SAYING 41: Jesus says: “To him who has in his hand, more will be given. But from him who has not, the little he has will be taken away.”
Here we have another saying which has a parallel in the New Testament Synoptic Gospels, yet many scholars agree that this version in Thomas is unique and “betrays no dependence on the canonical gospels [but] represents an independent tradition.” [Funk and Hoover]
The Q version of this saying is found in Luke’s Gospel [19:26] as part of the parable of the servant who buried the master’s talent, and also in Matthew’s account of the same parable in 25:29. In this context, the saying appears to be about punishing those who are not faithful with the treasures entrusted to them by God and rewarding those faithful servants who invest the wealth and wisdom they have received from God to produce a greater abundance for God’s Kingdom purposes.