Gospel of Thomas – Logion 51 to 60
His disciples said to him, “When will the repose of the dead come about and when will the new world come?” He said to them, “What you look forward to has already come, but you do not recognize it”.
Interpretation of: ‘His disciples said to him, ‘When will the repose of the dead come about’
When will the spiritually dead find rest and peace?
Note: There is no rest or peace for the spiritually blind and dead, because they think they are of the world, and therefore must act according to its ways, which puts them in conflict and competition with others for the things of the world.
Interpretation of: ‘And when will the new world come?’
When will the new way of life come, a new world where people see each other as more precious than the things of the world?
Interpretation of: ‘He said to them, “What you look forward to has already come, but you do not recognize it”‘.
They did not realize that Jesus was the first begotten of the dead, the first of the dead to find repose, and that the Kingdom of Heaven, which is the new world, had arrived, for the Kingdom of Heaven was within him. The disciples could not see what was in front of them.
Note: It was only much later that the disciples came to know themselves, and were raised, (resurrected) into spiritual Life, where they found their repose.
His disciples said to him, “Twenty-four prophets spoke in Israel, and all of them spoke in you”. He said to them, “You have omitted the one living in your presence and have spoken (only) of the dead”.
The twenty four prophets all spoke in the way that Jesus did, but none had come to know themselves. Jesus was the twenty fifth, but unlike the twenty four who were spiritually dead, Jesus was living because he had come to know himself as a spiritual being. Jesus was the spiritually alive prophet. The first begotten of the dead, which means there were none living before him.
His disciples said to him, “Is circumcision beneficial or not?” He said to them, “If it were beneficial, their father would beget them already circumcised from their mother. Rather, the true circumcision in spirit has become completely profitable”.
Circumcision is unnatural and painful. It is unloving to cause pain to others. If it was beneficial then God would have made the physical body already circumcised, and they would have been born that way. Circumcision became an Abrahamic tradition, performed as a token of a covenant with their God.
‘True circumcision in the spirit’ refers to the removal of a person’s ignorance and is ‘completely profitable’.
Note: You must ask yourself, why would God require that a person be circumcised as a token of a covenant, when God can see into the hearts of people, and therefore know where their Love and loyalty lies?
Jesus said, “Blessed are the poor, for yours is the kingdom of heaven”.
Blessed are the poor, for they have so little of the world to give up, and so entering the Kingdom of Heaven, will be so much easier for them.
Jesus said, “Whoever does not hate his father and his mother cannot become a disciple to me, and whoever does not hate his brothers and sisters and take up his cross in my way will not be worthy of me”.
The mother and father of flesh is flesh. The brother and sister of flesh is flesh. The Father and Mother of souls is God. You cannot become a disciple of Jesus unless you hate the flesh. It is the soul of a person that you must recognize and Love.
To ‘take up your cross,’ is to surrender your life to Love, and be prepared to suffer and die for the sake of others, and to be faithful to Love, whatever may or may not come.
See John 15:13: ‘This is my commandment, that ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you’. (Love one another as I have loved you etc.)
Jesus said, “Whoever has come to understand the world has found (only) a corpse, and whoever has found a corpse is superior to the world”.
Whoever comes to realize that the world (the material/physical) has no life, will realize that it is they themselves that are life, and therefore they are superior to the world, which is no more than a corpse.
Jesus said, “The kingdom of the father is like a man who had good seed. His enemy came by night and sowed weeds among the good seed. The man did not allow them to pull up the weeds; he said to them, ‘I am afraid that you will go intending to pull up the weeds and pull up the wheat along with them’. For on the day of the harvest the weeds will be plainly visible, and they will be pulled up and burned”.
Interpretation of: ‘The kingdom of the father is like a man who had good seed’.
The ‘good seed’ is the Father’s Testament to the world, (the seeds from which is made, the bread of Life), it is the Testament that is usually referred to as, the Old Testament, but a more accurate description would be to refer to it as, the First Testament.
Interpretation of: ‘His enemy came by night and sowed weeds among the good seed’.
The enemy who ‘sowed the weeds among the good seed’ were the spiritually blind and dead, who in the darkness of their ignorance were unable to interpret, or understand the true meanings of the Father’s Testament, and so they added what they believed were the true meanings, which required some additions and omissions to the Testament, so that they were able to twist it in their favour.
As it was, so it is.
Interpretation of: ‘The man did not allow them to pull up the weeds; he said to them, ‘I am afraid that you will go intending to pull up the weeds and pull up the wheat along with them’.
The Father did not allow His prophets to challenge the adulterated scriptures, because in doing so, there was the danger of the Father’s Testament being lost also.
Interpretation of: ‘For on the day of the harvest the weeds will be plainly visible, and they will be pulled up and burned’.
The harvest within the mind is the gathering in of the Truth, which occurs when a person comes to know themselves, for when they come to know themselves, the things that are untrue (weeds) become ‘plainly visible,’ and they are destroyed in the conflict between Truth and lies. It is the Self that gathers the Truth into its heart and in doing so, the Truth becomes a part of the Self, this is why Jesus said, ‘I am the Truth’.
See also: Matthew13:24-30, and its interpretation in Matthew 13:36-43:
Interpretation of: ‘Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field’.
‘The tares’ (weeds) are the things that are untrue, and ‘the field’ is the mind, the place where the seeds are sown.
Interpretation of: ‘He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man’.
He that delivers the seeds of Truth is the Father’s child that has come to know himself. ‘Son of man’ means son of the Father. Son of men means son of physical man.
Interpretation of: ‘The field is the world’.
‘The field’ is the mind, and to the Self, the mind is the world that the Self lives in.
Interpretation of: ‘The good seed are the children of the kingdom’.
There is the Father, who is a spiritual being, and there is the Father’s Kingdom of Heaven.
‘The good seed’ are the seeds of Truth, which are not spiritual beings. The seeds of Truth are of the Father’s Kingdom of Heaven, but they are not of the Father Himself. All seeds of Truth are in themselves, children of the Kingdom of Heaven, because that is what gave birth to them, just as a wheat plant gives birth to its seeds.
Interpretation of: ‘But the tares are the children of the wicked one’.
‘The tares’ are the untruths which originate in the mind of those who have the false Self-identity of being a physical being. It is the person who has this false Self-identity that is referred to as ‘the wicked one’, and is usually referred to as ‘Satan’.
Interpretation of: ‘The enemy that sowed them is the devil’.
The devil of course, refers to the evil heart of ‘the wicked one’.
Interpretation of: ‘The harvest is the end of the world’.
‘The harvest’ is the end of the old mind, and the beginning of the new mind. With this new mind comes the rebirth of the soul.
Interpretation of: And the reapers are the angels’.
Angels of the light are messengers of Truth. A soul that has become enlightened is a messenger of Truth, but not only this, because every word that they speak becomes a messenger of Truth also.
Interpretation of: ‘As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world’.
The end of this way of life for mankind will come when the Truth is revealed to all, and can no longer be hidden. It will be the end of the conflict within the collective consciousness. This will come with the deliverance, to all nations, of this Gospel of the Kingdom.
Interpretation of: ‘The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; and shall cast them into a furnace of fire’.
Those who have become a Self-realized shall become messengers of Truth, and all that is untrue in their kingdom/mind, shall be gathered and destroyed in the conflict between Truth and that which is untrue. There will also be the destruction of all false Self-identities, which have done ‘iniquity’, that is broken the law of Love.
Interpretation of: ‘There shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth’.
There shall be the hurt of repentance which cleanses the soul when Truth is realized.
Interpretation of: ‘Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear’.
Then shall the True Self, who has become the son of God, be filled with light and shine forth in the Kingdom of Heaven.
Jesus said “Blessed is the man who has suffered and found life”.
Blessed is the one who has suffered in a divided mind and has found their True Self, for they have found Life.
Jesus said, “Take heed of the living one while you are alive, lest you die and seek to see him and be unable to do so”.
Those who have two Self-identities, one as a spiritual being and one as a physical being, exist in a divided mind. It is the Self’s True identity as a spiritual being that has Life, and it is their false identity of being a physical being, that has no life. Even though the Self has two identities, and a divided mind, the True Self and its part of the mind, are still present, although its authority is intermittent.
You should ‘take heed of’, (pay attention to) your True Self, while you are aware of it, ‘lest you die’ (lose your True Self-identity), and seek to find it again and be unable to.
<They saw> a Samaritan carrying a lamb on his way to Judea. He said to his disciples, “That man is round about the lamb”. They said to him, “So that he may kill it and eat it”. He said to them, “While it is alive, he will not eat it, but only when he has killed it and it has become a corpse”.
They said to him, “He cannot do so otherwise”.
He said to them, “You too, look for a place for yourself within repose, lest you become a corpse and be eaten”.
‘The lamb’ represents the True Self, the Self that has Life.
‘The man’ represents the false Self, the Self which has no life.
As long as the True Self maintains even a little of its true Self-identity, its Life cannot be taken by its false Self, but when the false Self destroys the True Self’s identity, then the false Self will become the unchallenged master.
Interpretation of: ‘He said to them, “You too, look for a place for yourself within repose, lest you become a corpse and be eaten’.
Look for a place of peace within yourself, where you can rest from the world, in case you lose your True Self completely and be consumed by your false Self.
Note: Always keep the following in remembrance:
I am a spiritual being, not a physical being. My physical body is there; ‘I’ am here. My mind is there; ‘I’ am here.
Self ⇐ Mind ⇐ Body ⇐World
You must come back to your Self, to know your Self.