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their error, because they have done what he wanted. And he will make manifest in his judgment who the servants of the word are. But those who became mingled with these will become their prisoners, since they are without perception. And the guileless, good, pure one is pushed to the executioner, even into the kingdom of those who praise a restored Christ. And they praise the men of the propaga­ tion of falsehood, who will succeed you. And they will hold fast to the name of a dead man, while thinking that they will become pure. But they will become greatly defiled. And they will fall into an explicit error and into the hand of an evil, cunning man with a multifarious doc­ trine. And they will be ruled heretically. For some of them will blaspheme the truth and proclaim evil teaching. And they will say evil things to each other. “And some, because they stand by vir­ tue of the archons, will be given a name of a man and a naked woman who is multifarious and very sensual. And those who say these things will ask about dreams. And if they say that a dream came from a demon worthy of their error, then they will be given destruction in­ stead of immortality. ‘For evil cannot produce good fruit.’ For each source pro­ duces what is like itself. For not every soul comes from the truth, nor from im­ mortality. For every soul of these ages has death assigned to it, in our view. Consequently it is always a slave. It is created for its desires and their eternal destruction, for which they exist and in which they exist. They (the souls) love the material creatures which came forth with them. But the immortal souls are not like these, O Peter. But indeed, as long as the hour has not yet come, she (the immortal soul) will indeed resemble a mortal one. But she will not reveal her nature, although she alone is the immor­ tal one and thinks about immortality. She


has faith, and desires to renounce these (material) things. ‘For people neither gather figs from thorns’—or from thorn trees if they are wise—‘nor grapes from brambles.’ For on the one hand, a partic­ ular thing (masc.) always remains in that (condition) in which it exists. If it exists in a particular condition that is not good, that (condition) becomes its (fem.) de­ struction and death. On the other hand, this one (fem. � the immortal soul) abides in the Eternal One, in the one of life and immortality of life which are alike to Him. “Therefore everything that does not abide will dissolve into that which does not exist. For deaf and blind ones join only with their own kind. But some will depart from evil words and deceptive mysteries. Others do not understand mys­ teries, although they speak of these things which they do not understand. Neverthe­ less they will boast that the mystery of the truth is theirs alone. And in haughti­ ness they will begin {in haughtiness} to envy the immortal soul that has become dedicated (to God). For every authority, principality, and power of the ages al­ ways wanted to remain with these (im­ mortal souls) from the foundation of the world, in order that those who do not abide, since they have been ignorant and have not been saved, may be glorified by those who do abide. And they have not been brought to the way by them, al­ though they have always desired that they would become the imperishable ones. For if the immortal soul receives power through an intellectual spirit, then im­ mediately she is joined by one of those who have been misled. And others, who are numerous and who oppose the truth, who are the messengers of error, will concoct their error and their law against these pure thoughts of mine. Since they see from one (perspective), they think that good and evil are from one (source).

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