January 2001

GOSPEL ACCORDING TO THOMAS

Logia 24. His disciples said: "Show us the place where thou art, for it is necessary for us to seek it."
He said to them: "Whoever has ears to hear let him hear. Within a man of light there is light and he lights the whole world. When he does not shine, there is darkness."

We have to let that light within us radiate out else there is darkness around us, use a meditation that does this. According to Emma Curtis Hopkins we can even affect our neighbors, as we are this radiating light.

Mary says . . . to Jesus: "My Lord, my man of light has ears, and I hear with my power of light and your spirit which is with me has made me sober."

Let your light shine.

Logia 25. Jesus said: "Love thy brother as they soul, guard him as the apple of thine eye."

The golden rule was in existence then - what is in your eye is the reflection of your self. Whatever you set right you have set right within yourself first.

Logia 26. Jesus said: "The mote that is in thy brother's eye thou seest, but the beam that is in thine eye, thou seest not. When thou castest the beam out of thine eye, then thou wilt see clearly to cast the mote out of they brother's eye."

He continues from Logia 25 to tell you whatever is in you is what you see in others. Also 'beam' means large - but 'mote' is small - so therefore cast out the larger troubles in your own eye, before you try to remove the smaller from your brother's. 

Logia 27. Jesus said: "If thou fast not from the world, you will not find the Kingdom,; if you keep not the Sabbath as Sabbath, you will not see the father."

It is negativity that you fast from, letting go of all materiality and wait upon the Lord. Keeping the Sabbath for man, not the man for the Sabbath. Make of it a day of peace to look within, a time of holiness.

In Jesus time a Jewish man could not even roll a wheat seed in his hand, and only walk the number of steps to get to the temple.

We are told to wait upon the Lord, but we do not let God take care of things by keeping that time holy.

Logia 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. I found none among them athirst. And my soul was afflicted for the sons of men, because they are blind in their heart and do not see that empty they have come into the word (and that) empty they seek to go out of the world again. But now they are drunk. When they have shaken off their wine, then they will repent."

This is one of the most important Logia in the collection firstly because of one word;

Repent - a word which is so badly mistranslated from the Greek word metanoia. 
It really means -
meta - a transformation or beyondness.
noia - mind, therefore a transformation of the mind.
This is from Dr Maurice Nicoll in his book 'The Mark', written before the revelation of this Gospel. Hugh MacGregor Ross, in his 'Thirty Essays on the Gospel of Thomas', says that it is better translated as 'to change one's knowing'. And, where in the 'Gospel According to Thomas' 'to know' has several meanings. The one associated here is - 'the meaning of a profound certainty known at the depth of one's being.'

He further says that the call of metanoia to the disciples by Jesus, is for 'a transformation of one's awareness, a change that comes about as a result of a new viewpoint.'

Such a stand by Jesus is not brought out in the other Gospels. Yet, it does indeed go 'beyond the beyond' to challenge us to look deeper into our own souls.

Now, to the more mundane explanation of the rest of this Logia 28. To be drunk, is the state of man without knowledge in an ignorant world.

Gospel of Philip
"Jesus bore them in all secrecy. He in fact revealed himself not as he really was but in such a way that they could see him . . .  He revealed himself to the great as great, and revealed himself to the little as little.  He revealed himself to the angels as an angel and to men as a man. For that reason the logos was hidden from all.  Some certainly saw him in that they saw themselves.  But when he revealed himself in glory to his disciples on the mountain he was not small but great.  He made the disciples great so that they could see him when he was great."

 When we are ready it will be revealed to us, but at the moment we do not LET this happen.

Pistis Sophia
I have come to lead them out of their blindness that I might show them unto all the God who is over the All."

Each man should be so hungry and thirsty for truth that no thought or word will he have that will separate him from God.

We come into the world empty to manifest God ideas.

You have to take an empty bucket to receive the Truth, but they were so full of the evils of the world there was no room.

Gospel of Truth
"Thus did every one, in that he slept whilst he was ignorant, and thus he arose, as when he awoke.  And happy is the man who was converted and awoke, and blessed is he who opened the eyes of the blind…"

We are asleep because we forget what was before - so we are always trying to get back there.

As we align ourselves more with God, we understand and know - not just have blind faith.

We have known the absolute truths forever, but here they are once again for you to do something about.

PJR.

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