“The son appeared, informing them of the father, the illimitable one. He inspired them with that which is in the mind, while doing his will. Many received the light and turned toward him. But material people were alien to him and did not discern his appearance nor recognize him. For he came in the likeness of flesh and nothing blocked his way because what is incorruptible is irresistible. Moreover, while saying new things, speaking about what is in the heart of the father, he proclaimed the faultless word. Light spoke through his mouth, and his voice brought forth life. He gave them thought and understanding and mercy and salvation, and the spirit of strength derived from the infinity and sweetness of the father. He caused punishments and scourging to cease, for it was they that caused many in need of mercy to stray from him in error and in chains—and he mightily destroyed them and derided them with knowledge. He became a path for those who went astray and knowledge for those who were ignorant, a discovery for those who sought, and a support for those who tremble, a purity for those who were defiled.” ~Gospel of Truth
The Son Appeared
The son appeared to inform man about the Father. But didn’t man already know about the Father? Were not the Jews and others in those days religious people? Yes, they were, but they didn’t know the true God of Spirit which Jesus called Father. They believed in war gods, jealous gods, gods of materialism. In short, their god was the Demiurge, the false god that created, through error, the physical universe.
Many Received the Light
The light that was received from the son could have been simple intellectual knowledge or spiritual light that awakens the soul. I think both are meant here. Jesus informed the people of their errors regarding how to worship, pray, and develop their spiritual faculties. He also served as a channel for the spiritual light letting it flow through him to others who were ready for it and could use it to help awaken their own spiritual faculties. This light is incorruptible and irresistible. The opinions or desires of men cannot alter it. Even the demons and forces of darkness cannot alter it, they can only hide it from us. Continue reading “Incorruptible and Irresistible Light of God”