July 2001

 

GOSPEL ACCORDING TO THOMAS

 

WHAT FEAR YOU?

Logia 36. Jesus said: Take no thought from morning until evening and from evening until morning for what you shall put on.

What does the first Chapter of Genesis say but that 'it was the evening and the morning of the first day'. Why is that phrase used again by Jesus? Because the outer covering of mankind was not created until the 2nd Chapter. The first is dealing with the spiritual vibrations that were being manifested. So we are not to take any notice of the outer appearances but look to the spirit within. For we literally put on a 'face', or mask, that is the appearance people 'see'. We are very aware of the impression that we want people to have of us. At night we dream of those interactions.

Logia 37. His disciples said: When wilt thou be revealed to us and when will we see thee? Jesus said: When you take off your clothing and without being ashamed, and take your clothes and put them under your feet as the little children, and tread on them, then [shalt you behold] the Son of the Living (One) and you shalt not fear.

Here is a continuation of Logia 36, for once again you are told not to be ashamed to reveal your true self - have no fear. When you take off the mask again (your clothing) and put the false you under your understanding (feet) and trample on it. Just like all the false you's that have been hanging in the closet for years unused, but you are still clinging on to them.

Logia 38. Jesus said: : Many times have you desired to hear those words which I say to you, and you have no other from whom to hear them. There will be days when you will seek Me (and) you will not find Me.

When you seek the messenger rather than the message we do not find what we seek.. There was the time that Jesus was so disappointed that the people were after the bread and the miracles, not the message behind them. 

Acts of John 
Irenaeus…"I have often desired to hear one of these words, but I had no one who said it to me."

Logia 39. Jesus said: : The Pharisees and the Scribes have received the keys of Knowledge, they have hidden them. They did not enter and they did not let those (enter) who wished but you, become wise as serpents and innocent as doves.

Again, we are to look to the inner wisdom rather than follow those who THINK they have the secret. Compare with Logia 102 where again - Jesus says: "Woe to them the Pharisees, for they are like a dog sleeping in the manger of oxen, for neither does he eat nor allow the oxen to eat."

Logia 40. Jesus said: A vine has been planted without the father and, as it is not established, it will be pulled up by its roots and be destroyed.

Again, do not let false teaching entwine you, look to the Father within to see if it is true.

Logia 41. Jesus said: Whoever has in his hand, to him shall be given; and whoever does not have from him shall be taken even the little which he has.

He who is seeking and has begun to find the truth, to him shall be given. If you do not even seek then what you have materially will be taken.

Gospel of Philip
“It is not fitting that all should learn to know themselves, will not put what they have to good use; others, however, who have learned to know themselves will make use of that (which they have).

Logia 42. Jesus said: Become passers-by.

Just two words - three if you quibble, but oh - so pithy. As we let the appearances pass away then our ego's pass away also. We then become our true selves.

Lao Tzu #7
Heaven and earth last forever
Why do heaven and earth last forever?
They are unborn
So ever living.
The sage stayed behind, thus he is ahead
He is detached, then at one with all,
through selfless action, he attains fulfillment.

Valententinus
In one of his sermons: "You are immortal from the beginning, and you are to distribute death among you in order to annihilate and devour it, so that death may die in you and through you. For when you break down the world, but are yourselves not broken down, you are lords over all creation and mortality."

Fragment 4 (Clement of Alexandria)
"Those who possess eternal life, through their particles of light, are the ones who fight death and the world, and become lords over mortality."

Clement of Alexandria succeeded Peter at Rome - he was the brother of Niceta and Aquila - (John and James, sons of Zebedee and later called Sons of Thunder, of the Sadducee High Priest. They were also writers of Revelation). Clement was very involved in the movement and was a grandson of the Caesars.

Logia 43. His disciples said to Him : Who art Thou that Thou should say these things to us. Jesus said to them. From what I say to you, you do not know who I am, but you have become as the Jews, for they love the tree, they hate its fruit and they love the fruit, they hate the tree.

As you love the source but not the manifestation, you love the messenger but not the message. If you love the message then you discard the messenger. Here 'know' means to become aware.

PJR.

October 2001