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Friday, 20 December 2019

Wisdom and Salt The Gospel of Philip

Wisdom and Salt The Gospel of Philip

Wisdom and Salt
The apostles said to the disciples, “May our entire offering be provided with salt.” For they called [wisdom] salt. Without it an offering is unacceptable. Wisdom is barren, [with no] children, and so she is called [the pillar] of salt.Whenever…the holy spirit…, [60] and she has many children.
Leviticus 2:13 And every offering of your grain offering you shall season with salt; you shall not allow the salt of the covenant of your God to be lacking from your grain offering. With all your offerings you shall offer salt.

mark 9:49 col 4:6

first that wisdom was called 'salt,' and without this saving grace no offering is acceptable; and second, with a shift of meaning from 'wisdom' to Sophia and from 'salt' to the barrenness it symbolized, that the barren woman of ls. liv. r (c£ Gal. iv. 27) represents Sophia

The apostles said to the disciples, "May our entire offering obtain salt." They called Sophia [wisdom in Greek] "salt". Without it, no offering is acceptable [they are the “salt of the earth” which is that wisdom that leads to the “tree of life”]. But Sophia is barren [in the world], without child [Without “Christ in you” you cannot apprehend the wisdom of the Father veiled throughout the scriptures]. For this reason, she is called "a trace of salt" [Our individual spirit consciousness must “grow in wisdom and stature” while we are still in the body just as Jesus did.  Until then we are only a “trace”]. Wherever they will [...] in their own way, the Holy Spirit [...], and her children are many. (Philip 25)

The apostles taught their disciples, "Every offering should be seasoned with salt." They used the term salt to refer to Sophia or Wisdom. Without Sophia, no offering is acceptable. This is the reason we salt the bread which is to become the body of our Lord to us. It reminds us that the reception of his body and blood is meaningless unless they are accompanied by Sophia. Sophia alone can produce no progeny, but the Holy Spirit, through whom Sophia flows, produces many children to enlighten those who receive her. 

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