Gospel of Thomas – Logion 31 to 40
Jesus said, “No prophet is accepted in his own village; no physician heals those who know him”.
Interpretation of: ‘No prophet is accepted in his own village’.
Here Jesus relates himself to the prophets. The people, who Jesus grew up around, could not accept that he was anything special. They had become too familiar with him and saw him as an ordinary person, in the same way that they saw themselves. This is because they saw only the physical and not the spiritual.
Interpretation of: ‘No physician heals those who know him’.
A physician is a healer and all healing requires an amount of faith from the person being healed. It is a thing that would be absent in close acquaintances. You cannot heal by faith those who have no faith in you.
Jesus said, “A city being built on a high mountain and fortified cannot fall, nor can it be hidden”.
Interpretation of: ‘A city being built’.
The city being built was the New Jerusalem; the Kingdom of Heaven on earth.
Interpretation of: ‘On a high mountain’.
It was being built on a higher level of consciousness, one whose foundation were Love and Truth.
Interpretation of: ‘And fortified cannot fall’.
That which is fortified with perfect faith cannot fall.
Interpretation of: ‘Nor can it be hidden’
Nor can it be hidden because of the light it radiates.
Jesus said, “Preach from your housetops that which you will hear in your ear. For no one lights a lamp and puts it under a bushel, nor does he put it in a hidden place, but rather he sets it on a lamp stand so that everyone who enters and leaves will see its light”.
Tell others the things that I teach you, do it openly and without fear. Let them see the light of your new mind and don’t try to hide it. Do not be afraid to make public what is in your heart.
There are some who hear the Truth, and in recognising and understanding it, their lives are changed. Yet they try to hide the light it has created within, and they fear to speak the Truth they have received and believe in.
The Truth is meant to be shared not hidden. To hide the Truth is to be ashamed of it, yet who can reject the Truth but those in most need of it.
No-one hides a light unless they fear those living in darkness will reject them. What favour then will you have done them? What goodness will you have brought into their lives?
Do not hide the Truth you have learned as if it were something to be ashamed of.
Do not hide your light, because those living in darkness will have no way out of the darkness, when they eventually realize where they are.
Some will be drawn and some will not, but even one drawn to the light will mean you have become a saviour.
Jesus said, “If a blind man leads a blind man, they will both fall into a pit”.
If a man who is spiritually blind becomes the teacher of a man searching for Truth, then they will both end up without the Truth and therefore spiritually dead. To be spiritually dead is to be in complete ignorance of the spirit, and therefore also ignorant of the spiritual nature of the Self.
See also in Matthew 15:14: ‘Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch’.
Note: The ‘pit’ or ‘ditch’ represents the depths of the false Self’s consciousness, where the worst animal instincts rule.
Jesus said, “It is not possible for anyone to enter the house of a strong man and take it by force unless he binds his hands; then he will (be able to) ransack his house”.
The house represents the mind. The strength of a man is his confidence in his beliefs. You cannot make a man change his beliefs and accept yours unless you first destroy that confidence. If you can show the man that his beliefs are in error, then he will be unable to argue and you can change his mind. Think of how Jesus dealt with those who opposed him. He used their own doctrines and beliefs against them and in doing so, made their wisdom look foolish.
See also Matthew 12:29: ‘Or else how can one enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man and then he will spoil his house?’
Note: It should also be realized that even today, the houses of many loving souls are being ransacked by materialists, because they do not have the Truth or the wisdom to defend their Love.
Jesus said, “Do not be concerned from morning until evening and from evening until morning about what you will wear”.
The ‘morning until the evening’ is the time of light, it was the time that Jesus was with his disciples. His coming was the morning, and his leaving the world was the evening.
The ‘evening until the morning’ represents the darkness in the world that the disciples would have to endure, after Jesus left the world. It would last until the disciples found their own light within, and became sons of God also.
The physical body is the clothes that the soul wears, and you should not be concerned if these clothes, (the physical body) are torn or stripped from you, because your true body is your spiritual body.
It doesn’t matter whether you are dressed in fine clothes or rags, the body remains the same. Likewise it doesn’t matter what your physical body is like, because the soul is independent of that too. The physical body is the clothes that the soul wears. You should not worry about what you as a soul wears, or indeed what other souls wear. It is the soul that is more important and true beauty is always found within a person.
What does it profit a man when he puts more importance on his physical body than on his soul, because there comes a time for everyone when their body is taken from them?
It is the garments that the Self as a spiritual being wears that matters, and these garments are not physical or material. The Self’s garments are found in the mind. For the enlightened Self, they are a white robe. For the unenlightened Self, they are garments of condemnation.
His disciples said, “When will you become revealed to us and when shall we see you?” Jesus said, “When you disrobe without being ashamed and take up your garments and place them under your feet like little children and tread on them, then will you see the son of the living one, and you will not be afraid”.
Interpretation of: ‘When will you become revealed to us and when shall we see you?’
It is not the physical body of Jesus that the disciples wanted revealed to them, but rather it was Jesus’ form as a spiritual being that they wanted revealed to them and they wanted to know when this would happen.
Interpretation of: ‘When you disrobe without being ashamed’.
When you face yourself with complete honesty and you are not ashamed.
Interpretation of: ‘And take up your garments and place them under your feet like little children and tread on them’.
And you take up your garments of condemnation (un-forgiveness for the Self and for those who have wronged you) and you discard them as if they were nothing and of no worth.
Interpretation of: ‘Then will you see the son of the living one, and you will not be afraid’.
It is then that you will see your true Self, and in seeing your true Self, you will also see the true image of Jesus, and ‘you will not be afraid,’ knowing that there will be no judgement or punishment to suffer and knowing that there is no inequality between the sons of God.
See logion 3: ‘You will realize that it is you who are the sons of the living father’.
Jesus said, “Many times have you desired to hear these words which I am saying to you, and you have no one else to hear them from. There will be days when you will look for me and will not find me”.
It is the Truth that Jesus delivered to the world, for the word was incomplete, hidden in part to hide the iniquity of those who chose to ignore it for the sake of self-pleasures, and because of those who interpreted it in good faith, but out of ignorance. Those who have not known God were unable to teach God’s word, and it was God’s word that the disciples desired to hear.
There would be many days when the disciples would look for the true image of Jesus as a spiritual being, but the real Jesus as a spiritual being, would not be revealed to them, until they came to know themselves.
Jesus said, “The Pharisees and the scribes have taken the keys of knowledge (gnosis) and hidden them. They themselves have not entered, nor have they allowed to enter those who wish to. You, however, be as wise as serpents and as innocent as doves”.
Interpretation of: ‘The Pharisees and the scribes have taken the keys of knowledge (Gnosis) and hidden them. They themselves have not entered, nor have they allowed to enter those who wish to’.
The Pharisees and scribes had hidden God’s Word, and the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven, from the people, for in these things was their own condemnation and the loss of their power over others.
Comment: It is God’s Word and the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven that are hidden from the Christian church today. You see, Jesus’ teachings are unacceptable by those who are ‘of the world’, because they teach that:
You cannot follow the teachings of Jesus and retain wealth and power.
You cannot kill or hate or cause others to do so.
You cannot withhold forgiveness.
You cannot put your own needs before those of others.
You cannot hate your enemy.
Do you see what I mean?
How can a person exalt themselves above others, wear fine robes and take from others to build fine temples, and fill them with worldly treasure, while there are the sick, hungry and poor outside their door? Neither the Pharisees nor the Christian church that evolved, wanted the people to find the Kingdom within and become free, because they would then have no control over such people, and so they have kept the Word and the keys hidden.
As it was, so it is; but not for long.
The true temple is the mind and its treasure is Love and Truth, and a keeper of such a temple leaves no suffering outside its door. So you see that the Truth was hidden from the people, because in it is the revelation of the man of sin.
Interpretation of: ‘You, however, be as wise as serpents’.
Jesus referred to the Pharisees and scribes as ‘a nest of vipers’ (serpents), so what he was saying was to be as wise as them.
Interpretation of: ‘And as innocent as doves’.
To be as innocent as doves, is to remain a free spirit and be without sin.
Jesus said, “A grapevine has been planted outside of the father, but being unsound, it will be pulled up by its roots and destroyed”.
The ‘grapevine’ referred to was the religion taught by the Pharisees and scribes. They were teaching an adulterated and incomplete version of God’s Word, and so it was ‘unsound’. That is why a New Testament was needed.
It was Jesus who was to tear up the unsound religion by its roots, which were grounded in materiality, and he would do so with the revelation of spiritual Truth.
Jesus likened himself to the true grapevine (the Way, the Truth and the Life).
Jesus said in John 15:1: ‘I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman’.