I am going through some – perhaps all? – of the verses from the beautiful Gospel of Thomas to share what comes up for me. I may also give a commentary or response from a few different viewpoints to make it more interesting. The Gospel of Thomas is thought to be older than the four gospels in the New Testament and may be a source for these.
These are the secret sayings that the living Jesus spoke and Didymos Judas Thomas recorded.From The Gnostic Society Library, translated by Stephen Patterson and Marvin Meyer
This is the introduction to the 114 verses of the Gospel of Thomas.
Why are they secret sayings?
Perhaps because they won’t resonate with so many. They resonate with those who are ready. The ones who intuit their true nature, or have tasted it, or even consciously live within it.
Most likely, these are the types of pointers Jesus gave to his close disciples and followers.
Others later wrote the gospels that would later be selected for the New Testament as we know it today. And they, reasonably enough, wrote it from a more conventional view so it would be accessible to more people.
One doesn’t exclude the other. It’s good we have both. Thank God we have both.