Collection of Inspiring Sayings in GosThom

  • Saying 1 And he said, “Whoever discovers the interpretation of these sayings will not taste death.”
  • Saying 2 Jesus said, “Those who seek should not stop seeking until they find. When they find, they will be disturbed. When they are disturbed, they will marvel, and will reign over all. [And after they have reigned they will rest.]” [Note that Saying 2 seems to convey the concept of Epinoia in its own esoteric fashion.]
  • Saying 4 Jesus said, “The person old in days won’t hesitate to ask a little child seven days old about the place of life, and that person will live. For many of the first will be last, and will become a single one.” [Note: compare with GosMark 10:14-16]
  • Saying 5 Jesus said, “Know what is in front of your face, and what is hidden from you will be disclosed to you. For there is nothing hidden that will not be revealed. [And there is nothing buried that will not be raised.]”
  • Saying 6 His disciples asked him and said to him, “Do you want us to fast? How should we pray? Should we give to charity? What diet should we observe?” Jesus said, “Don’t lie, and don’t do what you hate, because all things are disclosed before heaven. After all, there is nothing hidden that will not be revealed, and there is nothing covered up that will remain undisclosed.”
  • Saying 8 And he said, “The person is like a wise fisherman who cast his net into the sea and drew it up from the sea full of little fish. Among them the wise fisherman discovered a fine large fish. He threw all the little fish back into the sea, and easily chose the large fish. Anyone here with two good ears had better listen!”
  • Saying 9 Jesus said, “Look, the sower went out, took a handful (of seeds), and scattered (them). Some fell on the road, and the birds came and gathered them. Others fell on rock, and they didn’t take root in the soil and didn’t produce heads of grain. Others fell on thorns, and they choked the seeds and worms ate them. And others fell on good soil, and it produced a good crop: it yielded sixty per measure and one hundred twenty per measure.” [Note: compare with GosMark 4:3-20]
  • Saying 10 Jesus said, “I have cast fire upon the world, and look, I’m guarding it until it blazes.”
  • Saying 13, and compare this with GosMark 8:27-30–
    • Jesus said to his disciples, “Compare me to something and tell me what I am like.”
      • Simon Peter said to him, “You are like a just messenger.”
      • Matthew said to him, “You are like a wise philosopher.”
      • Thomas said to him, “Teacher, my mouth is utterly unable to say what you are like.”
    • Jesus said, “I am not your teacher. Because you have drunk, you have become intoxicated from the bubbling spring that I have tended.”
    • And he took him, and withdrew, and spoke three sayings to him. When Thomas came back to his friends they asked him, “What did Jesus say to you?”
    • Thomas said to them, “If I tell you one of the sayings he spoke to me, you will pick up rocks and stone me, and fire will come from the rocks and devour you.”
  • Saying 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 the districts, if they receive you, eat what they will put 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.” [Note: compare to GosMark 7:14-21]
  • Saying 16 Jesus said, “Perhaps people think that I have come to cast peace upon the world. They do not know that I have come to cast conflicts upon the earth: fire, sword, war. For there will be five in a house: there’ll be three against two and two against three, father against son and son against father, and they will stand alone.”
    • [Note 1: Per www.earlychristianwritings.com Helmut Koester writes: “Thomas’s version of these sayings [10 and 16] lacks Luke 12:50, certainly an addition by the author of the Gospel. Also missing in the Gospel of Thomas is the pedantic, and certainly secondary, enlargement of the family relationships at the end of Luke 12:53. Instead of Luke’s “division” (vs. 51), Gos. Thom. has ‘fire, sword, and war,’ probably an expansion of the original reading of Q, ‘sword,’ which is preserved in Matt 10:14” (Ancient Christian Gospels, p. 94.) Overall, this level of detail provides more support for not including GosLuke or GosMatt in My Personal Canon.]
    • [Note 2: compare with GosMark 3:19-30]
  • Saying 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 never occurred to the human mind.”
  • Saying 18 The disciples said to Jesus, “Tell us, how will our end come?” Jesus said, “Have you found the beginning, then, that you are looking for the end? You see, the end will be where the beginning is. Congratulations to the one who stands at the beginning: that one will know the end and will not taste death.”
  • Saying 20 The disciples said to Jesus, “Tell us what Heaven’s kingdom is like.” He said to them, “It’s like a mustard seed, the smallest of all seeds, but when it falls on prepared soil, it produces a large plant and becomes a shelter for birds of the sky.” [Note: compare with GosMark 4:30-32]
  • Saying 21 Mary said to Jesus, “What are your disciples like?” He said, “They are like little children living in a field that is not theirs. When the owners of the field come, they will say, ‘Give us back our field.’ They take off their clothes in front of them in order to give it back to them, and they return their field to them. For this reason I say, if the owners of a house know that a thief is coming, they will be on guard before the thief arrives and will not let the thief break into their house (their domain) and steal their possessions. As for you, then, be on guard against the world. Prepare yourselves with great strength, so the robbers can’t find a way to get to you, for the trouble you expect will come. Let there be among you a person who understands. When the crop ripened, he came quickly carrying a sickle and harvested it. Anyone here with two good ears had better listen!” [Note: interestingly, GosMark is much more explicit, albeit much harsher in Verses 12:1-11, as Thomas is in Saying 65]
  • Saying 22 “Jesus saw some infants who were being suckled. He said to his disciples: These infants being suckled are like those who enter the kingdom. They said to him: If we then become children, shall we enter the kingdom? Jesus said to them: When you make the two one, and when you make the inside as the outside, and the outside as the inside, and the upper as the lower, and when you make the male and the female into a single one, so that the male is not male and the female not female, and when you make eyes in place of an eye, and a hand in place of a hand, and a foot in place of a foot, an image in place of an image, then shall you enter [the kingdom].”
  • Saying 23: “Jesus said, ‘I shall choose you, one from a thousand and two from ten thousand, and they will stand as a single one.’”
  • Saying 24 His disciples said to him, “Show us the place where you are, since it is necessary 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.”
  • Saying 25 Jesus said, “Love your friends like your own soul, protect them like the pupil of your eye.”
  • Saying 28 Jesus said, “I took my stand in the midst of the world, and in flesh I appeared to them. I found them all drunk, and I did not find any of them thirsty. My soul ached for the children of humanity, because they are blind in their hearts and do not see, for they came into the world empty, and they also seek to depart from the world empty. But meanwhile they are drunk. When they shake off their wine, then they will change their ways.”
  • Saying 33 Jesus said, “What you will hear in your ear, in the other ear proclaim from your rooftops. After all, no one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket, nor does one put it in a hidden place. Rather, one puts it on a lampstand so that all who come and go will see its light.” [Note: compare with GosMark 4:21-25]
  • Saying 37 His disciples said, “When will you appear to us, and when will we see you?” Jesus said, “When you strip without being ashamed, and you take your clothes and put them under your feet like little children and trample them, then [you] will see the son of the living one and you will not be afraid.” [Compare with GosPhil 75]
  • Saying 39 “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 wise as serpents and as innocent as doves.”
  • Saying 41 Jesus said, “Whoever has something in hand will be given more, and whoever has nothing will be deprived of even the little they have.” [Note: this Verse theoretically could be edited to explicitly state its meaning, else it could come off materialistically, clearly not the intent. Perhaps I’m too Johannine.]
  • Saying 43 His disciples said to him, “who are you, that you should say these things at all?” <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) have the tree and hate its fruit (or) love the fruit and hate the tree.”
  • Saying 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.” [Note: compare with GosMark 3:19-30]
  • Saying 45 Jesus said, “Grapes are not harvested from thorn trees, nor are figs gathered from thistles, for they yield no fruit. Good persons produce good from what they’ve stored up; bad persons produce evil from the wickedness they’ve stored up in their hearts, and say evil things. For from the overflow of the heart they produce evil.” [Note: though–an emphatic though–keep in mind GosPhil 83 “As for ourselves, let each one of us dig down after the root of evil which is within one, and let us pluck it out of one’s heart from the root. It will be plucked out if we recognize it. But if we are ignorant of it, it takes root in us and produces its fruit in our heart. It masters us. We are its slaves. It takes us captive, to make us do what we do not want; and what we do not want we do not do. It is powerful because we have not recognized it. While it exists, it is active. Ignorance is the mother of all evil. Ignorance will result in death because those that come from ignorance neither were nor are nor shall be.”]
  • Saying 47 Jesus said, “A person cannot mount two horses or bend two bows. And a slave cannot serve two masters, otherwise that slave will honor the one and offend the other. Nobody drinks aged wine and immediately wants to drink young wine. Young wine is not poured into old wineskins, or they might break, and aged wine is not poured into a new wineskin, or it might spoil. An old patch is not sewn onto a new garment, since it would create a tear.” [Note: compare with GosMark 2:18-22]
  • Saying 49 Jesus said, “Blessed are the solitary and elect, for you will find the kingdom. For you are from it, and to it you will return.” [Note: what extraordinary similarity to GosJohn, GosMark, GosPhil, ApJohn, and TriProt!]
  • Saying 50 Jesus said, “If they [the archons] 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, and 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.'”
  • Saying 51 His disciples said to him, “When will the repose of the dead come about, and when will the new world come?”
    He said to them, “What you look forward to has already come, but you do not recognize it.”
    [Note: though there could be a sense of some sort of difference with ApJohn & TriProt, Christ in fact is attempting to usher in this new-world identity, but as we shall see in Direct Revelations II & VII, this is not noticed by anyone!]
  • Saying 52 His disciples said to him, “Twenty-four prophets spoke in Israel, and all of them spoke in you.” [Jesus] said to them, “You have omitted the one living in your presence and have spoken (only) of the dead.” 
  • Saying 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 the they will be pulled up and burned.”
  • Saying 58 Jesus said, “Blessed is the man who has suffered and found life.”
  • Saying 59 Jesus said, “Take heed of the living one while you are alive, lest you die and seek to see him and be unable to do so.” [Compare with GosMark 10:14-16]
  • Saying 62 Jesus said, “It is to those [who are worthy of my] mysteries that I tell my mysteries. Do not let your (sg.) left hand know what your (sg.) right hand is doing.”
  • Saying 64 Jesus said, “A man had received visitors. And when he had prepared the dinner, he sent his servant to invite the guests. He went to the first one and said to him, ‘My master invites you.’ He said, ‘I have claims against some merchants. They are coming to me this evening. I must go and give them my orders. I ask to be excused from the dinner.’ He went to another and said to him ‘My master has invited you.’ He said to him, ‘I have just bought a house and am required for the day. I shall not have any spare time.’ He went to another and said to him, ‘My master invites you.’ He said to him, ‘My friend is going to get married, and I am to prepare the banquet.’ 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.”
  • Saying 65 He said, “There was a good man who owned a vineyard. He leased it to tenant farmer so that they might work it and me might collect the produce from them. He sent his servant so that the tenants might give him the produce of the vineyard. They seized his servant and beat him, all but killing him. The servant went back and told his master. The master said, ‘Perhaps he did not recognize them.’ He sent another servant. The tenants beat this one as well. Then the owner sent his son and said ‘Perhaps they will show respect to my son.’ Because the tenants knew that it was he who was the heir to the vineyard, they seized him and killed him. Let him who has ears hear.” [Note: compare with GosMark 12:1-11 & GosThom Saying 21]
  • Saying 66 Jesus said, “Show me the stone which the builders have rejected. That one is the cornerstone.” [Note: compare with GosMark 12:1-11]
  • Saying 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.”
  • Saying 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.”
  • Saying 74 He said, “O lord, there are many around the drinking trough, but there is nothing in the cistern.”
  • Saying 75 Jesus said, “There are many standing at the door, but it is the solitaries who will enter the bridal chamber.” [Note: compare with GosPhil 75]
  • Saying 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 from me did the all extend. Split a piece of wood, and I am there. Lift up the stone, and you will find me there.” [Note: similar to The Johannine Prologue, but however this at its base is a direct demiurgical statement. Father is the all. Father is everywhere. How this Saying slipped in is a mystery as it directly equates Christ with the Father. Even ApJohn differentiates the two, as does GosJohn. One should keep this fact in mind when reading GosThom; just like GosMark, some Sayings are just plain wrong. At least in GosMark it was intentional. I have no idea the intention in this Gospel, though several Verses warrant its inclusion. Again, a member of the Immovable Race shall be able to determine those that are appropriate.]
  • Saying 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.”
  • Saying 87 Jesus said, “Wretched is the body that is dependent upon a body, and wretched is the soul that is dependent on these two.” [Note: compare with GosPhil 65-66 & 81-82]
  • Saying 90 Jesus said, “Come unto me, for my yoke is easy and my lordship is mild, and you will find repose for yourselves.”
  • Saying 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.”
  • Saying 92 Jesus said, “Seek and you will find. Yet what you asked me about in former times and which I did not tell you then, now I do desire to tell, but you do not inquire after it.”
  • Saying 94 Jesus [said], “He who seeks will find, and [he who knocks] will be let in.”
  • Saying 96 Jesus said, “The kingdom of the father is like [a certain] woman. She took a little leaven, [concealed] it in some dough, and made it into larger loaves. Let him who has ears hear.”
  • Saying 97 Jesus said, “The kingdom of the [father] is like a certain woman who was carrying a [jar] full of meal. While she was walking [on the] road, some distance from home, the handle of the jar broke and the meal emptied out behind her [on] the road. She did not realize it; she had noticed no accident. When she reached her house, she set the jar down and found it empty.”
  • Saying 100 They showed Jesus a gold coin and said to him, “Caesar’s men demand taxes from us.” He said to them, “Give Caesar what belongs to Caesar, give God what belongs to God, and give me what is mine.”
  • Saying 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.”
  • Saying 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 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.'”
  • 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.” [Note: completely inline with ApJohn‘s Autogenes/Spirit of Light Process]
  • Saying 111 Jesus said, “The heavens and 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?” [Note: compare with GosMark 10:14-16]
  • Saying 112 Jesus said, “Woe to the flesh that depends on the soul; woe to the soul that depends on the flesh.” [Note: compare with GosPhil 65-66 & 81-82 as well as GosThom Saying 87]
  • Saying 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 on the earth, and men do not see it.” [Note: Though Sophia’s rupture created the matter per ApJohn, and later Yaltabaoth shaped it, the Father still tumps all and has influence even here, as seen in TriProt. Therefore, this Saying is inline with ApJohn given TriProt‘s exegetical linkage. After the coming events that will occur in Direct Revelation II, this will no longer be the case]