Gnostic Doctrine

Thursday, 14 November 2019

Do not worry Gospel of Thomas Saying 36

36) [Jesus said, "Do not be concerned] from morning [until evening and] from evening [until] morning, neither [about] your [food] and what [you will] eat, [nor] about [your clothing] and what you [will] wear. [You are far] better than the [lilies] which [neither] card nor [spin]. As for you, when you have no garment, what [will you put on]? Who might add to your stature? He it is who will give you your cloak."

Greek text Jesus says, "Do not worry from dawn to dusk and from dusk to dawn about [what food] you [will] eat, [or] what [clothing] you will wear. [You are much] better than the [lilies], which [neither] card nor spin. And for your part, what [will you wear] when you have no garment? Who would add to your stature? It is he who will give you your garment.

Here this Saying is about faith again. Our faith and trust in God to provide all that we need to live. Both natural and spiritual food and clothing. For in such faith, we know that all the situations, circumstances, and events we encounter are a manifestation of God’s will and providence in our lives. (Add from bible). Thus, we learn to meet all circumstances with equanimity, and seek to see the working of Yahweh in all that transpires.

In Genesis 3:21 Yahweh Elohim made coats of skins, and clothed Adam and his wife By the alteration of a single letter in the Hebrew we can read coats of light, the garment of light and this points forward to when the true believers are clothed upon with the robe of light in place of the Adamic coat of skin. The garment is a gift from God the house which is from heaven is the same thing as the robe of light 2Cor 5:1,2 Paul’s desire to put on his house which is from heaven so that he may be clothed and not be found naked this is not being unclothed but further clothed 2Cor 5:4

By this, it signified that, when Yahweh Elohim appointed coats of skins to cover the man's and woman's shame, lambs were slain. Which they were taught to understand were representative of the Seed, who should be slain for the sins of all the faithful; and with whose righteousness they should be clothed, after the type of their covering by the skins of their sacrifices. Thus, from the institution of sacrifice in Paradise until the death of Jesus on the cross, he was typically slain; and the accepted worshippers, being full of faith in the divine promise, like Abel and Enoch, understood to what the slaughtered lambs referred. Their names were consequently written in the remembrance of God (Mal. 3:16; Rev. 17:8; 20:12; 21:27), as inheritors of the kingdom; whose foundation was commenced in Paradise, and has been preparing ever since, that when finished it may be manifested "in Eden the garden of the Lord",

The Lord's covering for sin is "a change of raiment", even "white raiment", which He counsels men to buy, that they may be clothed, and that the shame of their, nakedness do not appear" (Rev. 3:18). He alone can furnish it. His price is that men should believe, and put it on.

The Spirit in Isaiah, speaking of the same class, informs us, that Messiah's mission is, among other things, "to appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness, that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of Yahweh, that he might be glorified" (61:3).

In Apoc. 19:8, it is said of the community, styled "the Lamb's Wife," that "to her it was given, that she should be arrayed in fine linen, pure, and bright." Now, they who constitute "the woman," are "called, and chosen, and faithful" (Apoc. 17:14), "they follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth" (14:4), as his clouds of cavalry, "clothed in fine linen, white, and pure," which is declared to be "the Righteousness of the Saints" (19:14,8); who are "purchased from among men," and made for Deity "kings and priests to reign over the earth." The multitude, symbolized by the Son of Man, attains to this dominion through much tribulation, and by resurrection. When they stand up they have obtained the victory over death and the grave, through him that loved them, and laid down his life for them: they are therefore represented in chapter vii. as "clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands" -- robes "washed, and made white in the blood of the Lamb." Hence, these are robes of salvation and victory. In their mortal state, they put on Christ as a robe, when, having "believed the things of the kingdom of the Deity, and the Name of Jesus Anointed," they were immersed for that name, and into it. They fall asleep in him; and they arise to partake of the nature of his individual "body, of his flesh, and of his bones," that they may be like him (1 John 3:2). When they are clothed with this Spirit-Nature, they are "clothed upon with their habitation, which is from heaven -- mortality being swallowed up under the life or spirit that is poured upon them" (2 Cor. 5:2,4). This is the consummation of their investiture, which begins with their immersion into Christ, and is perfected in their post-resurrectional immortalisation by the Spirit through Jesus. They are then the Body Corporate of God's Kings and Priests, the inhabitation of Eternal Wisdom and Power, clothed in the linen garment of righteousness, honour, majesty, and salvation. Then Zion will have clothed herself with them all as with an ornament, and have bound them on as a bride (Isai. 49:18; 61:10; Psal. 132:16). Ge 9:23 Le 6:10 Es 8:15 Ps 104:2 Ps 109:19 Isa 61:3 Jer 43:12 Eze 18:7 Eze 18:16 Re 1:13

36) Jesus said, "Do not be concerned from morning until evening and from evening until morning about what you will wear [in other words, your soul is worth much more than any raiment in the world, yet the raiment you receive from Christ is worth much more than the soul in the heavens]."

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