Saying 3 from the Gospel of Thomas: A Contemplation

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Saying 3 - The kingdom is within us


Jesus said, "If those who lead you (plur.) say to you, 'See, the kingdom is in heaven,' then the birds of heaven will precede you. If they say to you, 'It is in the sea,' then the fish will precede you. But the kingdom is inside of you. And it is outside of you. "When you become acquainted with yourselves, then you will be recognized. And you will understand that it is you who are children of the living father. But if you do not become acquainted with yourselves, then you are in poverty, and it is you who are the poverty."’

Within and around us, right here and now, is where we want to be, is where God’s reign is, God’s kingdom upon us.

We need not search far to become a better person; who we are right now is the perfect person we need to accept and love to allow evolution into the next moment’s edition of our perfect self.

It begins with the knowing that I am God’s child, a most beloved child, whose every need is mapped out in the intricacy of the grand scheme of things ordered by God’s unconditional love for every being. A spring of comfort and loving security pours forth from every heart that sincerely contemplates on God’s unconditional love and His universe’s unfailing nurturing.

It is as if God loves each one like there is no other.

In accepting who and what I am, in being unconditionally loving and forgiving of myself, I see a beneficent universe arise to meet me every moment. In turn, an outpouring of gratitude, joy, peace and contentment. Unconditional love of others becomes possible.

When I forget to accept and be grateful for all that God has given, I forget to be what I truly am---loving. I forget joy. I look for something else, a something else that can only be found in a future time that may never come.

The kingdom of God is within.

I shall then seek His kingdom within, to fulfill His will on earth, as it is fulfilled in heaven. In fulfilling, miracles abound, all around. Nothing is asked, everything is given. Joy arrives with the fulfillment of His glory. His glory is our joy.

Our passion is our soul’s desire to fulfill God’s kingdom within.

Love is its own joy. Joy is its own peace, contentment.

Loving no longer entails sacrifice; loving merely seeks its own fulfillment.

Loving grows on its own momentum, self finding Self.

God’s kingdom within.


“And you will understand that it is you who are children of the living father.”

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Ericdierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Thomas is cool.

Thomas was definitely doubting Thomas. But not for a second did he doubt the power of Love. It is almost like he wants us to believe that if we are in Love all the other stuff is irrelevant. hmmm


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Quirinus 4 years ago from Sitting on the Rug Author

Thomas' Gospels have been in the back of my mind for reading material possibly decades ago. Finally, Soul leads me to a free copy (link embedded at the top). His teachings are definitely thought provoking and has a way of pointing/alluding to how to develop a dynamic relationship with an unconditionally loving God by discovering the texts' "obscure sayings"/hidden teaching/profound wisdom. In other words, in the short span of time I've known his gospel, I've become a fan.

Thanks for the magnanimous rating and for honoring the page with your presence, Eric!


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Ericdierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

I like the Gospel of Thomas but I look forward to really learning it through your hubs.


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Quirinus 3 years ago from Sitting on the Rug Author

Mostly, this hub is to rekindle interest in Thomas' Gospel. His make a rich material for writing; I just hope I knew what to write specifically about. Will nonetheless hub as insights arrive, if any. Maybe it does need some serious reading on my end.

Appreciate your kind and very encouraging words, Eric. Thanks!


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Ericdierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Hey good buddy, Do not get all writers block on us. Be confident that what Thomas speaks to you is worthy of our contemplation.


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Quirinus 3 years ago from Sitting on the Rug Author

Very sagely advice, thanks Friend!


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SeanBrook 3 years ago from Vancouver, BC, Canada

Why wasn't this Gospel included in the Roman version of the Bible,

I wonder...hmmmm?

I believe that you will find heaven within (with the help of a true Teacher,

God works thru people) and THEN you will find yourself!

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