The Gospel of Thomas and The Epistle to the Colossians are aligned using key word connections.
Then deeper insights are revealed through the comparison and contrast of these two aligned writings.
Gospel of Thomas
Translated by Thomas O. Lambdin
|These are the secret sayings which the living Jesus spoke and which Didymos Judas Thomas wrote down.||1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timotheus our brother,|
|The living Jesus||Jesus Christ|
|Didymos Judas Thomas||Paul... Timotheus our brother|
|(1) And he said, "Whoever finds the
interpretation of these sayings will not experience death."
||1:2 To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse:|
|Whoever finds the interpretation of these sayings||The saints and faithful brethren|
|(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."||
1:2b Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
|The All (See saying 77)||The Lord Jesus Christ|
|(3) Jesus said, "If
those who lead you say to you, 'See, the kingdom
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
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
||1:3 We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, 1:4 Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints,|
|The kingdom... the kingdom (See Colossians 1:13)||Our Lord Jesus Christ|
|In the sky... in the sea... inside of you... in poverty||In Christ Jesus|
|When you come to know yourselves||Since we heard of your faith|
|You... are the sons of the living father||All the saints|
|The living father||The Father|
|(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."||1:5 For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel;|
|The place of life||Heaven|
|He will live||The hope|
|They will become one and the same||The word of the truth of the gospel|
|(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."
||1:5 For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel;|
|The place of life||Heaven|
|He will live||The hope|
|They will become one and the same||The word of the truth of the gospel|
|(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
which will not become
||1:6 Which is come unto you, as it is in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit,|
|Which is hidden from you||Which is come unto you|
|Nothing||All the world|
|Become plain... become manifest||Bringeth forth fruit|
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."
|1:6b as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth: 1:7 As ye also learned of Epaphras|
|Pray... give alms... diet||The grace of God|
|Hate||Epaphras = "lovely"|
|All things are plain||As ye also learned|
|(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."||
1:7b our dear fellowservant, who is for you a faithful minister of Christ;
|Man... man... man||Dear fellowservant... faithful minister|
|(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."
1:8 Who also declared unto us your love in the Spirit. 1:9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it,
|Who cast his net into the sea||Who also declared unto us|
|Whoever has ears to hear, let him hear||We heard it|
said, "Now the
sower went out, took a handful (of
seeds), and scattered
them. Some fell on the road; the birds came and gathered
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."
||1:9b do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 1:10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful|
|The sower... took a handful (of seeds), and scattered them||Be filled with the knowledge of his will|
|The good soil||You...ye|
|Good fruit||Wisdom and spiritual understanding... walk worthy... all pleasing... being fruitful in every good work,|
|Sixty... a hundred and twenty per measure||All... all|
|(10) Jesus said, "I
have cast fire
the world, and see,
I am guarding
it until it blazes."
||1:10b and increasing in the knowledge of God;|
|See||Increasing in the knowledge of God|
|Cast fire... guarding it until it blazes||Increasing|
|(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.
days when you consumed what is dead, you made it what is
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?"
||1:11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;|
|The living will not die||Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power|
|In the days when... When... when...when||All patience and longsuffering|
|(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."
1:12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:
|Who is to be our leader?||The Father|
|Wherever you are||In light|
|Righteous||Made us meet|
|James (The brother of Christ?)||Be partakers of the inheritance|
|Heaven and earth||The inheritance|
|(13) Jesus said to
"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."
1:13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: 1:14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: 1:15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
|Whom I am like... whom||Who... whom... Who|
|You are like a righteous angel - (announcing deliverance)||Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness|
|You are like a wise philosopher - (seeing the above as the below)||Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature|
Who hath delivered us...
2. In whom we have redemption...
3. Who is the image of the invisible God
|Stones||Us... us... we... his dear Son... (1,2, and 3)|
|(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
1:16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers:
|Eat what they will set before you... what goes into your mouth will not defile you||For by him were all things created|
|(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."||
1:16b all things were created by him, and for him:
|One who was not born of woman... him... That one is your father||Him... him|
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."
1:17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
|They will stand solitary||All things consist|
|(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."
1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church:
|Eye... ear... the human mind||The head|
|What no hand has touched||The body|
|(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."
the beginning, the
firstborn from the dead;
that in all things he
might have the
|The beginning... the beginning... the beginning||The beginning|
|Who will take his place in the beginning||Who is the beginning|
|He who will take his place||He might have the preeminence|
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
undisturbed summer and winter and whose leaves do not
Whoever becomes acquainted with them will not experience death."
||1:19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; 1:20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross,|
|Blessed is he||Pleased the Father|
|There are five trees... in Paradise||In him should all fulness dwell|
|Remain undisturbed||Having peace|
|Not experience death||Made peace through the blood of his cross|
|(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."
1:20b by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.
|The kingdom of heaven||Things in heaven|
|It is like a mustard seed... it produces||By him|
|A great plant||Things in earth|
|Becomes a shelter for birds of the sky||Reconcile all things|
Mary said to Jesus, "Whom are your
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."
1:21 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled 1:22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: 1:23 If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard,
|Let us have back our field... let them have back their field... give it back to them||Hath he reconciled|
|The thief is coming||Death|
|His house of his domain||The body of his flesh|
|The grain ripened||Grounded and settled|
|He came quickly with his sickle in his hand and reaped it||Be not moved away from the hope of the gospel|
|Whoever has ears to hear, let him hear||Ye have heard|
|(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."
1:23b and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister; 1:24 Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body's sake, which is the church:
|Enter the kingdom... enter the kingdom... enter the kingdom||Under heaven... the church|
|Make the two one... the inside like the outside... outside like the inside... the male and the female one and the same||Which (I.e. The Gospel, 1:23)|
|An eye... a hand... a foot... a likeness||His
body (Illustrating oneness -
There is one body Ephesians. 4:6)
|Eyes (plural)... a hand... a foot... a likeness||My
(The flesh may reveal divisions)
|(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."
||1:25 Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you,|
|I shall choose you||I am made a minister|
|A single one||According
to the dispensation of God
(Ephesians 1:-9-10. "according to... the dispensation... together in one")
|(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."
|125b to fulfil the word of God; 1:26 Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations,|
|Show us the place... it is necessary for us to seek it||The mystery which hath been hid|
|Whoever has ears, let him hear||The word of God|
|There is light within a man of light (Logion 77. I am the light)||The mystery|
|The whole world||ages and... generations|
|(25) Jesus said, "Love your brother
your soul, guard him like
the pupil of your eye."
||1:26b but now is made manifest to his saints:|
|Your brother||His saints|
|The pupil of your eye||Is made manifest|
|(26) Jesus said, "You see the
mote in your brother's eye,
but you do
the beam in your own eye.
When you cast the beam out of your
then you will
see clearly to cast the mote from your brother's
1:27 To whom God would make known
what is the riches of the glory of
mystery among the
|You see... eye... see... eye... you will see clearly||Make known|
|Your brother||The Gentiles|
|(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."||1:27b which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:|
|The kingdom||Christ in you|
|(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 too emptythey seek to leave the world. But for the moment they are intoxicated. When they shake off their wine, then they will repent."||
1:28 Whom we preach, warning
every man, and teaching every man in all
wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:
|I took my place in the midst of the world, and I appeared to them in flesh||Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom|
|All of them... The sons of men||Every man... every man... every man|
|Empty... empty||Perfect in Christ Jesus|
|They came... they...leave||Present|
|They seek||I... labour, striving|
|For the moment they are intoxicated||Whereunto I also labour|
|They will repent||His working, which worketh in me mightily|
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."
2:1 For I would that ye knew what great conflict I have for you, and for them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh;
|The flesh... this poverty||The flesh... the flesh|
|Spirit came into being because of the body||Great conflict I have for you|
|(30) Jesus said,
"Where there are three
gods, they are gods. Where there are two or one, I am with him."
2:2 That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love,
|One||Being knit together in love|
|I am with him||Be comforted|
|(31) Jesus said, "No prophet is accepted
in his own village; no physician heals those who know him."
2:2b assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;
|No prophet is accepted||To the acknowledgement of the mystery|
|(32) Jesus said, "A city
being built on
a high mountain and fortified cannot fall, nor can it be hidden."
hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
|A city||In whom (Christ)|
|Nor can it be hidden||Are hid all the treasures|
|(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."
2:4 And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words. 2:5 For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the stedfastness of your faith in Christ.
|Preach from your housetops||This I say|
|You will hear in your ear||Enticing words|
|No one||Any man|
|A hidden place||I
be absent in the flesh...
am I with you in the spirit
|See its light||Beholding your order|
|(34) Jesus said, "If a blind man leads a
blind man, they will both fall into a pit."
2:6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:
|If a blind man leads a blind man||Received Christ Jesus the Lord... walk ye in him|
|Man leads... man||Walk ye in him|
|(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."||
2:7 Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith,
|Enter the house... ransack his house||Stablished in the faith|
|A strong man||In him|
|(36) Jesus said, "Do not be concerned from morning until evening and from evening until morning about what you will wear."||2:7b as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.|
|Do not be concerned||As ye have been taught|
|About what you will wear||Abounding therein with thanksgiving|
|(37) His disciples
said, "When will
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"
2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit,
|You will not be afraid||Beware|
|You become revealed to us... your garments||Lest any man spoil you (disarm and carry away)|
|(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."||
2:8b after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
|You desired to hear these words... no one else to hear them from||The
tradition of men (i.e. because of traditions)
The rudiments of the world (For example, because of the primary and fundamental principles of Judaism)
|Not find me||Not after Christ|
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
and as innocent as doves."
2:9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. 2:10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:
|The keys of knowledge (gnosis)||In him dwelleth all the fulness... ye are complete in him...all|
|Hidden... not entered... entered||In him... in him|
|Serpents||Principality and power|
Jesus said, "A
grapevine has been planted outside of the father,
being unsound, it will be pulled
up by its roots and destroyed."
||2:11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision|
|Outside of the father||In whom|
|Pulled up by its roots and destroyed||Circumcised... circumcision|
|(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."||
2:11 made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:
|Something||The circumcision of Christ|
|Nothing... the little||The body of the sins of the flesh|
|His hand||Without hands|
|Will be deprived||Putting off|
|(42) Jesus said,
Aternate reading: Passing away come into being
|2:12 Buried with him in baptism,|
|Passing away||Buried... in baptism|
|(43) His disciples
said to him, "Who
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."
|2:12b wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. 2:13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh,|
|Who are you... You do not realize who I am||God, who|
||Ye are... you... your... your|
|You do not realize... You have become like the Jews||You, being dead in your sins|
|The Jews||The dead... being dead|
|The tree... the tree||Your flesh|
|Its fruit... the fruit||Your sins|
|(44) Jesus said, "Whoever blasphemes
the father will
forgiven, and whoever
the son will
be forgiven, but
the holy spirit will not be forgiven
on earth or in heaven."
2:13b hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;
|against the father... against the son... against the holy spirit||All|
|Will not be forgiven||Having forgiven|
|Either on earth or in heaven||He quickened together|
|(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."||2:14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;|
|A good man||His cross|
|Evil things... evil things||The handwriting of ordinances that was against us... contrary to us|
|(Brings forth)... out of... the heart||Blotting out... took it out of the way|
|(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
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
superior to John."
2:15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
|Superior||Principalities and powers|
|His eyes should not be lowered||He made a shew|
|The kingdom... become superior||Triumphing over|
|(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,
will honor the one and treat the other contemptuously. No man drinks
and immediately desires to drink new wine.
And new wine
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."
2:16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:
|It is impossible for a servant to serve two masters||Let no man therefore judge you|
|Old wine... old wineskins... old wine||Drink|
|New wine... new wine... a new wineskin... a new garment||New moon|
Jesus said, "If two make peace with each other in this one house,
will say to the
mountain, 'Move Away,' and it will move away."
2:17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.
|This one house||The body is of Christ|
|The mountain||A shadow|
|(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."
2:18 Let no man beguile you of your reward
|Blessed are the solitary and elect||Let no man beguile you|
|You will find the kingdom... you will return||Your reward|
|(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.'"||2:18b in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,|
|They... them... they... they... them||Angels|
|On its own accord... Is it you?', say, 'We are its children||Voluntary humility|
|The light... the light... became manifest... the sign||Seen|
|(51) His disciples
said to him,
"When will the repose of the dead come about, and when will the new
He said to them, "What you look forward to has already come, but you do not recognize it."
2:19 And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered,
|The new world||The body|
|(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."
2:19b and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God. 2:20 Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ
|All of them... in you||Knit together|
|You... you||Ye... (you, 2:18)|
|Have omitted the one living||With Christ|
|The dead||Ye be dead|
|(53) His disciples
said to him, "Is
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."
2:20b from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world,
|Circumcision... circumcision||The rudiments of the world|
|Their father... their mother||The world... the world|
|(54) Jesus said, "Blessed are the poor, for yours is the kingdom of heaven."||
subject to ordinances,
|Yours is the kingdom||Are ye subject|
|(55) Jesus said,
"Whoever does not hate
his father and his
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."
||2:22 Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?|
|Hate his father and his mother... hate his brothers and sisters... become a disciple to me||The commandments and doctrines of men|
|Take up his cross||Perish|
|(56) Jesus said,
"Whoever has come to understand the world
(only) a corpse,
and whoever has found a
corpse is superior to the
2:23 Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body:
|The world... a corpse... a corpse... the world||The body|
|(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."||
in any honour to the
of the flesh.
|The kingdom of the father||Christ... those things which are above|
|Good seed... good seed... the wheat||Ye... be risen|
|Weeds... the weeds... the weeds... the weeds||The flesh|
|Go intending to pull up the weeds||Not
in any honour to the
of the flesh
(or "No value in checking the indulgence of the flesh")
|(58) Jesus said, "Blessed
is the man who
has suffered and found life."
||3:1 where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.|
|Blessed is the man who has suffered and found life||Christ sitteth on the right hand of God|
|(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."||
3:2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
|Take heed of the living one while you are alive... seek to see him||Set your affection on things above|
|Lest you die... and be unable (to see him)||Set your affection... not on things on the earth|
saw> a Samaritan carrying a
lamb on his way to
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."
|3:3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.|
|That man is round about the lamb||Your life is hid with Christ in God|
|Kill it... he has killed it and it has become a corpse...you become a corpse||Ye are dead|
|(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."
who is our
shall ye also
with him in glory.
3:5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth;
|Two will rest on a bed||Christ... shall appear... ye also appear with him|
|One will die... he is destroyed||Mortify therefore your members|
|The other will live||Our life|
|Who are you||Who is our life|
|You ... have come||Christ... shall appear|
|If he is divided||Mortify... the earth... fornication|
|(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."
3:5b uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence,
|Your left (hand)... (not... those who are worthy)||Uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence|
|(63) Jesus said, "There
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
he died. Let
him who has ears hear."
||3:5c and covetousness, which is idolatry: 3:6 For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:|
|There was a rich man who had much money||Covetousness, which is idolatry|
|My money||For which things' sake|
|That same night he died||The wrath of God cometh|
|Let him who has ears hear||The children of disobedience|
|(64) Jesus said, "A man had
received visitors. And when
he had prepared
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."
3:7 In the which ye also walked
|A man||The old man (in contrast)|
|They are coming to me... I must go... Go outside to the streets||Ye also walked|
|When... this evening... the day... spare time||Some time... when... But now|
|I ask to be excused from the dinner... I shall not have any spare time... I shall not be able to come. I ask to be excused from the dinner... I shall not be able to come. I ask to be excused... Those whom you invited to the dinner have asked to be excused||Filthy communication out of your mouth|
|I have claims against some merchants. They are coming to me this evening... I have just bought a house and am required for the day... My friend is going to get married, and I am to prepare the banquet... I have just bought a farm, and I am on my way to collect the rent||Lie not one to another|
|The dinner... the dinner... the dinner... the dinner... they... dine... enter the places of my father||Ye lived in them|
|Businessmen and merchants||The old man|
|(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.'
that it was he who was the heir to the vineyard, they
seized him and killed him. Let
him who has ears hear."
3:10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: 3:11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free:
|A good man||The new man|
|Recognize... show respect... knew||knowledge|
|Recognize them||The image of him|
|Let him who has ears hear||Greek... Jew... circumcision...
|(66) Jesus said, "Show me the stone which the builders have rejected. That one is the cornerstone."||3:11b but Christ is all,|
|The stone... the cornerstone||Christ|
|(67) Jesus said,
"If one who knows the
all still feels
a personal deficiency, he is completely deficient."
3:11c and in all. 3:12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved,
|The all||In all|
|Feels a personal deficiency||The elect of God, holy and beloved|
|(68) Jesus said, "Blessed are you when you are hated and
you have been persecuted they will find no place."
3:12b bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
|When you are hated and persecuted||Meekness, longsuffering|
|Wherever you have been persecuted||Humbleness of mind|
|(69) Jesus said,
"Blessed are they who have been persecuted
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."
3:13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
|(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."
3:14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.
|Bring it forth from yourselves||Put on charity|
|(71) Jesus said, "I
shall destroy this
house, and no one will be able to build it [...]."
3:15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts,
|This house||Your hearts|
|(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?"
3:15b to the which also ye are called in one body;
|Divide... divider... divider||One body|
|(73) Jesus said, "The harvest is great
but the laborers
the Lord, therefore, to send
to the harvest."
3:15c and be ye thankful. 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing
|The harvest is great||Richly in all wisdom|
|The laborers... send out laborers||The word of Christ... teaching and admonishing|
|(74) He said, "O Lord,
there are many
around the drinking trough, but there is nothing in the
3:16b one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 3:17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed,
|O Lord||The Lord|
|There is nothing in the cistern||Grace in your hearts... in word or deed|
|(75) Jesus said,
"Many are standing at
but it is the solitary who will enter the bridal chamber."
||3:17b do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.|
|The door||The name of the Lord Jesus|
|Enter the bridal chamber||By him|
|(76) Jesus said,
"The kingdom of the father is like a merchant
a consignment of merchandise and who discovered a pearl. That merchant
was shrewd. He sold the merchandise and bought the pearl
himself. You too, seek his
unfailing and enduring treasure where no
moth comes near to devour and no worm destroys."
3:18 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord.
|The father||The Lord|
|A pearl... the pearl... his unfailing and enduring treasure||Wives|
|Where no moth comes near to devour and no worm destroys||In the Lord|
|(77) Jesus said,
"It is I
who am the light which is above them all. It
is I who am
all. From me did the all
come forth, and unto me did
extend. Split a piece of wood, and I am there. Lift up the
stone, and you will find me there."
3:19 Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.
|I who am... I who am||Husbands|
|The all... the all... the all||Wives|
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
kings and your
great men? Upon them are the fine garments, and they are
unable to discern the truth."
3:20 Children, obey your parents in all things:
|Your kings... your great men||Your parents|
|Clothed in fine garments||In all things|
|(79) A woman
from the crowd said to him, "Blessed are the womb which bore you
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.'"
|3:20b for this is well pleasing unto the Lord. 3:21 Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged. 3:22 Servants,|
|The womb which bore you... the breasts which nourished you... Blessed are those who have heard||Children|
|Blessed are the womb which has not conceived and the breasts which have not given milk||This is well pleasing... Servants|
|(80) Jesus said,
"He who has
world has found the body,
but he who has found the
is superior to the
3:22b obey in all things your masters according to the flesh;
|The world... the world||The flesh|
|The body... the body||All things|
|(81) Jesus said,
"Let him who has grown
rich be king, and let him who possesses power renounce it."
3:22c not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God;
|Renounce it||Singleness of heart|
|(82) Jesus said, "He
who is near me is
near the fire, and he who is far from me is far from the kingdom."
3:23 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord,
|He who is near me||Do it heartily, as to the Lord|
|(83) Jesus said,
"The images are manifest
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
3:23b and not unto men; 3:24 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance:
|Manifest to man||(Not to be seen by) men|
|He will become manifest||Ye shall receive the reward|
|(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!"||3:24b for ye serve the Lord Christ|
|How much you will have to bear!||Ye serve the Lord Christ|
|(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.||
3:25 But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done:
|He did not become worthy||He that doeth wrong|
|Had he been worthy, he would not have experienced death||Receive for the wrong which he hath done|
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."
||3:25 and there is no respect of persons.|
|The son of man has no place to lay his head and rest||There is no respect of persons|
|(87) Jesus said,
"Wretched is the body that is dependant
upon a body,
and wretched is the soul that is dependent
on these two."
|(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?'"
||4:1b give unto your servants that which is just and equal;|
|The angels and the prophets||Your servants|
|Those things you (already) have... those things you have||That which is just and equal|
|(89) Jesus said,
do you wash the outside of the cup? Do you not realize
that he who made
is the same one
who made the outside?"
4:1c knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven.
|You not realize||( You ) knowing|
|The inside||In heaven|
|The same one who made||A Master|
|(90) Jesus said, "Come unto me, for my yoke is easy and my lordship is mild, and you will find repose for yourselves."||4:2 Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;|
|My yoke is easy||Continue in prayer|
|(91) They said to
him, "Tell us
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."
4:3 Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds:
|Tell us who you are||Open unto us a door of utterance, to speak|
|You have not recognized the one... you do not know||The mystery of Christ|
|(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."
may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.
|I did not tell you... now I do desire to tell||I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak|
not give what is holy to dogs, lest they throw them
the dung-heap. Do
not throw the pearls to swine, lest they [...] it
||4:5 Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.|
|Do not give what is holy to dogs... Do not throw the pearls to swine||Walk in wisdom toward them that are without|
|(94) Jesus said, "He who seeks will find, and he who knocks will be let in."||
4:6 Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.
|He who knocks will be let in||Answer every man|
|(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."
4:7 All my state shall Tychicus declare unto you, who is a beloved brother,
|If you have money...||My state|
|You will not get it back||Tychicus = "fateful" - or bad result|
|(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."||4:7b and a faithful minister and fellowservant in the Lord:|
|A certain woman||A faithful minister|
|In some dough||In the Lord|
|(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
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;
noticed no accident. When she reached her house, she set
the jar down
and found it empty."
||4:8 Whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose, that he might know your estate, and comfort your hearts;|
|She was walking on the road, still some distance from home||Whom I have sent unto you|
|She did not realize it; she had noticed no accident||Know your estate|
|(98) Jesus said,
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."
4:9 With Onesimus, a faithful and beloved brother,
|A certain man who wanted to kill a powerful man... he slew the powerful man||Onesimus = profitable or useful|
| (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."
is one of you.
shall make known unto you all
things which are done here.
|Your brothers and your mother||Who is one of you|
|Those here who do||All things which are done here|
|(100) They showed
Jesus a gold coin and
said to him, "Caesar's
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."
4:10 Aristarchus my fellowprisoner saluteth you, and Marcus,
|Caesar's men||My fellowprisoner|
|Demand taxes||Marcus = "defense"|
|Caesar... Caesar... Caesar... God... God... me||Aristarchus = "the best ruler"|
said,> "Whoever does not
hate his father
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
For my mother
[...], but my
true mother gave me life."
4:10b sister's son to Barnabas, (touching whom ye received commandments:
|His father and his mother... his father and his mother... my true mother||Son|
|Become a disciple... become a disciple||Ye received commandments|
|(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."||
4:10c if he come unto you, receive him;) 4:11 And Jesus, which is called Justus, who are of the circumcision.
|The pharisees... a dog||Who are of the circumcision|
|(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."
4:11b These only are my fellowworkers unto the kingdom of God, which have been a comfort unto me.
|Fortunate is the man||A comfort unto me|
|The brigands||My fellowworkers|
|His domain||The kingdom of God|
|(104) They said to
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.
4:12 Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.
|Let us pray today and let us fast... let them fast and pray||Labouring fervently for you in prayers|
|What is the sin that I have committed, or wherein have I been defeated?||Stand perfect and complete in all the will of God|
|The bridal chamber||Epaphras = "lovely"|
|(105) Jesus said,
"He who knows the
father and the
mother will be called the son of a harlot."
4:13 For I bear him record, that he hath a great zeal for you, and them that are in Laodicea, and them in Hierapolis.
|The mother||Hierapolis = Holy city" (The "Jerusalem which is above... is the mother of us all" - Galatians 4:26)|
|(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
4:14 Luke, the beloved physician, and Demas, greet you.
|You make the two one||The beloved physician|
(I.e. Enter the kingdom and rule over the all)
|Demas = "governor of the people"|
|(107) Jesus said, "The
kingdom is like a shepherd
who had a
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
4:15 Salute the brethren which are in Laodicea, and Nymphas, and the church which is in his house.
|The kingdom... a hundred sheep... the ninety-nine sheep... the ninety-nine||The church|
Nymphas = "bridegroom"
|(108) Jesus said,
"He who will
my mouth will become like me. I myself shall become he,
that are hidden will be revealed to him."
||4:16 And when this epistle is read among you,|
|Drink from my mouth||When this epistle is read|
|The things that are hidden will be revealed||Among you|
|(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."||
4:16b cause that
it be read also
in the church
of the Laodiceans;
|The kingdom||The church|
|In his field... the field||The church of the Laodiceans|
|(110) Jesus said,
world and becomes rich, let him renounce the world."
4:16c and that ye likewise read the
|Finds the world||Read the epistle|
|The world||The epistle - is a body of text - The body is a type of a world - A new world|
|(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
not Jesus say, "Whoever finds himself is superior to the
4:17 And say to Archippus,
|The one who lives from the living one will not see death||Archippus
= Master of the horse"
(Death come riding on a horse. Revelation 6:8)
|Does not Jesus say||And say|
|(112) Jesus said, "Woe to the flesh that depends on the soul; woe to the soul that depends on the flesh."||4:17
heed to the
|Depends on... depends on||Take
heed to the
The ministry executes the commands of the Lord; not the soul or the flesh.
|(113) His disciples
said to him, "When
<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."
4:17 which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfil it.
|When will the kingdom come?||Thou hast received in the Lord|
|The kingdom of the father is spread out upon the earth||Fulfil it|
|(114) Simon Peter
said to him, "Let Mary
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.
4:18 The salutation by the hand of me Paul. Remember my bonds. Grace be with you. Amen.
|Leave us||The salutation|
|Women are not worthy||Paul = "small or little"|
|I myself shall lead her||Grace
(Jesus is the gift or "grace" of God)
Other New Testament Writings that were based on The Original Gospel of Christ
(Which is more commonly known as The Gospel of Thomas)
Open the links. Connect the Key Words. Be Amazed and Enter the Kingdom.
The Gospel of Thomas - 1 Corinthian Connection
The Gospel of Thomas - Galatians Connection
The Gospel of Thomas - Ephesians Connection
The Gospel of Thomas - 1 Thessalonians Connection
The Gospel of Thomas - Hebrews Connection
The Gospel of Thomas - James Connection
The Gospel of Thomas - 1 Peter Connection
The Gospel of Thomas - 1 John Connection
The Gospel of Thomas - Revelations Connection
The Gospel of Thomas - The Gospel of John Connection
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