Gnostic Doctrine

Friday, 10 January 2020

The Pleroma a City Revelation 21

The Pleroma a City 

First read Revelation 21:9-27

Paul revealed that there is a “Jerusalem above,” which he speaks of as the “mother” of all believers. (Ga 4:25, 26) This places the “Jerusalem above” in the position of a wife to the great Father and Life-Giver.

In the Book of Revelation, we find the Lamb in the centre of the Heavenly Jerusalem.

The holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God” can be seen only from a high place in consciousness (“a mountain great and high.)

In their highest significance, the "cities of Judah" (2 Sam 2:1) represent spiritual centers of life in consciousness.

"The city which hath the foundations whose builder and maker is God" (Heb. 11:10) is the spiritual body, the body of Christ.

The Pleroma
The Pleroma is also compare to a city in the Untitled Text from the Bruce Codex

He created the holy Pleroma in this way (The Untitled Text in the Bruce Codex)

The Pleroma did not always exist it was produced and formed by the Eternal Spirit this we call the emanation.

The word Pleroma means "fullness". It refers to all existence beyond visible universe. In other words it is the world of the Aeons, the heavens or spiritual universe. Bythos is the spiritual source of everything which emanates the pleroma,

The Pleroma is both the abode of and the essential nature of the True Ultimate Deity or Bythos.
The Pleroma as well as being the dwellings place of the Aeons is also a state of consciousness

The Pleroma has two different meanings the first the dwellings place of the Aeons the abode of and the essential nature of the True Ultimate Deity or Bythos. The second an elevated state of consciousness)

The city; the First Father of the All; the self-originated place: the deep; silence: the first space; the first sound. And it is the house of the Father, and the garment of the Son, and the power of the Mother, and the image of the Pleroma. (The Untitled Text in the Bruce Codex)

Similarly in the prophetic visions of God's Old Testament spokesmen the eternal kingdom-city is characterized by pleroma

Daniel 2:35 and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.

the wife of  the lamb shares with God in his identity as the cosmic temple city Rev 21:9-12,22 compare 1 cor 31 2 cor 6:1 eph 2:20-22 the two simultaneously filling the cosmos

Jesus Christ who is God manifestation is than mediator of a union of the human pleroma with he divine pleroma. this wondrous oneness is the fulfilling of the

Revelation 21:14 The wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

Twelve is the number of orderly government

The patriarch Jacob had 12 sons, who became the foundations of the 12 tribes of Israel. 

The names of the twelve sons of Jacob form a sentence, conveying an important message. Throughout the Scriptures they are set forth in various orders, changing the message of the names as this is done

  1. Reuben - behold a vision of a son; meta. understanding through seeing.
  2. Simeon - harkening, obeying; meta. understanding through hearing.
  3. Levi - joining, clinging; meta. the love faculty in human consciousness.
  4. Judah - praise Jehovah; meta. prayer and praise faculty.
  5. Issachar - he will bring reward, he who brings recompense; meta. activated zeal.
  6. Zebulum - habitation, dwelling; meta. order faculty.
  7. Joseph - Jehovah shall bring increase; meta. imagination. Joseph is the only one of this list of 12 who starts out on the mountain. He is the only clear cut symbolism in this first presentation and naturally be becomes the main character of the story because he really does symbolize a formulated awareness of one of the twelve powers, the one that almost all human beings first have an awareness of.
  8. Benjamin - son of good fortune; meta. active accomplishing faith.
  9. Dan - a judge; meta. judgment.
  10. Naphtah - wrestling; meta. elimination or renunciation.
  11. Gad - pertaining to good fortune; meta. power on.the physical plane.
  12. Ashar - straight forward; faculty of understanding.

The Untitled Text in the Bruce Codex

This is he [Monogenes] who dwells in the monad which is in the Setheus. It is this which came forth from the place of which it is not possible to say where it is, which came forth from that which is before the All. This is the Only One. This is he from whom the monad came, like a ship laden with all good things, or like a city filled with every race of man and every king`s image.

Setheus” is a name for God, meaning “creator.”

The Monogenes meaning the only begotten God that is the Son of God.

This is the manner in which they are all within the monad : there are twelve monads making a crown upon its head ; each one makes twelve. And there are ten decads surrounding its shoulders. And there are nine enneads surrounding its belly. And there are seven hebdomads at its feet, and each one makes a hebdomad. And to the veil which surrounds it like a tower, there are twelve gates. There are twelve myriad powers at each gate, and they are called archangels and also angels.

This is the mother-city of the only-begotten one. This is the only-begotten of whom Phosilampes spoke : "He exists before the All" It is he who came forth from the endless, characterless, patternless and self-begotten aeon who has begotten himself, who came forth from the ineffable and immeasurable one, who exists verily and truly. It is he in whom exists the truly existent one; that is to say, the incomprehensible Father exists in his only-begotten Son. The All rests in the ineffable and unutterable, unruled and untroubled one, of whose godhood which is itself no godhood, no one is able to speak. And when Phosilampes understood, he said : "Those things which verily and truly exist and those which do not exist are for his sake. This is he for whose sake are those that truly exist which are secret, and those that do not truly exist which are manifest."

This truly is the only-begotten God. This is he whom the All knew. They became God, and they raised up his name : God. This is he of whom John spoke: "In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. This one without whom nothing exist, and that which has come into existence in him is life"<John 1.1,3,4>

This is the only-begotten one in the monad,. Dwelling in it like a city.  And this is the monad which is in Setheus like a concept. This is Setheus who dwells in the sanctuary like a king, and he is as God. This is the creative Word which commands the All that they should work. This is the creative Mind, according to the command of God the Father. This is he to whom the creation prays as God, and as Lord, and as Saviour, and as one to whom they have submitted themselves. This is he at whom the All marvels because of his beauty and comeliness. This is he whom the All - those within being a crown upon his head, and those outside at his feet, and those of the midst surrounding him - bless, saying ; "Holy, Holy, Holy art Thou, Thou art living within those that live, thou art holy within the holy ones, thou dost exist within those that exist, and thou art the father within the fathers, and thou art God within the gods, and thou art Lord within the lords, and thou art a place within all the places"
This is the only-begotten one in the monad,. Dwelling in it like a city. 

The comparison of the Monad with to city corresponds to the idea of the temple and the new Jerusalem

Also, the Monad is crowned see Rev 14:14

the Monad is feminine like the bride of christ

The Son of God, God made manifest or God manifestation dwells in the temple or heart. In the Book of Revelation, we find the Lamb in the centre of the Heavenly Jerusalem.

And in our Coptic text we are told that Setheus dwells in the innermost and holiest recesses of the Pleroma, a city with four gates or aeons

In each gate there is a Monad.

four gates with four monads within it, one monad to each gate and six helpers (parastatai) to each gate, and twelve dodecads to each gate, and five pentads of powers to each gate, making 24 helpers (parastatai) ; and 24 myriad powers to each gate, and nine enneads to each gate, and ten decads to each gate, and twelve dodecads to each gate, and five pentads of power to each gate, and an overseer who has three aspects - an unbegotten aspect, a true aspect and an unutterable aspect - to each gate. 

equivalent to the 144,000, by a city lying four-square, and 144 cubits -- that is, these numbers are symbolical of the saints

The limbs of the Anthropos born of the Autogenes (= Monogenes) correspond to the four gates of the city.

An invocation runs: “Thou art the House and the Dweller in the House.”

The Monogenes stands on a table or platform with four pillars corresponding to the quaternion of the four evangelists.

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