49, Jesus said: Blessed are the solitary and the elect, for you shall find the kingdom; for you came forth thence, and shall go there again.
To me, this is one of Thomas’ most Gnostic sayings. There are three elements that srruck me …
(1) blessed are the solitary – there is a tradition of solitary mysticism in christianity, but for the most part, there is an emphasis on community … For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. – Matthew 18:20.
(2) blessed are the elect – the idea that only certain people are worthy or capable of being “saved” is both exclusionary and elitist.
(3) Commentators (The Jesus Seminar) Funk and Hoover write ….. Thomas 49 depicts Thomas Christians as those who have come into the world from another realm, to which they will one day return. This is a central tenet of the mythology of gnosticism.
On the whole, to me at least, this saying is sort of disconcerting, though I suspect it’s meant to be comforting, and will be so to the other more gnostically inclined members of the blog 🙂
– Blake’s The Ladder