by step, as the initiate
progresses, deeper mysteries are gradually revealed in the joining
chiasmic structures. The resulting oneness that is revealed within the
becomes a display piece to the heavenly realms until heaven and earth
joined as one. The implications of knitting together
the chiasms into one bodily structure
interpret the Gospel of Thomas is astonishing beyond belief. This is
true if Thomas is understood as an early source
document for the New Testament Gospels.
Also, and just as profound, if this joint body structure in Thomas was
Paul as a teaching tool in certain congregations he wrote to,
if as it
appears, it is the foundation behind his
then we finally have the tool to properly interpret his letters.
If these possibilities are
honestly examined then the scope and repercussions of these hidden
structures can become staggering. This manner of esoteric
exegesis and the resulting
interpretation may dramatically
understanding not only of Christ's words, but also of the Gospels, the
of Paul, and the entire New Testament.
There are many smaller
chiastic revelations throughout Thomas. However, the focus of this web
will be upon two larger hidden structures.
The first and largest
chiasmic structure is located
and identified with the help of a tiny veiled configuration within
this logion Jesus
says, "Whoever does not…
take up his CROSS in my way will not be worthy of
me." (Thomas 55)
configuration is a combination or
amalgamation of two letters, Tau (T) and Rho (P), and is hidden at the
of the Thomas text within the Coptic word which is translated as
character even looks a bit like a
cross, but turned sideways looks even more like a key.
key is known as
the THE STAUROGRAM.
And for the purposes of this article it is the Key
Knowledge. This is the key
unlocking the meaning behind the sayings
Jesus within the Gospel of Thomas, and perhaps the New Testament.
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,” Thomas
lawyers! for you have taken away the key of knowledge: you have not
entered in yourselves, and
them that were entering in you hindered,” (Luke 11:52).
this key of
knowledge is the first step toward
understanding Thomas, and identifying and locating the climax of the
Introductory Chiastic Structure.
the Key of Knowledge
largest chiasm is
intended primarily for Jewish Christians. It will later be presented
as the outer female chiasm or the matrix. This chiastic structure is
around Saying 55, “Whoever does not... take up his cross in
way will not be
worthy of me." This gospel structure may be like a progressive
for an early church encouraging the carnal Jewish believers to a deeper
Contrary to popular sentiment, this arrangement reveals that the
"the cross" and the incarnation into flesh is a necessary central
theme within the gospel of Thomas.
Logion 55 the key
to the Gospel of Thomas is also to make the forsaking of all to walk in
of Jesus as a "Wandering Radical" the primary and most central message of Christ for the early
Jewish believers. This may be a strong argument for a very early dating
Thomas as it was still early when the Jewish wandering radicals were busy
the infant church. For some who see this call to radical discipleship as primarily for early Jewish believers, this would support an early dating, as it would follow that Saying 55 would not have been so important if Thomas
been written later after the Gentile church had been established, (Matthew
19:5, 27, 29).
Nevertheless, having acknowledged the validity of this logic, the centrality of taking up the the cross, and this call to radical discipleship has relevance also for the gentile, and is of timeless value for whoever has ears, and is able to hear. This is because this Jewish message and the Gentile message which is about to be discussed were intended to be married together into one even as these two communities must be joined together into one, as will soon be discussed.
centrality of the cross as it is revealed within this larger chiasm can
examined, and the chiasm itself can be studied in the introductory
Inner Male Chiastic Structure
to the staurogram
gives the reason to seek a second Chiasm. The staurogram is an
two letters. “Make the two into One” is a repeated
phrase within Thomas, Thomas
The reconciliation and amalgamation of the binaries is the primary
this gospel. In Thomas, if there is one chiasm, then likely, there is a
first chiasm, begins with a reference to the community it addresses, (Saying
53). It follows that a second
chiasm would have a similar marker.
marker in this first chiasm is the word
The marker in the second chiasm turns out to be “the elect.”
Next to the climax of the chiasm, the first left alignment
of each chiasm has this identifying marker.
helps to picture the two chiasms in relation to one another. The first
is larger and could be the outer female chiasm. In contrast, the second
could be the inner male chiasm.
outer female chiasm starts out with a question about the "circumcision".
"Is circumcision beneficial or not?" Thomas
The inner male chiasm starts out with a statement about the elect.
Jesus said, “If they say to you, 'Is it you?', say, 'We
are its children, we are the elect
of the living father',” (Saying
elect were the gentiles or the people known for special knowledge and
Corinthians 1:22. This is in
direct contrast to the Jews who were known for
having a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge, Romans 10:2.
first chiasm is built around saying 55 about the cross. In contrast the
is built around saying 51 about the kingdom. “Take up your
cross” (55) is
contrasted with “What you look forward to (the kingdom) has
already come,” (51).
contrast to the earthly covenants of the Jewish people, this inner
the elect appeals to a more spiritually minded audience.
is interesting to note that Paul summarizes and uses the primary
marker in Thomas to launch into his own discussion in his letter to the
"Is circumcision beneficial or
53. Paul’s response is
that circumcision is beneficial if you keep the law,
summary, in the text,
the words “circumcision” and
“elect” appear as markers identifying the two
peoples these two chiasms represent, (sayings
50, and 53).
first larger outer female chiasm focuses on the cross, and is intended
for the Jews.
The second smaller inner male chiasm focuses on a Realized
Eschatology of the Kingdom, and
is the heart of Jesus’ message to the elect
(i.e. to the Gentiles or the Gnostics).
there is only One gospel, in the gospel of Christ, there are two separate
gospel messages for two separate groups of people. There is a gospel to
circumcision. There is a gospel to the uncircumcision. This is
Paul’s comment in Galatians “that the gospel of the
committed unto me, as the gospel of the circumcision was unto
Peter,” Galatians 2:7.)
is the Gospel of Christ that he entrusted to his apostles. Paul clearly
that this gospel was not given to him by man, but was “the
revelation of Jesus Christ,” Galatians
1:12. His was not a second hand
gospel created and passed on by a
of Christ, but a revelation straight from the Christ. The primary
the hidden chiastic structures of the Gospel of Thomas are the
cross, and the message of the ultimate reconciliation of Jew and
of all things into the one body. This is the precise gospel that Paul
Paul writes, "Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my
gospel and the preaching of (the sayings of)
Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery,"
it is suggestive of this list of the
teachings known as the Gospel of Thomas.
was a message of the cross and of the present tense reality of the
revealed in the mystery of Christ, Ephesians
1:7, 9-10. When addressing mixed
congregations comprising both Jews
and Gentiles, I like to imagine that Paul used both chiasms: The
message of the
cross for the Jews, and the message of a realized kingdom for the
seeking gnosis and wisdom. He became all things to all people. With a
for both communities the Gospel of Thomas suited Paul’s
understood that a separate gospel message had been specifically
addressed to each specific audience. He writes to the Gentile believers
church at Galatia,
“I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called
into the grace
of Christ unto another gospel, which is not another,” Galatians
1:6-7, 8-12. In this
congregation, Jewish believers were attempting
to convert the Gentile believers to a Jewish Gospel. The argument is
Jews should not be troubling the Gentiles or trying to convert the
a gospel that was designed specifically for a Jewish audience. Each
group had a message that was tailored to their own individual needs and
troublesome to the other if applied inappropriately.
church was troubled by Judaizers. The Corinthian church had the
It was the Gentiles who were troubling the Jews. The
“Gnostic” Christians were looking
down on their Jewish brethren for their lack of insight into the
correction was to give love priority over gnosis, (1
Corinthians 13), and to know
nothing among them but Christ and him
Corintians 2:2. For
the Corinthians the pastoral response was
emphasis on the cross, Thomas
In contrast, for the Galatians it was to re-emphasize a realized
salvation accomplished, through the faith of Christ, Thomas
2:16, 20. Despite the
differences, to both peoples he declared the
gospel of Jesus Christ that they are One
Joint Body, and so called on
both groups not to trouble the other.
were not to convert one another, but to be joined together as husband
recognizing and respecting the individual needs of the other, Ephesians
In the Gospel of
Thomas there are also two messages, and two audiences. The Jewish believers were known as the
the bond, or the female Christians. The Gentile Christians were known
elect, the free, and the male.
together of these two groups into one body is illustrated by the
together of these two chiasms within the Gospel of Thomas. This is
of Paul’s comment: “There is neither Jew nor Greek,
is neither bond nor
free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ
Jesus,” Galatians 3:28.
For Christ has made “in himself of two (peoples) one new man,
making peace,” Ephesians
of two peoples into One Body was
sometimes resisted within the
church. Those who resisted were perverting the gospel, Galatians 1:7. Paul
writes that “even their women did change the natural use into
that which is
against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of
woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working
is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error
was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in [their]
gave them over to a reprobate mind,” Romans
“A double minded man is unstable in all his ways,” James 1:8.
In reality, there is only one body and one head. However, this new
not easily embraced by the two factions within the early church.
In his letter to
the Corinthian congregation Paul warns both the Jews and the Gentiles
despite having come together as one congregation they were still
the nature of flesh, still under the control of their animal appetites
there were still divisions among them, 1 Corinthians 3:3.
These divisions needed to
The Gospel of
also known as Thomas contains two chiasms and two messages for two
peoples. For this reason the male and female chiasmic imagery in Thomas
a useful tool to illustrate not only a congregational coming together,
a joining together in holy marriage into one new body within the bridal
This sacred wedding
is the re-uniting, or reconciliation into ONE of the male and the
a reconciliation of all, illustrated in marriage, is the very essence
3:10-11. This is the great
mystery hidden with Christ in God, Ephesians
5:32. It is also the next hidden
Chiastic structure found within
Gospel of Thomas. This next chiastic amalgamation becomes the means to
encourage the believers to become a unified spiritual body, reaching
unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.
the Male and Female Chiastic Structures
the two chiasm
into one is the next step in
this initiation process. Once again it is looking to the staurogram
the joining of the Tau and Rho)
which suggests the need for an amalgamation.
These two groups were
not to be at enmity nor mutually
exclusive, but rather mutually supportive. Combining the two Chiasm's
Body the Joint
Body Chiastic Structure is the
next step in unraveling the mystery
revealed in this amazing gospel.
said, When you make
the two (chiasms) one,
and when you make the inside like the outside
and the outside like the inside,
and the above like the below,
you make the male and the female one and the same,
so that the male not be male nor the female female then will you
enter the kingdom. (Thomas
These hidden structures within Thomas suggest that an esoteric exegesis
intended by the author. Progressively deeper mysteries are gradually
in the joining together of these chiasmic structures. The implications
of this knitting
together and amalgamation of the
two into one Joint Body to
Gospel of Thomas is astonishing beyond belief. The goal seems to be to
reconnect that which was divided in a step by step process: eventually comparing, and combining and joining
things with spiritual,”
1 Corinthians 2:12-14,
Corinthians 2:13 ASV.
The carnal are made
spiritual (complete, mature, and
perfected) through this marriage process until the spiritual joining
spiritual achieve to the measure of the stature of the fullness of
God might be all in all. This process of holy marriage is the mystery
gospel that Paul preached, and it is the mystery of the bridal chamber
said, "Whoever does not hate his father and his mother as I do cannot
become a disciple to me, Thomas
Marriage is a simple earthly illustration. "A man shall leave father
mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one
Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God
together, let not man put asunder," Matthew 19:5-6.
breakthrough application of the Gospel of Christ was to bring together
matrimony the Jewish and Gentile factions in the Church.
male bridegroom represents the spiritually minded gentile believers
with all spiritual blessing in heavenly places. The female bride refers
Jewish believers blessed with the soul satisfying and earthly
and Soul are reunited together in ONE body, "to make in himself of
ONE new man," Ephesians
refers to this New Man as the joint-body,
where "there is neither male nor female, but ye are all one in
the two chiasms in Thomas together by aligning the common sayings in
male and female chiasms visually creates a Pyramid
Structure that looks a lot like A
Aligning the sayings of Jesus in this new Joint Body structure
amalgamates the teachings
for the Jews with the teachings for the Gentiles into one deeper wisdom
encourage harmony, putting to death the enmity, reconciling them both,
making peace,” Ephesians
2:15-16. The new horizontally
aligned teachings in this New Man can
be studied for the edification of the church on earth.
similarities between Paul’s mystery teaching and the hidden
structures in Thomas
are overwhelming. This is the Gospel of Christ. This is the Gospel of
is the message of Paul. They are all one and the same. Within Thomas
two Chiasmic structures. There is one gospel, but two messages. The
chiasm is for the Jews. The second is for the Gentiles. Two peoples
into one body is the message of Christ found in “The
of Thomas.” In
like manner, it is the gospel Paul preached. He writes, “I am
ashamed of the
Gospel of Christ, for it is the
power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first
for the Greek,” (Romans 1:16).
First, that which is natural, then that which is spiritual. He
saying, “Now to Him who is able to establish you according to
gospel and the
preaching (of the sayings) of Jesus
Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, (that is of the
Gentiles joining into one body)”, Ephesians
16:25. This is the Secret (or
mystery) of Christ declared by Paul.
is the message behind the secret sayings hidden within the chiastic
The Gospel of Thomas
introduces itself saying, “These are the Secret Sayings which
spoke and which Didymos Judas Thomas wrote down.” This is a
gospel delivered by
the living Jesus himself. Thomas is merely the scribe. Therefore,
rather than being called “The Gospel of Thomas,” it
more appropriately be
called “The Gospel of Christ.” “The
Gospel of Christ” is
what Paul preached. It is repeatedly
his letters. However, the New Testament only includes the gospels of
Mark, Luke and John. Left out of the canon was the gospel written by
Could the apostle Paul have had
a copy of “The Gospel of Christ,” a gospel that
straight from the lips of
the living Jesus that he used as the basis of his ministry? And just as
profound, given that’s Paul’s writings were amongst
earliest in the New
Testament, could this document known as Thomas also have been
the creation of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John? Comparisons between the
alignments and the canonical writings will need to be done.
to its most simple message the Gospel of Christ as scribed by Thomas
the two one… then will you enter the kingdom.” The
half of saying 22
explains in a most esoteric fashion how this entrance into the kingdom
is to be
accomplished: “fashion eyes in the place of an eye, and a
place of a
hand, and a foot in place of a foot, and a likeness in place of a
likeness,” Thomas 22.
meaning of this phrase appears to have been passed on to an inner
disciples, who then took the message and adapted it for the common
through the many gospels and letters that have come down to us today.
As esoteric as these words may
seem to the uninitiated, for those who had been entrusted with the key
knowledge it was not an indecipherable mystery. By using of the
structures that the key of knowledge revealed they were able to
sayings. Then after having lived by the principles revealed by these
alignments they were entrusted with the responsibility of presenting
message to the common people. Specifically, according to the key of
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” describes the
the forsaking all to follow Christ.
Renunciation and Ministry Teachings.
Eye, Hand, and Foot Alignments
The eye, hand, foot, and
likeness sayings within the Joint
Chiasm do not initially align
themselves. The eye, hand, foot, and
alignments are formed by the gentle rocking from side to side of the
female chiasm upon the inner male chiasm. This is the act of marriage.
New alignments and teachings
are created by this rocking which place and align the “eyes
the place of an
eye, the hand in the place of a hand, the foot in the place of a foot,
likeness in the place of a likeness.” These new alignments
and ministry in the way of Christ. It is in the outer chiasm or the
Jewish body that most of these body parts align. This may suggest that
to renunciation and ministry was first and primarily given, though not
exclusively given, to the early Jewish believers.
alignments teach the
renunciation of wealth and power. Recognize power, wealth and the world
as the corpse that it is and renounce it, (27/ 80). There is a
to lead. To lead one must see clearly, removing the mote from the eye,
others for so failing, (26). Love, not money or power, must be the single
vision. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways, James 1:8. "If
a blind man leads a blind man,
they will both fall into a pit, (36).
The merchant and anyone focused on
wealth is a blind man (34/76). Renunciation must be
lived out in preparation for the holy marriage of two into one.
In your mind’s eye see
yourself as one with your brother. "Love
your brother like your (own) soul, guard
him like the pupil of your eye, (25)." Two souls, and two visions
or two eyes must be made as one: “eyes in the place of an
(22). Light will then illuminate the bridal chamber. “The
of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole
is full of light,” Luke
11:34. When two make peace in
this bridal chamber they will be
filled with light (48 /61). Finally, the initiate is prepared
responsibility they will bear when the light appears and they see their
in the bridal chamber, (84).
hand sayings expand the
of the eye sayings. After renunciation the disciple gives away his
an extended hand. If you want to be worthy to receive the mysteries,
the bridal chamber, “do not let your
left (hand) know what your right (hand) is doing,” (62). The
of wealth must be done discreetly.
With humility recognize the
contrast between the rich man and the good example of John the Baptist,
Matthew elaborates that John
survived with only a “raiment of camel's hair, and a leathern
girdle about his
loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey,” Matthew 3:4.
This is the lifestyle to which Jesus calls his disciples.
the world for
the corpse that it is, (56). Do not lay up treasure on earth for a rich
in the night, (63). A blind man is one who wants to hold onto his
possessions (34, 72, 76).
If you want to see the kingdom, sell what you have and give the
(35, 76). Bind your hands together in
common purpose, and ransack your house, (35). Enter the
with an extended hand. Like a shrewd merchant sell what you have to
buy the pearl, (76).
is the requirement
for entrance, and a necessity for those who would serve. “It
impossible for a man to mount
two horses or to stretch two bows, and it is impossible for a servant
to serve two masters,” (47). You cannot
please your parents. Extend the hand to give away wealth despite
opposition from family (47, 55). Matthew
adds, “You cannot serve God and mammon.” Matthew
that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old,
a treasure in the heavens
that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth, Luke
Examine your heart. See the
duplicity and double mindedness and feel the persecution within
You have a responsibility. “The harvest is great but the
Beseech the Lord, therefore, to send out laborers to the harvest,
foot sayings teach the disciple to walk into the harvest in the
same way as
Jesus. Occurring in the Bridal Chamber (the green sayings), this
depicts the life of a Wandering Radical in ministry. It is a holy
available after the eye and hand teachings are lived. The disciple, who
forsaken all, walks to new districts taking nothing for the journey,
bread nor money. Two potential pitfalls are described: taking
the journey, and asking for provisions along the way. Both can be
This lifestyle is full of
hardship. In order to walk this life, the powerful man must be put to
(98). The self and self sufficiency must die. The disciple becomes
those they minister to for their next meal. The temptation will be to
in expectation of a return, or to ask for assistance, or to fast in an
to remain independent and self sufficient. For the true disciple, such
the spirit. Rather, you will be fed when you are welcomed.
they receive you
eat what they will set before you, and heal the sick among
is not taken for the journey. The woman who carried a jar of meal with
not realize her mistake, (97). “Take
nothing for your journey, neither staffs, nor bag, neither bread,
neither money,” Luke
9:3. Avoiding such mistakes,
these Wandering Radicals travel from village to village ministering to
needs of the people always aware of the need to be filled and full,
mention of the “certain woman” and the one
of woman” prepares the
initiate for the deeper teachings of the “likeness
alignments” and the comparing
of spiritual with spiritual.
likeness alignments ask two questions. Who is Jesus like? (13). And who
disciples like? (21). Jesus is compared to the image of Caesar on a
(100). He is the image of his spiritual parent, (101). The disciples
are also compared
to “the one you have not recognized,” (91). They
like their spiritual
Father and Mother. They are like children who have settled in a field,
found that the yoke is easy, and have found rest for themselves, (21,
make the inside like the outside, and the outside like the inside,
one “who made the inside is the same
one who made the outside,” (22, 89). We discover we are like
In the bridal chamber the laborers who are sent out into the harvest
reflection of Christ with a bright light of illumination.
you see you
shall become,” The
of Philip. “Split
(open) a piece of wood, and I am
there. Lift up the stone, and you will find me there,” (The
with a single eye, and an extended hand, walking in the same way as
discover that we are like him, and that we are the Christ. We make the
one. It is a life of renunciation and ministry, but also of glory and
is the Life of a Wandering Radical
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
his cross in my way will not be worthy of me," Thomas
for the seeker in the pursuit of this reconciliation,
completion, and maturity, Jesus says to him,
be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou
have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me," Matthew
"Peter said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed
what shall we have therefore? And Jesus said unto them (the
Verily I say unto you, that ye which have followed me, in the
the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit
twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And every
hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or
or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an
shall inherit everlasting life," Matthew
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," Thomas
Eye, Hand, Foot, and
Likeness Alignments prepare us in a step by step manner for the Bridal
Let him who has ears hear, (62, 63). Everyone progresses as far as they
able. The early
church in Jerusalem were at least able to embrace the message of
that believed were together, and had all things common; And sold their
possessions and goods, and parted them to
all men, as every man had need,” Acts 2:44-45. Others like
were able to
say, “I count all things but loss for the
excellency of the knowledge (or gnosis) of Christ Jesus my Lord: for
have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them [but] dung,
that I may
win Christ…That I may know him, and the power of his
to those who have
prepared is the promise of the Bridal Chamber. Jesus said, "I shall
you what no eye has seen and what no ear has heard and what no hand has
and what has never occurred to the human mind," (17, 95).
long as there are divisions among you, “ye are yet
Corinthians 3:3. The Bridal
chamber provides the remedy on a
personal and a universal
introduction to the Bridal Chamber is seen in the
of the Joint
Chiasm. The bridal chamber is
the portion of the joint body chiasm
the male and female chiasms are perfectly joined: The sayings in both
and female chiasms align and are the same.
Like the Outer Female rocking
from side to side upon the Inner Male to create the eye, hand, foot,
likeness alignments, so in like manner, the up and down thrusting of
the male upon
the female within this Bridal Chamber creates New Bridal Chamber
The down movement is symbolic
of the incarnation. The up movement is symbolic of the ascension.
and Christ ascends.
He ascended - what
does it mean, but that He also first descended into the lower parts of
the earth? He who descended is also the One who ascended far
all the heavens, that He might fill all things… When He
on high.... (He) gave gifts to men... till we all come... to the
of the Son of God, to a perfect
man, to the measure of the
stature of the fullness of Christ;
that we should no longer be children, Ephesians
purpose of the Bridal
Chamber is to make a Man out of us, and that we should no longer be
Bridegroom descends and ascends upon the Bride. New alignments are
created by each movement. The up and down movement
of the male within the female creates 26 new alignments. These are 26
teachings. The Bridal Chamber Mysteries are declared in these
chiasmic alignments. The up and down movements, and the
interconnections they create
prepare the reader for the hope of all ages: the joining of Heaven
and Earth into One, (111, Hebrews
The key message of Thomas is
make the two one. Reunite. Reconcile. Become One.
The first alignment in the
chamber begins with “When you make the
two one,"(22). The last alignment in the bridal chamber ends with
you make the two one, (106).” The “end”
is the same
as the “beginning, (18).” This
is the Gospel of Christ. It is the message of the bridal chamber. Make
one. Joining the last alignment with the first alignment creates a loop
circle out of the bridal chamber alignments. This is evokes an image of
where the beginning is, there will the end be.
Blessed is he who will take his place in
he will know the end and will not experience death," Saying
is a death, and death is a separation.
two are joined into one, death disappears.
body of Death is swallowed up in victory, Romans
7:24 , 1
is the promise of the wedding ring.
finds the interpretation of these
not experience death," Thomas
Bridal Chamber is mentioned twice in this gospel. In the
bridal chamber alignment there is a grouping of the Fire and
together with the Mother, Father and the Bridal Chamber sayings. Put
there is a Blazing Fire
and a Bright Light of
illumination and transfiguration when the Mother and Father
are joined together within the Bridal
Chamber. This is the holy marriage. This marriage happens on
level of reality. There is a Complete Reunification and an Ultimate
Reconciliation of the All that is seen in the Bridal Chamber. This is
mystery that is revealed to those who are worthy, (62).
Bridal Chamber Alignments
a Closer Look
alignments teach the
great mystery, Ephesians
5:32. Christ fills and completes
all things. On every level, the
are made One in Holy Marriage. This is the heart of Christ's
There are three symbols that
have brought the initiate to this realization: The Key of
Chiastic Pyramid, and the Wedding Ring. The next study will unite these
to consider the extent of this reunification.
Holy Grail Mystery
Restoration of All Things - The Apokatastasis
Reconciliation of All Things
the Holy Marriage within the Gospel of Thomas
Gospel of Thomas is
holistically pictured with the key of knowledge inside the wedding ring
of the chiastic pyramid. The mixing and matching of similar imagery
insight and a more complete understanding of the purpose and meanings
text. Meditating on such imagery brings a deeper appreciation of the
Christ and the message He gives to the entire universe.
Using the Key of
the academically inclined
five gospels is provided for
comparison purposes. One goal might be to compare the
canonical gospels with the female alignments, the male alignments,
joint body alignments, the renunciation and ministry alignments, and
chamber alignments. For the serious student Comparing the Thomas Chiasms to the Chiasms within the Canon could substantiate the validity and the usefulnes of the Gospel of Thomas to the early writers.
A strong relationship between Paul's teachings and the chiastic structures has begun to be demonstrated. Inasmuch
as the Gospel of
Christ was used by His disciples to create their own gospels and
to this extent Thomas can be used to interpret the canonical writings.
An interrelationship between the canonical writings and the teachings of the chiastic alignments would not only suggest a knowledge of the chiastic structures within the early church, but would also demonstrate their use within the construction of the canonical scriptures. The
comparison between these
writings and the Thomas alignments could provide further insight into the
meanings of the apostolic writings. Perhaps, this will demonstrate a
upon Thomas. Most surely, this will reveal secrets not yet seen.
Consider the The Gospel of Thomas - New Testament - Cross Reference Study
The Romans - Gospel of Thomas Connection
The 1 Corinthian - Gospel of Thomas Connection
The 2 Corinthian - Gospel of Thomas Connection
The Galatians - Gospel of Thomas Connection.
The Ephesians - Gospel of Thomas Connection.
The Philippians - Gospel of Thomas Connection.
The Colossians - Gospel of Thomas Connection.
The 1 Thessalonians - Gospel of Thomas Connection.
The 2 Thessalonians - Gospel of Thomas Connection.
The 1 Timothy - Gospel of Thomas Connection.
The 2 Timothy - Gospel of Thomas Connection.
And the Titus - Gospel of Thomas Connection.
Consider also the Hebrews - Gospel of Thomas Connection.
And with regard to the Gospel to the Circumcision:
Consider the James - Gospel of Thomas Connection.
And the 1 Peter - Gospel of Thomas Connection.
And the 2 Peter - Gospel of Thomas Connection.
And the 1 John - Gospel of Thomas Connection.
And The Revelation of Jesus Christ - The Gospel of Thomas Connection.
And The Gospel of Mark - The Gospel of Thomas Connection.
And The Gospel of John - The Gospel of Thomas Connection.
What do these connections reveal?
documents are provided for each chiasmic alignment
for meditation and personal
alignment contains a specific teaching. These can be used for either
or group discussion and sharing circles.
and with respect, I lay
the Gospel of Christ before his body for his consideration.
For the earnest seeker, for
those who would walk with the living Jesus, go with confidence that the
come to a new place of maturity in Christ.
This presentation began with
Wisdom’s cry, “Receive my instruction,” Proverbs
8:1-11,23. Now it ends with Her
declaration. “By Me kings
princes rule,” Proverbs
8:15-17. Jesus said,
“The kingdom of the father is spread out
earth, and men do not see it,” (113). The time is coming and
is to open
blind eyes. “Let him who seeks
continue seeking until he finds. When he finds, he will become
he becomes troubled, he will be astonished, and he will rule over the
(2). This is Christ’s promise to the seeker.
those with an eye to see, behold the cross in the sky. It is in this
we conquer. It is a victory even over death. There
is a complete reunification, a reconciliation
things, a restoration of the all, a marriage in the holy place, and a
is spread over all the earth, (113). Understand
the spirit in
Christ delivers this message. Look to the serpent on the pole. The
our warfare are not carnal, or under the control of the animal
appetites. But instead
they are mighty through God to the pulling down of the strongholds and
divisions. As kings and priests reconciling all things we will see the
mystery fulfilled, Thomas
The Above and the Below are joined together. The Male and the Female are reunited. The Right and the Left are held together.
My hope is that God would open
the eyes of our understanding, that this could be the dawn of a new day
church of the living God. My goal is that the body of Christ might come
maturity and together we might present every man perfect in Christ
Jesus, Colossians 1:28.
The way into the holiest of
the holies is revealed. Together we will tear down walls, and unlock
Together we will hold up the key for the entire world to see. The day
and now is the day of Salvation.
Gospel of Thomas
Gospel of Thomas
An Alternate Version of Thomas Posted on YouTube
Gospel of Thomas - Part 1
Gospel of Thomas - Part 2