Re: [GTh] A Commentary on Some of the Sayings
- 110. "Jesus said, 'Whoever finds the world and becomes rich, let him renounce the world.'"
There are two worlds: (1) the spiritual world and (2).the material world. Whoever finds the spiritual world and becomes spiritually rich thereby, let him renounce the material world.
81. "Jesus said, 'Let him who has grown rich be king, and let him who possesses power renounce it.'"
Let him who has grown spiritually rich possess power in the spiritual world and let him who possesses power in the material world renounce it.
112. "Jesus said, 'Woe to the flesh that depends on the soul; woe to the soul that depends on the flesh.'"
Each human and each animal has a body of flesh and a soul. Both are mortal. So, neither can gain eternal life through the other. Hence, sorry is the state of the body of flesh that is relying on the soul to gain eternal life and sorry is the state of the soul that is relying on the body of flesh to gain eternal life.
56. "Jesus said, 'Whoever has come to understand the world has found (only) a corpse, and whoever has found a corpse is superior to the world.'"
Whoever has come to understand the material world finds that his material body of flesh is dead to life eternal and, so, is no more than a corpse. Such a person has become spiritually discerning and, so, is superior to the material world..
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.'"
Unlike an animal, a human also has, besides the soul and body of flesh, a spirit. So, it is the spirit that makes humans different from animals. The spirit is spiritual and belongs to the spiritual world, but makes the material body its temporary home. Since what is spiritual is superior to what is material, it is the case that, while the concept that the body of flesh came into being so that the spirit can have it as a home strains credulity, by the same token, it is much more plausible than the concept that the spirit came into being for the sake of the body.
In any event, since what is spiritual is superior to what is material, the spirit making its home in the body of flesh is like great wealth making its home in poverty.
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 youl. 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 do not know yourselves, you dwell in poverty and have become that poverty.'"
The Kingdom belongs to the spiritual world, so it is found in no particular material place.
However, as respects a human's spirit, which is spiritual, the Kingdom is to be found both within and outside this human spirit.
Since it is the spirit that is unique to a human being, it is the real self of a human being. Further, unlike the body of flesh, which has a material father, it has a spiritual Father.
One who comes to know oneself is one who is spiritually discerning, recongnizing that his/her real self is a spiritual spirit. Being spiritually discerning, such a person will speak of spiritual things and, so, will become known to others who are spiritually discerning. Being spiritually discerning, such a person will also recognize that his/her real self, i.e., the spirit, is a son of the Father: Who is living in the sense that He has life eternal.
Conversely, one who does not know oneself is not spiritually discerning. The spirit, the real self of this person, not only dwells in the body of flesh, but is absorbed by the body of flesh, thereby becoming a part of the body of flesh.
44. "Jesus said, 'Whoever blasphemes against the Father will be forgiven, and whoever blasphemes against the Son will be forgiven, but whever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be fogiven, either on earth or in heaven..'"
Besides the spiritual Father, there is also the Son, who is the real Jesus, and the Mother, who is the Holy Spirit.
The real self of a human being, i.e., the spirit, is akin to the real Jesus in that the spirit is a son of God, while the real Jesus is the Son of God.
However, the real self of a human being is closest of all to the Holy Spirit, being spirit after the Spirit. Because of this special closeness of the real self of a human being to the Holy Spirit, to blaspheme against the Spirit is unforgiveable.
105. "Jesus said, 'He who knows the father and the mother will be called the son of a harlot.'"
Jesus, the Son, knows the Father and the Mother, but will be called the son of a prostitute.
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.'"
Jesus, the Son, has a spiritual Mother. Each human spirit, has the same spiritual Mother. Only the Father of Jesus and of each human spirit is without a spiritual mother and we are to worship Him.
101. "Whever 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 [gave me falsehood], but [My] true [Mother] gave me life."
While the real Jesus has, as his spiritual parents, the Father and the Mother (i.e., the Spirit), his body of flesh has, as its material parents, a father and a mother. He loves his spiritual parents, but hates (perhaps a Semeticism for loves less) his material parents. This is because his eternal life comes from his spiritual parents.
While each human spirit has, as its spiritual parents, the Father and the Mother (i.e., the Spirit), each human body of flesh has, as its material parents, a mother and a father.
A human being who is a disciple of Jesus will, like him, love his spiritual parents and hate (love less?) his material parents.
7. "Jesus said, 'Blessed is the lion which becomes man when consumed by man; and cursed is the man whom the lion consumes, and the lion becomes man.'"
The spirit, the real self of a person, is the inner man. Conversely, the body of flesh is the outer man.
When the soul, which is animalistic in that each animal possesses a soul, comes under the dominion of the spirit and is absorbed by this inner man, then this animalistic soul becomes a part of this inner man. Such a soul which has been absorbed by the spirit is blessed for it, by becoming a part of the spirit, shares in the spirit's potential for eternal life.
Conversely, when the spirit, the inner man, comes under the dominion of the animalistic soul and is absorbed by it, then the body of flesh, the outer man, absorbs the animalistic soul, making it a part of himself. Such a spirit is cursed because, by becoming a part of the material body of flesh, it has lost its potential for immortality and dies when the material body of flesh dies. To paraphrase 3b, it not only dwells in this poverty, but, what is far worse, has also become this poverty.
48 and 106. "Jesus said, 'If two make peace with each other in this one house, they will say to the mountain, Move away, and it will move away.'....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.'"
If the spirit, the inner man, and the soul make peace with each other in the one house of the body of flesh, then they can say to a spiritual mountain, "Move away", and it will move away. This state of peace between them is attained when the soul is absorbed by the spirit, the inner man = the inner son of man. In being absorbed by the spirit, the soul does not entirely lose its identity, but it does become a part of the spirit: an autonomous region of it so to speak. So, when then this state of being is achieved, it is permissable to speak both of the two (i.e., the spirit and the soul) saying, "Mountain, move away." (for the soul does not entirely lose its identity) and of the two (i.e., the spirit and the soul) becoming one (i.e., the spirit)and then saying, "Mountain, move away." (for the soul does become a part of the spirit).
71. "Jesus said, 'I shall destroy [this] house, and no one will be able to rebuild it.'"
Jesus destroyed his house of the body of flesh in that he permitted himself to be killed by others. No one was able to resurrect his dead body of flesh, so claims that he was bodily resurrected from the dead are false.
30. "Jesus said, 'Where there are three gods, they are gods. Where there are two or one, I am with him.'"
In the Kingdom, there are three true Gods: the Father, the Mother (i.e., the Spirit), and the Son (i.e., Jesus). When a human spirit enters the Kingdom, then, Jesus is with this inner man: who is two in that he has, within himself, the soul and who is one in the sense that even this soul is a part of himself.
75 & 104. "Jesus said, 'Many are standing at the door, but is the solitary who will enter the bridal chamber.'....They said to Jesus, 'Come, let us pray today and let us fast.' Jesus said, 'What is the sin that I have committed, or wherein have I been defeated? But when the bridegroom leaves the bridal chamber, then let them fast and pray.'"
When a human spirit and the absorbed human soul within him enters the Kingdom, it is like a bridegroom and bride entering the bridal chamber, where they consummate their union. However, the spirit, the bridegroom, enters solitary (i.e., alone) in the sense that the soul within him is a part of himself. This is a joyuous event to be celebrated with festivity rather than with fasting and prayer. Woe, though, be to the bridegroom, i.e., the spirit, who leaves the bridal chamber, i.e., the Kingdom, for this will initiate a series of events that will culminate in him becoming a part of the body of flesh and, so, spiritually dead. Then let them fast and pray.
80 "Jesus said, 'He who has recognized the world has found the body, but he who has found the body is superior to the world.'"
The spirit is a spiritual body, so that a human possesses two bodies: the spiritual body of spirit and the material body of flesh.
Once you recognize what is spiritual, so that you come to recognize the spiritual world, you come to recognize that you have a spiritual body (i.e., the spirit). He who has found his spiritual body, as he is aware of what is spiritual, is superior to the material world.
87. "Jesus said, 'Wretched is the body that is dependent upon a body, and wretched is the soul that is dependent upon these two.'"
If the spiritual body, the spirit, looks to the material body of flesh for its continued existence, it is in a wretched state because its eternal life comes only through the spiritual realm. The soul of such a person is also in a wretched state, for it cannot obtain eternal life through either a spiritual body that depends upon the material body for its continued existence or through the material body.
60. <They saw> a Samaritan carrying a lamb on his way to Judea. He said to his disciples, '(Why does) that man (carry) the lamb around?' 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 otherwise.' He said to them, 'You too, look for a place for yourselves within Repose, lest you become a corpse and be eaten.'"
The material body of flesh seeks to devour the spiritual body of the spirit and make it a part of itself..
It initially works through the soul, inducing the soul to absorb the spiritual body of the spirit, thereby killing it to life eternal and, so, making it a spiritual corpse. The material body of flesh then absorbs the soul and the spiritual corpse of the spirit within it, thereby devouring the spiritual corpse of the spirit and making it a part of itself. To paraphrase Gth 7b, cursed is the inner man of the body of the spirit that is absorbed by the animalistic soul and (after the soul is absorbed by the outer man of the body of flesh) becomes a part of the outer man of the body of flesh..
In the spiritual world is a place of Repose for one's spiritual body of the spirit and this is the Kingdom.. One's spiritual body finds life eternal in the Kingdom, so that, in this Repose, it need not worry about dying to life eternal and, thereby, becoming a spiritual corpse. So, if it enters into the Kingdom, then it need not fear being absorbed and spiritually slain by the soul and then absorbed, in turn, by the outer body of flesh.
42. "Jesus said, 'Come into being as you pass away.'" (Mike Grondin's translation)
When, as outlined above, the body of the spirit becomes a part of the body of flesh, then, as the body of the spirit is the real you, the real you becomes the body of flesh.
This is bad for the real you, as this means that the real you will die.
In order for the real you to escape this fate, the body of the spirit must rebel against the body of flesh and pull itself away from it, so that the real you is, once again, the body of the spirit.
That is to say, in order for the real you to escape this fate, it must come into being as the body of spirit while, at the same time, it perishes as the body of flesh.
22. "Jesus saw infants being suckled. He said to his disciples, 'These infants being suckled are like those who enter the Kingdom.' They said to Him, 'Shall we then, as children, enter the Kingdom?' Jesus said to them, 'When you make the two one, and when you make the inside like the outside and the outside like the inside and the above like the below, and when you make the male and the female and and the same, so that the male not be male nor the female female; and when you fashion eyes in 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 you will enter [the Kingdom].'"
This coming into being of the real you as the body of spirit while, at the same time it perishes as the body of flesh, is a rebirth in which one, once more, becomes a child.
In this becoming a child, one's real self is transformed from a body of flesh to a body of spirit. Unlike the body of flesh, the body of spirit has no up or down, no inside or outside, and no male and female. So, in this transformation of the real self, these twos become ones.
Still, the body of spirit is like the body of flesh in that it has spritual analogs to material eyes, material hands, and material feet. So, in this transformation, there is the fashioning of spiritual eyes in place of a material eye, of a spiritual hand in place of a material hand, and of a spiritual foot in place of a material foot: in short, the fashioning of spiritual likenesses in place of their material likenesses.
Once this transformation is complete, so that the real you is the body of the spirit, then, as the real you is now spiritual rather than material, it can enter into the Kingdom, the place of Repose.
114. Simon Peter said to them, '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.'"
The spirit is male in the sense that it is the inner man. As a result, in the transformation of the real self from the body of flesh to the body of the spirit, if one is a female in terms of the body of flesh, then it is a transformation from being a material female to being a spiritual male.
Any one who is a woman in terms of the body of flesh who makes this transformation to the male body of spirit will be able to enter the Kingdom and, thereby, become a living spirit, i.e., a spirit with eternal life.
46. "Jesus said, 'Among those born of women, from Adam until John the Baptist, there is no one so superior to John the Baptist that his eyes should be lowered (before him). Yet I have said, whichever one of you comes to be a child will be acquainted with the Kingdom and will become superior to John.'"
Anyone whose real self has been tranformed from the body of flesh to the body of spirit and, so, comes to be a reborn child, will, as the body of spirit is spiritually discerning, know about the spiritual Kingdom and, so, will be superior to John the Baptist.
3. "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.'"
One whose real self is the outer man of the body of flesh and is old in days will not hesitate to ask a very recently reborn body of the spirit, a spiritual babe, about the Kingdom and he will learn how to enter into it and eternally live. For many who are first in being born will become last in entering into the Kingdom and all who do enter the Kingdom will be one and the same in the sense that they will all be spirits and, so, will be identical in terms of sex, inside and outside, and up and down.
37. "His disciples said, 'When will You become revealed to us and when shall we see You?' Jesus said, 'When you disrobe without being ahsamed 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.'"
In the rebirth of the body of spirit, making it a spiritual child, it ceases to be a part of the body of flesh, thereby freeing itself from the body of flesh, like a child discarding its clothes. Further, it gains rulership over the body of flesh, like a child stomping on the clothes it has discarded.
The real self of Jesus is discerned by a human spirit that is no longer a part of the body of flesh and, so, is spiritually discerned. This being so, the real self of Jesus is spiritual rather than material.
53. "His disciples said to Him, 'Is circumcision beneficial or not?' He said to them, 'If it were beneficial, their father would beget them already circumcised from their mother. Rather, the true circumcision in spirit has become completely profitable.'"
In the rebirth of the body of spirit, it ceases to be a part of the body of flesh, thereby spiritually circumising itself from the body of flesh in a manner profitable for it to gain eternal life in the Kingdom.
27. "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."
Unless you spiritually fast in the sense of turning your focus away from the material world, you will not be able to enter the spiritual Kingdom. If you do not enter the spiritual Kingdom, which, being the Repose, is where you observe the true Sabbath rest, you will not see the Father: for He, being spiritual, is to be found in the spiritual Kingdom..
43. "His disciples said to him, 'Who are You, that You should say these things to us?' <Jesus said to them,> 'You do not realize who I am from what I say to you, but you have become like the Jews, for they (either) love the tree and hate its fruit (or) love the fruit and hate the tree.'"
Apples come from an apple tree. Pears come from a pear tree. The the words of the Father come from the real Jesus, so he is the Word of the Father.
He is, then, the Son of the Father in the sense that he personifies the speech of the Father.
38 - 39. "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.' Jesus said, 'The Pharisees and the scribes have taken the keys of Knowledge 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.'"
Jesus is present in the material world for a limited period of time. The words he speaks, which are the words of the Father, are the spiritual keys one needs to enter into the Kingdom, which is Knowledge (Gnosis). The Pharisees and the scribes reject these words of the Father, so they neither enter into Knowledge, nor do they teach these words to others, so, in this sense, they also prevent others from entering into Knowledge.
The disciples of Jesus are to act differently. They are to accept these words, so that they can be reborn as spiritually innocent spiritual babes and enter into Knowledge, thereby becoming spiritually wise.
20. "The disciples said to Jesus, 'Tell us what the Kingdom of Heaven is like.' He said to them, 'It is like a mustard seed, the smallest of all seeds. But when it falls on tilled soil, it produces a great plant and becomes a shelter for birds of the sky.'"
The words of the Father are more than just keys to the Kingdom, which is Knowledge. Rather, they are also of the very self of this Knowledge. Further, in a suitably trained human spirit, even the least of these words can grow and multiply in this human spirit until this human spirit is filled with the totality of this Knowledge that is the Kingdom, within which reside immortal spiritual beings.
9. "Jesus said, 'Now the sower went out, took a handul (of seeds), and scattered them. Some fell on the road; the birds came and gathered them up. Others fell on 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 produced good fruit: it bore sixty per measure and a hundred and twenty per measure.'"
When the words of the Father are spoken and human spirits hear them, they will grow and multiply only in those human spirits receptive to them.
96-97. "Jesus [said], 'The Kingdom of the Father is like a certain woman. She took a little leaven, [concealed] it in some dough, and make it into large loaves. Let him who has ears hear.' 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] a road, still some distance from home, the handle of the jar broke and the meal emptied out behind her on the road. She did not realize it; she noticed no accident. When she reached her house, she set the jar down and found it empty.'"
When the Knowledge of the Father, as broken down into her component words of the Father, enters into a receptive spirit and grows and multiplies, the receptive spirit spiritually expands, like bread dough into which yeast has been added. When the Knowledge of the Father, as broken down into her component words of the Father, enters into a non-receptive spirit, this spirit gradually forgets these words until when, it enters into (i.e., is absorbed) by the house of the body of flesh, it has forgotten all of them.
18-19a. "The disciples said to Jesus, 'Tell us how our end will be.' Jesus said, 'Have you discovered, then, the beginning, that you look for the end? For where the beginning is, there will the end be. Blessed is he who will take his place in the beginning; he will know the end and will not experience death.' 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.'"
The material world is transitory, with a beginning and an end. The spiritual world is eternal. There are elect spirits, belonging to the spiritual world, who existed even before the beginning of the material world and who will exist at the end of the material world. These spirits are blessed because they will not experience death. So, then, blessed, then, is the human being whose real self, i.e., the spirit, came into being (in the spiritual world before the beginning of the material world) before this human being came into being (in the material world), for the real self, the spirit, of this human being will still be existing at the end of the mateiral world and, so will not experience death.
These elect one listen to the words of Jesus, which are the words of the Father. Further, these words of the Father are spiritual stones and are personified in the angels. So, possessing the words of the Father, which are personified in the angels, the elect will be served by these spiritual stones.
92-94. "Jesus said, 'Seek and you will find. Yet, what you asked Me about in former times and I did not tell you then, now I do desire to tell, but you do not inquire after it.' <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 grind it [to bits].' Jesus [said], 'He who seeks will find, and [he who knocks] will be let in.'"
Seek the Kingdom and you will find the Kingdom. You used to ask me about this Knowledge and I didn't speak of her then, now I do desire to tell you about Knowledge, but you do not inquire about her. Do not speak her, as the words of the Father that are of her very self and that are a type of spiritual wealth, to the profane, for they will treat these words with disrespect and hostility. The inner man, i.e., the spirit, who seeks Knowledge will find her, and the inner man who knocks on her will be let in.
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