The Gospel of Philip - Part 23
This is Volume One Number 89
June 6, 2005
For my text I'm using the Gospel of Philip from
In my opinion, the best translation of the Gospel
of Philip is done by Jean-Yves LeLoop (2002) (ISBN
1-59477-022-0) published by Inner Traditions
Rochester, VT. http://InnerTraditions.com
"23. "The Father and the Son are single names;
the Holy Spirit is a double name."
The Father is a single name because it refers to
that which is above. That which is above is
unmanifest spirit. The Son is a single name
because it refers to that which is below. That
which is below is manifest spirit. Unmanifest
spirit contains the whole of manifest spirit which
is the creation.
"For they are everywhere: they are above, they are
below; they are in the concealed, they are in the
This refers to the three names of The Father, The
Son and the Holy Spirit. The Father is above.
The Son is below. The Father is concealed. The
Son is revealed.
"The Holy Spirit is in the revealed: it is below.
It is in the concealed: it is above."
The Holy Spirit is called by many names though the
most common is the Breath of God. This intimates
that the Breath of God is with The Father and it
goes out from The Father to The Son. The Holy
Spirit can be thought of as being that part of the
unmanifest divine (The Father) that is also a part
of the manifest creation (The Son) within the
Divine. (We'll learn later the Holy Spirit is the
Life force itself.)
To summarize. The Father is the unmanifest and it
is not revealed, it is concealed. The Son is the
manifest and it is not concealed, it is revealed.
The Holy Spirit is unmanifest and manifest,
concealed and revealed. The Father is the
creator. The Son is the created. The Holy Spirit
is that part of The Father which is not created
but it resides within that which is created.
We'll continue the Gospel of Philip in the next
newsletter. In the meantime, have a great week.
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