Gnostic Doctrine

Thursday, 1 November 2018

Forgiveness in the Gospel of Thomas

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."

Here in saying 44 there is no forgiveness of sin for those who blasphemes against the holy spirit

104. They said to Jesus, "Come, let us pray today, and let us fast."Jesus said, "What sin have I committed, or how have I been undone? Rather, when the groom leaves the bridal suite, then let people fast and pray."

Forgiveness is closely related to sinning to be forgive one has to have sinned
Forgiveness comes by praying

28 Jesus said: I stood in the midst of the world, and I appeared to them in the flesh. I found them all drunk; I found none of them thirsting, and my soul was afflicted for the sons of men; for they are blind in their heart, and they do not see that they came empty into the world, (and) empty they seek to leave the world again. But now they are drunk. When they have thrown off their wine, they will repent.

Repentance is a change of heart
When you have repented you will be forgiven
So Repentance is also closely related to forgivenness 

(25) Yeshua said, Love your brother like your soul. Protect that person like the pupil of your eye.

Love your brother like your soul is found in

Luke 10:27 So he answered and said, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’ and ‘your neighbour as yourself.’

Jesus is quoting from Lev 19:18 however if we just look at Lev 19:34 The stranger who dwells among you shall be to you as one born among you, and you shall love him as yourself; for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.

it is clear that "brother" includes the stranger or "alien resident" -- that is, the Gentile: "Love him as yourself, for you were alien residents in the land of Egypt."

To love your neighbour, brother in faith, and fellow man must involve forgiveness

(26) Yeshua said, You see the speck in your brother’s eye but not the beam in your own eye.

When you take the beam out of your own eye, then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye

Do not be so quick to judge”

He is saying--you see the faults in others, but you do not judge yourself. Once you realize your own faults, and correct them, then you can judge others fairly as well.

love and forgiveness does not involve a judgemental attitude

37 His disciples said, "When will you be shown forth to us and when shall we behold you?" Jesus said, "When you strip naked without being ashamed, and take your garments and put them under your feet like little children and tread upon them, then [you] will see the child of the living. And you will not be afraid

forgiveness is a process. It’s more like taking off a garment and putting on another, then taking off a garment, and putting on another. It’s not a simple case of amnesia at all. The good news about the process is that just maybe, there’s something crucial to be learned in what we might see as a unexciting process. That might be why God doesn’t grant an immediate and instantaneous release. Maybe spiritual health comes in the process more than the result.

Here in saying reflects early Christian baptismal practice at the ceremony of baptism a believer goes in to the water naked and when someone is baptised they are baptised into Christ into his death and just as Christ was raised from the dead by the Father even so we also should walk in newness of life, knowing that our old man was crucified with him that the body of sin might be done away with. so The undressing mentioned here relates to When we put off the old man we put on the new man which is Christ or the Christ consciousness the Christ-self.

The Striping naked refers to the "the filthy garments" that is clothed with "the flesh of sin," in which, Paul tells us "dwells no good thing." both morally and corporeal the moral garment we have to take off for ourselves but The corporeal garment is a gift from God. therefore to Strip naked refers to putting off the old man and putting on the new man which is the mind of Christ

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