Gospel of Thomas

These are the secret sayings which the living Jesus spoke and which Didymos Judas Thomas wrote down.
And he said, "Whoever finds the meaning of these sayings shall not taste death."

- Gospel of Thomas, incipit and verse 1
Translation by Willis Barnstone

The Gospel of Mark provides a similar saying, but with an apocalyptic orientation:

And he said to them, “Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see that the kingdom of God has come with power.”
- Mark 9:1 (RSV)
Cf. Matthew 16:28,"Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.”
(RSV)
Luke 9:27"But I tell you truly, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God.”
(RSV)

On left: conclusion of the Apocryphon of John, begining of the Gospel of Thomas
On right: Leaf from On the Origin of the World

Leaves 32 & 53 of Codex II of the Nag Hammadi Library