Gnostic Doctrine

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

The unknown name of the Father

The unknown name of the Father

Acts 17:23  For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you.

Justin Martyr says that men referred to Yahweh as "the completely hidden One." 

The unknown name of the Father, mentioned in the Gospel of Truth, turns out to be not so mysterious. 

It is in fact stated in the text: "The name of the Father is the Child." 

Indeed, the overarching theme of the text is the revelation of the oneness of Christian believers with the "Father" through the "Son" leading to a new experience of life characterized by the words "fullness" and "rest". 

The text's primary claim is that "since need came into being because the Father was not known, when the Father is known, from that moment on, need will no longer exist."

The tone is mystical and the language symbolic, reminiscent of the tone and themes found in the canonical Gospel of John.

The concept of the Name in Valentinianism has links with Jewish speculation on the Divine Name. The Valentinian liturgy preserved by Irenaeus makes the connection clear. In one of the baptismal prayers, the Name is explicitly identified with Iao (Hebrew Yaho) which is a variant of Yahweh (Irenaeus Against Heresies 1:21:3). A connection to Judaism is not all that surprising given the Jewish roots of both Christianity and Gnosticism.

Taken from the Wikipedia short and sweet.

Valentinus knew soul needs a Saviour - and we've come a long way from being afraid of the dark and its time to wake up, one and all.

The way with Jesus should be on everyone's mind. If you haven't entered the way with the Lord, you'll remain in a world of darkness imagining you're in the light.

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