Evangile de Philippe. English 8t Coptic. The gospel of Philip: Jesus, Mary Magdalene, and the gnosis of sacred union / Coptic translation and commentary by. The Gospel Of Philip. Below are the two excellent English translations of the Gospel of Philip. In black is the Patterson Brown translation, and in the color brown. The Gospel of Philip is one of the Gnostic Gospels, a text of New Testament apocrypha, dated .. Create a book · Download as PDF · Printable version.
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The Gospel of by Philip by Vladimir Antonov. English PDF translation of the texts found in a cave in Egypt Download it here as a free pdf. The Apocryphal (i.e. not included in the New Testament). Gospel of the Apostle Philip, a personal disciple of Jesus Christ, was found by archaeologists in The Gospel of Philip, from The Nag Hammadi Library. This site includes the entire Nag Hammadi Library, as well as a large collection of other primary Gnostic.
But the saints must be sealed and there is a measured number who are sealed. This is the one which will not be able to rise above the heart of flesh. The wisdom which humans call barren is herself the Mother of the Angels. Men eat animals to nourish themselves physically. Members of a race usually have associated with those of like race.
Ph 6, ; interlinear. He who has received something other than the Lord is still a Hebrew. The Apostles who preceded us called him thus: The last name is the Christ, the first is Yeshua, that in the middle is the Nazirite. The Christ is the measured, the Nazirite and Yeshua are the measurement. Num 6: The apostles who were before us had these names for him: The last name is "Christ", the first is "Jesus", that in the middle is "the Nazarene". The pearl which is cast down into the mire it is not despised, nor if it is anointed with balsam oil is it more valued.
But rather it has its great worth to its owner at all times. When the pearl is cast down into the mud, it becomes greatly despised, nor if it is anointed with balsam oil will it become more precious.
But it always has value in the eyes of its owner. Compare the Sons of God: May it occur that I have [ received from him ] in this manner, this which [ the worldly ] shall not be able to withstand when [ they hear ] this name! Acts 5: If you say, "I am a Jew," no one will be moved.
If you say, "I am a Roman," no one will be disturbed. If you say, "I am a Greek, a barbarian, a slave, a free man," no one will be troubled. If you say, "I am a Christian," the [ Would that I might [ A god is a cannibal. Because of this, mankind [ is sacrificed ] to it. Before mankind was sacrificed, animals were being sacrificed.
For these to which they are sacrificed are not divinities. Isa God is a man-eater. For this reason, men are sacrificed to him. Before men were sacrificed, animals were being sacrificed, since those to whom they were sacrificed were not gods. Vessels of glass and vessels of pottery always come forth thru fire. Yet if pottery vessels break they are destroyed, for they had come to be without breath. Glass decanters and earthenware jugs are both made by means of fire. But if glass decanters break, they are done over, for they came into being through a breath.
If earthenware jugs break, however, they are destroyed, for they came into being without breath. A donkey turning at a millstone did a hundred miles walking.
When it had been released, it found itself still in the same place. There are persons who take many journeys and make no progress anywhere. When evening came upon them, they discerned neither city nor village, neither creation nor nature, neither power nor angel. In vain did the wretches toil!
An ass which turns a millstone did a hundred miles walking. When it was loosed, it found that it was still at the same place. There are men who make many journeys, but make no progress towards any destination.
When evening came upon them, they saw neither city nor village, neither human artifact nor natural phenomenon, power nor angel. In vain have the wretches labored. The Eucharist is Yeshua. For Yeshua came to crucify the world. The eucharist is Jesus. For he is called in Syriac "Pharisatha," which is "the one who is spread out," for Jesus came to crucify the world.
He brought them all up white, and he says: The Lord went into the dye works of Levi. He took seventy-two different colors and threw them into the vat. He took them out all white. And he said, "Even so has the Son of Man come as a dyer. The wisdom which humans call barren is herself the Mother of the Angels.
The [ Lord loved ] Mariam more than [ all the other ] Disciples, [ and he ] kissed her often on her [ mouth ]. As for the Wisdom who is called "the barren," she is the mother of the angels. And the companion of the [ The rest of the disciples [ They said to him "Why do you love her more than all of us? While a blind person and one who sees are both in the dark, they do not differ from one another.
When the light comes, then he who sees shall behold the light, and he who is blinded shall remain in the darkness. Jn 9, Th 34; interlinear. When a blind man and one who sees are both together in darkness, they are no different from one another. When the light comes, then he who sees will see the light, and he who is blind will remain in darkness. The Lord says: The Lord said, "Blessed is he who is before he came into being.
For he who is, has been and shall be. The exaltation of mankind is not manifest but rather is implicit. And this gives to them their survival.
Yet when mankind separates from them, they kill each other and gnaw each other and devour each other, because they find no food. Yet they have found food, now that mankind cultivated the earth. The superiority of man is not obvious to the eye, but lies in what is hidden from view. Consequently, he has mastery over the animals which are stronger than he is and great in terms of the obvious and the hidden. This enables them to survive. But if man is separated from them, they slay one another and bite one another.
They ate one another because they did not find any food. But now they have found food because man tilled the soil. Yet if he receives the Holy Spirit, he has the gift of the name. He who has received a gift is not deprived of it,but he who has taken a loan has it demanded from him. If one goes down into the water and comes up without having received anything, and says "I am a Christian," he has borrowed the name at interest.
But if he receives the Holy Spirit, he has the name as a gift. He who has received a gift does not have to give it back, but of him who has borrowed it at interest, payment is demanded. This is the way it happens to one when he experiences a mystery. For the world is complex: Great is the mystery of marriage! For without it, the world would not exist. Now the existence of the world [ Think of the [ Its image consists of a defilement. Among the unclean spirits there are essentially male and female.
Th 61b!! Whenever the foolish women see a male sitting alone, they are accustomed to leap upon him, to carouse with him and defile him. Yet if they see the man sitting together with his woman, the females cannot intrude upon the man nor can the males intrude upon the woman. So it is when the imagery and the angel are mated together, neither can anyone dare to intrude upon the male or the female.
Ph 30 He who comes forth from the world cannot be detained any longer merely because he had been in the world. He is revealed as beyond both the yearning and the fear of the [ flesh ]. How can he [ fear them ]?
The forms of evil spirit include male ones and female ones. The males are they which unite with the souls which inhabit a female form, but the females are they which are mingled with those in a male form, though one who was disobedient. And none shall be able to escape them, since they detain him if he does not receive a male power or a female power, the bridegroom and the bride.
One receives them from the mirrored bridal chamber. When the wanton women see a male sitting alone, they leap down on him and play with him and defile him. So also the lecherous men, when they see a beautiful woman sitting alone, they persuade her and compel her, wishing to defile her. But if they see the man and his wife sitting beside one another, the female cannot come into the man, nor can the male come into the woman.
So if the image and the angel are united with one another, neither can any venture to go into the man or the woman. We are faithful, hide [ us But if they had possessed the Holy Spirit, no unclean spirit would have clung to them. Do not fear the essence of the flesh, nor love it. May it not occur that I be found in the latter! In this world there is essentially the good and the evil. Its goods are not good and its evils are not evil.
Ph 9 Yet there is evil after this world, which is truly evil: For many go astray on the way. Thus it is good to come forth from the world before humankind was caused to transgress. He who comes out of the world, and so can no longer be detained on the grounds that he was in the world, evidently is above the desire of the [ He is master over [ He is superior to envy.
And how will this one be able to escape the great [ How will he be able to [ There are some who say, "We are faithful" in order that [ For if they had the Holy Spirit, no unclean spirit would cleave to them. Fear not the flesh nor love it. If you fear it, it will gain mastery over you. If you love it, it will swallow and paralyze you. Some indeed neither wish nor have the ability. Yet others if they wish receive no benefit, for they were not accustomed to practice.
For desire makes them transgressors. Yet not desiring righteousness shall conceal from them both the wish and the lack of accomplishment. And so he dwells either in this world or in the resurrection or in the middle place. God forbid that I be found in there!
In this world, there is good and evil. Its good things are not good, and its evil things not evil. But there is evil after this world which is truly evil - what is called "the middle".
It is death. While we are in this world, it is fitting for us to acquire the resurrection, so that when we strip off the flesh, we may be found in rest and not walk in the middle.
For it is good to come forth from the world before one has sinned. There are some who neither will nor have the power to; and others who, if they will, do not profit; for they did not act since [ And if they do not will, justice will elude them in both cases: There is water in [ An apostolic man in a vision saw some people shut up in a house of fire and bound with fiery [ And he said to them, "[ They received [ The enemy [ comes ] forth in water with fire.
The soul and the spirit have come forth [ in ] water and fire with light, which pertain to of the Son of the Bridal-Chamber.
The fire is the Chrism, the light is the fire. It is from water and fire that the soul and the spirit came into being. It is from water and fire and light that the son of the bridal chamber came into being.
The fire is the chrism, the light is the fire. I am not referring to that fire which has no form, but to the other fire whose form is white, which is bright and beautiful, and which gives beauty.
The world will not receive it in any other fashion. It is truly appropriate not to be reborn thru the imagery. Jn 3 What is the resurrection with its imagery? The Bridal-Chamber with its imagery? Whoever is not begotten of them, will have the name also taken from him. Ph 9 For this-one is no longer a Christic but rather a Christ. Truth did not come into the world naked, but it came in types and images.
The world will not receive truth in any other way. There is a rebirth and an image of rebirth. It is certainly necessary to be born again through the image. Which one? The image must rise again through the image. The bridal chamber and the image must enter through the image into the truth: Not only must those who produce the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, do so, but have produced them for you.
If one does not acquire them, the name "Christian" will also be taken from him. But one receives the unction of the [ This power the apostles called "the right and the left.
The Lord [ did ] everything in a sacrament: The Lord did everything in a mystery, a baptism and a chrism and a eucharist and a redemption and a bridal chamber. He says: He spoke of ] everything in that place [ above ] this place by means of symbolic [ images. I came to unite them in the place.
Ph 10, 18, 22, 97, , Tr 3 ff. And He who is hidden is He who is above him. Those who say, "There is a heavenly man and there is one above him" are wrong. For it is the first of these two heavenly men, the one who is revealed, that they call "the one who is below"; and he to whom the hidden belongs is that one who is above him.
For it would be better for them to say, "The inner and outer, and what is outside the outer". Because of this, the Lord called destruction the "the outer darkness": He said, "My Father who is in secret". He said, "Go into your chamber and shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father who is in secret" Mt 6: But that which is within them all is the fullness. Beyond it, there is nothing else within it. This is that of which they say, "That which is above them".
Before Christ some came forth. They were no longer able to enter into whence they came, and they were no longer able to exit from whither they went. Yet the Christ came.
Those who had gone in he brought out, and those who had gone out he brought in. I-Ki 3: Before Christ, some came from a place they were no longer able to enter, and they went where they were no longer able to come out. Then Christ came.
Those who went in, he brought out, and those who went out, he brought in. When she was separated from him, death came to be. When Eve was still with Adam, death did not exist. When she was separated from him, death came into being. If he enters again and attains his former self, death will be no more. For he divided the place [ below from the place above ] , having been begotten in the [ Holy ] Spirit by God.
It was on the cross that he said these words, for he had departed from that place. The [ Lord arose ] from among the dead. He is incarnate, but this [ flesh is indeed ] a true flesh. The [ Let the Bridal-Chamber not be for the beasts nor for the slaves nor for impure women!
Gen A bridal chamber is not for the animals, nor is it for the slaves, nor for defiled women; but it is for free men and virgins. Thru the Holy Spirit we are indeed born, yet we are reborn thru the Christ. Through the Holy Spirit we are indeed begotten again, but we are begotten through Christ in the two. We are anointed through the Spirit. When we were begotten, we were united.
No one will be able to see himself either in water or in a mirror without light. Yet the light is the Chrism. Prov None can see himself either in water or in a mirror without light. Nor again can you see in light without mirror or water. For this reason, it is fitting to baptize in the two, in the light and the water. Now the light is the chrism.
The Baptism is the holy vestibule, [ the Atonement ] is the holy of the holiness, the holy of the holinesses is the Bridal-Chamber. The Baptism has the resurrection [ with ] the Atonement entering into the Bridal-Chamber. Yet the Bridal-Chamber is more exalted than those. Coptic ne. Cop ti c e4are. This great secret is the same secret of those cherubim who copulate with each other in the image of male and female Keep this secret and do not reveal it to anyone unworthy, for here is where you glimpse the secret of the loftiness of an appropriate sexual relationship There were three buildings specifically for sacrifice in Jerusalem.
The one facing the west was called "The Holy". Another, facing south, was called "The Holy of the Holy". The third, facing east, was called "The Holy of the Holies", the place where only the high priest enters. Baptism is "the Holy" building.
Redemption is the "Holy of the Holy". Baptism includes the resurrection and the redemption; the redemption takes place in the bridal chamber. But the bridal chamber is in that which is superior to [ Because of this, its veil was rent from top to bottom.
For it was fitting for some from below to go upward. The ] curtain of the Temple was torn [ in order to reveal ] the Bridal-Chamber, which is nothing other than the image [ of the Th 84, Mk Yet one shall be clothed with light in the sacrament of the Mating. Ph 24, 26; cp. The powers do not see those who are clothed in the perfect light, and consequently are not able to detain them.
One will clothe himself in this light sacramentally in the union. If the female had not separated from the male, she would not afterward have died with the male. Her separation was the inception of death. Gen 3: And by his mating them together, he shall give their lives to those who have died in the separation. Yet the woman mates with her husband in the bridal-chamber. Those however who have mated in the Bridal-Chamber will no longer be separated. Th 11, 22, Ph 30, 76; interlinear.
If the woman had not separated from the man, she should not die with the man. His separation became the beginning of death. Because of this, Christ came to repair the separation, which was from the beginning, and again unite the two, and to give life to those who died as a result of the separation, and unite them. But the woman is united to her husband in the bridal chamber. Indeed, those who have united in the bridal chamber will no longer be separated.
Thus Eve separated from Adam because it was not in the bridal chamber that she united with him. The Spirit ] bestowed upon Adam is his Mother, and was given to him in his soul.
The soul of Adam came into being by means of a breath. The partner of his soul is the spirit. His mother is the thing that was given to him. His soul was taken from him and replaced by a spirit. When he was united to the spirit , he spoke words incomprehensible to the powers. They envied him [ Jesus appeared [ He who was begotten before everything, was begotten anew.
He who was once anointed, was anointed anew. He who was redeemed, in turn redeemed others. He revealed the power of the Bridal-Chamber. Thus his body came into being on that day. He came forth in the Bridal-Chamber as one who has issued from the Bridegroom with the Bride.
This is how Yeshua established the totality for himself in his heart. Return oh you sons of men, and come oh you daughters of men, Indeed, one must utter a mystery. The Father of everything united with the virgin who came down, and a fire shone for him on that day.
He appeared in the great bridal chamber. Therefore his body came into being on that very day. It left the bridal chamber as one who came into being from the bridegroom and the bride. So Jesus established everything in it through these. It is fitting for each of the disciples to enter into his rest.
Therefore Christ was begotten from a virgin, so that the stumbling which occurred in the beginning shall be rectified to him. Adam came into being from two virgins, from the Spirit and from the virgin earth. Christ therefore, was born from a virgin to rectify the Fall which occurred in the beginning. Because of this, the beasts came to be worshipped.
Humans ] begot humans [ and There are two trees growing in Paradise. The one bears animals, the other bears men. Adam ate from the tree which bore animals. He became an animal and he brought forth animals. For this reason the children of Adam worship animals. The tree [ God created mankind and men created the god s. God created man. That is the way it is in the world - men make gods and worship their creation.
It would be fitting for the gods to worship men! Therefore they are called his abilities. His works are his sons who came forth thru his repose. Because of this, his power governs in his works, yet his repose is manifest in his sons. And thou will find that this penetrates unto the imagery. And this is the Mirrored Person: Surely what a man accomplishes depends on his abilities.
Among his accomplishments are his children. They originate in a moment of ease. Thus his abilities determine what he may accomplish, but this ease is clearly evident in the children.
You will find that this applies directly to the image. Here is the man made after the image accomplishing things with his physical strength, but producing his children with ease. In this world the slaves are forced to work for the free. In the Sovereignty of the Heavens the free shall act to serve the slaves: In this world, the slaves serve the free. In the Kingdom of Heaven, the free will minister to the slaves: The children of the bridal chamber have just one name: Altogether, they need take no other form, because they have contemplation, [ They are numerous [ Aristotle, Metaphysics XII.
For he says: Those [ For he said, "Thus we should fulfill all righteousness. Those who say that first they shall die and then they shall arise are confused. Those who say they will die first and then rise are in error. If they do not first receive the resurrection while they live, when they die they will receive nothing.
So also when speaking about baptism they say, "Baptism is a great thing," because if people receive it they will live. Philip the apostle said, "Joseph the carpenter planted a garden because he needed wood for his trade. It was he who made the cross from the trees which he planted. His own offspring hung on that which he planted. His offspring was Jesus, and the planting was the cross. However, it is from the olive tree that we got the chrism, and from the chrism, the resurrection.
And to those whom he wished he gave their lives, so that they not perish. This world is a corpse-eater.
All the things eaten in it themselves die also. Truth is a life-eater. Therefore no one nourished by truth will die. It was from that place that Jesus came and brought food. To those who so desired, he gave life, that they might not die. God [ created ] a garden-paradise.
Mankind [ lived in the ] garden; [ Yet in this place the tree of knowledge gave life to mankind. It has the capability in itself to bestow the knowledge of the good and the evil.
It neither cured him of the evil nor preserved him in the good, but rather it caused to die those who had ingested it. For death originated because of its saying: Eat this, but do not eat that! Th , Gen 2: God [ Man [ There are [ This garden is the place where they will say to me, "[ That one killed Adam, but here the Tree of Knowledge made men alive.
The law was the tree. It has power to give the knowledge of good and evil. It neither removed him from evil, nor did it set him in the good, but it created death for those who ate of it. For when he said, "Eat this, do not eat that", it became the beginning of death. The Chrism is made lord over the Baptism. And he was called the Christ because of the Chrism. The Father bestowed this upon him in the Bridal-Chamber and he received.
The chrism is superior to baptism, for it is from the word "Chrism" that we have been called "Christians," certainly not because of the word "baptism".
And it is because of the chrism that "the Christ" has his name. For the Father anointed the Son, and the Son anointed the apostles, and the apostles anointed us. He who has been anointed possesses everything. He possesses the resurrection, the light, the cross, the Holy Spirit. The Father gave him this in the bridal chamber; he merely accepted the gift. The Father was in the Son, and the Son in the Father. This is the Sovereignty of the Heavens!
Jn The Father was in the Son and the Son in the Father. This is the Kingdom of Heaven. Ideally did the Lord say: Some have attained the Sovereignty of the Heavens laughing, and they came forth [ rejoicing from the world ]. The Christic [ But rather he disdained this [ changing world for ] the Sovereignty of the Heavens. If he disdains the world and scorns it as a game, he [ will ] come forth laughing.
Ph 96; interlinear. The Lord said it well: And as soon as [ So it is also with the bread and the cup and the oil, even though there is another one superior to these. Furthermore, thus it is regarding the Bread with the Chalice, and the Chrism: Ph 73; interlinear. The system began in a transgression, for he who made it had desired to make it imperishable and immortal.
He fell away and did not attain his ambition. For there was no imperishability of the system, and there was no imperishability of him who has made the system. For there is no imperishability of things but rather of the Sons, and no one can obtain imperishability except by becoming a Son. Yet he who is unable to receive, how much more will he be unable to give! Ph 5, 49; interlinear.
The world came about through a mistake. For he who created it wanted to create it imperishable and immortal. He fell short of attaining his desire. For the world never was imperishable, nor, for that matter, was he who made the world. For things are not imperishable, but sons are. Nothing will be able to receive imperishability if it does not first become a son. But he who has not the ability to receive, how much more will he be unable to give?
And it is filled by the Holy Spirit, and it belongs to the completely Perfected Person. Whenever we are accustomed to drink this, we shall receive the Perfect Person. 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 appropriate that we be clothed with the Living Person. 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.
Thus it is regarding the Bridegroom within the Bride— [ their Sons ] came forth in the Bridal-Chamber. The Jews had not derived [ Ph 50 [ This generation is named true in the world. This is the place where the Sons of the Bridal-Chamber are. A horse sires a horse, a man begets man, a god brings forth a god. Compare the bridegroom and the bride. They have come from the [ No Jew [ And [ This true race is renowned in the world [ Mating occurs in this world as man upon woman, the place of strength together with weakness.
Yet there are others which are exalted beyond every name which is named, and which transcend force. For in the place where there is force, there are those who are superior to force. Ph ; interlinear.
Whereas in this world the union is one of husband with wife - a case of strength complemented by weakness? There are other names, however; they are superior to every other name that is named and are stronger than the strong. For where there is a show of strength, there those who excel in strength appear. The one is not, and the other one is— but they are together this single unity.
These are not separate things, but both of them are this one single thing. This is the one which will not be able to rise above the heart of flesh. Is it not appropriate for all those who possess the totality to understand themselves? Some indeed, who do not understand themselves, shall not enjoy those things which they have. Yet those who have understood themselves shall enjoy them.
Ecc 6: Is it not necessary for all those who possess everything to know themselves? Some indeed, if they do not know themselves, will not enjoy what they possess. But those who have come to know themselves will enjoy their possessions.
Not only shall they be unable to seize the perfected person, but they shall be unable even to see him. For if they see him, they will seize him. In no other manner will one be able to be begotten of this grace, unless he is clothed in the Perfect Light and Perfect Light is upon him.
This is the perfected [ Son of the Bridal-Chamber ]. Not only will they be unable to detain the perfect man, but they will not be able to see him, for if they see him, they will detain him. There is no other way for a person to acquire this quality except by putting on the perfect light and he too becoming perfect light.
He who has put it on will enter [ Only Yeshua knows the destiny of this one. This is the perfect [ Whoever receives everything [ Only Jesus knows the end of this person. The sainted person is entirely holy, including his body. For if he received the bread he will sanctify it, or the chalice, or everything else he receives he purifies.
And how will he not purify the body also? The priest is completely holy, down to his very body. For if he has taken the bread, he will consecrate it. Or the cup or anything else that he gets, he will consecrate. Then how will he not consecrate the body also? By perfecting the water of Baptism: By perfecting the water of baptism, Jesus emptied it of death. Thus we do go down into the water, but we do not go down into death, in order that we may not be poured out into the spirit of the world.
When that spirit blows, it brings the winter. When the Holy Spirit breathes, the summer comes. Whoever recognizes the truth is liberated. The world calls liberated those to whom it is given not to transgress. The recognition of the truth exalts the hearts of these to whom it is given not to transgress. This is what liberates them and exalts them over the whole place.
Yet love is inspiring. He however who has been liberated thru recognition, is enslaved by love for these who have not yet been able to sustain being liberated by the truth. Yet the recognition makes them competent, which liberates them. He who has knowledge of the truth is a free man, but the free man does not sin, for "He who sins is the slave of sin" Jn 8: Truth is the mother, knowledge the father.
Those who think that sinning does not apply to them are called "free" by the world. Knowledge of the truth merely makes such people arrogant, which is what the words, "it makes them free" mean. It even gives them a sense of superiority over the whole world.
Love [ does not take ] anything, for how [ can it take anything when everything ] belongs to it? But "Love builds up" 1 Co 8: In fact, he who is really free, through knowledge, is a slave, because of love for those who have not yet been able to attain to the freedom of knowledge.
Knowledge makes them capable of becoming free. Love never calls something its own, [ It never says,"This is yours" or "This is mine," but "All these are yours". Spiritual love is [ truly ] wine with fragrance; all those who are anointed with it enjoy it.
As long as the anointed remain, those also enjoy it who stand beside them. Spiritual love is wine and fragrance. All those who anoint themselves with it take pleasure in it. While those who are anointed are present, those nearby also profit from the fragrance. If those anointed with ointment withdraw from them and leave, then those not anointed, who merely stand nearby, still remain in their bad odor.
The Samaritan gave nothing but wine and oil to the wounded man. It is nothing other than the ointment. It healed the wounds, for "love covers a multitude of sins" 1 P 4: Those whom the woman will beget, resemble him whom she loves. If it is her husband, they resemble her husband; if it is an adulterer, they resemble the adulterer. Often, if there is a woman who lays with her husband by compulsion, yet her heart is with the adulterer and she is accustomed to mate with him also, then he whom she bears in giving birth resembles the adulterer.
Yet you who are with the Son of God— love not the world but rather love the Lord, so that those who shall be begotten not come to resemble the world, but rather will come to resemble the Lord. Ex The children a woman bears resemble the man who loves her. If her husband loves her, then they resemble her husband. If it is an adulterer, then they resemble the adulterer. Frequently, if a woman sleeps with her husband out of necessity, while her heart is with the adulterer with whim she usually has intercourse, the child she will bear is born resembling the adulterer.
Now you who live together with the Son of God, love not the world, but love the Lord, in order that those you will bring forth may not resemble the world, but may resemble the Lord.
The human naturally unites with the human, the horse unites with the horse, the donkey unites with the donkey. The species naturally unite with their like-species. Thus the Spirit naturally unites with the Spirit, and the Logos mates with the Logos, [ and the ] Light mates [ with the Light. If thou ] are accustomed to become human, then [ mankind shall ] love thee; if thou become [ spiritual ] , then the Spirit shall mate with thee; if thou become rational, then the Logos shall unite with thee; if thou become enlightened, then the Light shall mate with thee; if thou transcend, then the Transcendental shall repose upon thee.
But if thou are accustomed to become like a horse or donkey or calf or dog or sheep or other of the animals which are outside and inferior, then neither mankind nor the Spirit nor the Logos nor the Light nor those above nor those within shall be able to love thee. They shall not be able to repose in thy heart, and thy heritage shall not be in their heart. Ph ; cp. Eccl [Ben Sirach] The human being has intercourse with the human being. The horse has intercourse with the horse, the ass with the ass.
Members of a race usually have associated with those of like race. So spirit mingles with spirit, and thought consorts with thought, and light shares with light. If you are born a human being, it is the human being who will love you. If you become a spirit, it is the spirit which will be joined to you. If you become thought, it is thought which will mingle with you.
If you become light, it is the light which will share with you. If you become one of those who belong above, it is those who belong above who will rest upon you. If you become horse or ass or bull or dog or sheep, or another of the animals which are outside or below, then neither human being nor spirit nor thought nor light will be able to love you.
Neither those who belong above nor those who belong within will be able to rest in you, and you have no part in them. He who is enslaved without his volition, will be able to be freed. He who has been liberated by the grace of his master, and has sold himself back into slavery, shall no longer be able to be freed. He who is a slave against his will, will be able to become free.
He who has become free by favor of his master, and has sold himself into slavery, will no longer be able to be free. And the cultivation by God is likewise thru four: The gospel's title appears at the end of the Coptic manuscript in a colophon; the only connection with Philip the Apostle within the text is that he is the only apostle mentioned at 73,8.
The text proper makes no claim to be from Philip, though, similarly, the four New Testament gospels make no explicit claim of authorship. The Gospel of Philip was written between AD and AD, while Philip himself lived in the first century, making it extremely unlikely to be his writing. Most scholars hold a 3rd-century date of composition. A single manuscript of the Gospel of Philip , in Coptic CG II , was found in the Nag Hammadi library , a cache of documents that was secreted in a jar and buried in the Egyptian desert at the end of the 4th century.
The text was bound in the same codex that contained the better-known Gospel of Thomas. From the mix of aphorisms, parables , brief polemics , narrative dialogue, biblical exegesis especially of Genesis , and dogmatic propositions, Wesley T.
Isenberg, the editor and translator of the text, has attributed seventeen sayings logia to Jesus, nine of which Isenberg characterizes as citations and interpretations of those found in the canonical gospels  The new sayings,  "identified by the formula introducing them 'he said', 'the Lord said', or 'the Saviour said' are brief and enigmatic and are best interpreted from a gnostic perspective," Isenberg has written in his Introduction to the text see link.
Much of the Gospel of Philip is concerned with Gnostic views of the origin and nature of mankind and the sacraments of baptism , unction and marriage. The Gospel emphasizes the sacramental nature of the embrace between man and woman in the nuptial chamber, which is an archetype of spiritual unity, which entails the indissoluble nature of marriage  Many of the sayings are identifiably Gnostic , and often appear quite mysterious and enigmatic these are from Isenberg's translation:.
The Lord said, "Blessed is he who is before he came into being. For he who is, has been and shall be. He who has knowledge of the truth is a free man, but the free man does not sin, for "He who sins is the slave of sin" John 8: Truth is the mother, knowledge the father.
Echamoth is one thing and Echmoth, another. Echamoth is Wisdom simply, but Echmoth is the Wisdom of death, which is the one who knows death, which is called "the little Wisdom". Those who say they will die first and then rise are in error. If they do not first receive the resurrection while they live, when they die they will receive nothing.
Compare with translation provided by the Nag Hammadi library: Jesus took them all by stealth, for he did not appear as he was, but in the manner in which they would be able to see him. He appeared to them all. He appeared to the great as great.
He appeared to the small as small. He appeared to the angels as an angel, and to men as a man. It is not possible for anyone to see anything of the things that actually exist unless he becomes like them You saw the Spirit, you became spirit.
You saw Christ, you became Christ. You saw the Father, you shall become Father. So in this place you see everything and do not see yourself, but in that place you do see yourself - and what you see you shall become. Adam came into being from two virgins, from the Spirit and from the virgin earth. Christ therefore, was born from a virgin to rectify the Fall which occurred in the beginning.
One saying in particular appears to identify the levels of initiation in gnosticism, although what exactly the bridal chamber represented in gnostic thought is currently a matter of great debate:.
The Lord did everything in a mystery, a baptism and a chrism and a eucharist and a redemption and a bridal chamber. One possibility [ original research? This symbolic meaning is found for example in the Parable of the Ten Virgins — Matthew Another interpretation of the Gospel of Philip finds Jesus as the central focus of the text. This view is supported by the Gnostic scholar, Marvin W.
Evidence for this belief can be found in the following selection of quotations from the gospel:. Those who produce the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit It was on the cross that he said these words, for he had departed from that place. We are born again through the Holy Spirit, and we are conceived through Christ in baptism with two elements.
We are anointed through the spirit, and when we are conceived, we were united. By perfecting the water of baptism, Jesus emptied it of death. Thus we do go down into the water, but we do not go down into death, in order that we may not be poured out into the spirit of the world.
Thus, according to Meyer, it is clear that without Jesus, the rituals and mysteries mentioned in this gospel would have no context. Furthermore, according to Meyer, this text seems to follow the beliefs of the Valentinian Christian sect , a group that worshipped the Gnostic Christ, and is often linked to what is sometimes thought to be Valentinius' own text, the Gospel of Truth.
If anyone becomes a 'son of the bridechamber' he will receive the Light. If anyone does not receive it while he is in these places, he cannot receive it in the other place. No one will be able to trouble him in this way, whether he lives in the world or leaves the world. He has already received the Truth in images, and the World has become the Aeon. For the Aeon already exists for him as Pleroma , and he exists in this way.
It is revealed to him alone, since it is not hidden in darkness and night but is hidden in a perfect Day and a holy Night. Despite a lack of support from the available text, the Gospel of Philip has been cited for the theory that Jesus married Mary Magdalene.
There were three who always walked with the Lord: Mary, his mother, and her sister, and Magdalene, the one who was called his companion. His sister and his mother and his companion were each a Mary. Isenberg's translation. That passage is also interesting for its mention of Jesus's sister Jesus's unnamed sisters are mentioned in the New Testament at Mark 6: The other passage, purportedly referring to Jesus kissing Mary Magdalene, is incomplete because of damage to the original manuscript.
Several words are missing. Guesses as to what they were are shown below in brackets. Most notably there is a hole in the manuscript after the phrase "and used to kiss her [often] on her As for Wisdom who is called "the barren", she is the mother [of the] angels. And the companion of the [ The rest of [the disciples When a blind man and one who sees are both together in the darkness, they are no different from one another. When the light comes, then he who sees will see the light, and he who is blind will remain in darkness.