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you at the expansion of the universe and of their total gnosis one with another, wherefor they have arisen. It is the one and only word of the Ineffable.

“And I will tell you the expansion of all mysteries and the types of every one of them and the manner of their completion in all their figures. And I will tell you the mystery of the One and Only, the Ineffable, and all its types, all its figures and its whole economy, wherefor it hath come forth from the last Limb of the Ineffable. For that mystery is the setting-up of them all.

which I have spoken unto you.

“And that mystery of the Ineffable is moreover also a one and only word, which existeth in the speech of the Ineffable, and it is the economy of the solution of all the words

“And he who will receive the one and only word of that mystery which I shall now say unto you, and all its types and all its figures, and the manner of accomplishing its

mystery,–for ye are perfect and all-perfect and ye will accomplish the whole gnosis of that mystery with its whole economy, for unto you all mysteries are

entrusted,–hearken, therefore, now, that I may tell you that mystery, which is [ . .

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“He |227. then, who shall receive the one and only word of that mystery, which I have told you, if he cometh forth out of the body of the matters of the rulers, and if the retributive receivers come and free him from the body of matter of the rulers,–that is those [receivers] who free from the body all out-going souls,–when, therefore, the retributive receivers free the soul which

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hath received this one and only mystery of the Ineffable, which I have just told you, then will it straightway, if it be set free from the body of matter, become a great light-stream in the midst of those receivers, and the receivers will be exceedingly afraid of the light of that soul, and the receivers will be made powerless and fall down and desist altogether for fear of the great light which they have seen.

“And the soul which receiveth the mystery of the Ineffable, will soar into the height, being a great light-stream, and the receivers will not be able to seize it and will not know how the way is fashioned upon which it will go. For it becometh a great

light-stream and soareth into the height, and no power is able to hold it down at all, nor |228. will they be able to come nigh it at all.

“But it will pass through all the regions of the rulers and all the regions of the emanations of the Light, and it will not give answers in any region, nor giveth it any apologies, nor giveth it any tokens; neither will any power of the rulers nor any power of the emanations of the Light be able to come nigh that soul. But all the regions of the rulers and all the regions of the emanations of the Light,–every one singeth unto it praises in their regions, in fear of the light of the stream which envelopeth that soul, until it passeth through them all, and goeth to the region of the inheritance of the mystery which it hath received,–that is to the mystery of the One and Only, the Ineffable,–and until it becometh one with its Limbs. Amen, I say unto you: It will be in all the regions in the time a man shooteth an arrow.

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“Now, therefore, amen, I say unto you: Every man who will receive that mystery of the Ineffable and accomplish it in all its types and all its figures,–he is a man in the world, but he towereth above all angels and will tower still more above them all.

“He is a man in the world, but he towereth above all archangels and will tower still more above |229.them all.

“He is a man in the world, but he towereth above all tyrants and will raise himself above them all.

“He is a man in the world, but he towereth above all lords and will raise himself above them all.

“He is a man in the world, but he towereth above all gods and will raise himself above them all.

“He is a man in the world, but he towereth above all light-givers and will raise himself above them all.

above them all.

“He is a man in the world, but he towereth above all pure [ones] and will raise himself

“He is a man in the world, but he towereth above all triple-powers and will raise himself above them all.

“He is a man in the world, but he towereth above all forefathers and will raise himself above them all.

“He is a man in the world, but he towereth above all invisibles and will raise himself above them all.

“He is a man in the world, but he towereth above the great invisible forefather and will raise himself above him.

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“He is a man in the world, but he towereth above all those of the Midst and will raise himself above them all.

“He is a man in the world, but he towereth above the emanations of the Treasury of the Light and will raise himself above them all.

“He is a man in the world, but he towereth above the Mixture |230. and will raise himself entirely above it.

“He is a man in the world, but he towereth above the whole region of the Treasury and will raise himself entirely above it.

“He is a man in the world, but he will rule with me in my kingdom. “He is a man in the world, but he is king in the Light.

“He is a man in the world, but he is not one of the world. “And amen, I say unto you: That man is I and I am that man.

“And at the dissolution of the world, that is when the universe will be raised up and when the numbering of the perfect souls will be raised up all together, and when I am king in the midst of the last Helper, being king over all the emanations of the Light and king over the seven Amens and the five Trees and the three Amens and the nine guards, and being king over the Child of the Child, that is the Twin-saviours, and being king over the twelve saviours and over the whole numbering of the perfect souls who shall receive the mysteries in the Light,–then will all men who shall receive the mysteries in the Ineffable, be fellow-kings with me and will sit on my right and on my left in my kingdom.

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“And amen, I say unto you: Those men are I, and I am they.

“On this account have I said unto you aforetime: ‘Ye will sit on your |231. thrones on my right and on my left in my kingdom and will rule with me.’

“On this account, therefore, I have not hesitated nor have I been ashamed to call you my brethren and my companions, because ye will be fellow-kings with me in my kingdom. This, therefore, I say unto you, knowing that I will give you the mystery of the Ineffable; that is: That mystery is I, and I am that mystery.

“Now, therefore, not only will ye reign with me, but all men who shall receive the mystery of the Ineffable, will be fellow-kings with me in my kingdom. And I am they, and they are I. But my throne will tower over them. [And] because ye will suffer sorrows in the world beyond all men, until ye herald forth all the words which I shall speak unto you, your thrones shall be joined to mine in my kingdom.

will be on my right and on my left. And I am they, and they are I.

“On this account I have said unto you aforetime: ‘Where I shall be, there will be also my twelve ministers.’ But Mary Magdalene and John, the virgin, will tower over all my disciples and over all men who shall receive the mysteries in the Ineffable. And they

“And they will be like unto you in all things save that your thrones will tower over theirs, and my throne |232. will tower over yours.

“And all men who will find the word of the Ineffable,–amen, I say unto you: The men

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who shall know that word, will know the gnosis of all these words which I have spoken unto you, both those of the depth and those of the height, those of the length and those of the breadth; in a word, they will know the gnosis of all these words which I have spoken unto you and which I have not yet spoken unto you, which I will speak unto you, region by region and order by order, at the expansion of the universe.

“And amen, I say unto you: They will know in what manner the world is established, and they will know in what type all those of the height are established, and they will know out of what ground the universe hath arisen.”

Pistis Sophia, by G.R.S. Mead, [1921], at sacred-texts.com

CHAPTER 97

When then the Saviour had said this, Mary Magdalene started forward and said: “My Lord, bear with me and be not wroth with me, if I question on all things with precision and certainty. Now, therefore, my Lord, is then another the word of the mystery of the Ineffable and another the word of the whole gnosis?”

The Saviour answered and said: “Yea, another is the mystery of the Ineffable and another the word of the whole gnosis.”

And Mary answered again and said unto the Saviour: “My Lord, bear with me, if I question thee, and be not wroth with me. Now, therefore, my Lord, unless we live and know the gnosis of the whole word of the Ineffable, shall we not be able to inherit the Light-kingdom?”

And the Saviour answered |233. and said unto Mary: “Surely; for every one who shall receive a mystery of the Light-kingdom, will go and inherit up to the region up to which he hath received mysteries. But he will not know the

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gnosis of the universe, wherefor all this hath arisen, unless he knoweth the one and only word of the Ineffable, which is the gnosis of the universe. And again in openness: I am the gnosis of the universe. And moreover it is impossible to know the one and only word of the gnosis, unless a man first receive the mystery of the Ineffable. But all the men who shall receive mysteries in the Light,–every one will go and inherit up to the region up to which he hath received mysteries.

“On this account I have said unto you aforetime: ‘He who hath faith in a prophet, will receive a prophet’s reward, and he who hath faith in a righteous [man] will receive a righteous [man’s] reward,’–that is: Every one will go to the region up to which he hath received mysteries. He who receiveth a lesser mystery, will inherit the lesser mystery, and he who receiveth a higher mystery, will inherit the higher regions. And every one will abide in his region in the light of my kingdom, and every one will have power over the orders which are below him, but he will not have the power to go to the orders which are above him; but he will abide in the region of the Inheritance of the Light |234. of my kingdom, being in a great light immeasurable for the gods and all the invisibles, and he will be in great joy and great jubilation.

“But now, therefore, hearken, that I may discourse with you concerning the grandeur of those who shall receive the mysteries of the First Mystery.

shall be

“He, therefore, who shall receive the [first] mystery of that First Mystery, and it

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at the time that he cometh out of the body of the matter of the rulers,–then the retributive receivers come and lead the soul of that man out of the body. And that soul

will become a great light-stream in the hands of the retributive receivers; and those receivers will be afraid of the light of that soul. And that soul will go upwards and pass through all the regions of the rulers and all the regions of the emanations of the Light. And it will not give answers nor apologies nor tokens in any single region of the Light nor in any single region of the rulers; but it will pass through all the regions and cross over them all, so that it goeth and ruleth over all the regions of the first saviour.

“In like manner also he who shall receive the second mystery of the First Mystery and the third and fourth, until he shall receive the twelfth mystery of the First Mystery, if it shall be at the time |235. that he cometh out of the body of the matter of the rulers,–then the retributive receivers come and lead the soul of that man out of the body of matter. And those souls will become a great light-stream in the hands of the retributive receivers; and those receivers will be afraid of the light of those souls and will become powerless and fall on their faces. And those souls will straightway soar upwards and cross over all the regions of the rulers and all the regions of the emanations of the Light. They will not give answers nor apologies nor tokens in any single region; but they will pass through all the regions and will cross over them all and rule over all the regions of the twelve saviours, so that they who receive the second mystery of the First

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Mystery, will rule over all the regions of the second saviour in the inheritances of the Light.

“In like manner also those who receive the third mystery of the First Mystery and the fourth and fifth and sixth up to the twelfth,–every one will rule over all the regions of the saviour up to whom he hath received the mystery.

“And he who shall receive in sequence the twelfth mystery of the First Mystery, that is the master-mystery concerning which I discourse with you,–|236. and he who, therefore, shall receive those twelve mysteries which belong to the First Mystery, if he goeth forth out of the world, will pass through all the regions of the rulers and all the regions of the Light, being a great light-stream, and he will moreover rule over all the regions of the twelve saviours; but they will not be able to be like unto those who receive the one and only mystery of the Ineffable. But he who shall receive those mysteries will abide in those orders, because they are exalted, and he will abide in the orders of the twelve saviours.”

Pistis Sophia, by G.R.S. Mead, [1921], at sacred-texts.com

CHAPTER 98

It came to pass, when Jesus had finished speaking these words unto his disciples, that Mary Magdalene came forward, kissed the feet of Jesus and said unto him: “My Lord, bear with me and be not wroth with me, if I question thee; but have mercy upon us, my Lord, and reveal unto us all things on which we shall question thee. Now, therefore, my Lord, how doth the First Mystery possess twelve mysteries, [and] the Ineffable possess a one and only mystery?”

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