“The gospel of truth is joy for those who have received from the father of truth the grace of knowing him by the power of the word, who has come from the fullness and who is in the thought and the mind of the father. This is the one who is called the savior, since that is the name of the work that he must do for the redemption of those who have not known the father. For the name of the gospel is the revelation of hope, since that is the discovery of those who seek him, because the realm of all sought him from whom it came. You see, all was inside of him, that illimitable, inconceivable one, who is better than every thought.
“This ignorance of the father brought about terror and fear. And terror became dense like a fog, so no one was able to see. Because of this, error became strong. But she worked on her material substance vainly, because she did not know the truth. She assumed a fashioned figure while she was preparing, in power and in beauty, the substitute for truth. This, then, was not a humiliation for the illimitable, inconceivable one. For they were as nothing, this terror and this forgetfulness and this figure of falsehood, whereas established truth is unchanging, unperturbed, and completely beautiful. For this reason, do not take error too seriously.” ~The Gospel of Truth
Truth is Joy
Yes, truth is joy, especially when you can be sure that it is the truth and not opinion. It also depends on the kind of truth. It may be true that a loved one has died, but being told that will not bring joy. It may be true that you are out of money, but finding that will also not bring joy. In truth, the kind of joy you get from having money or material things won’t bring you the truth or the kind of joy that the Gospel of Truth is talking about.
Real joy comes in knowing that the truth you know isn’t opinion or illusion. It isn’t truth agreed upon by the majority and enforced by the legal and educational institutions. It is a spiritual truth that comes from an awakened soul. So the real Gospel of Truth that brings joy is not a written scripture, but true spiritual knowledge that is accessed directly by the soul.
Grace of Knowing
The grace of knowing is the light of God that comes to us from the spiritual sun. As the quote says, it is knowing Him (God) that lets us know that truth is joy. Once you know God, you know everything. As the creator of all in the spiritual realms, knowing Him is knowing all that is real. It also lifts the veil that has us believing that the world of matter is real rather than illusion. But while God’s grace or light flows from the sun continuously, we take in very little of it if we haven’t awakened our spirits and souls. It’s much like using a radio. You have to turn in to the correct frequency to hear the desired music.
Revelation of Hope
It is difficult to have real hope for humanity and for our own eternal souls if we really don’t know what will happen in the future. We can have a certain degree of hope based on assumptions and speculations, but to have strong hope we must know what God’s plan is and how we contribute to it. That truth is joy and knowledge.
We sometimes get small revelations that usually come to us through dreams. Even so, it is difficult to know what the dreams mean. For one thing, not all dreams have meaning. For example, it has been found that eating beans in the evening may result in nonsensical dreams and nightmares. Dreams can also be about the past, the present, or the future. It is not easy to know which. And most difficult of all, dreams are usually full of allegory and metaphor rather than straight forward information easily understood by the conscious mind. Truth is joy only if the truth makes sense to you. That is why the soul must be awakened first. The brain-mind doesn’t understand spiritual truths, but the soul does. Still, those dreams can bring us hope.
Ignorance Brought Fear
Ignorance of the Father did bring fear and still does. In fact, it is said that ignorance is the only real sin for one can sin only when ignorant of the truth.
Ignorance can be on many levels. If you are entering a dark forest and don’t know what animals dwell there, you will likely have some fear of the place. If you are on a boat and don’t know how to swim, you may understandably have a fear of falling overboard. But that is not the kind of ignorance being addressed in the Gospel of Truth.
The ignorance of concern here is the ignorance of spiritual truth and knowledge, ignorance of God, and ignorance of God’s Divine Plan for healing the fallen realm of matter. There is much speculation about those things, a lot of opinions, but without actually knowing, your ignorance will bring fear.
This fear can have a damaging effect on our physical and mental health. But worse than that, it becomes a tool by which earthly powers and demonic beings of darkness can manipulate and control us. By channeling our fears where they want them, the rich and powerful control our behavior. They either turn us against each other out of fear, or they get us to concentrate on superficial things like sports and movies that temporarily relieve our fear-induced stress. Either way, they keep us from turning on our slave masters. Truth rids us of those fears. Another reason why truth is joy.