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A Commentary on the
Gospel of Thomas
(First a preface about truth)
Do we really want to know the truth? Many might say they do, but after hearing it they are then unwilling to accept it. Denial is a natural reaction to even something thought to be an absolute truth because it forces us to change. Eventually, the realization and then acceptance of any truth carries the power to realign our beliefs, our ideals and our life. While embracing spiritual ignorance and denial of scientific facts, many didnt want to accept the truth that the Earth is neither flat nor the center of the universe. It seems easy to accept these scientific truths now though; doesnt it? What is the difference between then and now? The answer is the increase of knowledge and awareness. Society as a whole has raised its collective consciousness. So the more we know the less we are deceived and the easier the truth is to accept. There is no doubt that we are each programmed to a certain extent after entering the world, so it is only natural that most of our personal beliefs and paradigms are originally based on what others have told us to be true. To varying degrees we will believe just about anything because we enter this world lacking the knowledge to know any better. My parents told me there was a Santa Claus who brought presents at Christmas, but I later realized the truth and was saddened. Christianity told me that God was going to send billions of souls to an eternal hell to suffer, but I later was shown the truth and am now happy to share it with the world! Yes, every truth set us free from ignorance and fear.
So, do we really want to know the truth! Do we really want to know who we truly are? All of my life I have been on a spirit-led quest for God and His Truth. As it has turned out, this journey is like gathering pieces to a puzzle. I have discovered that every truth, no matter how small it seems, is a piece of the big picture. And what is the big picture? It is the Truth as God sees it because God is the Source of all truth. While my path has not always been straight or forward, I have been pressing on in search of spiritual truths. I have been searching for the answers to some difficult questions. Who are we? Why are we here? What is hell? Where is hell? How do we return to God? I had many questions, but the answers coming from traditional Christian teachings did not make sense in the light of Gods love, power and wisdom. I sought to find a perfect harmony in the nature and will of God. Surely many of the teachings in Christendom were erroneous? Well, this is exactly what I found. So, it is for this reason, I began writing about what God has revealed to me concerning His Kingdom and the salvation of mankind. I am here now sharing the truths God has revealed to me. Yet like Herod, one might ask me, Truth! What is truth?
Because each sentient being of the universe views life from a different perspective, the notion of truth becomes a rather allusive, intangible thing. As I discussed in Shadows of a Higher Reality, what we call life and reality are greatly regulated by our perceptive abilities and awareness. Consider the trees, which are certainly living things, yet they are unaware of the higher reality of the animals around them. This difference in consciousness (awareness) changes what is believed and accepted as our reality, which, in turn, is also called truth. In the physical universe, there are truths and laws that are virtually undeniable, but these are mainly in the areas of math and science. While in these fields of study the mind of man is able to prove a particular truth, in spiritual matters it is much more difficult. Not only do spiritual truths offer very little physical evidence to support them, but there is also the difficulty communicating from different levels of spiritual awareness. While many intuitively believe there is a God, others claim to KNOW there is a God from a more experiential level. Still others, who are intelligent by worldly standards, have convinced themselves there is no God because they see no physical evidence. Can the believer prove to the atheist that there is a God? Can an atheist prove that God didnt create the universe? Clearly if this debate is ever going to be resolved we must increase our spiritual knowledge. In lieu of this spiritual awareness, mankinds spiritual beliefs have been mostly based on the visions of a few souls that attained a higher spiritual awareness. This faith is then carried like a torch until the time when the individual can find the fire himself. Our spiritual experiences with God help to remove the distortion from our faith and thereby solidify a base of divine knowledge. Gaining spiritual knowledge is crucial and is like building stairs on our ascension to God and His One Truth.
Some say that we cannot attain such an ultimate Truth, yet doesnt God, our Father, put this very desire for the Truth in our spirit? Isnt this the hunger emanating from the center of every child of God? Whatever our spirit desires, our spirit will seek and find. Yes, Jesus came to give living water, rich with Gods wisdom, to those who were thirsty the knowledge of salvation. Similarly, Paul taught that God desires all of us to come to the knowledge of the Truth (1 Timothy 4:10). It is then according to Gods will that there is a plan of salvation that begins with faith and then leads us to knowledge through direct experience. Eventually, for those who answer the call to go higher, this base of knowledge is laid down before them like a stairway to the Truth that will set them free.
However, many are still bound by their religious pride, fear and ignorance. Wars are still being fought over what men have sworn are undeniable truths or ideals. Yet while truth, may be relative to each individual, this cannot be true from Gods perspective. From Gods vantage point all is perfect. How could it be anything else? God, who is perfected, created all things. Imperfection could not come from perfection. While we may not accept this present state of life as perfect, the process God is taking us through is certainly flawless. This is why mankind must continue to climb higher seeking the sublime knowledge that comes by interacting with the Divine. As we (spirit) go higher in consciousness, our perception of God becomes clearer providing us with a better sense of what our reality should be. Jesus is a perfect example of someone living in a higher spiritual reality. While most of humanity accepts this natural world as their reality, Jesus didnt. He said this lower (physical) world wasnt his real home, but that he was from above. Jesus lived in a higher level of existence governed by a higher law where God is Father and Love is the motivation. Even though his feet were standing on the earth, his consciousness (mind) was in heaven with God. Jesus mature and qualified spirit elevated his mind into God-consciousness. There he experienced and then shared the highest vision of the Truth any man had ever known.
So, it is the minds level of consciousness that defines our present reality. What is the reality of one in a comma? Or consider the primitive man who lived a million years ago. He may have lived on the same planet as we do today, but he certainly lived a different reality than we do. He lived more like an animal- almost exclusively through his instincts and natural senses. And what do we know about those who are mentally insane? In their minds, they also live in a different world than rest of society. Ironically, some claimed that Jesus was insane! Yet, didnt Jesus prove that it is the majority of mankind who is actually suffering from a spiritual dementia? Just because most of the worlds inhabitants believe this world of the senses doesnt make it REAL. Didnt Jesus show us that there is an unseen, higher REALITY above what man calls reality? While Jesus faith and obedience led him to enter that higher reality, he also walked the talk. He proved in many different ways that he lived in a higher reality with God. He taught that we can be where he is by following him, and it all begins by raising our level of spiritual awareness. Being connected eternally to God, our spirit has the power to raise our consciousness to where Jesus is. Truly, entering this higher reality is opening that door into the Kingdom of God! There we come to realize that all truth comes from God who can have only ONE Truth.
Any that are in search of Gods Truth may feel like they are climbing higher and higher up a great mountain. While many seem content living in the valleys below, many are climbing that mountain of Truth to meet God at the summit. Yet, even these Truth seekers are scattered at various heights and along different sides of the mountain. Of course, this means they each have a different perspective. One might say the Truth looks like this while another says it looks like that. Neither of them is wrong because each is only sharing what they have seen. It is easy to understand that those standing at similar heights are more likely to agree than those who arent. Even those of different religions can agree on higher levels, which is apparent by comparing the wisdom from the prophets of every religion. While many Christians believe that Moses was the first to receive the Commandments from God, these precepts for human morality were already acknowledged and being taught in some of the Eastern religions. Christians must realize that the Father feeds every soul that hungers for the Truth no matter what religion, tribe or race they have come.
As covered in Born of the Spirit, mankinds climb up the mountain began long ago after man became self aware. During this era, God did not enter the mind of man. Later, man created many religions with many gods. But eventually mans religions began to see more clearly changing his beliefs from polytheistic to monotheistic. Yet, mankinds ascension is not complete yet! While most of humanity still spends much of their life and energy in the valley disagreeing about religious views, those on a higher level have their eyes looking up at the summit. These high climbers are the mystics of every religion and age who have brought commonality to the religions of man. Those near the peak of the mountain are not as far apart from each other as those at its base. Though they have ascended from different angles, they are coming together into a spiritual unity of Gods one Truth.
I wish more Christians would take the time to compare the wisdom from all those Truth seeking souls who went beyond their own religion. If Christians opened their minds in this way, they would see Christ and Gods ultimate Truth is irrefutably universal. It is a certainty that all Truth seekers must converge toward each other as they near the top of the mountain. And as they draw nearer, they are more connected by the love of God, so that no petty differences in beliefs can cause instability. They dont seek to push their fellow seekers down, but rather lend a hand to pull them up. Perhaps you have also found this to be true during your spiritual climb through the world? We connected with those who are on our level better than those that arent. If one was to climb around to the other sides (religions) of the mountain of Truth, he will witness different perspectives of the SAME Truth. This experience may not actually take you any higher (closer to the Truth), but it does give you more of a full spectrum perspective to share with others.
Yes, this is Gods mountain of Truth; all who are led to climb it are Truth seekers and are fed with spiritual knowledge. Some make the choice to stop climbing and return to the valley to share their visions. Through their inspiration and wisdom, they may establish a whole new village (religion) that accepts their words on faith. This is Gods way of leading and encouraging others to ascend the mountain themselves. This is how it has been done for ages and ages. Surely we see that God has provided us many guides and an abundance of signs to assist us along the way? Not only does creation itself speak of Gods Truth, but the Truth seekers before us have been charting a map for us to follow. Prophets, from every age from every nation and from every religion have been inspired by God to climb to a higher awareness of the Truth. The ones brave enough to go where others have not are more spiritually mature souls that God has called into service. But how many throughout all the ages of man do we suppose have been called by God? Is Jesus the only man that heard Gods call? How many do we suppose have longed to know God? How many souls so we suppose have hungered for His Truth? Surely many of these sincere souls have cried out to God, been heard and received an answer. Some Christians would have us to believe that only a few Jews of long ago and a few Christians in the 1st Century have communicated with God in this way. They would have us believe that no else outside of these two religions has ever sought God, found God and been given any truth from God. They will try and convince others that Gautama Buddha, Krishna, Confucius, Muhammad, Lao-Tzu and like souls did not really know the true God. I have heard Christians claim that these lost souls wasted their time chasing after a false god. What! Christians say these precious souls were deceived by the devil himself because Christianity is the only true religion form God. It is exactly this kind of arrogance and ignorance that angers the Sons of God and is keeping many out of the Kingdom and in the darkness of hell! When will Christians realize that Christ is greater than every religion including theirs!
Yes, God is one, but mans religions are not. Gods Truth is universal, but mans languages are not. So, I say that no matter where you are born in this world, if you seek God and Truth you shall surely find them both! I say that if you ask God you shall surely receive exactly what you need. It doesnt matter where you are placed in the world because God and His Truth are fixed in eternity. Every spirit has come from God and every spirit must return. Between this is time- time to ascend up that mountain. We all choose different paths, but our destination is the same. In actuality, I have limited knowledge concerning other religions, but I know enough to recognize the light of Truth in them. Can the Truth ever be hidden from those who seek it? The blind still ask, Where is God? Those with vision respond, Where isnt God! If we have the eyes to see Him, God is everywhere.
For this reason we should not think that mans sometimes tenuous and certainly temporal boxes called religions are the sole containers for God and His Truth. And again, do some really believe that Christ is confined to Christianity? What a tragedy that would be! This would mean that the Savior of the world has left billions of souls who are hungry for the Truth to starve to death. What foolishness! There is nothing more flabbergasting than haughty Christians who think sincere Muslims, Hindus Buddhists and other religious souls are worshipping a different God than them. Are their spirits not from the Father of all spirits? Are their souls not also seeking the Kingdom of peace? Yes, just as Christ is far greater than Christianity, so is Gods Truth found outside of the bindings of the Bible. Divinely inspired writings other than the works attributed to John, Mark, Luke, Matthew and Paul exists from many Eastern religions. The Bible may be called the Good Book, but it is certainly not the ONLY book with the inspired wisdom of God within it.
Christians hold the Bible above all other books, but this raises an important question. How many avid readers of the Bible know how their Good Book came to be? Are they aware that there were hundreds of gospel writings circulating in the first and second centuries? Do they know that only small fragments from the 1st Century still exist and that the complete versions of the Gospels in existence today were not written until the 3rd Century? Do they also understand that three hundred years AFTER Jesus walked and talked on the earth, a few men with their own personal biases and agendas were appointed by the Roman government to decide what was holy and worthy of being canonized? Well, I do not trust those men from darker ages because I believe they suppressed many spiritual truths that were originally taught earlier in Christianity. Essentially, if any writing of that time was thought to contradict THEIR ideology, they had it destroyed. And this is how we got our New Testament of today.
However, as God would have it, the four Gospels that did find their way into the Bible are certainly valuable in our quest for Truth. It is not just the words and saying of Jesus that are important, but the spirit of those teachings that ring true in the hearts of Gods Sons. Even so, we should keep in mind that of the four Gospels MAYBE only one was actually written by the author it is attributed to, which is thought to be the first- the Gospel of Mark. Many may be unaware that the names assigned to the Gospel are merely a product of tradition. While the three of the four Gospels are very similar, I maintain that the Gospel of Mark is the most accurate and reliable. This Gospel is likely the first one to be written, possibly by Mark or a close personal assistant of his. However, in the case of Matthew and even Luke, there are some strong reasons to doubt its reliability. Most honest Bible scholars agree that Matthew is nothing more than an embellished version of Mark. These uninspired additions are quite apparent and conveniently placed at the beginning and end of the Matthews Gospel. Paul himself warned about such fictitious discrepancies being created during his ministry.
1 Timothy 1:3
As I urged you when I went into Macedonia, stay there in Ephesus so that you may command certain men not to teach false doctrines any longer 4 nor to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies.
Understand that Pauls letters were written BEFORE the Gospels, so he already knew these stories were being created and circulated by some in the region. Paul warned about getting caught up in proving endless genealogies, as used in the opening of the Gospel of Matthew. Another very questionable account found in the Gospels, Matthew and Luke, claims Jesus was miraculously born of a virgin. This is most likely the very myth Paul was referring to here because we know that neither Paul nor Jesus taught of such a birth. It was common tradition among Greek philosophy to believe that human deities (gods) were born supernaturally. To their credit, neither Mark nor John contains a virgin birth story or a long family lineage, which makes them more accurate and reliable regarding the life and teachings of Jesus. It is likely that over zealous men trying to bolster their religious recruitment efforts added those embellishments to the then existing Gospel of Mark to create the Gospel of Matthew. I wonder how many Bible readers know about all the bad men involved with their Good Book? Bible readers beware, lest they be deceived. Truth is not defined by what any man writes in a book, but only by what God speaks to our hearts.
So, my main point of this preface is this-- the Bible is just a collection of spiritual and/or historical writings that have been chosen, doctored or culminated into book form by natural, imperfect men. While it certainly contains inspired writings, divine wisdom and spiritual truths, it is absolutely NOT perfect. For this reason, the truth within it must be gleaned, strained and sifted out from what carnal minds and dark traditions have mixed in throughout the ages. We must look past the foolishness of men and see the wisdom of God. We must throw out the errors of the carnal nature and collect the divine truths of the Kingdom. So, continue to read your Bible; in fact, read more than just one translation! By all means, seek! But when you seek, seek the Truth, not what your itching ears want to hear. Anyone who asks the questions and seeks the answers will find the truth concerning the Bible and its history. Because natural men have had their unclean hands involved through its conception, compilation and culmination, the Bible is neither entirely holy nor inerrant. And it is certainly not the Word of God! It is merely the letter of men attempting to express the Word of God, which by the way is Spirit. Yes, the TRUE Word of God is Spirit and is the Son of God who FULLY does expresses God! So I hope that all Christians would quit beating others with their Bibles and the various passages they have memorized. How many Christian preachers know every word of the Bible, but dont really know the Word of God? You might be wondering, How can this be! Ask Jesus because he encountered such men in his day. So we would be foolish to believe that man and his nature did not repeat the same mistakes of the past. All Christians who are really interested in the Truth should do a little more climbing up and around the mountainside. They should not be afraid to look beyond the Bible for Gods Truth and wisdom just as all Hindus should look beyond the Vedas and all Muslims should look beyond the Koran. Look for Truth everywhere and when you find it, share it with the world! In this way, the light of the Truth will illuminate the path back to God. I believe that it is time to shine a little more light!
(The same wonderful Truth!)
In 1945, some very ancient documents were discovered in a cave near the town of Nag Hammadi in Upper Egypt. In all there were 13 papyrus scrolls containing 52 different writings, some of which were too damaged to read. However, there was one document that was nearly all in tact called the Gospel of Thomas. When first discovered this and the other documents of Nag Hammadi Library were branded as apocryphal by the church establishment, which should not come as a surprise. By this time, they had already closed the official Canon, as well as their minds. However more recently, many theologians and Bible scholars believe the Gospel of Thomas may have actually taken its form BEFORE any of the four canonical Gospels in the New Testament! It stands today as one of the oldest documents pertaining to Jesus and his teachings. There is little doubt that this particular Gospel was hidden away by a sect of Christian monks called the Gnostics around 390 AD to keep it from the destructive hands of Rome. This Gnostic Gospel is unlike the synoptic Gospels of the New Testament because it doesnt focus on the earthly Jesus, but it does find common ground concerning his teachings. Because of its simple, less refined style the Gospel of Thomas is thought by a growing number of Bible students, including myself, to be a more credible source of Jesus teachings. Adding to its authenticity, parts of another Gospel of Thomas were discovered in northern Egypt around 1900. These fragments have been dated back to between 130 - 250 C.E. making older than any existing New Testament Gospel.
Every scribe of the 2nd and 3rd Centuries must have been kept very busy transcribing Christian manuscripts or actually composing dictation from eyewitnesses of Jesus ministry. As it turned out, there were many accounts (Gospels) describing Jesus wisdom and life that were in circulation throughout the Mediterranean by 3rd Century. Though only a fraction of these survived destruction by being hidden from Romes religious leaders who were expunging all sects, documents and teachings that didnt fit their design of what Christianity was suppose to be. Constantine and other leaders began to formulate a doctrine that would quickly close the door on any spiritual wisdom or insight thereby leading Christianity into those darker ages. While Rome was more interested in gaining power over the people, the Gnosis monks sought to know God through Christ Jesus directly. These true spiritualists lived a life of peace, poverty and humility by keeping their lives clear of worldly distractions. They wanted only to teach that Christ and knowledge was the way to God. But as history shows, the western Church had a different notion of how salvation was attained. It quickly put itself between humanity and Christ, between man and God and even between man and his salvation. The Roman Catholic Church made itself the way to salvation- the only bridge by where man could enter heaven. In doing so, the most powerful religion in the worlds history was born.
While claiming that Christ was their head and only motivation, this political juggernaut wielded a tremendous amount of control using the fear of eternal damnation as its primary leverage. They even created practices call Indulgences where any living soul could BUY a dead soul out of their suffering in purgatory! Fortunately, Martin Luther and others had something to say about this! It should be plain to see that Rome was all about making their church more rich and powerful in the shadow of fear and ignorance. The ignorance of Christs message was maintained because laypeople were not allowed to read the New Testament writings. Conversely, the Gnostics were Truth seekers interested in one thing- knowing God. To this end they believed any sincere soul could come to know God directly through spiritual experience and knowledge. Obviously because the spiritualistic and Christ-centered Gnostics were much more pacifistic than their Roman-led counterparts, there were quickly put down with many of their documents destroyed.
For a religion that was supposedly based on Jesus, the ultimate pacifist, Christianitys checkered past should make every Christian question each declaration, doctrine and article it ever created. It has arguably been more violent and brutal than any other religion of the past 2,000 years. It seems obvious to me that everything Jesus hated about his own religion was translated into Christianity after his death. Christendom created under Roman rule simply became the resurrection of another form of Judaism with another order of Pharisees, more laws to obey and modern sacrifices to offer. Instead of calves and lambs, Christians have been instructed to sacrifice 10% of their income. Even today, the televangelist on TV promises that you will certainly be blessed with 10 or 30 times more! For far too long, Christian leaders and carnal commandments have kept many souls petrified in the darkness of ignorance and deception.
Is there really any doubt that Christianity became just as bogus and corrupt of a religion as what Jesus encountered in Jerusalem? Are there still some of my Christian friends who do not believe me? Do you suppose Jesus would have personally carried out the stake burnings of the so-called witches and heretics? Or perhaps you picture Jesus being a Grand Inquisitor or a hooded administer of torture upon the unbelievers? Maybe Jesus would have been more suited leading a Crusade into a foreign country with a Bible in one hand and a sword in the other shouting, Convert or be killed! to the pagans? If your answer to each of these absurd questions is NO, then why in Gods name would you believe a single word, tenet or doctrine concocted by these same violent fools! Get real my Christian friends, and be enlightened! Come to realize all the fallacies from those misaligned, misguided and misinformed men have tainted the truths of Christianity.
Again, due to many in the western Church that were spiritually ignorant and naturally violent, many of Jesus higher messages never made it into the canonized Gospels of the N.T. These truths were easily removed because spiritual enlightened souls are peaceful by nature and would not fight back. The Gnostics, sincere seekers of Truth and followers of Christ, were such a kind as this. Their movement may have been squelched out, but the Truth they sought can never be extinguished. God made a way for their truths to be preserved! The Gnostics didnt strive for control or power; they wanted to intimately know God. In fact, Gnosis is a Greek word that means knowledge or act of knowing. While this word is foreign to most vocabularies today, the word agnostic, which we do use, is simply its opposite that means not knowing or knower of nothing. Which do you want to be? I dont know about you, but I would rather be a knower especially where God is concerned. The Gnostics separated themselves from other Christian sects because they believed with strong conviction that we could have personal and actual contact with God and His Truth. They believed that the teachings of Jesus Christ carried esoteric truths that would lead man into a direct relationship with God. Even beyond the Gospel of Thomas, there is strong evidence that Jesus taught secret truths, many of which Paul also shared in his letters. Consider what Jesus said near the end of Jesus earthly ministry to the twelve men he had taught day and night for nearly three years.
"I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. 13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.
How much time and energy do you suppose Jesus invested in these twelve souls? Yet after all this, Jesus still didnt feel they were ready for the higher lessons of Gods Truth. This fact should open many eyes to how hard the Truth is to bear. We move toward the Truth gradually by the result of gathering knowledge and then applying this wisdom to our lifes choices. Just as a math student needs a good understanding of algebra to perform calculus, the spiritual student must begin with the basics. This is why Paul preached the basics he called milk more than the advanced teachings concerning Christ. Yet, any spiritual student who is ready for the meat will quickly realize that the Gospel of Thomas is full of hearty spiritual sustenance. At the same time it beautifully harmonizes and supports the same messages found in the other Gospels and Pauls Epistles. While it is possible, if not likely, that none of the Gospels (including Thomas) was written firsthand, this doesnt keep us from finding the truth placed within them. What I hope to show in this article is that the Gospel of Thomas is worthy material for every Truth seeker to read, so Christians should not be discouraged just because an ignorant few have wrongfully disparaged it. Let us know go through this once hidden treasure and bring to light that same wonderful Truth of God-- Christ is our salvation!
The Gospel of Thomas
Translated by Stephen Patterson and Marvin Meyer
THE GNOSTIC SOCIETY LIBRARY
The Nag Hammadi Library
These are the secret sayings that the living Jesus spoke and Didymos Judas Thomas recorded.
Apparently somewhere along the way, Thomas must have stopped doubting that Jesus was the Christ! And if we are to accept this opening statement at face value, he also apparently knew how to write. But again, it is likely, or at least probable, that the apostle Thomas did not write these words down, which we know is true of all of the Gospels. Prior to the 1st and 2nd Centuries, stories were mostly kept alive through an oral tradition of repeating them in detail to every generation over an over. While it is improbably that Thomas penned these words, it is certainly possible that the apostle Thomas told his teachings from Jesus to others who later had the means to copy them to papyrus. Either way, our goal is not to establish the accuracy of authorship, but rather our purpose is to find Gods Truth within these secret sayings.
The word secret, I believe, is a very interesting and deliberate way to describe the sayings of Jesus. It was long believed even before this Gospel was discovered that Jesus had secret, more esoteric teachings that he only told to those who could accept them. Of course his many disclaimers we read in the New Testament also support this theory. Jesus knew that not everyone was ready for everything he had to tell them. I believe it is quite likely that he taught the disciples one on one according to their spiritual understanding. We dont read much about Thomas in the other Gospels, but if Jesus really did command them to go out and tell other about him, then it is a certainty that Thomas shared his knowledge of Jesus with others. There would certainly be cause to doubt the Gospel of Thomas if none these sayings matched what is found in the New Testament. However, as we will see, this guarded treasure not only corresponds with the N.T., but it also fortifies the message of Christ by being an outside source of Jesus ministry.
1. And he said, "Whoever discovers the interpretation of these sayings will not taste death."
It is no surprise that the first passage sets a very Gnostic tone. Some might be suspicious of this because the Gnostics were all about discovering the interpretation to increase their knowledge. While the Gnostics encouraged their members to seek and find the answers for themselves, the Church leaders in Rome wanted complete authority over Scripture interpretation. To this day, the Catholic Church still holds the Popes authority as divine and infallible. This would have created a great discord between the Gnostics and Rome. The Gnostic monks didnt believe that an established church system, especially one joined with the most powerful government of the world, was needed to come before God, but leaders of the Church certainly did. The Catholic Church for centuries taught that if you were not baptized into their camp, you would end up into a blazingly hot, endless campfire. The Gnostics would have rejected such a notion because they maintained that each of us could come to the same realization that Jesus did. Now, the question really is- did the Gnostic monks add this passage to support their beliefs? While anything is possible, we should acknowledge that there is good evidence in the New Testament to support this Gnostic tenet of faith. There should be no doubt that Jesus put a premium on understanding his teachings and finding the truth.
"If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."
It is obvious that this passage from John does indeed spiritually concur with Thomas:1. Also in Matthew 13:11, we read that Jesus gave the KNOWLEDGE of the SECRETS of the Kingdom to his followers. Then in Luke 11:52, Jesus rebukes the experts of the law because they were taking away the key to the divine KNOWLEDGE of God. It is undeniable that the Gnostics understood that Jesus was here to teach us about God and the Kingdom, but as every Truth seeker and finder should know, having this knowledge is not enough. We must put our knowledge into action. For example, what if you know that if you put your hand in the fire it will be burned? This knowledge does you little good if you dont apply it to your life. Knowing where the door is and finding the door doesnt mean that we have chosen to enter through the door.
Jesus is called Rabbi- a teacher. Jesus came to not only teach us who, what and why we are, but also how to reach that reality. We are spirit that has fallen into this world and has accepted our natural world and natural selves as reality. We have shamefully accepted that we are suffering and dying in union with the flesh. The Gnostics strongly believed that the flesh (carnal nature) was our enemy, and, as we will see, there are many times when Jesus agrees with this. To be set free from our carnal disposition, we must come to realize and accept our higher life with God, which is Christ. Only in this way we will ever be set free from never having to taste death again. In other words, Jesus is saying that if we understand and accept the spiritual truths he taught, we will follow him to a higher level of consciousness. This higher awareness brings the soul into our true life and union with the spirit where life is eternal.
2. Jesus said, "Those who seek should not stop seeking until they find. When they find, they will be disturbed. When they are disturbed, they will marvel, and will reign over all. [And after they have reigned they will rest.]"
This is a remarkable passage, so I must definitely remark about it! The Truth has a way of shocking us like a jolt of electricity, but Truth seekers take heart because Jesus knows exactly what you are going through! He knows because he has scaled the mountain of Truth and reached its summit! Like us all, he was born a babe that had to grow and learn in all things. Yet now, he stands there on the mountains peek calling out to encourage all that can hear his voice. He says, Keep seeking until you find! Keep climbing until you reach the top! While the road is rather narrow and the steps can often be steep, God gives us His strength to ascend His holy mountain.
As we goes higher and higher, we begin to see the Truth more clearly. What we see may disturb us because it does not fit into our beliefs- what we thought we saw. I was a little disturbed to realize that this world is Hades. I was shocked when God revealed that we are being reincarnated into this world again and again to learn our lessons. I was also unnerved to find out that God is all there is. Why fight God? While these revelations are certainly disturbing to our faith at first, we marvel at the plan of God. We are amazed to realize that we are part of this plan and of God. Yes, the wind can get pretty strong at those higher elevations along the mountainside, but what ever is falls from our beliefs wasnt meant to be there anyway. All that is untrue cannot be carried up with us. We reach the top just as Gods perfect Son- an heir to God. There, as co-heirs with Jesus in Christ, we reign over all. There we have come to realize that God is all in all! To come to this realization is to come into the Kingdom of God. The one who lives by the Spirit of Christ is the one who reigns over all in the Kingdom. Here there is no fear, no death and no more work! Here the Sons of God rest in Gods peace and rule all other kingdoms with Gods love.
3. Jesus said, "If your leaders say to you, 'Look, the (Father's) kingdom is in the sky,' then the birds of the sky will precede you. If they say to you, 'It is in the sea,' then the fish will precede you. Rather, the (Father's) kingdom is within you and it is outside you. When you know yourselves, then you will be known, and you will understand that you are children of the living Father. But if you do not know yourselves, then you live in poverty, and you are the poverty."
Wow, this is some spectacular wisdom from the mind of Christ! I wish more would accept this familiar teaching. This passage enhances and strengthens the message Jesus was trying to convey in Luke 17:21 where Jesus said that the Kingdom of God was within us. Of course in Luke we know that Jesus was addressing the religious leaders of this truth because they had some serious misconceptions about the Kingdom. Yet, unfortunately that same spiritual ignorance that Jesus was dealing with then is still prevalent today! Naturally minded souls continue to look UP into the sky and out into the world when they speak of God and His Kingdom instead of within! Heaven isnt in the sky above your head. If you believe this then you are deceived by the serpent and will follow the birds of the air. You are chasing shadows of the world. However, Gods reality is certainly ABOVE this world, but in a spiritual sense! Gods Kingdom is a higher state of consciousness and life in the Spirit of Christ! Here Jesus adds that not only is the Kingdom within you, but also outside of you. The reality of all things is spirit, so this entails that God is all in all. Therefore so is His Kingdom.
Now, the second part of this verse might sound a like New Age philosophy, and it is! Jesus the Christ was the beginning of that New Age, if only Christians could see this. In this third saying Jesus said, When you know yourselves, then you be known, and you will understand that you are children of the living Father. A fairly well known Latin phrase is NOSCE TE IPSUM, which means KNOW THYSELF. Philosophers have said that this is what life is all about, and I have to agree. Yet there is one little caveat here; we must come to know our TRUE self. Our true self is not the person of THIS world, but the one who was born of God that came into this world. All of you Christians of traditional beliefs should read the words of the Bible more carefully. This teaching should not be foreign to you if you have been given the eyes to see it. Consider how this passage from Thomas spiritually aligns with what Paul wrote to the Corinthians.
1 Corinthians 13:9
For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. 12 Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
Paul is speaking about us becoming and knowing our true, perfect self. This is nearly identical to what Jesus said: When you know yourselves, then you will be known, and you will understand that you are children of the living Father. Do you understand the spiritual essence of what Jesus and Paul are saying here? They are saying we are spiritually maturing and growing in knowledge of who we are. We may not be clearly seeing our true self (who is Christ) right now, but we will once we come to fully know and BE our TRUE self! They are both saying that one day we shall fully know our true self, even as I AM (God) is fully known. We are Gods image that must become perfect like our Father to show God the image of Himself. This is our purpose- to reflect the glory and be the image of God! We can only do this in Christ where our true self (life) has been kept hidden and safe for ages and ages. So in this light, real poverty is when we dont know our true self in Christ. This is spiritual poverty where the soul is lost in deception and the spirit feels homeless because he hasnt returned to his Fathers house. Finally, Jesus says, You are the poverty. Paul said that nothing good could come from him. He said that Paul had died and CHRIST now lived in and through him. Paul knew that his true life was found in the spirit (in Christ), not in the natural (or worldly) Paul.
4. Jesus said, "The person old in days won't hesitate to ask a little child seven days old about the place of life, and that person will live. For many of the first will be last, and will become a single one."
We can consider this passage in either spiritual or natural ways and still arrive at the same conclusion. First, lets take a look at a more natural perspective. In Matthew 21:16 as the children were giving praises, Jesus reminds his skeptics that from the lips of children comes wisdom and praise. Being a father myself, I have found that my kids seemed to have a mysterious wisdom before they discovered the world. In other words, before their natural senses became plugged to their surroundings (and before they watched much television), they had a higher spiritual acumen about life. Knowing God has very little to do with ones level of worldly knowledge. If you think about it, a child that comes into the world only knows their self. They dont know the world or even their natural parents. All they know is who they truly are and as God knows them, but this is hard for them to communicate. Yet, when they do we receive the wisdom from the mouth of babes!
With a little spiritual insight, we should understand that any that follow Jesus are called children as in Mark 10:24. With this understanding, consider that Jesus said this particular child was seven days old. Of course the seventh day is the Lords Day of completeness. As we grow spiritually, we could think of it as progressing through the days of our development. When a Son of God enters the 7th day of his development he is complete in Christ. Then if one asks this Son of God (in his 7th Day) about life, he is asking one who is in the life and mind of Christ. Jesus was such a Son living in his 7th Day of life. He was Gods mature Son revealed to the world; he was Christ. Many of Gods children are coming into their 7th Day of life, spiritually speaking. We, spirit, come again and again into this world to learn about God and how to love as He does. In this way, we become like workers for the Father in the field of the world, which leads us to the second part of this passage.
Jesus says that many of the first will be last, which coincides with the New Testament parables he taught about those workers including what is described in Matthew 20:1-16. There, Jesus is telling about the workers that were hired at different times of the day, but all received the same reward. He finishes that parable with, So the last will first, and the first will be last. In other words, some of the workers (Sons of God) will be in the field (world) longer than others. We have all been here before. Our spirit is our life and true self that comes into this world to find God, work for God and become Gods image. Yes Jesus! The harvest is large, but the workers are few! In Thomas, Jesus adds that these workers will become a single one. We here on the earth make up the Body of Christ. Once our consciousness is raised, this Body will awaken having the mind of Christ, so that all will become a single One.
5. Jesus said, "Know what is in front of your face, and what is hidden from you will be disclosed to you. For there is nothing hidden that will not be revealed. [And there is nothing buried that will not be raised.]"
We are talking about divine disclosure here! Jesus makes similar proclamations in the other Gospels that there is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed. Some religious teachers might tell their inquisitive students that something is a mystery that we cant know all the answers. Yet, this is not the truth because contrary to human belief (or disbelief), Jesus said that every answer could be ours. He said to seek and you will find. Even Paul zealously taught that Gods secrets are there for us to discover. I honestly believe this because of what God has revealed to me. My desire was to know what life is for, and God has answered me. Here, Jesus said to them, Know what is in front of your face So what or WHO was in front of them? Jesus wanted them to see Christ through his being. Even beyond this, when we look in a mirror we see the image of our flesh. Now, look more closely into the eyes of the one looking at you in the mirror. Through this opening to the soul is your true self, your spirit. Can you see the one giving you life? Know him because he knows God.
6. His disciples asked him and said to him, "Do you want us to fast? How should we pray? Should we give to charity? What diet should we observe?" Jesus said, "Don't lie, and don't do what you hate, because all things are disclosed before heaven. After all, there is nothing hidden that will not be revealed, and there is nothing covered up that will remain undisclosed."
Like all devout Jews, the disciples knew their religion, but Jesus knew the Truth. They were focused on following rules and laws, but Jesus simply followed God. They had been taught what was right and proper, but Jesus knew in his spirit what was holy and perfect. Jesus gave them a basic lesson for any interested in finding the Truth. Dont lie! Lies and deceptions will take us down the mountain because they are the polar opposite of truth. He also adds that we should not do what we hate. In other words, if you hate fasting but do it because you were taught it was the right thing to do, then you should stop. Suppose you were taught to go to church every Sunday, but it really didnt feel right maybe because of what they were teaching you. In your heart, you knew it is not feeding your soul or spirit. What should you do? Should you keep living a lie? No, you should follow your heart (spirit) and keep your mind focused on God. God can only speak to us Spirit to spirit. God sees every lie we live, so we had better live by the truth of our spirit. We can do nothing more than this.
7. Jesus said, "Lucky is the lion that the human will eat, so that the lion becomes human. And foul is the human that the lion will eat, and the lion still will become human."
To some who read this particular saying, they will find it completely nonsensical. This one seemingly bizarre passage may keep many from taking this Gospel seriously. But to me this is really good, deep stuff! Lions, humans and God- Oh my! All of you Scriptural literalists can leave the room now if you havent already! Of course we must think spiritually when we read the sayings of Jesus because this is how he thought- SPIRITUALLY! I suppose most of you have heard about the food chain of the (natural) world, but have you heard about the consciousness chain (spiritual) of heaven?
As I have attempted to explain in The Meaning of Life and God Is, the reality of all things is spirit from God. In this world, spirit lives in and animates through consciousness, which lives in and animates through matter. In this way, higher forms of life (spirit, consciousness) are built upon lower life forms in a kind of pyramid of consciousness. In the natural world, man is atop this pyramid with all of creation supporting him. Of course we see this natural law of dependency is vividly expressed in the story of Genesis and scientifically supported by the process of evolution. After the Big Bang energy from a single source created the atoms that would later constitute minerals and compounds. Then these compounds later became the basis to support and make up plant life. Plants, of course, are here to feed the animals. In turn, the lower animals support and build the fabric of the eco system for the higher ones. So in the natural, we see that the higher forms are living off and supported by the lower forms. This natural support system of life is a shadow of what God is doing spiritually through the evolution of consciousness.
While the lion may be called the king of the jungle, man is truly the king of the animal kingdom with respect to consciousness. We are the most intelligent and spiritually conscious creatures created in Gods image. Yet understand that it isnt mans physical form that sets him apart from the animal kingdom, but rather his mind and spirit. Mankind is being called by God to now leave the animal kingdom to build a higher Kingdom in another level of consciousness. God is depending on us to do this because there is no other way to bring about His Kingdom. To become Gods image (Christ) is our purpose in life. Yes, we are spirit on an evolutionary trip in consciousness, and this world is just a realm, or dimension, we are passing through. It is by the will of God that we have passed through all of life to reach our present human form. Paul said that all of creation eagerly waits for the Sons of God to be revealed (Romans 8:19). Why do you suppose this is? This is because ALL of creation is spirit too! By following Christ Jesus, we are leading the rest of creation to liberation!
So, how does all of this relate to lions and humans? Well, when Jesus says that a lion eaten by a human will become human, he isnt speaking of their flesh. When Jesus said we should eat his flesh, did he mean his actual, physical flesh? No, certainly not! Still Jesus did say that if any eat his flesh and drink his blood they would have his life. This transfer of life is, of course, spiritual. Flesh feeds on flesh, but spirit feeds on spirit. With respect to Jesus words, the flesh of Christ is Gods Consciousness and the blood of Christ is Gods Spirit. This is the ideal diet for any that seek God. We should not eat what the lion eats, as this would be a carnal diet of a beast. Again, eating is meant to mean our spiritual consumption. What we feed our minds and spirits has a direct affect on our spiritual health. Also consider what is written in Revelation 3:20. Christ says he will eat with us and us with him. Heaven is a divine feast of consciousness in Consciousness and spirit in Spirit! Some have said that we are what we eat. When we consume only the Spirit and Mind of Christ then we become the image of God!
8. And he said, "The person is like a wise fisherman who cast his net into the sea and drew it up from the sea full of little fish. Among them the wise fisherman discovered a fine large fish. He threw all the little fish back into the sea, and easily chose the large fish. Anyone here with two good ears had better listen!"
This parable is similar to that found in Matthew 13:47 where Jesus was describing the Kingdom. We are the fish in the sea, and sooner or later God is going to catch you. Yet, if you are not big enough, you will be thrown back into the sea, which is the world. God is looking for the Big Fish like our brother Jesus. Jesus was a keeper! So many read the words, but fail to understand. Many are called (caught), but few are chosen (kept). We are the fish, the wheat, the sheep and the children that God is raising to maturity, but we will not leave this world until we are ready for the next. We must learn how to love as God loves.
9. Jesus said, "Look, the sower went out, took a handful (of seeds), and scattered (them). Some fell on the road, and the birds came and gathered them. Others fell on rock, and they didn't take root in the soil and didn't produce heads of grain. Others fell on thorns, and they choked the seeds and worms ate them. And others fell on good soil, and it produced a good crop: it yielded sixty per measure and one hundred twenty per measure."
Obviously, this parable is found nearly verbatim in the New Testament, and its meaning should be clear. God is the sower, and we are His seeds. Still there is an important point to remember here. God seeds are spiritual and therefore not perishable, so our spirits are continually planted until they bring forth a good crop. In Gardening by God, I went into detail about each of these different circumstances we find ourselves planted in this world. When planted into this world we are called to bring forth sixty or a hundred fold thereby feeding the souls hungry for the Truth and Love of God.
10. Jesus said, "I have cast fire upon the world, and look, I'm guarding it until it blazes."
This is a wonderfully illuminating passage! Jesus essentially expresses this same sentiment in Luke 12:49. Understand that Jesus came here to cast fire upon the world of the spiritual kind! God is a consuming fire and His Son is the best kind of pyromaniac! Each of us began as a spark from God that is able to become a holy flame and add to the divine fire of Love. As I wrote about in Revelation- (The End of the World as We Know It), the lake of fire had its beginning with this spiritual fire Jesus set during his life. Jesus started the fire and every soul burning with the Spirit of Christ is causing the LAKE to get larger and the FIRE to get hotter! Not only did Jesus start this divine fire, but he is also guarding it until the day when the whole world is refined into Gods holy Kingdom.
11. Jesus said, "This heaven will pass away, and the one above it will pass away. The dead are not alive, and the living will not die. During the days when you ate what is dead, you made it come alive. When you are in the light, what will you do? On the day when you were one, you became two. But when you become two, what will you do?"
In Mark 13:31 Jesus also said that heaven and earth would pass away, but his words will never pass away. Thomas:11 is similar, but it goes much deeper into details of what this really means. Lets take this sentence-by-sentence. First, Jesus says that all that we see will pass away. The universe is a finite manifestation that will end when it has fulfilled Gods purpose. Next, Jesus says that the people on the earth are DEAD. They are dead in sin, spiritually unconscious of God, and do not know that they are spirit from God. If they only knew that they were spirit then they would know that the living will not die. When we ate of the tree of knowledge, we ate what is dead. In doing so, we created the deception of death, which, in turn, made sin and Satan come to life. Once we realize that we are the light (Son of God, Christ) then we will have to make a decision. What will we do? More importantly, WHO will we be? At this moment, we are back in the garden with two trees standing before us. One is the tree of life and the other of death. Understand that before Eve was taken out of Adam, man was one spirit being. To accomplish Gods will Eve (mind) was taken out of Adam (spirit) to help him through the world. So God took Eve out of Adam, man became two- mind and spirit. Our spirit and mind were separated by the deception of the world. When we realize our true self (Christ) what will we do about the old, natural self? I think you know the answer to this. Crucify him!
12. The disciples said to Jesus, "We know that you are going to leave us. Who will be our leader?" Jesus said to them, "No matter where you are you are to go to James the Just, for whose sake heaven and earth came into being."
Here is one passage that you will not find in the Bible, but I believe it still has Biblical support to validate its claim. You might recall that there were two different disciples named James, but only one of them, Jesus brother, became a leader. The other James and his brother John were the ones who selfishly asked to sit next to Jesus in his Kingdom. James the Just sounds like a name Jesus would give to the man he chose to head up the movement after he left. So we shouldnt automatically disregard this passage as inaccurate because James did become the head of the church in Jerusalem. I find it very plausible that Jesus said this or something along these lines so that James would be Jesus earthly successor. It seems the others, especially Peter, were more likely to argue about such matters. So I find it more likely that Jesus appointed James in charge. Of course, some believe that Jesus had no brother at all.
It is no secret that Christians are divided on whether Jesus had any natural siblings because they wrestle with the Virgin Mary story and concept. Catholics are taught that Mary is and always will be a virgin, so Jesus was her only child. The Protestants are taught that Mary and Joseph had children after the miraculous birth of Jesus. The Eastern Orthodox Church teaches that Jesus had stepbrother and sisters, born of Joseph and a previous wife. Well, it is interesting that in November 2002, an ossuary (a limestone box used in burials) was found in Jerusalem that had the inscription- James (Jacob), son of Joseph, brother of Jesus. This discovery lends more credence to the fact that Jesus was born naturally and had natural brothers and sisters, as in described in Matthew 13:54-56. So I accept that James the Just was the younger brother of Jesus and perhaps Jesus was just showing a little nepotism here. Either way, it is historically accepted that James did become their leader after Jesus left. Also let us understand that not only did heaven and earth come into being for the sake of James, but also for YOU and ALL! Life is all about you when you are all about God.
13. Jesus said to his disciples, "Compare me to something and tell me what I am like." Simon Peter said to him, "You are like a just messenger." Matthew said to him, "You are like a wise philosopher." Thomas said to him, "Teacher, my mouth is utterly unable to say what you are like." Jesus said, "I am not your teacher. Because you have drunk, you have become intoxicated from the bubbling spring that I have tended." And he took him, and withdrew, and spoke three sayings to him. When Thomas came back to his friends they asked him, "What did Jesus say to you?" Thomas said to them, "If I tell you one of the sayings he spoke to me, you will pick up rocks and stone me, and fire will come from the rocks and devour you."
First, notice that thus far the Gospel of Thomas has now mentioned James, Simon Peter and Matthew by name helping again to fortify the authenticity of this document. Now in the New Testament, we find Jesus asking his disciples essentially the same question, Who do you say I am? It is interesting here that Jesus says he is not their teacher BECAUSE they have become drunk, but not on wine. The living water (wisdom, truth) coming from Jesus was more like an intoxicating wine. Because his teachings (water) were so spirit filled they really didnt know which way was up! This is the dumbfounding effect that spiritual knowledge has on a natural mind. Jesus was trying to teach them but they were having difficulty handling the strong stuff! In time, they would better be able to drink that living water from his mouth without falling over.
While the New Testament labels Peter as the one who realizes Jesus spiritual identity, here is seems Thomas is the enlightened one. Then the question we are left asking here is what three sayings did Jesus say to Thomas? Did Jesus tell Thomas that he (Jesus) was the Son of God? Possibly, but I doubt this would have been cause enough for others to stone Thomas. My guess is that what he told Thomas had something to do with who he (Thomas) truly was, which was also a Son of God. This would have been considered blasphemy and punishable by death, as Jesus surely found out. And this is why Thomas didnt tell them any of these doubly secret sayings. I can only hope he has told us!
14. Jesus said to them, "If you fast, you will bring sin upon yourselves, and if you pray, you will be condemned, and if you give to charity, you will harm your spirits. When you go into any region and walk about in the countryside, when people take you in, eat what they serve you and heal the sick among them. After all, what goes into your mouth will not defile you; rather, it's what comes out of your mouth that will defile you."
Here we seem to encounter several apparent contradictions regarding fasting, praying and charity, but are they? All truths must harmonize, so must seek for an accord in the teachings of Jesus. I believe Jesus intent here is related to Thomas:6 where Jesus told them to be true to their hearts (spirits). Jesus lived according his spirit, which was the Spirit of Christ. Many religious souls are living by the rules and rituals that have been placed in their minds by men. The mature Sons of God follow the spirit within where Gods voice (will) can be heard. So while others were simply fasting to show off their dedication to the law and God, Jesus was saying this wasnt the best way and could even be harmful. In John 4:23, Jesus says that true worship is not done in temples made of stone, by chanting repetitive prayers or by fasting, but it is done in SPIRIT and TRUTH. For the same reason, Jesus taught that we should pray and give charity in private, so this is likely his intention in saying these startling comments. In other words, he is saying that we should not do what we hate. If we dont follow our hearts then we do harm to our spirits.
Also, we need to understand that producing good fruit will not necessarily make others happier; good fruit is created by simply doing Gods will. In this way, we feed our spirit making our true self stronger while at the same time we are starving the ego making our false self weaker. Jesus didnt give everyone what they wanted. Jesus didnt feed all the hungry of Judea. Jesus didnt heal all the ailments of the sick. Jesus simply did Gods will in his life. Jesus knew better than any man before him that our spirit is not fed by eating natural bread. For the spiritually mature, natural food is an afterthought. Food is simply fuel to keep the body going; it is neither holy nor unholy. The Jewish dietary laws were simply shadows of a higher reality. This is why Jesus ate and drank whatever his heart desired and at the table of sinners. For several reasons this, of course, offended the religious leaders of his day. But Jesus tells his disciples to eat whatever is offered to them and to heal others (according to their faith and Gods will).
Lastly, Jesus reiterates a saying that is also recorded in Mark 7:18, which is that food and drink cannot defile us. Food, like the body, is neither good nor evil. In fact, we can think of the body and the food it takes in as not even being real. These are part of the shadow world. However, our thoughts, words and actions are real because they come from our consciousness. Because spirit and consciousness are real, we judged for what we create from them.
15. Jesus said, "When you see one who was not born of woman, fall on your faces and worship. That one is your Father."
On the surface this passage seems to be referring and possibly giving merit to notion of a virgin birth, but I dont think so. While this teaching may be unlike any passage we find in the other Gospels, its message is not foreign to the New Testament or Christianity. Again as discussed in Born of the Spirit, there are TWO ways to be born and live in this world. One can either be born of the flesh (woman) or one can be born of the spirit (God). Spiritually speaking, no child of God is born of a woman. Then the One born of the spirit that is revealed to the world is the mature Son of God and is Christ. Christ is the Father of all mankind. He is before all, over all, through all, the cause of all and the reason for all (Colossians 1:15). If any ONE is in Christ he is a co-heir with Christ and an heir of God (Romans 8:17). So then understand that the one not born of a woman in this passage is also what Jesus calls the living one in verses: 37, 52, 59 and 111. This One is our Father and the One we should worship.
16. Jesus said, Perhaps people think that I have come to cast peace upon the world. They do not know that I have come to cast conflicts upon the earth: fire, sword, war. For there will be five in a house: therell be three against two and two against three, father against son and son against father, and they will stand alone.
Jesus knew that Christ must first divide before He unites, which coincides with his sentiments expressed in Luke 12:51 and Matthew 10:34 where the word sword is also used. This is strong language from an absolute pacifist who never harmed anyone, but Jesus knew that ground needed to be broken before planting more seeds. Jesus told us in many parables that God divides the shaft from the wheat and the sheep from the goats, so yes there is division. The Word of God even divides the spirit from the soul. In the past 2,000 years we have certainly witnessed much bloodshed in the name of Christ, but the natural comes before the spiritual. In other words, the time has come upon the earth for a spiritual war like they have never seen before! Christ does this with a holy fire, a double-edged sword and spiritual warfare against the enemy. God is sovereign and everything is working in accord to bring about His Kingdom.
17. Jesus said, I will give you what no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, what no hand has touched, what has not arisen in the human heart.
The only place you will find a passage similar to this one is in Pauls first letter to Corinthians, which strengthens my argument that the Gospel of Thomas is possibly more valuable than the other four. It enhances the message of Jesus, as Paul knew it. I see this ancient Gospel as a more genuine account of Jesus secret teachings, which is supported by Paul higher teachings. Jesus taught us that the Kingdom of God is beyond our natural senses, and this is what Christ Jesus is going to give to those who follow him. Heaven is a realm of spiritual freedom in a paradise of Consciousness where thoughts and imagination are reality.
18. The disciples said to Jesus, Tell us, how will our end come? Jesus said, Have you found the beginning, then, that you are looking for the end? You see, the end will be where the beginning is. Congratulations to the one who stands at the beginning: that one will know the end and will not taste death.
Christ is the beginning and end of all things and all life. In the Book of Revelation Christ declares three times that He is the Alpha and Omega. Yes, we all have come from Christ (the Word of God) and Christ is our glorious end. What I see in this and other verses is that his disciples were usually thinking naturally while Jesus was usually answering spiritually. Like many naturally minded souls today, the disciples were worried about their death, or end. Jesus was basically saying, What! You think you have found the beginning? In other words, have you then found Christ? Well, if you have found Christ then you have also met the end of your old self. Now, your new, true self lives!
19. Jesus said, Congratulations to the one who came into being before coming into being. If you become my disciples and pay attention to my sayings, these stones will serve you. For there are five trees in Paradise for you; they do not change, summer or winter, and their leaves do not fall. Whoever knows them will not taste death.
This passage picks up where the last one left off. So who is the One who came into being before coming into being? Christ is the ONE and ONLY who fits this description. Christ is all in all, yes, even in the stones. They are part of the Kingdom and they serve Christ. Now, what are the five trees in Paradise? They are five spiritual senses to replace our natural senses. Since there is no flesh in Paradise, only our consciousness must be fed from these spiritual trees. Because the lower world shadows a higher spiritual world, it is logical that we will have five spiritual senses to KNOW life in the higher world.
20. The disciples said to Jesus, Tell us what Heavens kingdom is like. He said to them, Its like a mustard seed, the smallest of all seeds, but when it falls on prepared soil, it produces a large plant and becomes a shelter for birds of the sky.
The ones who can fly are the ones who will find rest and shelter in the Kingdom. Do you hear what I am saying! This familiar parable is unquestionably found many times within the New Testament writings, but here Jesus adds a special, little caveat. The seed falls on PREPARED SOIL. Ah, yes! We must remember the parable of the seeds being sown. But not only is the planting of Christ happening on a very personal level, but is also being played out on a global scale. What I have tried to show and teach is that God has evolved life on the earth for the sake of mankind. God created everything here for us because we are here for God. Some will argue that the world was created and others will say it has evolved. I am the mediator, and I say God created evolution! Through evolution, God prepared a soil suitable for the planting of man (dust, soil). Once man was ready (prepared), the Christ Seed began to grow! The Kingdom of God grows within us, as Christ becomes our King.
21. Mary said to Jesus, What are your disciples like? He said, They are like little children living in a field that is not theirs. When the owners of the field come, they will say, Give us back our field. They take off their clothes in front of them in order to give it back to them, and they return their field to them. For this reason I say, if the owners of a house know that a thief is coming, they will be on guard before the thief arrives and will not let the thief break into their house (their domain) and steal their possessions. As for you, then, be on guard against the world. Prepare yourselves with great strength, so the robbers cant find a way to get to you, for the trouble you expect will come. Let there be among you a person who understands. When the crop ripened, he came quickly carrying a sickle and harvested it. Anyone here with two good ears had better listen!
Here is the first verse in the Gospel of Thomas that is referring to Mary (we assume Mary Magdalene). She asks Jesus about his disciples, and he describes them some very interesting ways. He calls them little children, which coincides with the little ones in the N.T. These little children are Gods offspring who are said to be living in a field (world) that is not theirs. The world belongs to those who are of the world. As we know, these children of God are IN the world, but not OF the world. So these children are the followers of Christ in this lower world and have a strong sense that this world is not their true home. Then Jesus says that they (disciples of Christ) will take off their clothes and return the field to those who are of this world. This is to say we must remove the clothes that the world has dressed us in. Adam and Eve were given animal skins to cover their nakedness, but God didnt give them the fur of dead animals to do this. God allowed mankind to cover himself with a false self, an ego. Well, we need to get naked again! Just as Paul and Peter wrote in Romans 12:2 and 1 Peter 1:14 respectively, we must stop conforming to the ways of this foreign world.
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will ishis good, pleasing and perfect will.
The time has come to cast off our animal natures and put on our new clothes- the glory and life of Christ! The natural mind cannot know Gods perfect will, so our minds must become God-conscious as Jesus mind was. Only the mind of Christ can be God Son and do Gods will. Until that day (Day of Lord) when we are clothed with the nature of God, we are to guard ourselves from the world. Many will try to steal our faith, our hope and our love, but we must stand strong in these three forces of heaven. The crop is ripened when our spirit has matured into the fullness of Christ, the Son of God. Then God will come quickly to harvest you and store your life in heaven.
22. Jesus saw some babies nursing. He said to his disciples, These nursing babies are like those who enter the (Fathers) kingdom. They said to him, Then shall we enter the (Fathers) kingdom as babies? Jesus said to them, When you make the two into one, and when you make the inner like the outer and the outer like the inner, and the upper like the lower, and when you make male and female into a single one, so that the male will not be male nor the female be female, when you make eyes in place of an eye, a hand in place of a hand, a foot in place of a foot, an image in place of an image, then you will enter [the kingdom].
Wow! What a wonderful passage here! Jesus said in other Gospels that we must enter the Kingdom like children, but here we get considerably more elaboration. Again, his disciples were thinking naturally- shall we enter the kingdom as babies? The Kingdom isnt a physical garden for the body, but rather is a paradise for the mind and spirit! Only those born of the spirit can enter this Kingdom. Jesus was trying to tell them they must be born again to enter (eat of) that higher life. Like babes that nurse, our life is sustained by being connecting to Christ, who is the Vine of divine life. So those born of God are spirit babies that draw their life directly from Christ.
As Jesus teaches here and in the New Testament, there is more than faith required of us before entering the Kingdom of God. Jesus begins with the condition that we must make the two one. This then becomes the central theme throughout the rest of the passage. We are caught in the world of duality where we are two- natural vs. spiritual. We see double; we think double; we live double. To become one we must make our spirit everything we are. We must see spiritually, think spiritually and live spiritually. Then our inner person will be our outer person because the light of our spirit will shine from us. Then our male (spirit) and female (soul) will be one because there is no male or female in Christ. Both Jesus and Paul taught this, but many dont understand because they think naturally. Lastly, Jesus says that if you can make an image in place of an image, then you will enter the Kingdom. Man was created to be an image of God, but Christ is the image of God (2 Corinthians 4:4). So, man must become Christ by destroying the false image of self he has created, which is the ego. If we put Christ (Image of God) in place of the ego (mans image of himself), then we will enter the Kingdom. It is just that simple and is just that difficult.
23. Jesus said, I shall choose you, one from a thousand and two from ten thousand, and they will stand as a single one.
Yes, God does the calling and then the choosing. I think some tend to ignore that fact that many are called, but few are chosen. Like the Harvester in saying 21, God only picks us when we are ready. Jesus plainly teaches that many are on the path of destruction while very few find the narrow gate that leads to his life. How is this harsh teaching and universal salvation reconciled? The answer is in time. There can be no doubt that ALL will be saved, but this takes many, many lifetimes to accomplish. During each lifetime in the flesh, we (spirit) learn new lessons and gain more wisdom. We are learning that we are spirit from God who must love as God loves. So, like a Father, God chooses us (calls us) when we are ready to return home to be ONE. This unity can only happen when we are ready to surrender to and then live in the Spirit of Christ as Jesus did. Only there in Christ can we stand as a single one. This single One is the Spirit, Mind and Body of the Son of God being Gods perfect image in the Kingdom.
24. His disciples said, "Show us the place where you are, for we must seek it." He said to them, "Anyone here with two ears had better listen! There is light within a person of light, and it shines on the whole world. If it does not shine, it is dark."
Jesus disciples seemed to sense (at least to some degree) that Jesus was flying higher than them. They wanted whatever it was he had and wanted to be wherever he was. Yet, the place where Jesus was is in Christ- a higher state of mind and spirit. We dont have to go anywhere to be in this higher reality because Christ is in YOU and in ME and in ALL! Do you understand? Christ Jesus is in His Kingdom and His Kingdom is in you and all. In John 1:4 and 1:9 we read that Christ is that light within everyone in this world. Then in Matthew 6:23 we read that if a person keeps this light covered with their darkened mind and domineering ego, our light is darkness. Christ will transform us from the inside out like a holy fire burning. His divine light will destroy the darkness of the world, and His holy heat will consume all that stands in the way of Gods perfect will.
25. Jesus said, "Love your friends like your own soul, protect them like the pupil of your eye."
This saying represents the most basic tenet of Christs teachings, yet I dont think many fully realize why Jesus taught this. While loving others as our self is the nice thing to do and makes the world a better place, what Jesus is talking about reaches much deeper. Our love for others springs from our spirit, which recognizes that whatever I do to others, I do to Christ. So as I AM treating other is how I AM treating my true self. Christ is all in all. In this oneness, we cannot do harm to one member of the body without causing pain for the whole. Because of this direct relationship, the law of Karma must balance itself. All the sins of mankind must be atoned for in one way or another. Love covers a multitude of sin (1 Peter 4:8). Along with love, there is forgiveness. When we forgive others we are truly forgiving our self because we have all sinned. By releasing the prisoner, we no longer have to stand guard over the prison cell. Forgive others and you will be forgiven. Do not judge others and you will not be judged. This is the universality of Christ.
Again we get a little extra in this passage from Jesus. He says, protect them like the pupil of your eye. In Matthew 6:25, Jesus says that if our eyes are good then our whole body will be full of light. And of course, the pupil of the eye is where light enters. So we are called to protect them because they too bring LIGHT into the world. Everyone has the light of Christ, but not everyone is letting Him shine into the world and their being.
26. Jesus said, "You see the sliver in your friend's eye, but you don't see the timber in your own eye. When you take the timber out of your own eye, then you will see well enough to remove the sliver from your friend's eye."
Because eyes and vision were is so important to Jesus one might think he was an optometrist! Well, Jesus did heal a few that were naturally blind, but the truly blind are those who couldnt see that he was Christ. This saying is really about judgment, and is another good example of this Gospels clear correlation to those other canonized Gospels. As was just discussed in the previous passage and what few seem to realize is that we are forgiven if we forgive. In the same way, if we dont judge others, we will not be judged (Luke 6:37). Christians are convinced that they will be saved by faith in Jesus, but they miss the full significance of what this actually means. True and mature faith in Jesus means that Christ becomes our life, our only life. In this way, we forgive others by Gods grace and we only judge others by Gods wisdom, not our own.
27. "If you do not fast from the world, you will not find the (Father's) kingdom. If you do not observe the sabbath as a sabbath you will not see the Father."
Jesus says in Thomas:14 that fasting for the sake of fasting is a sin, but here he says what we should give up- the WORLD! This is the best kind of fasting that breaks the carnal mind and opens our eyes to find the door of the Kingdom. Fasting from the world is how Jesus lived every day of his life. He lived for God and not the world. We are led to believe that this fasting is related to observing the Sabbath. So how is it that any man can see God (the Father)? Let us recall what Jesus said about the pure in heart would see God. Fasting from the world is a purification of the soul. We know that the purpose of the Sabbath was to be a holy day where we are at rest. Genesis says that on the seventh day, God rested. So then to observe the sabbath as the sabbath means that we must rest from our work (will) and be holy in that day of the Lord. In other words, stop trying to be holy by following the law (Galatians 2 and 3), but rather be holy because you are Gods child. By ignoring the world and doing Gods perfect will we are observing the every day as holy.
28. Jesus said, "I took my stand in the midst of the world, and in flesh I appeared to them. I found them all drunk, and I did not find any of them thirsty. My soul ached for the children of humanity, because they are blind in their hearts and do not see, for they came into the world empty, and they also seek to depart from the world empty. But meanwhile they are drunk. When they shake off their wine, then they will change their ways."
To me this passage sounds exactly like something Jesus the anointed man of God would have said. Every element of this passage is expressing His higher truths that many times go undiscovered by Christians. First, Christ tells us that He took his stand in the world and in the flesh. Of course, this is what the writer of the Gospel of John wrote too!
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
Next, Christ Jesus says that most of mankind was intoxicated (from the world), so they were not thirsty for the spiritual truths he was sharing. His soul (mind, emotions, will) ached for these children because their hearts (spirits) were blind. These children came into the world this way and will leave this way. In other words, they (spirit) have incarnated into the flesh, but are unaware of how desolate they are. Once they have had their fill of the worldly toxins and shake off its effects, they will change their ways. Essentially, the same thing is being said in the first chapter of John.
He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.
Whoever wrote the Gospel of John had some deep spiritual insight, which is why I find it one of the more valuable Gospels of the Bible. It doesnt focus on the man of flesh, but rather the Word that became flesh. Even in its first verse, this Gospel relays an important realization we must come to understand.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning.
This higher, spiritual concept about God and Christ is not unique to the Gospels of John and Thomas. A remarkably similar passage was written hundreds of years before this in the ancient Hindu document called the Vedas, which only helps to prove that the Truth is not confined by our religions. The Word made flesh is Jesus who stood in our midst. He found us all drunk on the toxins of the world. Those who do not change their ways will leave this world empty. We are here to awaken and feed our spirit by seeking and then doing the will of God. Once the wine of the world wears off, humanity will be VERY hungry for the Bread of Life.
29. Jesus said, "If the flesh came into being because of spirit, that is a marvel, but if spirit came into being because of the body, that is a marvel of marvels. Yet I marvel at how this great wealth has come to dwell in this poverty."
You tell em Jesus! Do you know what is the great wealth that has come to dwell in this poverty? Your spirit is of great wealth (Luke 12:7) that has come to dwell in this poverty (Hades). Yet, this is all Gods plan and everything is going according to His will. Life, as we have come to know it, all began after that Big Bang when God created all things including all flesh. So yes, the flesh did come into being because of the spirit. Animation and life in the flesh sprung from the inanimate and lifeless; this is the marvel we call evolution. Yet the marvel of marvels is spirit coming into being (life) as the result of flesh! Is this task impossible for God? Of course it is not because all things are possible for God. In fact, it is Gods will that His life come into existence through ours.
Consider the fact that man can extract energy from matter, and even create small particles of matter from light (energy). So in essence, we have proven that all things created are, in fact, condensed light (energy). Because this world is a shadow of Gods reality, we can understand then that all created things are, in fact, spirit. Then also see that God, who is Spirit, is all in all. So the marvel of marvels has happened through the man Jesus! Through him (flesh) the Spirit of Christ came into being in this world. Gods life was expressed in the life of a man. Yet this is the purpose of every child of God- to bring Christ to life in our flesh. Our spirit has fallen into the pit of hell, but God is lifting us out as Christ is resurrected from the dead. The Lamb of God that was sacrificed before the creation of the world is being raised from the dead through mankind. This is Gods glorious plan of salvation and restoration!
30. Jesus said, "Where there are three deities, they are divine. Where there are two or one, I am with that one."
Father, Son and Holy Spirit are the three deities who create the Divine, and are also three ways of knowing God. It is through these realms of the Divine that God can be omnipresent in our lives. From the deepest hell to the highest heaven, God is there with us. Our spirit can never be separated from God who is Spirit and the Father of all spirits. The outer realm of life is in the physical manifestation of the universe where the Holy Spirit resides in every atom and every cell. In this way, the Holy Spirit can speak to us on a natural level through every facet of nature. The Holy Spirit helps to turn us back to God, so that we can come to know the Son of God as our LORD God.
Christ Jesus says that when there are two or one, I am is with that one. This is the LORD God, the Son, who is between the Holy Spirit and the Father, so the Son is with either the Holy Spirit or the Father or both. While the Holy Spirit is our Helper, the Son is the only conduit back to the Father. The Son is the only way from this (outer, lower, darker) world (hell) into the Kingdom of God.
31. Jesus said, "No prophet is welcome on his home turf; doctors don't cure those who know them."
Unfortunately this is so true because minds tend to close. Once the world has created its impression of a particular person it can be very difficult to change it. For this reason, the people that saw Jesus grow from a child into a man knew him only as the carpenters son. Upon his returned, they could neither see him as Gods Son nor could they be healed. Miracles require faith to release Gods power in our lives. In the same way, to have his life in us we must be able see and then believe Christ is our life. This rejection Jesus encountered was nothing new. Throughout the ages, most of Gods prophets were also shunned by the world. Even today God is revealing more mature Sons, but so very few in the world can recognized their divinity. Christ is the divine destiny of every child of God. By this higher life in the Spirit of God we are empowered to bring the Kingdom of God to earth.
32. Jesus said, "A city built on a high hill and fortified cannot fall, nor can it be hidden."
We read of this same wisdom in Matthew 5:14. The city Jesus is speaking about is the City of God- the New Jerusalem. Yet, this city isnt going to be centered in country of Israel. No, this holy city of God is going to be centered in the OTHER Israel- the one that Paul wrote about in his Epistles. Any that are chosen of God have become part of Israel because they have been called out of the world- the Ecclesia. So Gods holy city is in the center of this Ecclesia and in the center of everyone who has been called out of the world into Gods domain. Understand that God through Christ Jesus started building a Kingdom in us and through us. We are becoming Gods dwelling place and this city of God will be fortified and glorified! He is building it upon the mountain of Truth where everyone can see it. The Truth will never change, never fall and will never be hidden from those whose sights are aimed to heaven. Sure, some are not looking up to see it yet, but Gods city built with love and on Truth simply patiently waits to be acknowledged and then ascended in the fullness of time. Remember, time is nothing to God.
33. Jesus said, "What you will hear in your ear, in the other ear proclaim from your rooftops. After all, no one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket, nor does one put it in a hidden place. Rather, one puts it on a lampstand so that all who come and go will see its light."
The message of saying 32 continues here. If you ask for the Truth and then hear it, you should share it with the world! Give the Truth freely because no single man or religion owns it. The only way to end the darkness is to increase the light. Even a little light makes it easier to see in this world of darkness. Yes, the Truth of God is light, and Love of God is warmth. They both radiate from the Son of God from heaven to earth. If Christ has spoken His Truth to you, tell it to the world! If Christ has warmed your soul with His Love, share it with the world! This is what we are all called to do, so that ALL who come and go will see its light.
34. Jesus said, "If a blind person leads a blind person, both of them will fall into a hole."
As is the case with most of the passages of this Gospel, saying 34 is lacking a context. However this passage clearly matches what Jesus taught in the New Testament concerning the religious leaders of his day. Unknowingly, these spiritually blind souls were leading many away from the Kingdom of God and deeper into a hole of deception, ignorance and pride, which is the equivalent of hell. They might have had good intentions, but they were spiritually inept. These blind guides knew their religion inside and out, but these shadows are not the reality of salvation. No religion has ever saved anyone, yet I am afraid this fraudulent delusion of religion is still prevalent today. Christianity is a religion, but Christ is the reality and the way.
35. Jesus said, "One can't enter a strong person's house and take it by force without tying his hands. Then one can loot his house."
It is said that Christ comes like a thief in the night, but I dont believe this is the intent of this particular passage. Instead this passage corresponds with the teaching in Matthew 12:29 and Luke 3:27 where the context is evil spirits occupying others houses. As we have gathered from other similar passages, your house is your exterior being wherein your spirit and consciousness reside. Jesus is saying that these evil spirits have entered your being and tied up your strong persons hands, which is your spirit. Your spirit should be the man of your house, but others can enter and tie him up and steal your mind and body. Surely we have seen this happen throughout society. Science and physiology try to put the blame on a chemical imbalance when a mind has gone insane, but evil spirit do exists. If not, then Jesus was the craziest man to ever walk the earth. He spoke to them and cast them out. To keep them out, make your spirit strong by doing the will of God.
36. Jesus said, "Do not fret, from morning to evening and from evening to morning, [about your food--what you're going to eat, or about your clothing--] what you are going to wear. [You're much better than the lilies, which neither card nor spin. As for you, when you have no garment, what will you put on? Who might add to your stature? That very one will give you your garment.]"
The meaning here is clear. Jesus is telling us not to worry about earthly things. Of course, this passage is almost identical to those found in Luke 12:22 and Matthew 6:25. While many are familiar with this lesson, it doesnt seem that many have taken this to heart. It also does seem that many know WHY we should not be concerned with worldly things. The reason that things like food, clothes and the body are not important is because we are spirit from God and do not actually NEED these things to live. We only need God. Jesus was trying to show us how he lived- by the spirit! We must stop believing and living as if we are flesh. This is why many live in fear. They are afraid that if they dont get any food they will die. They are afraid that if they have nothing to wear they will be naked. They see themselves as a body, so they want to be taller, thinner, prettier and so on. We are spirit from God who only need to realize who we are thereby taking on the nature of our Father in heaven.
37. His disciples said, "When will you appear to us, and when will we see you?" Jesus said, "When you strip without being ashamed, and you take your clothes and put them under your feet like little children and trample then, then [you] will see the son of the living one and you will not be afraid."
Here is another example of the Gospel of Thomas sharing Jesus higher spiritual wisdom. While it is likely that Jesus disciples again were thinking naturally, Jesus answers them spiritually. They were likely asking when Jesus would return after his death and resurrection, but Jesus is telling them when Christ will appear in THEM. Suppose they did take Jesus words literally; then there would have been 12 naked men running around Judea! I dont recall that every being disclosed in the Acts of the Apostles or anywhere in the books of the New Testament! While it is possible that Jesus was referring to the act of baptism where some were naked before entering the water, the meaning goes far deeper than any superficial ceremony. So what did Jesus mean that we must strip without being ashamed?
We must shed the coverings the world has put on us. I am not a white male American Catholic of short stature. I am who God says I am. I am Gods Son. When Christ is our life, we are not flesh and not ashamed of the flesh. The shame comes from believing the lie of the devil ego. Sin is a state of mind and spirit. It has nothing to do with the flesh. Just as Paul taught in Romans 7:17, I am not sinning, but it is the old nature still living in us. When we realize that we are the children of God, we need no earthly costume because the glory of God surrounds us. When we remove the false coverings the world puts on us, we have broken that deception that caused Adam to hide from God. We will see Christ in and as our self and will not be afraid or ashamed. Our true covering is the grace of God shining with the glory of God!
38. Jesus said, "Often you have desired to hear these sayings that I am speaking to you, and you have no one else from whom to hear them. There will be days when you will seek me and you will not find me."
Jesus became Christ during his lifetime. In other words, Jesus was the first to reach full Christ-consciousness. He was the full embodiment of the Word (Son of God) in human form. He words were only the product of the Truth. After Jesus left this world, who has spoken of the Truth as Jesus did? Who has brought about miracles as Jesus did? We have been seeking Christ for about 2,000, but as Jesus told us in the early passage Christ will appear in us in due time.
39. Jesus said, "The Pharisees and the scholars have taken the keys of knowledge and have hidden them. They have not entered nor have they allowed those who want to enter to do so. As for you, be as sly as snakes and as simple as doves."
In Matthew 12:34 and 23:33, Jesus called the Pharisees a brood of vipers. He said they followed their father the devil and were making their converts twice the sons of hell that they were. These are strong words that all that call themselves spiritual scholars should heed. Religious zealots always have some truth, but so many of them take this truth from God and bury it in a pile of dung! They bury it under their notions, ideas, rules, regulations and doctrines. There is only one commandment that is from God, yet Moses and Aaron produced hundreds of laws for the Jews to follow. Jesus made it very simple. If you are born of the Spirit, then be your Fathers Son. Be spirit and exude love. With divine wisdom and peace, we can love each other as God loves us.
40. Jesus said, "A grapevine has been planted apart from the Father. Since it is not strong, it will be pulled up by its root and will perish."
It seems obvious to me that religion is the grapevine planted apart from the Father that will be pulled up to perish. We know that Christ is the True Vine that gives life. Still, religions do seem to feed the hungry soul of man, but do they feed mans spirit? In other words, religious are predominately soul-based in that they primarily consist of human emotion, reasoning and rules. Emotion isnt true worship. Philosophy isnt true worship. Following rules isnt true worship. To truly worship God we must know God (Truth) and live by Gods will (Spirit). This is why true worship is done in Spirit and Truth and why every religion will fail in the end.
41. Jesus said, "Whoever has something in hand will be given more, and whoever has nothing will be deprived of even the little they have."
While some may have a hard time accepting this spiritual truth, it is certainly found in the N.T. teachings of Jesus. I know many Christians are reluctant to accept evolution. Charles Darwins theory about the survival of the fittest not only applies to nature but the higher world too. Jesus explains that survival of the fittest isnt a theory, but rather it is a God-given fundamental of life. God wants to save all, but He is going to help those who help themselves. He is going to strengthen those who are trying, those who care and those who are making progress. If God gives you a spiritual gift and you do nothing with it, your gift will be taken away and given to another.
So ultimately salvation is a choice. God chooses us and we choose to Him. Everyone one of us must utter those same fateful words of Jesus, Not my will, but your will be done. If God asks us to do something and we say, No then what should God do? God will find another way in another time. God will find another child willing to work in the field. God will find another quest that will come to His banquet. God is looking for yes men- those spirits that are willing to do His will. Many fail to realize that only the strongest will is left standing- Gods. If Gods desires ALL, then you can trust it will be as God wills. You can fight all you want, but you only bring pain and misery while falling deeper into your personally created hell. Grace falls upon all, but to those who do Gods will, they will be blessed with even more faith and love. They grow faster and stronger for the sake of the Kingdom, but the weak are deprived so that they may learn their choice was wrong. Hell is not eternal, but it is a long was we choose to make it.
42. Jesus said, "Be passersby."
This is the shortest and maybe the most difficult passages to understand because there is no apparent context. Is Jesus telling us to ignore others? It would then contradict the parable of the Good Samaritan who did not pass by another who was in need. Again, we can find a harmony here in light of what we read in the previous saying. We must live according to the spirit; we must follow our hearts. Jesus didnt heal everyone around him, but only those who it was Gods will to be healed. If God says to keep on walking, then this is what we do. What many fail to realize is that divine Love doesnt always feel good. If this were the case, then there would be no suffering or pain in the world. Pain and suffering are necessary as the growing pains of consciousness. Jesus witnessed many that were suffering; yet he didnt make everyone feel good. In fact, he made some very sad and upset because he told them the Truth. He helped those had an adequate faith and were ready to take another step closer to God.
43. His disciples said to him, "Who are you to say these things to us?" "You don't understand who I am from what I say to you. Rather, you have become like the Judeans, for they love the tree but hate its fruit, or they love the fruit but hate the tree."
This passage seems to follow within the context of saying 42, but also seems to be missing a few words telling us who is exactly saying what. But I will assume that Jesus said, You dont understand who I am after being asked, Who are you to say these things to us? by his disciples. In this context then, Jesus is basically reprimanding his closest followers because they just didnt understand his lifestyle and mission from God. Christ Jesus is saying that he is the tree and his works are the fruit. While some loved the sweet fruit of his healings, forgiveness and peace they didnt like the message of Truth. It was too difficult for them to swallow. There were others who loved Jesus message, but hated his miracles perhaps because it undermined the authority of the Pharisees. The main point is that the Judeans were always finding something wrong with either Jesus or his ministry. And it seems that even his followers were questioning his authority, which leads us right into the next passage.
44. Jesus said, "Whoever blasphemes against the Father will be forgiven, and whoever blasphemes against the son will be forgiven, but whoever blasphemes against the holy spirit will not be forgiven, either on earth or in heaven."
This familiar verse echoes what we read in Matthew 12:31 and Luke 12:10. Many have tried making sense of this teaching, but to do this we need to understand an important point. We must understand the differentiation between the Trinity of God especially who is the holy spirit spoken of here. In several different articles, I have attempted to shine some light into this mysterious area. I see that the Holy Spirit represents God in the natural world. So the Holy Spirit is called our helper and comforter in this world. Because many in this world are spiritually asleep (dead) it is called Hades- the place of the dead. So the Holy Spirit is Gods presence in Hades. So while we are in this world being qualified, we cannot blaspheme the Holy Spirit of Truth and get away with it. We must pay for this sin because we live under the law of karma. In Christian terminology this means we must reap what we sow in this world. We should also note that all sins are not the same. Sins of the soul are far worse than the sins of flesh. Blaspheming the Holy Spirit would be the soul rejected the Truth when she hears it.
Yet this condemnation is only associated with this world, which again is a function of the Trinity distinction. When considering the Father and Son, we are forgiven because we are not in their world or Kingdom yet. We are in the world, where the Holy Spirit represents God. The sinner cannot offend the Father because the Father only knows His Son. We cannot offend the Son because He is our Savior. So as we mature in spirit and consciousness, we will enter the Kingdom of the Son where there can be no sin. This is where all are one in the Mind of Christ. This is a Kingdom of the Word and the Kingdom of Consciousness where anything imagined is reality. This is a paradise and expression of love that no man can imagine. Beyond this Kingdom will be the ultimate union of God and His Word. Here Consciousness is drawn back into the Spirit of God (the Son returns to the Father) so that God is known to be all in all in the rest of eternal peace.
45. Jesus said, "Grapes are not harvested from thorn trees, nor are figs gathered from thistles, for they yield no fruit. Good persons produce good from what they've stored up; bad persons produce evil from the wickedness they've stored up in their hearts, and say evil things. For from the overflow of the heart they produce evil."
Here again, we read a passage consistent with New Testament teachings. Jesus often compared humans to trees- good and bad ones producing good and bad fruit. We know that in this world, we say there are good people and bad people, but the root of the problem is found in the heart (spirit) of a person. If our heart has stored up wickedness then it will likely expressed this in word and deed. As I see it, the heart being the center of life in our being is nearly equivalent to the spirit. Every spirit in human form is here to learn that he is a child of God. Sometimes the spirit is rebellious, which can lead to a whole host of problems. After learning some tough lessons, Gods children will mature in Truth and Love. Then the spirit (heart) is filled with goodness, holiness and forgiveness, which will then be expressed through the thoughts of the soul and the deeds of the body. Know that the only good trees come from the good Seed, who is Christ.
46. Jesus said, "From Adam to John the Baptist, among those born of women, no one is so much greater than John the Baptist that his eyes should not be averted. But I have said that whoever among you becomes a child will recognize the (Father's) kingdom and will become greater than John."
While John the Baptist is the greatest servant of God, he is never called a Son of God. Some many believe this distinction is Jesus alone; however, Paul did refer to the sons of God that would be revealed in time. The reason John was a great servant and not a son was because John was still in a natural state of mind. He was from the old school you could say and not born of the Spirit. John the Baptist really marked the end of the great prophets who were born of women and served God in the age of the law. However Jesus the Christ marked a new beginning when the Sons of God started coming of age. Jesus was the firstborn of many that would be Gods Word made flesh. So those born and also mature in the Spirit will realize, or as Jesus says, recognize, Gods Kingdom within them. In doing so they will become greater than all the prophets including John the Baptist because all sons are greater than even the greatest servant. Keep in mind thought that for those not ready to live as spirit, being a servant of God is a noble and perfect way to live. Even so, the servant cannot enter the Kingdom of God. Only the Sons of God live in the house of Gods higher reality.
47. Jesus said, "A person cannot mount two horses or bend two bows. And a slave cannot serve two masters, otherwise that slave will honor the one and offend the other. Nobody drinks aged wine and immediately wants to drink young wine. Young wine is not poured into old wineskins, or they might break, and aged wine is not poured into a new wineskin, or it might spoil. An old patch is not sewn onto a new garment, since it would create a tear."
Again, most Christians should be familiar with this spiritual message of commonsense. We find Jesus saying this Mathew 6:24 among other places. It is not wise to mix the old and the new. Jesus presented a new covenant between God and man. For those ready to become Sons of God, they could now end their servitude to the law. We cannot be both a servant to the law and a Son to God. All of our attention must be on the Father. We must do only what we see Him doing with no regard to the laws and regulations of men. The Sons of God are led by Love not the law, by the spirit not by the letter.
Again, the law is intended for the natural man not those born of the spirit. So Jesus isnt abolishing the law, but he saying we must put an end to dualism. Make your choice. We cannot mount two horses or bend two bows. While the natural man can serve God in the flesh, there is only one way to truly worship God- in Spirit and in Truth. The mind must focus either on the spirit or the flesh, the truth or the deception. Something interesting that was discovered in human psychology is that the human mind is incapable of focusing on two things simultaneously. So it is clear; we must be single-minded and focused on Christ.
48. Jesus said, "If two make peace with each other in a single house, they will say to the mountain, 'Move from here!' and it will move."
If we can accept it, mountains are just another manifestation of this dream world. The one who knows he is in a dream is able to control the dream. Jesus the awakened Christ was never said to have moved any mountains, but he was reported doing some pretty supernatural acts. In this world, we have the laws of nature, but because this is a dream (a world of shadows) there are higher laws that transcend them. In the spirit, there is a higher reality with higher powers. We know that if two or more agree in the same SPIRIT as Jesus, it will be given to them. This facet of faith is well known, but perhaps not well understood. The release of spiritual power comes as the result of pure faith aligning our will with Gods perfect will. We dont cause miracles by our will, but we join God and His will in the knowledge of their result. Now understand what Jesus is saying in this passage. He says that our spirit and Gods spirit must make peace in our being (house). Then we can move mountains because we are ONE with God. One means peace. One means Gods will be done. There is no doubt in God. There is nothing impossible for God.
49. Jesus said, "Congratulations to those who are alone and chosen, for you will find the kingdom. For you have come from it, and you will return there again."
This is a real beauty! In many of my writings, I have tried to explain that all has come from God, and all is spirit. This passage really speaks to this truth. In A Picture of God, I have attempted to show that all is in God and from God, but there are different levels of realization of this and therefore different levels of existence. All has come from God and continuously has its being in God. So we can understand that creation is a manifestation found within the lowest (or most outer) realm of Gods being. Yet, this is only where man finds himself now because we have come (down) from the higher world called heaven (the Kingdom). It is not a physical place since spirit needs no space, but instead it is a higher state of consciousness and life.
When Jesus says, Congratulations to those who are alone and chosen, he is basically saying that it is lonely at the top. Again, we can liken our journey back to God to ascending up a mountain. Many live at the lower levels and in the valley, but fewer and fewer are found as we walk toward the top where God is. All the prophets of every age have realized this feeling of loneliness. Yet, as Jesus surely knows, if you do feel alone you are blessed! Because the higher you go, the closer you are to God and to your salvation! We will return from where we came because it is Gods will and strength that is leading us up to Him.
50. Jesus said, "If they say to you, 'Where have you come from?' say to them, 'We have come from the light, from the place where the light came into being by itself, established [itself], and appeared in their image.' If they say to you, 'Is it you?' say, 'We are its children, and we are the chosen of the living Father.' If they ask you, 'What is the evidence of your Father in you?' say to them, 'It is motion and rest.'"
If this were the only passage found in the Nag Hammadi Library, the discovery would have been a wonderful success! This is another shining example proving the Gospel of Thomas is truly full of spiritual insight, as it expounds on some of the more esoteric and profound teachings of the New Testament. Saying 50 expounds on something commonly taught in Christianity, but perhaps not completely understood. We are the light of an otherwise very dark world.
So what or who is this light within us? While Jesus told us that we are the light of the world, in the Gospel of John, the Word of God is the true light that gives light to every man who comes into the world. Then in the Gospel of Thomas, Jesus says that we have come from the light. So how can all of this come together into spiritual harmony? It is easy if we just realize what Paul said in Colossians concerning the Word of God who created all things are holds them together. The Word of God is Christ, the Son of God, the Light and Father of us all.
Jesus says we have come from the place where the Light (Word) came into being by itself and established itself and appeared in the image of a man. This is the way of the Word of God. The Word of God was spoken (sent) into the void of nothingness to create an image of God. Adam was the infant image of God, but Jesus is the mature image of God that has come to fruition. Jesus goes on to say that if they ask us if we are the Light (Christ, Word of God), we should declare that we are the children of the Light and have been chosen by our Father. If they ask what is our evidence? We will tell them it is the motion of all the life around you. And it is the rest of eternal peace within you.
51. His disciples said to him, "When will the rest for the dead take place, and when will the new world come?" He said to them, "What you are looking forward to has come, but you don't know it."
The question posed by the disciples is a very interesting one. When will the dead get to rest? Does this sound like a contradiction? It isnt if you understand who is dead. Some might believe that the dead are already resting. In fact, during funerals it would be common for someone to say that this person has gone to their rest. The truly dead do not rest at all. Recall when Jesus said, Let the dead bury their own dead! Jesus was speaking spiritually, which is the only death and life that truly matters. What the natural mind of man does not understand is that death isnt when the body expires. Death is when our spirit is unaware (unconscious) of God. Without this spiritual awareness we are deaf, dumb and blind being unable to communicate with God. So the dead Jesus was referring to are those who are lost in the darkness (ignorance) of Hades (this world). For ages and ages, mankind has been as if dead, coming into this (old) world spiritually stillborn. Slowly but surely we are being awakened (quickened) by God into a higher life that will create a new world! So while sin has separated man from God in his consciousness, Christ is the One who can bring us back together in unity with our Father.
In saying 51, Jesus is telling them that the Kingdom (new world) had already come through him. The natural mind wants to see, hear and touch the new world, but Gods Kingdom is not a matter of spatiality or physicality. It is not even a matter of time because time, matter and space are the illusion. God and His life are the reality. Jesus brought the reality of Gods Kingdom to earth, but their natural minds could not perceive or accept it. However, the naturally minded could not see Gods Word in the flesh because they expected to see a great and powerful king that would put down his enemies with force. They didnt understand that the force used in Gods Kingdom is Love, which is constantly pulling everything back into oneness. This divine gravity is within us, pulling us away from the world and back to God. Jesus is our future because we shall be as he was in the world!
52. His disciples said to him, "Twenty-four prophets have spoken in Israel, and they all spoke of you."
He said to them, "You have disregarded the living one who is in your presence, and have spoken of the dead."
This passage is similar to Jesus response to the resurrection question with one difference. Here refers to the prophets as dead, but in Mark 12:28 and other places of the New Testament Jesus says that they are still alive in Gods eyes. To help bring this into harmony lets consider what Jesus Christ said in John 8:58. He said, I tell you the truth; before Abraham was born, I am! We must be clear who is speaking in these different passages. In John 8:58, Christ is speaking because Christ is the anointed spirit of Jesus who was before Abraham. Christ is also the I AM who spoke to Moses. Everyone who climbs up Gods mountain will find the same I AM waiting to teach, heal and save them. Then we should see that to Christ, who is also our LORD God, these prophets are alive because they are spirit. This explains the New Testament verse and leads us to the meaning of Thomas:52.
In this passage Jesus is speaking as the son of man and not the Son of God. To Jesus, the man of 2,000 years ago, these men are dead. Jesus wanted them to see the living one in him. We find Jesus referring to the living one in second person language many times later in the Gospel of Thomas. We even see this in the New Testament when Jesus asked, Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. Here again he is separating and creating a distinction between the man called Jesus and the spirit of Christ. Certainly Christ (the only Son of God) is perfect and good, but Jesus said he wasnt good. He wasnt lying because he was speaking about the man of flesh. Jesus was trying to teach the world about Christ. Yes, he was the embodiment of Christ, but he wanted them to know that he wasnt the totality of Christ. Christ is a divine body of Gods sons (spirits) who have come together through a process of maturity and purity. Christ isnt one man. Christ is every man and everyone! Christ is all in all! Many are so focused on the flesh that they disregard the SPIRIT that actually gives life. Apparently even Jesus disciples were focused on the illusion of life in the flesh. They saw Jesus, but they disregarded Christ who is the living one in him and in all.
53. His disciples said to him, "Is circumcision useful or not?" He said to them, "If it were useful, their father would produce children already circumcised from their mother. Rather, the true circumcision in spirit has become profitable in every respect."
If I am not mistaken, I believe Jesus is being humorous here! He says that if circumcision were truly useful then we would be born that way. Which is to say, if this procedure were actually beneficial, nature (through evolution) would have seen to it that every male child was born with no foreskin. God formed man through millions of years of evolution, so did God do something wrong? It should be obvious that Jesus wasnt too interested in the ceremonies, traditions and rules of his religion. He wanted the Truth. Even so, Jesus fully understood that these earthly rituals like circumcision were shadows of higher, spiritual truths.
While there is no passage similar to this in the Gospels of the New Testament, it is interesting that Paul wrote something very similar in Colossians 2:9-15. This further supports my belief that these teachings are indeed from Jesus the greatest Rabbi of God. Like Jesus, Paul looked for the spiritual, deeper meaning to the laws of Moses. He commented in 1 Corinthians 9:9 that God was not interested in oxen, but that these laws were shadows of a higher reality. In the same way, Paul also taught that our hearts (spirits) must be circumcised thereby removing our carnal (flesh) nature. You could say that we must be denatured and then put on our new, higher nature of Christ. This is what the true circumcision means! Look past the shadows of religion, and see the Truth of God!
54. Jesus said, "Congratulations to the poor, for to you belongs Heaven's kingdom."
Of course, this particular sentiment is echoed in Jesus famous sermon on the mount, which is known as the Beatitudes. So what be-your-attitude? (Sorry, I couldnt resist!) Yet, there is some discrepancy on how to interpret this saying because there is a slight variation in Matthew 5:3. There it claims Jesus said, Blessed are the poor IN SPIRIT, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. However, in Luke 6:20 we get the same translation as here in Thomas:54. So we are left with a quandary. Do we belong to Heavens kingdom when we are poor in spirit? This doesnt sound logical because if we belong to heaven we are spiritually rich (Mark 10:21, Luke 12:33 and Colossians 2:2). So, again the key to understanding is finding the harmony and avoiding the human errors and inconsistencies.
As I have already stated, I question the accuracy and honesty of Matthews Gospel more than any other. Thomas and Lukes are in agreement with each other AND in agreement with general sentiment of Jesus toward wealth. Surely Jesus meant that being poor (without worldly possessions and money) is a virtue. Some priests, monks and other clergy will take a vow of poverty for this reason. This creates a sense of freedom from the world because there is not doubt that money is the root of many evils in the world. Yet being wealthy should not by itself be considered a sin; it just tends to lead to more distractions and temptations that would keep us from Gods will. I believe that God wants us to prosper in every facet of life, so it is all right to have stuff, so long as that stuff doesnt have you!
55. Jesus said, "Whoever does not hate father and mother cannot be my disciple, and whoever does not hate brothers and sisters, and carry the cross as I do, will not be worthy of me."
Can you accept that the Son of Love tells us we must hate our parents? This saying has the support of the New Testament even if it sounds a little harsh to the natural minds that try to understand it. However, the spiritually minded know exactly what Jesus is talking about. He is saying that we must hate what is false and love what is true. What the Sons of God have come to realize is that this false world cannot make them happy or bring them peace. Because of their divine nature coming to be, they seek perfection especially in themselves.
As Jesus teaches here and in the New Testament, salvation comes when we prove ourselves WORTHY to accept it. Yes, Jesus says forsake everything but Gods will; carry the cross; and THEN you will be worthy of Christs salvation and glory. This is how the mature Sons of God will inherit their power and glory from God. Even Jesus himself didnt get his spiritual prowess until AFTER he had proven to God that he was ready. He was tested, tempted and tried in this world before he graduated to the next. In Hebrews, we read that he was perfected (Hebrews 5:7-10) through suffering and obedience. Then once he was divinely qualified, God told the world, in more ways than one, that He was well pleased with His mature Son. From that moment on Jesus was the embodiment of Christ and was given the keys to the Kingdom.
We too are called to rise up above the earth and its ways into the life of Christ! We are called to forsake the creation for the sake of the Creator who is our Father! Can a man have two fathers? Can a man carry out the will of two different fathers? We are born into a world of duality, so we must make a choice what is real and what is false. In a sense, we can use hate to bring about love. In Luke 14:26 Christ said we must even hate our own life before we can follow Him. So by hating our earthly father, we can better love our heavenly Father. Understand that our earthly father is a false image, a deception because this man isnt our true father. While he may be the father of your flesh, know that God is your true Father because you are spirit.
Similarly, Jesus told us that anyone who does Gods will is his brother, sister, mother and so on. All are from God who is called the Father. Aside from this, we are all family and one when we return to God in the spirit. This is why Jesus says we must hate and forsake these false images of the world because they deceive us and divide us. We fight because we are different, but we are not different in Christ. The devil is a legion, but Christ in One. We must return to that state of oneness with God through Christ. This is what life is for and is also more evidence to support reincarnation as Gods way to get us through this world. We are not flesh! And those you may call mother and father are also not flesh! This is a lie of the natural mind. You see; there is only one SPIRIT in ONE family- Gods family.
56. Jesus said, "Whoever has come to know the world has discovered a carcass, and whoever has discovered a carcass, of that person the world is not worthy."
As was just discussed, this world is one of shadows and deceptions. Because the mind of man has come to accept it as home, he remains here to suffer and die as a creature of flesh. But this too is also a lie. Because of this deception of the carnal mind and ego, this world has become the place of the dead; it is Hades. For our sake Gods Son came down into Hades, through the man called Jesus, to set us captives (spirits) free. So if one has come to know the world and has discovered it is death (a carcass), then he has overcome the world and the world is not worthy of him anymore. When you think of Jesus do you see the Spirit of Christ that created all things and gives life to all things, or do you see a natural body on a cross? Unfortunately many still see themselves as a carcass- a body dead in sin. We must see and then be spirit. This is the only way to enter Gods Kingdom.
57 Jesus said, "The Father's kingdom is like a person who has [good] seed. His enemy came during the night and sowed weeds among the good seed. The person did not let the workers pull up the weeds, but said to them, 'No, otherwise you might go to pull up the weeds and pull up the wheat along with them.' For on the day of the harvest the weeds will be conspicuous, and will be pulled up and burned."
As I discussed in Gardening by God, each of us is like a divine garden where the spirit can grow and consciousness can be harvested. Yet in the duality of the natural vs. spiritual, there is naturally going to be some weeds growing in our garden too. In this way, we can see our sinful nature as the enemy that sows weeds in our garden. Our enemy comes in the night, which is the darkness of deception and ignorance. It is the lack of the knowledge of the Truth that gives our old nature a place to grow sin. So as we live our lives in this world, the natural self (weed) is going to produce some sin. Yet at the same time, our true self (good seed) is also growing and maturing in Christ and the Kingdom. Some may say, How can it be that Gods seed grows along with the devils seed! It does because we have two natures. This world of experience and contrast is Gods way of bringing us to perfection.
Paul openly shared his struggle with his sinful nature. But Paul explained that he wasnt the one sinning, but his old nature was still planting those bad seeds in his garden (Romans 7:17). We must take our mind and desire away from this lower nature of the animal. They believe they are flesh and live like it, but we have the awareness that we are spirit. So, instead of focusing on the natural self of any person including our self, we should look for the inner (spiritual) person; this is the one who is the true child of God. While the good seed (Christ nature) and the bad seed (carnal nature) seem to coexist in our garden from season to season, our weeds are always burned at the end of each age (incarnation). This is why Jesus said that many are on the path to their destruction. He was speaking of their carnal natures and minds. This is all part of the plan to bring you (spirit) into the fullness of Gods love. Trust that God, the Master Gardener, knows how to produce Christ in you! So we should not worry because Christ is our true nature that will eventually overcome the old nature. All we are called do until that day comes is to tend to our lives. Be good gardeners in this life by keeping your weeds to a minimum until the day they are pulled and burned!
58. Jesus said, "Congratulations to the person who has toiled and has found life."
Getting into heaven is not nearly as easy as many of todays Christian clergy have claimed. I think they have deliberately ignored the many requirements that Jesus made. These false prophets operate a feel-good pulpit and are basically keeping many in hell through their deception or ignorance. They say, Believe and be saved! They say that it is just that easy. You dont need to seek. You dont need to follow. You dont need to hate your father, mother or your life. You dont need to take up your cross and carry it. And you certainly dont need to toil! They say that we just have to believe and we will be saved. What a pile of deceptive crap! They take a few of Jesus words out of context and then forget the rest. Jesus said to seek, to follow and to toil and then you will be found WORTHY of Gods Kingdom. You have it in you because Christ is in you and in all! In time, Christ will lead us all to our salvation!
59. Jesus said, "Look to the living one as long as you live, otherwise you might die and then try to see the living one, and you will be unable to see."
Here again Jesus speaks of the living one, which we know is the Son of God and our LORD God. It seems apparent that many times he speaks of the living one in second person because he wants his followers to distinguish between the son of man (Jesus) and the Son of God (Christ). Everyone saw Jesus the man, but very few saw Christ the spirit, the Living One who gives life to the entire universe. In a sense, Christ Jesus had awoken their spirits, so he calls them alive. Because there were more spiritually aware, they could begin to understand what Jesus was telling them. Yet, if they turn from Christ they will fall back asleep and be unable to see (understand) Him. This is the same spiritual principal conveyed in John 15:1-5. If we stay connected to Christ we live and can do anything, but apart from Him we can do nothing except fall back into a state of spiritual death (sleep).
60. He saw a Samaritan carrying a lamb and going to Judea. He said to his disciples, "that person ... around the lamb." They said to him, "So that he may kill it and eat it." He said to them, "He will not eat it while it is alive, but only after he has killed it and it has become a carcass." They said, "Otherwise he can't do it." He said to them, "So also with you, seek for yourselves a place for rest, or you might become a carcass and be eaten."
Because the Gospel of Thomas is an ancient document written on papyrus, there were parts of this fragile parchment that were either very damage or completely missing when it was found. So we must do a little reading between the lines, as it were. It appears that Jesus asks his disciples why that person is taking a lamb around with them. He explains that the lamb must first be dead before it can be eaten. If this passage stopped right here, we would understand that Jesus represents the Lamb that must die. Of course Jesus taught that we must eat of my (Jesus) flesh and drink of my blood to have His life. However true this may be, there is more to this passage. Jesus adds that they should seek a place to rest (hide) or they too will be sacrificed. So we should understand that it wasnt necessarily fear that kept the disciples in hiding after Jesus death and resurrection. It is likely that Jesus warned them to lay low for a while. This divine wisdom from the mouth of Jesus may have saved their life for the sake of the gospel. Many passages in the New Testament refer to even Jesus hiding himself from those who would do him harm before his appointed time.
61. Jesus said, "Two will recline on a couch; one will die, one will live." Salome said, "Who are you mister? You have climbed onto my couch and eaten from my table as if you are from someone." Jesus said to her, "I am the one who comes from what is whole. I was granted from the things of my Father." "I am your disciple." "For this reason I say, if one is whole, one will be filled with light, but if one is divided, one will be filled with darkness."
This passage is similar to Luke 17:30-36 where two are in bed and only one is taken. Interestingly, Jesus also goes on to speak of the carcass (dead body) in the Gospel of Luke as well. Many Christians believe that the N.T. passage is referring to a physical rapture, or taking away, of the true believers from the world into heaven. Yet do some believe that heaven and the Kingdom of God are physical places that we must go to? Jesus was in heaven while walking the earth. The Kingdom of God was here because Christ was here. Even today, the Kingdom remains within us. We must go into our spirit to find Christ and His Kingdom. The true rapture is when your spirit takes your soul into the Kingdom! Only a spirit mature and qualified can accomplish this feat. Our rapture is of the spirit and not of the flesh. In fact, this is supported by Thomas:61 where Jesus says nothing about them being taken way, but rather he says that one lives and the other dies. This is the real key to understanding this passage. Every human being has two different natures/identities- one must live and the other must die.
Jesus again goes very deep in this particular saying. He says, I am the one who comes from what is whole. I was granted from the things of my Father. For this reason I say, if one is whole, one will be filled with light, but if one is divided, one will be filled with darkness. This notion of TWO becoming ONE is fairly common in the Gospel of Thomas, but it is not as apparent in the New Testament. However, even in the other Gospels, there are some clues left behind by Jesus to help us understand this duality. For example, Jesus taught us to address God as our Father when we pray. Yet, he also criticized the Pharisees calling them sons of hell and stating that the devil was their father. Did they have TWO fathers? Yes, the duality of this world divides us, but the love of Christ unites us.
Now, the person called Salome is believed to be a woman to whom Jesus is speaking. Jesus explains to her that he (Christ) is the ONE who is whole. In fact, Christ Jesus says, I AM the ONE. Man has two natures and therefore has a decision to make. He must either continue to live as flesh and die, or live as spirit and live. Do we trust that God is our Father and that we are His children? Paul made it clear that we must live according to the spirit and not the flesh. Our natural self (flesh) will die, but our supernatural self (spirit) will live. Jesus goes on to say that if we are whole (living in Christ) and not divided (double-minded), we will be filled with light, which is the glory of God. One day each of us will finally see our old self as crucified, so our new resurrected self can live for God.
62. Jesus said, "I disclose my mysteries to those [who are worthy] of [my] mysteries.
Foolish men have called Jesus teachings foolishness. Those of the world will never completely understand all the wisdom and truth of the one from heaven. The spiritual mind understands what the natural mind will call foolishness. The spiritual mind can hear and see God while the natural mind remains deaf and blind. Even of those souls who hear their spirit calling them out of the world have a very hard time accepting this mysterious calling. If one does understand what Jesus is saying, then Congratulations to that person! You are enlightened! Now you must apply what you know. They will find that this is the harder part of the salvation equation. First we learn then we must apply what we know. So understand that we are here in this world to become ENLIGHTENED and then QUALIFIED for Gods Kingdom. For those who love their self but hate their neighbor, God hardens their hearts. For those who fill the soul with carnal knowledge, God sends them into a spiritual stupor. For those prideful religious souls who come before God, He will say, I never knew you! That temporary person of flesh is not the child of the eternal God. To be born of the spirit means that we must live as spirit, then we will know God as our Father. And then we will understand all of what Jesus said and did. In fact, Christ will be the only ONE that really makes sense in this world!
63 Jesus said, "There was a rich person who had a great deal of money. He said, 'I shall invest my money so that I may sow, reap, plant, and fill my storehouses with produce, that I may lack nothing.' These were the things he was thinking in his heart, but that very night he died. Anyone here with two ears had better listen!"
What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world, but forfeits his soul? Every Christian has heard this message preached, but you wouldnt know it by their behavior! While there is nothing in the world we need, we do, however, need this world. In this highest sense, we are spirit and need nothing of this world to sustain our life, but we are using this world as the medium to learn. When the mind sleeps it creates a world where it can sort things out, learn and explore without coming to any harm. We fall in our dreams, but we dont wake up with broken bones or bruises. The same is true of this world for the spirit of man that is living as if in a dream. The spirit of man may think he is flesh that sins and dies, but this is just a temporary illusion. From the Son who is the Consciousness of God, a world has been created for us (spirit) to become lost and then found, to go from the darkness into the light and to pass from death to life. It is a journey of our spirit through levels of consciousness. We are here to learn to be and love as our Father loves because we are the offspring of Love.
64. Jesus said, "A person was receiving guests. When he had prepared the dinner, he sent his slave to invite the guests. The slave went to the first and said to that one, 'My master invites you.' That one said, 'Some merchants owe me money; they are coming to me tonight. I have to go and give them instructions. Please excuse me from dinner.' The slave went to another and said to that one, 'My master has invited you.' That one said to the slave, 'I have bought a house, and I have been called away for a day. I shall have no time.' The slave went to another and said to that one, 'My master invites you.' That one said to the slave, 'My friend is to be married, and I am to arrange the banquet. I shall not be able to come. Please excuse me from dinner.' The slave went to another and said to that one, 'My master invites you.' That one said to the slave, 'I have bought an estate, and I am going to collect the rent. I shall not be able to come. Please excuse me.' The slave returned and said to his master, 'Those whom you invited to dinner have asked to be excused.' The master said to his slave, 'Go out on the streets and bring back whomever you find to have dinner.' Buyers and merchants [will] not enter the places of my Father."
Excuses, excuses! Everyone seems to have an excuse for not answering Gods call. Surely, we know by now that the world will try to get in the way of finding the Way! In time God will invite everyone to His table, and in time, everyone will finally make that decision to attend that divine dinner. The first one in this parable that Gods servant was sent to invite was a merchant who was more concerned about being repaid what was owed to him. Many are clinging to this world because they want something from it that they feel they deserve. Perhaps they want to be rich, famous or beautiful, so their desire is to return again and again to this world. Every earthly longing will be met, but will leave the more mature children of God wanting. Eventually the children of God come to the realization that striving for anything earthly is a waste of time because only God can satisfy our spirits hunger. The second one invited was just too busy with his worldly activities. Paul, who essentially deprecated marriage for the chosen ones, said that a married soul would be too busy to work for God because they would be attending to their partners needs. Everyone in this parable had something better to do than to eat at the table of God. So be it. God will find those that will come to His table. And what is this divine dinner God invites us to? Have you ever eaten from the Tree of Life? Have you ever eaten the flesh or drank the blood of the Son of God? This is the divine food that will inspirit you to fly above and out of this world!
65. He said, "A [...] person owned a vineyard and rented it to some farmers, so they could work it and he could collect its crop from them. He sent his slave so the farmers would give him the vineyard's crop. They grabbed him, beat him, and almost killed him, and the slave returned and told his master. His master said, 'Perhaps he didn't know them.' He sent another slave, and the farmers beat that one as well. Then the master sent his son and said, 'Perhaps they'll show my son some respect.' Because the farmers knew that he was the heir to the vineyard, they grabbed him and killed him. Anyone here with two ears had better listen!"
This is another well-known parable that is found in your Bible. The meaning is clear. Age after age, God has sent His prophets, but the world would not accept them. Then God sent His Son (Christ) in the person of Jesus, and again the world rejected Him. But notice that the farmers knew that Jesus was the heir to the world, and they still killed him! In other words, the religious leaders of Jesus day knew exactly what they were doing. They choose to reject the Truth and Spirit of Jesus Christ in order to keep their religion and control. Even today, are there some clergy who desire their religion over the Truth? Would they rather control their congregation with fear or let God lead them with His love?
66. Jesus said, "Show me the stone that the builders rejected: that is the keystone."
Show me the Son of God; He is the Savior of the world! Three of the four N.T. Gospels quote Jesus speaking of that special stone that would be rejected. Of course, Christ Jesus was the keystone (cornerstone, capstone) that the religious men rejected. While they were building a religion of rules, Christ Jesus was building the Kingdom of God. In 1 Peter 2:5, we also find this same construction theme expressed, but it adds the knowledge that we too are living stones in this same divine building. In other words, Jesus was the first, but not the last. We are to become exactly as he is- the Son of God. Collectively, we become the building and the Kingdom for God to live, as we are each a stone held together by the mortar of Gods love.
67. Jesus said, "Those who know all, but are lacking in themselves, are utterly lacking."
This is yet another example of the Gospel of Thomas supporting the esoteric teachings of Christ where the four other Gospels are silent. As we have already read in Thomas:3, Jesus teaches that we must know our (true) self. Your true self and life is Christ, Gods only Son, and by His power you call do all things. So we must realize that everything we need is within us because God and His Kingdom are within us. Then, as Jesus says, we cannot be lacking in our SELF because our true SELF is in God and God is in you. God lacks nothing, yet God has only Himself to give you. God is raising our consciousness so that we can realize He is all in all.
Paul, in his letters to the Corinthians, shared this revelation along with some of the deeper, spiritual mysteries that were revealed to him. More importantly, he explained that even if he had all the knowledge of every mystery, but did not have love, he was nothing. While the Kingdom of God is being built upon love and knowledge it is nothing useful without the love of God. Knowledge is like sand, and love is like the mortar. Together they form a strong substance, but without love, our knowledge will not support anything. All Christians are taught that the two greatest commandments are to love God will all your heart and to love your neighbor as yourself. Yet, very few realize these commands are one in the same. The way we love God is through those around us because God is all and in all.
68. Jesus said, "Congratulations to you when you are hated and persecuted; and no place will be found, wherever you have been persecuted."
It is hard to feel good when you are hated, but the Lord Jesus knows this. It is hard to feel blessed when you are persecuted, but you will be. It is often said, No pain? No gain. As we grow in consciousness, the pain of duality grows stronger until we surrender to the oneness in Christ. So blessed are you when you are persecuted for the sake of Truth and Love! You are a child of God! Truth seekers and sharers are always persecuted and rejected by the masses, but a chosen few will pick up where they leave off to carry the cross. As love grows in the hearts of men, so will their courage to seek and speak the truth.
69. Jesus said, "Congratulations to those who have been persecuted in their hearts: they are the ones who have truly come to know the Father. Congratulations to those who go hungry, so the stomach of the one in want may be filled."
So, when anyone rejects the truth from a child of God, he rejects God. And to have his words of truth rejected is more painful for a child of God than having his body stoned to death. The highest form of persecution for the Sons of God is that felt in their hearts. Many do God lip service saying they seek only to do His will. Yet when the prophets of God come and speak for God they are stoned either literally or figuratively. The heart of a prophet does not find pleasure in the world. Jesus was called the man of sorrows. Imagine being a child of Love in a world of hate. Imagine being a seeker of Truth in a world of deception. Imagine being the only one who knew that God is our Father. Jesus suffered because he loved us. He suffered just as a father anguishes over a lost child. Jesus only found peace and comfort in God. Every child of God must realize that the only way to peace is aligning our will with Gods will. This spiritual synchronicity lets us walk through this world with a higher sense of peace and well-being. We are blessed when we give to others. By emptying our selves we are that much more filled by God. Yes, the one that will be filled by fasting from the world is Christ. If we truly are the Body of Christ, then let us fill the stomach of the One! We do this by accepting the Truth and living according to Love, which is simply doing Gods will.
70. Jesus said, "If you bring forth what is within you, what you have will save you. If you do not have that within you, what you do not have within you [will] kill you."
I love the phrase within you because this is contrary to what many western religions teach. Some have tried to convince us that God is OUT there or UP in heaven, but everything we need is in Gods Kingdom, which is within us. Jesus said it, but many religious minds have trouble accepting these mystical sounding words. There are plenty of accounts of Jesus waxing mystical in the New Testament gospels. Even the Gospel of John begins by explaining that Christ is the Word of God and the light of everyone that enters this world. Jesus went on to say that we should make our light shine for all to see, but if our light is darkness then how great is that darkness! In Thomas:70 we read a similar teaching where the light of Christ is what (who) we must bring forth. This is our true life that saves us, but without Christ there is only darkness. And this condition means certain death of the soul.
The soul who sins is the one who will die. The son will not share the guilt of the father, nor will the father share the guilt of the son. The righteousness of the righteous man will be credited to him, and the wickedness of the wicked will be charged against him.
Christ is like a treasure that we must all find within ourselves. All that are without this treasure are going to die. This is the natural man who is but a creature that will perish, but those in Christ are spirit that is eternal! Carnal souls are born to die in this world because apart from Christ there is no (true) life.
71. Jesus said, "I will destroy [this] house, and no one will be able to build it [...]."
This passage may be taken out of context; we cannot be sure because of the missing text. The Scripture that most resembles this excerpt is the when Jesus told the Pharisees that he would destroy this temple and rebuild in the three days. What they didnt realize is that Jesus was the real house of God. He was the temple of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In this one man God was fully glorified and revealed as being all in all. Every cell and every atom of Jesus being lived for God. His blood pumped for God. His mind thought for God. His spirit soared for God. Jesus surrendered his body and life for our sake. He laid down his life and is the ONLY one who has ever been able to build it again. He has gone away to prepare a place for us to live with him. Christ Jesus is building his Kingdom with you and all. Yes symbolically, Jesus rose from the dead, but the true resurrection happens as the Body of Christ is raised to life in this world. This is how the enemies, Death and Hades, are destroyed.
72. A [person said] to him, "Tell my brothers to divide my father's possessions with me." He said to the person, "Mister, who made me a divider?" He turned to his disciples and said to them, "I'm not a divider, am I?"
This same scene is portrayed in Luke 12:13, which lends more credence to the Gospel of Thomas authenticity. Like the other Gospels and unlike most of these 114 sayings, this one seems to be quite organic in meaning. Yet, this is exactly the kind of response we would expect from Jesus concerning such a trivial matter. He did not come into this world to settle monetary squabbles. He came to overcome the devil and the world. The person in this passage asking for Jesus help likely thought of Jesus as simply a wise man, but he was this and much more! Jesus wanted to teach us about God and the Kingdom, but most wanted their worldly desires fulfilled and carnal ailments cured. I am sure he grew tired of such requests even though he was a tireless worker.
73. Jesus said, "The crop is huge but the workers are few, so beg the harvest boss to dispatch workers to the fields."
Although this passage is found in the New Testament, I enjoy reading it here with this slightly different translation. Here the crop is huge and we are to beg the harvest boss to dispatch more workers. We also know that Jesus said the fields were ripe for the harvest. Some might be wondering what is the crop that is being harvested? The crop is mankind. We are likened to sheep, wheat and fish. But do not think that God is gathering flesh into heaven. God is collecting consciousness from all of creation. And more so, God is reaping Christ-consciousness from the Sons of God. This is why the creature called man was created through millions of years of evolution. Consciousness has been ascending higher and higher through every life form. Finally, the time has come for the Sons of God to emerge on the earth! Jesus was the first instance of the Word made flesh, but we are praying that God sends more workers! The Sons of God are being sent by God to raise the consciousness of the world just as Jesus did. If one Son can change the world as he did; then just imagine what thousands of Gods Sons will do!
74. He said, "Lord, there are many around the drinking trough, but there is nothing in the well."
Again this another sentence that has seemingly been plucked out of its context, but it would appear that someone is telling Jesus about an actual well that has gone dry. So I suspect this person is speaking quite literally to Jesus, but we cant be sure. What I have found is that most are still natural minded, which is natural! Rome wasnt built in a day nor is Gods Kingdom in a lifetime. It takes many lives in the natural to realize that we are spiritual beings. While many are still more concerned about food and drink of the earth than anything from heaven, mans appetite will change. Man will always seek what feels good, and the day will come when only spiritual food and drink will satisfy him. Now, whatever this persons intent, it would seem that Jesus has a response in the next passage.
75. Jesus said, "There are many standing at the door, but those who are alone will enter the bridal suite."
The children of God desire to reenter heaven- even standing at the door. But Jesus says that only those who are alone will enter the bridal suite. This suite is for the bride referring to the holy wedding (union) between man and Christ. Yet, why does Jesus say we must be alone before we can enter this state of spiritual bliss? What I have realized is that while religious souls tend to congregate together, spiritual souls are more often alone with God. What did Jesus do between the ages of 13 and 30? Where did he go and what did he do? I suspect that he spent much of this time alone praying to God and contemplating who he was. The desert can be a lonely place, but it is there with nothing to distract us that we can see everything. Every Son of God is made in the same way Jesus was. Each Son must be tested and qualified before that door is ever opened.
76. Jesus said, "The Father's kingdom is like a merchant who had a supply of merchandise and found a pearl. That merchant was prudent; he sold the merchandise and bought the single pearl for himself. So also with you, seek his treasure that is unfailing, that is enduring, where no moth comes to eat and no worm destroys."
Jesus spent a lot of time trying to explain in simple term what Gods Kingdom is like. Of course, the theme of this parable should sound very familiar, but instead of a field we read of merchandise containing a pearl. Many have a hard time believing that Jesus was human, but Jesus speaks to us from his personal experience. He found that pearl of great worth. As Jesus discovered, Christ is the treasure that we will find in our merchandise. Jesus found Christ in his own being, but then gave up his whole being to God for our sake. He surrendered his body, soul and spirit to Gods will, which is the price of attaining the Pearl. This precious life of Christ is something that endures beyond the realms of space and time.
77. Jesus said, "I am the light that is over all things. I am all: from me all came forth, and to me all attained. Split a piece of wood; I am there. Lift up the stone, and you will find me there."
To some this and other passages in Thomas Gospel may sound a little like New Age language. I know many Christians who have been taught that the New Age philosophy is evil and a device of the devil. Again, I ask; do you want to know the truth? If Christians are truly seeking the Truth, then they will find that the sincere New Agers are simply doing the same. In fact, I would say Jesus was the greatest New Ager the world has ever seen! Not only did he definitely start a NEW age, but, as we read in many passages, he also spoke their language!
It is recorded in the Bible that Jesus the Christ said, I am the way, the truth and the light. Do they realize that Jesus was teaching the mantra of the New Age philosophy! Many Christians do not want to face the Truth because it means the end of comfortable religions. The light of Truth removes the shadows of falseness. Life in Christ is your true life while life in the flesh is your false life. The mind of Christ is your true mind while the carnal mind is false. Yes, I AM is the only way to salvation, which is Christ-consciousness. Skeptical Christians should take seriously what Paul taught concerning the MIND of Christ in 1 Corinthians 2:16. When Paul says that we HAVE the mind of Christ, isnt Paul teaching about having Christs consciousness? When Moses went high into his consciousness and communed with God to know Him as I AM, didnt he speak with Christ? Even so, Jesus went farther than any other man and became the embodiment of I AM, of Christ. How entertaining it would be if Jesus came to a typical Christian church some Sunday morning! The typical congregation would be angered, appalled and confused from his teachings just as many were 2,000 years ago! But lets get back to saying 77.
So understand that when Jesus said, I am the light that is over all things in Thomas:77 he trying to convey a mystery that has been hidden from man. In the story of Genesis, do you recall what man was kept from in the garden? Yes, I AM is the tree of life! So this particular saying represents one of the most illuminating passages concerning the identity of Christ. Understand that Christ Jesus isnt saying that the natural man born of Mary was over all things. He wasnt claiming that all things have come from the natural man who was the son of a carpenter. No, Jesus (the son of man) didnt create the universe, but Christ (the Son of God) did! As I have discussed many times before, Jesus became Christ by sacrificing himself to God just as we are called to be living sacrifices. Christ, not Jesus, is the beginning of all things and is the Word of God. Christians should be familiar with this revelation if they have absorbed the higher truth written in Pauls letter to the Colossians.
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
By the Word of God all things seen and unseen were created and are held together. The Word is before all things because the Word was with God in the beginning. Do you see how this fits perfectly with Jesus words in saying 77? Ironically, I believe that Paul knew Christ better than those who actually followed Jesus around Judea. Paul wrote some pretty deep stuff that none of the others did, so I have spent considerable effort in many writings showing how powerful it is. I wish all who call themselves Christians would read these words from Colossians carefully and meditate on what is being said here. By doing so, they might be more able to clearly see Christ as the Word of God and Jesus as the Word made flesh. Over the years, I have come to respect Pauls spiritual understanding more than any other person spoken of in the Bible except Jesus of course. In fact, some of his deep, spiritual insights seem to have very little Gospel support, which is not surprising because the gospel stories of Jesus were handed down from person to person. Paul knew in his spirit and wrote first hand about the revelation of Christ, the savior of the world. Paul definitely separated himself from the others, which is why some have gone so far as to call Pauls teachings heretical. These critics would rather see Christianity as an extension of Judaism and Paul as one who wrongly worked to separate them. If it were not for Paul, Christianity would simply be another Jewish sect. As it is though, Pauls letters are in perfect spiritual harmony with the teachings of Jesus and the wisdom found in the Gospel of Thomas.
And what is the wisdom? It is that Christ is before all things, created all things and holds all things together. When I say all things, I mean ALL THINGS including every man, every tree and every stone. Split a piece of wood, and I AM is there. Everything and everyone is here for Christ whether they know it or not. Jesus realized this and surrendered his lower will and life for Gods perfect will and life. Through his choice, Jesus, who was like us in every way, became Christ. Paul, who knew this, was also dying daily to let Christ live through him continually.
78. Jesus said, "Why have you come out to the countryside? To see a reed shaken by the wind? And to see a person dressed in soft clothes, [like your] rulers and your powerful ones? They are dressed in soft clothes, and they cannot understand truth."
In the Bible, similar passages to this one are found referring to John the Baptist of whom Jesus had the highest regard. It is not clear here that John is the subject of this passage, but even so, many of the naturally minded souls that sought after John and Jesus were seeking miracles. Jesus was far more concerned teaching the Truth than performing miracles. He came to heal souls and strengthen spirits. He came to give those who could not see God spiritual sight! He came to give those who were deaf the ears to hear the Voice of God! He came to gives those paralyzed with fear the ability to walk with God!
79. A woman in the crowd said to him, "Lucky are the womb that bore you and the breasts that fed you." He said to [her], "Lucky are those who have heard the word of the Father and have truly kept it. For there will be days when you will say, 'Lucky are the womb that has not conceived and the breasts that have not given milk.'"
This passage is slightly different than what we find in Luke 11:27 because this says womb instead of woman. Even though the letter may be different, the SPIRIT remains the same. And this is what is important. The woman who yells out how lucky Mary was to have given birth to Jesus is thinking carnally. She believes that Mary gave life to Jesus, but flesh gives birth to flesh. God could turn stones into men (and He basically did!). Again man was created, but spirit is born. So God gives birth to spirit. Jesus goes on to tell this woman that the lucky ones are those who hear the Word of God and do what He says. Jesus was just such a lucky soul! Then Jesus says that difficult times are coming for those thinking and living carnally. This is the purpose of this hell- to make life harder and harder for those living according to the flesh. God will break us like a Potter breaks and then refashions a pot. He will shape us into perfection, which is His image!
80. Jesus said, "Whoever has come to know the world has discovered the body, and whoever has discovered the body, of that one the world is not worthy."
This passage is nearly identical to saying 56 and appropriately continues in the same theme of my previous commentary. Which is saying being born and then living as flesh keeps us from God. Before man reached self-awareness without an ego, he was like other animals of nature. He was in a natural paradise not realizing good from evil. He lived according to his spirit of innocence. Yet as man became self-conscious, his mind was deceived into believing he was his body of flesh. His ego began to lead him and become his god. This deception led the soul and spirit of man into a state of death. This is why we must be resurrected because we are spiritually dead in sin and in the darkness of deception. This is why we must live by the Spirit of Christ because we are being called to a higher level of life- a higher nature that is not part of the animal kingdom. Our higher nature is found in the Kingdom of God!
81. Jesus said, "Let one who has become wealthy reign, and let one who has power renounce <it>."
This passage seems a little odd and even contradictory. What we would expect Jesus to say is Let the wealthy give up his money and the powerful to give up his power. However, assuming this passage is an accurate account of what Jesus said, it is possible that he is saying let those who have acquired great spiritual wealth reign over the earth, and then the powerful will lose their control. I think it is apparent that many of theses passages have little structured sequencing or context, which makes it more difficult to ascertain the true intent of Jesus teachings. Our most important guide is finding logical and spiritual harmony in the framework of Gods love and sovereignty. By the way, this is how we should view the world as well. In light of everything else Jesus taught then it makes perfect sense to see that Jesus is saying the meek will inherit the earth. The meek of this world have become spiritually rich because they have stored up great wealth in heaven.
82. Jesus said, "Whoever is near me is near the fire, and whoever is far from me is far from the (Father's) kingdom."
Fire! Run for your lives...INTO it that is! When will my dear Christian friends come to realize that FIRE is a good thing- even a divine thing! As I wrote about in Revelation and Hell Revisited- Satan Revealed the lake of Fire is the divine combustion of Gods love! Christ is the Fire of God that Jesus lit and became who consumes the carnal nature. So all that hay and stubble in our being will be burned if we move near to Christ. Surely we have enough evidence to know that Jesus did start a holy Fire (Luke 12:49) by bringing Christ into the world (Thomas:10)? Not only is Christ in you the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27), but Christ is also the Fire of God in you destroying all that is unholy! It should be easy to understand why it is prophesied that this world (Hades) and all the elements (ways of the world) will be destroyed by fire. Fire is now in us burning away our outer self so that Christ may be revealed in us. Have you not read that Gods holy fire will salt everyone (Mark 9:49)? Once all the natural elements of our being have been consumed, the second death (lake of fire) will cause you no pain. You are alive in Christ and have overcome Death and Hades!
83. Jesus said, "Images are visible to people, but the light within them is hidden in the image of the Father's light. He will be disclosed, but his image is hidden by his light."
Jesus spent a lot of his time talking about LIGHT. And what is light? Light is energy, and energy is akin to spirit. Jesus is trying to tell us that we are light (spirit). With this in mind, consider the nature of energy. Energy can never cease, but it can only transform itself. Spirit is the same; it is eternal. Here in the natural world, the Sun provides us with "energy" for life. This energy comes at us at different wave lengths (forms). God works in the same way. The lowest form of energy (light) coming from the Sun is HEAT energy, which is called long wave radiation. The next higher form of energy is the spectrum of visible LIGHT. The highest form of energy are found in the ultraviolet, x-rays and gamma rays. All of these different forms of radiation are essentially light, or energy. So my point is this. Jesus knew that God was Spirit and that light (energy) behaved like spirit. In the lowest world of Hades, God can reach us the HEAT of the Holy Spirit. This warming is comforting to us and energizes (awakens) our spirit. As we are transformed and go higher in consciousness, God can illuminate our world with LIGHT. This spiritual light makes His mysteries visible to us. This is the purpose of the Son to lead us higher and closer to the Father. Finally, God is able to use His highest form of energy to penetrate the soul. Like x-rays pass through the flesh, the Father can see right through us to who we really are. Jesus knew that light had a special meaning, and he was always trying to share this wisdom.
Again in saying 83 speaking about the light within, he says that images are visible to us. In other words, manifestations are visible to man and he calls them collectively his reality. Our body is also an image, or manifestation that is hiding the light. Understand that our light is our true life and is HIDDEN in Christ, who is the image of the Fathers light (life). Again, this is exactly what Paul taught even though the four N.T. Gospels offer little or no support. In Colossian 3:3, Paul said that our true life was hidden in Christ and goes on to say this is the mystery that has been kept from man. In the next verse from Thomas: 83, Jesus says that He will be disclosed, which is speaking of Christ. So Christ will be disclosed, but His image (man) is hidden in His light. In other words, when you disclose Christ, you are engulfed and hidden by the glory of Christ. We recall that when some witnessed Jesus transfiguration. If we can see past the images, we will see that we truly are light.
84. Jesus said, "When you see your likeness, you are happy. But when you see your images that came into being before you and that neither die nor become visible, how much you will have to bear!"
Jesus looked at the world through spiritual eyes, but he knew that others could not see what he saw. When you look in a mirror and see that image you call yourself you are happy. However, what about all of your other images that have come into being as? Yes, Jesus is speaking to us about reincarnation. Each incarnation is just another image (manifestation) into this world. Each time we enter this world we live a false life and become like a character of a dream. This sleep cycle continues until we (spirit) finally wake up (gain consciousness) to Gods reality. Even though life is but a dream, we are still held accountable for those choices we made in our previous lives. We must learn from our mistakes. We must learn that God is our Father and our life. Jesus goes on to say that those images never really died because they were never really alive. Those images do not become visible (to God) because they are not in the light. God never knew that false you; that person was simply a shadow of who you really are. So, God only knows the true you- the one in and of the light! So as long as we live in darkness, we will have to bear the sins of all our many lives. God has planned it that we reap what we sow from one life to the next. The only way to supersede this law of karma is through the law of the spirit of life. In other words, as long as we live as flesh we must bear the sins of the carnal mind. But once we live according to our spirit in Christ, we are no longer accountable for our past sins. We are forgiven in Christ be cause are no longer the sinner; we are the Son of God whom God knows and loves.
85. Jesus said, "Adam came from great power and great wealth, but he was not worthy of you. For had he been worthy, [he would] not [have tasted] death."
Adam was found unworthy? Does this sound unbiblical? What or who was Adam unworthy of? We should remember that Genesis says that he was barred from the tree of life, which is the life of Christ. So Jesus is basically saying the same thing here, but with a little twist. What I find most interesting and revealing about this passage is that Adam came from great power and great wealth. This description of Adam is really not found in traditional Christian theology; however, there is a passage from Isaiah that could help shine some light into something many are in the dark about.
You said in your heart, "I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of the sacred mountain. 14 I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High." 15 But you are brought down to the grave, to the depths of the pit. 16 Those who see you stare at you, they ponder your fate: "Is this the man who shook the earth and made kingdoms tremble, 17 the man who made the world a desert, who overthrew its cities and would not let his captives go home?"
Many have mistakenly said this passage is referring to Satan, a fallen angel of God. Yet, this passage is clearly speaking of a MAN that fell from grace. Adam was certainly one who fell from grace. He was the Son of God, yet his fateful decision shook the earth and brought humanity down to the grave (Sheol, pit, hell). Adam signifies the first man that became self-consciousness, but he was certainly not ready for Christ-consciousness. Because he was not worthy (spiritually immature and unqualified), he tasted death. Since then God has been using humanity as the seedbed for Christ to grow. Jesus was the first man to mature into the fullness of the Word, but certainly not the last!
86. Jesus said, "[Foxes have] their dens and birds have their nests, but human beings have no place to lay down and rest."
Again this is only a slight variation to what we read in the N.T. Gospels. Here instead of son of man we read human beings, that I believe is significant and helps to shed more light on a term attributed to Jesus- the son of man. Like everyone else, Jesus was human being with a soul. He was the son of a man (Joseph) that had to grow in stature and wisdom. However, his spirit was the Christ and the Son of God. So, Christ Jesus is the Word of God fully revealed in human form! Jesus is our spiritual leader and Lord but is also our brother. Our elder brother has showed us how to overcome this world including sin, suffering and death. The purpose of every child of God is become just like Jesus the Christ and heirs of Gods fullness!
Another (higher) lesson we can take from this passage is that we are not like other animals of the earth. We have been set apart from them because our spirit is called to go higher (in consciousness) into another Kingdom. They live in dens and nests, but we cannot find lasting rest in buildings made with natural things. The only place we can find rest is in our Fathers house, which is not of this world.
87. Jesus said, "How miserable is the body that depends on a body, and how miserable is the soul that depends on these two."
What do our bodies depend upon- rest and food, right? Jesus already covered the rest issue, but what about our dependence on food? Our body depends on other bodies for food- whether it be the body of an animal or a plant. All bodies consume other bodies to exist, which is also known as the food chain. While this is a miserable existence, what is worse is the soul that depends on the body. If the soul depends on the flesh then this is a carnal soul. Only the soul that depends on the spirit for life will not taste death. When God leads the spirit, the spirit leads the soul and then the soul leads the body, Gods will is done on earth. Our whole being must come into this spiritual alignment. The only food that will feed the spirit is doing the will of God.
88. Jesus said, "The messengers and the prophets will come to you and give you what belongs to you. You, in turn, give them what you have, and say to yourselves, 'When will they come and take what belongs to them?'"
The messenger and prophets come and give us what belongs to us. This can be Gods judgment and wrath or His truth and wisdom. Either way mankind tends to give these souls of God what we have a lot of- death. Jesus knew he was going to die at the hands of such men. Yet after these men have carried out this sentence, they then say, When will they come back and take back what they have given us? Jesus gave us Christ, but many didnt want this higher life. We must take claim to what God has given us. Christ is our true, higher nature from God. God says we are his children. God says that we shall be filled with His life and glory to be heirs in heaven. Take all the precious gifts and life that God gives because it is yours.
89. Jesus said, "Why do you wash the outside of the cup? Don't you understand that the one who made the inside is also the one who made the outside?"
There is a notable variation between this passage and what is found in Matthew 23:25-26, but it seems obvious that the intent remains the same. Again, this passage seems to have been plucked out of its context since we dont exactly know to whom he is speaking. In the New Testament, Jesus was speaking these insightful words to the Jewish leaders because they always tried to LOOK holy. Jesus reminds us God made both the outside and the inside of the cup, which is our being. Most humans, especially in the western civilizations, are concerned with being clean and looking good. They smell nice, look nice and seem niceon the outside! Like the Pharisees that created a fašade of holiness, many are trying to at least give the appearance that they are good. The problem isnt the outside of the cup. The problem is our inner self, our inner light, must shine through our whole being and fill it with the glory of God. We are not glorious by our self, but only when we are in the light and Spirit of Christ.
90. Jesus said, "Come to me, for my yoke is comfortable and my lordship is gentle, and you will find rest for yourselves."
This is another familiar passage from the lips of the Anointed one. Jesus says that his yoke is easy, but there is a spiritual paradox at work here. When we surrender our lives to God and let Christ work through us we can do all things. Life in Christ is easy, comfortable and fulfilling. However, surrendering our will is the hard part, as Jesus professed. It is then by Gods strength that we climb the mountain or walk the narrow road. At the end of our journey we shall find rest and a view that is worth dying for!
91. They said to him, "Tell us who you are so that we may believe in you." He said to them, "You examine the face of heaven and earth, but you have not come to know the one who is in your presence, and you do not know how to examine the present moment."
Even today many look to see Jesus, but not the Christ. They examine the face of heaven and earth looking for his return. Yet, the natural mind can neither see nor really understand God. This is why our minds must be denatured and become the Mind of Christ. This divine Mind does not function through the synapses of the brain like the natural mind, but senses life through the Spirit of God. While the natural man can observe nature with awe and wonder to get a sense of God, his mind must be raised beyond the natural senses before he can truly have a Father/Son relationship with God. This denaturing, or re-naturing, of our mind is a long process as man measures time, but is as simple as living according the your spirit. Only through our spirit can we know God who is Spirit and the Father of all spirit.
92. Jesus said, "Seek and you will find. In the past, however, I did not tell you the things about which you asked me then. Now I am willing to tell them, but you are not seeking them."
We are told to seek, and then we will find. So whatever any child of God fervently seeks, he will find. The problem arises when we lose our desire to seek what is truly important. We seek the things that we desire or that we think we need. Unfortunately, many do not feel that they need God, so they do not seek Him or the Truth that testifies of Him. The natural man has little use for God because his concerns are carnal- food, shelter, materials and sex. Like all animals these three staples of earthly life are usually suffice for the naturally minded ones. Yet if such a soul can hear even the slightest cry from the small voice within, there is hope for change. As I explained in Born of the Spirit, our spirit, like every child, must develop. Just as our body began as a single cell, so does our spirit begin as a single spark from God. It is clear from this saying that Jesus was bringing them along slowly concerning spiritual knowledge.
Those that Jesus chose to follow him were those who were mature to begin the training. Apparently they started with many questions and enthusiasm, but had lost their desire for the higher, spiritual truths Jesus was sharing. It is believed by many theologians that Jesus did have secret teachings that he hints at even in the other Gospels. He began his ministry by feeding his disciples little bites, but before he left this world he shared some very deep revelations about our divine existence and God. And this is exactly what we find here in the Gospel of Thomas. If Jesus had shared the meat of the Truth with them as they wished, they would have choked on it like a baby on a piece of steak. Jesus waited until they had developed some spiritual teeth. But now that they had teeth, they apparently had lost their appetite. There were also many others who were more on the fringe of his following that found his teachings to difficult to swallow (John 6:60). Yes, the truth is very often hard for us to swallow!
93. "Don't give what is holy to dogs, for they might throw them upon the manure pile. Don't throw pearls [to] pigs, or they might ... it [...]."
Or they might trample it in their waste and mud! We should all be able to fill in the blanks here. It is clear from this and other passages that not everyone is ready to come to the knowledge of the truth and be saved. Jesus understood this spiritual principle very well. The dogs and pigs are the carnally minded souls that may be religious, but have no appetite for spiritual truths. Perhaps each of us has had experiences with souls that were just not receptive to higher truths. If they arent looking for answers, it is hard, if not impossible, to teach them. Personally, I used to frequent message boards to share the gospel message of universal salvation through Christ, but most Christians didnt want to hear this. I then went to the universal salvation boards to share how God is using reincarnation to bring us to salvation and perfection, but very few were ready to hear that. Most of the time, an argument would ensue because they thought I was a heretic of some kind. Because of all of this, I decided long ago to just do my thing and let God lead them. I am here to teach, but only to those who are ready and willing. In other words, I am finally taking Jesus advice in this matter!
94. Jesus [said], "One who seeks will find, and for [one who knocks] it will be opened."
This is a nice follow-up passage to the pearls and pigs one! Desire is a like a wind that blows us this way or that. Whatever we desire can be ours. God gives his children what they ask long for, even if it means that we may suffer because of it. If in your heart (spirit), you desire to be filthy rich, then it will come to pass. It may not happen in this lifetime, but your Father will make sure you learn that money will not bring you happiness or peace. Think of it. The only way to know if wealth will make you happy is to be wealthy, right? This is why we are in this world to learn that God is all we need. Once we have come to our (spiritual) senses, we will realize that only God can satisfy our hearts desire. It is for this very reason that all will be saved because we will grow weary of being lost. We will have had our fill of sin, suffering and death. Every pleasure of this lower world is like a drug that can make you feel good for a while, but eventually it leaves you empty and wanting something better. Only God can satisfy.
95. [Jesus said], "If you have money, don't lend it at interest. Rather, give [it] to someone from whom you won't get it back."
Here is yet another commonly known teaching from the writings of the New Testament. Give freely because your Father gives freely. Some may do this because it is the right thing to do, but others do this because it is in their nature- their new nature! Our good deeds are rewarded and our love will cover a multitude of sins, but this is not why we do them. To the children of God, doing good just feels good. Birds feel like birds when they are flying. Every being of the universe wants to feel good; this is our prime directive- to be happy and at peace. So for the Sons of God, doing Gods will is the only true peace in their lives; this comes very naturally to them because their Fathers nature is based in love.
96. Jesus [said], "The Father's kingdom is like [a] woman. She took a little leaven, [hid] it in dough, and made it into large loaves of bread. Anyone here with two ears had better listen!"
Do you have two ears? One ear is the natural ear that can hear Jesus; the other is the spiritual ear that listens for Gods will. Those in the company of Jesus needed two good ears to hear what he was saying. Gods Kingdom grows like those loaves of bread. Everywhere a Son of God matures, there is the Kingdom and another loaf of bread to feed those hungry for Gods Word. Like the small mustard seed, Gods Seed grows into large Kingdom in each of us.
97. Jesus said, "The [Father's] kingdom is like a woman who was carrying a [jar] full of meal. While she was walking along [a] distant road, the handle of the jar broke and the meal spilled behind her [along] the road. She didn't know it; she hadn't noticed a problem. When she reached her house, she put the jar down and discovered that it was empty."
This passage should remind us that the Kingdom of God in unperceivable with our natural senses. It is not a city paved with gold because we cannot see it. The Kingdom is within us. We are all walking a long (and usually winding) road to God. During our spiritual journey we may not realize the work being done in us. God is emptying out the Kingdom from within us to the world. We are pouring ourselves out as Jesus did. We each take up our cross to follow Jesus into the life of Christ. This requires us to become nothing, so that God may be all in all.
98. Jesus said, "The Father's kingdom is like a person who wanted to kill someone powerful. While still at home he drew his sword and thrust it into the wall to find out whether his hand would go in. Then he killed the powerful one."
Satan is someone powerful in this world. For Gods Kingdom to fully come to this world, Satan must be killed. Who or what is Satan? Collectively, anything that is impeding Gods Kingdom and perfect will from coming to pass falls into the domain of Satan. Peter was Satan (Matthew 4:10). Whatever kept Paul from arriving to his destination was Satan (1 Thessalonians 2:18). This lower world and mans lower nature was Satan (1 Corinthians 5:5, 1 Timothy 1:20). Satan is the adversary, the resistance to God and His will. So if you are part of this resistance, then you are a devil working for Satan. Jesus had no problem calling religious leaders children of the devil and sons of hell. He even called his own disciples evil in Matthew 7:11. Face it; everyone has got a devil inside, but let me elaborate on this matter a bit more to make it clear. It is mans old (animal) nature that is holding him back from God. This would include the carnal mind and ego of each man, which makes perfect sense given what Jesus says here in this passage. Notice that he says, While still at HOME he drew his sword... I see this to say that the powerful one we must kill is right here in our own house! Jesus didnt have to go into a literal desert to face the devil. The spirit of the world is everywhere helping to feed our ego and carnal desires to manifest all sorts of evil works.
Jesus overcame the devil by putting to death his old nature. When the natural Jesus died, the Anointed Jesus lived. However, this happened long before he died on the cross. His death on the cross was symbolic, or do some suppose that we called to do the same? Yes, following Christ means taking up your cross, but we dont carry a piece of wood on our backs. What we carry is our carnal nature to Calvary by surrendering to God and letting the false self be crucified. God knows that the only way to save you (spirit) is to save you from your devil self, and Christ is the only greater than the devil. Christ (Word of God) comes into our house (being) like a sword separating natural self from your spiritual self. By doing so, the hand of God kills the powerful one and claims what was always His- your spirit.
99. The disciples said to him, Your brothers and your mother are standing outside. He said to them, Those here who do what my Father wants are my brothers and my mother. They are the ones who will enter my Fathers kingdom.
I have tried many times to explain that traditional Christian doctrine regarding salvation is a blatant lie or at very least a terrible deception. They promise their followers salvation while condemning all others to an eternal hell of suffering. They preach that if you really believe in Jesus and profess that he is Lord, and then you will be saved. This sounds nice and easy, but this is not exactly what the Lord Jesus taught. Oh yes, he did say to believe in him, but there is a bit more he said about being saved. As we read in the above passage and in Matthew 7:21, Jesus taught that ONLY those who do what the Father wants will enter the Kingdom of God. Long ago when Christianity was growing as a religion, many truths were either destroyed or corrupted by the natural minds of men. These religious men, some perhaps with good intentions, were more interested in gaining converts than anything else. Not only did they believe they were saving souls, but they also increased the political power and monetary wealth of the state run Church. So the more, the better was their motto. To promote their cause, they made the Church part of the salvation equation and guaranteed salvation to all who entered. Your choice was either join the Church or go to hell. Fear is such an effective motivator! So to these naturally minded men, this was ALL good because not only did they have the power to save souls, but they also were getting rich in the process! What a brilliant deception this was from mind of the devil!
As I explained in Salvation is Not a Gift, the truth about salvation is taking the entirety of what Jesus said. Believe in him (Christ) and every word he (Christ) said. Believe that he (Christ) is the Way, the Truth and the Life. Then if you truly believe this, take up your cross and follow him (Christ). Dont stop there! Take your cross to Calvary to crucify your old self. Become a living sacrifice for God! Finally, not your will be done but Gods. When you only do Gods will, then you are the Word made flesh and you are truly saved.
The second point to be made from this passage is that we are all one big family in Christ. Any who do Gods will are Jesus mother and brother. We are all one in Christ. Do not look for your wife, husband, mother or father in heaven. They are like you and like all the angels there; they are free spirits! There is no male or female in Christ. There is no husband or wife in heaven. We are all married to God, and more than this we are all one spirit in one body. Jesus speaks many times about unity- making the two into one. Spirit and Consciousness join to become one again. God is all and is one, so every spirit must return to the Father who is Source of all spirit. Everyone has natural parents from which they have entered the world. Yet in the natural, we cannot return back to that state before we came into this world. Can a man enter his mothers womb again? No. But in the spirit, we can. We can return to God through Christ and back into that state of eternal peace.
100. They showed Jesus a gold coin and said to him, "The Roman emperor's people demand taxes from us." He said to them, "Give the emperor what belongs to the emperor, give God what belongs to God, and give me what is mine."
God doesnt need money. What I find very appalling is the many Christians getting rich from their so-called good works and religious endeavors. I believe if you have something to share with the world then give it freely. God and His mature Sons are not concerned with the things of this material world. Even the flesh we walk in is not a grave concern because this is not our life. If God were concerned about the flesh of men, why does the Bible say He flooded humanity nearly from the face of the earth? Why would it say He brought plagues upon entire cities and nations including their infants? Why would He allow so much physical suffering of even those are seeking Him? God does this because He is trying to teach us that we are not flesh; we are spirit! The sooner we come to realize who we are; the sooner we will end the suffering through the flesh. Give to God what is His- your life!
101. "Whoever does not hate [father] and mother as I do cannot be my [disciple], and whoever does [not] love [father and] mother as I do cannot be my [disciple]. For my mother [...], but my true [mother] gave me life."
This passage is rather broken, but it is essentially the same as Thomas:55. And we can also compare this with Luke 14:26 to find its intended context and meaning. In fact, if this passage were not contained in the New Testament, I am sure many would contend that this is another example of why this Gnostic Gospel are unauthentic and invalid. Fortunately, this rather harsh statement from Jesus is certainly found in your Bible, but there with even more vehemence. In Gospel of Luke, Jesus adds that one must also hate his wife, children, brothers, sister and his own life. Do we understand why all this hate talk is coming from a Son of Love? Well to understand this, you must first understand the spiritual mind, as was discussed in saying 55. We must be willing to give up everything of this natural world including our natural relationships because they are insignificant in heaven.
What is interesting here is that as this passage ends, Jesus is speaking of his own parents! Yes, that is right! He is speaking of his natural mother and his natural FATHER! As I discussed earlier, I see the virgin birth story as a fabrication, or as Paul might say, a myth that was later added. Jesus was exactly like us and came into this world in the same way. So, the reason Jesus said he hated his NATURAL parents is because he was spirit and loved the spiritual things. This becomes more apparent when he adds that we must love them as he loves his parents. He loves their spirits. We have all heard Love the sinner, but hate the sin. Well, this is a similar idea. We must hate the one who keeping us in a sinful state or impeded our way back to God. This one is our enemy. We must even hate our own sinful life. Our natural, animal, carnal self is the one we should hate. We should hate this nature in everyone. This nature is our enemy and the enemy of God. This nature is holding us back from our higher nature, which is the nature of Christ.
102. Jesus said, "Damn the Pharisees! They are like a dog sleeping in the cattle manger: the dog neither eats nor [lets] the cattle eat."
Speaking of hate, damn those religious souls who are leading many astray by way of rules, regulations and bogus promises. Chapter 23 of Matthew is full of Jesus reprimanding the Pharisees and the teachers of the law. In the New Testament, a dog is not referring to a cuddly pet and mans loyal friend. The term dog is a derogatory term referring to those who are carnally minded- a beast. In Matthew 6:7, Jesus says, Do not give to the dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to the pigs. In Thomas:93, we also read about those pigs. In Book of Revelation, the dogs are the ones that outside the Kingdom of God. This is what Jesus thought of the Scribes and Pharisees, but also understand that Jesus would have thought this of all that were not worshipping God in spirit and in truth. All religions are just as guilty even though they all have some measure of spiritual truth in them.
Now, the cattle in this passage are referring to the less carnally minded souls that are seeking God. This makes perfect sense because cattle are natural creatures that have been tamed to be useful. God certainly uses even the naturally minded ones for His purpose. Understand that to be spiritually minded or carnally minded is not a black or white distinction. Many are caught in the gray, middle area where they are double-minded. If Paul and even Jesus wrestled with their carnal thoughts and desires, then every child of God must work to lift his mind into heaven. As long as we live in the flesh, we will have to control any carnal thoughts that sprout up. So again Jesus saw many that were striving to be Gods servants, but those religious dogs were keeping them from eating the knowledge of God.
103. Jesus said, "Congratulations to those who know where the rebels are going to attack. [They] can get going, collect their imperial resources, and be prepared before the rebels arrive."
Is Jesus prophesying about the fall of Jerusalem to Rome in 70 A.D.? Perhaps, but I find it much more useful to find the spiritual meaning of his words. So who then could be the spiritual rebels Jesus is speaking about? Well, rebels are those who oppose and disrupt others. So in this case, we must ask who are those who oppose and fight against God. In 1 Timothy 1:9, Paul says that the law was made for the rebels and lawbreakers. In other words, the law was made for the naturally minded that cannot yet be led by the spirit.
Everyone and everything is spirit. As for the spirit of man, he must come to learn of God and life through his choices. During this process, some spirits are called evil or rebellious because they havent yet accepted the Truth. In Mark 3:11 whenever an evil (unclean) spirit saw Jesus, he fell down and cried out recognizing that he was the Christ. As I have explained in other writings, the Holy Spirit is Gods presence in the natural world. The Holy Spirit is the qualified Spirit of God in this world that does His will. But outside of the Holy Spirit (ONE) are then the unholy spirits (many). These little rebels are everywhere working in accord with Satan who Jesus himself calls the prince and spirit of this world. If you arent with God, you are against God. It is that simple. We must become one with God first through the Holy Spirit leading us, but then through the Spirit of Christ. God is bringing all spirit back to the Source. So the rebels are spirits that resist God, His love and His will. Fight as they will, it is all done in vain because every spirit will succumb to the love of God. Every spirit, including that of men, will be subdued by the sovereign will of God.
Until that day though, we must be prepared for their attacks. So gather your imperial resources consisting of your belt of truth, breastplate of righteousness, foothold of peace, shield of faith, helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit. Understand that it is their purpose to try to bring and hold you down. Yes, everything and everyone has their purpose including Satan and his army. However, it is your divine right and destiny to overcome them with the implements of God in the Spirit of Christ!
104. They said to Jesus, "Come, let us pray today, and let us fast." Jesus said, "What sin have I committed, or how have I been undone? Rather, when the groom leaves the bridal suite, then let people fast and pray."
The act of fasting was typically done as a sign of repentance, so Jesus is wondering what sin he committed. Understand that fasting is not a bad thing to do, but Jesus fasted from the world and not from food. He filled his stomach at the tables of sinners and tax collectors, but his filled his heart by doing the will of God. While there is a time in our spiritual development when fasting serves a purpose, Jesus was beyond this point. Fasting was for those showing repentance, not him. Fasting was for those proving their faithfulness, not him. Jesus had transcended this lower level of worship. The Bread of Life doesnt fast, but rather He feeds the spiritually hunger of the world! Fasting is an act of self-sacrifice, but Jesus gave up more than food. Fasting represents the truth that we need nothing but God, but Jesus had already learned this lesson quite well! It is written that he fasted for forty days in the desert, which I take both literally and spiritually. He had already walked the walk, so he was talking the talk of the Word of God! And because he was the Bread of God, it was not time for his disciples to fast either. Once their Bread was gone, then they could truly fast and pray in every way.
105. Jesus said, "Whoever knows the father and the mother will be called the child of a whore."
Some would find these words offensive, but do you know what offended Jesus? Any deception or falsehood that was keeping the little ones from their true Father is what offended Jesus! His harshest words fell upon those who were leading others by way of fear, pride and ignorance. Again, this is ancient battle between the natural and the spiritual and therefore Satan and Christ. Both Jesus and Paul made it very clear that they are at odds with each other, and yet, first we must be natural to become spiritual. God has made a way for the spirit of man to move from mortality to immortality and from imperfection to perfection; and the Way is Christ! So Jesus asks us who are your father and mother? Is it Gary and Sharon? Flesh gives birth to flesh, and I am not flesh. So these are not my true parents. God is our true Father and is Wisdom our true Mother. When we come to accept this then we will be legitimate children in the Kingdom of God.
106. Jesus said, "When you make the two into one, you will become children of Adam, and when you say, 'Mountain, move from here!' it will move."
Do you want to move mountains? It is all about unity! We have fallen into a world of duality where there is good and evil, light and darkness and Adam and Eve. Yes, Adam was ONE being created by God, but then Eve was taken from him and man began to live in a world of duality, contrast and judgment. Eve taken from Adam is to say that the consciousness of man (Eve) was taken out of the spirit of man (Adam). This was the beginning of seeing double, but now at the end of this journey our vision must be corrected. Instead of having two of you, the true you must please stand up. The false (natural) you is a creature of flesh that only has the power of his carnal mind and his muscles. The true (spiritual) you has the mind of Christ and the power of God!
Jesus says that when we make the TWO of us into ONE then we become the children of Adam. Let us remember that Adam is called the Son of God long before Jesus was. And sons of Adam that followed in his spiritual likeness were also called the sons of God (Genesis 6:2-4). Again, Adam represents the spirit of man. There is nothing wrong and nothing has gone bad. What happened to the spirit of man in Genesis had to happen so that we would become like the Elohim. So all of mankind has fallen from the grace and life of Christ thereby turning this world into a hell. Yet before the fall, Adam was from God and perfect. Before his mind (Eve) was taken out and into the world, Adam was holy and faithful. Our minds are becoming spiritualized and our spirits are being lifted back into God-consciousness. When we return to that holy and faithful state of oneness with God we will be able to move mountains instead of climbing them!
107. Jesus said, "The (Father's) kingdom is like a shepherd who had a hundred sheep. One of them, the largest, went astray. He left the ninety-nine and looked for the one until he found it. After he had toiled, he said to the sheep, 'I love you more than the ninety-nine.'"
Here again we have a familiar Christian parable with some notable differences. The first of these is that the lost sheep was the largest one. Secondly, Jesus says that God loved this one more than the ninety-nine. Some might quickly call this ludicrous that God would love one more than another, but the key is that this one was the largest. God loves you and all because of one simple truth- God loves Himself and God is all in all. God has to love you or He isnt God. So it is impossible for God not to love you or anyone else because you are part of His being. God even cares about (loves) the sparrow that falls to its death, but, as you have surely read, YOU are much more valuable than many sparrows! You, like the sparrow, are spirit from God, but you are larger in a sense than the other creature of the world. This is why we are in human form because we needed a medium or being that will allow us to express our spirit and grow our relationship with God. God is interested in building His Kingdom within us. So He is going to give more those who already have much and take away from those who have little. In this way, the most spiritually fit and qualified will mature sooner.
Now lets get back to this 107th saying of Thomas Gospel. We read that the largest sheep is the one the shepherd went looking to find. Some would rightly say that Christ is the Sheppard, but do they also understand that Jesus was the lamb? I know what you might be thinking- Jesus is Christ, so Jesus is the Good Shepherd. Well, that is what he became. But again, we must acknowledge the distinction between Jesus and Christ. Before Jesus became the Christ, Christ had to save Jesus.
During the days of Jesus' life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission.
Jesus was a man chosen by God to bring the Sprit of Christ into the world. Jesus became Christ through his suffering and reverent submission to God. Do you understand this? Jesus was a man chosen by God. Jesus didnt create the universe. Jesus was a man chosen by God because he was the LARGEST lamb the world had to offer to sacrifice for our sins. While every Truth seeker is a lamb, Jesus was the largest and therefore, the most loved Lamb of God. He was the Lamb chosen to break the chains of Hades and set the rest of us free!
Yes after God found and then saved Jesus spirit and soul, Jesus, Gods most beloved lamb, was sacrificed for the sake of the Kingdom. Who do you believe killed Jesus? Evil men may have nailed him to the cross, but they were simply following orders. Pontius Pilate may have given the order, but this was the choice of the people. The people may have shouted out to crucify Jesus, but they didnt know any better. The answer, which may be hard from some to accept, is that God led Jesus to his natural death, so that his spiritual life could reach everyone! By giving up his natural life, the Spirit of Jesus was free to reach and help all that follow in his way. And that God that Christ Jesus is in the Kingdom, and the Kingdom is in you and all!
108. Jesus said, "Whoever drinks from my mouth will become like me; I myself shall become that person, and the hidden things will be revealed to him."
This is one of my favorites! Before you dismiss this as just more nonsense from an apocryphal writing, consider what Jesus said to that Samaritan woman at the well. Jesus tells this woman that he had living water from God. Isnt this what Jesus is saying here too? We must drink the wisdom flowing from Jesus mouth if we want his divine life. When we do this Jesus says, I myself (Christ) shall become that person. Now that really sounds mystical; now doesnt it? Yet, it is no different than When you do this to the least of these, you do it to me (Christ).
It is one of my greatest desires that Christians and all the religious of the world would come to see that Christ is all in all. Jesus became Christ thereby becoming the firstborn from this world of the dead. Christ is our life and our resurrection. We dont enter heaven as evil minds and unclean spirits. We enter heaven by living in Christ and Christ living in us. We become one with God. Paul seemed to have a grasp on this highest reality when he said, I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. Our old self (nature) must die so that Christ (our true, higher nature) can live.
Surely even Jesus died daily to his own will (Luke 22:42) and desires (James 1:14), so that Gods will would be done. Like Jesus then, we should make our self nothing (Philippians 2:7), virtually transparent, and then the light of Christ will shine from us! Again, to become like Jesus, we should drink all the divine knowledge of the truth that came from his mouth. After this, a whole new (higher) world will be revealed to us! And the door to the Kingdom of God will be opened before us!
109. Jesus said, "The (Father's) kingdom is like a person who had a treasure hidden in his field but did not know it. And [when] he died he left it to his [son]. The son [did] not know about it either. He took over the field and sold it. The buyer went plowing, [discovered] the treasure, and began to lend money at interest to whomever he wished."
Clearly, Christ is the treasure in your field (being). We dont know this at first, so time and generations keep passing. So after every life in the flesh we keep handing this treasure down to our next incarnation. This ignorance continued until Christ bought humanity through the death of Jesus. By dying for humanity, Christ Jesus is now the Owner (Lord) over a precious field filled with the treasure called the Word of God! As the result of this most valuable acquisition, God is now gaining interest from the world! You could say that Gods Kingdom is growing with compound interest!
110. Jesus said, "Let one who has found the world, and has become wealthy, renounce the world."
This definitely sounds like something Jesus would have said, but this also seems to contradict what we read in Thomas:81. There he said to let the wealthy reign, but again, we must determine what is the context of his message. Most of the time Jesus spoke in spiritual or figurative language, but occasionally he spoke in natural terms to make a point. Truth can be found at every level. Here it appears he is speaking about natural wealth, which then flows with the rest of his teachings. To reiterate this point, we need to realize that being wealthy is not a sin, but it can certainly be a distraction that can lead us into sinful behavior. Drinking is not a sin, but it can lead us to make bad choices. Really every choice we knowingly and willingly make outside of Gods will is a sin. Sin then is really our awareness of this imperfection and misalignment with regards to Gods perfect will. So, as Jesus says, if in our minds we leave (renounce, fast from) this world, we can then better focus on God and His will.
111. Jesus said, "The heavens and the earth will roll up in your presence, and whoever is living from the living one will not see death." Does not Jesus say, "Those who have found themselves, of them the world is not worthy"?
Is Jesus speaking in third person here? It sure sounds like it. He is quoting himself, which again lends credence to the fact that he was making a distinction between Jesus and Christ. He knew the world saw the son of man, but he wanted them to see the Son of God. The point I think Jesus was making was that the world was not worthy of him (Christ). How true this is. Paul basically expressed this same sentiment in many of his letters. All have sinned and fall short of Gods glory. John the Baptist, a great servant of God, considered himself unworthy to unfasten Jesus sandals. We are not worthy, but thank God we can be made worthy!
In Mark 13:31, Jesus said, Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. The words that will never pass away are more than the utterances coming from Jesus mouth. The words are those who are living from the Living Word. Christ is the Word of God and the Living One. Any who are in Christ and doing Gods will are also the WORDS of God and living ones. These are the ones who have found their true selves. Of course everything we see with natural eyes will have an end. The earth, the sun and the sky will all be rolled up and pulled back into the void of nothingness. Yet, those who are from Christ, the Living One, will not see or taste death.
112. Jesus said, "Damn the flesh that depends on the soul. Damn the soul that depends on the flesh."
Can you believe that Jesus used such language? I have little doubt! You see, first we need to understand that damn is not a bad word, but it is certainly a bad (spiritual) state to be in! To be damned is to be condemned. The Spirit of Christ is raising mankind out of our condemnation in Hades. We are spirit from God who have fallen into the darkness of the void and lost our selves in creation. What we see, hear, taste, feel and smell all around us is the world of illusion and shadows. So the flesh is damned because it has NO chance of inheriting the Kingdom of God. The flesh has come to depend on the soul, but the soul cannot save it although she certainly does try! And the soul that depends on the flesh is also damned because the flesh is temporal manifestation. The soul can only be saved through total dependency on the eternal SPIRIT for her life. This is what we are here to learn; we must live by the spirit and not the flesh. Yet, as Jesus told us, there are many souls that are forfeited at the gates of hell because they are attached to the flesh (Matthew 10:28).
113. His disciples said to him, "When will the kingdom come?" "It will not come by watching for it. It will not be said, 'Look, here!' or 'Look, there!' Rather, the Father's kingdom is spread out upon the earth, and people don't see it."
Do you see Gods Kingdom? Do you see that Christ is all and in all? Gods Kingdom is anywhere Christ has become the King. If Christ reigns in your heart and mind, then you have become and are in the Kingdom of God. It is not a physical kingdom above the clouds having streets paved with gold and gates made of pearl. Truly, it is much more precious than this or what any human mind can imagine! God is Spirit and so is His Kingdom.
114. Simon Peter said to them, "Make Mary leave us, for females don't deserve life." Jesus said, "Look, I will guide her to make her male, so that she too may become a living spirit resembling you males. For every female who makes herself male will enter the kingdom of Heaven."
This last saying is sure to ruffle some feathers out there! Females dont deserve life. Harsh words from Peter! This one single passage leaves many with a strong impression that this document cannot be authentic. They cant accept that Peter or Jesus would have spoken something so sexist as this. However, this sounds perfectly accurate to my ear. Let me explain.
Are Christians aware of how women were treated during this era in Judea? Well, lets just say that it wasnt very nice. We may think womens rights were oppressed 100 years ago, try going back 2,000 years and witness the atrocious way they were treated! So, I view this passage as yet another raw, realistic example of what really was said. While some (women) may find this passage offensive, I see it legitimizing this Gospel as being more accurate light. In the time of Jesus, this is exactly how Peter may have responded concerning a woman hanging around their religious movement. Even Paul said (taught) some rather questionable doctrine concerning what women could and couldnt do. Now Jesus, in stark contrast, was breaking those sexist attitudes and tendencies of Judaism. Not only did he speak to women he wasnt suppose to, he also allowed Mary Magdalene to be his follower. This surely caused some anger or at least angst among the Jewish men of his group.
Yet there is much more to this passage than Peters sexist attitude. Jesus answer to Peter is quite revealing on more than one level. Jesus said that he would guide her and make her male. Then he explains what male really means- to become a living spirit. Obviously there was a communication gap because Peter was thinking naturally and Jesus was answering spiritually. What many still dont seem to fathom is a spiritual truth that both Jesus and Paul taught, which is in Christ (the Kingdom of God) there are no men and women. Jesus taught that there is no marriage in heaven because we become as angels. In other words, a persons natural sex that was defined by the body is meaningless regarding those entering the Kingdom. Again, Jesus explains that we must become male, which is simply realizing we are living spirits from God. Again, as I have already explained in many other articles, the spirit is considered male and the soul is female. In this way, Adam and Eve were one before God took Eve (soul) out of Adam (spirit). So ladies, Jesus wasnt a sexist; he was a spiritualist!
On the other hand, for just a moment, let us suppose Jesus was speaking to them in a more literal, or natural, way. How could Jesus make Mary into a male? Would he perform a sex change operation? While this notion should be regarded as absurd, accepting that we (spirit) reincarnate back into this world by alternating between male and female bodies is not. Every time we reenter this world, our sex changes to keep a balance in our being and life experiences. So when Marys true self (spirit) reincarnated again, Marys spirit would be in a male body. Perhaps this is Gods way of brining the Sons of God to maturity? It is hard to ignore the fact that a vast majority of the worlds greatest spiritual leaders have come in a male form.
So the sexist attitudes prominent in the worlds religions including Judaism and even Christianity are likely shadows a higher reality that God has been trying to show us. In the same way animal sacrifices, Moses, and the law were also merely shadows of spiritual truths that God would reveal to us. Yet for those with eyes that can see, that time has come! Now we should know that the only sacrifice required of us is our (natural) self. Then we no longer live, but Christ lives through us. Now we should know that Christ is the only One who can set us free and lead us to that Promised Land! Now we should know that the only law we living spirits of God live by is Law of the spirit of life and love. In this way, the Sons of God are revealed and the Kingdom of God comes!
Before I ever read the Gospel of Thomas, I was told by others to stay clear of it. Many in Christianity are convinced that if it isnt in the Bible, it isnt worth reading and can even be dangerous. Well, I have never been good at following the paths of others especially when my spirit is leading me another way. I admit the first time I skimmed through this other Gospel it seemed a little weird, but I sensed that it was inspired. I now feel it harmonizes perfectly with the biblical teachings of Jesus found in the Bible. Even more than this, I have found that it remains one of the few ancient documents less refined, and perhaps less tainted, by the hands and minds of men. Certainly some will read this once hidden and protected Gospel and call it apocryphal. Yet, these same souls likely cannot fathom the higher teachings that Jesus spoke in the New Testament Gospels either. What do these doubters make of those many mystical and rather outlandish claims from Christ Jesus? If he were here today preaching as he did then, would they accept them? Or would they be like the many that 2,000 years ago that found his teachings too difficult to accept?
However, none of this wisdom from Jesus should be dumbfounding to the spiritually mature who knows exactly where Jesus is coming from. To those souls who feel like foreigners in this world, Jesus teachings are really all that do make sense. We understand that while Jesus feet were on earth, his mind and spirit were operating on a higher plane. This is why he lived and talked as he did. It was written in John 21:25 that Jesus did and said too many things to ever be written down- even the whole world would not have enough room for the books that would be written. Too bad they didnt have CD ROMs back then! Yes, this may be a bit of an exaggeration, but the point is we should realize that the four Gospels of the Bible only represent a small fraction of what Jesus did and said while walking the earth. This is why we must not shut our minds to the Gospel of Thomas and all the truth it contains.
In the end, it is our desires that lead us, so do you desire doctrines of men or the Truth from God? Are you going to blindly accept the beliefs your particular religious or social environment has handed you? Are you going to climb the mountain or remain in the valley of your ancestors? Do you realize that if you were born or raised in another part of the world your beliefs would be all together different? This is of course UNLESS you seek the Truth in every teaching! Yes, this is what we must do! Know that every religion has its purpose in Gods plan, but none of them including Christianity will ever save anyone. At their best religions are a mixture of mans ideas and Gods Truth that help guide humanity to peace and higher consciousness. But at worst they can be violent, manipulative and deceptive vehicles used to control humanity and delay the coming of the Kingdom. So let us not get bogged down in the mire of religious pride, but rather seek and separate the Truth from every religion. Then let us hold it up as the light of Truth for all to see. Because all that seek Gods Love, they are my neighbors. All that seek Gods Truth, they are my brothers. And all that do Gods will are alive in Christ. By finding and sharing the Truth, every lie and deception in our minds will vanish, as does a shadow in the light. It is in this way that the Truth sets us free! Gods Truth will free us from the darkness of ignorance and erase the shadows of deception, so that we can see and live in the Kingdom as Jesus did! I am hopeful that Truth seekers will never let fear or pride stop them from climbing higher up Gods mountain of Truth.
May God guide all up the mountain of Truth to our salvation,
return to the Savior of the World
Background Song- The Gospel Is Peace- Smalltown Poets