Gnostic Doctrine

Thursday, 14 November 2019

Gospel of Thomas Saying 46

 Jesus said, "From Adam unto John the Baptist there has been none among the offspring of women who has been more exalted than John the Baptist, so that such a person's eyes might be broken. But I have said that whoever among you (plur.) becomes a little one will become acquainted with the kingdom, and will become more exalted than John."

Saying 46
"From Adam to John the Baptist, among those who have been born of women, there is none greater than John the Baptist!

Here Jesus is not speaking very highly of Adam or John but or of any one who is born from below. Adam was born through the spirit of the Deity and mother earth thus he is born from below or born of a woman (mother earth).

But for fear that the eyes <of such a one> should be lost I have said: He who among you becomes a little one will become acquainted with the Kingdom and will become higher than John!"

Here Jesus is not saying that we have to reclaim what Adam lost who was a type of him who was to come just as we in the image of Adam are a type as well for “Our flesh is not true flesh, but only an image of the true” Gospel of Philip Nag Hammadi Scriptures p. 174. 

For our image and flesh to become the antitype we have to put on Christ and become the twin brothers of Christ the second Adam and being flesh of his flesh the true believers are his wife the second eve

Here Jesus is saying that any one who is born from above and become the new man will know the kingdom, and will become more exalted than John. Only when we become a child do we know the kingdom. But here Jesus is not speaking about everyone but the chosen few “for whoever from among you will become a child,” April D. DeConick translation this man will know the kingdom for many are called but few chosen

46)## Jesus said, "Among those born of women [after the flesh], from Adam [who was born of the women when he fell to her temptation] until John the Baptist ["Elijah" who prophesied the consummation of the Old Covenant and the commencement of the New Covenant], there is no one so superior to John the Baptist that his eyes  should not be lowered (before him) [for he was a true prophet of God]. Yet I have said whichever one of you comes to be a child [one of the Elect] will be acquainted with the Kingdom [which is in you] and will become superior to John [being born of spirit]."

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