detain the perfect man, but they will not be able to see him, for if they see him they will detain him. There is no other way for a person to acquire this quality except by putting on the perfect Light [and] he too becoming perfect Light.”
  • 77 “He who has knowledge of the truth is a free man, but the free man does not sin, for ‘he who sins is the slave of sin’ (GosJohn 8:34). Truth is the mother, Knowledge [Gnosis] the Father. Those who think that sinning does not apply to them are called ‘free’ by the world. ‘Knowledge’ of the Truth merely ‘makes such people arrogant,’ which is what the words ‘it makes them free’ mean. It even gives them a sense of superiority over the whole world. But ‘love’ builds up. In fact, he who is really free through Knowledge is a slave because of love for those who have not yet been able to attain the freedom of Knowledge. Knowledge [again, Gnosis] makes them capable of becoming free.”
  • 80 “Blessed is the one who on no occasion caused a soul [distress.] That person is Jesus Christ. He came to the whole place and did not burden anyone. Therefore, blessed in the one who is like this, because he is a perfect man. For the Word tells us that this kind is difficult to define. How shall we be able to accomplish such a great thing? How will he give everyone comfort? Above all, it is not proper to cause anyone distress — whether that person is great or small, unbeliever or believer — and then give comfort only to those who take satisfaction in good deeds. Some find it advantageous to give comfort to the one who has fared well. He who does good deeds cannot give comfort to such people; for he does not seize whatever he likes. He is unable to cause distress, however, since he does not afflict them [Note: per GosPhil Verse 86 those of the Immovable Race will be able to overcome distress inflicted upon themselves.] To be sure, the one who fares well sometimes causes people distress — not that he intends to do so; rather it is his own wickedness which is responsible for their distress. He who possesses the qualities (of the perfect man) bestows joy upon the good. Some, however, are terribly distressed by all this.”
  • 81 “Compare the disciple of God: if he is a sensible fellow he understands what discipleship is all about. The bodily Forms [allusion to ApJohn’s & TriProt’s Armozel] will not deceive him, but he will look at the condition of the soul of each one and speak with him. There are many animals in this world which are in human Form. When he identifies them, to the swine he will throw acorns, to the cattle he will throw barley and chaff and grass, to the dogs he will throw bones. To the slaves he will give only elementary lessons, to the children he will give the complete instruction.” [Note: compare with GosMark 7:26-30]
  • 81-82 “There is the Son of Man and there is the Son of the Son of Man. The lord is the Son of Man, and the Son of the Son of Man is he who creates through the Son of Man. The Son of Man received from God the capacity to create. He also has the ability to beget. He who has received the ability to create is a creature. He who has received the ability to beget is an offspring. He who creates cannot beget. He who begets also has the power to create. Now they say, “he who creates begets.” But his so-called “offspring” is merely a creature. Because of birth, they are not his offspring. He who creates works openly and he himself is visible. He who begets begets in [private] and he himself is hidden. Also, he who creates, creates openly. But one who begets, begets the children in private. No one can know when the husband and the wife have intercourse with one another except the two of them. Indeed marriage in the world is a mystery for those who have taken a wife. If there is a hidden quality to the marriage of defilement, how much more is the undefiled marriage a true mystery! It is not fleshly but pure. It belongs not to desire but to the will. It belongs not to darkness or the night but to the day and the light. If a marriage is open to the public, it has prostitution, and the bride plays the harlot not only when she is impregnated by another man but even if she slips out of her bedroom and is seen. Let her show herself only to her father and her mother and to the friend of the bridegroom and the Sons of the bridegroom. These are permitted to enter every day into the bridal chamber. But let the others yearn just to listen to her voice and to enjoy her ointment, and let them feed from the crumbs that fall from the table, like the dogs. Bridegrooms and brides belong to the bridal chamber. No one shall be able to see the bridegroom with the bride unless he become such a one.” [Note: compare with GosThom Saying 87]
  • 83 “As for ourselves, let each one of us dig down after the root of evil which is within one, and let us pluck it out of one’s heart from the root. It will be plucked out if we recognize it. But if we are ignorant of it, it takes root in us and produces its fruit in our heart. It masters us. We are its slaves. It takes us captive, to make us do what we do not want; and what we do not want we do not do. It is powerful because we have not recognized it. While it exists, it is active. Ignorance is the mother of all evil. Ignorance will result in death because those that come from ignorance neither were nor are nor shall be.”
  • 84 “Ignorance is a slave. Knowledge is freedom. If we know the Truth, we shall find the fruits of the Truth within us. If we are joined to it, it will bring our fulfillment.”
  • 86 “If anyone becomes a son of the bridal chamber, he will receive the Light. If anyone does not receive it while he is here, he will not be able to receive it in the other place. He who receives that Light will not be seen, nor can he be detained. And none shall be able to torment a person like this even while he dwells in the world.”