Gnostic Doctrine

Monday, 3 September 2018

The Two-fold Sophia

The Two-fold Sophia

So who is Sophia? Sophia is Wisdom. There are two types of wisdom the wisdom of this world and the wisdom of God.

The rulers of this age, Paul argues, knew Sophia but not Christ-Sophia [higher wisdom]

The Sophia of this age is the lower form of wisdom in those who are material or carnally minded not spiritual

Wisdom and Wisdom of Death

There is Echamoth and there is Echmoth. Echamoth is simply wisdom, but Echmoth is the wisdom of death—that is, the wisdom that knows death, that is called little wisdom. 
The Gospel of Philip

Echamoth is one thing and Echmoth, another. Echamoth is Wisdom [divine wisdom] simply [“single eyed” and in tune with the will of the Father], but Echmoth is the Wisdom of death [“double mindedness” still intellectualizing and analyzing things eventually leading you to go your own way according to your own hearts desires], which is the one who knows death [he knows he will die physically but not that he will rise. So his wisdom is all physical, it is worldly wisdom, based upon the false premise that his physical existence is all he will ever have], which is called "the little Wisdom" [these still cling to “the tree of the knowledge of good and evil” and cannot progress form the "letter" and will use it for unrighteous gain - these will hinder themselves and others from progressing to “the tree of life” still “deny its power” in them]. (Philip 28)

The other Sophia is of God a wisdom of God, formally hidden in mystery'. (1 Co 2:6-7)

Jesus says wisdom is know by her children (Matt 11:19 compare Luke 7:35)
and we are born of the spirit (
John 3:6)

Wisdom or Sophia is a feminine aspects or attributes of God 

Therefore God is androgynous being both Father and Mother the holy spirit is the feminine aspect of God. In Hebrew the word spirit is a feminine noun. That is why it can be spoken of as a Mother giving birth. John 3:8 However The holy spirit is a force, the invisible power and energy of the Father by which God is everywhere present. The Spirit is the power of God through which God's Family works. The chosen messengers have been given only the power and authority from Yahweh they need to accomplish their mission. Gen 1:2; Num 11:17; Mt 3:16; John 20:22; Ac 2:4, 17, 33. The Spirit is not a 'separate' or 'other' person. Ac 7:55, 56; Re 7:10 The spirit is God's own radiant power, ever out flowing from Him, by which His 'everywhereness' is achieved. Ps 104:30; 1 Cor 12:4-11.

The Spirit is personal in that it is of God Himself: it is not personal in the sense of being some other person within the Godhead"

Therefore the Sophia is a feminine aspect of God his holy spirit. Sophia can be described as the wisdom of God, and, the holy spirit or active force which emanates from God. The Sophia is seen as being expressed in all creation and the natural world as well as, the Holy Spirit is an equivalent expression with Sophia, being the feminine counterpart to the masculine Logos. Whereas the latter is manifested in Jesus of Nazareth, the former is effectively manifested in the Church which Begets, anoints, Empowers, leads God’s people today. Joh 3:5-8; 2Co 1:21, 22 Ga 5:16, 18.

This view of God being androgynous can be found in the Bible in the Book of Proverbs God has a feminine aspect wisdom (Sophia):

Yahweh possessed me," saith the Logos, "in the beginning of his way, before his works of old. I was set up from olahm (the hidden period) from the beginning, or ever the earth was. When there were no depths I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water. Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth: while as yet he had not made the earth, nor the open places, nor the highest part of the dust of the world. When he prepared the heavens I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the deep; when he established the clouds above; when he strengthened the fountains of the deep; when he gave to the sea his decree that the water should not pass his commandment; when he appointed the foundations of the earth: then I was by him as one brought up with him (the Logos was with the Theos): and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him; rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth, and my delights with the sons of men" (Prov. 8:22).

Here wisdom is personified. Wisdom here is not a separate deity. 
but it is the personification of the attribute of wisdom displayed by God:  truth, justice, value, the beautiful, faithful, eternal companion and handmaid of God.

The personification begins with the love relationship she has with her followers is a guarantee of prosperity, provided they walk in her ways [vv 17-21]. Then, in the astounding passage in vv 22–31, she affirms her origins from God, and from of old before creation. The description of creation in vv 25–29 is not really important here; there is no concentration on creation itself, which merely serves to underscore Wisdom's preexistence. 

The feminine aspects of God. Gnostics held that she was the syzygy (female twin divine Aeon) of the logos (i.e. the Bride of Christ), and Holy Spirit of God who is the Father-mother

The Church is the Bride of Jesus Christ.

Through the Holy Spirit, The Church transcends this world, reaching into the next.

As a boy Jesus grew up being filled with wisdom and strong in mind Later, Christ's followers were astonished "at the wisdom given to him" (Mark 6:2). Matthew 11:19 Paul names Christ as "“the power of God and the wisdom of God”" (1 Cor. 1:24) whom God "made our wisdom" (1 Cor. 1:30; cf. 1:21). that is in Christ "all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge lie hidden" (Col 2:3)

the wisdom of the mystery is revealed in Jesus Christ (Col 1:26-28)

—1Co 1:24, 30; compare 1Co 2:7, 8; Pr 8:1, 10, 18-21.


  1. Thank you for putting together and sharing this material.

  2. Sophia is our Mother, She is Wisdom who is darkness fell with him who is ignorant and didn't know what was going on. She tried to tell him and in doing so he continued to steal her light not asking questions. And She cried out to the Father for help, and the light above her held back until her voice came clear and she knew without Christ there was no way to reconcile the world of darkness into the Light of the Father. I know her. She's my Mother and I've seen the vast darkness of the Mother of the All who calls me Mother of the Living saying, the living will hear me and will stand up as one with Him who is Lord.

  3. The Holy Spirit gives us wisdom
    Isaiah 11:2 And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.

  4. The Pursuit of Wisdom; Hellenistic Jewish Wisdom schools
    “... To begin with, whatever the significance of her name, Barbelo is a wisdom figure, whom one might picture as a higher double of Sophia, the divine Wisdom, whom these texts hold responsible for the production of the physical cosmos.
    It is therefore natural to seek the background of the figure of Barbelo within the kind of speculation at home in the Hellenistic Jewish Wisdom schools ...”