I have had a series of insights over the last twenty four hours that I believe relate to the Gospels and the Gnosis.
If anyone is interested in reading it then it is below.
The full work will require a prolonged explanation that I will undertake in the next day or so - but the basic outline below is about one of the
more revealing parts of the insight.
The Two 40 Day Periods of Revelation.
The two 40 day time periods in the life of Jesus when he underwent the Temptation in the desert and the period after the Crucifixion leading up to his
Ascension represent the two teachings of Christ.
These are the Gospels and the Gnosis.
The Gospels were taught after Christ went into the desert and underwent the temptations.
The Gnosis was taught to Thomas in the Gospel of Thomas after Christ had died on the Cross.
The Gnostic teaching to Thomas relates to the spirit surviving after death.
These are the Esoteric teachings for the Gnostic elect in Christianity - the Gnostic Pneumatics.
The ressurection of Christ after the Crucifixion is the moment Christ proves to the disciples and the world that the Gnosis really does bring life
after death. Christ did not just die on the cross for our sins, he also died to prove that the Gnosis ensures the spirit survives after death to the
disciples and the world.
For the christians he died for our sins - for the Gnostics he allowed his body to die to prove that the spirit survives after death,
The two 40 day time periods are when Jesus experiences the spiritual revelations that become the basis of his two sets of teachings.
The Gospels are the teachings for the masses - the Gnosis for the elect.
The Gospels are the Exoteric teachings for the masses taught and preached to the crowds eg The Sermon on the Mount.
These insights and teachings were obtained after The Temptation of Jesus.
The first temptation in the first 40 day period relates to turning stones into bread.
The Bread - this links the event directly with the breaking of the bread in the 40 days after Jesus death when he met the men on road of Emmaus where
Jesus breaks the bread and dissapears - this is Jesus using the bread to represent his body that is broken / killed on the cross. The author of the
Gospel of Luke, at Luke 24:13-27, writes that Jesus appeared to two disciples who were walking from Jerusalem to Emmaus.
The author of Luke places the story on the evening of the day of Jesus' resurrection. The two disciples have heard the tomb of Jesus was found empty
earlier that day. They are discussing the events of the past few days when a stranger asks them what they are discussing. "Their eyes were kept from
recognizing him." He soon rebukes them for their unbelief and gives them a Bible study on prophecies about the Messiah. On reaching Emmaus, they ask
the stranger to join them for the evening meal. When he breaks the bread "their eyes were opened" and they recognize him as the resurrected Jesus,
then Jesus vanishes from sight.
To the Devil in the temptation on the desert Jesus replies, "It is written: 'One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes forth from
the mouth of God "
The Bread is the body of Christ - therefore the teaching from the mouth of God is that one does not live by the body alone, but also by the spirit and
The spirit and the body are the two in one. Each live.
The words that come forth from God are the teachings of the Gnosis - the teachings that allow a spirit to survive after death.
By breaking the bread in front of the men at Emmaus and then vanishing, Christ is re-enacting the crucifixion and showing them that his spirit
survived his death. When he vanishes after breaking the bread, this is symbolic of his spirit leaving the body after his death on the cross - but as
Jesus has returned to the disciples at Emmaus and shown them he has triumphed over death - then he therefore confirms that the spirit survives after
death and he survived after the Crucifixion.
The Temple - The devil offers to make Jesus the Jewish Messiah and ruler of the Temple = the Jewish religion.
The Devil takes him the pinnacle - offers to make him the Messiah of the Jews - and Jesus refuses. The devil then threatens to throw him off and that
if he is the son of god, then god will save him.
The devil is in fact Yahweh / Jehovah.
"Our Rabbis related that in the hour when the Messiah shall be revealed he shall come and stand on the roof (šbyt) of the temple." (Peshiqta Rabbati
The devil says "If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence: For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee:
And in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone."(the Devil is misapplying Psalms 91:12)(Luke
Once more, Jesus maintained his integrity and responded by quoting scripture, saying, "Again it is written, 'You shall not put the Lord, your God, to
the test.'"(a reference to Deuteronemy 6:16)
Then the demiurge offers him power over all the nations of the world through making him the ruler of the Roman Empire itself - and Jesus refuses ;
Satan says to Jesus: “All these things I will give you if you fall down and do an act of worship to me.”(Matthew 4:9)
Jesus replies "Get away, Satan! It is written: 'The Lord, your God, shall you worship and him alone shall you serve.'"(referencing Deuteronomy
This is also a reference to the Gnosis in Matthew 13. 47-50 when Jesus says that one day Christianity will be taught in all nations of the world as
the devil offered him - but that not all Christians will be saved - only those who know the Gnosis will be saved. They are the good fish.
The Key to the symbolism of the Gnosis ;
When reffering to the Gnosis Jesus uses the analogy of fishing to refer to the esoteric nature of the teachings.
In fishing the fisherman throws away the little fish and only keeps th bigger ones - the Gnostics.
Compare Thomas 8 SV
8. And Jesus said, "The person is like a wise fisherman who cast his net into the sea and drew it up from the sea full of little fish. Among them the
wise fisherman discovered a fine large fish. He threw all the little fish back into the sea, and easily chose the large fish. Anyone here with two
good ears had better listen!"
with Matthew 13:47–50 NIV:
47"Once again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was let down into the lake and caught all kinds of fish. 48When it was full, the fishermen
pulled it up on the shore. Then they sat down and collected the good fish in baskets, but threw the bad away. 49This is how it will be at the end of
the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous 50and throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and
gnashing of teeth."
The key to the symbolism of the Gnosis in the Gospels ;
When reffering to the Gospels Jesus uses the analogy of sheep to reference the Exoteric nature the of the teachings.
The lost sheep is the Gnostic who achieves the Gnosis from amongst the masses.
This is the parable of the lost sheep in Matthew 18:12–14 NIV
12"What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for
the one that wandered off? 13And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not
wander off. 14In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should be lost."
This is the parable of the lost sheep in Luke 15: 3-7 NIV
3Then Jesus told them this parable: 4"Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open
country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? 5And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders 6and goes home. Then he calls his
friends and neighbors together and says, 'Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.' 7I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing
in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent."
This is the parable of the lost sheep in Thomas 107 SV
107. Jesus said, "The kingdom is like a shepherd who had a hundred sheep. One of them, the largest, went astray. He left the ninety-nine and looked
for the one until he found it. After he had toiled, he said to the sheep, I love you more than the ninety-nine."
This is the lost sheep discourse in John 10: 1-18 NIV
1"I tell you the truth, the man who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. 2The man who
enters by the gate is the shepherd of his sheep. 3The watchman opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by
name and leads them out. 4When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. 5But
they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger's voice." 6Jesus used this figure of
speech, but they did not understand what he was telling them.
7Therefore Jesus said again, "I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep. 8All who ever came before me were thieves and robbers, but the sheep
did not listen to them. 9I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. He will come in and go out, and find pasture. 10The thief comes
only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. 11"I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays
down his life for the sheep. 12The hired hand is not the shepherd who owns the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs
away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. 13The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.
14"I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me — 15just as the Father knows me and I know the Father — and I lay down my life for
the sheep. 16I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock
and one shepherd. 17The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life — only to take it up again. 18No one takes it from me, but I lay it
down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father."
edit on 20-5-2011 by leejohnbarnes because: hh