What is the aim of this spiritual process ?
To understand this is to focus on a central issue in the teachings of the Gnosis, that of the Mysteries. To appreciate the esoteric or Mystery teachings that are at the centre of Gnosticism we need to understand that the Gnosis is a progressive revelation. The Lord of Wisdom reveals to man knowledge (Gnosis) only as man is capable and willing to receive it. Certainly the knowledge that the Lord revealed to Moses was more advanced than that he revealed to Abraham and certainly the teachings of Jesus to his twelve disciples was different from that which he gave to the multitudes. In recent studies it has been discovered that Jesus laid the groundwork for the imparting of the Mysteries in the secret teachings he gave to his disciples, but even at his death did not believe they were ready for the inner mysteries. It now seems likely that these teachings, known as The Mysteries, were imparted to James, the Brother of Jesus and then to the other disciples. Over and over again St.Paul intimates that there is a special knowledge: The Mystery (Ephesians 3.3), The Mystery of Christ (Ephesians 3:4), The Mystery of his Will (;9), The Great Mystery (5:32), The Mystery of Christ (Colossians 2;2), The fellowship of the Mystery (Ephesians 3;9) and so on. Paul tells us in Ephesians 3:9 that the Mystery had been hid in God and that it had been a secret from the beginning of the world.
The Mystery which has been hid from ages and from generations, but now made manifest to his saints. Ephesians 1:26
Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, But now is made manifest, and by the Scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith. Romans 16:25,6
This Mystery is the opportunity for the deification of Adamic man. It is the secret whereby Adamic man may become part deified. He may return to the Pleroma awakened and in a state of divininity. It is clear that this path is not for all of Adam's children or Israel, but for a select number, the Psyhics and Pneumatics.
For many are called, but few [are] chosen. Matthew 22:14
As we re-read so many of the passages of the New Testament with this in mind we can see so clearly what is being indicated. We have the potential to become Christ's or better, we can become Christ, we can become one body, one family, the fullness of the Pleroma.
We shall be "partakers of the divine nature". II Peter 1:4.
We have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office, so we being many are one body in Christ and every one members of one another . Romans 12:4,5.
An interesting quote in this regards is made by one of the fathers of the early Church, Eusebius, who had the following to say...
The Word of God (Christ) is now God as he had been man, in order to deify mankind together with himself .
Demonstratio Evangelica, IV:14.
Other early Church fathers, partakers of the Mystery, also commented on the matter...
That a man, by keeping the directions of God, may receive from him immortality as a reward and become God. Ad Autol. II:27, Theophilus.
Thy body shall be immortal and incorruptible as well as thy soul. For thou hast become God.
For Christ was made man that we might be God.
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