DID GNOSTIC CONCEPTS INFLUENCE 2ND CENTURY CHRISTIAN THINKING?
VALENTINUS: “...The FATHER uncovers his bosom, which is the HOLY SPIRIT, revealing his secret. His secret is his SON!...” (Valentinus. Gospel of Truth. Verse 17. English translation by Patterson Brown).
“...Valentinus was the first to formulate a doctrine of the Trinity that looked anything like the profound understanding of the Cappadocian fathers. Valentinus clearly had an understanding of both coinherence and the hypostases of Father, Son and Holy Spirit...” – “Rehabilitating Valentinus” By Baxter Kruger Perichoresis Organisation USA.
“...Thankfully last century saw the rediscovery of what is believed to be Valentinus 'Gospel of Truth' that gives us another perspective, and in it I see a man who prizes intimacy with God through Jesus Christ: [Qoute] “The Father reveals his bosom. - Now his bosom is the Holy Spirit. - He reveals what is hidden of him - what is hidden of him is his Son - so that through the mercies of the Father, the aeons may know him and cease laboring in search of the Father, resting there in him, knowing that this is the (final) rest.” [End Quote] – Valentinus Gospel of Truth...” – “Rehabilitating Valentinus” By Baxter Kruger Perichoresis Organisation USA.