This book is an very early letter of the Apostles, predating the Gospels
and the earliest fragmentairy Gospels. At first glance this book appears
to be written in response of some false Apostles that arose from within
their ranks and went off to preach another Gospel. However this is
not at all the case. This book is forward
looking. This is a book of
prophetic warnings from Christ of things that were to come to pass in the
Church. And the Apostles are warning the fledgeling churches in and around
Jerusalem of what willl shortly come to pass.
However this is not at all the case. This book is forward looking. This is a book of prophetic warnings from Christ of things that were to come to pass in the Church. And the Apostles are warning the fledgeling churches in and around Jerusalem of what willl shortly come to pass.
Unfortunately this book was greatly abised by copyists and monks
before it came to us. The book was originally written in Greek and still
bears three greek words in its text "Alpha Beta and Agape." There
are only three manuscripts of this that are known to have survived one is
written in Coptic -- the manuscript is described as having been mutilated.
One that was written in ethiopic that has many changes in it from the older
Coptic version and an even later latin version that has many changes from
the earlier Coptic and Ethopic versions and omits an entire chapter as well
-- on top of all this the translater concludes in several spots that a monk
or copyist made changes to the text changing things. And so the translator
attempted to reconstruct as much of the original text as possible from the
three surviving MSS and using the Coptic (the oldest MSS) whenever possible.
However he left unknowingly the most blatent of the insertions the name
Unfortunately this book was greatly abised by copyists and monks before it came to us. The book was originally written in Greek and still bears three greek words in its text "Alpha Beta and Agape." There are only three manuscripts of this that are known to have survived one is written in Coptic -- the manuscript is described as having been mutilated. One that was written in ethiopic that has many changes in it from the older Coptic version and an even later latin version that has many changes from the earlier Coptic and Ethopic versions and omits an entire chapter as well -- on top of all this the translater concludes in several spots that a monk or copyist made changes to the text changing things. And so the translator attempted to reconstruct as much of the original text as possible from the three surviving MSS and using the Coptic (the oldest MSS) whenever possible. However he left unknowingly the most blatent of the insertions the name Simon andCerinthus as the coming false Apostles.
In everything I have read Simon thus far is ascribed to be Simon Magnus which was a man of 35-40 when he is first introduced in Acts 8:13-15 by Philip and then Peter.Cerinthus is mentioned by 2nd century and third century Apostollic Fathers under a various spellings. Cerinthus appears to have been a heretic alive in Ephesus at the end of John the Apostle’s Life. That would have been some 50-60 years later than the incident in Acts 8:13-15. What is written here is that the two were contemporaneous -- this is clearly not so. Magus would have had to have been 85 -100 years old at a time when most men were dying in their 40's. I am led to beleive that both names were inserted in this book at a later date -- with either a monk deciding he knew the false apostles of which this MSS spoke of or quite possibly the person who added the names was an agent of the early Latin Church with an interntion of discrediting this book as it is particularly harmful to their assertions of Peter and their assertions that they can modify the word of God with their own traditions at will.
will add here that neither Simon Magnus nor this man Cerinthus
were EVER MADE Apostles. In 1John the apostle says they went out from us
but were not of us -- Magnus did not go out from the Apostles to preach
and teach and neither did Cerinthus. There is mention made of these men
that "Went out from the Apostles but were not of them."
in In Acts, Galations, first Peter, Jude and first John and we have the
accounts of 4 Apostles refering to a specific incident cerntainly if Simon
Magnus had been the chief Instigator at least one Apostle would have mentioned
him by name. Instead in Acts we read of certain
pharisees that joined the church and tried to bring in the
doctrine of curcumcison and other things from the law
Acts 15:5 There rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed (in Christ) , saying, That it was needful to circumcise them (Gentile beleivers,) and to command them to keep the law(s) of Moses.
1:4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before
of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of
our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord
Galatians 2:3-4 But neither Titus, who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised: And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage:
speaks of these Pharisees that crept in to spy out our liberty and bring
us again unto bondage so Paul took this group to Jerusalem directly to the
11 Apostles where they were rebuked and set straight -- but from what we
gather elsewhere in the epistles this issue did not die then and there instead
these men began traveling from church to church after the apostles to subvert
confuse and make disciples after themselves. These pharisees -- "men
of great learning" probably became self-appointed Apostles who originally
sat with the 11 Apostles in Jerusalem, and they were probably "apaulled"
by the Apostle's ignorance of the law and the traditions of their fathers.
So I repeat it is my strong beleif that the name of simon (magnus) and cerinthus
were inserted later by an unknown copyist or monk, and that these erroneous
changes were then ater translated into more modern MSS in other languages.
This book is unique in many ways first that it names the combined 11 Apostles from Acts 1:13 as its author. The Letter is written with a writing style seems to be that of John the Apostle and in this letter we can clearly see early versions of what he later wrote in the opening chapter of the Gospel of John – in the beginning was the word . . . and in 1 John that which our eyes have seen which our hands have handled concerning the word of life that speak we unto you. And -- They went out from us but were not of us. The text is written as a defense of core teachings of the early church, the Virgin Birth, That Christ was in the begining when the world was created, that Christ and the father are seperate beings yet one, the virgin birth, Christ's ministry, j His Physical death Physical bural and Physical resurrection, and the proofs Christ gave after His ressurection, and His teachings during those forty days and the questions he answered of the Apostles as well as His prophetic foretelling of events that would come to pass in the early church.
This book utterly wipes out any thought of Augustinian eternal security that is the basis for Luther’s and Calvin’s establishment of that Roman Catholic dogma in the Protestant church, This book utterly wipes out the free grace doctrine from the latter rain revival’s doctrine of ultimate reconciliation.
The sense that we get when reading this book is that even after the resurrection the Apostles still had little grasp of what Christ was saying and their questions in response to what Christ speaks shows this over and over again. This fact is plainly asserted by the Apostles themselves in the Gospels over and over again
Because this book puts Peter and the Apostles in such a humbling light, because this book has such strong rebukes to some of their questions and their unbelief I can see how the Catholic Church would have not ever cared for this book to see the light of day.
But even further is that in this book Christ prophesies of the coming of Paul the Apostle in great detail as one who’s coming is spoken of by the prophets and that He Paul not Peter would have a huge role in the growth and expansion of the Church grafting in the Gentiles. The implication of Christ's words are that Paul not Peter was the founder of the Church of Rome.
So if for no other reason this was summarily rejected by the Roman Catholic Church as to protect their claim of Peter being the Rock that the church was solely built upon which their doctrine of Apostolic succession is built upon, and they claim the right to create their own doctrines and traditions that nullify the words of Christ and Scripture.
This book of prophecy goes a long
way as to explaining the GREAT MYSTERY of when Paul was spoken to by Christ
and he immediately went out on his own and preached for 13 or so years without
having ever submitted to the Apostles or having compared notes on what had
been spoken to him. It has been a GREAT MYSTERY why the Apostles readily
accepted without all that Paul spoke and did. – And that the Apostles DID
NOT EVER during that period of 3 year period question Paul, Demand by what
authority he spoke these things, and demand that Paul desist from all preaching
and report to them at Jerusalem or that they NEVER proclaimed Paul to be
a false Apostle even at the very beginning.
Galatians 1:16-18 To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood: Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus. Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and abode with him fifteen days.
Paul's own wordsin Galations we know that Acts 9:18-28 occurred during a
three year period. Finally
this book is a condemnation directly of Catholicism and all the churches
that have followed in her crooked and corrupt footsteps, for the words of
Christ in this book clearly reject any notion that he gave Peter or any
other Apostle the right to create their own teaching and traditions again
and again Christ in here adjures the Apostles that they follow his commandments
and his commandments alone until His second coming. And those that would
follow others teaching and traditions even one of the apostle teaching and
traditions in detriment to Christ own words and commandments they and their
hearers shall not be saved. So with that all said
we now need to put an apprroximate date on this book. As stated above the
book is a book of prophetic warnings of Christ to the Apostles who in turn
have written them to the fledgling church
in Jerusalem and the churches to the east to the west to the north and to
the south.(this is a key phrase we will comment on shortly.)
Acts 9:18-28 And immediately there fell from his (Saul's) eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized. And when he had received meat, he was strengthened. Then was Saul certain days with the disciples which were at Damascus. And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God. But all that heard him were amazed, and said; Is not this he that destroyed them which called on this name in Jerusalem, and came hither for that intent, that he might bring them bound unto the chief priests? But Saul increased the more in strength, and confounded the Jews which dwelt at Damascus, proving that this is very Christ. And after that many days were fulfilled, (That is to say after Paul fulfilled all that God had for him in Damascus) the Jews took counsel to kill him: But their laying await was known of Saul. And they watched the gates day and night to kill him. (So like the disciples before in Jerusalem, Paul was then driven out and scattered to the nations.) Then the disciples took him by night, and let him down by the wall in a basket. And when Saul was come to Jerusalem, he assayed to join himself to the disciples: but they were all afraid of him, and believed not that he was a disciple. (***Note here that it was disciples that did not beleive Paul was had become a disciple not the Apostles) But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles, and (Paul) declared unto them how he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he had spoken to him (Christ), and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus. And he (Paul) was with them (Peter and the Apostles) coming in and going out at Jerusalem. (Note that Barnabas only brings Paul to the Apostles and from there Paul testifies -- the "He" is Paul throughout the paragraph.)
this book is a condemnation directly of Catholicism and all the churches
that have followed in her crooked and corrupt footsteps, for the words of
Christ in this book clearly reject any notion that he gave Peter or any
other Apostle the right to create their own teaching and traditions again
and again Christ in here adjures the Apostles that they follow his commandments
and his commandments alone until His second coming. And those that would
follow others teaching and traditions even one of the apostle teaching and
traditions in detriment to Christ own words and commandments they and their
hearers shall not be saved.
So with that all said we now need to put an apprroximate date on this book. As stated above the book is a book of prophetic warnings of Christ to the Apostles who in turn have written them to the fledgling church in Jerusalem and the churches to the east to the west to the north and to the south.(this is a key phrase we will comment on shortly.)
In this bookthis book it states it was written and disctributed several years before the founding of a Church in Damascus, and written before the persecution of Saul . Historically there appears to be no source that puts a date on a Church being established in Damascus or for that fact on any single church that the other 11 Apostles founded in the region prior to the coming of Paul. However we do have something that we can use to date this book the book of Acts.
Acts 9:31 Then had the churches rested (From the persecution of Saul) throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, (and these churches) were multiplied.
So the book was written before Acts 9 NOTE THE USE OF THE WORD "CHURCHES" in the Epistles written decades later the word church become singular.
Acts 8:1 And Saul was consenting unto his death. And at that time there was a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria, except the apostles.
Acts 8: 13-14 Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done.Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John:
So the book was written before Acts 8
It predates Acts 6+7 Cover the stoning of Stephen at which Saul was present.
So the book was written before Acts chapters 6-7
It Predates Acts 5:17-21 Where Peter and several Apostles are imprisoned -- Christ prophesies of this event with great specificity and detail.
believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women.)
Insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid them
on beds and couches, that at the least the shadow of Peter passing by might
overshadow some of them. There came also a multitude
out of the cities round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks,
and them which were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed every
Here now we have an interesting reference. We know that earlier in Acts Peter and the Apostles are traveling house to house to visit churches (Plural) in Jerusalem but now with Peter's shadow People are bringing out the sick from all over Jerusalem and A MULTITUDE OUT OF THE CITIES ROUND ABOUT JERUSALEM -- these either were or became beleivers and would have set up churches (Plural) to the north wouth east and west or Jerusalem. This is the earliest reference to the presence of Churches, via the presense of believers outside of Jerusalem that would have been affected by the Apostles' teaching and doctrine. Though we have no exact date -- this appears to be when this prophetic letter of warnings was issued from the Apostles to the Churches in Jerusalem and the churches to the east to the west to the north and to the south.
And this also goes directly to why this letter was not in even the earliest of canons or any canon thereafter because this letter was not distributed to any of the Churches that were used to derive the authenticity of any given New testament book in the second third and fourth centuries, Namely the Church at Rome, or the Church at Alexandria , orthe church at Antioch, or the church at Damascus or or the Church at Ephesus none of them had been founded yet and thus they did not receive this book.
This Epistle MSS are: (a) a Coptic MS. of the fourth or fifth century in Cairo, Egypt that MSS was mutilated and had numerous pages missing; (b) a more complete version is available in Ethiopic; which has notable changes from the Coptic version possibly copyist errors (c) a leaf of a fifth-century MS. in Latin, palimpsest, at Vienna which in turn has major omissions from both the Coptic and Ethiopic versions.
The following version is the only edition which makes use of all three MSS, a translation made by C. Schmidt's, in 1919. The Ethiopic was previously edited by Guerrier in Patrologia orientalis under the title of Testament of our Lord in Galilee. A notice of the text was written by Guerrier in the Revue de l'Orient Chretien (1907)
***Note this is NOT the full version of Charles Schmitt I have removed his comments and the redundant texts he inserts in passages from multiple versions for the purpose of readability, In so doing I have attempted to select the best of the text that were written with greater clarity.
The first four leaves (pages) of the Coptic MS. are lost, so we depend on the Ethiopic for the opening of the text.
on this website the original is in black, black bold or red
and my personal comments and additions to the text are in blue
1 This book (is that) which Jesus Christ revealed unto His disciples: and how that Jesus Christ revealed that book for the company of the apostles, the disciples of Jesus Christ, even the book which is for all men. (Simon (Magus) and Cerinthus) the false apostles, concerning (I beleive the text originally read: Concerning the coming false Apostles of ) whom it is written (In the Law) that no man shall cleave unto them, for there is in them deceit wherewith they bring men to destruction. This book hath been written that ye may be not flinch nor be troubled, and depart not from the word of the Gospel which ye have heard. Like as we heard it. We keep it in remembrance and have written it for the whole world. We commend you our sons and our daughters in joy in the grace of God in the name of God the Father the Lord of the world, and of Jesus Christ. Let grace be multiplied upon you.
2 We, John, Thomas, Peter (simon the Zealot?), Andrew, James, Philip, Batholomew, Matthew, Nathanael (James the son of Alpheus?) , Judas Zelotes (Judas the brother of James?), and Cephas, (comparing the above list with the 11 Apostles in Acts 1:13 the discrepancy seems to be a copiest error and may be attributable to this being translated from Greek into Coptic and Ethiopian)-- write unto the churches of the east and the west, of the north and the south, the declaring and imparting unto you that which concerneth our Lord Jesus Christ: we do write according as we have seen and heard and touched him, after that he was risen from the dead: and how that he revealed unto us things mighty and wonderful and true.
3 This know we: that our Lord and Redeemer Jesus Christ is God the Son of God, who was sent of God’ the Lord of the whole world, the maker and creator of it, who is named (above) all names, and high above all powers, Lord of lords, King of kings, Ruler of rulers, the heavenly one, that sitteth above the cherubim and seraphim at the right hand of the throne of the Father: who by his word made the heavens, and formed the earth and that which is in it, and set bounds to the sea that it should not pass: the deeps also and fountains, that they should spring forth and flow over the earth: the day and the night, the sun and the moon, did he establish, and the stars in the heaven: that did separate the light from the darkness: that called forth hell, and in the twinkling of an eye ordained the rain of the winter, the cloud, the hail, and the ice, and the days in their several seasons: that maketh the earth to quake and again establisheth it: that created man in his own image, after his likeness, and spake in parables with the fathers of old and the prophets in verity, of whom the apostles preached, and whom the disciples did touch. In God, the Lord, the Son of God, do we believe, that he is the word become flesh: that of Mary the holy virgin he took a body, begotten of the Holy Ghost, not of the lust of the flesh, but by the will of God: that he was wrapped in swaddling clothes in Bethlehem and made manifest, and grew up and came to ripe age, when also we beheld it.
4 This did our Lord Jesus Christ, who was sent by Joseph and Mary his mother to be taught (of a Rabbi).[And Jesus said unto him that would have taught him): Tell thou me first what is Alpha and then will I tell thee what is Beta. This thing which then came to pass is true and of verity. (This shows us conclusively that the MSS was originally written in Greek because there is no Alpha and Beta in Aramaic)
5 Thereafter was there a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and they bade him with his mother and his brethren, and he changed water into wine. He raised the dead, he caused the lame to walk: him whose hand was withered he caused to stretch it out, and the woman which had suffered an issue of blood twelve years touched the hem of his garment and was healed in the same hour. And when we marveled at the miracle which was done, he said: Who touched me? Then said we: Lord, the press of men hath touched thee. But he answered and said unto us: I perceive that a virtue is gone out of me. Straightway that woman came before him, and answered and said unto him: Lord, I touched thee. And he answered and said unto her: Go, thy faith hath made thee whole. Thereafter he made the deaf to hear and the blind to see; out of them that were possessed he cast out the unclean spirits, and cleansed the lepers. The spirit, which dwelt in a man, whereof the name was Legion, cried out against Jesus, saying: Before the time of our destruction is come, thou art come to drive us out. But the Lord Jesus rebuked him, saying: Go out of this man and do him no hurt. And he entered into the swine and drowned them in the water and they were choked.
Thereafter he did walk upon the sea, and the winds blew, and he cried out and rebuked them and the waves of the sea were made calm. And when we his disciples had no money, we asked him: What shall we do because of the tax-gatherer? And he answered and told us: Let one of you cast an hook into the deep, and take out a fish, and he shall find therein a penny: that give unto the tax-gatherer for me and you. And thereafter when we had no bread, but only five loaves and two fishes, he commanded the people to sit them down, and the number of them was five thousand, besides children and women. We did set pieces of bread before them, and they ate and were filled, and there remained over, and we filled twelve baskets full of the fragments, asking one another and saying: What mean these five loaves? They are the symbol of our faith in the great (loaf of) Christendom, even in the Father, the Lord Almighty, and in Jesus Christ our redeemer, in the Holy Ghost the comforter, in the holy church (ek-klesia,) and in the remission of sins. (The mix of the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit and the Holy Ek-klesia as one loaf.)
6 These things did our Lord and Savior reveal unto us and teach us. And (so) we do even as he, that ye may become partakers in the grace of our Lord and in our ministry and our giving of thanks, and think upon life eternal. Be ye steadfast and waver not in the knowledge and confidence of our Lord Jesus Christ, and he will have mercy on you and save you everlastingly, world without end.
(Here begins the Coptic text.)7 Cerinthus and Simon are come to go to and fro in the world, (even as the devil did in Job) but they are enemies of our Lord Jesus Christ, (1John 2:19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us. ) for they do pervert the word and the true thing, even faith in Jesus Christ. Keep yourselves therefore far from them, for death is in them, and great pollution and corruption, even in these on whom shall come judgment and the end and everlasting destruction. (words later repeated in 2 Peter 2:1-8 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. 2And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. 3And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not. and again in Jude1:4-13 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. 5I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not. 6And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. 7Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. 8Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities. 9Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee. 10But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves. 11Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core. 12These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;13Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.)
8 Therefore have we not shrunk from writing unto you concerning the testimony of Christ our Saviour, of what he did, when we followed with him, how he enlightened our understanding...
9 Concerning whom we testify that the Lord is he who was crucified by Pontius Pilate and Archelaus between the two thieves and with them he was taken down from the tree of the cross, and was buried in a place which is called the place of a skull. And thither went three women, Mary, she that was kin to Martha, and Mary Magdalene, and (they) took ointments to pour upon the body (of Christ), weeping and mourning over that which was come to pass. And when they drew near to the sepulchre, they looked in and found the stone rolled away and opened the entrance, and not the body.
10 And as they mourned and wept, the Lord showed himself unto them and said to them: For whom weep ye? weep no more. I am he whom ye seek. But let one of you go to your brethren and say: Come ye, the Master is risen from the dead. Martha came and told us. We said unto her: What have we to do with thee, woman ? He that is dead and buried, is it possible that he should live? And we believed her not that the Saviour was risen from the dead.
Then she returned unto the Lord and said unto him: None of them hath believed me, that thou livest. He said: Let another of you go unto them and tell them again. Mary came and told us again, and we believed her not; and she returned unto the Lord and she also told him.
11 Then said the Lord unto Mary and her sisters: Let us go unto them. And he came and found us within sitting veiled (in mourning), and (He) called us out; but we thought that it was a phantom and believed not that it was the Lord. Then said he unto us: Come, fear ye not. I am your master, even He, O Peter, whom thou didst deny thrice; and dost thou now deny again? And we came unto him, doubting in our hearts whether it were he. Then said he unto us: Wherefore doubt ye still, and are unbelieving? I am He that spake unto you of my flesh and my death and my resurrection. But that ye may know that I am He, do thou, Peter, put thy finger into the print of the nails in mine hands, and thou also, Thomas, put thy finger into the wound of the spear in my side; but thou, Andrew, look on my feet and see whether they press the earth; for it is written in the prophets: A phantom of a devil maketh no footprint on the earth.
12 And we touched him, that we might learn of a truth whether He were risen in the flesh; and we fell on our faces and worshipped him confessing our sin, that we had been unbelieving. Then said our Lord and Saviour unto us: Rise up, and I will reveal unto you that which is above the heaven and in the heaven, and your rest, which is in the kingdom of heaven. For my Father hath sent me, to take you up thither, and them also that believe on me.
13 Now that which he revealed unto us is this, which He spake: It came to pass when I was minded to come hither from the Father of all things, and passed through the heavens, then did I put on the wisdom of the Father, and I put on the power of his might. I was in heaven, and I passed by the archangels and the angels in their likeness, like as if I were one of them, among the princes and powers. I passed through them because I possessed the wisdom of him that had sent me. Now the chief captain of the angels, [is] Michael, and Gabriel and Uriel and Raphael followed me unto the fifth firmament (of heaven), for they thought in their heart that I was one of them; such power was given me of my Father. And on that day did I adorn the archangels with a wonderful voice, I made them quake and amazed them, so that they should go unto the altar of the Father and serve and fulfill the ministry until I should return unto him. And so wrought I the likeness by my wisdom; for I became all things in all, that I might praise the dispensation of the Father and fulfill the glory of him that sent me and return unto him.
(Here the Latin omits a considerable portion of text without notice, to near the beginning of c. 17.)
14 For ye know that the angel Gabriel brought the message unto Mary. And we answered: Yea, Lord. He answered and said unto us: Remember ye not, when, that I said unto you a little while ago: I became an angel among the angels, and I became all things in all? We said unto him: Yea, Lord. Then answered he and said unto us: On that day whereon I took the form of the angel Gabriel, I appeared unto Mary and spake with her. Her heart accepted me, and she believed and laughed, and I formed myself and entered into her body. I became flesh, for I alone was a my own messenger in that which concerned Mary. And in the appearance of the shape of an angel did I appear, for so was I wont to do. Thereafter did I return to my Father .
15 But do ye commemorate my death. Now when the Passover cometh, one of you shall be cast into prison for my name's sake; (I believe this is Peter but in the Acts 5:18-21 the event has unspecified Apostles Arrested Peter John and possibly more) and he will be in grief and sorrow, because ye keep the Easter while he is in prison and separated from you, for he will be sorrowful because he keepeth not Easter with you. And I will send my power in the form of mine angel Gabriel, and the doors of the prison shall open. And he shall come forth and come unto you and keep the night-watch with you until the cock crow. (This is why I believe this is in regards to Peter) And when ye have accomplished the memorial which is made of me, and the Agape (love-feast) (Another Greek word that shows the text was originally written in Greek), he shall again be cast into prison for a testimony, until he shall come out thence and preach that which I have delivered unto you.
And we said unto him: Lord, is it then needful that we should again take the cup (Communion) and drink? Lord, didst not thou thyself fulfill the drinking of the Passover? He said unto us: Yea, it is needful, (That ye partake of communion as oft as ye meet) until the day when I come again, with them that have been made partakers of my wounds.
16 Then said we to him: Lord, that which thou hast revealest unto us is great. In what power or form wilt thou come? He answered and said unto us: Verily I say unto you, I shall come like the sun when it is risen, and my brightness will be seven times the brightness thereof! The wings of the clouds shall bear me in brightness, and the sign of the cross shall go before me, and I shall come upon earth to judge the quick and the dead.
17 We said unto him: Lord, after how many years shall this come to pass ? He said unto us: When the hundredth part and the twentieth part is fulfilled, between the Pentecost and the feast of unleavened bread, then shall the coming of my Father be (This is a cryptic answer -- and more and more from this point on Christ speaks to his disciples in parables)
We said unto him: Now sayest thou unto us: I will come; and how sayest thou: He that sent me is He that shall come? Then said he to us: I am wholly in the Father and my Father is in me.
Then said we to him: Wilt thou indeed forsake us until thy coming? Where can we find a master? But he answered and said unto us: Know ye not, then, that like as until now I have been here, so also was I there, with him that sent me?
And we said to him: Lord, is it then possible that thou shouldest be both here and there? But he answered us: I am wholly in the Father and the Father in me, in regard of the likeness of the form and the power and the fullness and the light and the full measure and the voice. I am the word, I am become unto him a thing, that is to say (word gone) of the thought, fulfilled in the type (likeness); I have entered into the eighth number (day), which is the Lord's day. (John is Revelation says I was in the spirit on the Lord’s day)
18 But it came to pass when the work which was accomplished in the flesh, shall ye see after the redemption which hath come to pass by me, and ye shall see me, how I go up unto my Father which is in heaven. But behold, now, I give unto you a new commandment: Love one another and [a leaf lost in Copt.] obey one another, that peace may rule always among you. Love your enemies, and what ye would not that man do unto you, that do unto no man.
19 And this preach ye also and teach them that believe on me, and preach the kingdom of heaven of my Father, and how my Father hath given me the power, that ye may bring near the children of my heavenly Father. Preach ye, and they shall obtain faith, that ye may be they for whom it is ordained that they shall bring his children unto heaven. (This is the fundamental error of the Church. We preach ourselves and our denominations that we have the power and it is that we are to preach Christ that He has the power.)
And we said unto him: Lord, unto thee it is possible to accomplish that whereof thou tellest us; but how shall we be able to do it? He said to us: Verily I say unto you, preach and proclaim (what I have) commanded you, for I will be with you, for it is my good pleasure to be with you, that ye may be heirs with me in the kingdom of heaven, even the kingdom of him that sent me. Verily I say unto you, ye shall be my brethren and my friends, for my Father hath found pleasure in you: and so also shall they be that believe on me by your means. Verily I say unto you, such and so great joy hath my Father prepared for you that the angels and the powers desired and do desire to see it and look upon it; but it is not given unto them to behold the glory of my Father.
We said unto him: Lord, what is this whereof thou speakest to us?
Copt. begins again: with some words missing.
He answered us: Ye shall behold a light, more excellent than that which shineth. and is more perfect than perfection. And the Son shall become perfect through the Father who is Light, for the Father is perfect which bringeth to pass death and resurrection, and ye shall see a perfection more perfect than the perfect. And I am wholly at the right hand of the Father, even in him that maketh perfect.
And we said unto him: Lord, in all things art thou become salvation and life unto us, for that thou makest known such a hope unto us. And he said to us: Be of good courage and rest in me. Verily I say unto you, your rest shall be above, in the place where is neither eating nor drinking, nor care nor sorrow, nor passing away of them that are therein: for ye shall have no part in the things of earth, but ye shall be received in the everlastingness of my Father. Like as I am in him, so shall ye also be in me.
Again we said unto him: In what form? In the fashion of angels, or in flesh ? And he answered and said unto us: Lo, I have put on your flesh, wherein I was born and crucified, and am risen again through my Father which is in heaven, that the prophecy of David the prophet might be fulfilled, in regard of that which was declared concerning me and my death and resurrection, saying:
Lord, they are increased that fight with me, and many are they that are risen up against me. Many there be that say to my soul: There is no help for him in his God. But thou, O Lord, art my defender: thou art my worship, and the lifter up of my head. I did call upon the Lord with my voice and he heard me out of the high place of his temple, I laid me down and slept, and rose up again: for thou, O Lord, art my defender. I will not be afraid for ten thousands of the people, that have set themselves against me round about. Up, Lord, and help me, O my God: for thou hast smitten down all them that without cause are mine enemies: thou hast broken the teeth of the ungodly. Salvation belongeth unto the Lord, and his good pleasure is upon his people (Ps.3:1-8).
If, therefore, all the words which were spoken by the prophets have been fulfilled in me for I myself was in them, how much more shall that which I say unto you come to pass indeed, that he which sent me may be glorified by you and by them that believe on me?
20 And when he had said this unto us, we said to him: In all things hast thou had mercy on us and saved us, and hast revealed all things unto us; but yet would we ask of thee somewhat if thou give us leave. And he said unto us: I know that ye pay heed, and that your heart is well-pleased when ye hear me: now concerning that which ye desire, I will speak good words unto you. 21 For verily I say unto you: Like as my Father hath raised me from the dead, so shall ye also rise in the flesh, and be taken up into the highest heaven, unto the place whereof I have told you from the beginning, unto the place which he who sent me hath prepared for you. And so will I accomplish all grace, even I who am unbegotten and yet begotten of mankind, and have grown up like unto you that were born in flesh, for to that end am I come, that that ye might rise from the dead in your flesh, in the second birth, even a vesture that shall not decay, together with all them that hope and believe in him that sent me: for so is the will of my Father, that I should give unto you, and unto them whom it pleaseth me, the hope of the kingdom.
Then said we unto him: Great is that which thou sufferest us to hope, and tellest us. And he answered and said: Believe ye that everything that I tell you shall come to pass ? We answered and said: Yea, Lord. (Copt. resumes for a few lines: then another gap. I follow Eth.) He said unto us: Verily I say unto you, that I have obtained the whole power of my Father, that I may bring back into light them that dwell in darkness, them that are in corruption into incorruption, them that are in death into life, and that I may loose them that are in fetters. For that which is impossible with men, is possible with the Father. I am the hope of them that despair, the helper of them that have no saviour, the wealth of the poor, thc health of the sick, and the resurrection of the dead.
22 When he had thus said, we said unto him: Lord, is it true that the flesh shall be judged together with the soul and the spirit, and that the one part shall rest in heaven and the other part be punished everlastingly yet living? (One sees clearly that the Apostles do not understand what Christ is saying by their questions )And he said unto us: (Copt. resumes) How long will ye inquire and doubt?
23 Again we said unto him: Lord, there is necessity upon us to inquire of thee--because thou hast commanded us to preach--that we ourselves may learn assuredly of thee and be profitable preachers, and that they which are instructed by us may believe in thee. Therefore must we needs inquire of thee.
24 He answered us and said: Verily I say unto you, the resurrection of the flesh shall come to pass with the soul therein and the spirit.
And we said unto him: Lord, (How) is it then possible that that which is dissolved and brought to nought should become whole? and we ask thee not as unbelieving, neither as if it were impossible unto thee; but verily we believe that that which thou sayest shall come to pass. And he was wroth with us and said: O ye of little faith, how long will ye ask questions? But (ask) what ye will, tell it me, and I myself will tell you without grudging: only keep ye my commandments and do that which I bid you, and turn not away your face from any man, that I turn not my face away from you, but without shrinking and fear and without respect of persons, minister ye in the way that is direct and narrow and strait. So shall my Father himself rejoice over you.
25 Again we said unto him: Lord, already are we ashamed that we question thee oft-times and burden thee. And he answered and said unto us: I know that in faith and with your whole heart ye do question me; therefore do I rejoice over you, for verily I say unto you: I rejoice, and my Father that is in me, because ye question me; and your importunity is unto me rejoicing and unto you it giveth life. And when he had so said unto us, we were glad that we had questioned him, and we said to him: Lord, in all things thou makest us alive and hast mercy on us. Wilt thou now declare unto us that which we shall ask thee? Then said he unto us: Is it the flesh that passeth away, or is it the spirit? We said unto him: The flesh is it that passeth away. Then said he unto us: That which hath fallen shall rise again, and that which was lost shall be found, and that which was weak shall recover, that in these things that are so created the glory of my Father may be revealed. As he hath done unto me, so will I do unto all that believe in me.
26 Verily I say unto you: the flesh shall arise, and the soul, alive, that their defence may come to pass on that day in regard of that that they have done, whether it be good or evil: that there may be a choosing-out of the faithful who have kept the commandments of my Father that sent me; and so shall the judgement be accomplished with strictness. For my Father said unto me: My Son, in the day of judgement thou shalt have no respect for the rich, neither pity for the poor, but according to the sins of every man shalt thou deliver him unto everlasting torment. But unto my beloved that have done the commandments of my Father that sent me will I give the rest of life in the kingdom of my Father which is in heaven, and they shall behold that which he hath given me. And he hath given me authority to do that which I will, and to give that which I have promised and determined to give and grant unto them.
27 For to that end went I down unto the place of Lazarus, and preached unto the righteous and the prophets, that they might come out of the rest which is below and come up into that which is above; and I poured out upon them with my right hand the water of baptism, of life and forgiveness and salvation from all evil, as I have done unto you and unto them that believe on me. But if any man believe on me and do not my commandments, although he have confessed my name, he hath no profit therefrom but runneth a vain race: for such will find themselves in perdition and destruction, because they have despised my commandments.
28 But so much the more have I redeemed you, the children of light, from all evil and from the authority of the rulers (archons), and every one that believeth on me by your means. For that which I have promised unto you will I give unto them also, that they may come out of the prison-house and the fetters of the rulers. We answered and said: Lord, thou hast given unto us the rest of life and hast given us joy by wonders, unto the confirmation of faith: wilt thou now preach the same unto us, seeing that thou hast preached it unto the righteous and the prophets? Then said he unto us: Verily I say unto you, all that have believed on me and that believe in him that sent me will I take up into the heaven, unto the place which my Father hath prepared for the elect, and I will give you the kingdom, the chosen kingdom, in rest, and everlasting life.
29 But all they that have offended against my commandments and have taught other doctrine, perverting the Scripture and adding thereto, striving after their own glory, and that teach with other words (mens or Apostles words) them that believe on me in uprightness, if they (those words or teachings or traditions) make them fall thereby, shall receive everlasting punishment.
We said unto him: Lord, shall there then be teaching by others, diverse from that which thou hast spoken unto us ? He said unto us: It must needs be, that the evil and the good may be made manifest; and the judgment shall be manifest upon them that do these things, and according to their works shall they be judged and shall be delivered unto death.
Again we said unto him: Lord, blessed are we in that we see thee and hear thee declaring such things, for our eyes have beheld these great wonders that thou hast done. He answered and said unto us: Yea, rather blessed are they that have not seen and yet have believed, for they shall be called children of the kingdom, and they shall be perfect among the perfect, and I will be unto them life in the kingdom of my Father.
Again we said unto him: Lord, how shall men be able to believe (after) that thou wilt depart and leave us; for thou sayest unto us: There shall come a day and an hour when I shall ascend unto my Father?
30 But he said unto us: Go ye and preach unto the twelve tribes, and preach also unto the heathen, and to all the land of Israel from the east to the west and from the south unto the north, and many shall believe on me the Son of God.
But we said unto him: Lord, who will believe us, or hearken unto us, (This is the very words of Moses) and how shall we be able to teach the powers and signs and wonders which thou hast done ? Then answered he and said to us: Go ye and preach the mercifulness of my Father, and that which He hath done through me will I myself do through you, for I am in you, and I will give you my peace, and I will give you a power of my spirit, that ye may prophesy to them unto life eternal. And unto the others also will I give my power, that they may teach the residue of the peoples.
(Six leaves lost
in Copt.: Eth. continues.)
(Isn’t more than a bit odd where these entire pages are missing)
31 And behold a man shall meet
you, whose name is Saul, which being interpreted is Paul: he is a Jew, circumcised
according to the law, and he shall receive my voice from heaven with fear
and terror and trembling. And his eyes shall be blinded, and by your hands
by the sign of the cross shall they be healed, With spittle by your hands
shall his eyes, be opened. Do ye unto him all that I have done unto you.
Deliver the word of God unto the other. And at the same time that man (someone other
than the Apostles) shall open his eyes and praise the Lord, even
my Father which is in heaven. He shall obtain power among the people and
shall preach and instruct; and many that hear him shall obtain glory and
be redeemed. But thereafter shall men be wroth with him and deliver him
into the hands of his enemies, and he shall bear witness before kings that
are mortal, and his end shall be that he shall turn unto me, whereas he
persecuted me at the first. He shall preach
and teach and abide with the elect, as a chosen vessel and a wall that shall
not be overthrown, yea, the
last of the last shall become a preacher unto the Gentiles, made perfect
by the will of my Father. Like as ye have learned from the Scripture that your fathers the prophets
spake of me, and in me it is indeed fulfilled.
(Christ here in the midst of giving a most remarkable prophecy of Paul also speak of the last of the last shall be a preacher unto the Gentiles made perfect by the will of my father – this one is prophesied of in Zechariah as Zerubbabel the one who has a plumb line in his hand who is to restore the foundations of the Church and say this is the way walk ye in it the man shall come and be liken unto Paul the apostle. Elsewhere he is spoken of as Elijah who shall turn the hearts of the children unto their fathers.)
And he said unto us: Be ye also therefore guides unto them; and all things that I said unto you, and that ye write concerning me (tell ye them), that I am the word of the Father and that the Father is in me. Such also shall ye be unto that man, as becometh you. Instruct him and bring to his mind that which is spoken of me in the Scripture and is fulfilled, and thereafter shall he become the salvation of the Gentiles. (I believe Christ is speaking again of Zerubbabel not Paul, because Paul received NO Instruction from the Apostles but Zerubbabel will need their writings.)
32 And we asked him: Lord, is there for us and for them the self-same expectation of the inheritance? He answered and said unto us: Are then the fingers of the hand like unto each other, or the ears of corn in the field, or do all fruit-trees bear the same fruit? Doth not every one bear fruit according to its nature? And we said unto him: Lord, wilt thou again speak unto us in parables? Then said he unto us: Lament not. Verily I say unto you, ye are my brethren, and my companions in the kingdom of heaven unto my Father, for so is his good pleasure. Verily I say unto you, unto them also whom ye teach and who believe on me will I give that expectation.
33 And we asked him again: When shall we meet with that man, and when wilt thou depart unto thy Father and our God and Lord? He answered and said unto us: That man will come out of the land of Cilicia unto Damascus of Syria, to root up the church which ye must found there. It is I that speak through you; and he shall come quickly: and he shall become strong in the faith, that the word of the prophet may be fulfilled, which saith: Behold, out of Syria will I begin to call together a new Jerusalem, and Sion will I subdue unto me, and it shall be taken, and the place which is childless shall be called the son and daughter of my Father, and my bride. For so hath it pleased him that sent me. But that man will I turn back, that he accomplish not his evil desire, and the praise of my Father shall be perfected in him, and after that I am gone home and abide with my Father, I will speak unto him from heaven, and all things shall be accomplished which I have told you before concerning him.
34 And we said unto him again: Lord, so many great things hast thou told us and revealed unto us as never yet were spoken, and in all hast thou given us rest and been gracious unto us. After thy resurrection thou didst reveal unto us all things that we might be saved indeed; but thou saidst unto us only: There shall be wonders and strange appearances in heaven and on earth before the end of the world come. Tell us now, how shall we perceive it? And he answered us: I will teach it you; and not that which shall befall you only, but them also whom ye shall teach and who shall believe, as well as them who shall hear that man and believe on me. In those years and days shall it come to pass.
And we said again unto him: Lord, what shall come to pass? And he said unto us: Then shall they that believe and they that believe not hear a trumpet in the heaven, a vision of great stars which shall be seen in the day, wonderful sights in heaven reaching down to the earth; stars which fall upon the earth like fire, and a great and mighty hail of fire. The sun and the moon fighting one with the other, a continual rolling and noise of thunders and lightnings, thunder and earthquake; cities falling and men perishing in their overthrow, a continual dearth for lack of rain, a terrible pestilence and great mortality, mighty and untimely, so that they that die lack burial: and the bearing forth of brethren and sisters and kinsfolk shall be upon one bier. The kinsman shall show no favour to his kinsman, nor any man to his neighbour. And they that were overthrown shall rise up and behold them that overthrew them, that they lack burial, for the pestilence shall be full of hatred and pain and envy: and men shall take from one and give to another. And thereafter shall it wax yet worse than before. Bewail ye them that have not hearkened unto my commandments,
85 Then shall my Father be wroth at the wickedness of men, for many are their transgressions, and the abomination of their uncleanness weigheth heavy upon them in the corruption of their life.
And we asked him: What of them that trust in thee? He answered and said unto us: Ye are yet slow of heart; and how long? Verily I say unto you, as the prophet David spake of me and of my people, so shall it be for them also that believe on me. But they that are deceivers in the world and enemies of righteousness, upon them shall come the fulfilment of the prophecy of David, who said: Their feet are swift to shed blood, their tongue uttereth slander, adders' poison is under their lips. I behold thee companying with thieves, and partaking with adulterers, thou continuest speaking against thy brother and puttest stumbling-blocks before thine own mother's son. What thinkest thou, that I shall be like unto thee? Behold now how the prophet of God hath spoken of all, that all things may be fulfilled which he said aforetime.
36 And again we said unto him: Lord, will not then the nations say: Where is their God? And he answered and said unto us: Thereby shall the elect be known, that they, being plagued with such afflictions, come forth. We said: Will then their departure out of the world be by a pestilence which giveth them pain? He answered us: Nay, but if they suffer such affliction, it will be a proving of them, whether they have faith and remember these my sayings, and fulfil my commandments. These shall arise, and short will be their expectation, that he may be glorified that sent me, and I with him. For he hath sent me unto you to tell you these things; and that ye may impart them unto Israel and the Gentiles and they may hear, and they also be redeemed and believe on me and escape the woe of the destruction. But whoso escapeth from the destruction of death, him will they take and hold him fast in the prison-house in torments like the torments of a thief.
And we said unto him: Lord, will they that believe be treated like the unbelievers, and wilt thou punish them that have escaped from the pestilence? And he said unto us: If they that believe in my name deal like the sinners, then have they done as though they had not believed. And we said again to him: Lord, have they on whom this lot hath fallen no life? He answered and said unto us: Whoso hath accomplished the praise of my Father, he shall abide in the resting-place of my Father.
37 Then said we unto him: Lord, teach us what shall come to pass thereafter? And he answered us: In those years and days shall war be kindled upon war; the four ends of the earth shall be in commotion and fight against each other. Thereafter shall be quaking of clouds, clouds of locusts, darkness, and dearth, and persecutions of them that believe on me and against the elect. Thereupon shall come doubt and strife and transgressions against one another. And there shall be many that believe on my name and yet follow after evil and spread vain doctrine. And men shall follow after them and their riches, and be subject unto their pride, and lust for drink, and bribery, and there shall be respect of persons among them.
38 But they that desire to behold the face of God and respect not the persons of the rich sinners, and are not ashamed before the people that lead them astray, but rebuke them, they shall be crowned by the Father. And they also shall be saved that rebuke their neighbours, for they are sons of wisdom and of faith. But if they become not children of wisdom, whoso hateth his brother and persecuteth him and showeth him no favour, him will God despise and reject.
But they that walk in truth and in the knowledge of the faith, and have love towards me--for they have endured insult--they shall be praised for that they walk in poverty and endure them that hate them and put them to shame. Men have stripped them naked, for they despised them because they continued in hunger and thirst, but after they have endured patiently, they shall have the blessedness of heaven, and they shall be with me for ever. But woe unto them that walk in pride and boasting, for their end is perdition.
39 And we said unto him: Lord, is this thy purpose, that thou leavest us, to come upon them? He answered and said unto us: After what manner shall the judgment be? We said unto him: Lord, in that day they will say unto thee: Thou hast not distinguished between righteousness and unrighteousness, between the light and the darkness, and evil and good? Then said he: I will answer them and say: Unto Adam was power given to choose one of the two: he chose the light and laid his hand thereon, but the darkness he left behind him and cast away from him. Therefore have all men power to believe in the light which is life, and which is the Father that hath sent me. And every one that believeth and doeth the works of the light shall live in them; but if there be any that confesseth that he belongeth unto the light, and doeth the works of darkness, such an one hath no defense to utter, neither can he lift up his face to look upon the Son of God, which Son am I. For I will say unto him: As thou soughtest, so hast thou found, and as thou askedst, so hast thou received. Therefore condemnest thou me, O man? Wherefore hast thou departed from me and denied me? And wherefore hast thou confessed me and yet denied me? hath not every man power to live and to die? Whoso then hath kept my commandments shall be a son of the light, that is, of the Father that is in me. But because of them that corrupt my words am I come down from heaven. I am the word: I became flesh, and I wearied myself (or, suffered) and taught, saying: The heavy laden shall be saved, and they that are gone astray shall go astray for ever. They shall be chastised and tormented in their flesh and in their soul.
40 And we said unto him: O Lord, verily we are sorrowful for their sake. And he said unto us: Ye do rightly, for the righteous are sorry for the sinners, and pray for them, making prayer unto my Father. Again we said unto him: Lord, is there none that maketh intercession unto thee? And he said unto us: Yea, and I will hearken unto the prayer of the righteous which they make for them.
When he had so said unto us, we said to him: Lord, in all things hast thou taught us and had mercy on us and saved us, that we might preach unto them that are worthy to be saved, and that we might be made partakers of a recompense from thee?
41 He answered and said unto us: Go and preach, and ye shall be labourers, and fathers, and ministers. We said unto him: Thou art he that shalt preach by us. Then answered he us, saying: Are then all fathers, or all servants, or all masters? We said unto him: Lord, thou art he that saidst unto us: Call no man your father upon earth, for one is your Father, which is in heaven, and your master. Wherefore sayest thou now unto us: Ye shall be fathers of many children, and servants and masters? He answered and said unto us: Ye have rightly said, For verily I say unto you: whosoever shall hear you and believe on me, shall receive of you the light of the seal through me, and baptism through me: ye shall be fathers and servants and masters.
42 But we said unto him: Lord, how may it be that every one of us should be these three? He said unto us: Verily I say unto you: Ye shall be called fathers, because with praiseworthy heart and in love ye have revealed unto them the things of the kingdom of heaven. And ye shall be called servants, because they shall receive the baptism of life and the remission of their sins at my hand through you. And ye shall be called masters, because ye have given them the word without grudging, and have admonished (rebuked) them, and when ye admonished them, they were converted. Ye were not afraid of their riches, nor ashamed before their face, but ye kept the commandments of my Father and fulfilled them. And ye shall have a great reward with my Father which is in heaven, and they shall have forgiveness of sins and everlasting life, and be partakers in the kingdom of heaven.
And we said unto him: Lord, even if every one of us had ten thousand tongues to speak withal, we could not thank thee, for that thou promisest such things unto us. Then answered he us, saying: Only do ye that which I say unto you, even as I myself also have done it.
43 And ye shall be like the wise virgins which watched and slept not, but went forth unto the lord into the bridechamber: but the foolish virgins were not able to watch, but slumbered. And we said unto him: Lord, who are the wise and who are the foolish? He said unto us: Five wise and five foolish; for these are they of whom the prophet hath spoken: Sons of God are they. Hear now their names.
But we wept and were troubled for them that slumbered. He said unto us: The five wise are Faith and Love and Grace and Peace and Hope. Now they of the faithful which possess this (these) shall be guides unto them that have believed on me and on him that sent me. For I am the Lord and I am the bridegroom whom they have received, and they have entered in to the house of the bridegroom and are laid down with me in the bridal chamber rejoicing. But the five foolish, when they had slept and had awaked, came unto the door of the bridal chamber and knocked, for the doors were shut. Then did they weep and lament that no man opened unto them.
We said unto him: Lord, and their wise sisters that were within in the bridegroom's house, did they continue without opening unto them, and did they not sorrow for their sakes nor entreat the bridegroom to open unto them? He answered us, saying: They were not yet able to obtain favour for them. We said unto him: Lord, on what day shall they enter in for their sisters' sake?
Then said he unto us: He that is shut out, is shut out. And we said unto him: Lord, is this word determined?. Who then are the foolish? He said unto us: Hear their names. They are Knowledge, Understanding (Perception), Obedience, Patience, and Compassion. These are they that slumbered in them that have believed and confessed me but have not fulfilled my commandments. 44 On account of them that have slumbered, they shall remain outside the kingdom and the fold of the shepherd and his sheep. But whoso shall abide outside the sheepfold, him will the wolves devour, and he shall be condemned and die in much affliction: in him shall be no rest nor endurance, and although he be hardly punished, and rent in pieces and devoured in long and evil torment, yet shall he not be able to obtain death quickly.
45 And we said unto him: Lord, well hast thou revealed all this unto us. Then answered he us, saying: Understand ye not these words?
We said unto him: Yea, Lord. By five shall men enter into thy kingdom and by five shall men remain without: notwithstanding, they that watched were with thee the Lord and bridegroom, even though they rejoiced not because of them that slumbered. He said unto us: They will indeed rejoice that they have entered in with the bridegroom, the Lord; and they are sorrowful because of them that slumbered, for they are their sisters. For all ten are daughters of God, even the Father. Then said we unto him: Lord, is it then for thee to show them favour on account of their sisters? He said unto us: It is not mine but his that sent me, and I am consenting with him .
46 But be ye upright and preach rightly and teach, and be not abashed by any man and fear not any man, and especially the rich, for they do not my commandments, but boast themselves (swell) in their riches. And we said unto him: Lord, tell us if it be the rich only. He answered, saying unto us: If any man who is not rich and possesseth a small livelihood giveth unto the poor and needy, men will call him a benefactor.
47 But if any man fall under the load because of sin that he hath committed, then shall his neighbour correct him because of the good that he hath done unto his neighbour. And if his neighbour correct him and he return, he shall be saved, and he that corrected him shall receive a reward and live for ever. For a needy man, if he see him that hath done him good sin, and correct him not, shall be judged with severe judgement. (This is prophesied in Ezekiel)
Now if a blind man lead a blind, they both fall into a ditch: and whoso respecteth persons for their sake, shall be as the two <blind>, as the prophet hath said: Woe unto them that respect persons and justify the ungodly for reward, even they whose God is their belly. Behold that judgement shall be their portion. For verily I say unto you: On that day will I neither have respect unto the rich nor pity for the poor.
48 If thou behold a sinner, admonish him betwixt him and thee: if he hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother, and if he hear thee not, then take to thee another, as many as three, and instruct thy brother: again, if he hear thee not, let him be unto thee as an heathen man or a publican.
49 If thou hear aught against thy brother, give it no credence; slander not, and delight not in hearing slander. For thus it is written: Suffer not thine ear to receive aught against thy brother: but if thou seest aught, correct him, rebuke him, and convert him.
And we said unto him: Lord, thou hast in all things taught us and warned us. But, Lord, concerning the believers, even them to whom it belongeth to believe in the preaching of thy name: is it determined that among them also there shall be doubt and division, jealousy, confusion, hatred, and envy? For thou sayest: They shall find fault with one another and respect the person of them that sin, and hate them that rebuke them. And he answered and said unto us: How then shall the judgement come about, that the corn should be gathered into the garner and the chaff thereof cast into the fire?
50 They that hate such things, and love me and rebuke them that fulfil not my commandments, shall be hated and persecuted and despised and mocked. Men will of purpose speak of them that which is not true, and will band themselves together against them that love me. But these will rebuke them, that they may be saved. But them that will rebuke and chasten and warn them, them will they (the others) hate, and thrust them aside, and despise them, and hold themselves far from them that wish them good. But they that endure such things shall be like unto the martyrs with the Father, because they have striven for righteousness, and have not striven for corruption.
And we asked him: Lord, shall such things be among us? And he answered us: Fear not; it shall not be in many, but in a few. We said unto him: Yet tell us, in what manner it shall come to pass. And he said unto us: There shall come forth another doctrine, and a confusion, and because they shall strive after their own advancement, they shall bring forth an unprofitable doctrine. And therein shall be a deadly corruption (of uncleanness), and they shall teach it, and shall turn away them that believe on me from my commandments and cut them off from eternal life. But woe unto them that falsify this my word and commandment, and draw away them that hearken to them from the life of the doctrine and separate themselves from the commandment of life: for together with them they shall come into everlasting judgement. (Jesus speaks of False prophets and apostles arising from among his Apostles and Disciples)
51 And when he had said this, and had finished his discourse with us, he said unto us again: Behold, on the third day and at the third hour shall he come which hath sent me, that I may depart with him. And as he so spake, there was thunder and lightning and an earthquake, and the heavens parted asunder, and there appeared a light (bright) cloud which bore him up. And there came voices of many angels, rejoicing and singing praises and saying: Gather us, O Priest, unto the light of the majesty. And when they drew nigh unto the firmament, we heard his voice saying unto us: Depart hence in peace.