The Gospel of Thomas - 1 John
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The Gospel of Thomas 1 John
Translated by Thomas O. Lambdin The Apostle John
These are the secret sayings which the living Jesus spoke 






The living Jesus
[1:1] That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;


The Word of life
and which Didymos Judas Thomas wrote down.


Didymos Judas Thomas wrote down
[1:2] (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness,

We... bear witness
(1) And he said, "Whoever finds the interpretation of these sayings will not experience death."


Not experience death
and shew unto you that eternal life,



Eternal life
(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."

Finds
which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)



Was manifested unto us
(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.



See


The sons of the... father
[1:3] That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.






Seen

The Father... his Son
But if you will not know yourselves, you dwell in poverty and it is you who are that poverty."


Poverty
[1:4] And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.

Be full
(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."


The place of life
[1:5] This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

In him
(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."

That which is hidden
[1:6] If we say that we have fellowship with him,



Fellowship with him
(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."

Lies

Hidden

In the sight of heaven

Covered
and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:
[1:7] But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

Lie

In darkness

In the light

The blood... all sin
(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."

The lion... consumed by man
[1:8] If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.


Not in us

(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."

He threw all the small fish back into the sea

[1:9] If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.


To cleanse us from all unrighteousness
(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."

The seed
[1:10] If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.







His word
(10) Jesus said, "I have cast fire upon the world, and see, I am guarding it until it blazes."






The world
[2:1] My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:

The righteous

(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?"

The dead

[2:2] And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.



The world
(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."

We know
[2:3] And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.



We know

(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."


I am not your master

[2:4] He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.







Keepeth not his commandments
(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."


You... do harm to your spirits


Defile you
[2:5] But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.







Whoso... in him... is...  perfected

Know we... are in him
(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."

Prostrate yourselves
[2:6] He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.

Walk
(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."




Men

[2:7] Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which ye have heard from the beginning.



Brethren

(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."





I shall give you

[2:8] Again, a new commandment I write unto you, which thing is true in him and in you: because the darkness is past, and the true light now shineth.

I write unto you

(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."


discovered


experience death

[2:9] He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now.





in the light

in darkness

(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







These stones will minister to you

[2:10] He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him.


There is none occasion of stumbling
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."



Experience death
[2:11] But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.

Walketh in darkness

(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."

The smallest of all seeds
[2:12] I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name's sake.



Little children

(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."

Children

Knows

The robbers
[2:13] I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one. I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father.





Children

Known

The wicked

(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."

Children

Make the two one
[2:14] I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.






Young men

The word of God

(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."





Out of

Out of

[2:15] Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

The world

The world

(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."



Show us the place

He is darkness

[2:16] For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh





All that is in the world

The flesh
(25) Jesus said, "Love your brother like your soul, guard him like the pupil of your eye."



Eye
and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

Eye

(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."




The beam in your own eye

Your brother

[2:17] And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.


The world


He that doeth the will of God

(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."






The Sabbath

[2:18] Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.

The last time

(28) Jesus said, "I took my place in the midst of the world, and I appeared to them in flesh. I found all of them intoxicated; I found none of them thirsty. And my soul became afflicted for the sons of men, because they are blind in their hearts and do not have sight; for empty they came into the world, and empty too they seek to leave the world. But for the moment they are intoxicated. When they shake off their wine, then they will repent."

Appeared


They seek to leave

[2:19] They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.



Made manifest

They went out from us

(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."



Spirit

[2:20] But ye have an unction from the Holy One, 





Unction (anointing)  

(30) Jesus said, "Where there are three gods, they are gods. Where there are two or one, I am with him."

They are gods

and ye know all things.



Ye know all things
(31) Jesus said, "No prophet is accepted in his own village; no physician heals those who know him."




Prophet
[2:21] I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.


Ye know it... the truth
(32) Jesus said, "A city being built on a high mountain and fortified cannot fall, nor can it be hidden."



A city being built
[2:22] Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.

The Father and the Son
(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."

Preach from your housetops
[2:23] Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.


Acknowledgeth the Son
(34) Jesus said, "If a blind man leads a blind man, they will both fall into a pit."







Fall into a pit
[2:24] Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father.

Continue in the Son

(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."

The house

[2:25] And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life.

The promise
(36) Jesus said, "Do not be concerned from morning until evening and from evening until morning about what you will wear."


Concerned
[2:26] These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you.

Concerning
(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"




The son
[2:27] But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.

The anointing
(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."


You will look for me
[2:28] And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.

He shall appear
(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."

The keys of knowledge (gnosis)

[2:29] If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him.


Ye know
(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."





The father

[3:1] Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: 

The Father
(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."

Whoever has nothing
therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.


the world
(42) Jesus said, "Become passers-by."



Become passers-by
[3:2] Beloved, now are we the sons of God

now are we the sons of God
(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."

You do not realize who I am
and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

We shall see him as he is
(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."

Will be forgiven
[3:3] And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself,



Purifieth himself
(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."

A good man

An evil man brings forth evil

Evil
even as he is pure.
[3:4] Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.


He is pure

Whosoever committeth sin

Sin

(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."

Comes to be a child

[3:5] And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.




He was manifested

(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."

A new wineskin

[3:6] Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.






In him
(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."




If two make peace... in... one house
[3:7] Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.

Little children, let no man deceive you
(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."









You are from it, and to it you will return
[3:8] He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.

He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning
(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.'"


We are its children

[3:9] Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.




Whosoever is born of God
(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."




What you look forward to has already come
[3:10] In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.

The children of God are manifest
(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."


Twenty-four prophets spoke in Israel


The one living in your presence
[3:11] For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.



The message that ye heard from the beginning

Love one another
(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."



Their father would beget them
[3:12] Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother's righteous.

Cain... was of that wicked one
(54) Jesus said, "Blessed are the poor, for yours is the kingdom of heaven."


The poor

Heaven
[3:13] Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.

My brethren

The world
(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."



Whoever does... take up his cross


Hate his brothers
[3:14] We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.


We have passed from death unto life

Loveth not his brother
(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."


A corpse

A corpse
[3:15] Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.

A murderer

Murderer

(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."


A man who had good seed

[3:16] Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: 





He laid down his life...
Lay down our lives

(58) Jesus said, "Blessed is the man who has suffered and found life."



Blessed is the man who has suffered

and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.


Lay down our lives
(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."





Seek to see him
[3:17] But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?

Seeth his brother
(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."

Two will rest on a bed
[3:18] My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.









Love... in deed
(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."

My mysteries
[3:19] And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him.

The truth
(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."

My storehouse
[3:20] For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.




Our heart

(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."

Those... have asked to be excused

[3:21] Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.














If our heart condemn us not
(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."

The servant
[3:22] And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.









We keep his commandments

(66) Jesus said, "Show me the stone which the builders have rejected. That one is the cornerstone."







The stone... the cornerstone

[3:23] And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.

His Son Jesus Christ
(67) Jesus said, "If one who knows the all still feels a personal deficiency, he is completely deficient."







One who knows the all
[3:24] And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.


We know... he abideth in us

(68) Jesus said, "Blessed are you when you are hated and persecuted. Wherever you have been persecuted they will find no place."








You have been persecuted



No place

[4:1] Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

False prophets are gone out

The world
(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."


The belly
[4:2] Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:


The flesh
(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."



That which you have... within you
[4:3] And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God:


Jesus Christ is come in the flesh
(71) Jesus said, "I shall destroy this house, and no one will be able to build it [...]."




This house
and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.

The world
(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?"




My brothers... my father


I am not a divider

[4:4] Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.



Little children

Greater is he
(73) Jesus said, "The harvest is great but the laborers are few. Beseech the Lord, therefore, to send out laborers to the harvest."


The harvest... the harvest

The laborers... laborers
[4:5] They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.

The world... the world

They... speak
(74) He said, "O Lord, there are many around the drinking trough, but there is nothing in the cistern."




The drinking trough
[4:6] We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

We are of God
(75) Jesus said, "Many are standing at the door, but it is the solitary who will enter the bridal chamber."



The solitary

Enter the bridal chamber
[4:7] Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.

Every one that loveth

Born of God

(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."

Seek his unfailing and enduring treasure

[4:8] He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.


("Love... endures all things... love never fails," 1 Corinthians 13:7-8)

God is love
(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."


From me did the all come forth


Unto me did the all extend
[4:9] In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.

This was manifested

We might live through him

(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."

The fine garments

[4:10] Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.


The propitiation
(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.'"

The breasts which nourished you
[4:11] Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.






God so loved us

(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."



The body... the world

Superior
[4:12] No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.

Man

Perfected
(81) Jesus said, "Let him who has grown rich be king, and let him who possesses power renounce it."



Who has grown rich
[4:13] Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.

He hath given us of his Spirit
(82) Jesus said, "He who is near me is near the fire, and he who is far from me is far from the kingdom."



The fire


The kingdom

[4:14] And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.

The Son

The world
(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."

Light in them remains concealed in the image

His image will remain concealed by his light
[4:15] Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.


God dwelleth in him


He in God
(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 (nor) become manifest, how much you will have to bear!"






See your images

[4:16] And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.


Dwelleth in God
(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."







Adam came into being
[4:17] Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.


So are we in this world
(87) Jesus said, "Wretched is the body that is dependant upon a body, and wretched is the soul that is dependent on these two."




Wretched is the soul
[4:18] There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

Fear hath torment

(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?'"

Give to you those things you (already) have

[4:19] We love him, because he first loved us.





Love
(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?"




Outside

Inside
[4:20] If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?

His brother

God
(90) Jesus said, "Come unto me, for my yoke is easy and my lordship is mild, and you will find repose for yourselves."








My lordship

[4:21] And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.

This commandment... from him
(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."


Tell us who you are
[5:1] Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him.


Jesus is the 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."


You do not inquire after it
[5:2] By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.

We know
(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 [...]."




Do not give

[5:3] For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

We keep
(94) Jesus said, "He who seeks will find, and he who knocks will be let in."





He who seeks... he who knocks
[5:4] For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.

Whatsoever is born of God
(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."


If you have money
[5:5] Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?

He that believeth... Jesus
(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."




A certain woman
[5:6] This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.

It is the Spirit

(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."


A certain woman

[5:7] For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.




The Holy Ghost
(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."


A powerful man

[5:8] And there are three that bear witness in earth, the spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.

In earth, the spirit, and the water, and the blood
(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."





Your brothers and your mother

[5:9] If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son.

The witness of men
(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."




What is mine
[5:10] He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.

Hath the witness in himself
(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."

Love his father and his mother as I do
[5:11] And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.



This life is in his Son
(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."

Oxen

A dog sleeping
[5:12] He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.

He that hath the Son

He that hath not the Son
(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."





The man who knows
[5:13] These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

Ye may know
(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."





Let us pray
[5:14] And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:



We ask any thing
(105) Jesus said, "He who knows the father and the mother will be called the son of a harlot."




He who knows the father
[5:15] And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

If we know that he hear us
(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."





The sons of man
[5:16] If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it.

Any man
(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.'"


One... went astray
[5:17] All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death.




All unrighteousness is sin
(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."



Become like me

[5:18] We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not;


Whosoever is born of God
(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."


A man... died
but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.





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


The world... the world
[5:19] And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.

The whole 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 death." Does not Jesus say, "Whoever finds himself is superior to the world?"


Whoever finds himself
[5:20] And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding,


Hath given us an understanding 
(112) Jesus said, "Woe to the flesh that depends on the soul; woe to the soul that depends on the flesh."



Woe to the soul that depends on the flesh

that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true,


We... know him that is true
(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."


The kingdom



The father
even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.
[5:21] Little children,





His Son Jesus Christ
("The Son of God is come" 5:20)

Children
(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."

Make herself
keep yourselves from idols. Amen.






Keep yourselves



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The Gospel of Thomas - 1 Corinthians
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The Gospel of Thomas - Galatians
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The Gospel of Thomas - James
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The Gospel of Thomas - 1 Peter
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The Gospel of Thomas
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