of Truth was used as a commentary for
The Gospel of the Living Jesus which was scribed by Thomas.
This Gospel of The Living Jesus is the power of God to those who believe,
and the manifestation of hope for those who discover its meaning.
(C.f. Romans 1:16, 1 Corinthians 1:18, Sayings 1-2, and sayings 22-26 viewed below)
A Meditative Study:
Uncover the Meaning and Experience the Power.
Compare and contrast these two writings by using this
side by side color coded sequential correlation of thought, word, and rhetoric.
The Gospel Of Thomas
(The Gospel of The Living Jesus)
Translated by Thomas O. Lambdin
The Gospel of Truth
(From the Nag Hammadi Library)
Translated by Robert M. Grant
Ignorance of the Father brought about terror and fear.
|These are the
secret sayings which the
spoke and which Didymos Judas Thomas wrote down.
|The gospel of truth is joy to those who have received from the Father of truth the gift of knowing him by the power of the Logos,|
|(1) And he said, "Whoever finds the interpretation of these sayings will not experience death."||who has come from the Pleroma and who is in the thought and the mind of the Father;|
|(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."||he it is who is called "the Savior," since that is the name of the work which he must do for the redemption of those who have not known the Father. For the name of the gospel is the manifestation of hope,|
|(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."||since
that is the discovery of those
who seek him, because the All
from whom it had come forth. You
All had been inside of him,
illimitable, inconceivable one, who is better than every thought.
This ignorance of the Father brought about terror and fear. And terror became dense like a fog, that no one was able to see. Because of this, error became strong. But it worked on its hylic substance vainly, because it did not know the truth.
|(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."||It was in a fashioned form while it was preparing, in power and in beauty, the equivalent of truth. This then, was not a humiliation for him, that illimitable, inconceivable one.|
|(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."||For
they were as nothing, this terror and this forgetfulness and
this figure of falsehood, whereas this
established truth is unchanging,
unperturbed and completely beautiful.
For this reason, do not take error too seriously.
The First Day - The First Seal
He enlightened those who were in darkness because of forgetfulness.
|(6) His disciples questioned him
and said to him,
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."
|Thus, since it had no
root, it was in a fog as regards the Father, engaged in preparing
and forgetfulnesses and fears in order, by these means, to
those of the middle and to make them captive. The
error was not revealed. It
did not become light beside the Father.
Forgetfulness did not exist with the Father, although it existed
because of him.
|(7) Jesus said, "Blessed is the
lion which becomes
man when consumed
by man; and cursed is the
whom the lion consumes, and the lion becomes man."
|What exists in him is knowledge, which was revealed so that forgetfulness might be destroyed and that they might know the Father,|
|(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."||Since forgetfulness
existed because they did not know the
they then come to know the Father, from that moment on
forgetfulness will cease to exist.
That is the gospel of him whom they seek, which he has revealed to the perfect through the mercies of the Father as the hidden mystery, Jesus the Christ.
|(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."||Through him he
enlightened those who were in darkness
because of forgetfulness. He
enlightened them and gave them a path. And
that path is the truth which he taught them. For
this reason error was
angry with him, so it persecuted him. It
was distressed by him, so it
made him powerless. He
was nailed to a cross. He
became a fruit of the
knowledge of the Father. He did not, however, destroy them
ate of it.
|(10) Jesus said, "I have cast fire upon the world, and see, I am guarding it until it blazes."||He rather caused those who ate of it to be joyful because of this discovery.|
|(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?
the day when you were one you became two. But when you
what will you do?"
as for him, them
he found in himself,
and him they found in themselves, that illimitable, inconceivable one, that perfect Father who made the all, in whom the All is, and whom the All lacks, since he retained in himself their perfection, which he had not given to the all. The Father was not jealous. What jealousy, indeed, is there between him and his members?
The Second Day - The Second Seal
He became a guide, quiet and in leisure.
He took that book as his own.
(I.e. The Book given by The Father which is known as The Gospel of Thomas.)
Oh, such great teaching!
|(12) The disciples said to Jesus,
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."
|For, even if the Aeon had received their perfection, they would not have been able to approach the perfection of the Father, because he retained their perfection in himself, giving it to them as a way to return to him and as a knowledge unique in perfection. He is the one who set the All in order and in whom the All existed and whom the All lacked.|
|(13) Jesus said to his disciples,
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."
one of whom some have no knowledge, he desires that they
know him and that they love him. For what
is it that the All lacked, if
not the knowledge of the Father?
He became a guide, quiet and in leisure. In the middle of a school he came and spoke the Word, as a teacher. Those who were wise in their own estimation came to put him to the test. But he discredited them as empty-headed people. They hated him because they really were not wise men. After all these came also the little children, those who possess the knowledge of the Father. When they became strong they were taught the aspects of the Father's face. They came to know and they were known. They were glorified and they gave glory. In their heart, the living book of the Living was manifest, the book which was written in the thought and in the mind of the Father,
|(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."||and from before the
foundation of the All, is in
that incomprehensible part of him.
This is the book which no one found possible to take, since it was reserved for him who will take it and be slain. No one was able to be manifest from those who believed in salvation as long as that book had not appeared. For this reason, the compassionate, faithful Jesus was patient in his sufferings until he took that book,
|(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."||since he knew that his death meant life for many. Just as in the case of a will which has not yet been opened, ( C.f. The Book that Jesus took, and the worship that followed, Revelation 5: 1, 4, 8-9 )|
|(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."||for the
fortune of the deceased master of the
house is hidden, so also in the case of the All which had been hidden
as long as the
Father of the All was invisible and unique in himself,
in whom every space has its source. For this reason Jesus appeared. He
took that book as his own. He
was nailed to a cross. He affixed the
edict of the Father to the
cross. (C.f. The
hidden in his
book: i.e. in the gospel known as Thomas)
|(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."||Oh,
such great teaching! He abases himself even unto death,
clothed in eternal life. Having
divested himself of these perishable
clothed himself in incorruptibility, which
no one could
possibly take from him.
|(18) The disciples said to Jesus,
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."
|Having entered into the empty
passed before those who were stripped by forgetfulness, being
both knowledge and perfection, proclaiming the
things that are in the
heart of the Father, so that he
became the wisdom of those who have
received instruction. But those
who are to be taught, the living who
are inscribed in the book of the living, learn for themselves,
The Third Day - The Third Seal
He has turned many from error. ( The letters ) are pronounced only when they are known.
It has revealed his image. His love took bodily form around it ( C.f. The Joint-Body: )
|(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
instructions from the Father, turning to him again.
Since the perfection of the All is in the Father, it is necessary for the All to ascend to him. Therefore, if one has knowledge, he gets what belongs to him and draws it to himself. For he who is ignorant, is deficient, and it is a great deficiency, since he lacks that which will make him perfect.
|(20) The disciples said to Jesus,
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."
|Since the perfection of the All is in the Father, it is necessary for the All to ascend to him and for each one to get the things which are his. He registered them first, having prepared them to be given to those who came from him.|
(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."
|Those whose name he knew first were called last, so that the one who has knowledge is he whose name the Father has pronounced. For he whose name has not been spoken is ignorant. Indeed, how shall one hear if his name has not been uttered? For he who remains ignorant until the end is a creature of forgetfulness and will perish with it. If this is not so, why have these wretches no name, why do they have no sound? Hence, if one has knowledge, he is from above. If he is called, he hears, he replies, and he turns toward him who called him and he ascends to him and he knows what he is called. Since he has knowledge, he does the will of him who called him. He desires to please him and he finds rest. He receives a certain name. He who thus is going to have knowledge knows whence he came and whither he is going. He knows it as a person who, having become intoxicated, has turned from his drunkenness and having come to himself, has restored what is his own.|
|(22) Jesus saw infants being
suckled. He said to his
infants being suckled are like those who enter the
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."
He has turned many from error. He went before them to their own places, from which they departed when they erred because of the depth of him who surrounds every place, whereas there is nothing which surrounds him. It was a great wonder that they were in the Father without knowing him and that they were able to leave on their own, since they were not able to contain him and know him in whom they were, for indeed his will had not come forth from him. For he revealed it as a knowledge with which all its emanations agree, namely, the knowledge of the living book which he revealed to the Aeons at last as his letters, displaying to them that these are not merely vowels nor consonants, so that one may read them and think of something void of meaning;
|(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
on the contrary, they are letters which convey the truth. They are pronounced only when they are known. Each letter is a perfect truth like a perfect book,
(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."
(C.f. Study the links in Sayings 22-26 for
insight into the message of the letters.)
they are letters
the hand of the unity, since the Father
wrote them for the Aeons, so that
they by means of his
come to know the Father.
While his wisdom mediates on the logos,
( C.f. The "Divine Marriage" of the letters:
The Tau-Rho Cross Logo in Thomas 55)
(25) Jesus said, "Love your brother like your soul, guard him like the pupil of your eye."
|and since his teaching expresses it, his knowledge has been revealed. His honor is a crown upon it.|
|(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."||Since his joy agrees with it, his glory exalted it. It has revealed his image. It has obtained his rest. His love took bodily form around it. His trust embraced it. Thus the logos of the Father goes forth into the All, being the fruit of his heart and expression of his will.|
|(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."||It supports the All. It chooses
and also takes the form of the
it, and causing it to return
to the Father and to the
Mother, Jesus of the utmost sweetness. The
Father opens his bosom, but
his bosom is the Holy Spirit.
|(28) Jesus said, "I
took my place in the
the world, and I
appeared to them in flesh. I found all of
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
shake off their wine, then they will repent."
||He reveals his hidden self which is his son, so that through the compassion of the Father the Aeons may know him, end their wearying search for the Father and rest themselves in him, knowing that this is rest. After he had filled what was incomplete, he did away with form. The form of it is the world, that which it served. For where there is envy and strife, there is an incompleteness; but where there is unity, there is completeness.|
|(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."||Since this incompleteness came about because they did not know the Father, so when they know the Father, incompleteness, from that moment on, will cease to exist. As one's ignorance disappears when he gains knowledge, and as darkness disappears when light appears,|
|(30) Jesus said, "Where there are three gods, they are gods. Where there are two or one, I am with him."||so also incompleteness is eliminated by completeness. Certainly, from that moment on, form is no longer manifest,|
|(31) Jesus said, "No prophet is accepted in his own village; no physician heals those who know him."||but will be dissolved in fusion with unity. For now their works lie scattered.|
|(32) Jesus said, "A city being built on a high mountain and fortified cannot fall, nor can it be hidden."||In
time unity will make the spaces complete.
means of unity each one will understand itself. By
knowledge it will purify itself of diversity
with a view towards unity,
The Fourth Day - The Fourth Seal
In time unity will make the spaces complete.
Error was disturbed not knowing what it should do.
Truth appeared; all its emanations recognized it.
All the spaces are his emanations.
But the Father is perfect. He knows every space which is within him.
|(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."||devouring
matter within itself like fire, and darkness
by light, death
Certainly, if these things have happened to each one of us, it is fitting for us, surely, to think about the All so that the house may be holy and silent for unity.
|(34) Jesus said, "If
a blind man leads a
blind man, they
will both fall into a pit."
||Like people who have moved from a neighborhood, if they have some dishes around which are not good, they usually break them.|
|(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."||Nevertheless
the householder does not suffer a
loss, but rejoices, for in the place of these defective
are those which are completely perfect.
|(36) Jesus said, "Do not be concerned from morning until evening and from evening until morning about what you will wear."||For this is the judgement which has come from above and which has judged every person, a drawn two-edged sword cutting on this side and that.|
|(37) His disciples said, "When
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"
it appeared, I
mean, the Logos, who is in the heart of those who pronounce it - it was
not merely a sound but it has become a body - a
the dishes, for some were emptied, others filled: some
were provided for, others
were removed; some were purified, still
others were broken.
All the spaces were shaken and disturbed
|(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."||for they
had no composure nor stability. Error
was disturbed not knowing what it
should do. It was troubled; it
lamented, it was beside itself because
it did not know anything.
|(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."||When
knowledge, which is its abolishment,
approached it with all its emanations, error is empty, since there is
nothing in it. Truth
appeared; all its emanations recognized it. They
actually greeted the Father with a power which is complete and which
joins them with the Father.
|(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."||For each one loves truth because truth is the mouth of the Father. His tongue is the Holy Spirit, who joins him to truth attaching him to the mouth of 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."||by his tongue at the
shall receive the Holy Spirit.
This is the manifestation of the Father and his revelation to his Aeons.
|(42) Jesus said, "Become
(Alternate translation: Passing away, come into being.)
revealed his hidden self and explained it. For
who is it who exists if
it is not the Father himself?
|(43) His disciples said to him, "Who
you, that you should say these things to us?"
<Jesus said to them,> "You do not realize who I am from what I say to you, but you have become like the Jews, for they (either) love the tree and hate its fruit (or) love the fruit and hate the tree."
the spaces are his emanations. They
knew that they stem from him as children from a perfect man.They
that they had not yet received form nor had they yet received a name,
every one of which the Father produces. If
they at that time receive
form of his knowledge, though they are truly in him, they do not know
|(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."||But the
Father is perfect. He knows every space which is within
him. If he pleases, he
reveals anyone whom he desires by giving him a
form and by giving him a name; and he does give him a name
him to come into being.
|(45) Jesus said, "Grapes
thorns, nor are figs gathered from thistles, for they do not produce
good man brings forth good from his storehouse; an
brings forth evil
which is in his
heart, and says evil
things. For out
of the abundance of the heart he
brings forth evil
||Those who do not yet exist are ignorant of him who created them. I do not say, then, that those who do not yet exist are nothing. But they are in him who will desire that they exist when he pleases, like the event which is going to happen. On the one hand, he knows, before anything is revealed, what he will produce. On the other hand, the fruit which has not yet been revealed does not know anything, nor is it anything either.|
|(46) Jesus said, "Among those
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
one of you comes to be a child will be acquainted with
the kingdom and will become superior to John."
space which, on its
part, is in the Father comes from the existent one, who,
on his part,
has established it from the nonexistent. [...] he
who does not exist at
all, will never exist.
What, then, is that which he wants him to think?
|(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."||"I am like the shadows and phantoms of the night." When morning comes, this one knows that the fear which he had experienced was nothing. Thus they were ignorant of the Father; he is the one whom they did not see. Since there had been fear and confusion and a lack of confidence and doublemindness and division, there were many illusions which were conceived by him, the foregoing, as well as empty ignorance|
|(48) Jesus said, "If
two make peace with
in this one house, they will say to the mountain, 'Move
Away,' and it
will move away."
||- as if they were fast asleep and found themselves a prey to troubled dreams. Either there is a place to which they flee, or they lack strength as they come,|
|(49) Jesus said, "Blessed
elect, for you
will find the kingdom. For you
are from it, and to
you will return."
unspecified things. Either they
are involved in inflicting blows, or
they themselves receive bruises.
Either they are falling from high places, or they fly off through the air, though they have no wings at all.
|(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.'"||Other
times, it is as if certain people were trying to kill them,
even though there is no one pursuing them; or, they
killing those beside them, for they
are stained by their blood. Until
the moment when they who are passing through all these things
- I mean
who have experienced all these confusions - awake,
nothing because the dreams were nothing.
|(51) His disciples said to him, "When
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."
is thus that they who cast
ignorance from them as sleep do not consider it to be anything, nor
regard its properties to be something real, but they
renounce them like
a dream in the night and they
consider the knowledge of the Father to
be the dawn.
The Fifth Day - The Fifth Seal
Many received the light and turned towards him.
And happy is the man who comes to himself and awakens.
Foster men who love. Raise up and awaken those who sleep.
Turn your attention to yourselves. For the Father is sweet and his will is good.
|(52) His disciples said to him,
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."
|It is thus that each one has acted, as if he were asleep, during the time when he was ignorant and thus he comes to understand, as if he were awakening. And happy is the man who comes to himself and awakens.|
|(53) His disciples said to him,
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."
blessed is he who has
opened the eyes of the blind.
And the Spirit came to him in haste when it raised him. Having given its hand to the one lying prone on the ground, it placed him firmly on his feet, for he had not yet stood up.
Jesus said, "Blessed
are the poor,
for yours is the kingdom of heaven."
||He gave them the means of knowing the knowledge of the Father and the revelation of his son. For when they saw it and listened to it,|
Jesus said, "Whoever does not hate
and his mother cannot become
a disciple to me. And whoever does not
his brothers and sisters and take
up his cross
in my way will not
be worthy of me."
permitted them to take a taste of
and to smell and to grasp
He appeared, informing them of the Father, the illimitable one.
|(56) Jesus said, " Whoever has come to understandthe world has found (only) a corpse, and whoever has found a corpse is superior to the world."||He inspired them with that which is in the mind, while doing his will. Many received the light and turned towards him. But material men were alien to him and did not discern his appearance nor recognize him.|
|(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."||For
he came in the likeness of flesh and nothing blocked his way because it
was incorruptible and unrestrainable. Moreover,
while saying new
things, speaking about what is in the heart of the Father, he
proclaimed the faultless word. Light
spoke through his mouth, and his
voice brought forth life. He gave them thought and understanding and
mercy and salvation
|(58) Jesus said, "Blessed is the man who has suffered and found life."||and the Spirit of strength derived from the limitlessness of the Father and sweetness. He caused punishments and scourgings to cease,|
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."
||for it was they which caused many in need of mercy to astray from him in error and in chains - and he mightily destroyed them|
<They saw> a
Samaritan carrying a lamb on
his way to Judea. He said to his disciples, "That
man is round about
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."
derided them with knowledge. He
became a path for those who
went astray and knowledge
to those who were ignorant, a discovery for
those who sought, and a support for those who tremble, a purity for
those who were defiled.
He is the shepherd who left behind the ninety-nine sheep which had not strayed and went in search of that one which was lost. He rejoiced when he had found it. For ninety-nine is a number of the left hand, which holds it. The moment he finds the one, however, the whole number is transferred to the right hand. (C.f. The Lost Sheep Thomas 107 )
Jesus said, "Two
will rest on a
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."
it is with him who lacks the one,
that is, the entire right hand which attracts that in which it is
deficient, seizes it from the left side and transfers it to the right.
this way, then, the number becomes one hundred. This number
signifies the Father. ( C.f. Coptic
for 100, Pronunciation of 100
He labored even on the Sabbath for the sheep which he found fallen into the pit. He saved the life of that sheep, bringing it up from the pit in order that you may understand fully what that Sabbath is, you who possess full understanding. It is a day in which it is not fitting that salvation be idle, so that you may speak of that heavenly day which has no night and of the sun which does not set because it is perfect.
|(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."||Say
then in your heart that you are this perfect day and that in you the
light which does not fail dwells.
|(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."||Speak concerning the truth to those who seek it and of knowledge to those who, in their error, have committed sin. Make sure-footed those who stumble and stretch forth your hands to the sick. Nourish the hungry and set at ease those who are troubled.|
|(64) Jesus said, "A
man had received
when he had prepared the dinner, he sent his servant to invite the
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."
men who love.
Raise up and awaken those who sleep. For you are this understanding
which encourages. If the strong follow this course, they are even
your attention to yourselves. Do not be concerned with
other things, namely, that which you have cast forth from yourselves,
that which you have dismissed. Do
not return to them to eat them. Do
not be moth-eaten. Do not be worm-eaten, for you have already shaken it
off. Do not be a place of the devil, for you have already
not strengthen your last obstacles, because that is
reprehensible. For the lawless one is nothing. He harms
than the law. For
that one does his works because he is a lawless
person. But this one, because he is a righteous person,
does his works
among others. Do the will of the Father, then, for you are from him.
For the Father is sweet and his will is good. He knows the things that are yours, so that you may rest yourselves in them. For by the fruits one knows the things that are yours, that they are the children of the Father, and one knows his aroma, that you originate from the grace of his countenance. For this reason, the Father loved his aroma; and it manifests itself in every place; and when it is mixed with matter, he gives his aroma to the light;
The Sixth Day - The Sixth Seal
For the Father is sweet and his will is good.
His will is incomprehensible.
For the Father knows the beginning of them all as well as their end.
|(65) He said, "There was a good
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
seized him and killed him. Let
him who has ears hear."
||and into his rest he
causes it to ascend
in every form and in every sound. For there are no
nostrils which smell
the aroma, but it is the Spirit which possesses the sense of smell and
it draws it for itself to itself and sinks into the aroma of the
Father. He is, indeed, the place for it, and he takes it to the place
from which it has come, in the first aroma which is cold. It
something in a psychic form, resembling cold water which
is [...] since
is in soil which is not hard, of which those who see it think, "It
is earth." Afterwards, it becomes soft again. If a breath
is taken, it
is usually hot. The cold aromas, then, are from the division. For
reason, God came and destroyed the division and he brought
Pleroma of love,
|(66) Jesus said, "Show me the stone which the builders have rejected. That one is the cornerstone."||so that the cold may not return, but the unity of the Perfect Thought prevail.|
|(67) Jesus said, "If one who knows the all still feels a personal deficiency, he is completely deficient."||This is the word of the Gospel of the finding of the Pleroma for those who wait for the salvation which comes from above.|
|(68) Jesus said, "Blessed are you when you are hated and persecuted. Wherever you have been persecuted they will find no place."||When their hope, for which they are waiting, is waiting - they whose likeness is the light in which there is no shadow,|
|(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."||then at that time the Pleroma is about to come. The deficiency of matter, however, is not because of the limitlessness of the Father who comes at the time of the deficiency.|
|(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."
||And yet no one is able to say that the incorruptible One will come in this manner. But the depth of the Father is increasing, and the thought of error is not with him.|
|(71) Jesus said, "I
shall destroy this
house, and no one will be able to build
is a matter of falling down and a matter
readily set upright at the finding of that one who has
him who will turn back.
For this turning back is called "repentance".
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?"
this reason, incorruption
has breathed. It followed him
who has sinned in order that he may find
rest. For forgiveness is that which remains for the light in the
deficiency, the word of the pleroma. For the
physician hurries to the
place in which there is sickness, because that is the desire which 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 sick man is in a deficient condition, but he does not hide himself because the physician possesses that which he lacks.|
|(74) He said, "O Lord, there are many around the drinking trough, but there is nothing in the cistern."||In this manner the deficiency is filled by the Pleroma, which has no deficiency, which has given itself out in order to fill the one who is deficient,|
|(75) Jesus said, "Many are standing at the door, but it is the solitary who will enter the bridal chamber."||so that grace may take him, then, from the area which is deficient and has no grace. Because of this a diminishing occurred in the place which there is no grace,|
|(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."||the
area where the one
who is small,
is deficient, is taken hold of.
He revealed himself as a Pleroma, i.e., the finding of the light of truth which has shined towards him, because he is unchangeable. For this reason, they who have been troubled speak about Christ in their midst
|(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."||so that they may receive a return and he may anoint them with the ointment. The ointment is the pity of the Father, who will have mercy on them. But those whom he has anointed are those who are perfect. For the filled vessels are those which are customarily used for anointing.|
|(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."||But when
an anointing is finished, the vessel is usually empty, and the
cause of its deficiency is the consumption of its ointment.
breath is drawn only through the power which he has. But the
one who is
woman from the crowd said to him,
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.'"
does not trust anyone beside him nor does one
pour anything out. But that
which is the deficient is filled again by
the perfect Father. He
is good. He knows his plantings because he is
the one who has planted them in his Paradise. And his Paradise is his
place of rest.
This is the perfection in the thought of the Father and these are the words of his reflection. Each one of his words is the work of his will alone, in the revelation of his Logos.
|(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."||Since they were in the depth of his mind, the Logos, who was the first to come forth, caused them to appear,|
|(81) Jesus said, "Let him who has grown rich be king, and let him who possesses power renounce it."||along with an
intellect which speaks the unique word by
of a silent grace. It was called
|(82) Jesus said, "He who is near me is near the fire, and he who is far from me is far from the kingdom."||since they were in it before becoming manifest. It happened, then, that it was the first to come forth -|
|(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."||at the moment pleasing to the will of him who desired it; and it is in the will that the Father is at rest and with which he is pleased. Nothing happens without him, nor does anything occur without the will of the Father.|
|(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!"||But his will is incomprehensible. His will is his mark, but no one can know it, nor is it possible for them to concentrate on it in order to possess it. But that which he wishes takes place at the moment he wishes it -|
|(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."
||even if the view does not
please anyone: it is God`s will. For
the Father knows the beginning of
them all as
well as their end. For when
their end arrives, he will
question them to their faces.
|(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
||The end, you see, is the
who is hidden, that is, the Father, from whom the
forth and to whom will return all who have come from him.
|(87) Jesus said, "Wretched is the
dependant upon a
body, and wretched is the soul that is dependent on
made manifest for the glory and the joy of his name.
And the name of the Father is the Son. It is he who, in the beginning,
|(88) Jesus said, "The
angels and the
come to you and give
to you those things you (already) have. And you
them those things which you have, and say to yourselves,
will they come and take what is theirs?'"
a name to him who
came forth from him - he is the same one - and he
begat him for a son. He
gave him his name which belonged to him - he,
Father, who possesses everything which exists around him. He
possess the name; he has the son.
|(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?"||It
is possible for them to see him.
The name, however, is invisible, for it alone is the
mystery of the
invisible about to come to ears
completely filled with it through the
|(90) Jesus said, "Come unto me, for my
yoke is easy
lordship is mild, and you will find repose for yourselves."
||Moreover, as for the Father, his
name is not
pronounced, but it
is revealed through a son. Thus, then, the name is
|(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."
then, has been able to pronounce a name for him, this great name,
him alone to whom the name belongs and the sons of the
whom the name of the Father is at rest, and who
themselves in turn are
at rest in his name, since
the Father has no beginning?
|(92) Jesus said, "Seek and you
find. Yet, what
you asked me about in former times and which I did not
tell you then,
I do desire to tell, but you do not inquire after it."
||It is he alone
who engendered it for himself as a name
in the beginning before he had created the Aeons, that the name of the Father should be over their heads as a lord - that is, the real name,
|(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 [...]."||which is secure by his
authority and by his perfect power. For the
name is not drawn from
lexicons nor is his name derived from common name-giving,
|(94) Jesus said, "He
who seeks will
find, and he
who knocks will be let in."
invisible. He gave a name to himself alone, because he
alone saw it and
alone was capable of giving himself a name.
|(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."
not exist has
no name. For what name would one
give him who did not
exist? Nevertheless, he who exists also with his name and he alone
|(96) Jesus said, "The
kingdom of the
father is like
a certain woman. She took a little leaven, concealed
it in some dough,
it into large loaves. Let
him who has ears hear."
||and to him alone the
Father gave a name. The
Son is his name.
He did not, therefore, keep
it secretly hidden, but the
son came into
existence. He himself gave a name to him. The
name, then, is that of
|(97) Jesus said, "The
kingdom of the
father is like
a certain woman who was carrying a jar full of meal. While
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
realize it; she had noticed no accident. When she reached
she set the jar down and found it empty."
||just as the
name of the Father is the Son. For otherwise,
where would compassion find a name - outside
of the Father? But someone
will probably say to his companion, "Who
would give a name to someone
who existed before himself, as if, indeed, children did
their name from one of those who gave them birth?"
Above all, then, it is fitting for us to think this point over:
|(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."||What is the name? It is the real name. It is, indeed, the name which came from the Father, for it is he who owns the name. He did not, you see, get the name on loan, as in the case of others because of the form in which each one of them is going to be created. This, then, is the authoritative name.|
|(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."
|There is no one else to whom he has given it. But it remained unnamed, unuttered, `till the moment when he, who is perfect, pronounced it himself; and it was he alone who was able to pronounce his name and to see it.|
|(100) They showed Jesus a gold
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."
|When it pleased him, then, that his son should be his pronounced name and when he gave this name to him, he who has come from the depth spoke of his secrets, because he knew that the Father was absolute goodness.|
|(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."
||For this reason, indeed, he
particular one in order that he might speak concerning the place and
his place of rest from which he had come forth, and
that he might
glorify the Pleroma, the greatness of his name and the sweetness of his
|(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."||Each one will speak concerning the place from which he has come forth, and to the region from which he received his essential being, he will hasten to return once again.|
|(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."||And he
want from that place - the place
where he was - because he tasted of that place, as
he was nourished and
grew. And his
own place of rest is his Pleroma. All
the emanations from
|(104) They said to Jesus, "Come,
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."
|therefore, are Pleromas, and all his
emanations have their
roots in the one who caused them all to
grow from himself. He appointed a limit. They, then, became manifest individually in order that they might be in their own thought, for that place to which they extend their thoughts is their root,
|(105) Jesus said, "He who knows the
father and the mother will be called the son of a harlot."
||which lifts them upward through
heights to the
Father. They reach his head, which is rest for them,
The Seventh Day - The Seventh Seal
And they do not go down to Hades.
Children of this kind are those whom he loves.
|(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."||and
remain there near to it so that they say that they have
his face by means of embraces. But these of this kind
were not manifest,
|(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.'"||because they have not risen above
Neither have they been deprived of the glory of the Father nor
they thought of him as small, nor bitter, nor angry, but as absolutely
all the spaces before they came into
existence and having no need of instruction.
|(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."
are they who possess
from above something
of this immeasurable greatness, as they strain towards that unique and perfect one who exists there for them.
|(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."||And they do not go down to Hades. They have neither envy nor moaning, nor is death in them. But they rest in him who rests, without wearying themselves or becoming involved in the search for truth. But, they, indeed, are the truth, and the Father is in them, and they are in the Father, since they are perfect, inseparable from him who is truly good.|
|(110) Jesus said, "Whoever
world and becomes rich, let
him renounce the world."
||They lack nothing in any way, but they are given rest and are refreshed by the Spirit.|
|(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?"||And they listen to their
have leisure for
themselves, they in whom he will find his
he will suffer no
loss to his soul.
Such is the place of the blessed; this is their place.
|(112) Jesus said, "Woe to the flesh that depends on the soul; woe to the soul that depends on the flesh."||As for the rest, then, may they know, in their place, that it does not suit me,|
|(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."
|after having been in the place of rest to say anything more. But he is the one in whom I shall be in order to devote myself, at all times, to the Father of the All and the true brothers, those upon whom the love of the Father is lavished, and in whose midst nothing of him is lacking. It is they who manifest themselves truly|
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."
are in that true
and eternal life and
speak of the perfect light filled with the seed of
the Father, and which is in his heart and in the Pleroma, while
Spirit rejoices in it and glorifies him in whom it was,
Father is good. And his children are perfect and worthy of his name,
because he is the Father. Children
of this kind are those whom he loves.
Gospel of Thomas Audiobook
(Or The Gospel of the Living Jesus)
Translated by Thomas O. Lambdin
The Gospel of Truth Audiobook
From Robert M. Grant, Gnosticism
(Harper & Brothers, New York, 1961),
as quoted in Willis Barnstone, The Other Bible
(Harper & Row, San Francisco, 1984).
Meditatively match each color coded phrase in the Gospel of Thomas
with the corresponding phrase in the The Gospel of Truth.
Consider the connections in thought, word, and rhetoric
and discover the intentionally hidden messages found within the text.
More on the Seven Days and the Seven Seals.
For similar comparison and contrast within other Scripture see
"The Testimony of Jesus - New Testament Cross Reference Study"