To know oneself.
v3 Jesus said '.......when you come to know yourselves then you shall be known and you will come to realise you are the sons of the Living Father. If you do not come to know yourselves then you shall dwell in poverty and you are that poverty'
v3: The Poverty Within
V3 is a Master Verse that sets the tone for what is to come. We are told that if we do not know ourselves then 'we shall live in poverty' and, worse still, 'we are that poverty'. This is evocative stuff. The idea that our inner world is a place of poverty is not something we would necessarily identify with but it is uniquely insightful. In our modern world we have an epidemic of mental health issues all sourced from not knowing who and what we are. Thomas answers these questions in a unique and creative way.
v3: The Transformation Of Our Knowing
The idea of knowing oneself has a very specific meaning in Thomas. It is sometimes translated as a 'transformation of our knowing'. This is a knowing that transcends our intellect and senses, a knowing rooted in something beyond societal norms. Throughout Thomas we are encouraged to view ourselves differently, to find what I reference as our unitive self. The route to finding this self is contained in the Gospel as a whole, every saying contributing to the unique world view Thomas conveys.