III A BAPTISM OF FIRE
Joshua said, “Judas Thomas, while you are still
in the world, attend to the questions of your heart,
and it shall be revealed to you: who you are,
why you exist, and how you will come to be.”
“Who are you to say these things to me ?” Said Judas Thomas.
Joshua said, “you do not know who I am from what I say to you ?
Then you have disregarded the living one who is in your presence.
You are like a fruit picker who loves the fruit but hates the tree.
I am the light that is over all things,
I am all: from me all has come forth,
and to me all has reached.
Split a piece of wood…
I am there.
Lift up a block of stone…
I am there also.
I shall give you what no eye has
seen, what no ear has heard,
and what no hand has touched,
for the thing that I shall give you
has not arisen from the human heart.
I have thrown fire upon the world, and
look… I am watching it until it blazes.
Whoever is near me is near the fire.
Whoever is far from me is far from the kingdom.”