Cogniscenti

Cogniscenti

James writes to [...]thos: Peace [be with you from] Peace, [love from] Love,[grace from] Grace, [faith from] Faith, life from Holy Life! Jesus said; [...] Scorn death and take thought for life! Remember my cross and my death and you will live!" I answered him and said to him, "Lord, do not mention to us the cross and death, for they are far from you." The Lord answered and said "Verily I say unto you, none will be saved unless they believe in my cross. But those who have believed in my cross theirs is the Kingdom of God. Therefore become seekers for death, like the dead who seek for life; for that which they seek is revealed to them. And what is there to trouble them? As for you, when you examine death it will teach you election. Verily I say unto you, none of those who fear death will be saved; for the kingdom of death belongs to those who put themselves to death. Become better than I; make yourselves like the son of the Holy Spirit!" Then I asked him "Lord, how shall we be able to prophesy to those who ask us to prophesy to them? For there are many who ask us and look to us to hear an oracle from us." The Lord answered "Do you not know that the head of prophesy was cut off with John?" But I said "Lord, can it be possible to remove the head of prophesy?" The Lord said to me: "When you come to know what 'head' means, and that prophesy issues from the head then understand the meaning of 'its head was removed.' At first I spoke to you in parables and you did not understand; now I speak to you openly and you still do not perceive. Yet it is you who served me as a parable in parables and that which is open in the words that are open." [...]

The Apocryphon of James

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