TGU and Thomas: Sayings 23 through 26

Saying 23

Jesus said: I will choose one of you out of a thousand and two of you out of ten thousand. They will stand up and they will be alone.

This one, not so clear, perhaps.

Jesus says, “I will choose,” not “you will self-select.” What do you suppose that is all about? And “they will stand up and they will be alone.”

In context of Jesus teaching of our place in 3D and non-3D, I don’t know. It seems to mean more than merely, “I will notice this or that one.”

Yes. It is not merely a test of Jesus discerning certain individuals who are ready or who have potential. His will enters into it. How? And, why?

I suppose this could refer to a long argument that ensued about salivation through faith as opposed to through works. Christians divided on the question of whether anyone could by righteous living assure salvation, with the consensus being that it would require a combination of the grace of God and a righteous life.

Bear in mind, one and all, that we are not discussing “salvation” here, nor was Jesus, though his words came to be interpreted that way. We – and he – refer to the process of awakening to what you (we) really are; how things really are. “Salvation” put what was 3D/non-3D present-time reality into “3D time-passing” terms.

It makes a difference.

In proper terms, this saying refers to the non-3D’s determining role in a 3D individual’s potential. You have to have potential for it to be realized. If there is no potential, there is nothing there to be realized. You can’t awaken to the true reality of things unless you have the potential to do so, and you can’t get that potential by merely willing to have it. So in that sense, Jesus will select one-tenth of one percent, as, in fact, they saw him doing. Most people could not understand him, but the few he picked had the potential to learn to do so. For the others, he could only lay down parables and teach modes of behavior (love one another) that would aid their development. But you can’t make bricks without straw, so to speak. And then, “they will stand up and they will be alone”?

Separated from the rest of humanity, I suppose.

Yes, true enough. Any more?

Separate in their self-identification, I suppose, as well as in external manifestation.

Externals here actually have nothing to do with it. It is how they will experience themselves that is the point.


Saying 24

His disciples said to him: Show us the place you are, for it is essential for us to seek it. He responded: He who has ears let him hear. There is light within a man of light, and he lights up all of the world. If he is not alight, there is darkness.

Gentlemen, shall we discuss Saying 24?

They said “Show us the place you are, for it is essential that we seek it.” Very perceptive of them, for the statement implies, rightly, that Jesus is not of a different nature than them – certainly not “the only begotten son of God” – but that nonetheless he has something they don’t; is something, lives something, they want to emulate.

The light within a man of light is the difference, and has the potential to light up the world.

Is there a hidden meaning to the light, or “a man of light”?

Only what is obvious, that it is not talking about physical light. That should speak for itself. It is the inner knowing, the inner awareness, that communicates itself to those around the “man of light,” which is what the disciples were becoming. Of course “men of light” includes women; it is not gender-specific except in terms of grammatical and stylistic usage.


Saying 25

Jesus said: Love your brother as your own soul. Protect him as you protect the pupil of your eye.

Is there a particular significance to the comparison of one’s brother to the pupil of one’s eye? That is, does it imply that one’s brother is essential to one’s vision?


And – ?

Remember, 3D and non-3D. The external world – particularly other people as external – reflects to one’s consciousness aspects of oneself, known and unknown. So, the respect one gives to others is, in a very real sense, the respect one gives one’s own nature, known or unsuspected, but either way essential to the 3D person.

So that what is an ethical advice is also an indirect description of reality.

Of course.


Saying 26

Jesus said: You see the splinter in your brother’s eye, but you do not see the log that is in your own eye. Remove the log from your own eye, and then you can see clearly to remove the splinter from your brother’s eye.

In context of the previous saying, I see it differently than I had before. I had seen it as advice to stop projecting. But it is also advice on how to use the external world to gain information on our inner world.

Correct. And that’s enough for the moment.


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