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发表于 2011-9-11 16:32:55 | 显示全部楼层 |阅读模式
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腓力福音
Gospel Of Philip
edited and formatted by 小王老师
【中文译文】

一个希伯莱人变成另一个希伯莱人,这样的人就叫做改变宗教信仰者,然而一个改宗者却不会再次改变信仰。一些改宗者希望别人也像他那样,另一些人却仅仅是存在。奴隶只是想寻求解脱,他没有想到要继承主人的财产。儿子不仅仅是儿子,他会要求继承父亲原财产。死亡的后裔会死亡,因为他继承了死亡,生命的后裔会得到生命,他们同时继承了死亡和生命。死亡的后裔什么都不能继承,人都死了还能继承产业吗?倘若一个属于死亡的人继承了生命,他就不会死亡,还会更富生命力。

非信徒不会死,因为他不会为信仰而活。他会相信真理就在生命里。真理威胁着死亡,所以他得永生。基督来到这个世界上,城市林立,死亡在进行着。。。我们希伯莱人是只有母亲的孤儿,但成为基督徒后就同时拥有父亲和母亲了。

冬天播种夏天收割。冬天是世界,夏天是另一个永恒。我们在冬天播下种子,夏天就可以收割。我们在冬天祷告。夏天过后又是冬天。但是如果每一个人都在冬天播种的话,不是每个人在夏天都有收获,有些种子被除掉,因为这些庄稼不是为他而设。不仅仅是种子不能结出果实,安息日的田地也会干枯。

基督来救赎,救了一些人,赎回另一些。他拯救那些陌生人,让他们像他那样。他把他自己分给每一个人,就如同盟约自身一样。他仅仅是谦卑地降下自己尊贵的生命,他来到世界的每一天都是在卑微中隐藏自己高贵的身份。由于有一种神圣的誓约在他里面,他来到世上就要得到生命之书。有人落入强盗手上,被俘虏了,他挺身而出去救他。;他不仅仅救世主赎好人,还救赎坏人。

光明与黑暗,生命与死亡,左和右都是一对兄弟,不可分割,从来没有见过好与好,也没有坏与坏,生命与生命,死亡与死亡相对应。故此每一对都会融入原始的本性中,提升到世界之上的是永恒与不朽。

凡是世上被命名的都会在我们头脑中分成对与错,因此一个听到神之道的人不会察觉到什么是对,但会察觉到什么是错,同样有关圣父,圣子,圣灵,生命,光,救赎和教会等相关问题上――人们不会察觉什么是正确。我们被这个世界的蒙蔽了。如果人活在永恒里,他就不会把时间花在这些名字里头,也不会为名字而争执。现在他们的永恒已经结束了。

有一个名字在晕个世界上不能用声音表达出来,那是父亲赐给儿子的名字,这个名字超越所有,甚至大于“父亲”这个名字。除非儿子穿上了“父亲”这个名字的衣服,否则儿子涌成为父亲。拥有这个名字的人知道它,但说不出来,没有拥有这个名字的人永远不能知道它。

然而真理在这个世上必须用语言表达,否则不能教导别人。真理是唯一的,同时又是通过很多事物向我们展现出来,我们又是通过身边的很多事物去学习独一的真理。权力会哄骗人,让人只会看见眼前的就是好。他们用自己的意志,用名字去区分好与坏,利用名字把不好的东西蒙骗人,让人瞎了眼,然后他们会使自己名声大噪起来,把认为不好的除去,用他们认为好的取代之。自由的人知道这些伎俩,所以他们都想方设法把自由人抓起来,让他永远受奴隶。

权力让人斗争,不是把人解救出来。如果人得救,就不需要用各种献祭,动物也不需要为权力牺牲。他们事实上是献祭给死亡。对于人子,他们把他献给死亡,他却得到生命。

基督来到之前世上没有面饼,就像天堂一样。那是亚当住的地方,有很多树滋养着动物,并没有小麦供给人吃。;人以前也吃动物吃的东西,但基督,完美的人来到了,他从天堂带来饼,为的是想让人通过自己的食物养活自己。人们都认为是自己通过力量得到所需,其实是圣灵在暗中让他们达到愿望。真理,自太初以来就存在,播种于万物中。很多人只把它看作种子,很少人把它看成收割。

一些人说,玛利亚从圣灵感孕。他们都错了。他们都不知道自己在说些什么。一个妇女怎能通过另一个妇女怀孕呢?(注:诺斯替派认为圣父,圣子,圣灵当中,圣灵是上帝的女性位格。)玛利亚是一个没有被权力玷污的处女。她是希伯莱人,也是使徒和信徒们的极大诅咒。这位处女从未被权力玷污;各种权力却在玷污自己。如果玛利亚从圣灵感孕,主就不会说我在天上的父(马太福音16:17),除非他另外还有一位父亲,但他却仅仅说我的父亲。

主对信徒说把其它房子里的东西拿出来,放进天父的房子里,但不要把天父房子的东西挪去。

耶稣是隐藏的名字,基督把“耶稣”这个名字显现出来。为此,“耶稣”并不存在于其它语言里,但他作为“耶稣”的名字却常常被提起。基督也是他名字,叙利亚语叫弥赛亚,希腊语叫基督。当然其他的语言里也有不同的叫法。“拿撒勒”也是把隐藏的东西显然出来。基督自身包含了一切――人,天使,奥秘和天父。

说基督首先死亡然后再从死亡中提升是错的,他应该是首先得到提升然后才死亡。如果一个人得不到复活的奥义,他怎么会去死呢?当神还活着,他其实已经死了。

没有人会把最大的价值隐藏起来,但很多时候过于显露出来的通常不值一毛钱。比如说灵魂,灵魂是高贵的,却以一个低贱的肉身出现。

一些人害怕赤裸裸地提升起来,因为他们希望让肉身得到提升。他们并不知道肉身外衣下的是赤裸裸的灵魂。如果他们不脱下外衣就不会赤裸裸。血肉之体,不能承受神的国。(哥林多前书15:50)。有什么是不能继承的?那就是我们自己。有什么是可以继承,并且一旦继承了就可以拥有一切的呢?是耶稣和他的血。为此他说若不吃人子的肉,喝人子的血,就没有生命在你们里面。(约翰福音6:53)。那是什么?他的肉是真道,他的血是圣灵。他通过衣食饮用得到这些。我觉得那些说这样将不会提升是错误的,这些人都错了。你说肉体不会提升,那么什么是可以提升,令到大家荣耀你呢?你说精神在肉体里,那么这个灵性之光也应在肉体内,但这也是肉体内的一件物,因为无论你说什么,你都会说肉身以外一无所有。每一样东西都存在肉身内,所以有必要把肉身提升起来。在这个世上穿上的衣服比自身的衣服好看,在天国里自身的衣服胜过穿上的衣服。

一切都会通过水和火得到净化――显现的归显现,隐藏的归隐藏,可见之物里面会隐藏不可见之物。水里面的是水,圣油里面的是火。耶稣秘密地把它们都显现出来,他不是用高谈阔论的方式显现,而是用很多人都看不见的方式显现了他自身。他把他自己全部都向众人显现了。他向伟大者展现出伟大,向卑贱者展现出卑贱,向矮小者展现出矮小,向天使们展现出天使自身。正因为如此,他的道深入人心。一些人真正地看见他,觉得是在看他们自己,当他充满荣耀地在山上出现之时已经不再是矮小了。他变得高大,但他让使徒们变得高大,他们都可以看到他的伟大。他在感恩节说你已经同我一样,与完美,光,圣灵和众天使连成一体。不要轻视羔羊,没有它就不能看见天国。除非他自己赤裸,否则没有人可以看见国王。

天上的人比地上的人拥有更多的儿女。尽管亚当的儿女属于死亡,但亚当的后裔已经有很多,试想想不死的完美之人拥有多少后裔呢。父亲生儿子,儿子却没有再生下儿子,被生下来的却没有能力再生,因为儿子们拥有的是兄弟,而不是儿子。一种是世上的自然繁衍,另一种是灵性繁衍。那些由他而来的是出自完美之人,他们受到天国的滋养。出自天国的道也会变得完美。完美的种子通过亲吻就会孕育,最后就会有完美的事物诞生。为此我们应彼此相爱,爱身边的其它事物,我们的思想内也孕育着完美的种子。

与主同行有三位:他的母亲,妹妹和他的同伴抹大拉,三位都叫玛利亚。

父亲和儿子都只有一个名字,圣灵有两个名字。他们无处不在:隐藏的或显现的。当圣灵隐藏的时候就显得卑贱,当圣灵显现的时候就显得高贵。

圣人被邪恶的力量侍候着,因为他们是灵性上的瞎子,没有想到自己在侍候圣人的时候其实是在侍候一个普通人,圣人也是由普通人而来。总有一天主的信徒会问这些问题。他会对他说:“去问你的母亲,她会给你另一个答案。”

使徒会对信徒说;“让我们的后代得到盐(圣经上耶稣也要求使徒做这个世界的光和盐。)他们叫做苏菲之盐。没有它一切都变了味,没有贡品是可接受的,但苏菲没有孩子,因此她又叫做“盐的足迹”。无论他们在何处,圣灵都会与他们同在,因而她又是儿女众多。

尽管儿子还小,还不能委派他去做事,但父亲的所有都是属于儿子。一旦儿子长大成人,父亲就会把财产交给儿子。迷途之人灵魂也迷途,灵性之火已经熄灭。

世上的智慧是简单的智慧,是死亡的智慧,让我们熟知死亡,也叫做小智慧,连公牛,笨蛋之类的动物也拥有的智慧,无论是温驯的还是野性的都是如此。人利用饲养的动物耕种土地,以喂养动物也喂养他自己。与完美之人相比,完美之人是通过力量去顺从他耕种的土地,为未来所需。为此整片土地都完整地存在,不论好坏与否都会向东西南北伸展。圣灵牧养每一个人,管治所有的力量,包括温驯的和野性的,也包括有独特个性的人。她把他们聚集在一起,关在小客栈里面,不能逃脱。尽管如此,他们还是愿意被她关着。他创造了美丽的我们,你也会发现他的儿子们的完美杰作。如果他不是被造,而是被生,你就会发现他的种子是完美的,但是现在他既是被造又是被生的,有什么是高贵的呢?首先是通奸者的出现,然后就是刽子手。他为通奸者所生,所以他的儿子是蛇。他成为一个刽子手,像他父亲一样,他杀死了他的兄弟。

神是一个染色工,染上了“好的颜色”的就叫做真理。随着神的颜色不断被染上,事物原本的自我就会融解。染色工是不朽的,他的颜色也是不朽的。现在神沉浸于他自己的水中,这并不可能。一个人看到某事物存在是因为他貌似这种事物,然而在世人眼光里头却不是这样:他看见太阳但他不是太阳;他看见天与地和所有一切,但他不属于这一切。你看见了灵魂,你会成为灵魂。你看见了基督你就成为基督(一个基督徒)。你看见了父亲,你也成为父亲。你看见了所有一切但看不见你自己。如果去一个能看见自己的地方,就可以看到自己会成为什么。

信是吸收,爱是给予。没有信是不可能吸收的,没有爱也不可能给予。为此,为了使我们更能吸收,我们要相信;我们也因而能够爱和给予。没有爱,你所给出的是没有意义的。没有信主的人依然是希伯莱人。

使徒们为他给出这些名字;耶稣,拿撒勒,弥赛亚,也就是“耶稣,拿撒勒,基督”。耶稣在前,基督在后,拿撒勒在中间。弥赛亚有双重意思,包括基督和衡量。耶稣在希伯莱语是赎回的意思,拿撒勒是真理的意思。拿撒勒人就是追求真理的人,基督是经过衡量的。

一颗明珠不会因为掉入泥泞里就会受到轻视,同样也不因为涂上香油而显高贵,但在主人眼内却有了价值。同神的儿子们相比,他们算得上什么。他们在父亲眼内都是珍贵的。

神是个食人者,所以人要献祭给他。因为他们所献祭的并不是神,所以人献祭之前动物首先被献祭。玻璃水瓶和陶器都通过火制造出来了。如果玻璃水瓶被打碎了,他们做的事也完了,可以松一口气,然而陶器打碎了,他们就要遭到毁灭,一命呜呼了。

笨人会让一个石磨走一百多里的路。当石磨松脱,它发现自己还在原地。人走了很多路,却总是原地踏步,没有朝一个方向前进。夜幕降临到他们身上,他们看不见城市和乡村,看不见受造物和自然界,看不见天使和力量。他们所作一切都变得徒劳。

圣体就是耶稣。(圣体也是天主教的一种礼仪。耶稣在最后的晚餐里用饼和酒为象征,把救世主的信息分给大家。)法利塞人在叙利亚语的意思是那些宣扬耶稣在世上被钉十字架的人。(法利塞就是缺乏智慧的意思。)救世主成了利未人(以色列的一个支派,是祭司支派,摩西也出于这个支派)的染色工,他把他们的七十二种不同的颜色都去掉,通通染上了白色。他说过,人子的来到就像染色工一样。(可能是指所罗门的七十二位神)

智慧是不育的,她是天使之母。救世主的同伴是玛丽亚抹大拉。(抹大拉是从良的妓女的意思。)基督爱她多于门徒,经常吻她,门徒受到冒犯,感到不满。他们问他:“你为什么爱她多于爱我们呢?”救世主反问他们:“为什么我不能像她那样爱你们呢?”盲人和开眼人同在黑暗中走,他们都没有分别。光明来到,看到光明的心里头就有光,看不见光的仍在黑暗中走。主说受祝福的是那些看得清自己的人。智慧人并不着眼于可见之物,而是着眼于可见背后的不可见,然后他会熟练掌握背后的不可见之物,超越于所有比他强的动物,令到他们能够生存下来。如果人与他们分离,他们就会自相残杀。他们自相残杀是因为他们找不到食物,现在因为人善于耕种土地,所以他们能找到食物。

如果一个人潜入水里面,什么也捞不到就爬上来就说“我是基督徒”,他仅仅是为了兴趣而借用一个名字。如果他接受了圣灵,他就会得到一个名字作为恩赐。收到了的礼物是无需偿还的,借出去的东西就一定要还。这是人要走的神秘道路。婚姻(或结合)是伟大的奥秘!没有它世界就不复存在。世界依靠人而存在,人的存在依靠结合。想想那些无玷的结合,它能产生伟大的力量,但它会以污秽的形象出现。

不洁的灵魂当中,有男也有女,男的会沉迷女的声色,女的也是如此,与男的混在一起,其中一个会不忠。没有人可以逃脱它们。如果没有得到男性和女性的力量――新郎和新娘而存在的结合。它们会留住他。一些人从镜像中的新房得到它们。任性的女人看见一个男性单独坐着,她们会一齐跃起来与他嬉戏。好色的男人也是一样,看见美丽的女人端坐着就想主动与她调情。如果他们看见那人和他的妻子都坐在两端,男性不能走近女性,女性也不能走近男性。如果那个肖像与天使们在一起,那么男性和女性都不会感兴趣。

他离开世界不久就被人所记得是因为他还在世上。证据显示他在欲望与恐惧之上,他是大自然的主人,他胜过一切的羡慕。如果有人来到,他们会紧盯着他,扼杀他。这个人怎样才能逃脱巨大的力量呢?他怎样才能躲过他们呢?一些人会说“我们充满信心”来掩饰不洁的灵魂和魔鬼。如果他们拥有纯洁的圣灵,他们就会抛开这些行为。恐惧既不是色欲也不是爱。如果你是恐惧,你就不能知道奥秘中的奥秘,你自己也不能得到超越。如果你是爱,他会包容你,你会与他成为一体。他要么会再来到世上,要么成为人神之间的中保,参与救赎。世上没有绝对的好与坏,好的并不好,坏的并不坏,但是这个世界之外的邪恶是真正的邪恶――叫做“中间”的那一位就是死亡。我们所处的这个世界需要某种力量来拯救我们自己,因此当我们沉迷于肉体之中,就会发现自己不是走在中间。很多人就这样误入岐途,所以一些人会说“我们生于罪”。

一些人既不想到罪也不犯罪。另外一些人,虽然想到了罪,但未至于触犯它,因为这种思想让他充满犯罪感,成为一个罪人。还有一些人,纵使没有想到罪,明灯也向他们隐藏起来――那些想着是与否的人。一些传道者见到有一些人把点有明灯的房间的门关上,自己却与凶猛的火连在一起,烈焰四起,怒火冲天。他问他们为什么他们不能得救?他们回答说他们并没有想到过。作为惩罚,他们到了这个地步,这就叫做外在的黑暗,他们已经把自己扔进种黑暗里面。圣灵是由水和火调和而来的,人子通过水,火和光而来。火是基督,光就是火。我不敢断定火是否有形状,但与其它的火相比,-它们都是白色,明亮而美丽,散发出美丽的光彩。

真理不会赤裸裸地来到世上,它会变成各种方式和形象。人会从很多道路得到真理。这是一种重生,是一个肖像的重生。他们当然有必要说通过肖像得到重生。亲郎和他的形象也是通过各种肖像得到真理:这是一种康复。那些没有得到真理的人只会得到圣父,圣子,圣灵之名,自己没有成为其中的一部分。一个人没有得到他自己的名字,基督徒之名也会从他那里除去。如果他们从十字架上得到芳香的力量,使徒们把十字架叫做称量左与右的天平,他不仅仅是基督徒,而是基督。

主在奥秘中做了一切事情,洗礼,圣油,圣餐,救赎和结合。主说我要让卑贱的变得高大,让外在像内在。有人说,有一位神圣的人,还有一位在他之上是错的。把天国的奥秘显现出来的人就是神圣的人,显现出来的比他要低贱,隐藏起来的比他还高贵。有些人问得好,什么是内在和外在?怎样让外在更像内在?为此,主说要毁灭外在的黑暗;除此之外别无其它。他说,你祷告的时候,要进入你的内屋,关上门,祷告你在暗中的父,你父在暗中察看,必然报答你。(马太福音6:6),你就会知晓一切。问有什么东西在里面是愚蠢的,里面什么也没有,暗中察看你们的一位高于你们之上。

基督来到之前,有些地方他们不能进入,进入里面的又不能出来。现在基督来了,把进去的带出来,把出来的带进去。夏娃与亚当在一起的时候,死亡并不存在。她与亚当分离之后,死亡就进入了。如果那人能自我完善,回复本来的自己,死亡将不会出现。

我的神,我的神,为什么离弃我。(马可福音15:34)。他钉在十字架上的时候说这些话,那一刻他是分离的。

所以由他所生的人都是毁坏,不能散发出神的光。

主从死亡中提升起来。他同以往一样,但他的身体现在是完美的。他改造了肉身,现在这个身体是真正的身体。我们的肉身不是真实的,我们要把镜像中的肉身改造真正的肉身。新郎的宴席不是为动物而设,也不是为奴隶和淫妇而设,而是属于自由人和处女。我们透过圣灵获得重生,但我们有两方面是从基督而来,我们却又通过圣灵而涂上圣油。我们与生俱来就是连成一体。没有光,没有人可以通过水或镜子看清自己。洗礼分为二重,水的洗礼和光的洗礼。现在光就是圣油。

有三座圣殿专门献祭给耶路撒冷。朝向西面一座叫“神圣”,朝向南面的一座叫“圣神中的神圣”,朝向东面的第三座叫所有“神圣中的神圣”。洗礼是神圣,救赎是神圣中的神圣,所有神圣中的神圣是新郎的房间。新郎的房间超越其它一切,因为你从未发现其它东西像它那样。我们最熟悉的是在耶路撒冷里叫“神圣”的圣殿里祷告的人。他们当中有一些人正在等候着天国的到来,这些人就叫做“神圣中的神圣”,因为在面纱未被揭开之前,除了拥有天国的异象外,并没有其它的天国存在,所以面纯利润是自上而下揭开的,其中有些人也会自下而上往上爬。

各个权贵都看不出隐藏在完美的光背后的是什么,当然就不能扣押他们。一旦人被这种光封闭了他自己,就会在圣礼中统一。

如果女人没有跟男人分开,她就不会跟这个男人一起死。他的分离是死亡的开始。基督因此来修复两人的关系,使他们和好如初,为那些因为分离而死的人带来生命。女人在新房里与她的丈夫结合。事实上,那些在新房中结合的很快会分开。夏娃离开亚当是因为她从未同亚当结合过。(《在世界的开端》有所提及)

亚当的灵魂透过气息而来,他的精神深处是缺少欢乐的。他的母亲赐给他精神,他发灵魂被精神取代。当他与精神合一的时候,他就会向各种权贵说不可思议的话。他们羡慕他是因为他们的精神是割裂的。这种割裂会让他们做出相反的行为,还会为自己制造出各种虚假的幻象,人因此被玷污了。

耶稣在约旦显现了他自己:这是天国的全貌。在一切获得重生之前他已经出现了。他通过抹油获得重生。他自身已经得救了,并且赎回了其他人。

这不是一个奥迹吗?万物之父与从天而降的处女结合,从此灵性之火就从他身上点起。他出现在新房里面,他的身份身也一天天地成形了,这是属于新郎和新娘的新房。耶稣就通过这个奥义创立每一件事,每一位门徒都可以在他那里歇息。

亚当通过两位处女而来。一位来自精神(或圣灵),另一位来自大地,因此基督是由一位童贞女所生,来到世上纠正自太初以来的一切缪误与堕落。

天堂上长有两棵树。一棵喂养动物,另一棵喂养人。亚当吃了喂养动物的树,他变成了动物,生下了动物的后代,因此亚当的儿女都向动物献祭。亚当吃的那棵树也叫做能分别善恶的知识树,罪恶因此而增长。如果他选择吃另一棵树的果子,也就是生命树的果子,是用来喂养人的树,那么众神们就会向人敬拜。起初是神造人,现在成了人造神。这是世上的一条规则――人创造了众神(偶像)并敬拜他们的杰作,应该是这些众神众偶像们向人敬拜才对!

无疑地一个人会成为什么是取决于他的能力。我们应当按一个人的能力来衡量人。他的成就是他的孩子,他们都来自于轻松的一瞬间。他的能力决定他的成就,从他的成果可以看得出。你会发现苹果直接同影像连结。这是人在制造他的幻象,用双手辛勤劳动才创造成果,但生孩子却很容易。世上是奴仆服侍自由人,天国是自由人管理奴仆:由天国的新房所生的孩子会管理由婚姻所生的孩子。天国的孩子只有一个名字,他们共同享用一个名字。他们无需受制于各种形式当中,因为他们有的是静默,通过内心的洞察就可以知晓一切。他们数目众多是因为他们不把宝藏放在地上,而是荣耀天上,尽管他们不为人所知。

洗礼是投入水中洗,但基督却从水里走出来,会祝圣洗礼,因此他们会认为奉他的命受洗会得到完美,因为他说,我们会因此而得到丰盛人生。

那些说他们先死,然后得到提升是错误的。如果他们在生的时候得不到救赎和永生的奥义,那么死后什么也得不到。另一些人认为洗礼是一件重大事情是因为人们受洗就得到生命。使徒腓力却说,木匠约瑟(耶稣的养父)在花园里种树是因为他需要木头去做买卖,是他从自己种的树上制造了十字架。他自己的后代却钉在上面。(十字架又是木做的,同树有关)他的后代就是耶稣,那一棵树就是十字架。花园中央的是生命树。然而,我们是从橄榄树上得到圣油(橄榄树代表和平),通过圣油得到重生。

这个世界是死亡的吞食者,凡吃死亡的自身也必死。真理是生命的吞食者,没有一个受真理滋养的人会死亡。耶稣从真理而来,带来了食物,喂养那些希望得到生命的人,他们因而不会死亡。

神种植了一个花园,人放在花园中央,有很多树围在他周围,人同受祝福的神之形象住在这个地方,喜欢吃什么果子就可以吃什么果子。他们在花园里头都对我说,噢,人呀,要吃这个就不要吃那个,正如你所想那样。我在这个地方什么都可以吃,因为知识树就在那里。那一棵能分别善恶的知识树杀死了亚当,但这一棵知识树能给人带来生命。律法就是树。那一棵树有给予好与坏知识的力量,它既不能把人从坏那里移去,也不能把他放到好那边去,但谁吃了那一棵树就会带来死亡。当他说“吃这个,不要吃那个”的时候,死亡已经开始了。

圣油超越于洗礼,基督徒这个词应由“抹油”而来,而不是洗礼。(圣油叫Chrism,基督徒叫Christian,洗礼叫baptism。)圣油是基督的名字。父亲涂油于儿子,儿子涂油于使徒,使徒涂油于我们。他向所有一切涂油,就拥有救赎,光,十字架,圣灵。父亲赐给他圣灵作为新娘,他也接受这个礼物。父与子为一体,子与父同在。这就是天国。

主说得好,一些人笑着走入天国里又走出来。他们仍然还不在那里――因为他不是基督徒,另一些人是因为后来对自己的行为表示后悔。基督走进水里面,他出来之后笑看世上一切,不是因为他把这个世界看成是毫无价值,而是轻视这个世界的虚伪:凡想进天国的人也会得到它。(尼采著的《查拉斯图拉如是说》中查拉斯图拉说所有人都是疯子。见http://www.cmcec.com/gh/wg/nc/writing/cha_si_tstlrss/)如果他轻视这个世界,他会大笑起来。同是面包,茶杯和油,这一只比那一只更高贵。

世界由错误而来,因为他想创造一个既不凋谢又不朽的世界,已经进入了一个不切实际的欲望里头。世界从来就是会凋谢的,但人子不会。如果他首先成为人子,那么没有东西是会凋谢的,然而他没有能力接受,那么他还可以付出多少呢?

祷告者的杯子里面包括酒和水,它代表着基督的宝血(见《最后的晚餐》)。它完全被圣灵浇灌,属于完全完美的人。当我们喝下这杯酒时,我们应从完美之人身上获得自身的完美。神圣的生命活水就是身体,我们有必要把它放到活人身上。因此,当他走进水里面,他就毫不掩饰自己,为的是把水放在活人上。

马生马,人生人,一个神会带来另一个神。想想新郎和新娘,他们的孩子从新房怀胎。只要世界还存在,犹太人就不可能完全由希腊人父母所生。作为一个基督者,我们自己就不是由犹太人所生,这是另一种新人,代表着“活着的神的选民”,“真人”,“人子”和“人子的后代”,在世界上这叫做“真人类”。无论他们走到哪里,新房所生的儿子就在哪里。

这个世界都是由丈夫和妻子结合――刚和柔结合的一个典型例子――在永恒世界里面结合方式却不一样。尽管我们都有同一个名字代表这种联合,但还有名字比一切能命名的更高贵,更加强而有力。那里表现出一种超乎寻常的强大,在它里面没有东西是分离的,所有一切都同这个名字联合在一起。这个名字不可见,不是在肉体当中,但同时又可以从一切表现出来。

有必要让人首先了解自身吗?一些人认为,如果一个人不能了解自身,就不能享受他们所拥有之物。不了解自身者既不能留住完美的人,也不能看到他,他们看见完美的人的肖像就只会不断地留着肖像。除非一个人拥有完美的光,不断完善自我,否则就不能得到完美的品格。一个拥有这种品格的人就可以进入天国。这是完美的光,是我们所需,也就是说,我们要离开世界之前成为完美的人。他拥有世上一切,但不能战胜他自己就不能进入天国,也不能分享到这个地方,但作为不完美,他会正处于“中间”,只有耶稣才知道这种人的结局。

祭司由上到下都是圣洁的。如果他连别人的面包都拿走了,他还会向它祝圣吗?(针对旧约里面的法利塞人)又或者他拿了杯和其它东西,他可以圣化它们吗?那么他自身是神圣吗?为了使水的洗礼变成完美,耶稣把死亡变成空,因此我们可以进入水里面,但不会进入死亡里面,以致我们不会倾注入属于世界之灵里面。当属世界之灵呼出的时候,它就会带来冬天;而当圣灵吸入了气息,夏天就会来到。

拥有真理的知识之人是自由人,自由人不再有罪,因为所有犯罪的,就是罪的奴仆。(约翰福音8:34)。真理是母亲,知识是父亲。一些人认为罪不能适用于他们,因为他们在世界上称得上是“自由”。真理的知识仅会让一些人傲慢,得到了真理就让人得到自由,它还会给予他们某种超越世界的境界,便爱心能造就人。(哥林多前书8:1)事实上,一个从知识上获得自由的人也是奴隶,因为对知识的热爱还未能让人从知识上获得自由。知识让人走向自由之路,而不是自由本身。爱从来就不是空洞,事实上爱表现在一切事物上,爱能拥有一切。它从来不会说“这是我的”,而是说“所有一切都属于你们的”。灵性之爱是葡萄酒,充满着芳香,凡受到灵性之爱涂油的会充满欢乐。一些人得到灵性之爱涂油,附近的人也会闻到香味。而仅仅受了涂油而又离开的人,他们只是属于站在一旁的人,他们身上还有恶臭。撒玛利亚人(乐善好施者的意思,也是犹太人的一支)只选了酒和油给受伤的人,没有其它东西比膏药更重要,膏药可以治愈伤口,因为爱能遮掩很多罪。(彼得一书4:8)

一个女人生的孩子会跟爱她的男人很相似。如果丈夫爱她,那么他们都像她丈夫。如果是通奸者,他们都像通奸者。通常地,一个女人不情愿地与她的丈夫同房,她的心与通奸者在一起,她生下的孩子会像通奸者。现在你与人子在一起,爱的不是世界,而是主。

人会跟人交往,马会跟马交往,驴子会跟驴子,相同的族类通常跟相同的族类在一起,故此精神会同精神混合,思想会跟思想联结,光会跟光在一起。如果你身为人类,人类应当爱你。如果你成为精神,精神会与你在一起。如果你成为思想,思想也会与你混合。如果你成为光,光也会与你同在。如果你成为至高者之其中一个体,至高者也会在你那里得到安息。如果你的灵魂变成了马,驴子,公牛,狗,羊或其它动物,人类,精神,思想和光都不能爱你,你在天在地,在外在内都得不到歇息,因为你已经不是其中的一部分了。他成了违背自己意志的奴隶,不能获得自由。

耕种需要四要素相互结合,庄稼需要水,土地,风和阳光才有收获。神的耕种也同样需要四要素――信心,希望,爱和知识。信心是我们的土地,我们扎根于信心之上。希望是水,我们从希望得到滋养。爱是风,我们从爱得到成长。知识是阳光,我们通过学习知识变得成熟起来。优雅有四种方式:在地上;在天上;来自至高者;驻留在真理里面。

受祝福的是无论到那里灵魂都会受感动之人。这人就是耶稣基督。他走过每一遍地方而不连累任何人,因此像他那样的人也应受祝福,因为他是完美之人。事实上这就是道。他自身告诉我们一切,因为很难对“道”下定义。我们怎样才达到如此伟大呢?他是怎样给予每一个人安抚呢?再者,让人感到痛苦是不恰当的――不管是伟大还是卑微,信或不信――只需给予适当的安抚就够了。一些人发现给予人抚慰是有好处的。他做好事并不能给予某些人安慰,因为他所做的是违背他的意愿。纵使他并没有折磨人,但他并不能够打动人心,也不是慈悲。说实在的,能够深入人心的人确实能打动人,也使人的灵魂得到共鸣,而不是他刻意盘算去做某事。相反地,刻意盘算是人的弱点。拥有完美之人的品格的人也会分享到完美之人的欢乐。有时候人会被这一切深深地感动。

有一位房东拥有各样可想之物:有儿子,奴隶,牛,狗,猪,玉米,大麦,谷壳,草,蓖麻油,橡子和肉。他是一个很敏感的人,知道每一种人或动物所需的食物。他用面包和肉喂养他的孩子,氢蓖麻油和粗粉给奴隶吃,把大麦,谷壳和革掷给牛,把骨头扔给狗,而猪就应当吃谷壳和残余物。与神的使徒相比:如果他是个敏感的人,他就会知道什么信徒需要什么,人的形态不能欺骗他们,他可以透过交谈了解每一个人的灵性状况。世上有很多动物拥有人的身体。他鉴别他们,把橡子掷向卑贱的人,把大麦,谷壳和草喂给牛,把骨头郑给狗。他只给奴隶基本的教导,但把全部的教导完全给予神的儿女。

有人子和人子的儿子。主是人子,人子的儿子是通过人子来创造的。人子从神那里得到创造的能力。他也拥有了产生后代的能力。拥有创造能力的是动物,拥有生产(或繁殖)能力的是他的后代。被造物不能生产后代,生出来的后代却有创造能力。现然他们说,他既是受造又是所生,但是他的所谓后代仅仅是动物,因此他的孩子不是后代而是动物。他的创造之作是公开,可见的,他生产后代是秘密,不可见的。没有人知道丈夫和妻子何时同房,除非他是其中之一。事实上,婚姻对于娶妻之人是世上的一个奥秘。如果污秽隐藏在婚姻里面,那么许多污秽的形象里面都隐藏着奥秘!这不是肉欲而是纯洁!它不属于欲望,而是属于希望,不属于黑暗和黑夜,而是属于白天和光明。婚姻变成公开就成为了淫荡,新娘同另一个男子怀了孕就成了妓女。让她只在父母,新郎的朋友,新郎的儿子面前表达她自己,让其他人去分享一下她受爱情涂油的欢乐,让他们羡慕和惊讶。新房永远属于新郎和新娘,除非是其中之一,否则没有人能进去看。

当亚伯拉罕为他所见感到欣喜,他首先第一个自己行了割礼(犹太教男子的一种仪式),教导我们适当地毁掉肉体是必需的。

世上的大多数事物,只要它的内在部分还被隐藏着,就会理直气壮和有生命力。如果它们暴露了就会死亡,就好比一个可见之人:只要他的肠还隐藏着,他就活着;一旦他的肠脏暴露出体外,那人就死亡。同样,一棵树的根藏在底下,树就会发芽和生长。如果它的根暴露出来了,树就会干枯而死亡。因此一切诞生在世上的事物,不仅有显现部分,还有隐藏部分。只要邪恶的根还隐藏着,邪恶就会理直气壮地存在,但当它的根被人所认出,它就会分解;当它被揭露出来,它就会凋谢。这就是为什么主说,现在斧子已经放在树根上,凡结不好果子的树,就砍下来,丢在火里。(马太福音3:10)。这不仅仅是砍――砍去的还会再生――要把斧头深深地插进里面去,直到把根拉出来为止。耶稣把所有的根都拔出来,其它人只是拔出部分而已。作为我们自己,我们应当让每一个人都把里面邪恶的根拔出来,把一个人的心从根里面拔出来。如果我们能意识到,就能够拔出,这需要巨大的勇气。如果我们无视它,它就会在我们心里头生根并结出果子。它主宰我们,我们成了它的俘虏和奴隶,它会让我们做不想做的事,我们想做的事它偏不让我们做。它强大是因为我们还未认识它,它存在就拥有活力。无知是邪恶之母。无知的结局是死亡。当全部真理揭露出来的时候,真理会带来完美。真理就像无知一样:当它还被隐藏着,它就在自己里面歇息。一旦真理被揭露和认识,它就倍受赞扬,胜过一切邪恶和错误。它给了我们自由。主说,你们必晓得真理,真理必叫你们得以自由。(约翰福音8:32)。无知是奴隶,知识是自由。如果我们知道真理,真理必结出果实。如果我们与真理同在,必会带来丰盛人生。

现在受造物对于我们来说是显而易见的。我们说,强者受到高度重视,暗淡无光的是受轻视的弱者。与珂见之物背后的真理相比较:直便是弱者,倍受轻视,然而却恰好相反,她是隐藏在背后的强者,受到高度重视。真理的奥秘通过各种方式和形象显现出来。然而新房的秘密仍然隐藏着,它是神圣中的神圣。面纱最先把神如何控制受造物的奥秘遮盖着,一旦面纱被揭开,里面的东西被揭露了,那间房子就会被丢掉――又或者被毁坏,但是神首会离开这个地方,走进一个叫“所有神圣中的神圣”的地方里面,这样就不会受其它的光和所谓的完美无暇所影响,不过就会在十字架的双翼和它的手臂之下。大洪水来到了,方舟用作逃生之用。如果一个人被授予祭司之职,他将能够进入高级祭司的神秘面纱。正因为如此,面纱不会单单被上层揭开,它是由来自下层的人揭开,但揭开之后廉洁会有自上而下的知识,从上而下向我们展开的知识会引领我们进入真理的奥秘。强者能被重视是因为他是强者!但我们应当着眼于敌小的弱者。弱小者可以与完美的荣耀相媲美,那是荣耀中的荣耀,也是力量中的力量。完美的事物连同隐藏在里面的真理一起向我们展现出来。所有神圣中的神圣就会出现在我们眼前,我们也被邀请入新郎的宴席。
只要还被隐藏着,邪恶还是起不了作用,但是它不能在圣灵的种子当中被除去。他们都不知不觉间成了邪恶的奴隶。当邪恶被提发,完美的光就会散发到每一个人身上。这一切应受到圣油的祝福。奴隶获得自由,俘虏被赎回。凡栽种之物,不是我父栽种的,必要拔出来。(马太15:13)。分离的会重新结合。每一个人都像进入新房一样,点着烛光,犹如新婚的晚上一样,因为所有一切都在晚上发生。(记得印度有一位哲人说过黑夜降临的时候了慢人寻找真理的时候。)烛光一夜过后就会熄灭,这个完美的奥秘却日夜相存,永不褪色。如果一个人成为新房所生的儿子,他会得到光。如果一个人在这个地方得不到光,那么他在其它地方也得不到。他得到的是不可见,也不能留住的光。当这个还活在世上,没有人可以折磨这个人。当他离开这个世界之后,他已经成为神一样。

【English Translation】
A Hebrew makes another Hebrew, and such a person is called proselyte. But a proselyte does not make another proselyte. Some both exist just as they are and make others like themselves, while others simply exist. The slave seeks only to be free, but he does not hope to acquire the estate of his master. But the son is not only a son but lays claim to the inheritance of the father. Those who are heirs to the dead are themselves dead, and they inherit the dead. Those who are heirs to what is living are alive, and they are heirs to both what is living and the dead. The dead are heirs to nothing. For how can he who is dead inherit? If he who is dead inherits what is living he will not die, but he who is dead will live even more.
A Gentile does not die, for he has never lived in order that he may die. He who has believed in the truth has found life, and this one is in danger of dying, for he is alive. Ever since Chirst came the world is created, the cities adorned, the dead carried out. When we were Hebrews we were orphans and had only our mother, but when we became Christians we had both father and mother.
Those who sow in winter reap in summer. The winter is the world, the summer the other Aeon. Let us sow in the world that we may reap in the summer. Because it is not fitting for us not to pray in the winter. Summer follows winter. But if any man reap in the winter hw will not actually reap but pluck out, since this sort of thing will not provide him a harvest. It is not only noe that the fruit will not come forth, but also on the Sabbath his field will be barren.
Christ came to ransom some, to save others, to redeem others. He ransomed those who were strangers and made them his own. And he set his own apart, those whom he gave as a pledge in his will. It was not only when he appeared that he voluntarily laid down his life, but he voluntarily laid down his life from the very day the world came into being. Then he came forth in order to take it, since it has been given as a pledge. It fell into the hands of robbers and was taken captive , but he saved it. He redeemed the good people in the world as well as the evil.
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 evil evil, nor is life life, nor death death. For this reason each one will dissolve into its original nature. But those who are exalted above the world are indissoluble, eternal.
Names given to worldly things 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 Holy Spirit and life and light and ressurrection and the Church(Ekklesia) and all the rest - people do not perceive what is correct. The names which are heard in the world to deceive. If they were in the 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 Aeon.
One single name is not uttered in the world, the name which the Father gave to the Son, the name above all things; the name of the Father. For the Son would not become Father unless he wears the name of the Father. Thos who have this name know it, buut they do not speak it. But those who do not have it do not know it.
But truth brought names into existennce in the world because it is not possible to teach without names. Truth is one single thing and it is also many things for our sakes who learn this one thing in love through many things. The powers wanted to deceive man, since they saw that he had kinship with those that are truly good. They took the name of those that are good and gave it to those who are not good, so that through the names they might deceive him and bind them to those that are not good. And afterward, if they do them a favor, they will be made to remove them 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.
These are the powers which contend against man, not wishing him to be saved. For if man is saved, there will not be any sacrifices and animals will not be offered to the powers. They were indeed offering them up alive, but then they offered them up they died. As for (the Son of?) man, they offered him up to God dead, and he lived.
Before Christ came there was no bread in the world, just as Paradise, the place were Adam was, had many trees to nourish the animals but no wheat to sustain 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 powers thought that it was by their own power and will they were doing what they did ,but the Holy Spirit in secret accomplished everything through them as it wished. Truth, which existed since the beginning, is sown everywhere. And many see it as it is sown, but few are they who see it as it is 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 apostolic men. This virgin whom no power defiled; the powers defiled themselves. And the Lord would not have said My Father who is in Heaven[Matt16:17] unless he had had another father, but he would have said simply My father.
The Lord said to the disciples Bring out from every other hourse Bring into the house of the Father. But do not take anything in the house of the Father nor carry it off.
Jesus is a hidden name; Christ is a revealed name for this reason:Jesus does not exist in any other language, but his name is always Jesus as he is called. Christ is also his name; 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 - man, angel, mystery, and the Father.
Those who say that the Lord died first and then rose up are in error, for he rose up first and then died. If one does not first attain the ressurrection will he not die? As God lives, he would already be dead.
No one will hide a large valuable objectin 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 to be in a contemptible body.
Some are afraid lest they 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 [...] to unclothe themselves who are not naked.Flesh and Blood shall not be able to inherit the kingdom of God[1Cor15:50] What is this which will not inherit? This which is on us. But what is this very thing 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[John6:53] What is it? His flesh is the word, and his blood is the Holy Spirit. He who have 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 honour 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 this 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 that 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 those visible. There is water in the water, there is fire in the chrism. Jesus took them all by stealth, for he did not reveal himself in the manner in which he was, but it was in the manner in which they would be able to see him that he revealed himself. He revealed himself to them all. He revealed himself as great to the great. He revealed himself as small to the small. He revealed himself to the angels as an angel. Because of this his word hid itself from everyone. Some indeed saw him, thinking that they were seeing themselves, but when he appeared to his disciples in glory on the mount he was not small. He became great, but he made the disciples great,that they might be able to see his greatness. He said on that day in the Thanksgiving You who have joined the perfect, the light, with the Holy Spirit, unite the angels with us also, the images. Do not despise the lamb, for without it, it is not possible to see the king.No one will be able to go in to the king if he is naked.
The heavenly man has many more sons than the earthly man.If the sons if Adam are many, although they die, how much more the sons of the perfect manm 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 sons gets brothers for himself, not sons. All who are begotten in the world in a natural way, and the others in a spiritual way. Those who are begotten by him cry out from that place to the perfect man, because they are nourished on the promise concerning the heavenly place. If the word has gone out from that place it would become perfect. For it is by a kiss that the perfect conceive and give birth. For this reason we also kiss one another. We receive conception from the grace which is in each other.
There were three who always walked with the Lord; Mary, his mother, and his sister and Magdalene, the one who was his companion. His sister and his mother and his companion were each a Mary.
The Father and the Son is both single names, the Holy Spirit is a double name. For they are everywhere: they are in the concealed, they are in the revealed. The Holy Spirit is the revealed: it is below. It is in the concealed: it is above.
The saints are served by evil powers, for they are blinded by the Holy Spirit into thinking that they are serving an ordinary man whenever they do something for the saints. Because of this a disciple asked the Lord one day for something of this world. He said to him: Ask your mother, and she will give you of the things which are another`s.
The apostles said to the disciples:May our offering obtain salt They called Sophia salt. Without it no offering is acceptable. But Sophia is without child. For this reason she is called a trace of salt . But where they will be in their own way, the Holy Spirit will also be, and her children are many.
What the father possesses belongs to the son, and the son himself, so long as he is small, is not entrusted with what is his. But when he becomes a man his father give him all that he possesses. Those who have gone astray, whom the spirit itself begets, usaully go astray because of the Spirit. Thus, by this one and the same breath, the fire blazes and is put out.
Echamoth is one thing and Echmoth, another. Echamoth is Wisdom simply, but Echmoth is the Wisdom of death which is the one who knows death [called The little wisdom]. There are domestic animals like the bull and the ass and others of this kind. Others are wild and live apart in the deserts. Man ploughs the field by means of the domestic animals, and from this he feeds both himself and the animals, wether tame or wild. Compare the perfect man. It is through powers which are submissive that he ploughs, prepairing for everything to come into being. For it is because of this that the whole place stands, wether good or evil, the right and the left. The Holy Spirit shepherds everyone and rules all the powers, the tame ones and the wild ones, as well as those which are unique. For indeed she gathers them and shuts them inn, in order that these, even if they wish, will not be able to escape. He who has been created us beautiful, and you would find his sons noble creations. If he was not created, but begotten, you would find that his seed was noble. But now he was created and he begot. What nobility is this? First, adultery came into being, afterward murder. And he was begotten in adultery, for he was the child of the Serpent. So he became a murderer, just like his father, and he killed his brother. Indeed, every act of sexual intercourse which has accured between those who are unlike one another is adultery.
God is a dyer. As the good dyes which are called true, dissolve with the things dyed in them, so it is with those whom God has dyed.Since the dyes is immortal, they are immortal by means of his co,ors. Now God dips what he dips in water. 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. You saw the Spirit, and you became spirit. You saw Christ and you became Christ [a christian]. You saw the Father and you shall become Father. So in this place you see everything and do not see yourself; but in that place you do see yourself - and what you see you shall become.
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; but it is so that we may love and give, since if one does not give in love, he has no profit from what he has given. He who has not received the Lord is still a Hebrew.
The apostles who were before us had these names for him: Jesus,the Nazorean, Messiah, that is , Jesus, the Nazorean, Christ The last name is Christ, the first is Jesus, that in the middle is the Nazarne Messiah has two meanings, both the Christ and the measured. Jesus in Hebrew is the redemption Nazara is the Truth. The Nazarene then, is the Truth.Christ has been measured. The Nazarene and Jesus are they who have been measured.
When the pearl is cast down into the mud it does not become greatly despised, nor if it is anointed with balsam oil will it become more precious. But it always has value in the eyes of the owner. Compare the Sons of God, whatever they may be. They still have value in the eyes of their Father.
God is a man-eater. For this reason men are sacrificed to him. Before men were sacrificed animals were being sacrificed, since those to whom they were sacrificed were not gods. Glass decanters and earthenware jugs are both made by means of fire. But if glass decanters break they are done over, for they came into being through a breath. If earthenware jugs break, however, they are destroyed, for they came into being without breath.
An ass which turns a millstone did a hundred miles of walking. When it was loosened, it found that it was still at the same place. There are men who make many journeys, but make no progress towards a destination. When evening came upon them, they saw neither city nor village, neither creation nor nature, power nor angel. In vain have the wretches labored.
The eucharist is Jesus. For he is called in Syriac Pharisatha which is the one who is spread out for Jesus came crufifying the world. The Lord went into the dye works of Levi. He took seventy-two different colors and threw them into the vat. He took them out all white. And he said, Even so the Son of Man come as a dyer
As for the Wisdom who is called the barren she is the mother of the angels.And the companion of the Saviour is Mary Magdalene. But Christ loved her more than all the disciples and used to kiss her often. The rest of the disciples were offended by it and expressed disapproval. They said to him Why do you love her more than all of us? The Saviour answered and said to them,Why do I not love you like her?.When a blind man and one who sees are together in the darkness, they are no different from one another. When the light comes, then he who sees will see the light, and he who is blind will remain in the darkness. The Lord said Blessed is he who is before he came into being. For he who is, has been and shall be The superiority of man is not obvious to the eye but lies in what is hidden from view. Consequently, he has mastery over the animals which are stronger than he is and great in terms of the obvious and the hidden. This enables them to survive. But if man is separated from them, they slay one another and bite one another. They ate one another because they did not find any food. But now they have found food because man tilled the soil.
If one goes down into the water and comes up again without having received anything, and says I am a Chr¡stian he has borrowed the name at interest. But if he receives the Holy Spirit, he has the name as a gift. He who has received a gift does not have to give it back, but of him who has borrowed it at interest, payment is demanded. This is the way it happens to one when one experiences a mystery. Great is the mystery of marriage! For without it the world would not have existed. Now the existence of the world depends on man, and the existence of man on marriage. Think of the undefiled relationship, for it possesses a great power. Its image consists of a defilement of the form.
As for the unclean spirits, there are males among them and there are females. The males are they which unite with the souls which inhabit a female form, but the females are they which are mingled with those in a male form, through one who was disobedient. And none shall be able to escape them, since they detain him if he does not receive a male power or a female power - the bridegroom and the bride.One receives them from the mirrored bridal chamber. When the wanton women see a male sitting alone, they leap down on him and play with him and defile him. So also the lecherous men, when they see a beautiful woman sitting alone, they persuade her and comple her, wishing to defile her. But if they see the man and his wife sitting beside one another, the female cannot come into the man, nor can the male come into a woman. So if the image and the angel are united with one another, neither can any venture to go into the man or the woman.
He who comes out of the world can no longer be detained, because he was in the world. It is evident that he is above desire and fear. He is master over nature. He is superior to envy. If anyone else comes, they seize him and throttle him. And how will this one be able to escape the great grasping powers? How will he be able to hide from them? Often some come and say We are faithful in order that they may be able to escape 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 paralyzr you. Either will he be in this world or in the ressurrection ot in the places of the middle.God forbid that I be found in them! In this world there is good and evil.Its good is not good, and its evil not evil. But there is evil after this world which is truly evil - what is called the Middle,It is death. While we are i n this world it is fitting for us to acquire the ressurrection for ourselves, 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.
Some neither desire to sin nor are able to sin. Others, even if they desire to sin, are not better off for not having done it, for this desire makes them sinners. But even if some do not desire to sin, rightousness will be concealed for them both - those who desire not and do not. An apostolic man in a vision saw some people shut up in a house afire and bound with fiery chains, lying in flaming ointment. And he said to them Why are they not able to be saved? They answered They did not desire it. They received this place as punishment,what is called the outer darkness, because he is thrown out into it. It is from water and fire that the soul and the spirit came into being. It is from water and fire and light that the son of the bridal chamber came into being. The fire is the chrism, the light is the fire. I am not referring to that fire which has no form, but the other fire whose for are white, which is bright and beautiful, and which gives beauty.
Truth did not come into the world naked, but it came in types and images. One will receive the truth in any other way. There is a rebirth and an image of rebirth.It is certainly necessary that they should be born again through the image. The bridegroom and the image must enter through the image into the truth: this is the restoration. It is appropiate that those who do not have it only acquire the name of the Father and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, but that the have acquired it on their own. If one does not acquire the name for himself, the name Christian will also be taken from him. But one receives them in the aromatic unction 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 Lord did everything in a mystery, a baptism and a chrism and a eucharist and a redemption and a bridal chamber. The Lord said,I came to make the things below like the things above, and the things outside like the inside. I came to unite them in that place He revealed himself in this place through types and images. Those who say, There is a heavenly man and there is one above him are wrong.For he who is revealed in Heaven is that heavenly man, the one who is called the one who is below, and he to whom the hidden belongs is that one who is above him. For it is good that they should say, The inner and outer, with what is outside the outer. Because of this the Lord called destruction the the outer darkness; there is not another outside of it. He said,My Father who is secret. He said , Go into your chamber and shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father who is secret[Matt6:6], the one who is within them all. But th at which is within them all is the fullness. Beyond it there is nothing else within it. This is that of which they say, That which is above them.
Before Christ some came from a place they were no longer able to enter, and they went where they were no longer able to come out. The Christ came. Those who went in he brought out, and those who went out, he brought in. When Eve was still with Adam, death did not exist. When she was separated from him, death came into being. If he again becomes complete and attains his former self, death will be no more.
My God, my God, why, O Lord, have you forsaken me? [Mark15:23].It was on the cross that he said these words, for it was there he was divided.
Everyone who has been begotten through him who destroys did not emanate from God.
The Lord rose from the dead. He became as he used to be, but now his body was perfect. He did indeed possess flesh, but this flesh is true flesh. Our flesh is not true, but we only possess an image of that which is true. A bridal chamber is not for the animals, nor is it for the slaves, nor for the defiled women, but it is for free men and virgins. 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 we were begotten by we were united. None shall be able to see himself either in the water or in a mirror without the light. Nor again will you be able to see in light without mirror or water. For this reason it is fitting to baptize in the two, in the light and in the water. Now the light is the chrism.
There were three buildings specifically for sacrifice in Jerusalem. The one facing the west was called The Holy. Another facing the South was called The Holy of the Holy. The third facing the East was called The Holy of the Holies, the place where only the high priest enters. Baptism is the Holy building. Redemption is the Holy of the Holy building. The Holy of the Holies is the bridal chamber. Baptism includes ressurrection and the redemption; the redemption takes place in the bridal chamber. But the bridal chamber is in that which is superior to it and the others, because you will not find anything like it. Those who are familiar with it are those who prays in the Holy in Jerusalem. There are some in Jerusalem, awaiting the Kingdom of Heaven. These are called the Holy of the Holies because before the veil was rent we had no other bridal chamber except for the image of the bridal chamber which is above. Becaus e of this, its veil was rent from top to bottom. For it was fitting for some from below to go upward.
The powers do not see those who are clothed in the perfect light, and consequently are not able to detain them. One will clothe himself in this light sacramentally in the union.
If the woman had not separated from the man, she would not die with the man. His separation became the beginning of death. Because of this Christ came to repair the separation which was from the beginning and to again unite the two, to give life to those who died as a result of the separation and unite them. But the woman is united to her husband in the bridal chamber. Indeed, those who have united in the bridal chamber will no longer be separated. Thus Eve separated from Adam because she was never united with him in the bridal chamber.
The soul of Adam came into being by means of a breath(pneuma), which is a synonym for spirit(Pneuma). The Spirit given him is his mother. His soul was replaced by a spirit. When he was united to the spirit, he spoke words incomprehensible to the powers. They envied him because they were separated from the spiritual union. This separation afforded them the opportunity to fashion for themselves the symbolic bridal chamber so that men would be defiled.
Jesus revealed himself at the Jordan: it was the fullness of the Kingdom of Heaven.He who was begotten before everything was begotten anew. He who was once anointed was anointed anew. He who was redeemed in turn redeemed others.
Is it permitted to utter a mystery? The Father of everything united with the virgin who came down, and a fire shone for him on that day. He appeared in the great bridal chamber. Therefore his body came into being on that very day.It left the bridal chamber as one who came into being from the bridegroom and the bride. So Jesus established everything in it through these. It is fitting for each of the disciples to enter into his rest.
Adam came into being from two virgins, from the Spirit and from the virgin of earth.Christ therefore, was born from a virgin to rectify the Fall which occured in the beginning.
There are two trees growing in Paradise. One bears animals, the other bears men. Adam ate from the tree which bore animals. He became an animal and he brought forth animals. For this reason the children of Adam worship animals. The tree whose gifte Adam ate is the Tree of Knowledge.That is why sins increased. If he ate the fruit of the other tree, that is to say, the Tree of Life, the one which bears men, then the gods would worship man. For in the beginning God created man. But now men create God. That is the way it is in the world - men make gods and worship their creation. It would be fitting for the gods to worship men!
Surely what a man accomplishes depends on his abilities. We even refer to one`s accomplishments as abilities. Among his accomplishments are his children. They originate in a moment of ease. Thus his abilities determine what he may accomplish,, but this ease is clearly evident in the children.You will find that this applies directly to the image. Here is the man made after the image, accomplishing things with his physical strenght but produving his children with ease. In this world slaves serve the free. In the Kingdom of Heaven the free will minister to the slaves: the children of the bridal chamber will minister to the children of the marriage. The children of the bridal chamber have just one name. Together they shall share rest. They need take no other form because they have contemplation, comprehending by insight. They are numorous because they do not put their treasure in the things below, which are despised, but in the glories which are above, though they did not yet know them.
Those who will be baptized go down into the water. But Christ, by coming out of the water, will consecrate it, so that they who have received the baptism in his name may be perfect. For he said,Thus we should fulfill all righteousness[Matt3:15]
Those who say they will die first and then rise are in error. If they do not first receive the ressurrection 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 it they will live. Phillip the apostle said, Joseph the carpenter planted a garden because he needed wood for his trade. it was he who made the cross from the trees which he planted. His own offspring hung on that which he planted. His offspring was Jesus and the planting was the cross. But the Tree of Life is in the middle of the Garden.However,it is from the olive tree that we got the chrism, and from the chrism, the ressurrection.
This world is a corpse-eater. All the things eaten in it themselves die also. Truth is a life-eater. Therefore no one nourished by truth will die. It was from that place that Jesus came and brought food.To those who so desired he gave life, that they might not die.
God planted a Garden. Man was put into the Garden. There were many trees there for him, and man lived in this place with the blessing of the image of God.The things which are in it I will eat as I wish. This garden is the place where they will say to me, O man , eat this or do not eat that, just as you wish This is the place where I will eat all things, since the Tree of Knowledge is there. That one killed Adam, but here the Tree of Knowledge made men alive. The law was the tree. It has power to give the knowledge of good and evil. It neither removed him from evil, nor did it set him in the good, but it created death for those who ate it, For when he said, Eat this, do not eat that, it became the beginning of death.
The chrism is superior to the 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 ressurrection, the light, the cross, the Holy Spirit. The Father gave him this in the bridal chamber; he merely accepted the gift. The Father was in the Son and the Son in the Father. This is the Kingdom of Heaven.
The Lord have said it well, Some have entered the Kingdom of Heaven laughing and they have come out.. They do not remain there - the one because he is not a Christian, the other because he regrets his action afterward. And as soon as Christ went down into the water, he came out laughing at everything of this world, not because he considers it a trifle, but because he is full of contempt for it. He who wants to enter the Kingdom of Heaven will attain it. If he despises everything of this world and scorrns it as a trifle, he will come out laughing. So it is also with the bread and the cup and the oil, even though there is another one superior to these.
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, 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?
The Cup of prayer contains wine and water, since it is appointed as the type of the blood for which thanks is given. And it is full of the Holy Spirit, and it belongs to the wholly perfect man. When we drink this, we shall receive for ourselves the perfect man. The living water is a body. It is neccessary that we put on the living man. Therefore, when he is about to go down into the water, he unclothes himself, in order that he may put on the living man.
A horse sires a horse, a man begets man, a god brings forth a god. Compare the bridegroom and the bride. Their children were conceived in the bridal chamber.No Jew was ever born to Greek parents as long as the world has existed. And, as a Christian people. we ourselves do not descend from the Jews.There was another people and these blessed ones are referred to as The chosen people of the Living God and The true man and Son of Man and the seed of the Son of Man. In the world it is called this true people. Where they are, there are the sons of the bridal chamber.
Whereas in this world the union is one of husband with wife - a case of strenght complemented with weakness - in the Aeon the form of the union is different, although we refer to them by the same names.There are other names,however, they are superior to every other name that is named and are stronger than the strong. For where there is a show of strenght, there those who excel in strenght appear.These are not separate things, but both of them are this one single thing.This is the one which will not be able to rise above the heart of flesh.
Is it not necessary for all those who possess everything to know themselves? Some indeed, if they do not know themselves, will not enjoy their possessions. Not only will they 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 become perfect oneself. Everyone who has put this on will enter the kingdom. This is the perfect light, and it is necessary that we, by all means, become perfect men before we leave the world. He who has received everything and has not rid himself of these places will not be able ti share in that place, but will go to the Middle as imperfect. Only Jesus knows the end of this person.
The priest is completely holy, down to his very body. For if he has taken the bread, will he consecrate it? Or the cup or anything else that he gets, does he consecrate them? Then how will he not consecrate the body also? By perfecting the water of baptism, Jesus emptied it of death. Thus we do go down into the water, but we do not go down into death in order that we may not be poured out into the spirit of the world. When this spirit blows, it brings the winter. When the Holy Spirit breathes, the summer comes.
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[John8:34] Truth is the mother, knowledge the father. Those who think that sinning does not apply for 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 [1Cor8:1].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 which comes from knowledge. Knowledge makes them capable of becoming free. Love never calls somethings its own, and yet it may actually possess that very thing.It never says,This is mine but All these are yours. Spiritual love is wine and fragrance. All those who anoints themselves with it take pleasure in it. While those who are anointed are present, those nearby profit from the fragrance. If those anointed with ointment withdraw from them and leave, then those anointed, who merely stand nearby, still remain in their bad odor.The samaritan gave nothing but wine and oil to the wounded man. It is nothing other than the ointment. It healed the wounds, for love covers a multitude of sins[1Pet4:8]
The children a woman bears resemble the man who loves her. If her husband loves her, then they resemble her husband. If it is an adulterer, then they resemble the adulterer. Frequently, if a woman sleep with her husband out of necessity, while her heart is with the adulterer with whim she usually has intercourse , the child she will bear is born resembling the adulterer. Now you who live together with the Son of God, love not the world, but love the Lord.
The human being has intercourse with the human being. The horse has intercourse with the horse, the ass with the ass. Members of a race usually have associated with those of like race. So spirit mingles with spirit, and thought consorts with thought, and light shares with light. If you are born a human being, it is the human being which will love you.If you become a spirit, it is the spirit which will be joined to you. If you become thought, it is thought which will mingle with you. If you become light, it is light which will share with you. If you become one of those who belong above,it is those who belong above who will rest in you. If you become horse or ass or bull or dog or sheep or another of the animals which are outside and below, then neither human bein nor spirit nor thought nor light will be able to love you. Neither those who belong above nor those who belong within will be able to rest in you, and you have no part in them. He who is a slave against his will, will be ab le to become free.
Farming in the world requires the cooperation of four essential elements.A harvest is gathered into the barn only as a result of the natural action of water, earth, wind and light. God`s farming likewise has four elements - faith, hope, love, and knowledge. Faith is our earth, that in which we take root.And hope is the water through which we are nourished.Love is the wind through which we grow.Knowledge is the light through which we ripen. Grace exists in four ways; it is earthborn, it is heavenly; it comes from the highest heaven; and it resides in truth.
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 the blessed is the one who is like this, because he is a perfect man.This indeed is the Word.Tell us about it, since it is difficult to define.How shall we be able to accomplish such a great thing? How whill he give everyone comfort? Above all, it is not proper to cause anyone distress - whether the 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 it goes against his will. He is unable to cause distress, however, since he does not afflict them.To be sure, the one who fares well sometimes causes people distress . not that he intends to do so; rather, it is their own wickedness which is responsible for their distress.He who poss esses the qualities of the perfect man rejoice in the good.Some, however, are terribly distressed by all this.
There was a householder who had every conceiveable thing, be it son or slave or cattle or dog or pig or corn or barley or chaff or gress or castor oil or meat and acorn.Now he was a sensible fellow and he knew what the food of each one was.He himself served the children bread and meat.He served the slaves castor oil and meal. Anf he threw barley and chaff and grass to the cattle. He threw bones to the dogs, and to the pigs he threw acorns and scraps of bread. Compare the disciple of God: if he is a sensible fellow he understands what discipleship is all about.The bodily forms 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 the world which are in a 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 the elementary lessons, but to the children he will give the complete in struction.
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 created 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 ability to create.Now they say, He who creates begets.But his so-called offspring is merely a creature.Therefore his children are not offspring but creatures.He who create works openly; he himself is visible. He who begets, begets in private; he is himself hidden, since he is superior to every image.He who creates, creates openly. But one who begets, begets children in private.No one will be able to know when the husband and the wife have intercourse with one another, except the two in 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 the darkness or the night but to the day and the light.If a marriage is open to the public, it has become 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 the father and her mother and the friend of the bridegroom and the sons of the bridegroom. There are permitted to enter every day into the bridal chamber. But let the others yearn to listen to her voice and to enjoy her ointment, and let them feed from the crumbs that fall from the table, like dogs.Bridegrooms and brides belong to the bridal chamber. No one shall be able to see the bridegroom with the bride unless one becomes one.
When Abraham rejoiced that he was to see what he was to see, he circumcised the flesh of the foreskin, teaching us that it is proper to destroy the flesh.
Most things in the world, as long as their inner parts are hidden, stand upright and live. If they are revealed they die, as is illustrated by the visible man: as long as the intestines of the man are hidden, the man is alive; when his intestines are exposed and come out of him, the man will die. So also with the tree: while its root is hidden it sprouts and grows. If its root is exposed, the tree dries up.So it is with every birth that is in the world, not only with the revealed but with the hidden.For so long as the root of wickedness is hidden, it is strong.But when it is recognized, it is dissolved.When it is revealed, it perishes.That is why the word say, Already the axe is laid at the root of the tree[Matt3:10] It will not merely cut - what is cut sprouts again - but the ax penetrates deeply until it brings up the root.Jesus pulled out the root of the whole place, while others only did it partially. As for ourselves, let each one of us dig down after the root of evil which is within one, and let one 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 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 eventuate in death, because thos who come from ignorance neither were nor are nor shall be.But those who are in the truth will be perfect when all the truth is revealed.For truth is like ignorance: while it is hidden it rests in itself, but when it is revealed and is recognized, it is praised inasmuch as it is stronger than ignorance and the error. It gives freedom.The word said, If you know the truth, the truth will make you free[John8:32] 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 fulfillment.
At the present time we have the manifest things of creation. We say, The strong are they who are held in high regard.And the obscure are the weak who are despised. Contrast the manifest things of truth: they are weak and despised, while the hidden things are strong and held in high regard. The mysteries of truth are revealed, though in type and image. The bridal chamber, however, remains hidden.It is the Holy in the Holy.The veil at first concealed how God controlled the creation, but when the veil is rent and the things inside are revealed, this house will be left desolate, or rather - it will be destroyed. But the whole inferior godhead will flee from these places into the holy of holies, for it wil not be able to mix with the unmixed light and the flawless fullness, but will be under the wings of the cross and its arms.This asrk will be its salvation when the flood of water(?) surges over them.If some belong to the order of the priesthood, they will be able to go within the veil with the high priest. For this reason the veil was not rent at the top only since it would have been revealed only to those below. But it was rent from the top to bottom.Those above opened to us who are below, in order that we may go into the secret of truth. This truly is what is held in high regard, since it is strong! But we shall go into there by means of lowly types and forms of weakness.They are lowly indeed when compared with the perfect glory. There is glory which surpasses glory.There is power which surpasses power.Therefore, the perfect things have opened to us, together with the hidden things of truth.The holies of the holies were revealed, and the bridal chamber invited us in.
As long as it is hidden, wickedness is indeed ineffectual, but it has not been removed from the midst of the seed of the Holy Spirit. They are slaves of evil.But when it is revealed, then the perfect light will flow out on everyone.And all those who are in it will receive the chrism. Then the slaves will be free and the captives ransomed.Every plant which my father in heaven has not planted will be plucked out[Matt15:13]. Those who are seperated will be united and will be filled.Every one who will enter the bridal chamber will kindle the light, for it burns just as in the marriages which are observed, though they happen at night.That fire burns only at night and is put out.But the mysteries of this marriage are perfected rather in the day and the light. Neither that day nor its light ever sets.If anyone becomes a son of the bridal chamber, he will receive the light.If anyone does not receive it while he is in these places, he will not be able to receive it in the other pla ce.He who will receive the 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.And again, when he leaves the world he has already received the truth in the images. The world has become the Aeon, for the Aeon if fullness for him. This is the way it is: it is revealed to him alone, not hidden in the darkness and the night, but hidden in a perfect day and a holy light.
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