Gospel of Thomas – Logion 21 to 30

Gospel of Thomas – Logion 21 to 30

Logion 21:

Mary said to Jesus, “Whom are your disciples like?”
He said, “They are like children who have settled in a field which is not theirs. When the owners of the field come, they will say, ‘Let us have back our field’. They (will) undress in their presence in order to let them have back their field and to give it back to them. Therefore I say, if the owner of a house knows that the thief is coming, he will begin his vigil before he comes and will not let him dig through into his house of his domain to carry away his goods. You, then, be on your guard against the world. Arm yourselves with great strength lest the robbers find a way to come to you, for the difficulty which you expect will (surely) materialize. Let there be among you a man of understanding. When the grain ripened, he came quickly with his sickle in his hand and reaped it. Whoever has ears to hear, let him hear”.


Note: There is the Old Testament, and those who claim the authority to teach it, and there is the New Testament, which Jesus claimed authority to teach. If there had been nothing wrong with the Old Testament, then there would have been no need for a New Testament.

Interpretation of:  ‘They are like children who have settled in a field which is not theirs’.

The ‘field’ that the disciples had settled in was the mind-set that contained the teachings of the Old Testament, as taught by its teachers. They were teachings that deprived people of knowledge of themselves, and of the one true Father, and so the disciples had settled into a way that did not belong to God’s children.

Interpretation of:  ‘When the owners of the field come, they will say, ‘Let us have back our field’.

When those who claim to have authority to teach the Old Testament, come to the disciples, they will tell the disciples to stop challenging their authority and teachings, and to stop leading the people another way.  

Interpretation of:  ‘They (will) undress in their presence in order to let them have back their field and to give it back to them’.

The disciples will take off their garments of indoctrination and basically say, keep your teachings we want none of them, for we have a New Testament of God’s Word.

Interpretation of: ‘Therefore I say, if the owner of a house knows that the thief is coming’.

Note: ‘House’ refers to the soul. The ‘owner’ of the house is of course, the Self. The ‘thief’ is the one who would steal the Truth that you have and replace it with lies.

Interpretation of: ‘He will begin his vigil before he comes and will not let him dig through into his house of his domain to carry away his goods’.

He will be on guard for those who would try to destroy his faith and take away his Truth, just as they tried to do to Jesus.

Interpretation of: ‘You, then, be on your guard against the world. Arm yourselves with great strength lest the robbers find a way to come to you, for the difficulty which you expect will (surely) materialize’.

Arm yourself with great faith and the wisdom to defend it, because those of the world will come to test you, as you expect them to. Be ready to tie their hands with their own beliefs.

Interpretation of: ‘Let there be among you a man of understanding. When the grain ripened, he came quickly with his sickle in his hand and reaped it’.  

Let there be among you a man of wisdom, when your Truth comes to fruition, let him store it firmly in your heart.


Logion 22:

Jesus saw infants being suckled. He said to his disciples, “These infants being suckled are like those who enter the kingdom”. They said to him, “Shall we then, as children, enter the kingdom? Jesus said to them, “When you make the two one, and when you make the inside like the outside and the outside like the inside, and the above like the below, and when you make the male and the female one and the same, so that the male not be male nor the female female; and when you fashion eyes in the place of an eye, and a hand in place of a hand, and a foot in place of a foot, and a likeness in place of a likeness; then will you enter the kingdom?”


Interpretation of: ‘When you make the two one’.

When you make the divided mind (which is two), into an undivided mind (which is one).

Interpretation of: ‘When you make the inside like the outside and the outside like the inside, and the above like the below’.

The state of the Self is dependent on the state of the mind. Likewise the state of the mind is dependent on the state of the Self. When the two are in conflict, peace is lost. If the mind is full of Truth, and the Self accepts that Truth, then the Self will be at peace, and the Self which is ‘above,’ will be like the mind, which is ‘below’. This is why Jesus said, ‘I am the Truth’. Only the acceptance of Truth, will end the conflict between the Self’s desires and worldly temptations in the mind. When you realize that you don’t need the things of the world, then its temptations will be silenced, as will the desire for them.

Interpretation of: ‘When you make the male and the female one and the same, so that the male not be male nor the female female’.

When you realize that a spiritual being has no gender and therefore you are not a physical being.

Interpretation of: ‘And when you fashion eyes in the place of an eye’.

When you learn to see with your spiritual eyes, that is have spiritual sight.

Interpretation of:  ‘And a hand in place of a hand’.

This means your true Self’s will, in place of your false Self’s will.

Interpretation of:  ‘And a foot in place of a foot’.

This means your spiritual journey in place of your physical one.

Interpretation of:  ‘And a likeness in place of a likeness’.

This means God’s image in place of the physical body’s image, because we are made in God’s image and not the image of a physical creature.

Interpretation of:  ‘Then will you enter the kingdom’.

Then your mind will become as the Kingdom of Heaven. You must come to know yourself.


Logion 23:

Jesus said, “I shall choose you, one out of a thousand, and two out of ten thousand, and they shall stand as a single one”.  


Interpretation:                                                      

Only 1 in a 1,000 was capable of understanding and accepting the Truth, and out of those, only 2 in 10,000 had the faith in Love required to live by the Truth.

Those who are capable of understanding and accepting the Truth are those that can come to know themselves as a spiritual being, and therefore can enter the Kingdom within. This Kingdom, which is within is like a room. It is their domain/mind, and in there, there is a doorway leading to Heaven, which is God’s Kingdom/Heaven/home. However, this doorway will not open unless there is perfect faith in Love. The doorway is guarded by cherubim (Love) and the flaming sword of Truth.

So there is only 1 in 1,000 that recognizes and accepts Truth, but out of these, there are only 2 in 10,000, who have enough Love to be called Sons of God, and to teach as Jesus did. It is these that Jesus chose, and they became brothers and stood as one.


Logion 24:

His disciples said to him, “Show us the place where you are, since it is necessary for us to seek it”.  He said to them, “Whoever has ears, let him hear. There is light within a man of light, and he lights up the whole world. If he does not shine, he is darkness”.


Interpretation of: ‘Show us the place where you are, since it is necessary for us to seek it’.

Jesus was of course, in the Kingdom of Heaven, his enlightened mind. It is obvious that the disciples knew where the physical body of Jesus was, but what they wanted to know, was where he was as a spiritual being. Although they could see the light that Jesus radiated, they could not see the place where the light came from.

Interpretation of: ‘There is light within a man of light’.

The place where Jesus was as a spiritual being was of course, in his mind that had been made in the image of the Kingdom of Heaven. It was the mind of one who was Self-realized as a spiritual being, and his mind was full of light because it contained only Love and Truth. His mind was like that of the Fathers. When the mind is full of light, the Self is also full of light, therefore the man of light is the man who has an enlightened mind.

Interpretation of: ‘And he lights up the whole world’.

The light from an enlightened soul radiates outward. It is not light that is visible to the physical eyes, but other souls are aware of it. Words cannot describe it other than they are somehow shining or glowing, and so other souls are left experiencing what they cannot understand or explain. What is actually being realized by the observer, is complete peace, total confidence and fearlessness in that person. To a lesser degree it is like the effect felt when in the presence of someone of great fame. The feeling is one of awe.

Interpretation of: ‘If he does not shine, he is darkness’.

The fullness of life can only be experienced in a mind full of light, anything less is described as death. If you add one drop of ink to a glass of clear water, then the whole of the water will become tainted and lose its clarity. Likewise, if there is anything in the mind that is untrue or unloving, then the whole mind will be tainted, and therefore the fullness of life cannot be experienced. If a man does not shine it is because there is darkness in his mind. Even a little darkness destroys the purity of the light.

See also in Matthew 6:22-23: The lamp of the body is the eye. If your eye is sound, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is evil, your whole body will be full of darkness. If all the light you have is darkness, it is dark indeed!

‘The lamp of the body’ is the spiritual eye. If your spiritual sight is sound, then the whole of your soul will be full of light. But if your spiritual eye has any blindness to the Self, Love and Truth and is turned to the things of the world, then your whole soul (Self and mind) will be full of darkness. (It will contain less than perfect light).


Logion 25:

Jesus said, “Love your brother like your soul, guard him like the pupil of your eye”.


Interpretation of: ‘Love your brother like your soul’.

You must first Love yourself completely, because if you don’t then what measure of Love are you being asked to Love your brother by?

To Love your soul is to Love the Self and your mind.

You cannot enter the Kingdom of Heaven while wearing the garments of Self-condemnation. It is not vanity to Love yourself for the Love and Truth that you carry. It is those who have no Love and Truth, and yet exalt themselves above others, who are vain. No-one exalts themselves above those that they Love.

Love others as you are loved by our Father, for we are all God’s children and not one of us is loved less than another. Even our Father loves those who stand against Him and those who oppose His will. Love is not dependant on being pleased by someone, if it were so then how could we Love our enemies?

Interpretation of: ‘Guard him like the pupil of your eye’.

The pupil of your eye is that which sees with spiritual sight, it is the awakened Self. So guard your brother as you guard yourself, that is Love and care for one another as I have loved and cared for you. Do not let him fall into darkness, just as you guard yourself from falling into darkness.


Logion 26:

Jesus said, “You see the mote in your brother’s eye, but you do not see the beam in your own eye. When you cast the beam out of your own eye, then you will see clearly to cast the mote from your brother’s eye”.


Interpretation:  

You see your brother’s ignorance of Truth, but you do not see your own, which is far greater. So when you have realized and corrected your own ignorance, then you can correct the ignorance of others. Until then, you are not qualified to teach or judge your brother. This saying also relates to ‘the blind leading the blind,’ ‘and judge not lest ye be judged’.

If you have not come to know yourself as a spiritual being, then how can you be sure what is true? If you believe that you are no more than a physical being, then your reasoning will be based on that, and that is like a beam in the spiritual eye, preventing you from seeing the whole picture. In other words, your Truth will have come from biased reasoning.

See also in Matthew 7:3-5: ‘And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye, Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye’.

Always search for understanding when considering the errors of others, for it is far more loving than condemning them.


Logion 27:

Jesus said, “If you do not fast as regards the world, you will not find the kingdom. If you do not observe the Sabbath as a Sabbath, you will not see the father”.


Interpretation of: ‘If you do not fast as regards the world, you will not find the kingdom’.

If you do not turn your attention away from the world that is outside of you, you will not find the Kingdom which is within you.

Note: Jesus went into the desert to fast from the things of the world before he began his mission. This was of course, to overcome any worldly desires or attachments.

Interpretation of: ‘If you do not observe the Sabbath as a Sabbath, you will not see the father’.

The Sabbath is a day of rest from the world. If you do not observe the time of rest from the world, as a time for inner contemplation, then you will not be able to enter the Kingdom and be with the Father. You may rest from the world whenever you choose.


Logion 28:

Jesus said, “I took my place in the midst of the world, and I appeared to them in flesh. I found all of them intoxicated; I found none of them thirsty. And my soul became afflicted for the sons of men, because they are blind in their hearts and do not have sight; for empty they came into the world, and empty too they seek to leave the world. But for the moment they are intoxicated. When they shake off their wine, then they will repent”.


Interpretation of: ‘I took my place in the midst of the world, and I appeared to them in flesh’. 

As a spiritual being I took possession of my physical body, with which I would interact with the world, and I walked amongst them, appearing as flesh to them.

Interpretation of: ‘I found all of them intoxicated’. 

I found them all under the influence of the world and blinded to themselves and each other.

Interpretation of: ‘I found none of them thirsty’.

I found none of them desiring spiritual Truth, for the world was all that they knew. 

Interpretation of: ‘And my soul became afflicted for the sons of men’.

I felt great sorrow for them for they did not know themselves and therefore believed that they were the sons of their physical fathers.

Interpretation of: ‘Because they are blind in their hearts and do not have sight’.

Because they are without empathy for each other and they do not have spiritual sight. They cannot see or feel what they are doing to each other, because they do not know themselves.

Interpretation of: ‘For empty they came into the world, and empty too they seek to leave the world’.

For without the Word they came into the world, and without the Word they seek to leave it.

Interpretation of: ‘But for the moment they are intoxicated. When they shake off their wine, then they will repent’.

For the moment they are under the influence of the world. When they come to realize their true nature as a spiritual being and turn from the world, they will feel the hurt of shame, in realizing how foolish they had been.


Logion 29:

Jesus said, “If the flesh came into being because of spirit, it is a wonder. But if spirit came into being because of the body, it is a wonder of wonders. Indeed, I am amazed at how this great wealth has made its home in this poverty”.


This is the big question isn’t it?

Interpretation of:  ‘If the flesh came into being because of spirit, it is a wonder. But if spirit came into being because of the body, it is a wonder of wonders’.

Is your awareness, desire, will, and consciousness, the product of something that is not biological, something which existed before the flesh, and merely uses the flesh/body to interact with the world?

(If so it would be a wonder).

Or

Is your awareness, desire, will, and consciousness, no more than the product of a biological programmed computer called the brain? If so then that would mean that what we call the Self and the Mind came into being because of the flesh, and to serve the flesh.

(If so it would be a wonder of wonders).

If our beginning was that we first crawled out of some primordial swamp on to the land, and then evolved into what we are today, then what would that mean?

Well first of all, crawling onto land would necessitate a conscious decision, which would mean that awareness, desire, will and consciousness were already in place. So if awareness, desire, will and consciousness were already in place as a biological program, then you have to consider how such a complex program could possibly form, in such a primitive biological life form.

Could such a complex program form simply by chance, from an infinite amount of random permutations? Can you imagine how many components would have to fall into perfect order to result in a program that creates awareness? If you took just 6 dice and threw them in turn, how many times would you have to do this until they all landed in sequence 1 to 6? Then of course, that program would need another program to replicate itself.

If the flesh came into being before the spirit, then the flesh would not even know that it existed, or even the environment that it existed in.

Without awareness, how could the flesh be aware of a need to change and adapt, or a need to survive?

You have heard the question; ‘what came first, the chicken or the egg’, now try this one; ‘what came first, physical senses or awareness?’

Why would the flesh form physical senses if it had not yet developed the awareness to take advantage of them?

If awareness had not yet developed, then what would be the need to form physical senses, because they would be obsolete?

The Self and the mind are not made of atoms, therefore they cannot be of the flesh.

Interpretation of: ‘Indeed, I am amazed at how this great wealth has made its home in this poverty’.

The ‘great wealth’ is of course is the spiritual Self and the mind, the spiritual being.

The ‘poverty’ is of course the physical body and the illusions that it deceives the spiritual being with.


Logion 30:

Jesus said, “Where there are three gods, they are gods. Where there are two or one, I am with him”.


Interpretation of:  ‘Where there are three gods, they are gods’.

Where there are three gods, they are false or materialistic gods created by men.

Note that ‘gods’ is spelt with a small ‘g’ and so does not refer to God.

Interpretation of:  ‘Where there are two’.

Where there is the Father and the son, there are two Gods; a God and a god.

Genesis 3:22: ‘And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us’.

Interpretation of:  ‘Or one’.

When the son is in perfect harmony with the Father, meaning that his will and desires are the same, then the Father and the son become as one. Jesus said, ‘I and the Father are one,’ and ‘I am in the Father and the Father is in me’. The Father becomes the son, the son becomes the Father.

See in 1 John 3:2: ‘Beloved, now are we the sons of God’.

The son of a physical being is a physical being; the son of a God is a god. All of God’s unperfected children are gods in the making.

Interpretation of:  ‘I am with him’.

We are a family in harmony with each other.

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