Gnostic Doctrine

Sunday, 12 April 2020

The knowledge of the Son


The knowledge of the Son :

For many years many of us sought to find out knowledge of the father through ignorance, thinking that through some ritual, magical spells, ancient artifacts, drinks from roots, some have even sought out knowledge of the father through physics, or some mathematical formula.

But I say to those that do so are asleep and have not awaken to the truth, sadly they sleep the sleep of ignorance and have need of being awakening.

And this awakening only comes through the son of the preexisting one, the virginal sport that begets all things and has appointed his first begotten son to reveal the knowledge of him to all beings, from the infinite realms to mortal men, understand my brothers even the knowledge of one's self is hidden in the son.


What, then, is that which he wants such a one to think? “I am like the shadows and phantoms of the night.” When morning comes, this one knows that the fear that had been experienced was nothing.

Thus they were ignorant of the father; he is the one whom they did not see. Since there had been fear and confusion and a lack of confidence and double-mindedness and division, there were many illusions that were conceived by them, as well as empty ignorance—as if they were fast asleep and found themselves a prey to troubled dreams.

Either they are fleeing somewhere, or they lack strength to escape when pursued. They are involved in inflicting blows, or they themselves receive bruises. They are falling from high places, or they fly through the air with no wings at all. Other times, it is as if certain people were trying to kill them, even though there is no one pursuing them; or they themselves are killing those beside them, and they are stained by their blood. Until the moment when they who are passing through all these things—I mean they who have experienced all these confusions—awaken, they see nothing because the dreams were nothing. It is thus that they who cast ignorance from them like sleep do not consider it to be anything, nor regard its properties to be something real, but they renounce them like a dream in the night and they consider the knowledge of the father to be the dawn. It is thus that each one has acted, as if asleep, during the time of ignorance, and thus a person comes to understand, as if awakening. And happy is the one who comes to himself and awakens. Indeed, blessings on one who has opened the eyes of the blind.

The spirit came to this person in haste when the person was awakened. Having given its hand to the one lying prone on the ground, it placed him firmly on his feet, for he had not yet stood up. This gave them the means of knowing the knowledge of the father and the revelation of his son. For when they saw it and listened to it, he permitted them to take a taste of and to smell and to grasp the beloved son.

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