Copyright © True Gnostic Church. All rights reserved. Terms and Conditions


Book of Pearls
1st Endowment
2nd Endowment
3rd Endowment
4th Endowment
5th Endowment
6th Endowment
7th Endowment

Chapter 52

Singing hymns of life and joy – Many mansions – “I am the way, the truth and the life” – “Lord, show us the Father” – Ask in righteousness – “Peace I leave with you” – The ever-abiding presence of God – Yeshua reveals to the apostles the mysteries of the gnosis – James, Thomas, and Mary the Beloved are appointed – Establishing the common and the hidden – Yeshua teaches secretly in the garden of Gethsemane – The power of love – The fullness of God to be revealed in the fullness of time – Rejoice in the light that shines within – Doubt not, fear not, be constant – “Go you now and perform your labors”


1  These then are the words which the Master taught unto his disciples when he was come unto them in the spring of the year.

2  And when he was finished speaking, he sang unto them hymns of life, and joy, and love exceeding; and they did all rejoice together in the presence of the Lord.

3  And when they were completed, the Lord turned to go again unto the Father which sent him, but they which were gathered did weep for him, and entreated that he should not leave them.

4  And the Lord, being filled with compassion, spoke unto them, saying: “Let not your heart be troubled, you believe in God, believe also in me.

5  In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so I would have told you.

6  I go to prepare a place for you, and if I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there you may be also.

7  And where I go you know already, for the way have I made known unto all men.”

8  But Thomas, when he heard this, drew near unto the Lord and knelt before him, saying: “Lord, do not leave us I beseech you; for we know not where it is you are going, how then shall we know the way?”

9  Yeshua answered him, saying: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man can come unto the Father except that he shall do as I have done.

10  If you have known me to receive within you the fullness of my mysteries, then would you have known my Father also: but from henceforth you know him, and have seen him.”

11  Then spoke Philip unto the Lord, saying: “Lord, show us the Father that we may know whereof you speak.”

12  When the Lord heard this, he spoke tenderly, saying: “Have I been with you so long and yet you still do not know me Philip?

13  Whosoever has seen me, the same has seen the Father also. How then will you say: Lord, show us the Father?

14  Will you not believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me?

15  Behold, the words which I speak I speak not of myself: but the Father which dwells in me, he speaks all these things.

16  Believe me then that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me also; and if you believe not, then believe me for the works which you have seen me do.

17  For I tell you truly, that whosoever shall believe in me, the works which you have seen me do, even these shall you do also; and greater works than these shall you do, because I go unto my Father to make intercession for you.

18  And whatsoever you shall ask in my name, that will I do for righteousness sake; and all this shall I do because of you, that the Father and the Son might be glorified in you always.

19  Yet this little while, and the world shall see me no more; but you shall see me. Because I live, you shall live also.

20  In that day shall you know truly that I and my Father are one, even as you are made one in me and I in you.

21  Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not after the rudiments of men would I give unto you, but according to the glory which is in the Father would I give unto you.

22  Therefore, let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid any longer.

23  For you have heard how I spoke unto you, saying: I go away, and if I go away, I shall come again unto you.

24  If you, therefore, would love me, then rejoice aloud and weep no longer; for I go unto the Father who is greater than I.

25  Behold, all power has the Father given me in Heaven and earth. Go you therefore, unto all the world and teach every nation the things which you have received of me.

26  And, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.”

27  And Cephas spoke unto the Lord, saying: “Lord, if you go away, how then shall we find you again? For in you alone are all good things made manifest.”

28  Yeshua answered him, saying: “Fear not Cephas, for if you would do according to my word always, then shall you look within you, and there shall you ever find me.

29  And joy and peace shall make rich your habitation, and truth and glory shall make bright the way before you.

30  Break apart the wood, and I am there. Lift up the stone to look beneath, even there shall you find me.

31  And wheresoever the wind shall breathe, bowing low the lilies of the field, even there shall you see the Father dancing away upon the hills, and waving his hands upon the trees.”

32  These are the things which Yeshua spoke openly unto the five hundred, and many other things did he speak also; to set them free of fear and shame regarding the natural man which was come from God, shaping in both the man and woman an equal light and glory, to become in time as those exalted, beside the throne of God.

33  And when he was completed in teaching the five hundred, he took unto himself privately, the apostles which were appointed, and the women which were appointed also, and unto these did he add his brothers Thomas and James.

34  For unto Yeshua was it appointed that he should reveal in secret the mysteries of the gnosis, even the hidden knowledge which God alone did know;

35  Causing that those which were appointed to receive might hold in trust for future ages the mysteries of Azraella; when the sons and daughters of light and glory did fiercely war against the Chief Demiurgos, even Yaldabaoth; shaking through most fearsome battles, the very gates of Heaven.

36  And unto this did Yeshua add the truth of dread Jehovah, being himself a Demiurge of wrath and fearful judgment; having himself, since ancient times, corrupted the teachings which came from Heaven; to make himself through great perversions, the god of priests and prophets.

37  Yet was Yeshua himself forewarned against the corruptions which were to come, when the heart of all his teachings would be themselves perverted; to reflect from shadows of twisted ruin, the doctrines and creeds of men.

38  Thus was Yeshua most inward driven to reveal the hidden and unknown, to place in the hands of those most trusted, the mysteries which no man knew; revealing through most secret teachings the gnosis of greater things.

39  Now Yeshua taught in secret for seven weeks of seven days, and on the morning of the fiftieth day did Yeshua set over the first congregation of the faithful, even his own brother James; and unto Jerusalem was he sent to be the first bishop of the church, being known in later years as James the Just of Jerusalem.

40  And unto the twin brother of Yeshua was it appointed that he should gather into one book, even all the words which Yeshua spoke in teaching the things of God; becoming itself the first of gospels spread throughout the world.

41  But unto Mary the Beloved, the wife of Yeshua, was it appointed that she should be the first Sophia of many mothers, to be herself as one anointed before both men and women, to carry deep within her soul the hymn of many pearls.

42  By such means did Yeshua create both move and countermove, establishing in common view the teachings of simple goodness; while yet in secret he established a far more deeper wisdom, revealing from out of gnosis, the mysteries of God and Heaven; creating in the soul of all which heard, a marvel and a wonder, filled with expectation.

43  Thus did there grow beside each the other, the common and the hidden; for from the common did there spring up the Christian tree of faith, made full by many branches; bearing the fruit of many doctrines which men alone did make, casting out upon the world the shadow and the shade, giving to many a place of refuge while in the shadows bound.

44  But between the earth, wherein the tree was planted, and the Heavens where angels sing, moved the gnosis which came from God to refresh and quick enlighten, breathing soft upon the winds; to cast in doubt the lesser portion and set the spirit free, that by the touch of hidden wisdom, the light of God might grow.

45  Now unto Cephas and the apostles which followed him did Yeshua give the outward church, which church he appointed unto Nazareth, and all the regions of Galilee throughout, and in Judea also; first among those who were of the Jews, and then unto the Gentiles also; to be in God as all made one.

46  Thus was there given unto Cephas, even all the teachings which Yeshua spoke publicly, from the baptism of John to the betrayal of Judas; while unto his brothers Thomas Didymus and James was there given the post-resurrectional teachings which Yeshua taught in secret regarding the very gnosis.

47  And when he was completed, Yeshua went secretly unto Jerusalem, and all the apostles with him, both men and women; and going forth unnoticed, Yeshua entered again the Garden of Gethsemane, and in the night when all was still and the heavens in starlight glowed, he spoke unto those gathered around him, saying:

48  “Behold, I send you forth into the world, to make known the things of God; and in the sending and in the going, be you wise to understand, to prove yourself most worthy.

49  For though you should speak with the tongues of men or of angels, if you have not love, each of you for one the other, then are you made as a sounding brass, or a noisy cymbal.

50  And though you have the gift of gnosis, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge; and though you have faith sufficient to remove the mountains from their place, and have not love, you shall profit nothing.

51  And even though you should bestow all your goods to feed the poor, or suffer your body to be killed for my name sake, yet have not the love of God in you, then shall there be for you no gain.

52  For love endures and is deeply kind, love envies not, neither is it vain or filled with blind deceits; neither shall it behave unseemly in the midst of great provoking, for love is filled with goodness and not evil, rejoicing always in the goodness of others, thinking no evil of any man, but seeks instead the good.

53  For the love of God I give you, causing that you should bear all things, believe all things, hope all things, and endure all things, for in God are all things possible and filled with many blessings.

54  Know you then most deep within, that love never fails, but ascends always unto God; but where there are prophecies, they shall fail; and the tongues of mortal men shall cease, and all the knowledge born of men shall vanish in the grave.

55  For now you know only in part, the things which come from God, but in a future not yet dreamed, shall the fullness of God be given; to chase away all lesser things and to help you stand full grown.

56  For when you were a child, you spoke as a child, you understood as a child, you thought as a child; but when you became as men and women, to stand yourself full grown, you put away your childish things, to be as one who knows.

57  Now do I stand before you, to be known by you in part, but in the fullness of time when God comes forth, then shall you truly see, to be in you full known; bound by love as one forever, you in me and I in you, within the wheel of time.

58  Let therefore even all the gifts of God dwell richly in you, to fill you up with light; but of all the gifts which are born of God, the greatest of these is love.”

59  These are the words which Yeshua spoke, and when the dawn was near at hand, the Master invited that they should eat and be refreshed; and taking up the bread, Yeshua blessed it and gave unto his apostles; and together did they partake.

60  And at the rising of the sun, Yeshua spoke again, saying: “Now is the light of God come full upon you, that in the mind there should come no night; therefore rejoice in such light as shines within, even in the midst of tribulation.

61  Do not halt therefore in reaching forth, to touch the heart of God; and if you should lack wisdom, then ask of God who gives most liberally, without reproach; and in the asking shall you receive an abundance of deeper knowing.

62  Only ask in faith, doubting nothing, being filled with expectation; for those which doubt are like the waves of the sea, being tossed and driven by sundry winds, having in themselves no place of refuge or of calm.

63  Beware of those who come among you which are double-minded, for in all their ways are they unstable and made unworthy of such trust as you might want to give; becoming themselves most cleverly uncertain of such truths as come from God, being hounded by diverse opinions filled with doubt.

64  Fear not therefore the conspirings of evil men which seek to sit among you; seeking for themselves the power of God whereby they might lord it over those which are weaker than themselves; for what is sown in darkness, shall God reveal in light.

65  Only be you constant in all you say and do, having in yourselves no degree of turning, but being fixed in mind and spirit in holding on to God; proving yourselves as those most faithful and filled with godly grace, becoming yourselves the children of light, reflecting in a world of darkness, the gifts which God would give you.

66  Do not fear or inward tremble because of such things as men might do, for God has given the gift of angels, that they might walk beside you, to be for you a constant comfort, to chase away despair.

67  Behold then the light which shines within you, and let this your joy become. For even now must I return unto my Father to give a good account. Watch you then with utmost care and shine like yonder sun.”

68  Such were the words which Yeshua spoke, and when he was completed, he blessed even all the apostles which were gathered close around, to give to each a kiss, and there was great weeping.

69  And speaking firmly unto the apostles to strengthen them, Yeshua spoke saying: “Why will you stand and weep? Behold now the world around you and see Jerusalem glow.

70  Go you now and perform your labors and bear witness to the world; and in all you do for my name sake, even therein shall you find me, causing that I should dwell within you.”

71  Thus did Yeshua speak with gentle firmness, and turning eastward, he journeyed far away; and the apostles taking heart did rejoice, and turning unto Jerusalem, they bore witness of all which they heard and saw; and there were many which did believe, to become themselves the church of Yeshua in Jerusalem.

72  This then is the revelation which God did give concerning the coming forth of Yeshua unto the children of men, that whosoever might believe in him unto good works, even they might likewise become as Only Begotten of the Father and the Mother, being filled always with grace and truth.