The Kingdom of heaven is Near

It is now time to repent.
From heaven, He did descend.
Turn away from your sins.
Make way for the living springs.
John the Baptist said it right before.
Then even Jesus, the same message echoed.
Started His ministry.
With this same prophecy. 

In the gospel, repent and believe.
Then, the Holy Spirit, you shall receive.
It is so near, His Kingdom.
Unlike the palace of Buckingham.
Not just some physical structure.
This kingdom is right here.
For you and me, the kingdom is already within.
Just don't grieve the Spirit by revelling in mortal sin.

Jesus said it was better if He died and went away.
Because He would go to the Father, and send the Spirit with us to stay.
True to His word, He sent the Helper.
To dwell and breathe life into every believer.
This way He is with each believer always.
Till the end of time, with us in every phase.
All you have to do is believe and repent.
And from heaven, tongues of fire shall descend.

The Spirit Himself,
In us to dwell.
So, the Kingdom of God to us has already come.
That phase, at pentecost has already begun.
Don't fear, the kingdom of God is near.
All you have to do is volunteer.
Thy Kingdom Come.
Thy Will Be Done.

-RUELHA 
www.ruelha.com 
(Inspired by Matthew 4:17) 
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It is my desire to study the four gospels. Writing poems helps me put some thought into it thereby making it fun to learn and remember. I was stuck on the book of Matthew for years and never really completed more than the first five chapters until I began writing ‘the Matthew Series‘. Now, I’m revising the contents of the book of Mathew by writing another series of poems titled ‘Inspired by Matthew‘. This one will not be as comprehensive as ‘the Matthew Series’ and may not be in an orderly sequence. This particular poem is the eighth in the series. I hope you enjoy reading each piece as much as I did writing them.

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  1. Matthew 4:17 Per the Kingdom of Heaven at Hand
    Looking above the Birds Will Precede
    Us… Yes Looking Below the Fish of the
    Ocean Will Precede We Paraphrased
    Now From the Gospel of Thomas
    Locked Away for Almost
    2,000 Years not Copied
    by Scribes for Centuries
    Yet Still Very True to Much
    of the Revised Versions of the
    New Testament to Date For True
    the Kingdom of Heaven is Within
    And the Dance And Song of Your
    Words in Flow Surely Reflects this Best
    Part i Discern as Your Soul and of course
    Anyone else’s Too for Souls Reflect the Waves
    of the Ocean this Way As Above So Below Spiraling
    Arms of Galaxies too As Surely Alpha Thru Omega Means All
    is Whole
    NoW And
    Connecting
    This Way it’s
    Just that Some
    Folks Don’t Look Within
    Enough to Find this Kingdom
    With No Time, Distance, Space or
    Even Matter Separating Us from an
    Actual Feel And Sense One With All that is God Nature

    Yes,

    From:

    Eternally
    Now to: Eternity MoRE NoW..:)

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    1. I haven’t really read the gospel of Thomas and I’m not acquainted with it Fred….maybe I will sometime…but I do believe that we can find God in the silence of our hearts and the stillness of a calm mind and the peace of a tranquil soul.🙏🏼🎀😃🙏🏼🎀😃

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      1. Hehe, Ruelha. Loving the Spirit of the Story of Jesus
        As You Surely Relate So Well You Do, i’m Intuiting
        You Will See that Spirit in the Gospel of Thomas
        And Relate the Same in Your Own
        Personal Discernment of
        Course… HAha.. hope
        you aren’t too busy
        as when you
        start reading
        the 114 Verses
        That Comprise it.. You Might
        Not Be Able to Stop… Smiles, There are some folks
        who are of strictly the Mechanical Cognition Accounting
        Mind of Letters and Numbers of Only Concrete Deep in Metaphor
        of Left Brain Thinking And Then There is the Ocean Whole Expanse
        oneness of The Metaphor of Right Brain Thinking So Far Removed from
        the World of Competition In Aims And Goals And Ambitions of Basically
        Making Pay Grades, Pay Rates, And Currencies so far Away From Love (God)
        In All that is Altruistic Social Empathic Artistic SoUL HeART And SPiRiT iN iMaGiNaTioN
        And Creativity That Does Dwell as the Kingdom of Heaven And God Within Us Farther

        Than Any

        Stone of

        Concrete Letters

        And Numbers Still Sunk

        At the Bottom of the Ocean

        Never Now RiSinG to See More

        Out of Poverty of Soul Within Now…

        A Wonderful ‘Thing’ A Most Amazing now

        Truth in Light is that Science Now Agrees

        With Most of the ‘Secret Sayings’ as Attributed

        To Jesus in the Gospel of Thomas Untouched by

        Scribe Mistakes and Intentional Changes and Revisions

        Over Centuries Hence since Words First Writing… Smiles

        It is Obvious that You Are Gifted With More now than Just

        ‘The Western Way’ in Left Brain Metaphor of Mechanical Tool Cognition

        For True Without These Colors of Soul Many Only See A Fundamental

        Black and White View of Not Only The Words attributed to the Story of Jesus

        But A True Poverty of Soul Not Reborn to All of what We Are inherited to be

        Children of God Nature Creating More Wings for God to Feel, Sense, and See

        Without eyes or ears; Without Distance, Space, Time or Matter

        Truly A ‘Quantum View’ Beyond all ‘Mechanics’ Dear FRiEnD

        iN Art of God Breathing Nature Paint, Brush, Painting Us

        How Amazing it is that Folks are able to put

        This Reality in Words Thousands of

        Years ago as Science is only

        Now Just Emerging

        From Diapers

        of Seeing

        The Eternal

        NoW iN Deed Without Death…

        To Be Sure i don’t Agree that all of the Words in Flow
        Below Match my View of God Nature but many Surely
        Do for How my Soul interprets the Colors of Other Words..

        Haha.. Other than that Ain’t Copy And Paste Grand in Technology
        of Mechanical Cognition that All the ‘Geeks and Nerds Truly Drones’
        Creating Avenues to Carry Light of Soul Through Fiber Optic Cables
        Feeding Honey to All of Us to Wear Crowns of Love As Kings Queens Bee
        What A Gift it is in all the Gifts We Receive to Give to Each Other this way..
        i am always amazed with just a press of one Button i am able through this
        Prepared Way through the Blood, Sweat, Tears of Mechanical Cognition
        that i am able to Copy and Paste 338,630 Words off Free Verse Poetry
        And 300 Beautiful Beach Photos at one touch of the Longest
        Blog Post i created i named ‘GodsUniVerseNovel3’ Just a
        Prep in the 3rd Month of 2016 before i dared Name the 10
        Coming Subchapters of 8.5 MiLLioN Word
        ‘SonG oF mY Soul’ as Bible Poems too truly
        in 2020 Clear View as the Christmas 10th
        Subchapter i will name “Grand
        Cross Bible 2020” A Song in Mass
        Yesterday on 10.4.2020 Sunday Replies
        in Words Attributed to JeSuS As ‘Lift High the Cross’
        my Christian ‘Friends’ from Where i Live Say What i do is
        of No Value.. in Neither Letter of Word or Weight of Effort in
        Flow so Very True as i only play by the Value of the Grade
        of Love the Pay Rate of Love and The Currency of Love
        That is no Aim, Ambition, or Goal but Loving Now for
        True Eternally Loving Now is No Secret Eternally
        Loving Now is the Reality of Never Dying
        Now in Spirit of SouL Breathing HeART
        To LiVE This Way Eternally Now
        Forever more Is surely Worth
        Both Now The Gift of the Flesh
        Breathing as
        Long
        as
        Love Sees
        And Carries on
        in Other EYes We Touch of Soul…
        Seriously someone where i live who calls themselves
        A Christian Got mad Because i don’t Support ‘Trump
        Teaching’ Visiting My Blog for Years Finally Telling Truth
        That he Sees no Value in the Cross i lift as small as Letters
        in Words of Love and What i Name 10 Bibles Just For Fun…

        Hehe..
        Just in
        Flow Breathing
        Love Eternally Now
        Just the Fumes left
        over Scattered Shells of my Soul Dance Song Coloring Breath…

        SMiLes Dear Ruehla FRiEnD Ya Sure don’t have to Go to
        Church to ‘Do Jesus’ as it’s true Then When i did Serve Shoes
        At that Military Bowling Center for almost 2 Decades Church
        Groups Would Come in to Bowl and More than
        Once just by the way i treated everyone Living
        Church Leaders Named me then As A Best
        Example of a ‘Christian’ they’ve Seen i didn’t
        tell them that i missed Church for 23 Years then
        And Going back i must say i didn’t miss anything
        About LoVE iN Church in the Last 7 Years Not missing
        A Mass Weekend Even in Video way of Covid-19 Shut-Down
        Nope.. No Greater Than Love A Twinkle in an Eye with at least
        Enough Responsibility to ‘Wear A Mask’ of Sanitizing Shoes then
        too.. hehe.. as the Priest says he Respects ‘the Sanctity of Life’ still
        Now Viewing the First Two Pews Many Folks Still Unmasked as the
        President Doesn’t Require folks still to respect the Sanctity of Breathing
        Life for it’s True i respect the Value of the Handshake of the Adult With
        Down’s Syndrome with a Smile who only Knows Love is the Greatest Force

        Within
        that Love
        Breathes
        And Truly
        Sees and Defends
        And Protects All Loving
        Breath to Love Free And ‘See’
        in Will This Shouldn’t have to be a ‘Secret’..:)

        “They Will Know We aRe Christians by Our Love”

        It’s Simple Now
        Without Love That
        Gives And Shares Free
        Respecting the Right of All
        Others to Love With Least Harm
        too.. THere is no ‘Love of Jesus and or God’ too That Breathes

        It’s A Matter of Empathy, Sympathy, And Compassion and
        inDeed Cognitive Empathy that Understands that All Shoes
        Do Not ‘See’, Feel, and Sense Heaven now the same way for
        True it seems Hell is Closer to Some Folk’s Version of Heaven…
        And Misery And Suffering in Fear And Hate is all Some Folks Still Sadly See…

        It’s True there
        is Dark LoVE NoW
        And Light Love Too..
        So Hard it is For Each
        of those Loves to meet in Balance Now and Help
        Each Other See the ‘Secrets’ that Make them BReaTHE LoVE More or less….

        “These are the secret sayings which the living Jesus spoke
        and which Didymos Judas Thomas wrote down.

        1) And He said, “Whoever finds the interpretation of these
        sayings will not experience death.”

        2) Jesus said, “Let him who seeks continue seeking until he
        finds. When he finds, he will become troubled. When he becomes
        troubled, he will be astonished, and he will rule over the All.”

        3) 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.”

        4) Jesus said, “The man old in days will not hesitate to ask a
        small child seven days old about the place of life, and he will
        live. For many who are first will become last, and they will
        become one and the same.”

        5) Jesus said, “Recognize what is in your sight, and that which
        is hidden from you will become plain to you. For there is nothing
        hidden which will not become manifest.”

        6) His disciples questioned Him and said to Him, “Do you want
        us to fast? How shall we pray? Shall we give alms? What diet
        shall we observe?”
        Jesus said, “Do not tell lies, and do not do what you hate,
        for all things are plain in the sight of Heaven. For nothing
        hidden will not become manifest, and nothing covered will remain
        without being uncovered.”

        7) Jesus said, “Blessed is the lion which becomes man when
        consumed by man; and cursed is the man whom the lion consumes,
        and the lion becomes man.”

        8) And He said, “The Kingdom is like a wise fisherman who cast
        his
        net into the sea and drew it up from the sea full of small fish.
        Among them the wise fisherman found a fine large fish. He threw
        all the small fish back into the sea and chose the large fish
        without difficulty. Whoever has ears to hear, let him hear.”

        9) Jesus said, “Now the sower went out, took a handful (of
        seeds), and scattered them. Some fell on the road; the birds came
        and gathered them up. Others fell on the rock, did not take root
        in the soil, and did not produce ears. And others fell on thorns;
        they choked the seed(s) and worms ate them. And others fell on
        the good soil and produced good fruit: it bore sixty per measure
        and a hundred and twenty per measure.”

        10) Jesus said, “I have cast fire upon the world, and see, I am
        guarding it until it blazes.”

        11) Jesus said, “This heaven will pass away, and the one above
        it will pass away. The dead are not alive, and the living will
        not die. In the days when you consumed what is dead, you made it
        what is alive. When you come to dwell in the light, what will you
        do? On the day when you were one you became two. But when you
        become two, what will you do?”

        12) The disciples said to Jesus, “We know that You will depart
        from us. Who is to be our leader?”
        Jesus said to them, “Wherever you are, you are to go to
        James the righteous, for whose sake heaven and earth came into
        being.”

        13) Jesus said to His disciples, “Compare me to someone and tell
        Me whom I am like.”
        Simon Peter said to Him, “You are like a righteous angel.”
        Matthew said to Him, “You are like a wise philosopher.”
        Thomas said to Him, “Master, my mouth is wholly incapable of
        saying whom You are like.”
        Jesus said, “I am not your master. Because you have drunk,
        you have become intoxicated by the bubbling spring which I have
        measured out.”
        And He took him and withdrew and told him three things. When
        Thomas returned to his companions, they asked him, “What did
        Jesus say to you?”
        Thomas said to them, “If I tell you one of the things which
        he told me, you will pick up stones and throw them at me; a fire
        will come out of the stones and burn you up.”

        14) Jesus said to them, “If you fast, you will give rise to sin
        for yourselves; and if you pray, you will be condemned; and if
        you give alms, you will do harm to your spirits. When you go into
        any land and walk about in the districts, if they receive you,
        eat what they will set before you, and heal the sick among them.
        For what goes into your mouth will not defile you, but that which
        issues from your mouth – it is that which will defile you.”

        15) Jesus said, “When you see one who was not born of woman,
        prostrate yourselves on your faces and worship him. That one is
        your Father.”

        16) Jesus said, “Men think, perhaps, that it is peace which I
        have come to cast upon the world. They do not know that it is
        dissension which I have come to cast upon the earth: fire, sword,
        and war. For there will be five in a house: three will be against
        two, and two against three, the father against the son, and the
        son against the father. And they will stand solitary.”

        17) Jesus said, “I shall give you what no eye has seen and what
        no ear has heard and what no hand has touched and what has never
        occurred to the human mind.”

        18) The disciples said to Jesus, “Tell us how our end will be.”
        Jesus said, “Have you discovered, then, the beginning, that
        you look for the end? For where the beginning is, there will the
        end be. Blessed is he who will take his place in the beginning;
        he will know the end and will not experience death.”

        19) Jesus said, “Blessed is he who came into being before he
        came into being. If you become My disciples and listen to My
        words, these stones will minister to you. For there are five
        trees for you in Paradise which remain undisturbed summer and
        winter and whose leaves do not fall. Whoever becomes acquainted
        with them will not experience death.”

        20) The disciples said to Jesus, “Tell us what the Kingdom of
        Heaven is like.”
        He said to them, “It is like a mustard seed, the smallest of
        all seeds. But when it falls on tilled soil, it produces a great
        plant and becomes a shelter for birds of the sky.”

        21) Mary said to Jesus, “Whom are Your disciples like?”
        He said, “They are like children who have settled in a field
        which is not theirs. When the owners of the field come, they will
        say, ‘Let us have back our field.’ They (will) undress in their
        presence in order to let them have back their field and give it
        back to them. Therefore I say to you, if the owner of a house
        knows that the thief is coming, he will begin his vigil before he
        comes and will not let him into his house of his domain to carry
        away his goods. You, then, be on your guard against the world.
        Arm yourselves with great strength lest the robbers find a way to
        come to you, for the difficulty which you expect will (surely)
        materialize. Let there be among you a man of understanding. When
        the grain ripened, he came quickly with his sickle in his hand
        and reaped it. Whoever has ears to hear, let him hear.”

        22) Jesus saw infants being suckled. He said to His disciples,
        “These infants being suckled are like those who enter the
        Kingdom.”
        They said to Him, “Shall we then, as children, enter the
        Kingdom?”
        Jesus said to them, “When you make the two one, and when you
        make the inside like the outside and the outside like the inside,
        and the above like the below, and when you make the male and the
        female one and the same, so that the male not be male nor the
        female female; and when you fashion eyes in the place of an eye,
        and a hand in place of a hand, and a foot in place of a foot, and
        a likeness in place of a likeness; then will you enter [the
        Kingdom].”

        23) Jesus said, “I shall choose you, one out of a thousand, and
        two out of ten thousand, and they shall stand as a single one.”

        24) His disciples said to Him, “Show us the place where You are,
        since it is necessary for us to seek it.”
        He said to them, “Whoever has ears, let him hear. There is
        light within a man of light, and he (or “it”) lights up the whole
        world. If he (or “it”) does not shine, he (or “it”) is darkness.”

        25) Jesus said, “Love your brother like your soul, guard him
        like the pupil of your eye.”

        26) Jesus said, “You see the mote in your brothers eye, but you
        do not see the beam in your own eye. When you cast the beam out
        of your own eye, then you will see clearly to cast the mote from
        your brother’s eye.”

        27) “If you do not fast as regards 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 place in the midst of the world, and
        I appeared to them in the flesh. I found all of them intoxicated;
        I found none of them thirsty. And My soul became afflicted for
        the sons of men, because they are blind in their hearts and do
        not have sight; for empty they came into the world, and empty too
        they seek to leave the world. But for the moment they are
        intoxicated. When they shake off their wine, then they will
        repent.”

        29) Jesus said, “If the flesh came into being because of spirit,
        it is a wonder. But if spirit came into being because of the
        body, it is a wonder of wonders. Indeed, I am amazed at how this
        great wealth has made its home in this poverty.”

        30) Jesus said, “Where there are three gods, they are gods.
        Where there are two or one, I am with him.”

        31) Jesus said, “No prophet is accepted in his own village; no
        physician heals those who know him.”
        32) Jesus said, “A city being built on a high mountain and
        fortified cannot fall, nor can it be hidden.”

        33) Jesus said, “Preach from your housetops that which you will
        hear in your ear {(and) in the other ear}. For no one lights a
        lamp and puts it under a bushel, nor does he put it in a hidden
        place, but rather he sets it on a lampstand so that everyone who
        enters and leaves will see its light.”

        34) Jesus said, “If a blind man leads a blind man, they will
        both fall into a pit.”

        35) Jesus said, “It is not possible for anyone to enter the
        house of a strong man and take it by force unless he binds his
        hands; then he will (be able to) ransack his house.”

        36) Jesus said, “Do not be concerned from morning until evening
        and from evening until morning about what you will wear.”

        37) His disciples said, “When will You become revealed to us and
        when shall we see You?”
        Jesus said, “When you disrobe without being ashamed and take
        up your garments and place them under your feet like little
        children and tread on them, then [will you see] the Son of the
        Living One, and you will not be afraid”

        38) Jesus said, “Many times have you desired to hear these words
        which I am saying to you, and you have no one else to hear them
        from. There will be days when you look for Me and will not find
        Me.”

        39) Jesus said, “The Pharisees and the scribes have taken the
        keys of Knowledge and hidden them. They themselves have not
        entered, nor have they allowed to enter those who wish to. You,
        however, be as wise as serpents and as innocent as doves.”

        40) Jesus said, “A grapevine has been planted outside of the
        Father, but being unsound, it will be pulled up by its roots and
        destroyed.”

        41) Jesus said, “Whoever has something in his hand will receive
        more, and whoever has nothing will be deprived of even the little
        he has.”

        42) Jesus said, “Become passers-by.”

        43) His disciples said to him, “Who are You, that You should say
        these things to us?”
        “You do not realize who I am from what
        I say to you, but you have become like the Jews, for they
        (either) love the tree and hate its fruit or love the fruit and
        hate the tree.”

        44) Jesus said, “Whoever blasphemes against the Father will be
        forgiven, and whoever blasphemes against the Son will be
        forgiven, but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not
        be forgiven either on earth or in heaven.”

        45) Jesus said, “Grapes are not harvested from thorns, nor are
        figs gathered from thistles, for they do not produce fruit. A
        good man brings forth good from his storehouse; an evil man
        brings forth evil things from his evil storehouse, which is in
        his heart, and says evil things. For out of the abundance of the
        heart he brings forth evil things.”

        46) Jesus said, “Among those born of women, from Adam until John
        the Baptist, there is no one so superior to John the Baptist that
        his eyes should not be lowered (before him). Yet I have said
        whichever one of you comes to be a child will be acquainted with
        the Kingdom and will become superior to John.”

        47) Jesus said, “It is impossible for a man to mount two horses
        or to stretch two bows. And it is impossible for a servant to
        serve two masters; otherwise he will honor the one and treat the
        other contemptuously. No man drinks old wine and immediately
        desires to drink new wine. And new wine is not put into old
        wineskins, lest they burst; nor is old wine put into a new
        wineskin, lest it spoil it. An old patch is not sewn onto a new
        garment, because a tear would result.”

        48) Jesus said, “If two make peace with each other in this one
        house, they will say to the mountain, ‘Move Away,’ and it will
        move away.”

        49) Jesus said, “Blessed are the solitary and elect, for you
        will find the Kingdom. For you are from it, and to it you will
        return.”

        50) Jesus said, “If they say to you, ‘Where did you come from?’,
        say to them, ‘We came from the light, the place where the light
        came into being on its own accord and established [itself] and
        became manifest through their image.’ If they say to you, ‘Is it
        you?’, say, ‘We are its children, we are the elect of the Living
        Father.’ If they ask you, ‘What is the sign of your father in
        you?’, say to them, ‘It is movement and repose.'”

        51) His disciples said to Him, “When will the repose of the dead
        come about, and when will the new world come?”
        He said to them, “What you look forward to has already come,
        but you do not recognize it.”

        52) His disciples said to Him, “Twenty-four prophets spoke in
        Israel, and all of them spoke in You.”
        He said to them, “You have omitted the one living in your
        presence and have spoken (only) of the dead.”

        53) His disciples said to Him, “Is circumcision beneficial or
        not?”
        He said to them, “If it were beneficial, their father would
        beget them already circumcised from their mother. Rather, the
        true circumcision in spirit has become completely profitable.”

        54) Jesus said, “Blessed are the poor, for yours is the Kingdom
        of Heaven.”

        55) Jesus said, “Whoever does not hate his father and his mother
        cannot become a disciple to Me. And whoever does not hate his
        brothers and sisters and take up his cross in My way will not be
        worthy of Me.”

        56) Jesus said, “Whoever has come to understand the world has
        found (only) a corpse, and whoever has found a corpse is superior
        to the world.”

        57) Jesus said, “The Kingdom of the Father is like a man who had
        [good] seed. His enemy came by night and sowed weeds among the
        good seed. The man did not allow them to pull up the weeds; he
        said to them, ‘I am afraid that you will go intending to pull up
        the weeds and pull up the wheat along with them.’ For on the day
        of the harvest the weeds will be plainly visible, and they will
        be pulled up and burned.”

        58) Jesus said, “Blessed is the man who has suffered and found
        life.”

        59) Jesus said, “Take heed of the Living One while you are
        alive, lest you die and seek to see Him and be unable to do so.”

        60) a Samaritan carrying a lamb on his way to Judea.
        He said to his disciples, “(Why does) that man (carry) the lamb
        around?”
        They said to him, “So that he may kill it and eat it.”
        He said to them, “While it is alive, he will not eat it, but
        only when he has killed it and it has become a corpse.”
        They said to him, “He cannot do so otherwise.”
        He said to them, “You too, look for a place for yourself
        within the Repose, lest you become a corpse and be eaten.”

        61) Jesus said, “Two will rest on a bed: the one will die, and
        other will live.”
        Salome said to him, “Who are You, man, that You, as though
        from the One, have come up on my couch and eaten from my table?”
        Jesus said to her, “I am He who exists from the Undivided. I
        was given some of the things of my Father.”
        “I am Your disciple.”
        “Therefore I say, if he is ,
        he will be filled with light, but if he is divided, he will be
        filled with darkness.”

        62) Jesus said, “It is to those [who are worthy of My] mysteries
        that I tell My mysteries. Do not let your left hand know what
        your right hand is doing.”
        63) Jesus said, “There was a rich man who had much money. He
        said, ‘I shall put my money to use so that I may sow, reap,
        plant, and fill my storehouse with produce, with the result that
        I shall lack nothing. Such were his intentions, but that same
        night he died. Let him who has ears hear.”

        64) Jesus said, “A man had received visitors. And when he had
        prepared the dinner, he sent his servant to invite guests. He
        went to the first one and said to him, “My master invites you.’
        He said, ‘I have claims against some merchants. They are coming
        to me this evening. I must go and give them my orders. I ask to
        be excused from the dinner.’ He went to another and said, ‘My
        master has invited you.’ He said to him, ‘I have just bought a
        house and am required for the day. I shall not have any spare
        time.’ He went to another and said to him, ‘My master invites
        you.’ He said to him, ‘My friend is going to get married, and I
        am to prepare the banquet. I shall not be able to come. I ask to
        be excused from the dinner.’ He went to another and said to him,
        ‘My master invites you.’ He said to him, ‘I have just bought a
        farm, and I am on my way to collect the rent. I shall not be able
        to come. I ask to be excused.’ The servant returned and said to
        his master, ‘Those whom you invited to the dinner have asked to
        be excused.’ The master said to his servant, ‘Go outside to the
        streets and bring back those whom you happen to meet, so that
        they may dine.’ Businessmen and merchants will not enter the
        Places of My Father.”

        65) He said, “There was a good man who owned a vineyard. He
        leased it to tenant farmers so that they might work it and he
        might collect the produce from them. He sent his servant so that
        the tenants might give him the produce of the vineyard. They
        seized his servant and beat him, all but killing him. The servant
        went back and told his master. The master said, ‘Perhaps
        did not recognize .’ He sent another servant. The tenants
        beat this one as well. Then the owner sent his son and said,
        ‘Perhaps they will show respect to my son.’ Because the tenants
        knew that it was he who was the heir to the vineyard, they seized
        him and killed him. Let him who has ears hear.”

        66) Jesus said, “Show me the stone which the builders have
        rejected. That one is the cornerstone.”

        67) Jesus said, “Whoever believes that the All itself is
        deficient is (himself) completely deficient.”

        68) Jesus said, “Blessed are you when you are hated and
        persecuted. Wherever you have been persecuted they will find no
        Place.”

        69) Jesus said, “Blessed are they who have been persecuted
        within themselves. It is they who have truly come to know the
        Father. Blessed are the hungry, for the belly of him who desires
        will be filled.”

        70) Jesus said, “If you bring forth what is within you, what you
        bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is
        within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.”

        71) Jesus said, “I shall destroy [this] house, and no one will
        be able to rebuild it.”

        72) [A man said] to Him, “Tell my brothers to divide my father’s
        possessions with me.”
        He said to him, “O man, who has made Me a divider?”
        He turned to His disciples and said to them, “I am not a
        divider, am I?”

        73) Jesus said, “The harvest is great but the laborers are few.
        Beseech the Lord, therefore, to send out laborers to the
        harvest.”

        74) He said, “O Lord, there are many around the drinking trough,
        but there is nothing in the cistern.”

        75) Jesus said, “Many are standing at the door, but it is the
        solitary who will enter the bridal chamber.”

        76) Jesus said, “The kingdom of the Father is like a merchant
        who had a consignment of merchandise and who discovered a pearl.
        That merchant was shrewd. He sold the merchandise and bought the
        pearl alone for himself. You too, seek his unfailing and enduring
        treasure where no moth comes near to devour and no worm
        destroys.”

        77) Jesus said, “It is I who am the light which is above them
        all. It is I who am the All. From Me did the All come forth, and
        unto Me did the All extend. Split a piece of wood, and I am
        there. Lift up the stone, and you will find Me there.”

        78) Jesus said, “Why have you come out into the desert? To see a
        reed shaken by the wind? And to see a man clothed in fine
        garments like your kings and your great men? Upon them are the
        fine [garments], and they are unable to discern the truth.”

        79) A woman from the crowd said to Him, “Blessed are the womb
        which bore You and the breasts which nourished You.”
        He said to her, “Blessed are those who have heard the word
        of the Father and have truly kept it. For there will be days when
        you will say, ‘Blessed are the womb which has not conceived and
        the breasts which have not given milk.'”

        80) Jesus said, “He who has recognized the world has found the
        body, but he who has found the body is superior to the world.”

        81) Jesus said, “Let him who has grown rich be king, and let him
        who possesses power renounce it.”

        82) Jesus said, “He who is near Me is near the fire, and he who
        is far from Me is far from the Kingdom.”

        83) Jesus said, “The images are manifest to man, but the light
        in them remains concealed in the image of the light of the
        Father. He will become manifest, but his image will remain
        concealed by his light.”

        84) Jesus said, “When you see your likeness, you rejoice. But
        when you see your images which came into being before you, and
        which neither die not become manifest, how much you will have to
        bear!”

        85) Jesus said, “Adam came into being from a great power and a
        great wealth, but he did not become worthy of you. For had he
        been worthy, [he would] not [have experienced] death.”

        86) Jesus said, “[The foxes have their holes] and the birds have
        [their] nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head
        and rest.”

        87) Jesus said, “Wretched is the body that is dependant upon a
        body, and wretched is the soul that is dependent on these two.”

        88) Jesus said, “The angels and the prophets will come to you
        and give you those things you (already) have. And you too, give
        them those things which you have, and say to yourselves, ‘When
        will they come and take what is theirs?'”

        89) Jesus said, “Why do you wash the outside of the cup? Do you
        not realize that he who made he inside is the same one who made
        the outside?”

        90) Jesus said, “Come unto me, for My yoke is easy and My
        lordship is mild, and you will find repose for yourselves.”

        91) They said to Him, “Tell us who You are so that we may
        believe in You.”
        He said to them, “You read the face of the sky and of the
        earth, but you have not recognized the one who is before you, and
        you do not know how to read this moment.”

        92) Jesus said, “Seek and you will find. Yet, what you asked Me
        about in former times and which I did not tell you then, now I do
        desire to tell, but you do not enquire after it.”

        93) “Do not give what is holy to dogs, lest they
        throw them on the dung-heap. Do not throw the pearls to swine,
        lest they grind it [to bits].”

        94) Jesus [said], “He who seeks will find, and [he who knocks]
        will be let in.”

        95) [Jesus said,] “If you have money, do not lend it at
        interest, but give [it] to one from whom you will not get it
        back.”

        96) Jesus [said], “The Kingdom of the Father is like a certain
        woman. She took a little leaven, [concealed] it in some dough,
        and made it into large loaves. Let him who has ears hear.”

        97) Jesus said, “The Kingdom of the [Father] is like a certain
        woman who was carrying a jar full of meal. While she was walking
        [on] a road, still some distance from home, the handle of the jar
        broke and the meal emptied out behind her on the road. She did
        not realize it; she had noticed no accident. When she reached her
        house, she set the jar down and found it empty.”

        98) Jesus said, “The Kingdom of the Father is like a certain man
        who wanted to kill a powerful man. In his own house he drew his
        sword and stuck it into the wall in order to find out whether his
        hand could carry through. Then he slew the powerful man.”

        99) The disciples said to Him, “Your brothers and Your mother
        are standing outside.”
        He said to them, “Those here who do the will of My Father
        are My brothers and My mother. It is they who will enter the
        Kingdom of My Father.”

        100) They showed Jesus a gold coin and said to Him, “Caesar’s men
        demand taxes from us.”
        He said to them, “Give Caesar what belongs to Caesar, give
        God what belongs to God, and give Me what is Mine.”

        101) “Whoever does not hate his father and his
        mother as I do cannot become a disciple to Me. And whoever does
        [not] love his father and his mother as I do cannot become a
        [disciple] to Me. For My mother [gave me falsehood], but [My]
        true [Mother] gave me life.”

        102) Jesus said, “Woe to the Pharisees, for they are like a dog
        sleeping in the manger of oxen, for neither does he eat nor does
        he let the oxen eat.”

        103) Jesus said, “Fortunate is the man who knows where the
        brigands will enter, so that he may get up, muster his domain,
        and arm himself before they invade.”

        104) They said [to Jesus], “Come, let us pray today and let us
        fast.”
        Jesus said, “What is the sin that I have committed, or
        wherein have I been defeated? But when the bridegroom leaves the
        bridal chamber, then let them fast and pray.”

        105) Jesus said, “He who knows the father and the mother will be
        called the son of a harlot.”

        106) Jesus said, “When you make the two one, you will become the
        sons of man, and when you say, ‘Mountain, move away,’ it will
        move away.”

        107) Jesus said, “The Kingdom is like a shepherd who had a
        hundred sheep. One of them, the largest, went astray. He left the
        ninety-nine sheep and looked for that one until he found it. When
        he had gone to such trouble, he said to the sheep, ‘I care for
        you more than the ninety-nine.'”

        108) Jesus said, “He who will drink from my mouth will become
        like Me. I myself shall become he, and the things that are hidden
        will become revealed to him.”

        109) Jesus said, “The Kingdom is like a man who had a [hidden]
        treasure in his field without knowing it. And [after] he died, he
        left it to his son. The son did not know (about the treasure). He
        inherited the field and sold [it]. And the one who bought it went
        plowing and found the treasure. He began to lend money at
        interest to whomever he wished.”

        110) Jesus said, “Whoever finds the world and becomes rich, let
        him renounce the world.”

        111) Jesus said, “The heavens and the earth will be rolled up in
        your presence. And one who lives from the Living One will not see
        death.” Does not Jesus say, “Whoever finds himself is superior to
        the world?”

        112) Jesus said, “Woe to the flesh that depends on the soul; woe
        to the soul that depends on the flesh.”

        113) His disciples said to Him, “When will the Kingdom come?”
        “It will not come by waiting for it. It will
        not be a matter of saying ‘Here it is’ or ‘There it is.’ Rather,
        the Kingdom of the Father is spread out upon the earth, and men
        do not see it.”

        114) Simon Peter said to Him, “Let Mary leave us, for women are
        not worthy of Life.”
        Jesus said, “I myself shall lead her in order to make her
        male, so that she too may become a living spirit resembling you
        males. For every woman who will make herself male will enter the
        Kingdom of Heaven.”

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