Gospel of Thomas (3)

Jesus said, "If those who lead you say to you, 'See, the kingdom is in the sky,' then the birds of the sky will precede you. If they say to you, 'It is in the sea,' then the fish will precede you. Rather, the kingdom is inside of you, and it is outside of you."

This makes a fundamental acknowledgement that the diversity of life goes before us in every place we keek the kingdom and that the kingdom is both in our subjective consciousness and complementing this in the universe at large.

He follows it immediately with a warning:

"When you come to know yourselves, then you will become known, and you will realize that it is you who are the sons of the living father. But if you will not know yourselves, you dwell in poverty and it is you who are that poverty."

This says clearly that when we come to know ourselves, we each become the embodiment of the realized condition, as the sons of the living father - the messiahs of the living cosmos, and hence we are all responsible for the condition of the world. But if we do not discover this knowing in and of ourselves (gnosis), we dwell in the poverty of self-ignorance and the world thus also becomes harmed by the deleterious consequences of our egotistical folly.