Meaning of Thomas 11 Eludes Scholars
“When you come into the light, what will you do?” riddles Yeshua at Thomas 11. Too little commentary exists for this cryptic logion. When challenged to explore the meaning of Thomas 11, most scholars either dust off an end times analogy or wave the Gnostic flag and retreat. Foul ball. Any good scholar knows that the Gnostics believe creation is corrupt and matter is vile. For them, a human body cannot “come into the light.”
Yes, Thomas 11 is pure Christ. The problem? This passage has no precise corollary in Scripture. It’s also one of the most radical and least understood logia in Thomas, or any of Christ’s teachings. But it isn’t Gnostic, and it’s not about the end of the world. Has no one solved Yeshua’s riddle?
Yeshua says: This sky shall be made to pass away, and the one above it shall be made to pass away. And the dead are not alive, and the living shall not die. In the days when you consumed the dead, you transformed it to life—when you come into the light, what will you do? On the day when you were united, you became divided—yet when you have become divided, what will you do?
How does one come into the light?
Christ’s passage at Thomas 11 contains levels of meaning intended for heaven and kingdom seekers alike. Due to the depth of Yeshua’s teachings here, this article covers two distinct subjects.
Part I: The Meaning of Thomas 11
Part II: How to Manifest the Light
Let’s start with an obvious question. “Doesn’t the light just come?” The light always comes. You are made of light. Indeed, nothing exists but the light. If your heart beat just now, the light is coming into you. And yet, like any of the Lord’s teachings, ascension involves work on your part. When you seek the kingdom, you must come into the light through your own initiative, and sense the physical presence of God around and inside your body.
All of Christ’s teachings in Gospel of Thomas concern the path to the kingdom. The general meaning of Thomas 11 is essential to every seeker: prepare now for transition to the higher world. Yeshua’s revelation of the light, however, is a priceless gift. In the same way that our bodies transform dead matter into life (consciousness), Thomas 11 reveals that human beings also possess the ability to transform life into light (God’s consciousness).
Part I: the Meaning of Thomas 11
Scripture casts little light on the meaning of Thomas 11. After three years of struggle, my patience bore fruit. Of course your journey is different from mine. In the end, your own beliefs will bring you into the light. Hold fast to your inner truths while you read these words.
#1 This sky shall be made to pass away, and the one above it shall be made to pass away.
I know a man in Christ, who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven. Whether it was in the body or out of the body I do not know—God knows. And I know that this man—whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, but God knows—was caught up to paradise and heard inexpressible things, things that no one is permitted to tell. — 2 Corinthians 12:1-3
Thomas 11 is not an end-times prophecy. It’s the seeker’s journey. Many hidden realms are revealed to you when you set course for the kingdom of God. As your journey progresses, you’ll experience ever higher levels of being, such as Paradise, which Apostle Paul compares to a bodily (physical) state of being.
#2 And the dead are not alive, and the living shall not die.
Similar to Christ’s canonical teachings, 'Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.' (Matthew 7:13-14)two roads are present in the meaning of Thomas 11: heaven, via the broad road, and the kingdom of God by way of the narrow road. Since this commentary pertains mainly to kingdom seekers, it is aimed at those on the narrow road.
As your journey intensifies, you may encounter images of unfamiliar beings. Some of them are your past “relatives,” remnants of your soul’s previous mortal When you perceive your images, which have come into being from your Origin—which neither die nor represent—to what extent will they depend upon you? (Thomas 84)companions. These beings failed to bind with the soul (the Holy Spirit) in life, and thus did not attain the inheritance. Though their images can be disturbing, your soul or teacher may ask you to help out. This is a daunting aspect of the work. Honor all beings, both living and spiritual, as God’s children. Treat everyone with love, respect, and kindness.
#3 In the days when you consumed the dead, you transformed it to life—when you come into the light, what will you do?
You will transform life into light. Gospel of Phillip resolves Yeshua’s riddle at Thomas 11:
The true person consumes life—therefore no one nourished in the truth* shall die. Yeshua came from within that place, and he brought nourishment from there. And to those whom he wished he gave their lives, so that they not perish. — Philip 99
The two roads continue to play a role in the meaning of Thomas 11.
Broad Road—Heaven, via Death
Those who lived by ingesting the wisdom of the unenlightened (the “dead”), will come into the light by consuming the living truth: Christ’s word. On the broad road, although we 'I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die...' (John 11:25)will taste death, some part of our being is said to live on. The Christian ritual of the Eucharist stems from this teaching. In truth, all things are Christ—not just consecrated bread. When you believe in this concept, and truly “live it,” you will shift to the narrow road.
Narrow Road—Kingdom, via Life
Those who live the Word bind the material self to the Holy Spirit. In this case, you '...and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?' (John 11:26)will not taste death. During this process, your soul may ask you to invite into your body (consume) those past life images described at #2. Your call to start consolidating—to help your spirit (and you) become whole—is an encouraging sign.
* Truth: the 'I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.' (John 6:51)living bread.
#4 On the day when you were united, you became divided…
Like Adam and Eve before they separated, you were born into the divine marriage of one flesh. Body and soul were one being. You didn’t judge or hate, and everything fascinated you. This is the image of the little 'These little children who are being suckled are like those who will enter the Sovereignty' (Thomas 22) (Matthew 18:3)child, whom Christ taught is like those who will enter the kingdom of God. As you got older, man’s deathly wisdom coaxed you to judge others, to divide the Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. (John 1:3)body of Christ into “good” and “evil” things. Worry and fear took hold. The cure, you soon learned, was material love. When that failed you, the onslaught of toxic wisdom caused you to separate from your soul.
#5 …yet when you have become divided, what will you do?
Become united. We repair the damage to our bond with the soul by accepting that everything and everyone is an aspect of God. Because we do not know the future, humans cannot determine true good from true evil. So try to love and appreciate everyone. When you leave all judgment to God, you will come into the light—and merge more fully with your soul. As you reattain the state of one flesh, the little child returns. This condition is necessary to enter the kingdom of God.
This concludes Part I, The Meaning of Thomas 11.
Part II: How to Manifest the Light
During the time leading up to Christ’s Ascension, the Risen Lord’s physical body displays amazing qualities. Yeshua can enter sealed rooms, appear and disappear at will, and travel long distances much faster than those on foot. At the same time, his earthly body can do all of the things ours can. Yeshua eats, drinks, walks, talks, and cooks fish for the Disciples. Finally, he After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight. (Acts 1:9)ascends to the heavens. This is the image of the divine race God creates at Genesis 1:27—as well as those who will inherit '...they shall inherit the earth' (Matthew 5:5)physical life in the kingdom of God.
Consume the life and come into the light!
Yeshua reveals the It is necessary to arise in this flesh, as everything exists within it. (Philip 25)light body at Thomas 11. Besides his heavenly wisdom, many of Christ’s lessons contain Yeshua says: Come unto me, for my yoga is natural and my lordship is gentle—and you shall find repose for yourselves. (Thomas 90, Matthew 11:28-30)yogic practices. When I saw the meaning of Thomas 11, I viewed it as a mind-body exercise. I used breath control and simple meditation. Because so much of Scripture concerns eating and ingesting not just food but Christ himself, I chose that approach. This required time, and total belief in Christ’s word.
Experiment with this practice until it works for you. God’s light is a subtle and fragile energy. Barking dogs or beeping phones can destroy your meditation. Don’t despair and do not give up, whether it’s days, weeks, or months before you sense the light. Always remember that you are 'You are the light of the world.' (Matthew 5:14)made of light.
During my early practice, the best results came while lying on my back, arms at my side, palms upturned. As it grew more natural, I found I could manifest the light anywhere. Now, even when I feel a sudden pain or cramp, I breathe light into it and the pain subsides. With Father’s help, of course.
Basic Light-Making Meditation
When relaxed, inhale deeply into your solar plexus area. Use that deep breath to draw the life force of your entire body—head, chest, fingers and toes—into the solar plexus. As you do so, think consume the life. Hold a moment. As you exhale, think transform to light. Hold again. The solar plexus handles everything; do not shift attention from there.
If you are able, hold the moment as long as possible. Do not inhale just yet. Feel the light explode outward from the solar plexus into all parts of the body. In my case, the light may create a circular current, waves, a left-to-right or head-to-toe motion. Or all of these at once. Although I believe it’s a requirement, the mantra (consume the life/transform to light), feels rather cumbersome. Still, I’ve been able to shorten that to thinking life, then light, on each inhale and exhale.
The light is quite intelligent. It knows where to go. Even so, I can direct the light to heal a specific body part. In this case, I “inhale” life energy from a painful area or a worrisome organ. When the light manifests, it leaves the solar plexus and heads straight for that area. Head, eyes and chest are the primary means of spiritual connection. I always make sure these get a good deal of light. Aches, injury, chronic pain or skin conditions also respond well to this practice.
The light can heal your world, and others’ too.
Light generated within the solar plexus can also can transform your outer world. Combine the principles of Thomas 22, “make the inside as the outside,” to direct the light outward. You may also heal from a distance. In the latter case, with permission from Upstairs, I become the subject. When the subject is inside of me and I’m in the subject, I employ the same practice described above. In this case, I don’t direct the light. By itself, the light will reveal the area of the subject’s injury or emotional issue. While it bathes that part of my own body, I ask the Holy Spirit to direct the light back to the subject.
More Light-Making Tips
a) The thought, “I am not doing this,” is very important. Always remind yourself that any power you have comes from God. Your results will improve.
b) The light is a living being. Light is sentient and reactive, but do not treat it as a servant. Talk, or think to it. Welcome the light when it comes, love it, and thank Father or Master or Mother for sending it.
c) Try to consume the life for an hour or more each day. Break it up if you like. Once it gets going, it’s quite astonishing. Luminous clouds of light may form in the air around you. The clouds may also enter your body. Do not fear. Rejoice! You have fulfilled the prophecy in great power and glory.
“At that time people will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory.”
“When you come into the light, what will you do?”
Creating a spiritual light body, as Christ did, is a lifelong task. For devout seekers, just working with the light will reduce worry and fear and energize your life. One catch. You’ll need a partner. It’s hard to manifest anything without a conscious, loving bond with your immortal soul.
Those who are separated shall be mated and the empty shall be filled. Everyone who enters the Bedroom shall be born in the light… If one does not receive it in these places, he will not be able to obtain it in the other place.
Enjoy your journey into the light. It’s very real.
— Andrew Michael