if you want to experience what he meant
saying- 92; not the faintest idea.
Seek and you will find.
Yet, what you asked Me about in former times
and which I did not tell you then,
now I do desire to tell,
but you do not enquire after it.
Apparently, Jesus did not disclose the whole of his teachings in one time, but conveyed bits
and pieces, probably conducive to the level of understanding of his public. Even when
questioned about something, he did not provide the answers if he judged them to be beyond
the hearers’ comprehension. He probably started telling them to seek the kingdom, with the
assurance to find it, and hoped that after some time they would start asking after the deeper
meaning of his message. However, his public didn’t, perhaps because they didn't have the
faintest idea what he was talking about. That Jesus would hold back anything of
his teachings deliberately, keeping it only for the few chosen initiated, is to my idea a
misconception based on the conviction that people came eagerly listening to
him, whereas he then addressed them.
However, he was more likely only to disclose his teachings to the few because only a few
had any idea what he was really talking about. Furthermore, the multitudes that followed him
as told in the canonical gospels, are far beyond reality; how likely is it that complete populations
of several vilages followed after him?
Read the stories of the Zen Masters to get an idea how
difficult it even was (and still is) for those who set their feet on that Way and really achieved
the goal! Obviously, Jesus did not hold back his regrets on this state of affairs, just as he
lamented in saying-38, 40, and 74, e.g.
Quispel did not consider this an authentic saying (Quispel, 2004) in contrast to DeConick
who included it in her kernel sayings (DeConick, 2005).