July 2004

GOSPEL ACCORDING TO THOMAS

 

WILL YOU MOVE MOUNTAINS?

 

Logia 107. Jesus said: The Kingdom is like a shepherd who has a hundred sheep. One of them went astray, which was the largest. He left behind ninety-nine, he sought for the one until he found it. Having tired himself out, he said to the sheep, I love thee more than ninety-nine.

If there is just one person to listen to that truth then I will be there, it is worth your time to touch one person. Some will not teach if there are not at least ten people. I once had one-person turn up for a class, she is now an ordained minister.

This is one of the few times that numbers are mentioned in this Gospel, although numbers are very important when dealing with the pesher.

In this case The Gospel of Truth, again from the Nag Hamadi scrolls, gives us a clue.

"He is indeed the shepherd, who left the ninety-nine sheep which had not gone astray, and went to seek the one which had gone astray. He rejoiced when he found it, for ninety-nine is a number, which can be counted on the left hand, which contains it.

But as soon as the single one is found, the entire number goes over to the right hand. In the same way with the person who lacks and takes it from the left side, and causes it to go over to his right hand, and thus the number becomes a hundred."

The numerical mysticism, which follows, makes it clear that the rediscovery of the hundredth sheep is the consummation.

The number 99 is imperfect, and lacks 'the one' which, when found, restores the number to perfection. The number then goes over from the incomplete left to the right, to which belongs fullness.

The Manichean Psalm Book
"We were numbered in the number of the right, we passed from the number of the left. We were numbered in the number of the sheep; we passed from the number of the goat."

Irenaeus says:
"Left hand side is Gnostic interpretation as an expression of the material, which has been lost, and the right hand side and the number 100 is symbol for the state of perfection."

Again 99 equals the heavenly world.
But the missing sheep is the part not 'at home' but outside . . . imprisoned in the material world, or in man.

Logia 108. Jesus said: Whoever drinks from My mouth shall become as I am and I myself will become he, and the hidden things shall be revealed to him.

Nothing to be healed but only to be revealed. This is what the whole Gospel is about - if you have but ears to hear. All the 'miracles' were but normal occurrences to Jesus.

Logia 109. Jesus said: the Kingdom is like a man who had a treasure hidden in his field, without knowing it. And after he died, he left it to his son. The son did not know about it, he accepted that field, he sold it. 'And he who bought it, he went, while he was plowing he found the treasure. He begun to lend money to whomsoever be wished.

Know in the first two cases is to realize - to recognize - to understand.

We do not know our treasures, and our offspring are not interested, so someone wiser will pick up the task.

It requires work to find the treasure of our spiritual life just as Jacob in 'Hidden Bible' did not like having to work and ended up with Leah. Even though we unconsciously possess it, we cannot just inherit the spirit life, without our own commitment

Logia 110. Jesus said: : Whoever has found the world and become rich, let him deny the world.

Remember he asked the rich young man to give up his wealth, but he could not. The richness of the spiritual life is far more than the riches of the material world.

Logia 111. Jesus said: The heavens will be rolled up and the earth in your presence, and he who lives on the Living One shall see neither death nor fear, because [  ] Jesus says: Whosever finds himself, of him the world is not worthy.

'Shall not find fear' is a wonderful clue. For the world is the out picturing of man's mind. Especially when we follow the Living One within.

Those who have been entrusted with knowledge shall themselves not be subject to decay, since knowledge is the life-giving factor, liberating the heavenly life from its bondage to material things.

Logia 112. Jesus said: Woe to the flesh, which depends upon the soul, woe to the soul, which depends upon the flesh.

It seems that here the soul is equated with the mind, for if we completely depend upon the mind for our instruction it can cause many errors. If we let the mind be controlled by the material we are again in trouble. The spirit is the one to be allowed to be in control.

Logia 113. His disciples said to him. When will the Kingdom come? 
Jesus said: It will not come by expectation, they will not say: "See here", or "See there". But the Kingdom of the Father is spread upon the earth and men do not see it.

This means what he says literally.

The New Testament version of a coming again Messiah is of no account here . . . the particles of light are spread all over the earth. But are hidden in the last place man will look . . . within.

Logia 114. Simon Peter said to them: Let Mary go out from among us, because women are not worthy of the Life. Jesus said: See I shall lead her, so that I will make her male, that she too may become a living spirit, resembling you males. For every woman who makes herself male will enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

This Logia has caused so much controversy because it has not been related to the rest of the Gospel. The main focus is that the two shall be one. To become a solitaire. To absorb the Living Spirit so that there is no male or female. Simon Peter still had hang-ups from his traditional upbringing, plus a certain jealousy toward Mary Magdalene.

The male intellect allied with the female intuition. The inner female must become outer male - and outer male must become inner female. The whole being must be intuitive AND mind.

If you go back to a caveman standing in the opening of his cave looking out at his world, could he in his wildest imagination know what men could do with his mind? Could he imagine going to the moon, building cities, computers, or scientific advances.

Neither can we dream or image what mankind can do with his mind when it becomes allied with his intuition as a whole - he will move mountains.

Logia 22 lays it out precisely: 
"Jesus said to them: When you make the two one, and when you make the inner as the outer and the outer as the inner and the above as the below, and when you make the male and the female into a single one, so that the male will not be male and the female (not) be female, when you make eyes in the place of an eye, and a hand in the place of a hand, and a foot in the place of a foot, (and) an image in the place of an image. Then shall you enter [the Kingdom.]"

Enough said!!!

 

PJR.

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