“The Kingdom is Inside of You, and Outside of You.” — The Gospel of Thomas


Nag Hammadi Codex II, folio 32, the beginning of the Gospel of Thomas

Nag Hammadi Codex II, folio 32, the beginning of the Gospel of Thomas

Jesus said, “If those who lead you say, ‘See, the Kingdom is in the sky,’ then the birds of the sky will precede you. If they say to you, ‘It is in the sea,’ then the fish will precede you.  Rather, the Kingdom is inside of you, and it is outside of you.  When you come to know yourselves, then you will become known, and you will realize that it is you who are the sons of the living Father. But if you will not know yourselves, you dwell in poverty and it is you who are that poverty.”

This is an exert from The Gospel According to Thomas or what has become to be known as The Gospel of Thomas.  This gospel is considered non-canonical.  Per Wikipedia:

It was discovered near Nag Hammadi, Egypt, in December 1945, in one of a group of books known as the Nag Hammadi library. The Gospel of Thomas was found among a collection of fifty-two writings that included, in addition to an excerpt from Plato’s Republic, gospels claiming to have been written by Jesus’s disciple Philip. Scholars have speculated that the works were buried in response to a letter from Bishop Athanasius who for the first time declared a strict canon of Christian scripture.

You can read more about this gospel here.

The introduction states: “These are the hidden words that the living Jesus spoke and Didymos Judas Thomas wrote them down.”  However, some critical scholars believe the reference to Thomas is false and the true author is unknown.

Regardless of the controversy, the words are beautiful and powerful and echoed by other prophets and sages across the ages.

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5 thoughts on ““The Kingdom is Inside of You, and Outside of You.” — The Gospel of Thomas

      • I agree this this Gospel and don’t understand why Constantine and his Roman Priest could have excluded this and the many others they l left out. If anything it confirms and answers questions that Matthew, Mark, Luke and John do not answer. I am a Christian. No Lambserv or other naysayers can change my truth. It is my path although, I believe in a more Gnostic view. Some believe ignorance is bliss. Therefore they will never truly open themselves up to the light and love and the peace of the “the kingdom of Heaven” they can already experience while on this earth instead of waiting on it on the other side. To each his own path. I do not judge others as my path and everyone’s is unique to them. Only an individual can determine their own destiny or path to our God, our Divine Creator of Light and Love. Thank you for posting Jean. xoxoxo Light & Love

    • Sammi replied in part: “If anything it [the Gospel of Thomas] confirms and answers questions that Matthew, Mark, Luke and John do not answer.”

      I would very much like to know about these questions and answers.

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