The Letter of Peter to Philip

This ancient lost Gospel from the Nag Hammadi collection found in the desert of Egypt is thought to have been written in the First Century. It discusses teachings of Jesus not mentioned in other Gospel texts.

1. Peter’s letter, which he sent to Philip: “Peter, the messenger of Jesus the Anointed of God [Messiah, Christ], to Philip, our beloved brother and fellow messenger and the brothers who are with you – greetings!
2. Please know, our brother, that we were instructed by our Master and Savior of the material world that we should go out and spread the teachings and preach the salvation promised to us by our Master Jesus the Anointed of God [Messiah, Christ].
3. You, however, have been separated from us, and did not want to gather with us, and understand how we should organize ourselves so that we might preach the gospel.
4. Therefore, our brother, would you be willing to gather according to the instructions of our Master Jesus?”
5. When Philip received this, after reading it, he joyfully came to Peter, praising God.
6. Then Peter gathered the others as well. They traveled up to the mount of the olive trees – the place where they used to gather with the blessed Anointed of God [Messiah, Christ] when he was in the body.
7. Now when the messengers had gathered, and fell down to their knees, they prayed:
8. “Creator – Creator – Creator of the light, Possessor of virtues, hear us, on behalf of Your being pleased with Your Holy Representative Jesus the Anointed [Messiah, Christ].
9. Because he illuminated us who were in darkness. Please hear us!”
10. They continued praying:
11. “Representative of life, Representative of immortality – who exists within the light – the Representative, Anointed by the Eternal – our Redeemer, give us authority, because they want to kill us.”
12. Then a great light fell upon the mountain revealing his shining appearance.
13. And a voice came forth to them, saying,
14. “Receive the words I am speaking to you:
15. What do you ask of me? I am Jesus the Anointed of God [Messiah, Christ], who will be with you eternally.”
16. Then the messengers replied, saying,
17. “Master, we would like to understand what is the defect of this lifetime, and how is it corrected?
18. And how is it we became confined within this abode?
19. Furthermore, how did we arrive in this place and how will we leave it?”
20. And how do we gain the power of courage?
21. And why do the authorities fight against us?”
22. Then a voice came to them out from the light. It said:
23. “You yourselves are witnesses that I told you all these things.
24. “But due to your unbelief, I will tell you again.
25. “First, regarding the defect of this lifetime – this is the defect:
26. “It occurred with the disobedience and foolishness of the mother, abandoning the instruction of the majesty of the Creator. She wanted to create eternal lifetimes. And when she spoke, the arrogant one followed.
27. “And when she left behind a portion, the arrogant one took it and it became a defect. This is the defect of this lifetime.
28. “When the arrogant one took a portion, he planted it. He assigned it with powers and authority.
29. “And he wrapped it within the mortal lifetimes. Then all the powers of the material world were glad they had been begotten.
30. “But they don’t know the eternal Creator who exists eternally, since they are foreign to Him.
31. “Instead they gave power to the [arrogant] one and they served him with praise.
32. “Yet the arrogant one grew proud due to the praise of the powers.
33. “He became envious and desired to create an image to replace the Image – and a form to replace the Form.
34. “So he commissioned the powers within his authority to mold mortal bodies.
35. “Thus they came into existence through a fabrication of the likeness.
36. “Next, regarding the completion: I am the one who was sent down to be in the body because of the generation that had fallen away.
37. “So I came down into their mortal mold.
38. “But they didn’t recognize me. They were thinking that I was a mortal man.
39. “Then I taught one who followed me, and he called on me just as all of you who called on me today.
40. “Then I gave him authority so that he might be able to enter into the inheritance of his Creator.
41. “Then I brought him, filled, and provided him salvation.
42. “Since he was defective, he became corrected.
43. “Regarding the nature of your being detained, it is because you are my followers.
44. “When you remove what is corrupt from your selves, you will become luminaries in the midst of mortal men.
45. “And this is why you fight against the authorities, because they don’t have peace like you have – and they don’t want you to be saved.
46. Then the messengers respectfully asked, “Master, tell us, how can we fight the chief priests, since the chief priests are above us?”
47. Then a voice came forth from the appearance and said, “You will now be able to fight against them in the following manner:
48. “For the chief priests are fighting against the person within. So you can fight against them in this manner.
49. “Gather together and preach to the world the salvation of devotion.
50. “Then you can gird yourselves with the power of my LORD.
51. “And put forth your prayers. Then He, the Creator, will rescue you.
52. “Just as He has rescued you by sending me.
53. “Don’t be afraid. I am with you eternally, as I told you before, when I was in the body.”
54. Then lightning and thunder appeared from the sky.
55. And the appearance they had in that place was taken up to heaven.
56. Then the messengers made offerings to the LORD with many prayers. Then they returned to Jerusalem.
57. And while they traveled on the road back, they talked to each other about the light that appeared.
58. Then a remark was made about the Master. It was said:
59. “If he – our Master – suffered, then how much will we?”
60. Peter answered and said:
61. “He suffered for us, and we must also suffer due to our humility.”
62. Then a voice came forth to them and said:
63. “I have told you many times – suffering is necessary for you.
64. “It is necessary for them to bring you to the synagogues and governors so that you will suffer.
65. “But one who does not suffer and does not [missing text]
66. “[missing text] the Creator
67. “[missing text] in order that he may [missing text]”
68. Then they arrived at the Temple and preached the salvation on behalf of the Master Jesus, the Anointed of God [Messiah, Christ].
69. And they healed many.
70. Then Peter began to speak and said to his disciples, “When our Master Jesus was in the body, he revealed everything to us.
71. “For he descended. My brothers, listen to what I am saying.” Then he was filled with the Holy Spirit.
72. He said this: “Our light, Jesus, came down and was crucified.
73. “He wore a wreath of thorns. And he put on a purple robe.
74. “Then he was crucified on a tree and he was buried in a tomb.
75. “And he rose from the dead body. My brothers, that pain is foreign to Jesus.
76. “But we are the ones who have suffered, through the transgression of the mother.
77. “And because of this, he did everything on account of us.
78. “As for the Master Jesus, the Representative of the unlimited glory of the Creator – he is the cause of our life.
79. “My brothers, therefore let’s not follow the unjust ones, and walk in [text missing]”
80. Then Peter gathered together the others again.
81. He prayed, “Master Jesus the Anointed of God [Messiah, Christ], cause of our peace, give us the spirit of understanding so that we may also provide the service of devotion.”
82. Then Peter and the other messengers saw him, and they were filled with the Holy Spirit.
83. Then each one conducted healings. Then they parted ways to spread the teachings of the Master Jesus.
84. They gathered with their associates and greeted them, saying, “Amen – in Truth.”
85. Then Jesus appeared to say to them, “Peace to you all – and everyone who believes on my account.”
86. “And when you depart, you will have joy, grace and power.
87. “Don’t be afraid. Look, I am with you eternally.”
88. The messengers parted ways and used the four teachings for the purpose of preaching. And they went with the power of Jesus, in peace.

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