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On The Five Releases: What They Mean

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The Kephalaia compilers' efforts to present general soteriological themes in five-parts is evident in this chapter. It again presents a series identified as the "Five Releases" or "Liberations". There are Five Releases by which the Light was saved from all the Archons and Powers of Darkness. The First liberation and rescue is the First Man's. The Second Rescue is the Living Spirit's. The Third Liberation is the Third Messenger's. The Fourth Rescue is Jesus the Splendour's. The Fifth Release and Rescue is the Great Counsel's, which is the Call and the Response.

Keywords:Jesus the splendour; living spirit; Manichaean Kephalaia; soteriological pattern; third messenger

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