Our True Self

Who are We? Another contribution of the Gnostic Gospels is a "new" realization of self.

In The Gospel of Philip much is made of the bridal chamber where the two become one. 
“He that is joined to the Lord is One Spirit.” 1 Corinthians 6:17
“Wherefore, they are no more twain, but one.” (Matthew 19:6)

Jesus said, "Whoever drinks from my mouth will become like me;
I myself shall become that person, and the hidden things will be revealed to him."  Thomas 108

Paul also speaks of the regeneration: "it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.” Galatians 2:20

It is said that baptism, symbolizing this death and resurrection, is done in water because of the reflection…

“It suddenly seemed to be a reflection of my Real Self.
I saw my own Self in this clear mirror, knowing the see-er and the seen were not two but One.
The King of Kings was imaged there shimmering all over, as the true Gnosis.”  (The Fable of the Pearl, The Essential Gnostic Gospels, page 17)

Paul declares that we “all, with open face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord,
are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 3:18

Christ as a parable, a mirror, and an image is revealing who we are.

This is reminiscent of Paul’s comment, “We see in a mirror dimly,
but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as I am known.” 1 Corinthians 13:12

When we see ourselves as we truly are, then we all shall understand with a perfect and complete knowledge, as a mature, or perfect, or completed adult.

“When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child:
but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” 1 Corinthians 13:11

This is a picture of the perfect man, the body of Christ, universal and complete, putting away old ways of thinking.

When we see him, we shall understand, and be like him for we shall see him face to face.

As John writes, “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, … and we know that,
when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.” 1 John 3:2

However, "What is to be, already is." Ecclesiastes 3:15 (Confraternity-Douay Version)

“Ye are complete in him.” Colossians 2:10

“God’s kingdom does not come with observation,” or in such a way to be seen with the outward physical eyes. Luke 17:20-21

“God’s kingdom dwells in your heart… When you know yourself you too shall be known!” Thomas 3

We know ourselves as we are fully known, and shall be known, manifested, when we see our true selves in the mirror and see the King of kings.
As Jesus said, he who has seen me has seen the Father. John 14:9.

This is Paul’s prayer, that we might “be able to comprehend … that (we) might be filled with all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3:19

You are completed, filled, and made perfect by Christ. (Colossians 2:10) Look within and discover the light that lightens all men

“He who comprehends the inner meaning of these words will be immortal… and shall rule over the All” Thomas 1-2   

They will be troubled, they will marvel, they will reign over all, and find rest.

Troubled and amazed,
Dean Johnson

P.S. Jesus said, "Lucky is the lion that the human will eat, so that the lion becomes human.
And foul is the human that the lion will eat, and the lion still will become human." Thomas 7

Lower kingdoms consumed by higher kingdoms become new creations.

If any man be in Christ he is a new creation. 2 Corinthians 5:17
“Our God is a consuming fire”, Hebrews 12:29
“God is a man-eater”.  The Gospel of Philip .
“Death is swallowed up in victory”, 1 Corinthians 15:54

This is necessary that “mortality might be swallowed up of life” 2 Corinthians 5:4.
Who shall deliver us from the body of this death? Thanks be to God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 7:24

"The first man [is] of the earth, earthy: the second man [is] the Lord from heaven. …
As we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.” 1 Corinthians 15:47

In the spirit of our mind, putting off the old man, and putting on the new man, death is swallowed up in victory. Ephesians 4:22, 1 Corinthians 15:54

If you can see it, "What is to be, already is" Ecclesiastes 3:15 (Confraternity-Douay Version)

“What you see you shall become.” The Gospel of Philip


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