The Perfect man
We all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge
of the Son of God, unto a Perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the
fulness of Christ, Ephesians 4:13.
Mark the perfect man… for the end of that man is peace, Psalms 37:37.
God will not cast away a
perfect man, Job 8:20.
For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in
word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body, James 3:2.
The Perfect Man - From
The Nag Hammadi Library
“I am the one who is with you always. I am the Father, I am
the Mother, I am the Son. I am the undefiled and incorruptible one. Now I have
come to teach you what is and what was and what will come to pass, that you may
know the things which are not revealed and those which are revealed, and to
teach you concerning the unwavering race of the perfect Man. Now, therefore, lift up your face, that you may
receive the things that I shall teach you today, and may tell them to your
fellow spirits who are from the unwavering race of the perfect Man."…
And from the foreknowledge of the perfect mind, through the
revelation of the will of the invisible Spirit …, the perfect Man appeared, the
first revelation, and the truth.
He created a being according to the likeness of the first, perfect Man. And they said, 'Let us call him Adam, that his name
may become a power of light for us.'…
Adamas, the perfect man,” The
Apocryphon of John.
“This is the manifestation of the Father and his revelation
to his Aeons. He revealed his hidden self and explained it. For who is it who
exists if it is not the Father himself? All the spaces are his emanations. They
knew that they stem from him as children from a perfect man,” The
Gospel of Truth.
When the redemption was proclaimed, the perfect man received knowledge immediately, so as to return in
haste to his unitary state, to the place from which he came, to return there
joyfully, to the place from which he came, to the place from which he flowed
forth. His members, however, needed a place of instruction, which is in the
places which are adorned, so that they might receive from them resemblance to the
images and archetypes, like a mirror, until all the members of the body of the
Church are in a single place and receive the restoration at one time, when they
have been manifested as the whole body, namely the restoration into the Pleroma,”
The Tripartite Tractate.
“Before Christ came, there was no bread in the world, just
as Paradise, the place were Adam was, had many
trees to nourish the animals but no wheat to sustain man. Man used to feed like
the animals, but when Christ came, the
perfect man, he brought bread from heaven in order that man might be
nourished with the food of man…
Man ploughs the field by means of the domestic animals, and
from this he is nourished, he and the animals, whether tame or wild. Compare the perfect man. It is through powers
which are submissive that he ploughs, preparing for everything to come into
being. For it is because of this that the whole place stands, whether the good
or the evil, the right and the left…
The cup of prayer contains wine and water, since it is
appointed as the type of the blood for which thanks is given. And it is full of
the Holy Spirit, and it belongs to the wholly perfect man. When we drink this,
we shall receive for ourselves the
perfect man. The living water is a body. It is necessary that we put on the
living man. Therefore, when he is about to go down into the water, he unclothes
himself, in order that he may put on the living man…
Blessed is the one who on no occasion caused a soul [...to
offend]. That person is Jesus Christ. He came to the whole place and did not
burden anyone. Therefore, blessed is the one who is like this, because he is a perfect man, (James 3:2).
He who possesses the qualities of the perfect man bestows joy upon the good,”
He has to come to know the Son of Man, that is, he has come
to know himself. This is the perfect
life, that man know himself by means of the All, The Testimony of Truth.
It is a perfect form
that should ascend into the Pleroma, A Valentinian Exposition.
A note by a later hand, copied from another scripture. (Now these are the names which I will give from the Boundless onward. Write them with a sign, that the Sons of God may be revealed from here on. This is the name of the Immortal: ... and this is the name of the Voice, for the sake of which the Perfect Man hath set himself in motion, Pistis Sophia Chapter 63.
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