Gospel of Thomas - Chapter 027

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Saying 25

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

The word for pupil is אישון translated 'apple of his eye'. It literally means 'man of him' like our 'man after his own heart'. Jesus said it this way:

Mr 12:31 And the second [is] like, [namely] this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

Thomas is highlighting that love does not merely love like you love your body, since men may do things destructive of the body in order to satisfy the love of their soul.

Herein is the riddle:

The word for eye עין is the name of the letter ע. Hieroglyphically it represents Christ in the flesh before he knew he was the Messiah. The 'pupil of the eye' says protect him as though he were a child of your own flesh.

Sometimes the sayings of Christ are difficult, even impossible without being empowered by him to do so. It should be no wonder that so many Christians are unable to live up to what Christ taught.

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