The Gospel of Thomas and 2 Thessalonians

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What may be the Original Gospel of Christ commonly known as The Gospel of Thomas
is aligned with 2 Thessalonians comparing connections in thought, word, and rhetoric.
Then deeper insights are revealed through the comparison and contrast of these two aligned scriptures.

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The Gospel of Thomas

Translated by
Thomas O. Lambdin
The Second Letter
To the Thessalonians


By  Paul
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These are the secret sayings which the living Jesus spoke and which Didymos Judas Thomas wrote down.  [1:1] Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus,
Didymos Judas Thomas Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus
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(1) And he said, "Whoever finds the interpretation of these sayings will not experience death." 
[1:1b]   unto the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father 
Whoever finds the interpretation of these sayings The church of the Thessalonians
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(2) Jesus said, "Let him who seeks continue seeking until he finds. When he finds, he will become troubled. When he becomes troubled, he will be astonished, and he will rule over the All." 
[1:1c]   and the Lord Jesus Christ:
[2] Grace unto you, and peace,
Him who seeks The Lord Jesus Christ
Troubled... troubled Peace
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(3) Jesus said, "If those who lead you say to you, 'See, the kingdom is in the sky,' then the birds of the sky will precede you. If they say to you, 'It is in the sea,' then the fish will precede you. Rather, the kingdom is inside of you, and it is outside of you. When you come to know yourselves, then you will become known, and you will realize that it is you who are the sons of the living father. But if you will not know yourselves, you dwell in poverty and it is you who are that poverty."  [1:2b]   from God our Father
The living father Our Father
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(4) Jesus said, "The man old in days will not hesitate to ask a small child seven days old about the place of life, and he will live. For many who are first will become last, and they will become one and the same."  [1:2c]   and the Lord Jesus Christ.
A small child The Lord Jesus Chris
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(5) Jesus said, "Recognize what is in your sight, and that which is hidden from you will become plain to you . For there is nothing hidden which will not become manifest."  [1:3] We are bound to thank God always for you,
That which is hidden God
From you... to you For you
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(6) His disciples questioned him and said to him, "Do you want us to fast? How shall we pray? Shall we give alms? What diet shall we observe?"
 Jesus said, "Do not tell lies, and do not do what you hate, for all things are plain in the sight of heaven. For nothing hidden will not become manifest, and nothing covered will remain without being uncovered." 

[1:3b]   brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly,
Disciples Brethren
Do you want us to It is meet
For... for Because
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(7) Jesus said, "Blessed is the lion which becomes man when consumed by man; and cursed is the man whom the lion consumes, and the lion becomes man."  [1:3c]   and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth;
The lion which becomes man... the lion becomes man One... each other
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(8) And he said, "The man is like a wise fisherman who cast his net into the sea and drew it up from the sea full of small fish. Among them the wise fisherman found a fine large fish. He threw all the small fish back into the sea and chose the large fish without difficulty. Whoever has ears to hear, let him hear." [1:4] So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God
The sea full of small fish... the small fish You in the churches
A fine large fish We ourselves
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(9) Jesus said, "Now the sower went out, took a handful (of seeds), and scattered them. Some fell on the road; the birds came and gathered them up. Others fell on the rock, did not take root in the soil, and did not produce ears. And others fell on thorns; they choked the seed(s) and worms ate them. And others fell on the good soil and it produced good fruit: it bore sixty per measure and a hundred and twenty per measure."  [1:4b]   for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations
Others fell on the good soil and it produced good fruit
"Bring forth fruit with patience"
  Luke 8:15
Patience
Fell on the rock, did not take root in the soil Persecutions and tribulations
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(10) Jesus said, "I have cast fire upon the world, and see, I am guarding it until it blazes."
[1:4c]   that ye endure:
I am guarding it until Ye endure
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(11) Jesus said, "This heaven will pass away, and the one above it will pass away. The dead are not alive, and the living will not die. In the days when you consumed what is dead, you made it what is alive. When you come to dwell in the light, what will you do? On the day when you were one you became two. But when you become two, what will you do?"  [1:5] Which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God,
The living will not die The righteous judgment of God
Dwell in the light Manifest
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(12) The disciples said to Jesus, "We know that you will depart from us. Who is to be our leader?"
 Jesus said to them, "Wherever you are, you are to go to James the righteous, for whose sake heaven and earth came into being." 
[1:5b]   that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer:
Our leader God
Wherever you are... heaven and earth The kingdom of God
For whose sake Ye may be counted worthy
Came into being Ye also suffer
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(13) Jesus said to his disciples, "Compare me to someone and tell me whom I am like."
 Simon Peter said to him, "You are like a righteous angel."
 Matthew said to him, "You are like a wise philosopher."
 Thomas said to him, "Master, my mouth is wholly incapable of saying whom you are like."
 Jesus said, "I am not your master. Because you have drunk, you have become intoxicated from the bubbling spring which I have measured out."
 And he took him and withdrew and told him three things. When Thomas returned to his companions, they asked him, "What did Jesus say to you?"
 Thomas said to them, "If I tell you one of the things which he told me, you will pick up stones and throw them at me; a fire will come out of the stones and burn you up." 
[1:6] Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you;
A righteous angel A righteous thing
Master... master God
You will pick up stones and throw them at me; a fire will come out of the stones and burn you up Recompense tribulation to them that trouble you
A fire Seeing it
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(14) Jesus said to them, "If you fast, you will give rise to sin for yourselves; and if you pray, you will be condemned; and if you give alms, you will do harm to your spirits. When you go into any land and walk about in the districts, if they receive you, eat what they will set before you, and heal the sick among them. For what goes into your mouth will not defile you, but that which issues from your mouth - it is that which will defile you." 
[1:7] And to you who are troubled rest with us,
You will be condemned... you will do harm to your spirits You who are troubled
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(15) Jesus said, "When you see one who was not born of woman, prostrate yourselves on your faces and worship him. That one is your father."  [1:7b]   when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed
When you see one who was not born of woman When the Lord Jesus shall be revealed
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(16) Jesus said, "Men think, perhaps, that it is peace which I have come to cast upon the world. They do not know that it is dissension which I have come to cast upon the earth: fire, sword, and war. For there will be five in a house: three will be against two, and two against three, the father against the son, and the son against the father. And they will stand solitary."  [1:7c]   from heaven with his mighty angels, [8] In flaming fire taking vengeance
Cast upon the world... cast upon the earth From heaven
Fire Fire
Sword, and war Vengeance
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(17) Jesus said, "I shall give you what no eye has seen and what no ear has heard and what no hand has touched and what has never occurred to the human mind."  [1:8b]   on them that know not God, and that obey not
What no ear has heard Obey not
What has never occurred to the human mind That know not God
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(18) The disciples said to Jesus, "Tell us how our end will be."
 Jesus said, "Have you discovered, then, the beginning, that you look for the end? For where the beginning is, there will the end be. Blessed is he who will take his place in the beginning; he will know the end and will not experience death." 
[1:8c] the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:
[9] Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction
Where the beginning is, there will the end be [1:9b]   The gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ
Who will take his place in the beginning; he will know the end and will not experience death Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction
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(19) Jesus said, "Blessed is he who came into being before he came into being. If you become my disciples and listen to my words, these stones will minister to you. For there are five trees for you in Paradise which remain undisturbed summer and winter and whose leaves do not fall. Whoever becomes acquainted with them will not experience death." 
[1:9c]  from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;
He... came into being... he came into being [1:9d] From the presence of the Lord... from the glory of his power
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(20) The disciples said to Jesus, "Tell us what the kingdom of heaven is like."
 He said to them, "It is like a mustard seed. It is the smallest of all seeds. But when it falls on tilled soil, it produces a great plant and becomes a shelter for birds of the sky." 

[1:10] When he shall come to be glorified in his saints,
What the kingdom of heaven is like He shall come to be glorified in his saints
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(21) Mary said to Jesus, "Whom are your disciples like?"
 He said, "They are like children who have settled in a field which is not theirs. When the owners of the field come, they will say, 'Let us have back our field.' They (will) undress in their presence in order to let them have back their field and to give it back to them. Therefore I say, if the owner of a house knows that the thief is coming, he will begin his vigil before he comes and will not let him dig through into his house of his domain to carry away his goods. You, then, be on your guard against the world. Arm yourselves with great strength lest the robbers find a way to come to you, for the difficulty which you expect will (surely) materialize. Let there be among you a man of understanding. When the grain ripened, he came quickly with his sickle in his hand and reaped it. Whoever has ears to hear, let him hear." 
[1:10b]   and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.
Into his house of his domain In all them that believe
Whoever has ears to hear, let him hear Our testimony among you was believed
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(22) Jesus saw infants being suckled. He said to his disciples, "These infants being suckled are like those who enter the kingdom."
 They said to him, "Shall we then, as children, enter the kingdom?"
 Jesus said to them, "When you make the two one, and when you make the inside like the outside and the outside like the inside, and the above like the below, and when you make the male and the female one and the same, so that the male not be male nor the female female; and when you fashion eyes in the place of an eye, and a hand in place of a hand, and a foot in place of a foot, and a likeness in place of a likeness; then will you enter the kingdom." 
[1:11] Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness,
Those who enter the kingdom... enter the kingdom God would count you worthy of this calling
Make the two one Fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness
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(23) Jesus said, "I shall choose you, one out of a thousand, and two out of ten thousand, and they shall stand as a single one."  [1:11b]   and the work of faith with power:
They shall stand as a single one The work of faith
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(24) His disciples said to him, "Show us the place where you are, since it is necessary for us to seek it."
 He said to them, "Whoever has ears, let him hear. There is light within a man of light, and he lights up the whole world. If he does not shine, he is darkness." 
[1:12] That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you,
Show us the place where you are In you
Light... light... lights... shine Be glorified
A man of light Our Lord Jesus Christ
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(25) Jesus said, "Love your brother like your soul, guard him like the pupil of your eye." 
[1:12b]   and ye in him,
Your brother like your soul Ye in him
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(26) Jesus said, "You see the mote in your brother's eye, but you do not see the beam in your own eye. When you cast the beam out of your own eye, then you will see clearly to cast the mote from your brother's eye."  [1:12c] according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Your brother... your brother Jesus Christ
Your own eye... your own eye Our God
Cast the beam out According to... grace
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(27) <Jesus said,> "If you do not fast as regards the world, you will not find the kingdom. If you do not observe the Sabbath as a Sabbath, you will not see the father." 
[2:1] Now we beseech you, brethren,
The Sabbath Now
The father Brethren
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(28) Jesus said, "I took my place in the midst of the world, and I appeared to them in flesh. I found all of them intoxicated; I found none of them thirsty. And my soul became afflicted for the sons of men, because they are blind in their hearts and do not have sight; for empty they came into the world, and empty too they seek to leave the world. But for the moment they are intoxicated. When they shake off their wine, then they will repent."  [2:1b]   by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ,
I took my place in the midst of the world, and I appeared to them in flesh The coming of our Lord Jesus Christ
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(29) Jesus said, "If the flesh came into being because of spirit, it is a wonder. But if spirit came into being because of the body, it is a wonder of wonders. Indeed, I am amazed at how this great wealth has made its home in this poverty." 
[2:1c]   and by our gathering together unto him[2] That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled,
Spirit came into being because of the body Our gathering together unto him
I am amazed Shaken in mind... troubled
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(30) Jesus said, "Where there are three gods, they are gods. Where there are two or one, I am with him."  [2:2b]   neither by spirit,
Gods... gods Spirit
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(31) Jesus said, "No prophet is accepted in his own village; no physician heals those who know him."  [2:2c]   nor by word, nor by letter as from us,
No prophet Nor... word... nor... letter
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(32) Jesus said, "A city being built on a high mountain and fortified cannot fall, nor can it be hidden."  [2:2d]   as that the day of Christ is at hand.
Nor can it be hidden The day of Christ
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(33) 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 lampstand so that everyone who enters and leaves will see its light."  [2:3] Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come,
That which you will hear in your ear Let no man deceive you
Lights... light Day
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(34) Jesus said, "If a blind man leads a blind man, they will both fall into a pit."
[2:3b]   except there come a falling away first,
Fall into a pit Falling away
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(35) 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."  [2:3c]   and that man of sin be revealed,
A strong man That man of sin
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(36) Jesus said, "Do not be concerned from morning until evening and from evening until morning about what you will wear." [2:3d]   the son of perdition;
What you will wear The son of perdition
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(37) 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
[2:4] Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God,
or that is worshipped;
Take up Exalteth
Under your feet Above all that is called God
Be afraid Is worshipped
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(38) 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."  [2:4b]  so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God,
I am He as
You will look for me In the temple of God
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(39) 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." 
[2:4c]  shewing himself 
Hidden them Shewing himself
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(40) Jesus said, "A grapevine has been planted outside of the father, but being unsound, it will be pulled up by its roots and destroyed."  [2:4d]   that he is God.
[5] Remember ye not, that,
The father God
It will be pulled up by its roots and destroyed Remember ye not
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(41) Jesus said, "Whoever has something in his hand will receive more, and whoever has nothing will be deprived of even the little he has."  [2:5b]   when I was yet with you, I told you these things?
Whoever has something I was yet with you
Receive I told you
Nothing... the little These things
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(42) Jesus said, "Become passers-by."  [2:6] And now ye know
Become passers-by Now ye know
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(43) 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." 
[2:6b] what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.
You do not realize who I am He might be revealed
What I say to you What withholdeth
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(44) 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."  [2:7] For the mystery of iniquity
Be forgiven... be forgiven... be forgiven Of iniquity
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(45) 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." [2:7b]   doth already work: only he who now letteth will let,
Produce... brings forth... brings forth... brings forth Work
A good man brings forth good... brings forth... brings forth He who now letteth
(
letteth = holds back)
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(46) 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."  [2:7c]   until he be taken out of the way.
Until John the Baptist Until he be taken
The kingdom The way
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(47) 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 honor 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." [2:8] And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume
Two horses... two bows... two masters That Wicked
No man drinks old wine... drink new wine The Lord shall consume
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(48) 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."  [2:8b]   with the spirit of his mouth,
Say to the mountain With the spirit of his mouth
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(49) 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."  [2:8c]   and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
The kingdom The brightness
You will return His coming
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(50) 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.'"  [2:9] Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs
You come... We came... the light came Whose coming
The sign Signs
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(51) 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."
[2:9b]   and lying wonders,
[10] And with all deceivableness
When will the repose of the dead come about, and when will the new world come? Lying wonders
You do not recognize it Deceivableness
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(52) 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." 

[2:10]   of unrighteousness in them that perish;
Prophets... in Israel Unrighteousness in them
The dead Them that perish
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(53) 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." 
[2:10b]   because they received not the love of the truth,
Beneficial... beneficial... profitable Received
True circumcision The truth
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(54) Jesus said, "Blessed are the poor, for yours is the kingdom of heaven."  [2:10c]   that they might be saved.
Yours is the kingdom of heaven They might be saved
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(55) 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." 
[2:11] And for this cause God shall send them
Become a disciple to me... be worthy of me God shall send them
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(56) 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." 
[2:11b]   strong delusion,
Understand Delusion
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(57) 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." [2:11c]   that they should believe a lie:
[12] That they all might be damned
Sowed weeds... the weeds... the weeds... the weeds Believe a lie
I am afraid that That they... believe
Be pulled up and burned Be damned
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(58) Jesus said, "Blessed is the man who has suffered and found life."  [2:12b]   who believed not the truth,
The man who has suffered Who believed not the truth
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(59) 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." [2:12c]   but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
You die... and be unable Had pleasure in unrighteousness
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(60) <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." 
[2:13] But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you brethren                                   
His disciples Brethren
That man is round about the lamb We are bound
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(61) 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 ... 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."
 <...> "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."
[2:13b]   beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit
Two will rest on a bed Beloved of the Lord
From the undivided From the beginning
My father God
I am your disciple Chosen
Be filled with light Salvation
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(62) 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."  [2:13c]   and belief of the truth:
[14] Whereunto he called you
My mysteries... my mysteries The truth
Your left (hand) He called you
Know Belief
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(63) 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." [2:14b]   by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory
Money... money Our gospel
The result that I shall lack nothing The obtaining of the glory
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(64) 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." 
[2:14c]   of our Lord Jesus Christ.
[15] Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.
[16] Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself,
A man Jesus Christ... Jesus Christ
The dinner... the dinner... the dinner... the dinner The traditions which ye have been taught
His servant... servant... servant Brethren
My master... My master... My master... My master Our Lord... our Lord
Invited... invites... invites... invited By word
I must go and give Stand fast, and hold
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(65) 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." [2:16b]    and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation
A good man Our Father
His son... my son Our Father
He leased it to tenant farmers Which hath loved us
Servant... servant... servant God
Give him the produce of the vineyard Given us everlasting consolation
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(66) Jesus said, "Show me the stone which the builders have rejected. That one is the cornerstone." 
[2:16c]   and good hope through grace,
Rejected... the stone... the cornerstone Grace
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(67) Jesus said, "If one who knows the all still feels a personal deficiency, he is completely deficient."  [2:17] Comfort your hearts, and stablish
Feels a personal deficiency Comfort your hearts
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(68) Jesus said, "Blessed are you when you are hated and persecuted. Wherever you have been persecuted they will find no place." 
[2:17b] you in every good word and work.
Wherever... no place In... word and work
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(69) 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." 
[3:1] Finally, brethren, pray for us,
They who have been persecuted within themselves Brethren
For... him who desires Pray for us
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(70) 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."   [3:1b]    that the word of the Lord may have free course,
That which you have... bring it forth That the word of the Lord may have free course
Have... have... have Have
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(71) Jesus said, "I shall destroy this house, and no one will be able to build it [...]." 

("... and in three days I will raise it up."  John 2:19)
[3:1c]   and be glorified,
Be able to build it Be glorified
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(72) A man said to him, "Tell my brothers to divide my father's possessions with me."
 He said to him, "O man, who has made me a divider?"
 He turned to his disciples and said to them, "I am not a divider, am I?" 
[3:1d]   even as it is with you:
[2] And that we may be delivered
With me With you
Made me a divider We may be delivered
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(73) Jesus said, "The harvest is great but the laborers are few. Beseech the Lord, therefore, to send out laborers to the harvest." [3:2b]   from unreasonable and wicked men:
Send out laborers From... men
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(74) He said, "O Lord, there are many around the drinking trough, but there is nothing in the cistern."
[3:2c]   for all men have not faith.
Many All men
There is nothing Have not
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(75) Jesus said, "Many are standing at the door, but it is the solitary who will enter the bridal chamber." [3:3] But the Lord is faithful,
The solitary The Lord
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(76) Jesus said, "The kingdom of the father is like a merchant who had a consignment of merchandise and who discovered a pearl. That merchant was shrewd. He sold the merchandise and bought the pearl alone for himself. You too, seek his unfailing and enduring treasure where no moth comes near to devour and no worm destroys." 
[3:3b]   who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.
Who Who
Sold... bought Keep
A merchant... moth... and... worm destroys Evil
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(77) Jesus said, "It is I who am the light which is above them all. It is I who am the all. From me did the all come forth, and unto me did the all extend. Split a piece of wood, and I am there. Lift up the stone, and you will find me there." [3:4] And we have confidence in the Lord touching you,
It is I who am the light... It is I who am the all We have confidence in the Lord
Split... wood... Lift... stone Touching you
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(78) Jesus said, "Why have you come out into the desert? To see a reed shaken by the wind? And to see a man clothed in fine garments like your kings and your great men? Upon them are the fine garments, and they are unable to discern the truth."  [3:4b]   that ye both do and will do the things which we command you.
You come... And... see Ye both do and will do
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(79) A woman from the crowd said to him, "Blessed are the womb which bore you and the breasts which nourished you."
 He said to her, "Blessed are those who have heard the word of the father and have truly kept it. For there will be days when you will say, 'Blessed are the womb which has not conceived and the breasts which have not given milk.'" 
[3:5] And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God,
The father The Lord
The breasts Your hearts
The womb... and the breasts which have not given milk The love of God
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(80) Jesus said, "He who has recognized the world has found the body, but he who has found the body is superior to the world."  [3:5b]   and into the patient waiting for Christ.
The body... the body Christ
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(81) Jesus said, "Let him who has grown rich be king, and let him who possesses power renounce it."
[3:6] Now we command you,
Be king We command you
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(82) Jesus said, "He who is near me is near the fire, and he who is far from me is far from the kingdom." 
[3:6b]   brethren,
He who is near me Brethren
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(83) Jesus said, "The images are manifest to man, but the light in them remains concealed in the image of the light of the father. He will become manifest, but his image will remain concealed by his light."
[3:6c]   in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
In the image of the light of the father In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ
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(84) Jesus said, "When you see your likeness, you rejoice. But when you see your images which came into being before you, and which neither die not become manifest, how much you will have to bear!" 
[3:6d]   that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother
You see your likeness... you see your images Ye withdraw yourselves from every brother
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(85) Jesus said, "Adam came into being from a great power and a great wealth, but he did not become worthy of you. For had he been worthy, he would not have experienced death." 
[3:6e]   that walketh disorderly,
and not after the tradition which he received of us.
Came into being from... a great wealth After the tradition which he received
He did not become worthy... he... experienced death Walketh disorderly
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(86) Jesus said, "The foxes have their holes and the birds have their nests, but the son of man has no place to lay his head and rest." [3:7] For yourselves know how ye ought to follow us:
The son of man has no place to lay his head and rest Ye ought to follow
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(87) Jesus said, "Wretched is the body that is dependant upon a body, and wretched is the soul that is dependent on these two."  [3:7b]   for we behaved not ourselves disorderly
Dependant upon a body Behaved... disorderly
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(88) Jesus said, "The angels and the prophets will come to you and give to you those things you (already) have. And you too, give them those things which you have, and say to yourselves, 'When will they come and take what is theirs?'"
[3:7c]    among you;
[8] Neither did we eat any man's bread for nought;
Come to you Among you
Those things... those things Any man's bread
Give them those things which you have... will they come and take what is theirs Did we eat any man's bread
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(89) Jesus said, "Why do you wash the outside of the cup? Do you not realize that he who made the inside is the same one who made the outside?" 
[3:8b]   but wrought with
Wash... made... made Wrought = to cause to exist, to work
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(90) Jesus said, "Come unto me, for my yoke is easy and my lordship is mild, and you will find repose for yourselves."  [3:8c]   labour and travail night and day,
My lordship is mild Labour and travail
Repose Night
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(91) 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." 
[3:8d] that we might not be chargeable to any of you:
Have not recognized the one who is before you Might not be chargeable to any of you
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(92) 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." [3:9] Not because we have not power,
I did not tell you... you do not inquire We have not power
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(93) <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 [...]." 
[3:9b] but to make ourselves an ensample unto you
What is holy... the pearls Ourselves
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(94) Jesus said, "He who seeks will find, and he who knocks will be let in." 
[3:9c]  to follow us.
Seeks Follow
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(95) 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."
[3:10] For even when we were with you,
You have With you
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(96) 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." 
[3:10b]   this we commanded you, that if any would not work,
Made Work
Let him who has ears hear We commanded you
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(97) 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."
[3:10c]  neither should he eat.
[11] For we hear that there are some which walk
Meal... the meal Eat
She was walking Some which walk
The handle of the jar
(In the shape of an ear)
Hear
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(98) 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." 
[3:11b]   among you disorderly, working not at all,
A certain man... wanted to kill a powerful man... he slew the powerful man Disorderly
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(99) 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." 

[3:11c]  but are busybodies.
[12] Now them that are such
Are standing outside Are busybodies
Those here who... they who Them that
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(100) 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."
[3:12b]  we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ,
Jesus Jesus
Caesar's men demand We command
Caesar... Caesar... Caesar... God... God Lord
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(101) <Jesus said,> "Whoever does not hate his father and his mother as I do cannot become a disciple to me. And whoever does not love his father and his mother as I do cannot become a disciple to me. For my mother [...], but my true mother gave me life." [3:12c]   that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread.
Become a disciple... become a disciple They work, and eat their own bread
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(102) Jesus said, "Woe to the pharisees, for they are like a dog sleeping in the manger of oxen, for neither does he eat nor does he let the oxen eat."  [3:13] But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing.
They are like a dog sleeping Be... weary
Oxen... oxen Brethren
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(103) Jesus said, "Fortunate is the man who knows where the brigands will enter, so that he may get up, muster his domain, and arm himself before they invade." 
[3:14] And if any man
The man Any man
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(104) They said to Jesus, "Come, let us pray today and let us fast."
 Jesus said, "What is the sin that I have committed, or wherein have I been defeated? But when the bridegroom leaves the bridal chamber, then let them fast and pray."
[3:14b]   obey not our word by this epistle, note that man,
What is the sin that I have committed Obey not our word
The bridegroom That man
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(105) Jesus said, "He who knows the father and the mother will be called the son of a harlot." [3:14c]   and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed.
He... will be called Have no company with him
The son of a harlot He may be ashamed
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(106) Jesus said, "When you make the two one, you will become the sons of man, and when you say, 'Mountain, move away,' it will move away."  [3:15] Yet count
Two one Count
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(107) Jesus said, "The kingdom is like a shepherd who had a hundred sheep. One of them, the largest, went astray. He left the ninety-nine sheep and looked for that one until he found it. When he had gone to such trouble, he said to the sheep, 'I care for you more than the ninety-nine.'" 

[3:15b]  him not as an enemy,
One of them, the largest, went astray Him not as an enemy
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(108) Jesus said, "He who will drink from my mouth will become like me. I myself shall become he, and the things that are hidden will be revealed to him."  [3:15c]   but admonish him as a brother.
[16] Now the Lord of peace
Drink from my mouth Admonish him
I myself shall become he The Lord of peace

peace
= two become one
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(109) Jesus said, "The kingdom is like a man who had a hidden treasure in his field without knowing it. And after he died, he left it to his son. The son did not know (about the treasure). He inherited the field and sold it. And the one who bought it went plowing and found the treasure. He began to lend money at interest to whomever he wished." [3:16b]   himself give you peace always by all means.
He left it... He inherited the field... sold it... bought it... lend money Himself give you peace
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(110) Jesus said, "Whoever finds the world and becomes rich, let him renounce the world." [3:16c]   The Lord be with you all.
The world... the world All
Renounce the world The Lord be with you
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(111) Jesus said, "The heavens and the earth will be rolled up in your presence. And the one who lives from the living one will not see death." Does not Jesus say, "Whoever finds himself is superior to the world?" [3:17] The salutation of Paul
In your presence The salutation
Whoever finds himself Paul
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(112) Jesus said, "Woe to the flesh that depends on the soul; woe to the soul that depends on the flesh." 
[3:17b]   with mine own hand,
Flesh... flesh Hand
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(113) His disciples said to him, "When will the kingdom come?"
 <Jesus said,> "It will not come by waiting for it. It will not be a matter of saying 'here it is' or 'there it is.' Rather, the kingdom of the father is spread out upon the earth, and men do not see it." 
[3:17c]   which is the token in every epistle: so I write.
When will the kingdom come?... men do not see it Token = signs portending remarkable events soon to happen
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(114) Simon Peter said to him, "Let Mary leave us, for women are not worthy of life."
 Jesus said, "I myself shall lead her in order to make her male, so that she too may become a living spirit resembling you males. For every woman who will make herself male will enter the kingdom of heaven." 
[3:18] The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
Not worthy Grace
I myself shall lead her Our Lord Jesus Christ be with you
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Aligning and combining the sayings of Jesus within The Gospel of Thomas
together with the canonical apostolic writings, we "make the two into one."
It's almost like Jesus and the apostles left us a cross reference study bible.

The Gospel of Thomas - New Testament - Cross Reference Study


Open the links.  Connect the Key Words.  Be Amazed. And Enter the Kingdom.

The Gospel of Thomas - Romans Connection

The Gospel of Thomas - 1 Corinthian Connection

The Gospel of Thomas - Galatians Connection


The Gospel of Thomas - Ephesians Connection


The Gospel of Thomas - Colossians Connection


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The Gospel of Thomas - 1 Timothy Connection


The Gospel of Thomas - Hebrews Connection


The Gospel of Thomas - James Connection


The Gospel of Thomas - 1 Peter Connection


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The Gospel of Thomas - Revelations Connection


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The Gospel of Thomas - The Gospel of Mark Connection

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