Understanding Jesus as Logos
Tom Saunders, B.A./B.S. Certified Linguist
Understanding the meaning of the word ‘Logos’ generally means understanding an infallible truth.
Logos can have other connotations, depending upon the term’s context or how the word is being used. In Christianity the term ‘Logos’ refers to divinity and refers to Jesus or God as the “Logos.”
According to Justin Martyr (100-165 C.E.), in his work the “First Apology,” Jesus is the incarnation of the Logos, and this represents a system of ‘truth’ meaning order, reason, and knowledge.
“The “Gospel of John” identifies the Logos, through which all things are made, as divine (Theos), and further identifies Jesus as the incarnate Logos.”
The Septuagint translation of the Hebrew Bible into Greek uses the terms Rhema and Logos as equivalents and uses both for the Hebrew word ‘Dabar,’ as the Word of God.
Some modern usage in Christian Theology distinguishes Rhema from Logos (which here refers to the written scriptures) while Rhema refers to the revelation received by the reader from the Holy Spirit when the Word (Logos) is read, although this distinction has been criticized.” (Wikipedia)
Logos in rhetoric is the presentation of a ‘truth’ through the use of a system of both deductive and inductive logic. According to Aristotle, rhetoric is “the ability, in each particular case, to see the available means of persuasion.” He described three main forms for the presentation of rhetoric, logos, ethos, and pathos. Ethos and pathos can be propaganda.
Aristotle designed a heuristic device called the “Square of Opposition.” This ‘tetrad’ is based upon a three to one ratio against a premise being truth. What this means is in Aristotle’s model a truth is contrasted by two contrasting partial-truths, and one flat-out lie. So if a premise is not the truth, it is a partial truth, a partial lie, or a total lie. This method demonstrates both inductive and deductive logic in terms of showing a philosophical truth or lie.
The main tool of logic used by Sethian Christians from the earliest days in Alexandria is based upon Trivium Method logic. This system is based upon the concept of three rivers or roads meeting, to form one river or road. Simply, it is a process of triangulating three things to make one thing.
One method of showing a philosophical proof with Trivium Method logic is like explaining how a yardstick has three triangulated or corresponding values. There is the established length of a yard in man’s scientific lexicon. This singular universal length of a yard can be verified by triangulating the two other corresponding values, the three feet, and thirty six inches that also constitute the triangulation of the other established lengths that equal the yard.
Where A= 1 Yard, B = 3 Feet, and C= 36 Inches, then: (A=B, C=D, A=C) = 1. Yard
As a process of logic: (A=B/1st premise, C=D/2nd supporting premise, A=C/synthesis) = 1. Yard as the triangulated Conclusion
This algorithm represents the Sethian Gnostic Christian system of reason for the “Logos” as a process of truth and knowledge. Sethian Christians used a system of knowledge based upon the flow of subtle human energies called Aeons. The Sethian Gnostic Aeons include the algorithms for all human emotions and behavior.
The Apostle Basilides writes about the elements of the Logos, the seven unit Aeons called Hebdomads, and the eight unit Aeons called Ogdoads.
“Thus, from the Hebdomad, the Light–which had already come down from above from the Ogdoad unto the Son of the Hebdomad–descended upon Jesus, son of Mary, and he was illumined, being caught on fire in harmony with the Light that streamed into him. This is the meaning of the saying, ‘The Holy Spirit shall come upon thee…’
What makes the Sethians Christian-Pythagorean method so important is the Trivium model is the same logic used for the formation of the Sethian Aeon-Ogdoad, and Aeon-Hebdomad that Basilides mentions above. The formation of these sequential progressions is very complex, but below is a basic model for both:
(A/1st Tetrad) (B/2nd Tetrad) = 1. Ogdoad
(Monad/A=B, Duad/B=C, Triad/C=D, Tetrad/D= E) (Pentad/E=F, Hexad/F=G, Hebdoad/G=H, Ogdoad/ H = A) = 1.
(A= /1st premise = 1st Tetrad) (B = / 2nd Supporting premise = 2nd Tetrad) (C. = Supporting synthesis of A = C) = 1. Aeon-Ogdoad
(A/Trivium) (B/Quadrivium) = 1. Hebdomad
(Trivium/Monad, Dyad, Triad) (Quadrivium/Tetrad, Pentad, Hexad, Hebdomad) = 1. Hebdomad
(Trivium = 1st Premise), (Quadrivium = Supporting Premise) = 1 Hebdomad as the Synthesis of A and B = triangulated Conclusion = 1.
The Ogdoad is reasonably easy to understand as to how it is applied in the real world. The Ogdoad works like an eight point compass, made from the four point compass. This progression is the synthesis of the eight basic directions.
Another way to understand the Ogdoad as logos is by using man’s eight basic tools of man’s body in the algorithm of the Ogdoad using the Trivium logic:
(1.-a. -Rt. Hand, 2.-b.-Lt. Hand, 3.-c.-Rt. Elbow, 4.-d.- Lt. Elbow) = Upper Body
(5.-e.- Rt. Foot, 6.-f.-Lt Foot, 7.-g.- Rt. Knee, 8.-h.- Lt. Knee) = Lower Body
(1st premise/Upper Body Tetrad) (2nd premise/Lower Body Tetrad) (Synthesis of the two) = 1. Body of Man’s eight basic tools
Hebdomads work about the same as far as following the Trivium formula above. The actual Pythagorean Monadic sequence, from which Hebdomads and Ogdoads form, is extremely complex. Aligning what Jesus said to the Aeon algorithms of the Logos is fairly easy. There are actually several ways to do this. Here is one…
1st Premise: These are the secret sayings that the living Jesus spoke and Didymos Judas Thomas recorded:
“Simon Peter said to them, “Make Mary leave us, for females don’t deserve (eternal) Life.” Jesus said, “Look, I will guide her to make her male, so that she too may become a Living Spirit resembling you males. For every female who makes herself male will enter the Kingdom of Heaven.” (GThom, saying 114.)
2nd Supporting Premise:
Jesus said to them, “When you make the two into one, and when you make the inner like the outer and the outer like the inner, and the upper like the lower, and when you make male and female into a single one, so that the male will not be male nor the female be female, when you make eyes in place of an eye, a hand in place of a hand, a foot in place of a foot, an image in place of an image, then you will enter [the kingdom].” (GThom 22c.)
Synthesis of 1st and 2nd Premise(s): “For many of the first will be last, and will become a single one.” And he said, “Whoever discovers the interpretation of these sayings will not taste death.” (GThom 4b,1.)
What you just read is Rhema or Logos says men and women are equal in the Kingdom, and eyes of the Logos. Perhaps the next Pope should be a woman.