Gospel of Thomas: Saying Four - The Old Man and the Infant

4. Jesus said, "The person old in days won't hesitate to ask a little child seven days old about the place of life, and that person will live. For many of the first will be last, and will become a single one."

What is the meaning of humility?  In this saying, Jesus asks us to contemplate it through the allegory of the old man and the infant.  The old man who willingly acknowledges the innocence of an infant has the humility to recognize the Christ is in everyone and everything.

The road of self-inquiry does not end. 

It begins when we take our first breath and ends with the exhalation of our last.

Humility is not subordinating yourself.  It is an internal acknowledgement that you have the willingness to learn.  You mind is always open.  This keeps us from forming dogmatic views.  We need to be able to change with the ebb and flow of life.  A baby is innocent.  An old man peers into its eyes and is reminded of the innocence he had, and thus the circle is complete

Have you heard the phrase "God is inside us all" and wondered what it means?  We all have the potential to become like Jesus.  This is not in a metaphorical sense, I mean this literally.  Jesus was one with The Christ, and as Jesus the Christ, he gave us these sayings to help us unlock our divine potential.  Humility is a trait that will help us navigate this winding road to self discovery.

Much of the Gospel of Thomas uses allegories to convey underlying symbolism.

The way to interoperate that esoteric meaning is to meditate on its symbolism.

You may come up with a different meaning than I do.


The more perspective we have into the Gospel of Thomas, the better.

Isn’t it exciting that we can read these sayings and find our own meaning in them?

I recommend using visualization for Gnostic meditation. If you can sit in a quiet place for a few minutes, imagine an old man looking into the eyes of a baby.

What are the expressions on his face?

What emotions does the new born baby invoke in you?

Those underlying feelings are the key.

Holding on to the feeling will lead you to become one with Christ.

It’s the gateway to unending joy and happiness, a right we all have to claim.