PS- I appreciate the philosphy behind your Church Statement but you do realize 'Jesus' was decidedly against any other approach to Truth and God except for himself.
Personally designs, I don't believe that Jesus would ever utter such a statement exactly as it is presented in the Bible. It just doesn't fit in with the rest of his teachings. Jesus taught Oneness of ALL with the Father. What we have is what came out of the Roman councils. They took a man who had incarnated the Christ and turned him into the only one we can look to for salvation. If that's the case, then the "Body of Christ" is a closed entity and NO ONE can join. The Bible simply doesn't say that. It says that the Body of Christ are ALL Christs, or "anointed ones". That would render all their subjects powerless to ever incarnate the Christ. Jesus said we would do things greater than he. That would have been a big nightmare for them, and that's why they killed the gnostics and burned all their writings. As anyone who has studied Bible translations knows, it only takes altering one word here or there to change the entire meaning or context. They weren't going to allow anyone to bypass the middleman.....THEM.
Here's an interesting quote from a gnostic website article...
"Understand that (as Jesus) we have to incarnate the Christ within us in order to ascend to the Father. Christ is not an individual; Christ is the Army of the Voice, the Word of God. No one comes to the Father but through the Son (the Cosmic Christ).
Within Christ we are all One. Within the Lord there are no differences between one man and another, because we are all One within Him. Thus, individuality does not exist within Him. So, the one who incarnates Christ becomes Him, Him, Him. “Variety is Unity.”
Therefore, we have to terminate with the personality and the “I” for in order for the Being to be born within us; we have to terminate our individualism.
If a mystic in a state of ecstasy abandons all of his seven bodies in order to investigate the life of Christ, he will then see his Self (his Glorian) represented in the drama of the passion of the Lord. He will then be his Glorian performing miracles and marvels; he will experience his Self dead and resurrected on the third day; that mystic will occupy the place of Christ and in those moments he shall be Him, Him, Him, because in the world of the Christ there are no individuals; within the Christ there is only one Being that expresses his Self as many.
When the “I” and the individuality are terminated, then only the values of the consciousness remain; these are the attributes of Eternal Absolute Abstract Space, who only can say, “I Am the way, the truth and the life, I Am the Light, I Am the Life, I Am the good shepherd, I Am the door, I Am the bread, I Am the resurrection.”
This is how the Being receives the Being of his Being, his “I Am,” which is a breath from the Great Breath within each one of us, our particular ray, He, He, He. The “I Am” is the Inner Christ of every human being, our divine “Augoides,” the Logos. Whosoever receives the Crown of Life has the right to say, “I Am He, I Am He, I Am He.”