In the Gospel of Thomas, Jesus said, you are looking for the end, have you found the beginning then?
Gospel of Thomas 18) The disciples said to Jesus, tell us how our end will be. Jesus said, Have you discovered, then, the beginning (That in the beginning the New Testament writers believed in Scriptures outside of the Canon), that you look for the end (Some better than that simple fact)? for where the beginning is (The basic fact of their usage and belief by the New Testament writers), there will the end be (The return to that original understanding). Blessed is he who will take his place in the beginning (Will stand with the New Testament writers); he will know the end (The return to that teaching) and will not experience (The) death (of this mystery).
What people are we really today? Are we like the people of Berea or Thessalonica (explained more below)? Most people are too busy for God. They would look at i.e. something I am given to write or something someone else posts or writes, that might be a page long and complain that they don’t have time to read it or it’s too long. (There are times I have struggled with this, but when I stopped to read it, I received a blessing or a needed Word from God. Our stubborn humanity hard at work!)
Let’s think about this. The church today seeks the ways of today, the standardization of today, the teachings of today, and not the true teachings and meanings of Jesus then. They don’t research and see what books the early church fathers (disciples of the disciples) and the disciples themselves read and wrote, what was given to them from The Holy Spirit herself to help the church of the future to know God. These people that wrote these books looked on the face of God, they saw Jesus face to face. The leaders of the church (the people follow) listen to those (scribes and Pharisees) that removed the books (keys and knowledge) of the Word from the people. They try to take things at face value and Jesus spoke in parables and God said that His word is a mystery. A mystery only revealed by the Holy Spirit, which is why there are winds of doctrines (different denominational beliefs). We are supposed to be ONE CHURCH not many.
How many Pastors do you know that give you not only a Biblical lesson, but a HIStory lesson to help you understand why Jesus said what He said, or the disciples wrote the words they wrote and how things where in those days. How can you understand anything in the middle or at the end, if you have no understanding of the beginning literally, the history? God has used ungodly men and women throughout history to lead His people back to Him, hard lessons they may have been, but He disciplines the ones He loves (Hebrews 12:6; Proverbs 3:12; Revelation 3:19; 1 Corinthians 11:32). Which means many of the books of those times, can give us a brighter view of those times. That along with the missing books and the accepted Canon will blow your mind. God’s Word truly is alive.
Acts 17: speaks of the people of Berea and how they were open minded and willing to listen to the message with great eagerness and studied to know that what Paul stated was true, unlike the people of Thessalonica.
The church of today is that of Thessalonica, they would push the disciples away just as they did Paul and Silas for speaking the truth, because it was against what they thought was true, they didn’t seek God, they wanted nothing to do with anything that opposed their truth. The carnal mind cannot accept the things of God.
Also, when Paul and Silas where speaking it says they held discussions with people, quoting and explaining the scripture. They didn’t talk over them, they talked with them. In the churches of today it’s just a lesson, take and do with it what you will kind of structure. Listen and do, there is not as much of an interest or motivation to seek. The church would be more motivated to seek if those preaching would allow them to interact. This would be true fellowship among believers. We should ping off of each other, a Pastor is not above the people, we are all the same; we just have different callings from God.
BE A BEREAN!
Receive the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether things are true.