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Monday, 7 January 2019

The Light that is above them all The Gospel of Thomas Saying 77

The Gospel of Thomas Saying 77

77. Jesus said, "I am the light that is over all things. I am all: from me all came forth, and to me all attained.
Split a piece of wood; I am there.
Lift up the stone, and you will find me there."

Light "Jesus identifies himself with light (cf. John 8.12; 9.5), which is tremendously important in Thomas: 11.3b; 24.3; 50.1; 61.5; 83.1-2. Jesus is not only the light of the world (cf. John 1.9; 8.12); all things cohere in him (Colossians 1.17) and he embodies the fulness of deity (cf. Colossians 2.9). As I have said in saying 50 Jesus became the light at is baptism and after his resurrection in Mt #11:27 16:28 28:18 Jesus says that all things were given into his hand or all authority in heaven and on earth was give to him this happen at his baptism and after his resurrection from the dead and when he was born from above and later ascended to heaven and he saite down at the right hand of god and fill all things Da 7:14 Eph 4: 8-11 on the same theme #13:3 17:2 Ge 41:44,55 Ps 2:8 Isa 9:6,7 Mt 11:27 28:18 Lu 10:22 1Co 15:27 Eph 1:22 Php 2:9-11 Heb 1:2 2:8,9 1Pe 3:22

All-things (see Eph 4: 8-11 Phil. 2:9; Col. 1:18). The same allusion is found in Col. III, 11: 'Christ is all and in all.'" Jesus speaks of himself in highly exalted terms, as he often does in the Gospel of John (for example, John 8:12; He does fill all things in the sense that He is the source of all blessing, the sum of all virtues, and the supreme Sovereign over all. "There is not a place between the depth of the cross and the height of the glory which He has not occupied," 10:7) the 'All' (note Thomas 67) Such ideas, of course, had currency elsewhere in early Christian circles as well (note John 8:12; Rom 11:36; 1 Cor 8:6).

“Everything came forth from me, and everything return to me.” cp. Saying 49 82 Jesus claims to be mediator at creation (cf. Romans 11.36; 1 Cor. 8:6; Col. 1:16). Which "creation"? The "New Creation: see 2Co 5:17; Gal 6:15; Eph 2:10,15; 4:24; Col 3:10; Jam 1:18. New creation Passages using "ktisis" ("creation"): Col 1:16,17; Gal 6:15; 2Co 5:17; Jam 1:18; Eph 2:10,14,15; 4:24. Other similar passages: 2Co 4:4-6; Isa 51:6,16; 45:7,11,12,13; 42:5,6; Psa 102:18,25-28.

All this recalls the role of wisdom. The presence of Jesus as it is described in vv. 2-3 echoes Matt. 18.20; 28.20 - but in that passage, too, there is a wisdom background." 
“Split a piece of wood, and I am there. Lift up the stone, and you will find me there."” The Greek version inserts the words about wood and stone at the end of Saying 30 to indicate that Jesus is present with his disciples, or with one disciple. The meaning is approximately the same: Jesus is everywhere." 

Therefore, this saying is about the ultimate supremacy of Jesus. Moreover, it is only though his baptism, death and resurrection that all authority was given to him. Right now, he is tangibly at the right hand of God but by the Holy Spirit Jesus has universal power and providence He is in wood and under stones.

Alternatively, as the “I am the All,” “I am everything”, “I am all-thing” Jesus is everywhere present. Jesus now has an invisible presence that fills all things before Jesus had take on this roll an angel had this job the angel of the presence of Yahweh but now being one with the Father in will and essenes by the spirit Jesus now controls everything in heaven above and on the earth below. Note Christ has pre-eminence even over angels (Col 2:18). They have been "created" (i.e., reordered, rearranged) by Christ. Jesus’ invisible presence is spread abroad in the heavens and on earth by the spirit whereby Jesus extends his influence in the universe by the will of the Father and in harmony with him. Thus, Jesus controls everything and now being one with the Father, he now fully knows the will of the Father so Jesus by the will of the Father controls the higher power of the world Rom 13:1 add more about this and also add something about light here 
Mt #11:27 16:28 Ps 2:6-9 89:19,27 110:1-3 Isa 9:6,7       #Lu 1:32,33 10:22 Jn 3:35 5:22-27 13:3 17:2 Ac 2:36 10:36       #Ro 14:9 1Co 15:27 Eph 1:20-22 Php 2:9-11 Col 1:16-19 Heb 1:2 2:8 1Pe 3:22 Re 11:15 17:14 19:16 

(Epiphanius, Pan., 26, 3, 1): 'In all things I am scattered, and from wherever you wish you collect me.' compare saying 113 Rather, the Kingdom of the Father is spread out upon the earth, and men do not see it." The eucharist is Jesus. For he is called in Syriac "Pharisatha," which is "the one who is spread out," for Jesus came to crucify the world. Gospel of Philip the word Pharisatha literally means broken bread but can also mean “that which is spread out“ and here is a reference to the Large loaves of bread in saying 96 (cp. Odes of St. Solomon 27:1-2 I stretched out my hands and sanctified my Lord; for the extension of my hands is his sign; Didache 16:6 will appear the signs of the truth: first the sign of stretched-out hands in heaven, then the sign of a trumpet‘s blast, and thirdly the resurrection of the dead, though not of all the dead [], but as it has been said 7 “Yahweh will come and all his holy ones with him.” Zech 14:5 “Than the world will see the Lord coming on the clouds of the sky.”) 

77) Jesus said, "It is I [the Word of God] who am the light [the Truth] which is above them all [the worlds luminaries]. It is I who am the All [for nothing came into being until the Word came forth in the beginning - "Let there be light"]. From Me [the Word, the light] did [knowledge of the] the All come forth [His Word passed through His prophets since the first Adam until Messiah (the Old Testament - stone tablets)], and unto Me did the All extend [through the New Testament (parchments)]. Split [discern both the lower/outward (fleshly) meaning and the upward/inward (spiritual) meaning] a piece of wood [the New Testament], and I am there. Lift up [examine, elevate, accept, proclaim how it points to the advent of Messiah] the stone [the Old Testament], and you will find Me there [for "In the beginning was the Word"]."

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