First we must understand what Gnosticism is. Gnosticism simple comes from the root word Gnosis, meaning Knowledge. Mysticism and Gnosticism are not the same. Just wanted to clarify that. Gnosticism asserted a few different philosophy's . Firstly that the material world and spiritual worlds were separate and that inherently the material world was evil. This material world was like a cage and must some how be transcended. To do this many Gnostics would abstain from anything that was considered to be "non-spiritual" as not to be contaminated by it. Money, food, sex, and music are common examples.
It’s not that the Gnostic gospels are void of any truth but is a diametrically different teaching from the understanding of the Gospel that because of Jesus Christ, God and man are inseparably united. Jesus Christ was the incarnation of God. In Christ dwelleth ALL the fullness of the Deity in bodily form. Jesus Christ is the substance and the living connection of that union with God. He is ALIVE! God is bound to Jesus, and He has bonded the entire created order to Himself. Jesus Christ as the last Adam has bonded the entire humanity to the divine. The first Adam brought forth a collective consciousness of sin upon all men but the One man Jesus Christ brings forth a collective consciousness of grace and life. The body of sin, death and mental suffering were mystically crucified on that tree with Jesus and died. You were mystically on that tree with Jesus. He represented you there, so ALL sin has been completely taken care of and He represents you Now, perfect and Holy to the Father. Poof! You have been plopped right up into the Trinity. The old man, the old consciousness has been taken care of, he is no longer an issue.
"The gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many!" -Romans 5:15
"But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." -Romans 5:20
I am One with God and have fullness in Christ and it's not my fault. haha..... Gnosticism denied this, asserting that because the material world was evil and of a lower order God could not dwell in a human body. One had to transcend beyond the body, by Gnosis or secret knowledge and then one could attain to union with God. Well this sounds all well and good and is mouth watering goodness for the self righteous, but in the end breeds Religion.
All religion at its core is essentially Gnostic. Gnosticism brings about this idea of dualism. Our body's are here and God is someplace else, separate. So there is a split, a separation between God and man. Imitating Jesus or just seeing Jesus as an example leads to working your head off under the law. Since the body was considered evil, then it must be transcended to reach this illumination of spirit. What are some of the practices for reaching this illumination? Attain more and more secret knowledge, more introspection, find the Holy Grail, or the Philosopher's Stone. You must fast, beat up your body, and cross all your T's and dot all your I's to replicate Christ and therefore present yourself Holy before God in your own righteousness. Ethical behavior among the Gnostics were on two ends of the spectrum. Some tried to separate themselves from all earthly evil in order to avoid contamination, other Gnostics were libertarians. The exclusive spiritual knowledge meant their having the freedom to participate in all sorts of indulgences. Since they had received divine knowledge and were enlightened, it didn't matter how they lived in the body, because the flesh was evil.
The truth is Jesus did not come to be your example, He came to be your substitute. By His stripes you are healed. As Jesus IS so are you in this world. He poured out His spirit upon ALL flesh. Jesus didn't come to "kill your buzz" but to enhance it. The Spirit is now moving upon all humanity trying to awaken them to the revelation of their identity in Jesus and their union with God.
St Teresa of Avila said, "One moment of ecstasy in Gods presence is more valuable than 20 years of intellectual effort." Gnosticism leads you on a quest for more. Whether more knowledge or more abstaining. You will always be aching and never satisfied. A religious self righteous spirit that sees Jesus as just an example of how to transcend the world and attain union with God. While God is transcendent in the sense of creator He is also imminent on the earth and within us. He can be tangibly seen in our day to day lives and things such as food, sex, wine, money are gifts from God and were to be received with thanksgiving according to their God given use and design.
The Gospel says that Jesus has already given us the fullness of God and Christ has become for us Righteousness, Holiness, Sanctification and our Redemption (1Corinthians 1:30). Our self efforts will not bring us to union with God because in Christ we have already arrived. LOL…(“Look, you scoffers, wonder and perish, for I am going to do something in your days that you would never believe, even if someone told you.” -Act 13:41) We already have union with God. Illumination is a discovery of the Christ in you, and your identity in Christ. Our minds are catching up to this, and when we discover this truth, our minds are being changed. Preachers today will preach against Gnosticism or legalism, but at the same time will beat up there body to somehow become more spiritual. “A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough.”
In Christ it is not the world infecting us, it is us infecting the world because God has come in full power upon us. There are no levels, there is only Christ crucified. This is the Kingdom of God where spirit is free and love is limitless. How can you contain that? If Jesus isn't enough then you go chasing down all the latest conspiracy theories, chasing down marvin the martian, checking behind your back for the cia. I for one am done chasing down steps and formulas. I'm not looking for an encounter of a lifetime but I'm living a life time of encounter. It's called the Gospel.
So Gnosticism is a case of the Gospel not being enough. I must attain more secret knowledge for enlightenment, do more introspection, fast, or abstain from certain foods to sanctify myself which is impossible. Sanctification is a person, Jesus Christ. Any mystical experiences you have had because of these practices are not because of you, it's in spite of you. In all humbleness, I still mess up at times, but I can tell you, Jesus is the fastest and only way to God. Everything else will only lead you to the end of yourself, to then only come to this Jesus. If you can't accept this Jesus now, then maybe that is what you need. It's an awareness that you discover and drop the lies you believed before. We have the fullness of God now, through our union with Christ. This world is not the mystery but He chose to reveal the mystery by entering right into it. This world is not to be rejected, yet it is not our final home. Glory
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