1. A Hebrew person makes a (convert) Hebrew, who moreover is
called thus: a novice (proselyte). Yet a novice does not make
(another) novice. [Some persons] are as they are […] and also
influence others [to become like themselves, while for the remainder]
it suffices to them that they shall be.

 

………………………….

A Hebrew makes a Hebrew, and such a person is called a convert. A
convert does not make a convert. [Some people] are as they [are] and
make others [like them], while others simply are.

—Meyer

So the Gospel of Philip. As we will see is an exploration of many
Gnostic themes including sacraments, polarity, arguably sexuality and
the Gnostic concepts behind divine union. Philip itself begins and
plunges us straight into a series of wisdom teachings. Philip like
Thomas is probably a series of compiled texts, Thomas being more
parable and Philip more “sacramental.” Scholars point to Philip being
most likely Valentinian or perhaps Sethian.
When it comes to Philip we find the question of Mary Magdalene as we
will discover later.

So Philip begins with no introduction,. We are thrown head long into
Philip. We begin with a logion that states a Person can convert
another person to be a Hebrew, but a convert cannot make a Hebrew.
Much like saying some people are born as certain people, they can
bring others into that stream of being, but those converted are
unlikely to be able to convert new people. You are what you are. You
are born a Hebrew, by blood and thus culture and religion. We find
this in witch craft and other similar “paths” that state one is born
into a tradition. You are naturally such and such. The Coptic here is
generally accepted as Hebrew not Jew (in translation.)

This is perhaps then arguing stating a Gnostic is a Gnostic…and that
is that! Or more accurately an early Christian or perhaps a Jewish
Christian like an Ebionite or Nazorean. But whatever the case, this is
clearly showing distinction between those who are “of the Gospel of
Philip” (or “the living father” for example) and those who are not.
Further:

http://www.earlychristianwritings.com/gospelphilip.html

A full flowering of Gnosis occurs when one advances deep into the
heart of Nazirutha. Having observed the truth firsthand, one is truly
a Gnostic – a knower (mandayya). One who truly knows can truly testify
to such and win other seekers after the hidden. One who has only begun
the journey is in no position to testify of its end. Unless they
continue their search for a full revelation of that Life which they
worship, they shall never posture themselves to speak authoritatively
of it. This scroll begins with conversion and reception of the first
degree of Nazirutha, it ends with ultimate deification and reception
of the thirty-second degree of Nazirutha. All this is made possible by
the intercession of Yeshu (Jesus the Nazorean) and Miryai (Gnostic
Mary Magdalene).

http://essenes.net/Philipcom1.html

Similarities:

Luke 6:40

NASB: “A pupil is not above his teacher; but everyone, after he has
been fully trained, will be like his teacher. (NASB ©1995)
GWT: A student is no better than his teacher. But everyone who is
well-trained will be like his teacher. (GOD’S WORD®)
KJV: The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is
perfect shall be as his master.
ASV: The disciple is not above his teacher: but every one when he is
perfected shall be as his teacher.
BBE: The disciple is not greater than his master, but everyone whose
learning is complete will be like his master.
DBY: The disciple is not above his teacher, but every one that is
perfected shall be as his teacher.

Exodus 3:14 (Amplified Bible)
And God said to Moses, I AM WHO I AM and WHAT I AM, and I WILL BE WHAT
I WILL BE; and He said, You shall say this to the Israelites: I AM has
sent me to you!

Matthew 23:15 (Amplified Bible)
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, pretenders (hypocrites)! For you
travel over sea and land to make a single proselyte, and when he
becomes one [a proselyte], you make him doubly as much a child of hell
(Gehenna) as you are.

Acts 2:10 (Amplified Bible)
Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and
the transient residents from Rome, both Jews and the proselytes [to
Judaism from other religions],

Acts 6:5 (Amplified Bible)
And the suggestion pleased the whole assembly, and they selected
Stephen, a man full of faith (a strong and welcome belief that Jesus
is the Messiah) and full of and controlled by the Holy Spirit, and
Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and
Nicolaus, a proselyte (convert) from Antioch.

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