Gospel of Thomas – Logion 61 to 70
Jesus said, “Two will rest on a bed: the one will die, and the other will live”.
Salome said, “Who are you, man that you <alone> have come up on my couch and eaten from my table?” Jesus said to her, “I am he who exists from the undivided. I was given some of the things of my father”. <Salome said> “I am your disciple”. […] “Therefore I say, if he is destroyed, he will be filled with light, but if he is divided, he will be filled with darkness”.
Note: At the end logion 60, Jesus made the following statement: ‘You too, look for a place for yourself within repose, lest you become a corpse and be eaten’.
The two that rest on the bed, is a reference to the divided Self, with its two identities. Whichever identity the Self acts out, the Self has faith in that identity, therefore the Self’s faith is divided also. It is as if the Self is living two different and alternating lives, each with their own set of rules.
When the Self loses faith in both of its identities, it is as if they have been put to sleep. Hence the reference; ‘two will rest on a bed’. The Self that has then lost its two identities, is left with no identity at all, with a mind that is at peace, except for one question; ‘Who am I?’ and it is in this new virgin mind, (Salome) that the Self must begin its search for its True identity. The mind then becomes the student/disciple to the Self. To eat from the table is to contemplate and digest reasonings obtained from the mind, (meditation, contemplation, realization).
If the Self then chooses to believe that it is a physical body, the whole of the mind and the Self, will become full of the darkness of ignorance, and the Self will become completely spiritually blind and dead, and will be of no more worth than a corpse.
If false identities are destroyed, then the Self and the mind are filled with light. It is in this higher state of consciousness that the false Self no longer exists, and only the True Self exists in solitude. Self-realization then occurs naturally, and the Self has come to know itself. The things that were given by the Father are Love and Truth, when they are fully acknowledged and understood, then the Kingdom of Heaven has arrived, and the Self realizes that it is he who is the Son of the Living Father. When these things are accomplished, the Son of man will have come, and that Son of man will be you.
See also in Luke 17:34: I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left.
Jesus said, “It is to those who are worthy of my mysteries that I tell my mysteries. Do not let your left (hand) know what your right (hand) is doing”.
Interpretation of: Jesus said, “It is to those who are worthy of my mysteries that I tell my mysteries”.
It is to those who have a little spiritual sight that I give more.
See also in Matthew 13:10 to 13: ‘And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand’.
Interpretation of: ‘Do not let your left (hand) know what your right (hand) is doing’.
Note: Here the word ‘hand’ contained in brackets, was not in the original text, but were added later by translators.
Do not let the spiritually blind and dead know what the spiritually sighted and living, are doing. Always use the secret language to protect the teachings.
Jesus said, “There was a rich man who had much money. He said, ‘I shall put my money to use so that I may sow, reap, plant, and fill my storehouse with produce, with the result that I shall lack nothing’. Such were his intentions, but that same night he died. Let him who has ears hear”.
As soon as a person begins to think only of themselves, and their own worldly needs, they are committing spiritual suicide.
Jesus said, “A man had received visitors. And when he had prepared the dinner, he sent his servant to invite the guests. He went to the first one and said to him, ‘My master invites you’. He said, ‘I have claims against some merchants. They are coming to me this evening. I must go and give them my orders. I ask to be excused from the dinner’. He went to another and said to him, ‘My master has invited you’. He said to him, ‘I have just bought a house and am required for the day. I shall not have any spare time’. He went to another and said to him, ‘My master invites you’. He said to him, ‘My friend is going to get married, and I am to prepare the banquet. I shall not be able to come. I ask to be excused from the dinner’. He went to another and said to him, ‘My master invites you’. He said to him, ‘I have just bought a farm, and I am on my way to collect the rent. I shall not be able to come. I ask to be excused’. The servant returned and said to his master, ‘Those whom you invited to the dinner have asked to be excused’. The master said to his servant, ‘Go outside to the streets and bring back those whom you happen to meet, so that they may dine’. Businessmen and merchants will not enter the places of my father”.
There are those who are spiritually dead, and there are those who are only spiritually sick. The spiritually dead do not realize that they are spiritually dead, and therefore their priorities are the things of the world, and they have no need or interest in spiritual teachings, and not knowing Truth, they do not know when they have sinned, because they do not know the Law of Love. Jesus said about such people, ‘Father, forgive them for they know not what they do’. To be guilty of breaking a law, you must first know the law.
The spiritually sick are still able to see the need for spiritual healing, and it is they who are worthy of the teachings that will heal their souls. Such people are sinners, because they knowingly break the Law of Love. It is for such people that the New Testament was given, so that they may be saved and have Life.
Only the living may enter the places of the Father, for they prefer the things of Heaven, more than things of the world.
See also in Luke 14:16-21: ‘Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many: And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready. And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused. And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused. And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come. So that servant came, and shewed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind’.
He said, “There was a good man who owned a vineyard. He leased it to tenant farmers so that they might work it and he might collect the produce from them. He sent his servant so that the tenants might give him the produce of the vineyard. They seized his servant and beat him, all but killing him. The servant went back and told his master. The master said, ‘Perhaps he did not recognize them’. He sent another servant. The tenants beat this one as well. Then the owner sent his son and said, ‘Perhaps they will show respect to my son’. Because the tenants knew that it was he who was the heir to the vineyard, they seized him and killed him. Let him who has ears hear”.
‘The good man’ is the Father.
‘The ‘vineyard’ is the Word.
‘The tenant farmers’ were those who were authorized to teach the Father’s Word.
‘The produce’ is the people who have received the Word and turned to the Father with Love and Truth.
‘The servants’ are the prophets who the Father sent, and who were rejected and attacked by those who had been authorized to teach the people.
The Father sent His ‘son’, but those who had been authorized to teach the Word, knew that His son was to take authority over them for the teachings, and so they seized him and killed him, to retain their authority, wealth and power.
See also in Matthew 21:33-39 ‘Hear another parable: There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country: And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it. And the husbandmen took his servants, and beat one, and killed another, and stoned another. Again, he sent other servants more than the first: and they did unto them likewise. But last of all he sent unto them his son, saying, they will reverence my son. But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves. This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance. And they caught him, and cast him out of the vineyard, and slew him’.
Jesus said, “Show me the stone which the builders have rejected. That one is the cornerstone”.
‘The cornerstone’ is the first to be laid in the building of the Self’s temple/mind; it is Love and it is the stone that the spiritually blind and dead reject, in favour of worldly things.
See also in Matthew 21:42 ‘Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?’
Jesus said, “If one who knows the all still feels a personal deficiency, he is completely deficient”.
Knowledge alone will not get you into the Kingdom of Heaven, you must also Love yourself completely. Any doubt as to one’s worth, will make you completely unacceptable for entry into the Kingdom of Heaven. You cannot enter the Kingdom of Heaven, wearing garments of condemnation, either condemnation of the Self or of others.
What does it profit a man if everyone Loves him, yet he does not Love himself?
Jesus said, “Blessed are you when you are hated and persecuted. Wherever you have been persecuted they will find no place”.
Those who are loving and speak the Truth, are hated and persecuted by those who have neither. Those who suffer hate and persecution for Love and Truth are blessed, for they shall find the Kingdom. Wherever you have been persecuted, they will find no place of repose (rest).
Jesus said, “Blessed are they who have been persecuted within themselves. It is they who have truly come to know the father. Blessed are the hungry, for the belly of him who desires will be filled”.
Blessed are those who have a conscience and suffer for it, because that suffering is true repentance. It can only occur in those who know Love and Truth, and in knowing these things, the Father is known also. Blessed are those who are hungry for Truth, for they will be filled with it. Those who hunger for Love will have their Love fulfilled.
Jesus said, “That which you have will save you if you bring it forth from yourselves. That which you do not have within you will kill you if you do not have it within you”.
The Love that you have within will save you, if you have faith in it and express it. The absence of Love means the absence of Truth and empathy. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Love; the Spirit of God. If you have Love then the Holy Spirit is with you, therefore also, so is God.
If you do not have these things within, then you will become spiritually blind and dead.