Gospel of Thomas – Logion 91 to 100
They said to him, “Tell us who you are so that we may believe in you”.
He said to them, “You read the face of the sky and of the earth, but you have not recognized the one who is before you, and you do not know how to read this moment”.
They had sight and understanding of the world. They could recognize the things of the world, and so could see what the moment held and what was to come. For example, they could tell what the weather would be like tomorrow by reading the sky. But concerning spiritual things they were blind, and so were unable to comprehend the soul of Jesus, or realize the importance of his presence. They did not realize that he was the Messiah and that the Kingdom of Heaven had arrived.
Jesus said, “Seek and you will find. Yet, what you asked me about in former times and which I did not tell you then, now I do desire to tell, but you do not inquire after it”.
Those who seek must keep on seeking until they find. If you stop seeking then you will not find.
A good teacher teaches his students according to their ability to understand, he takes them through one level at a time.
In the beginning the disciples were eager in their search, but there were some teachings that they were not yet ready for, and so Jesus withheld that knowledge until they were ready. By the time that they were ready, and Jesus wanted to tell them, his disciples had lost their eagerness to learn.
<Jesus said,> “Do not give what is holy to dogs, lest they throw them on the dung-heap. Do not throw the pearls to swine, lest they […] it […]”.
Do not give my teachings to those who Love the world and have no spiritual sight, or desire for it, for they will treat the teachings as rubbish, and they will become hostile to you, and try to make you look foolish and liars.
See also in 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’.
Jesus said, “He who seeks will find, and he who knocks will be let in”.
Those who seek do so with sincerity, and it is they who will find. To knock is to focus your attention on and to question (ask). You knock on a door because you want to be let in. Likewise you ask a question because you want to be let in on its Truth.
See also in Matthew 7:7: ‘Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened’.
Jesus said, “If you have money, do not lend it at interest, but give it to one from whom you will not get it back”.
If you have money to lend then you already have more than you need.
You should not take advantage of those who are in need, by lending them money and charging them interest, because you make their struggle even greater. What then have you done for them that is good? You will do far more good by giving the money you do not need, to those who have less than they need, and your reward will be greater.
Jesus said, “The kingdom of the father is like a certain woman. She took a little leaven, concealed it in some dough, and made it into large loaves. Let him who has ears hear”.
Note: When Jesus begins with the words ‘the kingdom of the father is like’, he alerting those who are listening, that what he is about to talk about, is not related to worldly things.
Interpretation of: ‘The kingdom of the father is like a certain woman’.
This is a reference to the mind of Jesus (the mind is always referred to as female).
Interpretation of: ‘She took a little leaven, concealed it in some dough’.
His mind took a little Truth that would entice curiosity and concealed it in a parable.
Interpretation of: ‘And made it into large loaves’.
And made it into food for hungry souls, (spiritual teachings).
Jesus said, “The kingdom of the father is like a certain woman who was carrying a jar full of meal. While she was walking on the road, still some distance from home, the handle of the jar broke and the meal emptied out behind her on the road. She did not realize it; she had noticed no accident. When she reached her house, she set the jar down and found it empty”.
Note: ‘Meal’ is pre-germinated whole grain that is still encased in the husk.
‘A certain woman’ represents the mind of a certain person.
The ‘jar full of meal’ refers to the mind that contains the unrealized Truth.
While on their life journey and still far from its end, this person lost their true spiritual identity and the unrealized Truth began to be lost completely. When the person came to the end of their life, they looked into their mind, and found it empty of Truth.
Do not wait until the end of your life to search for Truth, for if you do not water the seeds of Truth with the Spirit, then they will not germinate and grow, but instead they will eventually be buried so deep in the subconscious, that they will never see the light.
Jesus said, “The kingdom of the father is like a certain man who wanted to kill a powerful man. In his own house he drew his sword and stuck it into the wall in order to find out whether his hand could carry through. Then he slew the powerful man”.
Here we look into the mind of Jesus, when he withdrew into the desert for 40 days and 40 nights to overcome his false Self-identity as a physical being, so that his faith in his true identity as a spiritual being could be perfected.
In ‘his own house’ (mind), he struggled against his false identity, testing it against his faith and with the Truth that he carried. The remnants of the belief in his false identity, was ‘the wall’ that he tested his Truth on.
On leaving the desert, his false Self-identity (his alter-ego) tried to tempt him, but he destroyed it completely with his Truth. This destroyed all of the darkness and his mind became full of the light of Love and Truth. It was after this that Jesus began his mission to free others from the darkness.
See also in Matthew 4:1: ‘Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil’.
The disciples said to him, “Your brothers and your mother are standing outside”. He said to them, “Those here who do the will of my father are my brothers and my mother. It is they who will enter the kingdom of my father”.
Jesus did not consider physical beings as being his family, because they are of the flesh. Jesus knew that he was a spiritual being and it was other spiritual beings that he considered to be his true family. It is not physical beings that will enter the Kingdom of the Father, for it is a spiritual realm and only those who do the Father’s will, can enter there.
They showed Jesus a gold coin and said to him, “Caesar’s men demand taxes from us”. He said to them, “Give Caesar what belongs to Caesar, give God what belongs to God, and give me what is mine”.
Give unto those who are of the world, the things of the world.
Give unto God the things that are of the spiritual world.
And give unto me what is mine, which is my peace.