Gnostic Doctrine

Friday, 9 August 2019

The New Covenant

The New Covenant

And in our hearts, we were united. We agreed to fulfill the ministry to which the Lord appointed us. And we made a covenant with each other.

The Nag Hammadi Library The Acts of Peter and the Twelve Apostles

As the Savior was sitting in the temple in the three hundredth (year) of the covenant and the agreement of the tenth pillar, and being satisfied with the number of the living, incorruptible Majesty, he said to me, "Peter, blessed are those above belonging to the Father, who revealed life to those who are from the life, through me, since I reminded they who are built on what is strong, that they may hear my word, and distinguish words of unrighteousness and transgression of law from righteousness, as being from the height of every word of this Pleroma of truth, having been enlightened in good pleasure by him whom the principalities sought. But they did not find him, nor was he mentioned among any generation of the prophets

The Nag Hammadi Library The Apocalypse of Peter

So we can see from the two text quoted above that the Gnostic Christians used the word Covenant which is a Jewish-Christian concept

First what does covenant mean?

Covenant means an agreement or contract between two or more parties. "My covenant shall stand fast with him" (Psalms 89:28).

Gen 17:10 This is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after thee; Every man child among you shall be circumcised.

Jer 31:31 (38:31) {1 } Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Juda: {1) Heb 8:8, 13 }

Jer 31:32 (38:32) not according to the covenant which I made with their fathers in the day when I took hold of their hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; for they abode not in my covenant, and I disregarded them, saith the Lord.

Jer 31:33 (38:33) For this is my covenant which I will make with the house of Israel; after those days, saith the Lord, {1 } I will surely put my laws into their mind, and write them on their hearts; and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people. {1) Gr. giving I will give }

The Gospel of Thomas Saying 53  His disciples asked him: "Is circumcision useful or not?" He replied: "If it were useful then they would be born already circumcised. On the other hand, true circumcision in the spirit is entirely beneficial.'

The Law covenant and the covenant of circumcision are useless

The new covenant of the Bible represents the principles or rules by which men are able to gain their true spiritual heritage and possess the riches of the kingdom of God.

The New covenant is not new it was from the beginning (BeReiShIT) Gen. 1:1) it is the covenant of fire (BRIT AiSh)

[The letters of the Hebrew word] BeReiShIT [meaning "In the beginning" (Gen. 1:1)] can be rearranged to form the words BRIT AiSh [meaning "covenant of fire"], the sign upon which both the higher and lower worlds exist

Jer 33:25 Thus, saith Yahweh, If, my covenant of day and night, the ordinances of the heavens and the earth, I did not appoint,

Therefore concerning creation it is written, "These are the products of the heaven and the earth when they were created (in Hebrew, BHaBaRAM)". (Gen. 2:4) The word "BHaBaRAM" has the identical letters as "B'ABRaHaM", meaning "with Abraham",

The new covenant is made operative by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

covenant, new--Jesus established a new and higher consciousness for man and taught and practiced the truth of the inner kingdom. This teaching is known as the "new covenant" (Heb. 12:24). The new covenant is to be written in the heart of each person.

In what way did Jesus Christ become the “mediator of a new covenant”? Jesus proved anew that, by loving the things of spiritual significance and seeking to express them, man enters into a vital relation with God and finds the satisfaction that is “life indeed.” This bringing of life and immortality to light gave men a new understanding of God and led them to enter into a new relation with him.

The new covenant is man’s exact agreement with the inner law of Spirit, as contrasted with the outer chaotic movement of the mind. When man’s thought begins to function from the inner light of Christ mind, his consciousness is related directly to God, and he comes under a new and higher activity of the mind and the body. In the Scripture this is called the “grace and truth” which came through Jesus Christ.

A paraphrase of the Gospel of Philip

A Master takes a disciple and helps him become another master like himself, but a disciple cannot make disciples of others. A Master maintains his power while extending it to others, but a disciple's efforts are all centered in maintaining and increasing his own power.

2. A slave centers all his desires in attaining freedom; the idea of inheriting his master's possessions when he dies never enters his mind. A child, on the other hand, expects to inherit his parents' property when they die. When you enter the Covenant, your awareness expands; you realize that you are slaves. You cannot hope, at that time, to inherit the possessions of the Ascended Masters, but you do yearn for freedom from the powers of darkness, and the Ascended Masters make you their freemen, so that the dark lords can no longer control you. If you continue to grow in the Covenant, you will become the Friends of the Ascended Masters, and eventually you can even become their children, with all the rights of their heirs in the Covenant.

3. Those who inherit from their mortal parents are as dead as they are. If there is no life in the parents, how can there be life in the children? Those who inherit from the Living Parents are alive, for they inherit Life, and everything belongs to them; spiritual things and physical things are all theirs because they are the heirs of the Creators of all things. It is true that we are all mortal, that we were all born dead, but if we are born again and grow up in principles of Truth, we will become alive through inheriting everything that our Divine Parents can give us. They will ascend to a higher sphere of existence, and we will inherit that sphere which they have occupied.

4. Anyone who has not entered the Covenant cannot die, for that person has never lived. When we perceive Truth, that is the moment we become alive. We call this rebirth, but it is truly just birth, for physical birth is a birth into death, but this birth is a birth into Life. When we have been born of water and the Spirit, we are in danger of dying, for then we really are alive. It is then that we must be careful to avoid the missiles of the dark lords, for they are the enemies of those who truly live. Before we discovered gnosis, we were orphans, for we did not know our Parents, but when we enter the Covenant, we have a Father and Mother; we discover our True Parents through the ministry of the Firstborn.

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