The early Gnostic texts represent the original Christian movement more closely than anything you’ll find in the New Testament. The most illuminating text was written by the Apostle Philip, who knew Jesus well. My translation is edited for clarity and largely untouched. The most striking revelation is the Baptism was the first of a five-part ritual involving the chrism, eucharist and bridal chamber. Other details I find fascinating are the 72 dyes used to tie-dye, and the warning about how language is can be employed to deceive, and why clay is better than glass.
Light and Darkness, life and death, right and left, are brothers and inseparable. Because of this neither are the good good, nor evil evil, nor is life life, nor death death. Everything dissolves into its essence. Only the eternal is exhalted.
Names are often deceptive and twist truth into lies. When most hear the word “God” they do not think of what is correct, but that which is incorrect. Unless you learn the truth, you cannot know what is correct.
Adam had many trees but no wheat. Christ brought heavenly bread for enlightenment, and now truth is planted everywhere and sows itself. No weed can choke it, no flood can drown it, no frost can freeze it, no drought can kill it. Truth is stronger than fiction.
“Jesus” is a hidden name. “Christ” is a revealed name. For this reason “Jesus” is not particular to any language, while “Christ,” means “anointed” in Greek. “The Nazarene” is he who reveals hidden truths. Those who say Jesus died and then rose are in error for he rose first.
Purification comes through water and fire. There is water in living water and fire in the chrism.
Jesus took the world by surprise for he appeared small, although we knew he was great. All who are begotten in the world are begotten in a natural way, and nourished from the place whence they were born, for it is by a kiss that the perfect conceive. For this reason we kiss one another in order to share grace.
Blessings on Mary, his mother, and her sister, and also on Mary Magdalene, who was his lady.
As above, so below.
First, adultery came into being, afterward murder.
God makes his own dyes and his colors are immortal.
Faith receives, love gives. There is no magic without believing.
The apostles who were before us had three names for him: Jesus, the Nazorean, the Christ. “Nazara” is “the Truth.” “The Nazarene” then is “the Truther.”
When a pearl is cast down into mud, it appears worthless, but once anointed with oil, becomes precious again. So it is with those who anoint themselves.
Glass decanters and clay jugs are both made by means of fire. But if glass decanters break, they are done for, but clay is easily repaired. This is why I do not subscribe to the current glass fad and prefer clay containers for the chrism.
A mule turns a millstone with a hundred miles walking but stays in the same place. There are men who make many journeys, but make no progress towards any destination.
When Jesus went into the dye works of Levi, he took seventy-two different colors and threw them into the vat to make white.
Jesus loved Mary Magdalene more than all the disciples, and used to kiss her often on her mouth. The disciples got jealous of these affections and said to him “Why do you love her more than all of us?”
Jesus answered,”Why do I not love you like her? When a blind man and one who sees are both together in 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 darkness.”
There are male and female evil spirits. When wanton women see a male alone, she leaps down upon his lap to defile him. So also the lecherous men, when they see a beautiful woman sitting alone, will persuade and pressure her. But if a man and his wife sit beside one another in harmony they cannot be messed with.
Truth does not come into the world naked, but clothed in words and images. The world will not receive it in any other way. The Lord did everything in a mystery: the Baptism, Chrism, Eucharist, Redemption and Bridal Chamber. He came to make things below like things above.
Adam came into being from two virgins, a Virgin Spirit and virgin earth. Jesus therefore, was born from a virgin to rectify the fall of Adam. There were two trees growing in Paradise. One bore animals, the other men. Adam ate from the tree which bore animals and became an animal.
In this world, the slaves serve the free. In the Kingdom of Heaven, the free will minister to the slaves, but if you do not receive the Chrism, you receive nothing.
Philip 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.”
The Chrism is superior to Baptism, for it is from the word “Chrism” that we are called “Christians,” certainly not because of the word “Baptism.” And it was from the Chrism that “the Christ” got 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: the resurrection, the light, the cross, the Holy Spirit. This is the true Kingdom.