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THESE ARE THE SECRET SAYINGS THAT THE LIVING JESUS SPOKE AND JUDAS THOMAS THE TWIN RECORDED.[1] JESUS SAID, "WHOEVER FINDS THE INTERPRETATIONS OF THESE SAYINGS WILL NOT TASTE DEATH. [2] "JESUS SAID, "LET ONE WHO SEEKS NOT STOP SEEKING UNTIL ONE FINDS. WHEN ONE FINDS, ONE WILL BE DISTURBED. WHEN ONE IS DISTURBED, ONE WILL BE AMAZED, AND REIGN OVER ALL." [3] JESUS SAID, "IF YOUR LEADERS SAY TO YOU, "BEHOLD, THE KINGDOM IS IN THE SKY," THEN THE BIRDS IN THE SKY WILL GET THERE BEFORE YOU. IF THEY SAY TO YOU, "IT IS IN THE SEA," THEN THE FISH WILL GET THERE BEFORE YOU. RATHER THE KINGDOM IS INSIDE YOU AND OUTSIDE YOU. WHEN YOU KNOW YOURSELVES, THEN YOU WILL BE KNOWN, AND WILL UNDERSTAND THAT YOU ARE THE CHILDREN OF THE LIVING FATHER. BUT IF YOU DO NOT KNOW YOURSELVES, THEN YOU LIVE IN POVERTY, AND EMBODY POVERTY." [4] JESUS SAID, "THE PERSON OLD IN DAYS WON'T HESITATE TO ASK A LITTLE CHILD SEVEN DAYS OLD ABOUT THE PLACE OF LIFE, AND THAT PERSON WILL LIVE. FOR MANY OF THE FIRST WILL BE LAST, AND WILL BECOME A SINGLE ONE." [5] JESUS SAID, "KNOW THAT IS WITHIN YOUR SIGHT, AND WHAT IS HIDDEN FROM YOU WILL BECOME CLEAR TO YOU. FOR THERE IS NOTHING HIDDEN THAT WILL NOT BE REVEALED." [6] HIS DISCIPLES ASKED HIM AND SAID TO HIM, "DO YOU WANT US TO FAST? HOW SHOULD WE PRAY? SHOULD WE GIVE TO CHARITY? WHAT DIET SHOULD WE OBSERVE? JESUS SAID, "DON'T LIE, AND DON'T DO WHAT YOU HATE, BECAUSE ALL THINGS ARE DISCLOSED BEFORE HEAVEN. AFTER ALL, THERE IS NOTHING HIDDEN THAT WILL NOT BE REVEALED, AND THERE IS NOTHING COVERED UP THAT WILL REMAIN UNDISCLOSED." [10] JESUS SAID, "I HAVE THROWN FIRE ON THE WORLD AND, BEHOLD, I AM GUARDING IT UNTIL IT IS ABLAZE." [13] JESUS SAID TO HIS DISCIPLES, "COMPARE ME WITH SOMEONE, AND TELL ME WHO I AM LIKE." SIMON PETER SAID, "YOU ARE LIKE A JUST ANGEL." MATTHEW SAID TO HIM, " YOU ARE LIKE A WISE PHILOSOPHER." THOMAS SAID, ""TEACHER, MY MOUTH IS UTTERLY UNABLE TO SAY WHOM YOU ARE LIKE." JESUS SAID, "I AM NOT YOUR TEACHER. YOU HAVE BECOME INTOXICATED BECAUSE YOU HAVE DRUNK FROM THE BUBBLING SPRING THAT I HAVE TENDED." AND HE TOOK THOMAS AND WITHDREW, AND TOLD HIM THREE THINGS. WHEN THOMAS CAME BACK TO HIS FRIENDS, THEY ASKED HIM, "WHAT DID JESUS TELL YOU?" THOMAS SAID TO THEM, "IF I TELL YOU EVEN ONE OF THE THINGS HE TOLD ME YOU WILL PICK UP ROCKS AND STONE ME. THEN FIRE WILL COME FORTH FROM THE ROCKS AND DEVOUR YOU. [21] MARY ASKED JESUS, "WHAT ARE YOUR DISCIPLES LIKE? HE SAID, "THEY ARE LIKE LITTLE CHILDREN LIVING IN A FIELD THAT IS NOT THEIRS. WHEN THE OWNERS OF THE FIELD COME, THEY TAKE OFF THEIR CLOTHES IN FRONT OF THEM IN ORDER TO GIVE IT BACK TO THEM, AND THEY RETURN THEIR FIELD TO THEM. FOR THIS REASON I SAY, IF THE OWNERS OF A HOUSE KNOW THAT A THIEF IS COMING, THEY WILL BE ON GUARD BEFORE THE THIEF ARRIVES, [22] "JESUS SAW SOME NURSING BABIES. HE SAID TO HIS DISCIPLES, "THESE NURSING BABIES ARE LIKE THOSE WHO ENTER THE KINGDOM." THEY SAID TO HIM, "THEN SHALL WE ENTER THE KINGDOM AS BABIES? JESUS SAID TO THEM, "WHEN YOU MAKE THE TWO INTO ONE, WHEN YOU MAKE THE INNER LIKE THE OUTER AND THE OUTER LIKE THE INNER, AND THE UPPER LIKE THE LOWER, WHEN YOU MAKE MALE AND FEMALE INTO ONE, SO THAT THE MALE WILL NOT BE MALE AND THE FEMALE WILL NOT BE FEMALE, WHEN YOU MAKE EYES REPLACE AN EYE, A HAND REPLACE A HAND, A FOOT REPLACE A FOOT, AND AN IMAGE REPLACE AN IMAGE, THEN YOU WILL ENTER THE KINGDOM. [27] IF YOU DO NOT FAST FROM THE WORLD, YOU WILL NOT FIND THE KINGDOM. "IF YOU DO NOT OBSERVE THE SABBATH AS A SABBATH YOU WILL NOT SEE THE FATHER." [28] JESUS SAID, "I TOOK MY STAND IN THE MIDST OF THE WORLD, AND IN THE FLESH I APPEARED TO THEM. I FOUND THEM ALL DRUNK, AND I DID NOT FIND ANY THIRSTY. MY SOUL ACHED FOR THE CHILDREN OF HUMANITY, BECAUSE THEY CAME INTO THE WORLD EMPTY, AND THEY SEEK TO DEPART FROM THE WORLD EMPTY. BUT MEANWHILE THEY ARE DRUNK. WHEN THEY SHAKE OFF THEIR WINE, THEN THEY WILL CHANGE THEIR WAYS." [29] JESUS SAID, "IF THE FLESH CAME INTO BEING BECAUSE OF THE SPIRIT, THAT IS A MARVEL, BUT IF THE SPIRIT CAME INTO BEING BECAUSE OF THE BODY, THAT IS A MARVEL OF MARVELS. YET I MARVEL AT HOW THIS GREAT WEALTH HAS COME TO DWELL IN POVERTY" [49] JESUS SAID, "BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO ARE ALONE AND CHOSEN: YOU WILL FINDS THE KINGDOM. FOR YOU HAVE COME FROM IT, AND YOU WILL RETURN THERE AGAIN. [51] HIS DISCIPLES SAID TO HIM, "WHEN WILL THE FINAL REST FOR THE DEAD TAKE PLACE, AND WHEN WILL THE NEW WORLD COME?" HE SAID TO THEM, "WHAT YOU LOOK FOR HAS ALREADY COME, BUT YOU DO NOT KNOW IT." [62] JESUS SAID, "I DISCLOSE MY MYSTERIES TO THOSE WHO ARE WORTHY OF MY MYSTERIES.[67] JESUS SAID, WHOEVER KNOWS EVERYTHING BUT LACKS WITHIN, LACKS EVERYTHING." [70] JESUS SAID, "IF YOU BRING FORTH WHAT IS WITHIN YOU, WHAT YOU HAVE WILL SAVE YOU. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE THAT WITHIN YOU, WHAT YOU DO NOT HAVE WITHIN YOU WILL KILL YOU." [70] JESUS SAID, "I AM THE LIGHT THAT IS OVER ALL THINGS. I AM ALL: ALL CAME FORTH FROM ME. SPLIT A PIECE OF WOOD,AND I AM THERE. PICK UP A STONE, AND YOU WILL FIND ME THERE." [82] JESUS SAID, "WHOEVER IS CLOSE TO ME IS CLOSE TO THE FIRE, AND WHOEVER IS FAR FROM ME IS FAR FROM THE KINGDOM. [83] JESUS SAID,"IMAGES ARE VISIBLE TO PEOPLE, BUT THE LIGHT WITHIN IS HIDDEN IN THE FATHER'S IMAGE OF LIGHT. HE WILL REVEAL HIMSELF, BUT HIS IMAGE IS HIDDEN BY HIS LIGHT." [84] JESUS SAID, "WHEN YOU SEE A LIKENESS OF YOURSELF, YOU ARE HAPPY. BUT WHEN YOU SEE THE IMAGES THAT CAME INTO BEING BEFORE YOU, AND THAT NEITHER DIE NOR BECOME VISIBLE, HOW MUCH YOU WILL BE ABLE TO TOLERATE." [97] JESUS SAID, "THE FATHER'S KINGDOM IS LIKE A WOMAN CARRYING A JAR FULL OF MEAL. WHILE SHE WAS WALKING ALONG A DISTANT ROAD, THE HANDLE OF THE JAR BROKE AND THE MEAL SPILLED OUT BEHIND HER ALONG THE ROAD. SHE DIDN'T KNOW IT; SHE HADN'T NOTICED A PROBLEM. WHEN SHE REACHED HER HOUSE, SHE PUT THE JAR DOWN AND DISCOVERED IT WAS EMPTY. [98] JESUS SAID, "THE FATHER'S KINGDOM IS LIKE THE PERSON WHO WANTS TO KILL SOMEONE POWERFUL. WHILE STILL AT HOME HE DRAWS HIS SWORD AND THRUSTS IT INTO THE WALL TO FIND OUT WHETHER HIS HAND WOULD GO IN. THEN HE KILLED THE POWERFUL ONE." [111] JESUS SAID, "THE HEAVENS AND THE EARTH WILL ROLL UP IN YOUR PRESENCE, AND WHOEVER IS LIVING FROM THE LIVING ONE WILL NOT SEE DEATH. DOES NOT JESUS SAY, THOSE WHO HAVE FOUND THEMSELVES, OF THEM THE WORLD IS NOT WORTHY?"

Why My Interest?
About 5-6 years ago I was sitting in a cathedral and a woman came over and started talking, she asked me if I ever thought about what happened in Jesus's early life as a child and I honestly had not. I was at the library a few days later and I stumbled across the Infancy Gospel of Thomas (my other page). I got reading it and there was a reference to the Gospel of Thomas. This was all new information to me as it is to a lot of people and that is why I put it on my page. I found the discovery of scriptures were, even though the church said were not official, quite interesting to read and explore. I also had a spiritual experience that I had no explanation for and the one section above that is underlined shed some light on that experience. Due to copyrights I only have parts that I felt were different from what Matthew, Mark, Luke or John had already recorded and not the whole version. Below are some links to those links.

The Gospel of Thomas For Full Translation Of Thomas's Gospel
(Click on the number on the right for each verse)
More Information on Thomas's Gospel Reluctant Messenger
Noncanonical Early Christian Literature
Pseudonymous Writings Old Testament Apocrypha
Old Testament Pseudepigrapha New Testament Acts
Apocryphal Apocalypse Apocryphal NT Gospels
Other Links to Related Sites The Nag Hammadi Library

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