SAYING 43: His disciples said to him, “Who are you, since you say these things to us?” Jesus said to them, “Do you not understand who I am from the things I am saying to you? Rather, you have come to be like the Judeans. For they love the tree, and hate its fruit. And they love the fruit, and hate the tree.
This saying is quite similar to an exchange between Jesus and the Pharisees found in John’s Gospel, chapter 8 where they ask “Who are you?” and his reply is much the same as found here: “Just what I have been telling you from the beginning…I have much to say in judgement of you. But he who sent me is trustworthy, and what I have heard from him I tell the world.” [8:25-26]