Apocryphote of the Day: 3-5-09

The Father reveals his bosom. His bosom is the Holy Spirit. He reveals through it what is hidden. What is hidden through it is his Son. So through the mercies of the Father, the aeons may know him and cease laboring in search of the Father, resting there in him, knowing that this is rest.

Gospel of Truth 24.10-20 (early Valentinian sermon)

Commentary: This passage is commenting on John 1:18 : "No one has ever seen God. The only-begotten God who is in the bosom of the Father has brought forth that one." Irenaeus says in Adv. Haer. 3.11.9 that the Gospel of Truth was written by the Valentinians who had more gospels than Irenaeus' church did, and at his time was a "comparatively recent" composition. Since he is writing between 180 and 190 CE, this would place the text's composition early to mid-second century at a time when Valentinus was still alive and teaching and writing. Pseudo-Tertullian reports that Valentinus had "a gospel of his own" (Adv. Haer. 4). Since the style of the Gospel of Truth reflects the style of the fragments of writing attributed to Valentinus, I am of the opinion that this Gospel was likely written by him as well and used as part of their catechism.

In the case of exegesis, note how the Prologue of John is understood to refer to the creation of the Godhead itself - the Pleroma - that the Son is hidden in God's bosom, the Holy Spirit, and is revealed to the aeons by the Holy Spirit. The revelation of the Son is the revelation of the Father, so the aeons can rest peacefully rather than continuing to be disturbed by Sophia's aborted attempt to know the unknown God.

And so our thinking about the Gospel of John continues.

Apocryphote of the Day: May Day 2008

The Father is sweet. Goodness is in his will. He knows what is yours, in which you will find rest. For by the fruit one knows what is yours. The children of the Father are his fragrance, for they are from the beauty of his face. So the Father loves his fragrance and manifests it everywhere.

Gospel of Truth 33.34-34.5 (early second century Valentinian sermon probably written by Valentinus)

Comment: Some sweet fragrance for May Day!

Sir Edward Burne-Jones. The Annunciation. The Flower of God. 1862. Gouache. Private collection, London, UK.

Apocryphote of the Day: 4-29-08

This is the knowledge of the living book that he revealed finally to the aeons as letters. He revealed how they are not just vowels nor consonants for reading, thinking they are without meaning. But they are letters of the truth which are spoken only by those who know them. Each letter is complete like a complete book because they are letters written in unity. The Father wrote them for the aeons so that through his letters they would know the Father.

His wisdom contemplates the Logos,
his teaching utters the Logos,
his knowledge has revealed the Logos,
his patience is a crown upon the Logos,
his joy is in harmony with the Logos,
his glory has exalted the Logos,
his image has revealed the Logos,
his rest has received the Logos into himself,
his love has made a body for the Logos,
his faith has embraced the Logos.

In this way the Logos of the Father goes forth in wholeness, as the fruit of his heart and an impression of his will. The Logos supports the wholeness. He chooses it and also receives the impression of the wholeness, purifying the wholeness, bringing it back into the Father, into the Mother, Jesus of the infinite sweetness.

Gospel of Truth 22.38-24.10 (early second century, perhaps a sermon written by Valentinus)

Apocryphote of the Day: 4-13-08

Such are those who have from above something of the immeasurable greatness, as they wait for the unique and perfect One. The One-Who-Is is there for them. They do not go down to Hades nor have they envy nor groaning nor death with them. But they rest in him who is at rest, not striving nor confused about the truth. They are the truth. And the Father is in them and they are in the Father, perfect, undivided from the truly Good One. They lack nothing at all, but they are at rest, refreshed in the Spirit.

Gospel of Truth 42.11-33 (Valentinian text, early to mid- second century; perhaps authored by Valentinus)