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Treasures in the Heavens I gj 61; the work of the Creation is repeated indefinitely and daily in ritual, H. Kees, in Aegypt. Zeitschr., 78 (1942), 48. One becomes a Son in order to become a Father; one receives in order to give, Gospel of Philip, 123:10-14. The Son is commanded, "Go, confirm kings, create new Jordans, and help Chosen Ones (to) arise with thee to the Father," The 1012 Questions, 123. The Sent Ones say to the Father, "O our Lord, Lord of all worlds, Thou didst command that we should create worlds and propagate species!" and God informs them that that is the secret Treasure, bestowed only on "one who is our son (plant)," ib. 137. All who behold the creative process have a normal desire to become creators themselves, Cinza, 6yL, creation being the essence of godhood, see above, notes 8, 9,14. 102The patriarchal line is never broken: "Let us, Father, create other worlds in order to raise to Thee a planting . . . ," Cinza, 241. One does not create without the express permission of the "Creator of the Treasures," ib., 67L He who is "planted from above" does his own "pure planting" under the auspices of his Planter, Mand. Johannesbuch, No. 59, 207. Hence "all gloried in the knowledge that their Father had transplanted them from the House of Life," Alma Rishaia Rba, 1; in the end, all come "into existence for his sake," Mand. Johannesbuch, iv, 30-35, 70. Even to the greatest Sent Ones he is the "lofty King by Whom our Treasure ascends!" Alma Rishaia Zuta, 64L At the Council in Heaven the Son was hailed as "the Father of those who believe," 2nd Gnostic Work, 29a-3oa; this identity of Father and Son to and with believers is a basic teaching of the Fourth Gospel, R. Bultmann, in ZNTW, 24 (1925), 122. 103"The dwellers upon the earth can understand only what is upon the earth . . ." and the same applies to other worlds, 4 Ezra, iv:2i. Beings comprehend only what they are like, so that the Lord must take the form of those to whom he appears, C. Schmidt, Kopt.-Gnost. Schrift, I, 341; Gospel of Philip, 101:27-36; 105:29-106:10; Ascension of Isaiah, vii:25; Pistis Sophia, 7 (12); cf. U. Bianchi, in Numen, 12 (1965), 165; Manichaean Psalm-book, II, 42. 104:Gospel of Thomas, 95:20-23; 77 leu, 54; cf. Gospel of Truth, fol. xv, 20-23; Exod. iii:6; Matt. xvii:5-6; Mark ix:5-6; E. L. Cherbonnier, in Harvard Theological Review, 55 (1962), 195-199. So also the Son, Gospel of Thomas, 87:27, whose ""true name man is not able to hear at this time," Psalms of Thomas, xiii 114, xiv. "He ... is within the Veil, within his own shkinta" (dwelling, tabernacle), Mand. Prayerbook, No. 374, 267; His topos is completely out of our cosmos, being the ultimate Treasure, "the Treasure of the Outer Ones," 7 Jeu, 47; 59; 2nd Gnostic Work, 2a, surrounded by veils and guarded gates, C. Schmidt, Texte u. Unters., 8 (1892), 402; hence it is "beyond the veil, a place of shadowless light," ib., 366; Sophia Christi, ix:ii6, "the great secret Dwelling of Light," The 1012 Questions, 163. By night all the outer worlds strain to see the Father . . . because of the invisibility that surrounds him," 2nd Gnostic Work, 5a, even as the angels yearn to see the ultimate place of the saints, L. Guerrier, in Patrol. Or., IX, 153; cf. I Peter i:i2. 105Sophia Christi, ix:ii8; 2nd Gnostic Work, 47a; Berlin Manich, Hs., 1,118; "the veil at first concealed how God controlled the creation," Gospel of Philip, 132:23; there is a veil between us and the heavens, N. Sed, in Revue des Etudes Juives, 124 (1965), 39. All treasures are hidden treasures until God reveals them, Zadokite Doc, v:i; 77 Baruch, li 17-8; Evang. Barthol., iii:2-7; Gospel of Thomas, 86:4f., 24. "If you want to go to the Father you must pass through the veil," 7 Jeu, 42. God isolates hostile worlds from each other lest they unite against him, Cinza, 177. "As the doctrine of the body is hidden in its treasure-house, so God the Father is hidden in his Kingdom, invisible to the wastelands without," Berlin Manich. Hs., I, 151. 106A. Pelletier, in Syria, 35 (1958), 225L 107M. J. bin Gorion, Sagen der Juden (1913), I, 59. 108N. Sed, in Revue des Etudes Juives, 124 (1965), 39. 109"2nd Gnostic Work, 47a; Pistis Sophia, 317; in Texte u. Unters., 60:118. 110C. Schmidt, in Texte u. Unters., 8 (1892), 368. 1:L1Hypostasis of the Archons, 143:20. 112Pistis Sophia, 366. 1137b., 42-44. luIb., 23. 1157 Jeu, 39; Pistis Sophia, 317-18. 116Pistis Sophia, 184. 117Apocalypse of Baruch (3rd Bar.), VI, 3-6. 118The progress of the soul in the afterworld, with three main degrees of glory is found in Egyptian funerary literature, e.g. Book of Breathings, lines 2-3, in Biblioth. Egyptol. 17:113. So Pindar, Olymp., 11:75. For Jewish and Christian concepts, H. P. Owen, in New Testament Studies, 3 (1956), 243L, 247-49; K. Prumm, in Biblica, 10 (1929), 74; K. Kohler, in Jewish Quarterly Review, 7 (1894/5), 595-602; C. Schmidt, in Texte u. Unters., 8 (1892), 478, n. 1, 489-91,