The Secret Book of James is preserved in a single Coptic copy found in Codex III of the Nag Hammadi codices. The most extensive study on the Secret Book of James is that of Ron Cameron, Sayings Traditions in the Apocryphon of James (HTS 34; Philadelphia, PA: Fortress Press 1984).The most important result of that study is the conclusion that the sayings tradition preserved in this document is independent of the canonical gospels.However, this could also be the work of a redactor attempting to harmonize the two sections." In his introduction in The Nag Hammadi Library in English, Francis Williams suggests that Secret James as it stands is Gnostic in color: "It is clear that the person for whom the tractate was written made a distinction between themselves and the larger Christian church.Probably they rejected the doctrine of the atonement; they certainly ignored the second coming of Christ and the general resurrection, and hoped to ascend, in soul or spirit, to the kingdom of heaven, which they meanwhile felt to be within themselves.Presenting equality in the individual Christian believers (royal) priesthood.The individual righteousness and holiness maturity in the current Kingdom Church Age of Jesus Christ and in His Millennial Age reign to come and of the present Age of individual Christian responsibilities.Kingdom of Heaven is the presence of God When Jesus was on earth the Kingdom of Heaven was among us as people.Kingdom of God is the domain of God Even though Jesus is not physically, visibly present among us as people His eternal Kingdom remains something we can enter into [via the Holy Spirit] even at this very moment.
I wanted to make sure these points were said upfront, as some are missing the point of this article altogether, happy reading!
Note: Evangelical is a reference to the loving, goodness and kindness of God and in mankind’s friendship relationship with God as opposed to an i.e.
Calvinism that references an unkind god and an antagonist relationship with a supposedly reprobate mankind.
) can understand if people in a relationship do not share perspectives on important issues there can be problems But what are these catastrophic problems?
Do they overshadow the age old wars like the fight for the TV remote or what restaurant to eat at?