In the book “Lost Scriptures” we find the Coptic Gospel of Thomas that is solely about 114 hidden sayings of Yeshua. Some of these we find in the versions of the Bible, but many are not. Those that are in the Bible are often not as complete as what is in this writing by Thomas and if I have come to know anything it is that a single word missing our out of place can change the entire meaning of what is being said.
I am attaching a copy of the table of contents for the Lost Scriptures book that I reference.
I do not intend to go through all 114 sayings in this post. In fact I think I only read the first 15 sayings when my mind began to get boggled with the information. What I am sharing with you is sayings that, for me, relate to the changes in my thought processes and my relation to organized religion. The numbers assigned to what is below are the actual numbers of the sayings.
Intro to Coptic Gospel of Thomas
We are told the scroll was part of the Nag Hammadi find in 1945. The intro suggests that Thomas was the twin brother of Yeshua, although not all agree. Thomas’ full name is Didymus Judas Thomas.
The Gospel begins by stating that:
“anyone who learns the interpretation of these words will have eternal life (saying #1).”
It says that some sayings presuppose a Gnostic point of view in which:
“people are understood to be spirits who have fallen from the divine realm and become entrapped in matter (i.e. in the prisons of their material bodies). Salvation, according to this perspective, comes to those who learn the truth of their plight and so are enabled to escape this impoverished material existence by acquiring the knowledge necessary for salvation (e.g. sayings 11, 22, 29, 37 and 80). Jesus is the one who conveys this knowledge.”
Well, if that doesn’t just knock my socks off! Those words seem to describe exactly what is going on not just in my life but the life of so many others whom I have encountered these past several years.
Sayings of Yeshua
(1) And he said, “Whoever finds the interpretation of these sayings will not experience death.”
(2) Jesus said, “Let him who seeks continue seeking until he finds. When he finds he will be troubled. When he becomes troubled, he will be astonished, and he will rule over the all.
Troubled seems so insignificant a word in describing what has been going on in my life. My changing believes have stirred up much troubling waters, not just in the energies of my thoughts, but reverberating and rippling out affecting the physical body as well. Normally human nature’s reaction to any kind of trouble is to confront and fight, avoid or even run away.
We need to learn to accept with grace and gratitude those things that are troubling to us in these changing times and occurrences within ourselves, and perhaps even the world.
(3) [Yeshua is talking about the kingdom of heaven] … “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.“
I was struck by what is said about coming to know ourselves, and puzzled by the expression then “we will be known,” as I am uncertain exactly what is meant. Who is it that we will be ‘known to or by?’ Perhaps it is recognition by all of the Father. It could be several things and perhaps different to each of us. Certainly requires further thought and meditation.
(6) [The disciples ask Yeshua about fasting, praying & giving alms and Yeshua responds.] 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.”
I do not recall reading in any of the Bible writings where Yeshua responds to fasting by referencing lies! Any who have read any of my queries about why it is that the Book of Revelation includes “all liars” [click on hyperlink to read Truth post] as being some of those who will be cast into the Lake of Fire. This is yet another answer to my question, when Yeshua explicitly tells us do not tell lies.
It’s a pretty sad state of affairs when we have to “fast from our lies.” But, hey, look at the news and the 2017 term of the year, “fake news.”
(15) Jesus said, “When you see one who was not born of a woman, prostrate yourselves on your faces and worship him. That one is your Father.“
Well, I’ll be darned. There are arguments abounding with respect to Yeshua and whether or not Mary was a virgin. Then this intro to Thomas tells us that some say Thomas is Yeshua’s twin brother, so if Yeshua was born of a virgin so was Thomas. In this saying 15 Yeshua tells the disciples that the one who is not born of a woman is their Father.
He is most definitely speaking of YHWH. AND, if you keep in mind Yeshua’s teachings in the Bible where he tells the disciples that, “I and the Father are One,” then can we not conclude in this saying 15 that Yeshua is telling the disciples he is YHWH?
The next saying is the last I will touch upon in this post, otherwise I am sure I’ll put you to sleep.
(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.“
This saying is encouraging for me as I continue to believe that what is unseen, unheard and unknown by the flesh is what is slowly arising and being uncovered, being restored as you and I continue our journey returning to source.