Gospel of Philip - Part Five
This is Volume One Number 71
January 31, 2005
I've been asked to comment sentence by sentence so
it's easier to understand. I'll give it a try and
see what you think. Please let me know if you
don't like the new format. Thanks.
For my text I'm using the Gospel of Philip found
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
"Christ came to ransom some, to save others, to
This is all about the Christ Consciousness which
came to the Master Jesus and thousands of masters
before and since. It's about the Christ
Consciousness you can bring into your own life.
The Christ Consciousness is a gift from the Divine
that can ransom, save or redeem anybody.
"He ransomed those who were strangers and made
them his own."
To ransom means to release or redeem a captive or
property with something of value to the captor.
There are many ways we can take this passage since
we are all captives of our own egos and each
other. The Christ Consciousness moves through
each of us all the time giving us the option to
free ourselves from the bondage to our thoughts,
emotions, egos, desires and others. If and when
we do this we become a part of the Christ
Consciousness. The Christ Consciousness thereby
makes us "his own."
"And he set his own apart, those whom he gave as a
pledge according to his plan."
Those who attain Christ Consciousness are set
apart from the rest of humanity. This is all
according to the plan of the Creator, the plan of
creation. That plan is that we raise ourselves up
from gross ignorance to self-realization and
eventually to Divine-realization.
"It was not only when he appeared that he
voluntarily laid down his life, but he voluntarily
laid down his life from the very day the world
came into being."
This is a reference to the fact that all who
attain Christ Consciousness "die" to their former
selves. They "lay down their lives" and become a
new person. The Christ Consciousness has been
with us since the very beginning and is always
available to any of us at any time. The Christ
Consciousness died to the physical reality in the
beginning and is always available to be "reborn"
in any of us at any time.
"Then he came first in order to take it, since it
had been given as a pledge."
The Christ Consciousness was here before the
creation of the world and is available to us as a
promise at any time.
"It fell into the hands of robbers and was taken
captive, but he saved it. He redeemed the good
people in the world as well as the evil."
"It" is the creation itself. We are the robbers
and we have taken the creation captive. We have
taken ourselves, our thoughts and ideas, our
emotions, our desires and our worldly experiences
captive. We pretend to own them but we do not.
But the Christ Consciousness is available to any
of us at any time and through it we can be
redeemed, we can overcome our ignorance, and
we can attain self-realization as well as Divine-
realization through the Christ Consciousness.
We'll continue the Gospel of Philip in the next
newsletter. In the meantime, have a great week.
Please let me know if you prefer this new format
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