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Michael Schwartz
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The 21st Teaching in Thomas—Become Like the Little Children
Monday, July 16, 2018

Michael Schwartz examines the following teaching from the symbolic perspective: “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].’” Here is a reflection of the teaching in the New Testament: “Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the Kingdom of Heaven” (Matthew 18:3).