Gnostic Doctrine

Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Gospel of Thomas Saying 31

 Jesus says: "A prophet is not accepted in his <own> city, and a doctor does not heal those who know him."

Jesus said, "No prophet is accepted in his own country; no physician heals those who know him.

 The saying about the physician resembles 'Physician, heal yourself', a proverb quoted in Luke 4.23

Here Jesus is speaking about himself and his followers as rejected prophets like the prophets of old who were rejected and killed. This is a warning that his followers can expect to be treated as he was.

31) Jesus said, "No prophet is accepted in his own village [the Jews rejected Him just as Israel rejected the prophets before Him and still do to this day]; no physician [true disciple who has the life in him] heals those who know him [the Christo-pagans believe in Him but have no faith ("let it be according to your faith") as these would rather enjoy the fruits and wine of the world than turn around and be healed - "their belief is counted as unbelief"]." 

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