Monday 15 April 2024

seeks rule and rest Gospel of Thomas Saying 2

[Jesus said], "Let him who seeks continue [seeking until] he finds. When he finds, [he will be amazed. And] when he becomes [amazed], he will rule. And [once he has ruled], he will [attain rest]."

The Journey of Seeking, Finding, and Reigning in the Kingdom of God

In the teachings attributed to Jesus, there lies a profound message about the journey of seeking, finding, and ultimately reigning in the Kingdom of God. This journey, filled with mystery and revelation, is intricately woven throughout the biblical texts, inviting seekers to delve deeper into the truths hidden within.

Jesus urges his followers with timeless wisdom: "Let him who seeks continue seeking until he finds" (Matthew 7:7). This call to persistence in seeking echoes throughout the Scriptures, inviting individuals to embark on a quest for the Kingdom of God. In Matthew 6:33, Jesus specifically directs his disciples to "seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you."

Yet, the nature of this seeking is not merely a casual inquiry but a laborious endeavor to uncover the profound truths concealed within the Word of God. It is a journey that requires diligence and perseverance, as Jesus alludes to in his teaching: "Let him who seeks [toils/labours for the true meaning of these words] continue seeking until he finds." (Matthew 7:7)

As seekers delve deeper into the mysteries of God's Kingdom, they are confronted with a profound realization—the recognition of their own shortcomings and the revelation of the truth. This revelation often brings about a sense of turmoil and astonishment, as individuals come face to face with the reality of their own depravity. Jesus alludes to this transformative process, stating, "When he finds [the meaning], he will become troubled, and he will be astonished" (Matthew 7:7).

The journey of seeking and finding leads to a transformative experience—a shift in perspective and understanding that culminates in reigning in the Kingdom of God. Jesus speaks of this profound outcome, stating, "When he becomes troubled, he will be astonished, and he will reign over the All" (Matthew 7:7).

This reign is not one of worldly power or dominance but of spiritual authority and understanding. It is a reign over the self, over the illusions of the world, and over the forces of darkness. As co-heirs with Christ, believers are called to share in his reign, participating in the establishment of God's Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.

The concept of ruling over the all encompasses two significant aspects. Firstly, it entails a discernment of the fallacies and deceptions of the world, casting off the shackles of ignorance and fear. This newfound wisdom grants believers spiritual authority over the systems of this world, allowing them to see through the illusions of power and control.

Secondly, ruling over the all involves a journey of transformation and sanctification, guided by the Spirit of God. Through repentance and obedience to the Word, believers are refined and prepared to reign with Christ in his Kingdom. As it is written, "And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations" (Revelation 2:26).

In conclusion, the journey of seeking, finding, and reigning in the Kingdom of God is a transformative process that leads believers to a deeper understanding of truth and a greater participation in God's divine plan. It is a journey marked by persistence, revelation, and ultimately, spiritual authority. As seekers embark on this quest, may they be empowered by the Spirit of God to reign with Christ in his everlasting Kingdom.

We are told to seek and find, but we are not told what we are seeking. However, in Matthew we are told that we should seek the kingdom of God when we find it (enter it) we shall reign and after having reigned, we shall rest when Jesus hands over the Kingdom to the Father 1Cor 15:

“He will marvel” We are amazed to realize that we are part of this plan of God. There, in the Kingdom as co-heirs with Jesus in Christ, we reign over all. There we have come to realize that God is all in all! To come to this realization is to come into the Kingdom of God. The one who lives by the Spirit of Christ is the one who reigns over all in the Kingdom. Here there is no fear, no death and no more work! Here the Sons of God rest in God’s peace and rule's all other kingdoms with God’s love.

"'Rest' is mentioned not in the Coptic text but in the Greek fragment; but 'rest' or 'repose' occurs in Sayings 51, 52, 60, 61, 86, and 90.

2)# Jesus said, "Let him who seeks [toils/labours for the true meaning of these words] continue seeking until he finds [this is not only an endurance test but a quest to find the hidden meanings (mystery) within the Word that Jesus only shared with His closest disciples]. When he finds [the meaning], he will become troubled [knowing that he has been living a lie all of his days - it is deeply troubling when one comes to realize how depraved they really are].

When he becomes troubled, he will be astonished [at the simplicity of the truth which will set him free], and he will reign over the All [as joint heir of the Kingdom (as part of the body of Christ) - no longer deceived by the serpent (the mind of flesh) and all of its outward forms]."

The term “rule over the all” has a twofold effect.  First, we are able to recognized the fallacies of our worldly ways and cast them off as nothing (when we are finally “free” from the bondage of the worlds religious system it gives us rule over the world in a spiritual sense) for their only power comes from ignorance and fear of the governed/laity. 

Secondly, we learn the path to perfect love over time through the help of the spirit word which teaches us how to repent and turn back from our sins so that we may be made spotless and gain the first resurrection as kings and ministerial servants in the Kingdom of God.  

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