Gnostic Doctrine

Saturday, 2 March 2019

The Father is the Tree of Life The Tripartite Tractate

The expression “tree of life” is used with regard to true wisdom, the fruitage of the righteous, the realization of a thing desired, and calmness of the tongue; it is also associated with the crown of life. (Pr 3:18; 11:30; 13:12; 15:4; Re 2:7, 10

. God’s word or message is like “seed,” which, if planted in good soil, brings forth much fruitage (Lu 8:11-15); his sayings are also said to ‘run with speed.’—Ps 147:15

Wisdom is called the tree of life in the book of Proverbs see Proverbs 3:18

She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her, And happy are all who hold her fast.
wisdom is a personification of God or an aspect of God

The tree of life is used with regard to true wisdom, God’s word or message is like “seed,” which, if planted in good soil, brings forth much fruitage (Lu 8:11-15).

As for what we can say about the things which are exalted, what is fitting is that we begin with the Father, who is the root of the Totality, the one from whom we have received grace to speak about him.
2. The Father
He existed before anything other than himself came into being. The Father is singular while being many, for he is the first one and the one who is only himself.  Yet he is not like a solitary individual. Otherwise, how could he be a father? For whenever there is a "father," the name "son" follows. But the single one, who alone is the Father, is like a root, with tree, branches and fruit.

The Tripartite Tractate, is an explanation of the limbs of the ineffable

Of the Limbs of the Ineffable."

AND those who are worthy of the mysteries which abide in the inexpressible, which are those which have not gone forth,--these exist before the First Mystery, and to use a likeness and similitude, that ye may understand it, they are as the Limbs of the inexpressible....There is a multitude of limbs but only one body.....For this cause he who hath found the words of those mysteries, is like unto him.....[sc. the First, i.e. the inexpressible], Pistis Sophia

Let me explain this in this manner........ A Tree that grows Multiple Fruit is as the limbs of the inexpressible, let us begin at the root, there is the main root that remains hidden is the very source of the tree = The Father- The Divine One:

There also the First extensions of the root that spreads out from the main root, is called = Holy Spirit - Barbelo or Sophia (Wisdom), which has extensions from it, this secondary root has four helpers, the Barbelo plus her helpers are called =the first perfect five aeons of the Father a group or set of five aeons:

Now we move on to the base of the tree/stump, or base which is called = Self-Begotten: Christ or Logos which is the visible beginning part of the tree, the inner most part is call = Christ-Logos, and he also has extensions called= helpers, attendants, or the four Powers, Christ and the four powers are called = the ten perfect aeons of the Father, a group or set of ten aeons.

The body- which is the children, the church we are called = Pleroma: 'that which fills' - we fill the space between Christ and the twenty four invisibles.

on to the Limbs which is called the 12 Aeons, or invisibles. which each have a mate which makes up 24 Aeons or invisibles, they have the ability of emanation: the ability to produce another in full form, without the act of reproduction or sexual intercourse.

The Branches- are the emanations of the twenty four invisibles, and they being many, also have the ability to emanate.

And last the fruit - is the emanations of they that were emanated by the invisibles, which are the twenty four invisibles or 12 Aeons.

The Holy Spirit - Barbelo, The Self-Begotten Christ are not persons or primordial beings controlled by the Father they are aspects of the mind of God or mental powers, unfolding or expanding from its thought to become an idea

the gnostic tree of life has 12 not 10 structures as in kabbalah in the gnostic tree of life logos is the lowest level

the 12 structures or levels are

1 light

2 fire

3 love

4 Beloved

5 Grace

6 Truth

7 Wisdom

8 understanding

9 perception

10 perfection

11 peace

12 logos

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