What is the gnostic understanding of the nature of Christ? Well according to some text from the The Nag Hammadi Library Jesus has our nature
Furthermore, they will say of him that he is unbegotten, though he has been begotten, (that) he does not eat, even though he eats, (that) he does not drink, even though he drinks, (that) he is uncircumcised, though he has been circumcised, (that) he is unfleshly, though he has come in the flesh, (that) he did not come to suffering, though he came to suffering, (that) he did not rise from the dead, though he arose from the dead.
Here the melchiz is teaching the standard Christian doctrine that Jesus has come in the flesh, that he came to suffer, that he arose from the dead
The Gospel of Thomas
28 Jesus said: I stood in the midst of the world. I came to them in the flesh (sarx). I found all of them drunk. I found not one of them to be thirsty. My soul was saddened by the sons of men for they are mentally blind. They do not see that they have come into the world empty and they will go out of the world empty. But now they are drunk.. When they sober up they will repent.
Jesus came in the flesh but what type of flesh was this?
(101) Those who do not hate their father and mother as I do cannot be my students, and those who do not love their father and mother as I do cannot be my students.For my mother gave me falsehood, but my true mother gave me life.
Jesus’ birth mother could only give him falsehood or death by this we understand it to mean that Jesus inherited our sinful nature from his mother Mary
The Gospel of Philip
Speaking about Jesus resurrection
The master was conceived (that is born again) from what is imperishable, through God. The master rose from the dead, but he did not come into being as he was. Rather, his body was completely perfect. It was of flesh, and this flesh was true flesh. Our flesh is not true flesh but only an image of the true.
Jesus came in the flesh which even after his resurrection his body is still flesh but completely perfect our flesh is not true flesh but only an image of the true this is because of our sinful nature which Jesus himself would have had before his resurrection in order for him to through suffering
Jesus at the Jordan: Jesus revealed himself at the Jordan River as the fullness of kingdom of heaven. The one conceived before all was conceived again (that is born again); the one anointed before was anointed again; the one redeemed redeemed others.
The one redeemed in turn redeemed others Jesus needed to be redeemed because he had our sinful nature
The bible also teaches that Jesus had our sinful nature which he needed to be saved from
Hebrews 5:7 Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared;
Death had dominion over Christ at one time
Romans 6:9 knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. 10 For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God.
Immortalization is the physical cleansing
8:3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:
The apostle says, “God made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin” (2 Cor. 5:21); and this he explains in another place by saying, that “He sent his own son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh” (Rom. 8:3) in the offering of his body once (Heb. 10:10,12,14). Sin could not have been condemned in the body of Jesus, if it had not existed there. His body was as unclean as the bodies of those for whom he died; for he was born of a woman, and “not one” can bring a clean body out of a defiled body; for “that”, says Jesus himself, “which is born of the flesh is flesh” (John 3:6).
John is shown a picture of the Church in its victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ. The woman symbolizes the Church she is crowned with twelve stars, the twelve stars are the twelve attributes of the Christian faith which are the 12 aions 1faith, 2hope, 3love, 4promises, 5grace, 6repentance, 7forgiveness, 8baptism, 9anointing,, 10wisdom, 11Eucharist 12logos
The child she bears is the Christ consciousness.
My children, with whom I am again in labor until Christ is formed in you– Galatians 4:19
The Dragon is Satan The outward senses of self-centeredness, self-gratification, self-indulgence, self-importance, self-righteousness, self-glorification, self-delusion, self, ego, the “false god,” the “beast”
As the Christ consciousness is born, a rival force of the old self occurs, which brings about recurring periods of rebellion in a believer. Through divine intervention (daily readings of the scriptures the spirit-word), the Christ consciousness is protected while the carnal mind, is withdrawn below the conscious level.
Heaven is the realm of conscious harmony, a consciousness of peace in mind, body, and soul. Since man is free to think what he will, conflicting thoughts may enter heaven. When this takes place, man’s harmony is disrupted and there is “war in heaven.”?
War in heaven this represents the struggle that goes on in the believers mind while the believer tries to adjust his sinful nature to the requirements of Christ consciousness. It is a war which leads to Armageddon
What is symbolized by the “great voice in Heaven” acknowledging the salvation, power, and kingdom of God and the authority of his Christ? The “great voice” from Heaven symbolizes the beginning of the reign of Christ, through whom comes salvation. When we free the mind from Sin, salvation from the earth, or the carnal mind starts to takes place and the Christ consciousness comes into being a new life follows for Christ is “the resurrection and the life.”
Why has the “Devil” but a short time in the earth”? In a literal sense the time is relatively short compared with eternity. Allegorically, man soon tires of disharmony, and longs for peace, that he may have by claiming his inheritance as a son of God through our Lord Jesus Christ. When he submits to the will of God, the Devil’s reign over him is soon at an end.