Yet regardless of all these things, still did God continue faithful to reveal, and
in the time appointed there came into the world of men the Teacher of Righteousness,
being known among men as John the Baptizer, being in himself alone, the very father
of the Essenes and the Gnosis.
Summary: Gnosis represents the mysteries and knowledge of the Divine; it is the
hidden wisdom of God revealed to or experienced by the one to whom it is dispensed.
There is a single, curious case in which the proper term “Gnosis” occurs, making
reference to John the Baptizer being the “father of the Essenes and the Gnosis” (W:29:9).
The lower case “gnosis” is used several times throughout scripture.
The Song of God is presented as a true restoration of gnosis (W:29:20-25), as well
as the “Living Gnosis of the Ahgendai” (subtitle). As stated in the Basic Beliefs
of the True Gnostic Church (#12):
[We believe] The “Song of God”, as written by Azrael Ondi-Ahman, contains the true
thoughts and feelings of our Heavenly Parents, and that these scriptures are the
cornerstone of our faith. As true Gnostics, God has provided us with our own original
book of scripture, which scriptures contain the true and living gnosis of our Heavenly
Father and Heavenly Mother.
But between the earth, wherein the tree was planted, and the Heavens where angels
sing, moved the gnosis which came from God to refresh and quick enlighten, breathing
soft upon the winds; to cast in doubt the lesser portion and set the spirit free,
that by the touch of hidden wisdom, the light of God might grow.
And though you have the gift of gnosis, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge;
and though you have faith sufficient to remove the mountains from their place, and
have not love, you shall profit nothing.
Beware therefore, the house of Christ, beware the house of Joseph; for they know
not God or the ways of Heaven, being ignorant of the gnosis; being in their inward
heart uncertain and afraid, while yet they boast and proudly speak of things they
do not know.
For even I have been commissioned to speak to all God’s children, to reveal in them
the Light of lights which leads to transformation; for in this light a pathway glows
which would lead to great transcendence, that in the gnosis born of God they might
ascend into the Fullness, and in the doing leave behind this world of many shadows.
For when the gnosis of God is revealed, even then may those which believe transcend
beyond the world of mortal men, and in the very presence of the angels, become themselves
the anthem which God would sing, becoming themselves the very light of God which
in the darkness shines.