The Becoming God

Tuesday, February 07, 2023

When We Make What Two One? On Becoming a Suckling Child: A Note on John 16:23-24 and Thomas 22, 106

On January 10, 2023, my post The Prayer Technique Edited Out of John 16: 23-24 suddenly became very popular. Thank you to whomever. I might be spoiling that here.

I have since become aware that the Aramaic version of John 16:23-24 per Klotz discussed by Braden might not have been edited so much as its potential meaning in Aramaic was truncated by translation into Greek (the Jewish event naturally occurred in Aramaic). I.e., the Greek was not capable of carrying all the meaning possibly implied by the Aramaic. See Did the 4th Century Church Edit John 16:23–24?

It is implied by McClellan that Klotz simply draws out more of what John 16: 23-24 in the Aramaic could mean: "All things that you ask straightly and directly from inside my name you shall be given. So far you have not done this. Ask without hidden motive and be surrounded by your answer. Be enveloped by what you desire, that your gladness be full."

I am interested in what was meant by "Ask without hidden motive and be surrounded by your answer. Be enveloped by what you desire." This appears to invoke the Law of Assumption; i.e., imagining what you desire was your experience. My question is whether or not this "technique" directly corresponds to making-the-two-one in the Gospel of Thomas 22 and 106 (see Revision of “Jesus Christ And When You Make The Two One (Gospel of Thomas 22 and 106)”):

(22) "Jesus saw children who were being suckled. He said to his disciples: these children who are being suckled are like those who enter the Kingdom. They said to Him: Shall we then, being children, enter the Kingdom? Jesus said to them: When you make the two one, and when you make the inner as the outer and the outer as the inner and the above as the below, and when you make the male and the female into a single one so that the male will not be male and the female (not) be female, when you make eyes in the place of an eye, and a hand in the place of a hand, and a foot in the place of a foot, (and) an image in the place of an image, then shall you enter [the Kingdom]."
(106) "When you make the two one, you shall become sons of Man, and when you say: 'Mountain, be moved', it will be moved."

Becoming a "son of man" is another interesting aspect. The sequence seems to be: God becomes Man, the Son of God; then Man becomes God, the Son of Man. This makes one think of the baptism in the Holy Spirit, the earnest of the promised reward of godhood. We remember that the Holy Spirit stayed upon Jesus (John 1:29-34). Thomas 22 may be about our BECOMING into and continuing in that blessed state. Note that it says, "When YOU make the two one." The Holy Ghost is given; the receiving of Her is in our court. She is received in our SUBMISSION OF OUR WHOLE BEING unto Him. See A Gnostic Take on the Gospel of Thomas.

Our making-the-two-one might refer to the baptismal rite of initiation, to the actuality of reception of the Holy Ghost in it; i.e., to the reality of our oneness with Christ in the invisible world. From the link above:

"Eros and Androgynes

"It is often said that unitive or mystical experiences cannot be described in words, for the phenomenon lies outside the rational system of language. We cannot define the mystical; we can only point toward it. A huge literature does what it can to put the phenomenon into meaningful words. Unitive moments are said to share some or all of certain characteristics: a feeling of being at one with everything; an intense awareness, without awareness of any particular thing; a sense of knowing what is really real, what truly is; a paradoxical state of being full but empty, of grasping everything and yet nothing, with an awareness of the connectedness of all things; a loss of concern for self; intense euphoria or ecstasy.

"'Androgyne,' the term for this symbol of union, should not be confused with 'hermaphrodite'."

I think this is the case. John in chapter 16 is not talking about the getting of any "thing" that is desired. Jesus was not interested in magic or sorcery, but in His leaving his disciples and their needful reconciliation with Him. There is the etheric presence of the Blessed One we may submit to AND BECOME ONE WITH if we have the heart to become suckling babes.


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