Gnostic Doctrine

Wednesday, 25 March 2020

The veil in the Gospel of Philip





The veil in the Gospel of Philip



Before the veil was rent we had no bridal chamber
but the image of the bridal chamber above.
So its veil was torn from top to bottom.
It was right for some below to ascend.



The veil at first concealed how god controls creation,
but when the veil is torn and things inside are revealed,
this house will be left desolate, or rather it will be destroyed.

If some belong to the order of the priesthood, they will be able to go within the veil with the high priest.

So the veil was not torn at the top, since it would have been open only to those above. ( the Gospel of Philip)

The Epistle to the Hebrews describes a heavenly temple which is "greater and more perfect" than the temple in Jerusalem. For "it is not a man-made tent, that is, it is not a part of this created world" (Hebrews 9: 11). Like the earthly temple, this heavenly temple is divided into two parts by a veil. The presence of God dwells in the inner part or "Holy of Holies". 

The veil is the separation between God and man the veil is rent by Jesus

According to Herakleon, the Fullness is "the Holy of Holies, into which only the High-Priest enters, into which the spiritual go" (Herakleon Fragment 13). The Gospel of Philip links the opening provided by Christ with the tearing of the veil at the time of Jesus' death (Matthew 27:51). According to Philip,

"If others belong to the order of the priesthood they will be able to enter within the veil with the High Priest. For this reason the veil was not torn at the top only, since it would have been open only to those above; nor was it torn at the bottom only, since it would have been revealed only to those below. But rather it was torn from top to bottom. The upper realm was opened to us in the lower realm, in order that we may enter into the hidden realm of Truth....The Holies of the Holies was uncovered, and the Bridal Chamber invites us in. " (Gospel of Philip 105).


the veil is now rent within our hearts and we can see that we are one with “elohim” having the “power to become sons” 

[when the carnal mind is overcome by the spirit son it can no longer hinder him from seeing all that there is above and below, inside and outside]. For it was fitting for some from below to go upward [the firstfruits are raised to a higher status as part of a royal priesthood].  


The word translated fulness is the Greek pleroma, and its first occurrence in the N.T. places it in contrast with a "rent" or a "gap". The two references are:

"No man putteth a piece of new cloth unto an old garment, for that which is put in to fill it up taketh from the garment, and the rent is made worse" (Matt. 9:16).

"No man also seweth a piece of new cloth on an old garment; else the new piece that filled it up taketh away from the old, and the rent is made worse" (Mark 2:21).

The pleroma or "fulness" is placed in direct contrast with desolation, waste, flood, fire, scattering, and a condition that is without form and void. Schisma, the word translated "rent" in Matthew 9: 16, is from schizo which is used of the veil of the temple and of the rocks that were "rent" at the time of the Saviour's death and resurrection.

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