Gospel of Thomas Saying 108

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Nag Hammadi Coptic Text

Gospel of Thomas Coptic Text


(108) Jesus said: He who drinks from my mouth will become like me, and I will become like him, and the hidden things will be revealed to him.


(108) Jesus said, "Whoever drinks from my mouth will become like me; I, too, will become that person, and to that person the obscure things will be shown forth."


112 [108]. Jesus says: "He who drinks from my mouth will become like me. As for me, I will become what he is, and what is hidden will be revealed to him."

Funk's Parallels

John 4:7-15, John 7:37-39, Rev 22:17.

Visitor Comments

Jesus is saying that anyone who listens to and truly understands his words can accomplish all that he has done and more. Far from being a sacrificial lamb who takes away the sins of the world, Jesus is a pointer of the way to truth!
- Wynford

This statement is direcly related to his statement about the lion and the man. If a person truly ingest Jesus, Jesus will love through that person because Jesus has "become" the person.
- justlooking

The "drink from his mouth" refers to the Gnostic Holy kiss where the master would ingest the sacred qaneh incense and pass it to the initiate who if properly prepared would achieve enlightenment.
- Ishgog

Jesus is saying more than just listen. To make his words an intergral part of your being. In doing so you will find the real truth or meaning in his word.
- King

This is a beautiful metaphor that says let Jesus into your heart of hearts. Breathe him in and imbibe him into yourself so there is no more you but only him
- Unknown

Scholarly Quotes

Marvin Meyer writes: "Compare saying 13; John 4:13-14; 7:37-39; 1 Corinthians 10:1-4; Sirach 24:21, on drinking of Wisdom. In Odes of Solomon 30:1, 5, it is said that living water flows from the lips of the Lord." (The Gospel of Thomas: The Hidden Sayings of Jesus, p. 107)

Gerd Ludemann writes of 108:1, "This is a commentary on 13.5." (Jesus After 2000 Years, p. 642) For the other two verses, Ludemann connects them to the prologue.

Robert M. Grant and David Noel Freedman write: "Jesus is the source of the water of life, as in Saying 12 (cf., John 4:14 and 7:37; Revelation 22:17); the person who drinks from his mouth becomes one with him, as in various Gnostic writings (Irenaeus, Adv. haer., 1, 13, 3; Pistis Sophia, chpter 96; Gospel of Eve in Epiphanius, Pan., 26, 3, 1: 'I am you and you are I')." (The Secret Sayings of Jesus, p. 193)

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Gospel of Thomas Saying 108

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