April 2001

GOSPEL ACCORDING TO THOMAS

 

FOLLOW THE LIGHT!

Logia 29. Jesus said: If the flesh has come into existence because of the spirit, it is a marvel; but if the spirit (has come into existence) because of the body it is a marvel of marvels. But I marvel at how this great wealth has made its home in this poverty.

Spirit is the cause of the manifestation of the flesh - spirit controls the mind: mind controls the body, not the other way around. The spirit is in existence first, then it forms the body to be able to function on this plane.

Logia 30. Jesus said: Where there are three gods, they are gods; where there are two or one, I am with him.

Look at this as the Physical, mental, and spiritual. When there is only the physical and the mental ruling then there has to be the I AM. When all three are present we are in balance and in alignment with God.

Logia 31. Jesus said: No prophet is acceptable in his village, no physician heals those who know him.

Do you not find it difficult to help a relative and people of your own circle? Here 'know' means to recognize or to understand. So knowing where you came from they think they understand you as just one of them and do not really believe you can heal. This is when you must work silently. 

Logia 32. Jesus said: A city being built on a high mountain and fortified can not fall nor can it ever be hidden.

High mountain is, as in the Old Testament, a high spiritual consciousness, where the patriarchs were always building altars or pitching tents. Pitching tents meant that they could not stay there for long. A firm mind, though, can fortify that consciousness and it cannot be hid because it will out-picture in your life.

Logia 33. Jesus said: What thou shalt hear in thine ear and in the other ear, that preach from your housetops, for no one lights a lamp and puts it under a bushel, nor does he put it in a hidden place, but he sets it on the lampstand, so that all who come in and go out may see its light.

Isaiah said: "There is a voice behind the ear, listen to it".
Once you set your foot on the path of Truth there is no hiding it because you are changed. Then you have to let who you are shine forth, for your God works through you.

Logia 34. Jesus said: If a blind man leads a blind man, both of them fall into a pit.

Spiritual blindness - when it is your beingness that is at stake, be careful who your instructors are. But, we are to be saved from the poverty of lack of awareness of spiritual truth, and blindness to that truth that would leave us in darkness.

Gospel of Philip
"If a blind man and man who can see are in darkness, they are different from each other. But when light comes, then the man who can see shall see the light, and the blind man shall remain in darkness."

 If you are ready to see, then the light will dawn, if you will not see, then you are in darkness.
When you 'know', you will go on walking through greater and greater experiences as you follow the light. As one who is blind and thinks he 'knows it all' is usually the one who wants to lead.

Logia 35. Jesus said: It is not possible for one to enter the house of the strong man and take him (or: it) by force unless he bind his hands, then will he ransack his house.

'House' is the inner being - this is the first Logia to consider the ego though not in actual words.
We say we should be 'all prayed up', this is your strength . . . unless you are bound up in your negative thinking. Then all those 'things (armor) that you relied upon will count for nothing. Only the spirit shall be your 'sword and buckler'.
Really take a long look at Psalm 91 - phrase by phrase - not scan through it and say how beautiful, but look at the meaning behind each sentence.

PJR.

July 2001