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John 17:3 (Amplified Bible)

3And this is eternal life: [it means] to know (to perceive, recognize, become acquainted with, and understand) You, the only true and real God, and [likewise] to know Him, Jesus [as the] Christ (the Anointed One, the Messiah), Whom You have sent.

As you read this, you are possibly going to detect a difference between Christian Gnostic beliefs about Gnosis, and other Gnostic groups.   Now, some may be offended by what we maintain is true,   but please bear in mind, that this is not written to offend but to inform.

Gnosis is salvation

The Gospel of John is unique in the way that salvation is portrayed.   It’s not a “have faith and be saved” doctrine, but “have faith and learn what it takes to be saved”;   Gnosis means to perceive, recognize, become acquainted with, and understand, God.   Not that God is fathomable;  but rather His Nature, what He wants from us, what he expects from us.   This Nature will not be incompatible with what Jesus has been credited with saying about him.

Gnosis is adoptive by nature.

3You show and make obvious that you are a letter from Christ delivered by us, not written with ink but with [the] Spirit of [the] living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.(A)~ II Corinthians 3

Gnosis is consistent

God will never ask you to betray a friend or harm a child. I’m sure you are familiar with the Gospels, both in the famous verses about “forbid not the children to come unto me”, and the story of Judas.

God will never ask you to compromise His righteousness. What this means, is that you personally are never going to be asked to rationalize or perform an unrighteous act .

Gnosis will highlight your imperfections, so that you might correct them.

23Since all have sinned and are falling short of the honor and glory which God bestows and receives.~ Romans 3:23

We do not believe that we are God….but we are gods!

Jesus answered, Is it not written in your Law, I said, You are gods? ~John 10:34

A horse naturally begets a horse, a human begets a human, a god begets a god.~  Gospel of Philip

We may be Gods in training, but we aren’t ready yet

What the father possesses belongs to the son, and the son himself, so long as he is small, is not entrusted with what is his. But when he becomes a man, his father gives him all that he possesses.~ Gospel of Philip

I hope this list has been helpful, although it is by no means complete nor definitive.   I do hope it sets the mind to thinking and the heart to yearning.


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