Gospel of Thomas - Chapter 085

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Saying 84

(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!"
1Jo 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

When we see that we have become like him, we rejoice. But the images, the prophecies, the hidden pictures in the scripture paint the bride of Christ as the prostitute that the Father chose to be a bride for the Son. The Son shares all the heartbreak that his bride gave him, all the anguish she caused. But he worked for her and wooed her, and made her into a virgin bride, casting her sins away and remembering them no more.

Though the subtle prophecies speak of the great love of the Son for his bride, they confront us with our sin, which is a great burden to bear.

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