Gnostic Doctrine

Thursday, 14 November 2019

The Strong Man Gospel of Thomas Saying 35

Jesus said, "No one can enter the house of the strong man and wreck it without first tying that person's hands. Thereafter, one can ransack the person's house."

Only Jesus was strong enough to overcome the strong man because Jesus bound the devil which is sin in the flesh, the devil kept us as slaves in his house which is the law of sin until Jesus came and destroyed him Heb 2:14-18. Bind his hands=Jesus began to bind the strong man in his life and could share the spoils with us to some extent, although he did so more fully through his death.
Here Jesus is instructing us to bind our demons and passions and to seize its possessions as those of a strong man who is making war within us an internal battle. We must rein in your bestial nature and train the beast according to your inward man. The strong man one’s own bestial nature and evil inclination, it is that very power of ignorance in the human consciousness, the only real devil. We must restrain the evil inclination completely. Only than will our “house” mind, body and heart will become clean and than our life will also become clean and be your own than you will be a holy temple of the living Christ and not only that you can offer it up as a living sacrifice to God. Indeed, we must exercise self-discipline and develop self-control for without self-discipline, one is not free at all but bound to the compulsions f sin in the flesh and constanting to its impulses

35) Jesus said, "It is not possible for anyone [spiritual thief] to enter the house of a strong [faithful and obedient] man and take it by force unless he binds [by covenant (lower/outward (fleshly) forms of entrance (baptism) into a religion] his hands [steals his power while he is in that religion (through false doctrine, customs, traditions etc..)]; then he will (be able to) ransack his house [binding his right hand steals away any spiritual power and authority he receives from Christ while binding his left takes away his own power of reasonin]." 

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