Gospel of Thomas – Logion 41 to 50
Jesus said, “Whoever has something in his hand will receive more, and whoever has nothing will be deprived of even the little he has”.
Interpretation of: ‘Whoever has something in his hand will receive more’.
Whoever has Love in their heart, will be able to invest that Love by giving it to others. When that Love is returned, he will have increased the Love in his life.
Interpretation of: ‘And whoever has nothing will be deprived of even the little he has’.
Whoever has no Love in their heart, will be deprived of feeling the Love given to him by others.
Comment: Love is not just a warm fuzzy feeling. It is much more than that. It requires empathy so that one may share the feelings of others, and in feeling what the other person feels, you become as one with them. Because of this, you share their sufferings and joy. Only by loving one another are we led to end suffering and care for each other, so that we may live in peace, harmony and mutual joy. Love is the Way that will end all of mankind’s trouble.
Those who are spiritually blind and dead, confuse their selfish pleasures with the pleasures of Love, not realizing that their pleasures are one way pleasures, for it is impossible for material things to Love you back, and it is impossible for power to Love you back. In fact, nothing that is of the world can receive or return Love. Therefore such people should not misuse the word ‘Love’, but rather they should say, ‘I get great pleasure from that’.
Those who have no empathy cannot experience the feelings of others; they cannot feel what others feel therefore, they cannot feel any Love given to them. It is such people who are capable of committing the most evil acts upon others, because they are blind and selfish. They are blind to the spirit and because of this, they see only the physical/material, which they worship and hold to be the only realty, a reality that they believe they are a part of. It is people like this who force their beliefs on the world and our children. They are no respecters of life but their own, and they rise to positions of power and authority, seeking dominance rather than equality.
If you have something in your hand, then don’t let them take it away, don’t let them set you against others, for that is their way.
See also in Matthew 25:29: ‘For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath’.
Jesus said, “Become passers-by”.
Simply put, this means do not form attachments with the things of the world, for in Truth there is nothing that is of the world that you cannot do without and that includes your physical body. That which belongs to the world, will stay with the world.
As a spiritual being you existed before this life journey in the world began, and as a spiritual being, you will still exist after this life journey has ended, for now you are just passing through, like a tourist. Eventually you will look back on this life journey, and wonder why you got so involved and lost in the illusion of being a part of the world. It is so easy to lose your Self in the game of worldly life. You must become passers-by. Step out of the game, step out of the illusion and begin to observe the game in progress as a spectator/watcher, rather than a participant. It is then that you will see the foolishness and futility, of those who have not come to know themselves, those who live without Love and Truth; those whose priority is to compete for the things of the world, regardless of the hurt they cause to others.
Choose Love, Truth and Peace and to the rest become a passer-by.
His disciples said to him, “Who are you that you should say these things to us?” Jesus said to them, “You do not realize who I am from what I say to you, but you have become like the Jews, for they (either) love the tree and hate its fruit (or) love the fruit and hate the tree”.
Interpretation of: His disciples said to him, “Who are you that you should say these things to us? ‘Jesus said to them, ‘You do not realize who I am from what I say to you’.
It is plain to see that the disciples were, at this time questioning the authority of Jesus, and therefore had not recognized him as the Messiah or as a spiritual being.
Interpretation of: ‘But you have become like the Jews, for they (either) love the tree and hate its fruit’.
To ‘love the tree and hate its fruit,’ is to find great pleasure in listening to religious teachings, but hate living according to those teachings.
There are many who Love the Truth when it is easy to live by, but as soon as it becomes difficult, they reject the Truth.
Interpretation of: ‘(or) love the fruit and hate the tree’.
Alternatively, they find great pleasure from the profits they make as religious teachers, but hate the religious teachings themselves.
The religious teachers profited from teachings by gaining wealth, power and adoration, but they themselves hated the teachings, because in the teachings, such things are condemned.
Jesus said, “Whoever blasphemes against the father will be forgiven, and whoever blasphemes against the son will be forgiven, but whoever blasphemes against the holy spirit will not be forgiven either on earth or in heaven”.
A person may blaspheme the Father or the Father’s son, and still receive forgiveness for their ignorance and blindness, for that is the way of the Father and the son that they do not carry the burden of un-forgiveness.
But to blaspheme the Holy Spirit is to curse Love, and whoever curses Love has no Love or comprehension of it, and therefore cannot acknowledge the receipt of forgiveness, and so their sins stay with them.
Note: To Love or feel Love requires empathy, which is also required for repentance, and without repentance there can be no forgiveness, because there must first be a recognition that forgiveness is required.
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Love. Love is the Law. A person may be forgiven by the Lawmaker, but they cannot be forgiven by the Law that they are in opposition to.
Note: From my perspective; To blaspheme is to curse, ridicule.
Jesus said, “Grapes are not harvested from thorns, nor are figs gathered from thistles, for they do not produce fruit. A good man brings forth good from his storehouse; an evil man brings forth evil things from his evil storehouse, which is in his heart, and says evil things. For out of the abundance of the heart he brings forth evil things”.
This logion concerns the types of people who should receive the teachings, and those who are unworthy of the teachings. Converts should be chosen carefully from those who have a measure of Love and an ability to recognize Truth. A worthy convert is recognized by the goodness in his/her heart and by the unselfish things that he/she says and does. Likewise, an unworthy convert is recognized by his/her selfishness, lack of spiritual sight and their inability to comprehend the Truth.
A person’s true worth is found in their heart.
See Matthew 7:6: ‘Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine lest they trample them under their feet and turn again and rend you’.
See also in Luke 6:43-45: ‘For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.
And Matthew 7:16-18: Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit’.
Jesus said, “Among those born of women, from Adam until John the Baptist, there is no one so superior to John the Baptist that his eyes should not be lowered (before him). Yet I have said, whichever one of you comes to be a child will be acquainted with the kingdom and will become superior to John”.
Note: The spiritual being (the Self) is always referred to as male, and the mind which is the Self’s domain, is always referred to as female, and so the Self is referred to as man, and the mind is referred to as woman. It is the mind that gives Life to the Self, because it is the Self that is capable of awareness, but the mind gives the Self something to be aware of. Without the mind, the Self would remain unaware of anything. Life is experienced when that which is capable of awareness, has something to be aware of, therefore the Self is ‘born of women’, which means that the mind enables the Self to Live.
Interpretation of: ‘Jesus said, “Among those born of women, from Adam until John the Baptist’.
Out of all of God’s children, from Adam until John the Baptist.
Interpretation of: ‘There is no one so superior to John the Baptist that his eyes should not be lowered (before him)’.
All of God’s children are equal in the eyes of God, and so not one is superior to the other. It can also be said that each of God’s children should face each other with humility.
Note: This is also why Jesus asked John the Baptist to baptize him, so that the Law (of Love) could be fulfilled.
See Matthew 3:14 -15: ‘But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me? And Jesus answering said unto him, ‘suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness’. (Love is all that is good and right)
Interpretation of: ‘Yet I have said whichever one of you comes to be a child will be acquainted with the kingdom and will become superior to John’.
Simply put, John the Baptist had Love and Truth but he had not come to know himself, and so whoever will come to know themselves, will become superior to John the Baptist.
See also in Matthew 11:11: ‘Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he’.
Jesus said, “It is impossible for a man to mount two horses or to stretch two bows. And it is impossible for a servant to serve two masters; otherwise, he will honour the one and treat the other contemptuously. No man drinks old wine and immediately desires to drink new wine. And new wine is not put into old wineskins, lest they burst; nor is old wine put into a new wineskin, lest it spoil it. An old patch is not sewn onto a new garment, because a tear would result”.
Interpretation of: ‘It is impossible for a man to mount two horses or to stretch two bows. And it is impossible for a servant to serve two masters; otherwise, he will honour the one and treat the other contemptuously’.
It is impossible for a person to follow two religions and to be faithful to the teachings of both.
Interpretation of: ‘No man drinks old wine and immediately desires to drink new wine’.
No person is filled with the teachings of the Old Testament (old wine), and then immediately desires to be filled with the teaching of the New Testament (new wine).
Interpretation of: ‘New wine is not put into old wineskins, lest they burst; nor is old wine put into a new wineskin, lest it spoil it’.
The New Testament is not given to those whose faith is in the teachings of the Old Testament, for they will not be able to hold the New Testament. The teachings of the Old Testament should not be put in the New Testament, in case they spoil the New Testament.
Interpretation of: ‘An old patch is not sewn onto a new garment, because a tear would result’.
A part of the Old Testament teachings, should not be used to strengthen any part of the New Testament teachings, because the New Testament is stronger than the Old Testament and they would eventually separate when tested.
Note: The Old Testament and the New Testament present two different versions of God, and two different laws, one materialistic and one spiritual.
Jesus said, “If two make peace with each other in this one house, they will say to the mountain, ‘Move Away,’ and it will move away”.
The two that make peace are the two Self-images in the mind (house). To make peace, one must become the master and the other the servant.
When ones true nature is revealed through Self-realisation, then the spiritual Self becomes the master, and the physical body the servant. Opposing desires cease to occur as the mind becomes undivided, it is then that peace of mind is gained, (the two have made peace in the house/mind). The mountain represents the suffering (despair), which is caused by the conflict between the two masters, two Self-identities and the opposing desires that accompany each.
Jesus said, “Blessed are the solitary and elect, for you will find the kingdom. For you are from it, and to it you will return”.
Blessed are you who feel alone and in an unnatural world, because of the Love that you carry. You will find God’s Kingdom which is Heaven. You are from the Kingdom of Heaven and to the Kingdom of Heaven you will return. It is you and those who are like you that have come to the world on a mission of Love; you are the ‘elect’.
To be ‘solitary’ is to realize that you are an individual, an entity that is alone in the space that you exist in, separated from all that is outside of your mind, which is your personal domain.
Reflect on the following:
‘I am nothing but I, and my mind and the things contained herein, are my only true possessions. All that I have that is of worth is stored here, and what is stored here, I alone have stored until I choose what is of true worth and what is not’.
Realize this and you will have come to know your Self, and the Kingdom will be yours.
Jesus said, “If they say to you, ‘Where did you come from?’ say to them, ‘we came from the light, the place where the light came into being on its own accord and established itself and became manifest through their image’. If they say to you, ‘Is it you?’ say, ‘We are its children, we are the elect of the living father’. If they ask you, ‘What is the sign of your father in you?’ say to them, ‘It is movement and repose’.
Interpretation of: ‘Jesus said, “If they say to you, ‘Where did you come from?’ say to them, ‘we came from the light’.
We came from the first soul that is full of perfect Love and Truth, whose power and wisdom is unsurpassable; we came from God who is the Light above all light.
Interpretation of: ‘The place where the light came into being on its own accord and established itself’.
We came from the place where the Light was Self-begotten, where the All became sentient of its own accord.
Note: Sentient: living, conscious, aware.
Interpretation of: ‘And became manifest through their image’.
We came from God who was the first Self (spiritual being) and perfect mind. It was through each other that they became manifest.
Interpretation of: ‘If they say to you, ‘Is it you?’ say, ‘We are its children, we are the elect of the living father’.
We are God’s children; children of the Light. It is in God’s image, (Father Self and Mother mind) that every soul was made, but of all God’s children, we are the elect, for we are man and we have been given some of the things of our Father.
Note: All living creatures have souls; every sentient being is a child of God.
Interpretation of: ‘If they ask you, ‘What is the sign of your father in you?’ say to them, ‘It is movement and repose’.
The sign of the Father is free will, the ability to choose ones actions, the ability to move and rest according to personal desire.