Jesus does not bring peace Gospel of Thomas Saying 16

Jesus said: Perhaps men think that I am come to cast peace upon the world; and they do not know that I am come to cast dissensions upon the earth, fire, sword, war. For there will be five who are in a house; three shall be against two and two against three, the father against the son and the son against the father, and they shall stand as solitaries.

The Lord did not come to throw peace upon the world nor even bring loving harmony to families. In saying 16 we hear of the nearness of God’s judgement and Jesus’ role as God’s agent of judgement. Fire plays a dominant role in God’s retributive and punitive actions of judgement in the last days. The fire, sword, and war came in 70 CE and will come again.

For early Christians and true believers today their foes are they of his own house. For a submissive son, for the sake of salvation, should separate from unbelieving relatives and friends and associates. Thus at the time of the end families will be chaotic and shall be in disarray.

“They will stand as a single one” The standing is a metaphor for anastasis a Greek word meaning standing up this word is translated resurrection in the NT.

The single one is the one body or the multitudinous Christ. For in the text of the GTh it says “they” and they are a group a celibate people.

There is another meaning to this saying and saying 10 it has to do with our interior battle with our passions, our demons that we need to cast out, see Gal 5:16-21 or anything that has us in its power i.e. drink and drugs, TV or anything that stops us for add more

We have with in us an evil root it may or may not have budded within you? But by the word of God we may kindle a fire to destroy the evil root. Also in saying 7 the lion could be compared to the beast in Rev 13 who has a mouth of a lion which is the beast within us for which is a a man’s number and he who understands not is like the beast that perish. (Psa 49:12,20 ) And in Daniel 7 the lion is made to stand up like a man and a man’s heart was given to it. All of this has nothing to do with a personal devil but the thinking of the flesh which is the Bible devil.

Jesus does not bring peace to the world but fire sword war (Saying 16)

16)## Jesus said, "Men think [in their carnal reasoning], perhaps, that it is peace which I have come to cast upon the earth [what He cast upon the earth was the Word - the seeds of Truth]. They [the outward reasoning men] do not know [are not able to discern] that it is dissension which I have come to cast upon the earth [this is the result of the myriads of carnal, errant interpretation so the Word which opens up a spiritual battleground]: fire [which sears one's conscience as a refiners tool or burns up those who are condemned], sword [of Truth which divides asunder], and war [within our members]. For there will be five in a house: three [those who reconcile the OT and the NT with the Hidden higher/internal (spiritual) meanings of the Word as completely supportive of each other] will be against two [the OT and the NT in their lower/outward forms], and two against three, the father [of the Jews and Christo-pagans (the devil) who are stuck on the "Letter" of both the OT and NT still using outward forms] against the son [the Elect who have the Keys of Knowledge and the hidden meanings of the Word], and the son against the father. And they will stand solitary [they cannot mix - the "letter" (lower/outward {fleshly} form) kills while the spirit of truth (higher/inward (spiritual) substance) of the Word gives life - on the other hand to stand alone or solitary may elude to the final result of both of these groups coming together as one in the end]." 

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