Not too long ago, a dear friend of mine inquired about the God I serve. He asked, “Is this God really an old white man sitting in the heavens?” (And yes, he was serious.) I met him with an infallible “No!” and laughed, as he pressed me for more information. But sadly, I had few words that came to mind to describe The One, The Infinite.
Throughout the Tanach and the Brit Chadashah, there are beautiful, powerful scriptures and descriptions of the Creator’s works and glory, but I still felt at a loss. So often, when asked, I can easily speak of the Savior, the Son of God, the Son of Man, knowing that he loves the Father, he was taught by the Father, and everything he does comes from the Father; but, I wanted to relay to my friend that the God I serve, the Most High, is not a “he,” it’s a spirit . . . and actually, it’s more than a God: It is the Breath of Life.
In the ancient of days, even the disciple John (Yochanon), son of Zebedee, had questions . . . How was the Savior selected? Why was he sent into the world by his Father? Who is his Father, who sent him? And, it is HaMashiach, the Son of God, the Savior, who reveals these mysterious teachings to him and tells him of the Father in the Secret Book of John (Yochanon).
While you still have time in the world, listen to me and I shall explain what you have been reflecting upon in your mind . . .Codex II, Page 138 (The Book of Thomas) Secret Teachings of Y’shua HaMashiach
Well, recently I was wandering through this secret book and I heard YAH laughing (!) as words appeared on a page before me, capturing my soul, taking my breath away. I had happened upon some of the most wondrous expressions, at best, for there really is no utterance to describe and define the existence of the Perfect One.
For days, I immersed myself in its beauty . . . in its quiet, in its silence, in its rest . . . and in this post I will relate some of the very expressions to my spiritual friends, just as HaMashiach urged Yochanon to do.
(Please Note: The excerpts presented here have been re-arranged and taken from The Secret Book of John, Chapter 2, Codex II, pages 1-3.)
WHO IS THE PERFECT ONE?
For the Perfect One is majestic; It is purely and immeasurably great.
The One is a sovereign that has nothing over it: It is God and Father of All.
It is the invisible Spirit.
The Invisible One is over all, that is imperishable, that is pure light no eye can see.
It gives immeasurable and incomprehensible light.
One should not think of it as god, or like a god . . .
It is greater than a god.
It has nothing over it and no lord about it.
It does not exist within anything that is inferior to it.
Everything exists only within it.
It is eternal, since it does not need anything.
It is absolutely complete.
It has never lacked anything in order to be complete.
It has always been absolutely complete in light.
It is the immeasurable light, pure, holy, bright.
It is unutterable, and is perfect in its imperishability.
Not that it is part of perfection, or blessedness, or divinity; it is much greater.
It is illimitable (since there is nothing before it to limit it).
It is unfathomable (since there is nothing before it to fathom it).
It is immeasurable (since there was nothing before it to measure it).
It is unobservable (since nothing has observed it).
It is eternal, and exists eternally.
It is unutterable (since nothing could comprehend it to utter it).
It is un-nameable (since there is nothing before it to give it a name).
It is the World that gives a world,
the Life that gives life,
the Blessed One that gives blessedness,
the Knowledge that gives knowledge,
the Good One that gives goodness,
the Mercy that gives mercy and redemption,
the Grace that gives grace.
IN THE SPIRIT OF PESACH
As Passover (Pesach) and Feast of Unleavened Bread is upon us, having these mysterious teachings of the Savior is a gift that I pray aids you in acknowledging the incomprehensible majesty of our Creator. I encourage you to seek out and read the Nag Hammadi library and discover it in all of its beauty for yourself. And, should someone ask you “Who is your God?”, may you have the words, the expressions, already in your heart to give answer, as I so now do.
Chag Pesach Sameach!