Gnostic Doctrine

Sunday, 10 November 2019

a blind man Gospel of Thomas Saying 34

Jesus says: "If a blind man leads another blind man, both of them fall into a ditch."

In this saying Jesus is speaking not only of faith, but of knowledge as well. Faith is the beginning of the enlightenment, but accurate knowledge is the fruit the realization of the Christ-self within oneself. We must seek from the Lord the healing of our spiritual blindness and darkness which all of have being born with called sin in the flesh, in order that the light of the good news shine upon us. He must "buy gold tried in the fire; and white raiment, that he may be clothed, and that the shame of his nakedness do not appear; and anoint his eyes with eye-salve, that he may see." (Rev 3:18) In other words, he must believe "the things concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ"; follow the example of the Samaritans and be baptized into the name of Jesus Christ; and thenceforth perfect his faith by his works, as Abraham did. He will then be a lamp, well oiled and trimmed, and fit to shine forth as a glorious light at the marriage of the Lamb.

Accepting the message of salvation and devoting ourselves to God through Christ and being baptized in water is only the beginning of our exercise of faith. It is only the beginning of our obedience to God. It sets us on the path to everlasting life, but it does not mean our final salvation,

We must pray and meditate upon the word of God, seeking the fulfilment of our faith in true knowledge of the living Christ. it is spoken as a warning to all disciples. The object lesson of the one must be noted for the guidance of every follower of the Lord. It is a warning of the dangers of being leaders and teachers, which all teachers should take to heart Thus it is not blind faith like that of the orthodox churches of Christianity.

But faith alone can not save us, if we do not have works it is dead like the body without the spirit James 2:14,17,26

We are saved by grace as well as faith, now this is twofold we must do our part so that God can do his part Php 2:12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

Ehp 2:7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works [that is of the law of Moses], lest any man should boast.
10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works [the works of faith], which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

From this we lean that faith and good works are done in this age, but grace is give to us in the age to come. Eph 2:7 1pet 1:5,9,13 Heb 11:1,13,39,40

34) Jesus said, "If a [spiritually] blind man leads a [another spiritually] blind man, they will both fall into a pit [as neither of these have the Keys of Knowledge nor the life in them]."

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