And desire said,
I did not see you descending,
but now I see you ascending.
Why do you lie since you belong to me?
The soul answered and said,
I saw you. You did not see me nor recognize me.
I served you as a garment and you did not know me.
When it said this, the soul went away rejoicing greatly.
Again it came to the third power, which is called ignorance.
The power questioned the soul, saying,
Where are you going?
In wickedness are you bound.
But you are bound; do not judge!
And the soul said,
Why do you judge me, although I have not judged?
I was bound, though I have not bound.
I was not recognized.
But I have recognized
that the All is being dissolved,
both the earthly things and the heavenly.
When the soul had overcome the third power, it went upwards and saw the fourth power, which took seven forms. The first form is darkness, the second desire, the third ignorance, the fourth is the excitement of death, the fifth is the kingdom of the flesh, the sixth is the foolish wisdom of flesh, the seventh is the wrathful wisdom. These are the seven powers of wrath.
They asked the soul,
Whence do you come slayer of men,
or where are you going,
conqueror of space?
The soul answered and said,
What binds me has been slain,
and what turns me about has been overcome,
and my desire has been ended, and ignorance has died.
In an aeon I was released from a world, and in a Type from a type,
and from the fetter of oblivion which is transient.
From this time on will I attain
to the rest of the time,
of the season,
of the aeon,
When Mary had said this, she fell silent, since it was to this point that the Savior had spoken with her.
But Andrew answered and said to the brethren,
Say what you wish to say about what she has said.
I at least do not believe that the Savior said this.
For certainly these teachings are strange ideas.
Peter answered and spoke concerning these same things.
He questioned them about the Savior:
Did He really speak privately with a woman and not openly to us?
Are we to turn about and all listen to her?
Did He prefer her to us?
Then Mary wept and said to Peter,
My brother Peter, what do you think? Do you think
that I have thought this up myself in my heart,
or that I am lying about the Savior?
Levi answered and said to Peter,
Peter you have always been hot tempered. Now I see you
contending against the woman like the adversaries.
But if the Savior made her worthy,
who are you indeed to reject her?
Surely the Savior knows her very well.
That is why He loved her more than us.
Rather let us be ashamed and put on the perfect Man,
and separate as He commanded us and preach the gospel,
not laying down any other rule or other law
beyond what the Savior said.
And when they heard this they began to go forth to proclaim and to preach.