The Gospel of Thomas - Colossians Connection



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.                 
The Gospel of Thomas

Translated by Thomas O. Lambdin
Colossians

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, 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
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(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 
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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."

1:2b Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Troubled Peace
The All  (See saying 77) The Lord Jesus Christ
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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."
1:3 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
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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." 1:5 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
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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."
1:5 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
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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."
1:6 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
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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."
1:6b 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
Lies Truth
Hate Epaphras = "lovely"
All things are plain As ye also learned
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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."

1:7b our dear fellowservant, who is for you a faithful minister of Christ; 

Man... man... man Dear fellowservant... faithful minister
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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."

1:8 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
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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."
1:9b  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 pleasingbeing 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
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(10) Jesus said, "I have cast fire upon 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
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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?"
1:11 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
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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."

1:12 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
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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."

1:13 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
Three things 1. Who hath delivered us...
2.
In whom we have redemption...
3.
Who is the image of the invisible God
Fire Darkness
Stones Us... us... we... his dear Son... (1,2, and 3)
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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."

1:16 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
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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."

1:16b  all things were created by him, and for him

One who was not born of woman... him... That one is your father Him... him
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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."

1:17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

They will stand solitary All things consist
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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."

1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church: 

Eye... ear... the human mind The head
What no hand has touched The body
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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."

1:18b who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.

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
Death Dead
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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."
1:19 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
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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."

1:20b 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
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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."

1:21 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
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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."

1:23b  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 flesh    
(The flesh may reveal divisions)
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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."
1:25 Whereof I am made a ministeraccording 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")
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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."
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
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(25) Jesus said, "Love your brother like 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
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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."

1:27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles

You see... eye... see... eye... you will see clearly Make known
Your brother The Gentiles
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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." 1:27b      which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: 
The kingdom Christ in you
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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 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
1:29 Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.

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
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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."

2:1 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
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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."

2:2 That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love

One Being knit together in love
I am with him Be comforted
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(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
Him Christ
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(32) Jesus said, "A city being built on a high mountain and fortified cannot fall, nor can it be hidden."
2:3 In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

A city In whom (Christ)
Nor can it be hidden Are hid all the treasures
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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."

2:4 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
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(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
Leads The Lord
Man leads... man Walk ye in him
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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."

2:7 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
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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." 2:7b  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
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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"

2:8 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)
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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."

2:8b      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
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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."

2:9 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
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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."
2:11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision
A grapevine Ye
Outside of the father In whom
Pulled up by its roots and destroyed Circumcised... circumcision
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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."

2:11     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
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(42) Jesus said, "Become passers-by."
Aternate reading: Passing away come into being
2:12 Buried with him in baptism,
Passing away Buried... in baptism
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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."
2:12b    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
Are you... you should... you do... to you... you have
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
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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."

2:13b  hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses

Whoever... whoever You
Blasphemes 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
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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." 2:14 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
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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."

2:15       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
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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."

2:16               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
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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."

2:17 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
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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."

2:18 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
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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.'" 2:18b   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
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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."

2:19 And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, 

The new world The body
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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."

2:19b  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
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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."

2:20b    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
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(54) Jesus said, "Blessed are the poor, for yours is the kingdom of heaven."

2:20c         are ye subject to ordinances,  
2:21 (Touch not; taste not; handle not;

Yours is the kingdom Are ye subject
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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."
2:22   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
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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."

2:23 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
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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."

2:23b        not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh.
3:1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above

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 satisfying of the flesh
(or "No value in checking the indulgence of the flesh")
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(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
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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."

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
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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."
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
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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."
3:4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.
3:5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth
fornication,

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
The undivided Glory
If he is divided Mortify... the earth... fornication
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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."

3:5b     uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence

Your left (hand)... (not... those who are worthy) Uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence
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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."
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
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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."

3:7 In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.
3:8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.
3:9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; 

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
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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."

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
My son Him
Let him who has ears hear Greek... Jew... circumcision...
uncircumcision
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(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
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(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 persecuted. Wherever 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
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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."

3:13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.

Persecuted Forbearing... forgiving...
forgave
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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."

3:14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.

Bring it forth from yourselves Put on charity
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(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
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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?"

3:15b    to the which also ye are called in one body

Divide... divider... divider One body
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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."

3:15c       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
Beseech Be... thankful
The laborers... send out laborers The word of Christ... teaching and admonishing
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(74) He said, "O Lord, there are many around the drinking trough, but there is nothing in the cistern."

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
Many One another
There is nothing in the cistern Grace in your hearts... in word or deed
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(75) Jesus said, "Many are standing at the door, but it is the solitary who will enter the bridal chamber."
 3:17b   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
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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."

3:18 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord.

The father The Lord
A merchant Husbands
A pearl... the pearl... his unfailing and enduring treasure Wives
Where no moth comes near to devour and no worm destroys In the Lord
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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."

3:19 Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.

I who am... I who am Husbands
The all... the all... the all Wives
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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."

3:20 Children, obey your parents in all things

Your kings... your great men Your parents
Clothed in fine garments In all things
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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.'"
3:20b    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
Father Fathers
Blessed are the womb which has not conceived and the breasts which have not given milk This is well pleasing... Servants
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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."

3:22b    obey in all things your masters according to the flesh;

The world... the world The flesh
The body... the body All things
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(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
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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."

3:23 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord

He who is near me Do it heartily, as to the Lord
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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."

3:23b    and not unto men; 3:24 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: 

Man Men
Manifest to man (Not to be seen by) men
He will become manifest Ye shall receive the reward
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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!" 3:24b   for ye serve the Lord Christ
How much you will have to bear! Ye serve the Lord Christ
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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.

3:25 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
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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."
3:25    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
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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."
4:1 Masters,
Dependant... dependant Masters
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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?'"
4:1b     give unto your servants that which is just and equal;
The angels and the prophets Your servants
Give... give Give
Those things you (already) have... those things you have That which is just and equal
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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?"

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
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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." 4:2 Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;
My yoke is easy Continue in prayer
Find repose Watch
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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."

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
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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."
4:4 That I 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
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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 [...]."
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
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(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
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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."

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
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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." 4:7b      and a faithful minister and fellowservant in the Lord:
A certain woman A faithful minister
In some dough In the Lord
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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."
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
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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."

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
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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."
4:9b    who is one of you. They 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
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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."

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"
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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."

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
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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."

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
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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."

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
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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.

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.

Come... leaves Saluteth
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"
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(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)
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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."

4:14     Luke, the beloved physician, and Demas, greet you.

You make the two one The beloved physician
Become the sons of man
(I.e. Enter the kingdom and rule over the all)
Demas = "governor of the people"
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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.'"

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
A shepherd The brethren...
Nymphas
= "bridegroom"
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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."
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
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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."

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
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(110) Jesus said, "Whoever finds the world and becomes rich, let him renounce the world."

4:16c    and that ye likewise read the epistle from Laodicea.

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
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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?"

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
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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." 4:17     Take heed to the ministry
Depends on... depends on Take heed to the ministry
The ministry executes the commands of the Lord; not the soul or the flesh.
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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."

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
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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.

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 be with you
(Jesus is the gift or "grace" of God)




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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

And
 
The Gospel of Thomas - The Gospel of Mark Connection

The Gospel of Thomas - The Gospel of John Connection
 


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